Welcome to Cordes & Company

This company’s website has bios of all of their folks. What I love best is that they actually take the time to poke fun at themselves.

Check out a sample:

Linda is the person that keeps the office running. She manages the office and performs most of the accounting and related analysis for the various Cordes entities and all of the receiverships. She is in charge of more checkbooks than any other woman we know. She, even more so than Rob, has quite a penchant for detail. Please do not ask her to round anything. Everyone knows that she can’t be reached from 11:00 A.M. to noon during the business day because that is her lunch hour and you do not mess with her lunch hour (she’ll get kind of cranky).

Some companies might think this tongue-in-cheek tone makes them less professional. That it might make them seem like they don’t take their job seriously.

I think the opposite is true. What do YOU think?

Brad Montgomery
Humor in The Workplace Expert, Speaker, Goofball

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Need some humor in your workplace? Maybe I can help?

This is a cool article about the growth of magician/performer skills. This guy is right on! You could change the word “magician” to speaker and it would be just ast true.
Look at this excerpt:

Glenn Bishop “Bish The Magish”: Magic’s Problems?
Being BAD is not a problem because you only get good by being BAD FIRST! And when you are bad you stick with it you will become good if you are bad often enough by doing lots and lots of shows. Magic is like sports in a way that you have to get in there and do it. You can’t be a basketball star by the study of basketball. Or training to be a basketball player. You only become a basketball player by PLAYING THE GAME. And playing the game is the only way that you could become the best player or M.V.P. And to get that you would need to play a lot of games but to do that you have to start by being bad.

Do you think he is right?

Brad Montgomery
Magician, Motivational Speaker, Comedian, and Sudoku Fan.

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This blog rocks: Jasonspage.net

Crazy funny news. Careful… you’ll spend more time there than you plannned.

http://www.jasonspage.net Besides, Jason is about THE nicest guy on the planet.

Hey sports fans! My blog on adding passion to the speaking industry was picked up by a very cool blog about football. Yes… you read it right. Football. Cool… check it out.

Multiple Mentality
Here’s a different place to start the Carnival: Brad Montgomery asks what does motivational speaking have to do with football? Simple: football is fun. So why can’t speaking be fun too?

Original Post: What does Motivational Speaking Have to do with Football?

Brad Montgomery
Football fan AND Motivational Speaker

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ABC News: Simon Cowell Takes His “American Idol” Search to Vegas
Wannabe singing stars on “American Idol” have been known to cringe whenever judge Simon Cowell speaks. Would-be magicians and other Las Vegas-style entertainers could soon become just as nervous if the acid-tongued Cowell finds a judge as outspoken as himself for a new talent competition

What do you think? Good idea?

I wish they had Comedian Idol.

Brad Montgomery
Magician, Comedian, Motivational Speaker, Fire-Man-Wanna-Be

My seven-year-old Ben was making a ton of noise at a family card game. (Crazy 8’s if you must know.) Tons of noise from a little kid.

We were having fun, so I challenged him, “Ben, if you can stay quiet for two minutes, I’ll give you a quarter.”

Ben started shouting, “Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! …. “

When my wife and I finally understood (and stopped laughing), I clarified myself. “I said if you can STAY quiet for two minutes; not if you can SAY ‘quiet’ for two minutes!”

More family humor here

Actually, the opposite is true.

Brad Barton is now one of my newest speaker pals. He is a magician / motivatonal speaker based in Ogden, Utah. (His main market is youth and education groups, but does a fair amount of work in the corporate world as well.)

His family hosted me on a recent trip to Utah (where I was speaking to the regional chapter of the National Speakers Association) and I got to better meet this awesome speaker. I can tell you this: not only is he talented, but he is… well… nice. Really nice. Really, really nice.

This may sound corny, but this got me thinking that there is a connection between speakers who can present awesome programs, and the “likable factor” of those same speakers off stage. Brad is just as likable OFF stage as he is ON stage. I’m convinced that he would still be a decent presenter even if he was a jerk; but there is no way he would be as powerful as he is now.

He’s a genuinely friendly guy and an awesome presenter.

Coincidence? What do you think?


I believe that humor has two parts: the ART of Humor and the SCIENCE of Humor. (Pal and fellow corporate comedian Mark Mayfield helped me articulate this point.) It is totally possible to teach the Science part of humor… the anatomy of a joke, some easy techniques that are just formulas… they work for any audience. And we can talk about how to learn the art.

But that second part, the ART of Humor is a toughie. Yes, I can (or any studied humorist can) help others become more funny. Yes, I can help you make your presentation less dense, and I can help you can connect with your audience. And I can help you understand and immerse yourself into the art of humor.

But in the end, you’ll have to teach the ART to yourself. And not everybody will master it.

So… yes, humor is teachable… but only to a point.

What do YOU think? Can you teach (or learn) how to be funny?

Check out my Got Mirth program here.

You Bet!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” (Charles Schultz).

I really like this site. www.bored.com
If you don’t have any humor in your workplace, and you need a place to procrastinate, this site is pretty cool.

My own personal procrastination station