Shirt Happens!

Shirt Happens!

We are running late. It takes us 45 minutes longer than expected to get to the venue where I am speaking. We pull in, unload the car and do our normal check.

Product? Check!

Computer bag and equipment? Check!

Shirt and suit jacket? Che… wait! Where is my shirt and suit jacket?

How could I forget my tie, suit and ironed shirt???

The event will be over by the time I go back and sit in traffic for an hour and half!

The nearest clothing store like a Nordstrom, even a Target, is almost 30 minutes away!

All I have on is a white undershirt and my wrinkled jacket from my last event!

Would would you do?

I had to rock the wrinkled jacket and white shirt.

I got on stage, did my opening line and pointed out to everyone the clothes I was wearing. I explain it, I share how we can all learn from this and then I make a comment about a wet t-shirt contest after the workshop.

I tell everyone something along the lines of, “Don’t worry, I won’t win.” The audience laughs and we get back to the content I prepared for everyone.

It was fully my mistake I forgot the clothes! I was doing too many things at once and was rushed leaving the hotel.

The lesson I learned was to make sure on speaking day you have all your items ready, you take time to relax before an event and you do the “pre-check” before you get in the car!

Hope you are having a great day and you remembered your shirt, tie and especially your pants!

Next time you make a mistake, we can just remember… shirt happens!

As always…

Dream BIG,
Ryan Avery 

P.S. If shirt happens to you, pass this article along to your friends via one social media outlet or make a comment below! 

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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

7 Comments on "Shirt Happens!"

  • Love’d your “shiRt happens” article … Of course the next worse thing to forgetting your shirt may be to show up wearing one that doesn’t quite fit.

    I missed your visit to Districts 27 & 29 (Washington DC) but heard good things about your educational keynotes. Wow! At 25 you’ve accomplished quite a bit as a WCoPS. Wishing you continued success.

  • Great flexibity and improvation. You go Ryan.

  • I, too, have forgotten items I needed for training/speaking programs.
    My solution was to create a checklist.
    Then it is important to review the checklist before you leave. : >]

  • Teresa Raby says

    Could you tone down the innuendos a bit? Everyone knows what you are referencing and it’s not a word I use or like to hear. Your audience will be growing substantially with each presentation. How about life happens and an arm wrestling match after the meeting? Just a suggestion …

  • Marc Gabris says

    This is my favorite blog of yours so far! Awesome! Very relatable! Who hasn’t done something similar? Thanks for sharing!

  • I agree with Marc – this was one of my favorite posts, too. We’ve all forgotten stuff like that, too. My favorite part is when you drew it to your audience’s attention to what you were wearing and then joked about a wet T-shirt contest afterwards. I LOVE your sense of humor and spontaneity. Also I enjoy the transparency of your posts.

  • I attended A four-day conference out in the desert–no stores nearby.
    I forgot to pack changes of underwear.

    Just before another speech in a distant city, I noticed that I had not packed a belt.
    Fortunately, there was a mens’ store on the way to the venue.

    –Dan Poynter, Author (133 Books), Publisher (Since 1969), Speaker (CSP).

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