Embracing Your Inner Celebrity
Earlier this year, I blogged that I would be writing a series on embracing you. So, after some time, I would like to kick off the series with Embracing Your Inner Celebrity.
My good friend and entrepreneur Maria Benson (also known as Ms. Clique) repeatedly tells me that I need to “embrace my inner celebrity.” So that got me to thinking…outside of the obvious paths (movies, music, sports, etc.) what makes you a celebrity? I’m not talking national celebrity per se, but what makes you “that person to know” in your local setting? While that answer varies per person, I think all of us have our celebrity moments…that moment on the red carpet, in front of the step and repeat or behind the podium with an audience hanging on your every word.
When your celebrity moment comes, will you be prepared? We have all seen, with great repetition, the faux paus comment that is replayed in the 24-hour news cycle. The wardrobe malfunction, the grab-for-the-water bottle scenario and the 15-seconds of wordlessness are emblazoned in our minds. So how can you avoid your celebrity misstep? Be prepared.
Watch what you say.
We are pretty sure that you are a well-versed person and highly educated, so in your quest to prove us right, don’t talk about what you aren’t sure about. There is an old adage that says “talk what you know and let the rest go” and that is exactly right. Once the words have left your lips, there is no getting them back. Speak carefully, speak confidently and speak correctly.
You wore what?
Mirrors are wonderful things — when used correctly. Be your own Clinton & Stacy and critique your closet on “what not to wear.” Tugging at yourself all night or looking for the nearest chair because your shoes have removed all the feeling from your feet is not a good look and will take you out of your zone.
Your assistant…hmmm...who's that?
Unless you have reached true celebrity status, you are your own assistant. Therefore, it is up to you to make sure you have your essentials before leaving for your “appearance.” Business cards are a must! Place them where they are easy to retrieve (no one wants to watch you dig through your purse or pull out a disorganized money clip). If you are camera happy, please know how to work your camera (after the third attempt, the photo opp is no longer fun) and if you give your camera to someone, please get it ready for the photo. And last, but not least…we really don’t have to take six photos of the same group! In this day of social media, I’m sure we can share a photo or two.
There you have it, just a couple of tips to get your through your “celebrity” moment…and trust me, you will have one. So embrace it, enjoy it, stay in your zone and handle it…like a rock star!