Yes, hate is a very strong word. For years, well since the Green Bay Packers came to San Diego to play my favorite team, the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, I’ve hated the Packers. The fans were mostly Green Bay fans (about 3 to 1) and filled downtown San Diego with Green, Gold, and over-blown egos for Super Bowl week. My story was from that day, “I hate the Packers. They came to the Super Bowl acting as if they already won the game and playing the game was just a formality.” Well, the Broncos went on to win thanks to amazing plays by Terrel Davis and John Elway. Like I said, hate is a very strong word, and I’d like to say that something happened this week that made me change my mind, and my story.
As a motivational speaker, I have spoken at large conferences, small meetings, and global events. Usually, I speak at beautiful hotel ballrooms or convention halls or meeting rooms onsite at corporate headquarters. It wasn’t always like this, back in the day when I was a road warrior for a seminar company, I actually spoke at the Good Nite Inn, right next to a truck stop. (How could I forget the nice woman who came to the one pay phone, around once an hour, to book her next appointment if you know what I mean).
However, the venue I spoke at this week was nothing short of Iconic. Yes, I spoke at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin, home of the 13-Time World Champion Green Bay Packers, winners of 4 Super Bowls. Who knew that Lambeau Field even had a meeting facility? Well, they do and it’s beautiful. I was in awe walking through the doors to this amazing place filled with history, tradition, and love for the game of football. The stadiums that I’ve been to before are in the middle of huge parking lots, but not Lambeau Field. It’s not only easily accessible, but there are a couple of restaurants open all the time, not just on game day. And, the facility for the meeting I spoke at? Gorge! In fact, my ‘ready room’ where I stored my belongings before I took to the stage was a skybox overlooking the field, otherwise known as the Frozen Tundra!
My audience had nothing to do with football. In fact, it was a professional development conference for the women of Green Bay and the Packers were one of the sponsors. The event was amazing and spending the day at Lambeau Field and meeting all these amazing women, I had a change of heart. I no longer hate the Green Bay Packers. Why should I? Because of how some of the fans were before a game that was what, 14 years ago? Yes, Marilyn. It’s time to practice what you preach when you speak about choosing to be positive and letting go of the past. So now, thanks to being surrounded by amazing, open to learning, enthusiastic women in a venue that screamed of hometown pride and celebration of excellence, I’ve changed my story and I no longer hate the Packers! In fact attending a home game of the Packers has just been added to my bucket list!
Thanks Green Bay, and I’m really sorry about that bad call against the Seahawks.
From your ‘grateful to have her mind changed’ motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman