When Your Message Goes Flat…Go to Bat for Perseverance and Fly Away Happy


She took the stage at a well-known conference. Her name is Emily. All 1,000 eyes were on her. Having been in her shoes, I can imagine she may have stepped into the thought that the audience was jeering. It was that moment where you're caught between the sound of a message flattened by silence and a seemingly stunned audience. Perhaps she imagined her audience beyond the blinding lights; turning their heads around as fast as those creepy possessed baby dolls, with purpose to haunt her when the show was over.

Little did she know, everyone wanted her to WIN!

This is a story about a brilliant colleague of mine. Someone who begins and ends her day with a dog names Tootsie. She is a fellow practicing coach and she has helped hundreds of people experience life-changing breakthroughs. She is also a wonderful speaker—and probably speaks more than I do to people on a regular basis—who delivers timely, inspirational, and life-applying messages.

On this particular day, she went through that very human experience we all go through in life: A frozen distraction…a millisecond moment that takes us just enough off track we feel like our train has permanently derailed from its journey forward.

On this particular day, she went through that very human experience we all go through in life: A frozen distraction…a millisecond moment that takes us just enough off track we feel like our train has permanently derailed from its journey forward.

In her efforts to get back on track with her beautiful message she gracefully went along with the moment displaying her free-spirit nature. Imagine her arms flying up! A clear contrast to any arms-down in disappointment move most people might make.

Truthfully, what I recall most above her vocal message is the visual reminder I got that day:

Choose a Warrior Pose to Reground Yourself. This was not a yoga pose, this was a power grounding stance.

This woman is a self-professed gypsy and yet she wasn’t going anywhere that day that might take her offstage, away from us, and onto secret adventures.

In the end, and what undoubtedly felt like a purgatory moment for her, my colleague and friend received an all-cheering applause from her audience vs. an all-jeering tomato throwing party. I’ve been on various stages most of my life. I know it’s possible there may have been a few quiet tomatoes passing rotten notes while wrinkling their tough-like exteriors. Still, these are just people--like us--who may be responding more uncomfortably by the prospect of rising up vs. falling down. Rising up is much harder to do! And alas, opinions, jeers, and applause are all a part of the game in life.

That one moment could have stalled my colleague. Instead, she went to bat for perseverance--and none of us tried to catch her. I think of her as a floating gypsy sun in her nature which means she won't cloud over or go dark to light another area before her job is done. She continues to coach, mentor, speak, and help others. As I write this, she is off on one of her gypsy adventures, hands gripped to a steering wheel as she crosses the country. This time, it isn't distraction that's freezing up, it's her butt! Best of all, she has her loyal dog, Tootsie beside her!

What one female coach and speaker did that day allowed an audience of hundreds to experience what it’s like to rise up—even when you feel deflated. It is sometimes easier to want to stay down because it's easier to hide when you're crawling away from something. I want her to know that I instantly wrapped myself in that empathic suit of discomfort. I wanted her to win, along with everyone else--and damn it, she not only won her day, she won us all over!

Amy's Story Message:

"We all say the show must go on. And it's an important statement to contemplate when it comes to our relationships, and the work we do in the world. Few of us ever allow ourselves to let our story or words unfold fully. It isn't always the words we say but how we behave through lost words that leaves a greater impact. Hardly anyone ever learns to improvise for the sake of higher contribution in our lives. The next time your message goes flat, go to bat for perseverance. I promise you’ll fly away happy, because others, who are ready to receive your message, I assure you, will be moved greatly!"


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