Motivational Speaker Reminds Us to Find the Funny

fax machineAs a motivational speaker on stage I can speak to a group of several thousand people and I know what I'm doing. I'm comfortable. I'm confident. I'm happy. As the SAME motivational speaker standing in front of my new fax/scanner/printer/dishwasher/teeth-flosser combo, I'm a blithering idiot. What's with all those ridiculous options? What happened to "put in the paper on the top of the machine and hit GO?" Grrrrrr. It's enough to make me cranky.

And it COULD make me cranky, were it not for this commitment I made a long long time ago to FIND THE FUNNY in life where ever and whenever I could. Such was the case a few minutes ago.

There I stood in front of the machine, doing my best impression of a grown-up when my funny husband walked up.

John: "Honey, what's the problem?"

Me: "I put in the paper but I don't see any GO buttons! The only thing lit up is the power button!"

John: "Okay, if you don't see anything lit up, then what should you do?" (Please note, this is the part where I would normally want to smack him. He's SUCH a wise-ass.)

Me: After staring at the machine for about 10 seconds, I lean over and put my mouth very close to the power button and calmly say, "Hellooooooo. Anybody in there?"

Picture two adults (I use the term loosely) doubled over laughing for five full minutes.. 

Here's why that choice occured to me in that moment:  I grew up on I Love Lucy shows. And I LOVED how Lucy got herself into and out of situations. I LOVED how she looked at the world. So after several years of watching her antics, when things didn't go as planned in my life I started asking myself: "In a situation like this, what would Lucy do?"

And THAT'S how I can find the funny in almost anything.  

Find the funny! It's there somewhere!




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Ha!!!!  I love this!  You and the weather muffin have such a great time, I can just tell!  Keep 'em laughing Linda. That's why you are so great on stage!!!

  2. Well…did anybody answer you??  Hahaha!  This is one of the few areas of my life where I find it EXTREMELY difficult to find the funny so it's good to hear a funny motivational speaker like you has the same buttons pushed.  Thanks for the ever important reminder to look at life's trip ups with a smile!

  3. The image of you leaning in to chat with your fax-thingie was so vivid, that I am now chuckling here in NJ.  So, your funny just traveled up to the north east coastline – and brought sunshine!

    The power of funny is incredible, both to overcome obstacles and to persevere.   Basically as a funny motivational speaker, you are making the world a better place!  Thank you for sharing a slice of your life – and your weather muffin – to remind us to look for the lighter way to live.  

  4. Isn't it interesting that Apple products have next to no buttons? And yet we can figure out what we need to do.

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