What’s The Problem Anyway

Linda on Stage in Memphis

I was wearing my motivational speaker hat, getting ready to speak to a group of teachers. And while I was doing that – I was musing to myself. You know, making one of those nonverbal sounds as I looked at the table the hotel audio/visual guy had brought me.  I was thinking, “that’s just about the perfect size for my props.” 

It was then that the A/V man said to me, with zero friendliness, “What’s the problem?”

My first thought was, “Huh? Problem? I don’t have a problem. Why is he so cranky?”

Moral of the story. Do not ASSUME that there is a problem. And even if there IS a problem, don’t use those words.  Instead why not say, “Is there anything I can help with?”

Ahhhhh. Much better.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, with no problems to speak of…

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About Author Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE

I became a professional actress and – for actual money – I got to occasionally escape to magical worlds created by everyone from Shakespeare to Moliere; from Shaw to Simon. I became a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and, as such, joined the ranks of hundreds of thousands of mostly unemployed starving actors. But I didn’t care! I was an actor!!! I had an actual Master of Fine Arts Degree that PROVED, by gosh, that I was supposed to know what I was doing.

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