You likely have no context for the kind of savage pain the shingles virus can cause. Yes, I’m even talking about you- mothers of babies and dudes who don’t drink enough cranberry juice. Childbirth and kidney stones are a walk in the park compared to shingles. I’ll prove it below with my horror story, which contains (WARNING) disturbing language and imagery.
In terms of your chances of winning “the” lottery, you’re more likely to get struck by lightning, while drowning, after being attacked by a shark, in an above ground swimming pool, in Iceland. (Or something along those lines).
A few years ago, a stand-up comic I know and like made an interesting comment about a situation that I have experienced, and continue to face, with regularity. That situation- people who are organizing fundraising events for charities, or non-profits, ask if I would be prepared to appear at them without pay.
I’m sure you’ve attended Town Halls, or conferences where the panels, or “fireside chats”, are flat (or worse, cringe-worthy). But, even in instances where they are reasonably tolerable, I believe this is a HUGE missed opportunity for organizers. Having a professional moderator, or Host, can elevate these communications opportunities from beyond informative to inspiring. Continue reading “Painful Panels”