An actual exchange I had in a Dubai hotel lobby.
Woman (approached me at lobby bar): Hello, where you from?
Me: The US
Woman: Oh American. That’s nice. What’s your name?
Woman: Do you work here?
Me: Yes, my office is next door. What about you. Do you work here?
Woman (looked around the lobby): Sort of. My work is…mobile.
Me: Got it. So what’s your name and where are you from?
Woman: I’m Rhea and I’m from Ghana.
Me: Let me get this straight. You’re from Ghana and your name is Rhea? Seriously?
Woman: Yes, why?
Me: I can see why you’re struggling to build a business here. I would change your name. Ghana and Rhea, while both lovely names, could be problematic for your value proposition if they’re in close proximity.
Woman (touches my arm): Want me to come to your room?
Me: Not unless you brought an iron and ironing board. I have a suit that needs some refreshing.
Woman: You’re not interested?
Me: In the ironing? Yes. Otherwise, I’ll pass.
Woman: Good night, baby face.