I joked with one of my friends that one of the reasons I get invited to be a panelist or participant in events is because I’m the Charles Nelson Reilly of my network.
Reilly was one of the funniest people from my childhood and he always added some wit and charm to the shows he appeared on.
In my life, I’ve always found that when there has been a need for someone in a pinch, when I get a call I am able to deliver a quality presentation, class, or contribution on short notice.
What can you do to become that reliable and energetic presence for those in your network or business?
Here is more on Charles Nelson Reilly from Wikipedia:
He was also a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, appearing more than one hundred times. Because Reilly was such a lively and reliable talk-show guest and lived within blocks of the Burbank studios where The Tonight Show was taped, he was often asked to be a last-minute replacement for scheduled guests who did not make it to the studio in time. During this time, Reilly was perhaps best known as a fixture of game shows, primarily due to his appearances as a regular panelist on the television game show Match Game.