7 Things About Me You Never Knew You Needed To Know

Tagged_1Following a 3 week absence, you may have thought that I had gained so much wealth and fame from my brief blogging career that I retired with my blogging riches never to be seen again…

Ummm – unfortunately – no.

My absence can be partially explained by my recent return from an awesome experience volunteering in South Africa for almost 2 weeks, and following the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ll crank the blogging wheel up and get back to regular posting. So hang in there with me!

While I was unplugged (yep – no cell phone or laptop for 9 days), it seems that many of my fellow bloggers engaged in a bit of “blog tag”, and the lovely and talented Jessica Lee tagged me to share 7 random facts about myself.

Actually, the tag creates a great opportunity to make you aware of Jessica’s cool new blog! She’s a fellow Fistful of Talent contributor and an HR pro with a global PR firm in Washington, DC. who is challenging many of the current norms of the human resources profession. So check out jessica lee writes!

Here’s a couple of the rules of the game:

  1. Link to your original tagger, and list these rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.

So here they are – in no particular order:

  1. I was voted as the Wittiest person in my class in junior high. When senior class superlatives came around, I came in second place. Guess I became less funny as I got older.
  2. I’m deathly afraid of heights, but once did a back flip jumping out of a perfectly good airplane (because I couldn’t bear to look down). The whole experience resulted in an adrenaline rush that left me unable to speak for several minutes after landing.
  3. I worked my tail off in college to accomplish a personal goal of never making less than a “B” – thinking a high GPA would help me land a great job. To this day, no potential employer has ever asked me what my GPA was. (For those playing the home game – a mix of work experience and good grades would have been better.)
  4. I was paddled every year in school from 3rd grade through 10th grade – most often for talking, goofing off, and once (in high school) for climbing out the window while the teacher was out of the room to play frisbee. I was never given detention (we liked our corporal punishment in Tennessee), and my parents still don’t know. Shh…
  5. A few years ago, I back-packed solo through Europe for a couple of weeks with no planned itinerary and an unlimited Eurail Pass. The. Most. Awesome. Experience. Of. My. Life. Evah.
  6. The first time in my career an employee came to me with a sexual harassment claim – I was in labor. Because I was otherwise engaged, I said something sarcastic, she ran out of my office and I couldn’t get up to follow. I called work from the recovery room post-delivery to begin an investigation. (Young and eager I was back then.)
  7. I’m a video game addict who is currently in recovery. I am not allowed to go near, touch or be within spitting distance of an X-Box, Play-Station, Nintendo, etc. because once I start – I cannot stop. Although a Wii keeps calling to me…

So there you go! I’m now supposed to tag seven additional bloggers, but I think most have already participated in the couple of weeks I’ve been gone, so I’ll tag my readers instead. Since I’ve shared just how strange and wonderful I really am with you, hit me in the comments with a random fact about you so I don’t feel all alone!

Stay tuned for more recruiting, coaching, talent management, etc. stuff next week…

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Jennifer McClure is a Keynote Speaker, Talent Strategies Expert and Executive Coach who works with clients and companies in the areas of leadership development, communication and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and empower business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people.

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6 thoughts on “7 Things About Me You Never Knew You Needed To Know

  1. I once dreamed of flying low over sand dunes
    I earned the rank of Honor Thespian at Immaculata High, in NJ
    Each of the greatest events in my life were predicated by fear and tears
    My first Kiss was on stage
    I have skinny dipped in the Nile river, I think, a real no,no
    My picture made the front page of a newspaper in PA
    I once, long ago,read the … entire book of revelation out loud in my room at the Ramada inn in Birmingham, AL, on my knees for a blessing.
    Thanks Jennifer McClure for the nudge, Jim

  2. How did S. Africa go? Can’t wait to hear the stories.
    7 things eh?
    1. I won Best Actor in High School for 3 years straight. I wanted to go to the School of Perfoming Arts but my mother said that it wasn’t a “real school.” I then had an audtion for AMDA in NYC and missed it because I dj’ed the night before.
    2. I’m addicted to learning new things and won’t stop until I feel like I could do it professionally.
    3. I’ve toured the country on 3 different occasions. I’ve also made the drive from Cincinnati, OH to San Diego, CA twice.
    4. Half of my siblings, along with my father, have lived in England all my life.
    5. My wife and I dated in high school for three years, and then parted ways for six. I, on the west coast, and her on the east coast, we didn’t speak at all. In the end, she stalked me down through MySpace.
    6. My bad teeth (good personal branding) come from having earaches as a kid. They gave me antibiotics that stained them from the inside out, while they were growing in. If I wanted to fix them, the dentist would have to shave them down and cap them. I’d rather just keep my awkward smile, it makes it easier to remember my face.
    7. I have worn glasses since kindergarten. I wore broken pairs until I could afford to buy them myself. I have never worn contacts.3

  3. (1) I was on Oprah in the mid-90’s for a show entitled “A Love Extravaganza”.
    (2) I was a Christian minister from age 19 – 23.
    (3) My daughter recently had a small guest star role on “Two and a Half Men”.
    (4) I once wanted to be the living manifestation of Howard Roark, the protagonist from Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”.
    (5) I recently moved from the faux “OC” (Orange County, CA) to the REAL “OC” (Ohio County, KY).
    (6) I’m the one who “painted” the light fixtures in the bathroom with lipstick when I was 10 — not my sister. (Sorry, Mom!)
    (7) I have a shy bladder. (I know TMI! lol!)

  4. I must have been on vacation last November because I would have responded to this one!
    Here are my 7 crazy things:
    1. I have witnessed 3 births (two of my own, one child of a friend) and 3 deaths (my father, grandfather, and husband’s grandmother). Amazing.
    2. I never learned to ride a bicycle. I never had any interest, living on a very small deadend street. My six year old daughter just learned and I’m feeling the peer pressure to figure it out at age 33.
    3. During one of my first post college interviews, the recruiter asked if I had ever considered being a recruiter. I laughed. Go figure.
    4. I worked backstage at Riverbend in Catering in high school and met Seal and Melissa Ethridge and saw Don Henley’s tighty whities. I was also asked to cook and iron, which I had no prior experience. I was not asked to return. Is that considered being fired?
    5. My best friend from college hosted fun parties. I helped her at parties (I was the organized one, she did the demonstrating) until I ran into an employee. Nothing like seeing your (young) HR rep at a fun party. Akward!!
    6. I met my husband while working at Walmart. He was an Assistant Manager and I worked in the photo lab. Having broken the rules by dating a supervisor makes me a much better HR pro today.
    7. I recently wore a very visible temporary tatoo on my arm to work just to see what people would say. They liked it and suggested that I get a real one. Ha!

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