It’s like writer’s block. You’ve got a project that you want to work on or need to work on but you just can’t seem to put pen to paper, or in this case hands to keyboard. So what do you do? You write. Easy, right? No, really it is. It’s actually that easy. You get[…]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.