When They Call You a FAKE

When They Call You a FAKE

Shannon here with a crazy story that just happened at a recent talk we gave on stage.

If you’ve seen Mark and I on stage before – yes, we make sure to have a great time. 

We laugh, we flirt…we rock our talk and the stage.

And if you’ve seen us OFF the stage, you know that we also LOVE to have a great time.

We laugh, we flirt…you know ; )

We invest in ourselves and in our relationship to be as authentic and REAL as we can. 

Which is why we did a double take when this crazy little thing happened the other day.

So we’re on stage, rocking our talk – and afterwards, we’re answering questions in the back of the room.

A woman was waiting to talk to us – so when the crowd diminished, she approached us.

Point blank:

“Are you guys for REAL? Or are you just putting on a show? Are you really like that?”

Mark and I literally did a double take we were so floored by the question.

I thought in the moment though, that as a SPEAKER – this is what you’re going to be up against.

Speakers put themselves OUT THERE

Speakers are COURAGEOUS and willing to be VULNERABLE

Speakers are driven by PURPOSE…which deflates the fear of “not good enough”

So I just replied:

“We do our best – and yeah, we like to have fun – it’s who we are”

Then Mark drew his arm around me, gave me a hug and we both smiled.

The woman smiled back and replied:

“You know, that’s beautiful.

I’m just not used to seeing that kind of loving energy.”

Let me ask you:

“How do YOU deal with TOUGH questions from your Audience?”


Your story and insight will inspire the Tribe – thank you!


In your corner and by your side,

Mark & Shannon

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7 thoughts on “When They Call You a FAKE”

  1. Avatar for Big ImpactHQ

    Great answer by both of you! That is better than having to have your dad’s come out and give her a verbal “what for!” LOL!
    Love ya both!
    Dad and Tim

  2. Avatar for Big ImpactHQ

    Your answer was “Authentic Truth”, it is both unassailable and visceral. Anyone that has seen you comes away with the sense of having seen something that is rare, and that is the tragedy. It is a shame more of us do not allow for unbridled honesty in everyday life.

  3. Avatar for Big ImpactHQ

    Good story. You’re blessed to have each other’s love and support. I think because you both realize that, the mutual appreciation radiates on and off stage. We don’t often see enough of that in relationships, both business and personal.

    Thanks for sharing !

  4. Avatar for Big ImpactHQ

    I first saw you both 2 years ago in Oakland when you were in a different stage in your relationship. Now seeing you in Berkeley, the love and care for each other and for the people you help has a solidity that is palpable. I’m excited to see you at the next Big Impact Live 🙂

  5. Avatar for Big ImpactHQ

    Being authentic is what people want. It can be scary at times. As a doctor people expect me to be perfect. But they are relieved when I tell stories of how I am no different than them. 🙂 Love You Guys!

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