Meeting Chad Hymas

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I was doing a search on Twitter for people with disabilities when the name, @chadlhymas came up.  At the age of 27, Chad Hymas' life took an unexpected path when a bale of hay fell on him and broke his neck.  A year and half later, Chad broke a world record by wheeling from Utah to Las Vegas, a total of 513 grueling miles. Today, Chad Hymas is a member of the National Speakers Association and he does over 200 presentations a year, worldwide.

I connected with Chad on Facebook and began to look forward to his uplifting quotes and posts.  There was something about Chad that intrigued me-- the more I read, the more I wanted to get to know him and meet him. I signed up for his Speaker Track to see if he would be coming to the Chicago area.

Chad was scheduled to speak in Ghana, Africa in early March, but due to an oversight, he did not have his visa with him and the trip was canceled. "Major bummer today. Denied access into Ghana," Chad wrote on his wall.  "Did not obtain my Visa. My own fault. Let this be an example that "Communication is Everything"!! I need to work on this!"

Things happen for a reason and I will figure that out with time, Chad wrote.

I was down in Carbondale, Illinois, when I received an email alert from Chad's Speaker Track stating that Chad would be in Chicago on March 10, just two days away.  On impulse, I emailed Chad to see if we could meet while he was in town.  To my complete surprise, he was available and he agreed to meet for lunch at his hotel before his next flight. 

I canceled my hotel reservation and headed home.  An hour into the drive, the tire on my rental car blew out and it was another hour before I could hit the highway again. My husband begged me to reconsider and stay at another hotel, but I was determined to make it home.

Meeting Chad was worth the long drive at night-- because from the first five minutes of chatting with him, I could see why folks were drawn to him as a public speaker.  Genuine, down-to-earth and friendly-- were the first words that popped into my mind as we connected.  I asked questions on how I could improve my own public speaking skills and questions about how Chad began his own journey with public speaking.  

During our visit, Chad called his good friend, Kevin Hall, author of one of my favorite books: Aspire, Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words.  While talking with Kevin on speaker phone, Chad repeated everything Kevin said so that I could read his lips.  

Chad also connected me with Kirk Weisler and while on the phone with him, Chad suddenly paused, looked at me and said, "I know why I'm not in Ghana now-- we were supposed to meet."  Because you see, Kirk was scheduled to speak that day, but due to a family emergency, he asked Chad to take over for him. 

I sat there and marveled at how God aligned our paths so that we could meet.

Grab a copy of Chad's book:

Doing What Must Be DONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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