Tami Evans has a message for you: Embrace your inner dork. Evans, named one of the top ;ive new speakers of 2012 by the National Speakers Association, will seek to remind the world that
everyone has a dork side during her MPI keynote address
at IMEX America, October 18-20 in Las Vegas.
Maybe it’s having two left feet on the dance ;loor, or
having a big collection of neckties—all of which have coffee stains on them—or being afraid of speaking before
groups for fear they will laugh at you (which Evans de;i-nitely isn’t). Everyone has a foible that keeps them from
being a perfect human being. That’s what Evans wants
you to embrace and, in fact, laugh off.
“To be able to embrace your inner dork is a powerful
way to admit to yourself that you don’t have to be per-
fect,” she says. “I think that [obsession with perfection] is
the No. 1 blocker to development and certainly is a block-
er to motivation.”
The central tenet of Evans’ message as a motivational
speaker is that as long as you are bogged down with the
pursuit of human perfection you’ll likely never be able to
break the bonds that keep you from achieving your high-
“Put your perfection on pause and let your personal-
ity and passion prevail,” she fre-
quently tells audiences.
Evans, a classically trained
actress with a masters degree
in repertory theater from Wayne State University and a
founding member of actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company, likes to laugh about her initial, awkward
failures in getting acting work in New York when she
went there to seek fame.
“I told myself that in order to get an acting job I need-
ed to be absolutely perfect,” she recalls. “So I practiced
and practiced—I got an acting coach—and when I went
to auditions I felt like my performances were perfect, but
I never booked a job.”
Finally, after redoubling her efforts for perfection Ev-
ans took the subway to what she felt was her most im-
portant audition yet. Her makeup and wardrobe were
so impeccable that she felt amazingly attractive and she
even ;lirted with her own re;lection in the subway win-
dow, she says.
But her self-esteem was de;lated, as she stood on the
sidewalk in front of the audition location when a woman
came up behind her to tell her that the entire back of her
skirt was tucked into her pantyhose.
IMEX America keynote speaker Tami Evans says that if
your audience is laughing, then they are also listening.
BY ROWLAND STITELER