Up and Away… Contract THIS!

I just spoke as a funny motivational speaker and humorist in Florida to an Air Force Contracting group… the folks who do the buying for our men and women in blue. Great group of people.

The particular office who brought me to do my speech for the world wide contracting conference was the Air Force Special Operations Command / 16th Special Operations Wing.

After talking to them after my speech it seemed to me that they could give a Short Course in Humor in the Workplace. They do it all the time… it is practically institutionalized.

For example, they have a Sponge Bob frisbee. Whenever one of them makes a goof, (or does something silly or embarrassing) they all yell over the cubicles that “Marcy” or “Bill” has now got the frisbee. And they send it over to their desk.

The effect? It allows them to laugh, instead of cry. It helps make them a better team (’cause they like each other and enjoy laughing with each other).

The frisbee is something you’d rather avoid. But it is like being teased by your best pals… it sort of makes you feel like one of the group.

Way to go folks. Humor in the workplace? Yup, if you work for the 16th Special Operations Wing!

Here’s something cool: One of the humorous and funny Las Vegas Motivational speakers, John Kinde, gave my website a plug in his ezine!

How cool is that!?
Thanks John. Wonderful to work together. :)

Speakers mastermind group?

I’m part of an amazing group of Colorado motivational speakers: we meet regularly to basically support each other’s business. We act as each others sounding boards; each other’s board of directors.

We are all busy, and to be honest, I have not always been the best team member.

It is a very impressive group of speakers: Motivational speaker LeAnn Thieman is a huger player (publisher and coordinator) of many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Awesome Design expert and dynamic speaker Fred Berns has successfully become THE expert on sales within the design industry. Elaine Dumler has turned herself into THE expert on personal connections for military families. (When you think about it for even a second, this has a huge and immediate value to the individual families w/in the military, as well as a huge impact on the greater organization. Motivational speaker and networking expert Sarah Michel is a go getter, and her audiences totally love her. And Jay Arthur is a deep thinker (and excellent speaker) who is able to help huge corporations save money (and make money.)

(To answer your question… no. We are not all motivational speakers. )

It is a seriously impressive group of speakers… I’m flattered to be among them.

My point? If this group of people thinks that they need help and support, don’t you think it’s time that you got some too? We all need coaching… perhaps you should start looking for some … right now.

I was in Las Vegas and caught the Vegas entertainment The Blue Man Group with my pal Lindsay. What a hoot. Totally original. Very funny. Audience participation…. big time! They are some seriously blue entertiners. And tons of humor and laughter.

To be honest, not my favorite show. But I still enjoyed it a great deal and was glad to see these entertainers at work. Great stuff.

las vegas blue man group photo

IBM looks funny

When I was a motivational speaker and humorist for IBM we had a bit of fun with clown noses. I had a bunch of jokes and ideas about how clown noses could be worn at work (for a dose of humor in the workplace) and I’m telling you — they went nuts.

I gave a bunch of the clown noses away at the next event there in the hotel…. and the humor kept on going.

Think YOUR business or workplace could use a few smiles? Think YOUR staff might benefit from a little bit of lightening up?

clown noses

clown noses

Check out other ways I incorporate simple toys with my work as a motivational speaker.

Well… while we are “at war.”

Just back from Florida where I was a Military motivational speaker for the Air Force (Contracting Officers World Wide Convention — Destin, Florida.)

These folks do the buying and negotiating of all of the goods and services that the Air Force needs…. everything from sleeping bags to motorcycles to bullets to ping pong tables.

It was a really fun group for a number of reasons.

• The audience was great. I’m thinking that military groups are especially responsive because they all CHOOSE to be there. (Remember, it’s an all volunteer force.) Sure, people also choose to be part of corporate groups, but somehow it feels different. To me it felt like, for example, even the folks in the back row were excited to be there. (In corporate groups, often the back row is reserved for people to read the news paper and barely pay attention before they sneak out early. Not this group.

• I was so flattered to be given the Challenge Coin from Mr. Charlie Williams, the senior man there. This is a pretty big honor; I was flattered. (For you military folks, his official title is Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting) … and the Assistant Secretary (Acquisition).

• I got a standing ovation! How cool is that? The thrill of that never diminishes. (I hope not.)

• I met a wonderful contracting officer, Bill Johnson, who was my liaison… he drove me to/from the airport, and generally made me feel important. Kept calling me “Sir” even when I begged him not to. Called me a “DV” for distinguished visitor, something I joked about on stage. And generally treated me like…. a General. But best of all, he is a super friendly guy who loves his job, loves Florida, and loves meeting people.

• Best of all, got some heartfelt response from the audience afterwards. Their job is vital in a time of war. It is crazy busy, and often very stressful. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like much fun. So when I encouraged them to do their best to “enjoy the ride” and to remember that even when they are working as hard as they are (and for high stakes as they are) they they are to always try to do their best to enjoy themselves.
I’m humbled and flattered to have been a motivational speaker for such an important and vital group ( who are serving our country in thousands of thankless ways) and that apparently, for a few at least, my message of humor and laughter was helpful.

Think I like my job? Nope. I love it.
military speakers clients:  bill and charlie
Here is my contact, mr. Bill Johnson, and Mr. Charlie Williams, the big cheese of Contracting.

Health Care motivational speaker and darned funny woman Karyn Buxman just sent me her latest e-newletter, Lytebytes. She does a great job… you might consider checking it out at Mind-full.com

Check out this tiny excerpt:

How do you spell relief?

A Taiwanese man is enjoying a real breath of fresh air after his surgeon removed a foreign object from one of his bronchial tubes—his dentures! It gets better—they’d been missing for three years! He’d looked everywhere for them—well, almost everywhere… Apparently it took three years for him to develop any respiratory problems from the alien artifact. I’ve got a friend who suffers from constant foot-in-mouth disease, but I think this guy has her beat.

Thanks Karyn.

Talk about humor in the workforce? How about humor in the AIR FORCE!?

This is another picture my client Bill Johnson sent me from a recent dress up day (no… NOT Halloween) at their Air Force Contracting Officers office. They explained that they had to have their regular duds there to wear to office meetings in other work groups, but that these costumes were great fun for them all.

And even other people from other departments made it a point to come to the contracting office to see the wacky stuff they were strutting.

Apparently that week changed their entire mood.

Awesome. Gotta love a military folks who can keep a smiles on their faces even when times are VERY tough.

funny military photo

As I returned from a job in Las Vegas I noticed something really cool: their airport administrators have a sense of humor. Like so many other airports, Las Vegas has video monitors instructing folks about how to get through security.

But Las Vegas took the time (and effort) to get some of their famous entertainers, comedians, and even magician Lance Burton to be part of the the video.

Here’s a photo of some clowns taking their shoes off (and instructing the rest of us to do the same.)

And here is another photo of one of Las Vegas’ comedians Carrot Top struggling with a bag that was too large.
funny las vegas humor in the workplace photo
Cool. Think a sense of humor helps? I do. I’ve NEVER watched those instructional videos at any airport. But in Las Vegas I was one of a crowd that wanted to see them all.

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Humor in Business.

Just heard from comedian Jeff Allen. He is a very funny fellow. We worked together in a comedy theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for 190 shows in three months. Felt like a life time.

Jeff has since gone to rock the Christian market (who knew there was a Christian market : ) and is just doing great.

He is a great talent. And a great comedian. Whether or not you are Christian, I think you’d enjoy his cd: Happy Wife, Happy Life.

Way to go Jeff!
comedians:  jeff allen