Confessions of a Wedding MC Volume Four: Ego

Lesson Four: It’s Not About You

Being a wedding MC was a lot of fun, both times. I received a lot of compliments and was told by several people that I should be either a professional MC (I’m not sure that there is such an occupation, at least not for me around here) or a stand up comedian (more likely but still not probable). As my wife has said, “it’s a good thing that she’s around to deflate my ego after these events” because my head gets pretty big. But I think one of the reasons that I’ve been successful in those experiences is because of something that I came to understand and believe very early on. It’s not about me. It’s about them. 

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Confessions of a Wedding MC Volume Three: Google It

Lesson Three: Just Google It

Ok, so you’ve picked your “spouse” (see Lesson One) and you’ve sorted out all the details (see Lesson Two). Now, you want to know what’s next. This particular phrase used to be known as something entirely different. Not that long ago, if you wanted to share with someone the crux of this lesson, you would say this “don’t reinvent the wheel”. Now, times have changed and while people are trying to share the same sentiment, they say something different now. Now they say, “just google it”. The point; someone has already figured out how to do most of the things on this planet so instead of trying to learn everything from scratch why not (where possible and profitable) just copy from someone else. 

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Confessions of a Wedding MC Volume Two: Details

Lesson Two: Sweat The Small Stuff

They say that the devil is in the details. When it comes wedding time, that’s a fact. At the wedding that I recently MC’d there was a lot of confusion about what to do and when to do it. There were questions about what should happen and in what order. Some people think that you can just “wing it”. Well, you can’t. And here’s why. Because at some point you’ll be in the weeds and the only thing that’ll pull you out of the weeds is going to be a schedule; some details; a to do list; a plan.
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Confessions of a Wedding MC Volume One: Love

I have been a wedding MC…twice. It is an absolute honor to share in someone’s most important day. It is an honor not just to be there but more importantly to be the person that these people rely on to be their voice throughout the ceremony. The first time was for my best friend’s little sister, basically my little sister, and the second was for my wife’s cousin. Both times was an outstanding experience that will live in my memory forever.

But it’s not just wine and dine and celebrate. Many of the lessons that I’ve learned in my experiences as a wedding MC are easily transferred to my life as an entrepreneur. I’d like to take the opportunity to share some of these with you now, starting with something I learned at this most recent wedding. 

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Lesson Five: Fall Flat On Your Face

My previous posts of lessons taught to me by my miniature human focused on energy and passion. This one on the other hand is about failure. Of all the lessons that my tiny sidekick has taught me, my favorite has been this one. My son does not fear failure. Not even a little. Every time that he fails, he tries again. Every. Time. Without. Fail. Why?

I don’t know. I haven’t figured it out yet. I know that I love it. I’m just not sure why. But I at least know how it applies to me. I don’t think that you learn by failure except to eliminate possibilities. Sherlock Holmes said that when you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever you’re left with, no matter how unlikely, must be the truth. Such is the case with failure. If you eliminate all the ways you can do something wrong, you’re on the right path to doing things right.

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Lesson Four: Sprint Til You Sleep

In my last post I talked about passion. I talked about the need to put everything you are and everything you have into whatever project that you’re working on. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about energy and the creative process. As a stay at home dad, I spend my day chasing my miniature human through my house all day long, I know that the Energizer Bunny is a TV character and he’s got nothing on my little man. He just keeps going and going and going. He literally gets up at 6:30am, runs until 11:30am, passes out for 2 hours, gets up and runs top speed until 7:00pm. Like clockwork. But what does this have to do with anything?

Lesson Three: Passionate Beyond Words

The last couple of posts have been about the things that I’ve learned from my little monster, a 19 month old boy. The first lesson was that there was no such thing as no. Anyone who has a child understands that one. The second lesson was that there is always a way to get what you want, no matter what. If you’ve ever watched a 16 month old figure out how to climb onto a kitchen table, you’ve got that one locked down too. But today’s lesson is slightly more personal. Every child in the world, about something, is passionate beyond words. 

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Lessons Taught Me By My Miniature Human

Recently I’ve come to understand that children may in fact be a lot smarter than we typically give them credit for. Sure, they often seem like they’re not only not smart but also actively trying to injure and/or kill themselves. Examples include backflips off couches at 16 months, face first dives off of coffee tables at 17 months and a recent love of running into traffic. However there are moments when I come to believe that my miniature humans lifestyle is designed to not only learn perfectly but more profoundly and more importantly, to teach me lessons that no business book, save one or two, could remotely teach me. But now, for those of you who aren’t blessed with a two foot tall monster of climbing, screaming, biting and teaching, I’ve decided to bless you with some lessons that I’ve learned from him. You’re welcome.

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