First words out of my mouth were, “Thanks for the recognition, but I don’t have time for that! Things are busy and I don’t see how that helps me out in my job or benefits my company,” or something very close to that. I refused the nomination.
Many months later, another business associate once again nominated me for the SPE DL program, and he cajoled me into at least giving it a try and putting together a presentation for the committee. I am glad that he nominated me, and that I followed through.
Although I thought “I did not have time,” I somehow did manage to make time, and not only did I get company approval for the lecture circuit, my company ended up being very supportive of the opportunity. It was a real eye-opening global experience.
Traveling to areas I never thought of visiting, I found interested and interesting SPE members, meetings, and discussions at each stop. On some of the tour stops, I thought to myself, “This must be what a dignitary or rock-star experiences.” And at others, well, not so much.
Some of the tours involved what looked like a hectic mix of schedules on planes trains and automobiles. While previewing schedules of more than one tour, I was convinced the SPE DL manager must really not like me much. But I was wrong.
Looking back, it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
And some of the less-than-desirable-looking tour schedules turned out to be among the most rewarding. It is difficult to describe the depth of the experiences, networking opportunities with other industry professionals, and the value the DL experience brought to my company, my career, and my life.
Curtis G. Blount
2002-2003 SPE Distinguished Lecturer
2014-2015 SPE Distinguished Lecturer