I play skeeball. Yes, I know that you play skeeball, too. At arcades, on the boardwalk. But I actually play in a league
(**NERD ALERT**). Actually, it’s just like any rec sport league: you play the game, then you enjoy the fantastic food and/or beverage specials at the sponsoring establishment.
The stress is unimaginable. I was the final roller with the game on the line. I nearly needed a change of pants! (No worries, I kept it in. I can handle my stuff. But it was a close one.)
Each game, the host awards one team with 20 bonus points if they show the most spirit.
Being the competitive guy (and uncoordinated athlete) I am, I was NOT going to let those points go to the other team. I started cheers referencing our team name (Skeebie Jeebies. Not my call.), our team color (brown – let the UPS jokes commence) and individuals on the team.
The host was so taken aback by my “Spartan Spirit” that he asked me if I was “a male cheerleader in high school.”
My initial reaction was to engage my wife in some PDA, just in case he got the wrong impression of me.
I responded with the truth – I was a bar mitzvah DJ in high school and a radio DJ in college – and NEVER a cheerleader. Satisfied with that answer, we got the points, I didn’t mess my pants and the Skeebie Jeebies won the game.
But it got me thinking – all of our experiences help get us where we are today.
For me, the time I spent in radio has been a tremendous asset in my PR career. Public speaking is a major part of the job and that experience in my past prepared me for it perfectly.
The question for you: What past experience has been most helpful in your PR/social media career?
(And, yes, I’ve been waiting my entire life to use Jim Carrey’s Lochmiel foreign-exchange cheerleader in a blog.)
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