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Gin and Topics: A Pep Talk from a Kid and a Dancing Kid

By: Gini Dietrich | February 1, 2013 | 

How is it possible January is already finished?

I feel like the weeks are going by so quickly. I get up on Monday morning and I look up and it’s Friday afternoon.

Does that mean I’m getting old (don’t answer that!) or we’re just really busy and having so much fun time is flying?

Whatever the case, it’s already February and my birthday is in NINE DAYS (and Lindsay Bell’s is in 10 days and Martin Waxman’s is in 11 days). Mark your calendars!

In the meantime, I’m going to do a snow dance to see if Mother Nature will gift me enough to ski for a few days. If you’d like to give me a birthday present, I’d love for you to do a snow dance as well.

Or, you can just hang out here and watch some funny and inspiring videos to start your weekend off right.

1. Matt Damon Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Show. For those of you who do not watch the show, for more than 10 years, Jimmy Kimmel has signed off every night by saying, “Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time.” So Matt Damon plot out his revenge and took over the show one night. The following video is my favorite clip from the night – of Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman – but the link up there ^^^^ has a ton of clips from the show.

2. Old Lady Hits Car. I can’t remember if I shared this one or not, but who cares? It makes me laugh every time I see it. Seriously, Christina Pappas and I send it back and forth to one another and laugh every, single time.

3. Dancing Kid at Pacers Game. This. Is. Hilarious. This kid has serious moves. Where did he get those hips?! I mean, really. He’s going to be all sorts of trouble in high school. Also, his dad looks really familiar to me. Anyone know who he is? Special thanks to Jessica Malnik for the find!

2. A Pep Talk from Kid President. This is great! It’s a pep talk from a little boy. He talks about Michael Jordan and Journey and Robert Frost. Not only will you be inspired to kick butt, you’ll fall in love.

1. Meaningful Micro-Engagements. I realize this isn’t a funny video, but I’m so proud of Jeannie Walters, my heart is bursting. Not only is she a fantastic speaker, this TEDx speech is full of so many great little nuggets (including Big Foot crying), you’ll be happy you spent the 12 minutes to watch.

And with that inspiration, I leave you with your weekend.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • Oh my god, that old lady rules! And Kid President, I heart you! 
    Time to research birthday gifts! 🙂

    • @katskrieger You know you got me addicted to those chocolate sea salt caramels. I order from them every three months or so. I BLAME YOU!

  • I’m using the time to enjoy this week’s Gin & Topics as a light spot in a technologically-challenging day. Always, love the little old lady hitting the car. Adored the kid dancing and truly appreciated the kid’s pep talk to POTUS and Jeannie Walter’s “Meaningful Micro Engagements”. Well done, @ginidietrich !

    • @allenmireles That kid at the game has some serious moves. Those hips? Wow.

  • What a wonderful surprise. Thank you for including my talk! You are the best.

    • @jeanniecw I’m so proud of you!

    • Mr.D

      @jeanniecw That’s a fantastic talk!  FUSER! Well done!!!

    • @jeanniecw A wonderful, meaningful talk!

    • rdopping

      @jeanniecw Loved it.

  • Gini Dietrich

    Procrastination at its best right there!

  • OMG, Kid president is freaking awesome!!! “Not cool Robert Frost”!
    Love the old lady, and the other kid dancing has some moves I may need to copy!

    • AnneReuss

      @yvettepistorio I’m with you. Time to bust some moves this weekend in the living room!!
      So proud of my Chief Investigator @jeanniecw Everyone was laughing with her and loved it at TEDx!

      • @AnneReuss  I was so happy to FINALLY see the video. She was sooooo good!

    • @yvettepistorio Did you see they made t-shirts with that on them??

  • Arment Dietrich, Inc.

    I tried putting it up earlier, but the link was broken…then I was sidetracked with client work 🙁 I’m terrible!! ^yp

  • Great job, Jeannie!

  • HowieG

    Naperville has a TED?

    • @HowieG Your mom.

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich I have been to Naperville. You live there?

        • @HowieG Naperville is about 40 miles west of the city. I live in Wrigleyville, a half mile from Lake Michigan.

  • HowieG

    BTW the old lady she knew EXACTLY where to hit to get the airbag to blow. I bet her purse has a brick in it too.

    • @HowieG I was kind of impressed his airbag blew. I want to do that on my bike.

  • KevinVandever

    Thanks @jeanniecw

    • @KevinVandever  Why you giving away all my secrets? Mr. Shaking IT Up.

      • KevinVandever

        @ginidietrich They’re good secrets. I’m just jealous. Shaking IT Up was the Spin Sucks for IT of the early-to-mid 2000s

  • Gini Dietrich

    Silly, not YOU! Spending time watching videos is procrastination for others.

  • That kid has some serious dance moves.  🙂

    • @jessicamalnik So funny! Thanks for sending it to me!

  • belllindsay

    @jeanniecw that talk was *brilliant*!!! Oh my god, the Groupon thing? “That was mean, Hope you’re happy!” Hahahaha!! I sat here while watching and said “Yep, I would have resubscribed right there. Boom. They would have had me back” Brands have to realize that people are smart and actually have senses of humour (what?). Instead of being afraid that a slightly offbeat message might offend 1 person, what about the 99 others it thrills? You really nailed it with your talk. Congrats. 
    I also loved Kid President: “some dude called Journey” – LMAO!, and I agree @Gini Dietrich – dancing boy’s dad looks crazy familiar to me also.

    • @belllindsay  The humor thing is a big for me. We seem to forget, in business, how important that is. I guess it’s the feeling of not being buttoned up means you’re not professional. Dumb.

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  • That kid is scripted, lives at home with his mommy and daddy, and has never had a job or any bills to pay. Let’s see if he’s singing that same tune 10 years from now…Yeah, I know – I’m a party pooper.

    • @danperezfilms Of course he’s scripted…what 10 year old can quote Robert Frost, Michael Jordan, and Journey? It doesn’t make it any less compelling or interesting.

    • belllindsay

      @danperezfilms Scripted. But hilarious. 🙂

  • I already have your birthday gift picked out. 😀

  • rdopping

    Poor Derreck. Sheesh.
    Hey, it’s Sunday and my birthday is only 11 days away!
    First @Gini Dietrich , then @belllindsay , then @martinwaxman  and finally ME!

    • @rdopping  February birthday babies unite!!

      • KevinVandever

        @ginidietrich @rdopping YES! Unite! So that you can plan how best to celebrate March birthdays.

  • Fuser — I loved it @jeanniecw Excellent TED talk with great visuals and a great message! FWIW, I always thought Big Foot was a big softie. 🙂
    Kid President 2016!

    • @Adam | Customer Experience  I’m telling you, Big Foot crying made me laugh out loud!

  • Immediately had to share a couple of these to my Facebook feed (the old lady deploying that airbag with some “pop” and the dancing kid). I already shared that Pep Talk from Kid President…that’s been my favorite over the last couple of weeks. The kid’s got talent!

  • Wow I loved Jeannie’s talk! That’s for sharing.