"OMG - I've just morphed into Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction."
Got a crush? Admit it.
Ok. Here we go. Andrew Hyde is a Colorado based entrepreneur, blogger, traveler, minimalist, founder of Startup Week + Startup Weekend and all round amazing guy.
Through my friend Atlanta Daniel, we coordinated for Andrew to be a key note speaker at Brand Collective's SS17 Sales Conference.
After following Andrew's adventures around the world, I finally had him there - right in front of me as part of an event I was organising. I was pumped.
So when it was time to introduce him, I was somewhat nervous.
As I looked to the audience, gearing up to present my well rehearsed opening speech and introducing Andrew - I stumbled.
Instead of the intellegent welcome I had practised, I delivered something like this...
"Super excited to have Andrew here today who I have the biggest man crush on - this is such a fan boy moment for me."
I said what? OMG - I'm so single white male.
"I've followed Andrew's adventures for many years and read almost everyone single one of his blog posts." Now, I sound like a stalker.
It gets worse.
"I love Andrew," I announced. "Oh, I mean I love what Andrew stands for and everything he does."
I couldn't help myself.
Wow. Please earth swallow me. Feeling somewhat vulnerable, I concluded my welcome.
Andrew took his position and I took my seat as I painstakingly replayed in my head every line I just delivered, trying to understand why I just didn't stick to the script.
I was overcome. I was so excited to have Andrew here I was lost for words and emotion took over.
Questions flew through my mind. What was Andrew thinking? What was the team thinking?Did they get what I really wanted to say or did they think I've just morphed into Glen Close from Fatal Attraction? Did I do Andrew justice and give him appropriate credit for all his amazing achievements? So many questions in my head that I was missing Andrew's intro to the team.
And then, he said it.
"We all need to take inspiration from each other," Andrew explained. "We all need to be a fan boy or a fan girl and it's what helps us on this journey. Just like Niko did, we need to talk about who inspires us and who we're learning from - that’s a good thing."
"During my conversations with people in Australia, it takes minutes or so before somebody mentions the 'Tall Poppy' syndrome and I think really? Why is this an issue? Why the focus on cutting people down? Why can't people just support each other and talk people up?"
"You live in an amazing country where you can do absolutely anything - the opportunities are endless,” Andrew continued.
"So, help each other, work together."
"As Niko showed us during his welcome," Andrew said, "it's cool to be a fanboy or a fangirl and more of us need to talk about our inspirations."
Now, I love him even more.
So show emotion and be authentic. Never shy away from sharing how you feel about the people you most admire. Afterall, we're all looking for leadership and inspiration.
Picture: Andrew Hyde captures the attention and imagination of the Brand Collective team.
Innovator. Disruptor. Skywalker. Entrepreneurship, startups and political campaigns are my thing. I'm the founder of 1derground, StartUp Fest Australia and a proud StartUp Grind Ambassador. Politics is a passion, working with the Greens on Local, State and Federal Elections - I also campaigned for Hillary in the USA. A former journalist and media broadcaster, I transitioned to a leadership role at a multinational pharmaceutical company, before becoming a corporate rebel and joining the startup community. I then worked as Head of Sales & Innovation for Brand Collective in Australia and New Zealand with a mission to disrupt and redesign retail. Now I'm spearheading my own consultancy helping individuals, startups and corporates disrupt. I'm also COO at MarineTraffic - helping transform shipping. You can also find me somewhere between US + Europe + Australia, speaking at conferences and events.