You know that terrible dream you have in high school where you’re supposed to give a speech in front of half the school and you show up in only your under-things?
Yeah, my story today goes something like that.
A couple weeks ago I attended a large women’s conference for writers and speakers called She Speaks, which was hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries. About seven hundred women came from all over the nation to better develop their skills and prepare for their calling.
I only knew one other person (although ‘know’ is a loose word because I had only spoken with her for about five minutes) so traveling to the East Coast alone was quite an adventure for simple little Jen!
There is so much I have to share about my experience, but today, I feel I must get real with you.
God gave me the opportunity to meet Lysa TerKeurst, the President of Proverbs 31, who is also an amazing best-selling author.
I wish I could share with you how she instantly became my new BFF, that I won her over right away with my charm and whit, that she practically begged to come back to Alaska with me.
But alas, it was not to be…
I learned a little bit about humility that day. As I walked beside her toward the back hallway, I tripped and fell, landing on my hands and knees.
That’s about as low as it gets, ladies. I mean, seriously, how do you recover from something like that?
All I can say is that Lysa is one classy lady, and I am not sorry I tripped. Out of hundreds of women, I, simple Jen from Alaska, was able to capture her attention for two whole minutes!
And you can have this amazing experience as well!
Today, let me explain how to properly trip and fall in front of Lysa TerKeurst. This is no easy feat, I assure you, especially when you want to make a good impression. You must be sure to make the most of your opportunity.
Let me break it down for you.
How to fall down in front of Lysa:
#1 – Choose a fashionable location. For me, a large conference at the Concord Convention Center worked quite well.
#2 – Carry something heavy. This will ensure that you go down. I chose a backpack full of writing utensils, study materials, and flip-flops.
#3 – Wear heels. Really, the higher the better, because it changes your center of gravity. I stuck with a 2-inch rise.
#4 – Don’t watch where you’re walking. This works best if you’re a bit star-struck and not thinking clearly.
#5 – Strike your foot on an object. Anything in the way will do. If you there is no obstruction in your path, the floor will suffice as a good plan B.
#6 – Throw your hands out. It may look like you’re trying to catch your balance but trust me – it won’t stop you. For a more dramatic look, you can throw your hands up high in the air.
#7 – Go down with grace. Ignore the collective gasp – there will be plenty of compassion and compliments later.
#8 – Stick the landing. I highly recommend the ‘hands and knees’ approach so you don’t smash your nose into the floor. Face-plants are not nearly as chic.
#9 – Quickly get back to your feet. Focus on poise because all eyes are on you. At this point it’s important to assure the onlookers that you are a pro. I suggest a smile, but skip the bow.
10# – Go on with your day. No need to explain or make excuses. You fell. They saw. That’s all. You can be proud knowing you’ve accomplished something no one else was brave enough to try.
And that, ladies, is how it’s done! This will actually work with any celebrity or mentor, or even out in public with strangers. Let the fun begin!
I’ll share more about my adventure next week when it’s my turn to write again, so be sure to check back! I also can’t wait to tell you about Lysa’s new book that I got at the conference, called Uninvited.