I spoke in Florida for a group of contracting officers recently doing my humorous motivational keynote speaker gig…. check out this photo of me sent in from a new friend in my audience.

Pretty classy, huh?
Florida teeth

Check out my work as a Florida Keynote Motivational speaker here.

Ok, I admit it…. having kids isn’t ALWAYS a laugh a minute. Not always easy to find and enjoy the funny side of kids when they are having a tough day. (Or if YOU are having a tough day.)

But somehow by recording this fit from our kid Ben, this less-than-fun time became funny to my wife, Kim, and I.

(Feel free to send this to any of your friends who don’t think birth control might be important!)

Check out the fun side of my family here.

Check out this cool photo we just found of me doing magic in a tiny village in China. This was really fun reminder about how cool it is to be a magician.

I’m sure these folks had seen magic before; but I’m equally sure that they had not seen many magicians. So I was getting a fresh crack at being their first real magic experience.
a magician visits china
All I did was a few coin tricks… tricks that I have done for years. But the response these tricks earned was just terrific; my new Chinese friends apparently had a great time. But I had an AWESOME time.

Magic is cool… it was a fun reminder that although we all know magician’s tricks are not real, they are still a ton of fun. Being a magician is cool.

Check out my work as a corporate magician here.

Motivational speakers need motivational speakers?

I’m about being invited to present at the Utah regional chapter of the National Speakers Association. www.nsautah.com

I’ll get another chance to present GOT MIRTH? Milking Your Program for all the Humor it is Worth.

It’s a program where I teach presenters (both professional and non-professionial) how to add more humor into their program. It’s a fun program to do; and I’m flattered that they want to learn from me.

(One of their members saw me present this GOT MIRTH program at a National Speakers Association Humor Lab, and apparently was duped into thinking I actually know what I’m talking about.)

The event will happen in March…. Live in Utah? Hope to see you there!

work shoes

How funny would your boss and clients think YOU were if you showed up to work dressed up in these bad boys?

Need some more comfortable humor in the workplace? Check out my seminars here.

Suzanne Vaughan is one funny person. An old friend, she is one of my favorite inspirational and motivational speakers based here in Colorado. She is charming, charismatic, and super talented.

Learn more about this Colorado Motivational Speaker here.

Thanks Suzanne!

Check out my work as a Colorado Motivational Speaker here.

I was on the phone with a perspective speaking client, and I thought our discussion was worth sharing.

She wants to hire me to be their motivational speaker in Austin, Texas and is in the final stages of arranging the venue. She will be working with a corporate group in Texas. One night they want me to come in to make them laugh; to use some humor to put their workplace in perspective.

The question is: Is it better to have a motivational speaker like me there at the resort — in a banquet room — or to move the entire group (and the speaker of course) to an off-site restaurant?

What do I think? Of course it is up to the client, but my belief is that they will get WAY more bang or the buck from any motivational speaker if they do it at the conference resort.

The resort will make sure the Audio/Visual requirements and Platform are right. They will have their wait staff trained to not interrupt during the presentation. And there will be — guaranteed — a good place to host a speaker. A proper room.

At a restaurant, the AV will be iffy, and must be brought in from the outside. (Read that: pain in the neck and expensive.) The wait staff will interrupt with coffee and clearing service. (Because that is what they are trained to do.) And there is a good chance that they will arrange a less-than-perfect location for their speaker to stand. It might be mediocre, or it might be on a milk crate in front of the kitchen doors. (Yes… I have done that before. :)

If the goal is to have a good meal away from the resort… by all means leave. If the goal is to have a speaker bring a message of motivation, of inspiration, and of humor…If the goal is to bring the group together as a single unit and to expose them to something that they experience and enjoy and benefit from as a group the client must set up the situation to facilitate a good event . And trust me friends, a restaurant won’t help. It’ll hurt. Big time.

(It’s worth it: I my experience, getting a corporate group that works together to laugh together is a very powerful teambuilding experience.)

Let’s face it: you can have THE best motivational speakers in the world (Zig Ziglar meets Carol Burnett meets Bill Cosby meets Tony Robbins) and your event will stink if you do it in Applebees.

Or even Applebees on steroids. :)

Want the most value from your motivational speaker? Put ’em in the conference center, invest in proper audio/visual technology, and help prepare you group to hear the message before they start.

Helpful links:
Learn more about my AV suggestions here.
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I don’t even know if it is real…. what do you think?

Does your group need an escape — but still want to keep your clothes on? Maybe you folks need a really funny speaker!

Hey! This is sooooo cool! Check out the standing ovation the Air Force Contracting Officers’ world wide meeting and convention. They hired me to do an after-lunch humorous motivational keynote.

It was really fun and funny. They were great people… it was fun being their speaker.

As if that isn’t enough, check out the gift they gave me after my speech.

Check out the Movie of the Standing O!

This is exactly the fun I’m talking about in my motivational keynote speech, Ordinary Magic.
My point is that you NEVER have to look that hard to see something that makes you say, “How Cool is That?!” Humor is everywhere… including, in this case…. in some huge naked guys in New York City. :)

Sumo wrestlers in New York

These Sumo wrestlers, dressed in their traditional Mawashia, crossed Seventh Avenue in New York, on their way to a ‘weigh-in’, for the ‘World S.U.M.O. Challenge – Battle of the Giants’ at New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2005.

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