This eProductivity conference in Manila would not have happened were it not for the vision and persistence of Pastor David Sumrall. You see, I politely blew off the first few emails I received from him. Here's how it all began for me, with a query from my blog:
I just thought I would tell you how much I enjoyed your sites in the last few years. If you are ever in Asia and want to do a seminar please let me know. We have a lot of business people in the church that would enjoy you. David Sumrall
Life was very busy at that time, I was preoccupied with an offer to join the staff The David Allen Company on a full-time basis, rather than as a consultant as I had been for the past 15 years. I responded with a polite turn-down email...
David, Thank you so much for your kind words and for your encouragement. [I have] no immediate plans for Asia, although it's a tempting idea. Grace to you, Eric
Pastor Sumrall wrote back:
Let us know. I have a large group of business owners in the church that would enjoy a GTD seminar and your eProductivity seminars.  David Sumrall
Still not interested, I politely responded NO, yet again.
Thanks. Should I have a business opportunity that would bring me to Asia, I'll keep you in mind. Best regards, Eric
This exchange went on a few more times, each time with Pastor Sumrall expressing his desire to hold a productivity conference in Manila. I even referred him to my client, David Allen, who also turned him down due to the fact that they were booked through the end of the year.

So, Pastor Sumrall contacted me again.

I agreed to talk with him and I'm very glad that I did.

We hit it off well. He's been a long-time reader of my blog and we found much in common in our love for cool gadgets, church, and serving others. I agreed to explore the idea of delivering an eProductivity seminar in Manila. That was seven months ago. Fast-forward to today and I'm busy meeting with the pastor and his staff and various conference planning committees. This is sure to be one fun conference.

I'm inspired, and very glad that Pastor Sumrall was persistent in getting my attention.

I now look forward to serving the people of Manila, next Month.

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