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.
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!
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