Introverts can be funny

This was from my third-ever speech at the Ottobar for Ignite Baltimore. Five minutes to speak on whatever you want and I chose Deconstructing a Hug, including some demonstrations like this shot here while wearing a t-shirt that said, "Hug Like You Mean It." 

 

Not only did the rambunctious crowd erupt in hugs by the end (watch the video to see for yourself), someone called me a comedian.

Me, funny? I couldn't feel my feet the whole time.

I had practiced that five-minute speech for hours, how to phrase punch lines and when to pause in case anyone laughed. I didn't realize the work it takes to be funny but now have greater appreciation for people who get up there all the time. It's cool how many of the best comedians are introverts. 

This hug, which I also called the Herman Munster, still makes me smile. Don't give one of these by the way, okay? No one likes them. 

But do get on stage and do what feels out of your comfort zone, and beyond what anyone - including you - would ever think you were capable of. 

You are capable.

You are brave.

You are funny. Really!

If you've been sitting on an idea for a while, worried that maybe now isn't the right time or maybe you don't know enough yet (you can never know enough, it's the oldest Fear trick in the book), get yourself out there. 

I'm happy to help.

Schedule a free consultation and we'll chat about your idea, helping you feel more confident and clear.

We can even come up with jokes for your first speech. I might still have a couple one-liners memorized! 

 

Who needs a hug?

I feel utterly bombarded. How about you? 

I can't look on Twitter or Facebook, in the news, or on TV without seeing hate and feeling lost, sad, angry, overwhelmed. Last night I asked my private community what they needed in order to feel more ready to face another Monday morning and the overwhelming response was HUGS. 

Of course. That's what is needed. Warmth wrapped around you, holding you, reminding you you're going to be alright, that we have each other.  

I'm sending you a giant hug right now. Close your eyes, take a breath and take in the love coming to you. 

I believe there is as much LOVE in the world as hate, we just need to turn our attention there. We need to see the love around us. The people who are generously giving their time, money, energy, ideas in service of others, and the people who show simple human kindness as you go about a normal day.

You don't have to quit your job, or become complacent with politics, in order to give and receive LOVE. It's here always. 

Hugs, after all, are little acts, a thank-you, holding open a door, sharing a smile with a stranger. See those moments in your life and make more happen. Buy someone coffee and hug a loved one tighter than you did the last time you met.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, you're not alone. There's also something easy to do about it. 

This HUG is for you. It's from Jeanie who, with her husband Gene, runs a soup kitchen in Virginia and gives some of the best hugs I've ever received. They hug anyone who walks through the door on Friday mornings. I can still feel this one, and had to share. 

I hope you can feel it, too. xoxo