Just ask her dad.
My daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and because of that, our family has become involved with the Colorado chapter of the American Diabetes Association. And through her involvement with a diabetes summer camp, she was invited to speak for a few minutes at a fund raising event about her experience as a camper at this camp.
Guess what? She killed! It wasn’t easy: the event was super high end, with heavy production. Fancy spot lights, fancy staging, professional sound people ushering us around the stage… the whole shebang. After this elaborate video was finished, they turned a spotlight on Claire and me. Again… a fairly high psych-out value for a 11 year old. I spoke for about 20 seconds, told a joke and introduced Claire. She spoke for about about five minutes, (which is roughly the same length of time as the ice age if you are a kid on stage speaking to a bunch of formally dressed adults.)
She rocked the house. She was awesome. She was a star.
What’s my point? I got nothing. I’m just a proud parent bragging about one of my perfect kids.
Read another article about my take on diabetes and speaking.
Do you have an event where you need a speaker familiar with diabetes? My kid is great, but if you need somebody with more experience I’d love to be your guy? Diabetes Speaker? Contact me here.
More info about my work as one of the Colorado Speakers
Diabetes Speaker, Dad of a Diabetic, Proud Papa
Check out this funny video where I break every rule in the book.
I’ve wanted to try Heelys for some time, but was chicken. I was afraid that I’d be lousy at them. I was afraid I’d never use them and they would sit in my closet mocking me. I was afraid that even if I did wear them in public, I’d feel like too much of an idiot to actually “skate.”
But like so many things in my life recently, my kids influenced me. They looked like they were having fun… and I love playing with my kids… and … and … and…. hello Heelys!
I have used them. I learned them fairly quickly. I wear them a bunch. I notice that adults to gawk and gape when I skate, but (perhaps I’m a fool but) I think they admire me for having fun. I think they think, “That looks fun but I don’t know if I could ever do that in public.” I imagine that a few people must think, “Look at that rolling idiot!.” But I also imagine that more people think, “Cool… there’s another adult on those cool skate shoes.. I wish I had the guts to try that!”
And the cool bonus is that the skate shoes work right into my philosophy I share as a motivational speaker. Much of what I teach is mental / attitude. But I also talk about the importance of DOING things that help us ramp up the fun at work. I hate to mention the “P” word (play) but let’s face it, it makes sense. Of course the definition of “play” for a business audience is tricky, but the concept is solid.
There is NOTHING more playful than skating through a Wal-Mart. It is impossible to be bummed about the sale that didn’t happen, your over-full inbox crammed with emails, and the super-long To-Do list your fretting over. When you play, our stress goes down, our creativity goes up, and we are better able to tackle whatever comes at us.
My point? If you want to make your life — and your job — more fun, and if you believe that if you enjoy your work more you’ll be more productive, than you need to ACTIVELY search out activites that physically engage you in life. You need to find ways that appeal to you.
I’ve found one that works for me: Heelys. I don’t care if you buy these cool shoes or not, but if you don’t, I ask you this: What are you going to do today to actively ramp up the joy and fun in your life? Come on…. do something!
Motivational Speaker, Parent, Heely Wearer, Rule Breaker
PS. Seriously, do not wear these shoes in public. It is against the rules. Seriously. Don’t do it. Really. I’m not kidding.