Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

My Dog Corpuscle

A Funny Name

Foreshadowing My Future As A Keynote Speaker

Part 2

–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker

I attended my friend Ruth’s 80th birthday party. She got me my first job a million years ago, but I had lost touch with her and we hadn’t talked in over 15 years. I had mentioned her daughter Lauren in my book, Lauren and I reconnected, and the next thing I know I’m in Seattle for Ruth’s party. Very cool! In fact Ruth getting me that first job was sort of synchronous too. I’d been out of college for about six months, and one Monday morning, after hanging out with Lauren the night before, I was laying on Ruth’s couch when she walked through the living room on her way to work. She said “It’s Monday, why aren’t you going to work?” I replied “I don’t have a job.” Poof. A few weeks later, I was working in her office. If I hadn’t been laying on her couch, I might still be laying on a couch somewhere!

These synchronicities happen more than we think. My friend Nancy and I made a game of it during a hiking trip once, where we traced back past events to see how they got us to future events, and it blew me away! I realized I had many more synchronicities or “connections” than I thought. So I encourage you to take a minute and think back to how you actually got to where you are right now. I bet you’ll find some “poof” moments where one thing happened and all of a sudden three other doors opened and here you are.

And who knows, you may find out that your first dog actually influenced your entire career!

About the Author . . Jan McInnis has shared her customized humor keynotes with thousands of associations and corporations, and she has just published her second book, titled Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom from Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs. Jan is also the author of Finding the Funny FAST; How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds,” and she was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post  and the Huffington Post for her clean humor. She is a keynote speaker, comedian and comedy writer.

From a recent government client: “Jan’s presentation, Finding the Funny in Change, was a perfect fit for the last day of our conference. The combination of humor and thoughtful material made it applicable, entertaining and purely enjoyable. Jan was great!”