Having Fun at Work

I came back to my office,

opened up my laptop,

and there it was…

A picture of me and Tape Face taped to my keyboard.

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Let me back up…

Last week, I went to a conference in Las Vegas. My goal was to learn more about how to better run our company. The first night I got to Vegas I did a live Facebook stream where I showed off some of my favorite places in Las Vegas.

While I was doing that I noticed a sign that said Tape Face was doing a show in Las Vegas that week. Tape Face is one of my all-time favorite comedians. He is from New Zealand and was on America’s Got Talent two years ago. He was one of the top 10 finalists of that season. But he was my favorite act.

His whole act is done silently as he has a piece of tape covering his mouth. If you want a good laugh here is a link to one of his videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlaWGd1cUms

So, when I saw the sign saying that Tape Face was doing a show the week I was in Vegas, I knew I had to go!

The Show

I arrived at the show 90 minutes early and was first in line. If you can’t tell, I really was excited! But what was really neat is that I got the opportunity to meet Tape Face. About one hour before the show started a few of us were let in to meet Tape Face in person.

Despite doing a silent act, Tape Face is very talkative and engaging. It was so much fun hearing about the stories of how he got started, what it was like being on America’s Got Talent, and the success he has had since.

At the end, he asked if any of us didn’t want to be called on stage for his act. I raised my hand, because I much prefer watching the show instead of being in the show. He then said, “thanks for letting me know.” “I ask because I want to find out who would be the most awkward on stage.” “I’ll be calling you up.” Then he walked back stage.

And…

I was called on stage for his big act at the end.

So much for trying to just quietly watch the show!

The Aftermath

I flew back to Minnesota later in the week. I came into the office and opened up my laptop. And there was a picture of Tape Face and me tapped to my laptop.

I love the sense of humor of my staff. They had fun with the story and they enjoyed poking fun at my experience.

I think it’s important to have fun with work. It’s important to notice the opportunities around you to engage in incredible experiences. It’s important to be light-hearted with your coworkers. It can be draining if work is always serious. Instead, stop and enjoy the special moments in life. Life is too short not to enjoy those moments.

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