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08 January 2008 @ 08:34 pm
I'm back from Maui...  
...and you guys are incredible!! For the second time, I didn't have to speak! BIG boss prepared me for it saying he was going to call me up during the second (afternoon) training and have me handle the "pickle story" portion and I was actually fine with that - and pretty prepared. In fact, by the second training, there was so much anticipation built up that I almost wanted to go on...

But something happened during the course of BIG boss' speech during the afternoon training (he was fine during the morning session), I think he may have gotten distracted by some of the reactions he saw around the room because he kept veering off topic and mentioning things that had nothing to do with the Retirement Life Cycles. He kept going, until his 30 minutes was almost up, and he ended up doing a very shortened version of the pickle story himself.

I was relieved and surprised all at the same time... There was so much stress in preparing for a second time (the first was that December in Kauai) and so much anticipation of actually thinking I'd have to speak that when he went through the whole thing himself, I didn't know if I should feel relieved or disappointed... Don't get me wrong, now that the shock has worn off, RELIEVED is certainly the emotion I'm feeling. :)

Thanks to everyone for your good "please don't let Sheri have to speak" thoughts. It worked again! I can't believe it!

And, for anyone who might be interested in just what this "pickle story" thing is all about - here's a link to the actual news story that we reference in our training.

Love to you all!! I'm off to pass out...
 
 
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msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on January 9th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about the pickle story since you have mentioned it so many times now, so thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out! I'm glad you didn't have to speak! I used to be afraid but then once I joined the Jaycees that kind of changed *lol*.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 9th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's a really sad story - and we use it as emphasis for talking to our clients about beneficiary reviews. And I'm thankful I didn't have to speak either! And oddly, I did start to feel better about it during my time in the Jaycees (especially that year that I was President - it was all about public speaking then...) Thanks so much for your comment!
Mary: thorry's guitarmirroredimage on January 9th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Huh. I never heard that pickle story but was interested since you referenced it a couple of times. That blows.

But congrats on getting out of speaking again!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 9th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's a pretty heartbreaking story and we use it to emphasize how important it is that we keep in touch with our clients and review their financial situation.

And thanks so much! I don't know how I keep getting out of these things, but miraculously, I do! Must be all of your good wishes. :) Thanks again!
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on January 9th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
well im glad to hear you didn't have to speak once again, but i do believe that if you had to you would have been completely fine =)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your good thoughts, Marla!! They worked! :D Big HUGS!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on January 9th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you had not to speak. :) But I think I also understand that you first did not know if you should feel relieved or disappointed. And this "pickle story" is really a sad story. :( Big hugs and much love to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! And thank you so much for your card and your lovely gift - they arrived yesterday!! :) The ornaments are beautiful and Mark & I love them - thank you so much!! :) Lots and lots of love to you!!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on January 10th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
It arrived and you both like it - right now you see a relieved and happy Sabine! :) I had not thought that it would take such a long time, I hope to be better next time. Much love and big hugs to you, Sheri!
karmastyxkarmastyx on January 10th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
YAY!!!! HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all your good thoughts, Laura! I was definitely relieved when I didn't have to speak! :)
karmastyxkarmastyx on January 10th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Wow that's actually a very sad story.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
It really is a sad story and we use it to illustrate how important it is to stay in close contact with our clients.
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