Monday, April 8, 2013

My brilliant invention and share your talents with the world!

Earlier today I was an in-studio guest on the Sex and Money radio show on KLAV 1230AM here in Las Vegas with Darrell Allen Jansen "Big Al" and Len Connell.  I had great fun!  I've always loved radio. Back in 1976 as an undergrad at SUNY Plattsburgh, I was one of the first female DJs on WPLT. While in grad school in the early 90s I had my own show on WRPI, which I did for about 3 years. Unfortunately, I'm too pretty for radio and too old for HDTV.


As I'm writing this, the show hasn't been archived, but I'm sure it will be soon.  If you want to listen, click here and scroll down.

"Big Al," me, and Len

Notice I'm wearing a sweater; it was freezing in Las Vegas today.  And rainy. And windy. Yet for some reason, my hair doesn't look nearly as crap-tastic as it should have, considering what the wind does to my fragile wisps of locks. Miracle.

Anyway, I have a confession and a fashion tip in one. (Sorry, guys, there's nothing in this for you other than a glimpse into the female psyche.)  Okay, ya see that button on my sweater?  It's not a button; this is one of those sweaters that just hangs open in the front. But the purple shirt I'm wearing was a little tight, meaning my rolls of gut flab were hanging out despite all the hours I've put in at the gym this past month. So being the genius that I am, and in consideration to everyone I came in contact with today, I tacked the front of the sweater together with... not a safety pin, but... a post earring. That's right--a fat gut-hiding earring.  Does it work?  Well, who's the thinnest looking person in the photo above?  Huh?


I swear to God, I am so much smarter than I look.

Hey, thanks for all the sweet comments on my last post. They're all very much appreciated, but please know I certainly wasn't fishing for "Oh, Linda, you're so wonderful" compliments. The truth is, I need to make a deposit in the karma bank every now and then. You know, to make up for all the swearing and judgmental eye rolling.

I do believe it's important to share your talents with the world; other people benefit when you do that. Barbara's son Keven and maybe a thousand other folks have benefited from the resumes I've written.  I've heard from so many women (and men) who wrote to tell me that my book inspired them to be more proactive in their own lives. When I speak to groups or do stand-up, I like to think that the audience is entertained by my message or inane observations.  I like to think that when I lead workshops, I motivate my clients to go out there and get the best job they possibly can, because they deserve it.

Sharing your talents may not be easy. I didn't just wake up one day and decide to write resumes; I went to grad school to learn technical writing. Even with a solid writing background, it took a lot of hard work to write a book, especially a good one. Until relatively recently, doing stand-up scared the crap out of me.  Any type of public speaking takes countless hours of practice.

So sharing your gifts may require a huge time investment and you may have to go out of your comfort zone.  Weh, weh.  Do it anyway.  By sharing your talents, you have the opportunity to make the world a better place, in your own unique way.  Hey, if I didn't share my amazing earring-button invention, you'd have to hold in your stomach all day.

You're welcome.


Taradharma said...

great fashion tip, girlfriend. The black and purple also look gggrrreat together! We will never have our 15 year-old bellies again, and must do whatever we need to to compensate.

I, too, believe we all benefit when someone tells us their story. Reading your book did indeed inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and be more daring in the way I live my life. Your courage bolstered mine, and I thank you for that.

Funny thing, I was a DJ back in the 70's, too. Had several shows on a public radio station, including a Thrs. night live music jam with all my musician friends. Good times. I loved being on the radio, and have a good voice for it. People still tell me I have a good radio voice. Smooth.....confident....humorous. And I'm a big know-it-all and that always helps on the public airwaves.

~Coach said...

You're freaking brilliant, but you're never not gonna be the thinnest looking person in that photo... :)