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‘Sedentary geek’ gets moving toward better health
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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2014 Get Fit Challenge, a spinoff of IB’s popular Fittest Executive Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook, and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 22. This week, IB checks in with Lannia Stenz, executive director of Gilda’s Club, who is competing in the individual challenge.
When I was in high school, I was a typical geek: sedentary, played video games, read a great deal, loved board games, and generally surrounded myself with people who were like me. As someone who went to three different high schools in three different states, I forced myself to be more outgoing than I might be naturally by jumping into theater, speech, and debate.
One summer I attended a weekend-long workshop put on by my high school speech coach. Throughout the weekend, I honed my public speaking skills and read a number of plays that could be translated into presentation pieces. We also had a presenter who made a real impression on me.
Rather than focusing on speaking ability, speed, and diction, the presenter focused on attitude. He told us that it would take more to succeed in speech than just memorizing our piece and practicing it repeatedly. He threw out phrases like “get it by the butt” to make the teenagers laugh. The idea was that if you just go through the motions, you set yourself up to fail. In order to succeed, you have to “get it by the butt” by being present in the moment, giving everything you’ve got, sharing a piece of yourself with the audience, and not letting setbacks sabotage you. He taught us that we can either give up or believe in the power of our own success and not fail for a preventable reason.
That year I took home quite a few speech trophies and medals. Many of the lessons stuck with me and later translated well into sound career advice. After college, I chose a nonprofit career that I could truly believe in so that I would feel good about giving my all every day. As a result of that decision and the energy I put into my work, I have grown both professionally and personally. I am blessed to find that my journey has led me to Gilda’s Club, where I am inspired every day by our mission of supporting families affected by cancer.
How does this translate to the In Business Get Fit Challenge?