Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

Perfecting Nothing

Sticking to comedy and humor keynotes is not enough me!

–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker

A friend of mine mentioned that my makeup looked good. I responded with “I’m not wearing any. . . unless it’s from my humor keynote last Thursday.” Funny, but kinda true! I don’t wear a lot of makeup unless I’m on stage speaking at a convention – this is good in a way because I figure it’s saved me THOUSANDS of hours in front of the mirror. I may not look like Miss America, but I don’t really want to be Miss America, so it works out just fine.

My barefaced appearance leaves me more time to do other things that, to me, sound like more fun than poking myself in the eye with a dark pencil. I’m not “accomplished” at any of these activities, but that doesn’t stop me.

Take bike riding for example: I love it and once considered riding cross-country to see the U.S.  My vision: zooming around the countryside with the wind blowing in my hair, and at every stop people would buy me a beer to celebrate my gutsy trip. In reality, my friend Diane and I signed up for the 35 mile “LA Fun Ride” and it almost killed me. An hour in, due to a bike problem, we were far, far back in a little group of about 30 people who couldn’t possibly catch up to the main pack. At one point, the police, who had been closing streets and holding the traffic lights on “green,” blared out from their bullhorn “You’re on your own!” and then took off. I had no idea what they meant until I rode through an intersection thinking that the cops were holding up traffic. A car missed me by inches, confirming that we truly were “on our own.”

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