Thanks for the great entries in Free Book contest for writing a funny photo caption.

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Thanks… and good luck!

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Brad Montgomery

Humor in the workplace? Sure, it’s a great idea, but how are you going to do it? I mean, how specifically are you going to do it?

Well, I have one great idea… Monkey Mail. You have to check this site out… it’s hilarious, fun, creative and best of all, easy.

Basically, you go to the site, choose a few “accessories” for your monkey, and then call and leave an answering-machine stylemonkey mail message. After the Monkey Mail computer works it through, it syncs up your voice and the monkey’s mouth.

So… what’s this tool got to do with Humor in the Workplace? How can you use it to make YOUR workplace and work culture a bit more fun?

Glad you asked:
• Follow the lead of a friend who is the chief at a Colorado Springs hospital. When he has to communicate with his staff, he uses this tool for the communication. Think this earns a few smiles?

• Need to check with a ling-time client? Maybe somebody who hasn’t heard from you in a while? This is the perfect tool. Your clients will aHumor in the workplace? Sure, it’s a great idea, but how are you going to do it? I mean, how specifically are you going to do it?

Well, I have one great idea… Monkey Mail. You have to check this site out… it’s hilarious, fun, creative and best of all, easy.

Basically, you go to the site, choose a few “accessories” for your monkey, and then call and leave an answering-machine style message. After the Monkey Mail computer works it through, it syncs up your voice and the monkey’s mouth.

So… what’s this tool got to do with Humor in the Workplace? How can you use it to make YOUR workplace and work culture a bit more fun?

Glad you asked:
• Follow the lead of a friend who is the chief at a Colorado Springs hospital. When he has to communicate with his staff, he uses this tool for the communication. Think this earns a few smiles?

• Need to check with a ling-time client? Maybe somebody who hasn’t heard from you in a while? This is the perfect tool. Your clients will appreciate you’re creativity and will welcome this break in their day.

• How ’bout sales? Do you have a client who needs a final “push” toward your product or service? Think they need to hear from you but you want to avoid pushing too hard? Use Monkey Mail! It’s perfect.

I think it’s hilarious.

What do you think? Would you use it? And give us your best ideas about how it might work in your office?

Learn more about my humor in the workplace seminars and keynotes here.

Brad Montgomery
Humor in the Workplace Speaker, Seminar Leader, and Comedianppreciate you’re creativity and will welcome this break in their day.

• How ’bout sales? Do you have a client who needs a final “push” toward your product or service? Think they need to hear from you but you want to avoid pushing too hard? Use Monkey Mail! It’s perfect.

I think it’s hilarious.

What do you think? Would you use it? And give us your best ideas about how it might work in your office?

Learn more about my humor in the workplace seminars and keynotes here.

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Hungry for just a snack? Some finger food? I’d love to know how many of these fries it would take to fill YOU up.

For some reason it tickled my funny bone: I would love to be at Mickey D’s with the kids, put ’em in the booth while I come back with three trays like this.

Can you imagine how it would be?

Or how ’bout this: your loved one is overweight and you arrive with a Big Mac for you and this order for him or her. Funny? You bet. But kiss your marriage goodbye.

Or next time your boss says, “I’m just a little hungry…” :)

Tiny edible fast-food meal
A Craftster competition to produce edible, miniature food inspired a wife-and-husband team to prepare an incredibly tiny fast food meal, complete with miniscule fries and a tiny soft drink — they also made a miniature tray, cup, and fries-bag.

I give you, miniature fast-food… Our burger was a little over one inch tall and about an inch wide. After we took all the pictures we cut the tiny burger in half and each ate half. It tasted awesome… Everything was handmade, including the tiny buns.

Thanks Boing Boing

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speakers: Corporate Comedian, And Still Hungry

I’m just back from speaking to the New Orleans, Louisiana chapter of the National Speakers Association. I was there to teach ’em how to be funnier in their professional presentations. I was flattered to be asked to speak; and I was flattered with an amazing room-full of talented speakers. (And a few entry-level speakers who wanted to learn how to become  motivational speakers or comedians.)

I presented my humor & comedy technique program, Got Mirth? Milking Your Presentation for All of the Humor it is Worth.

After the program, I was thrilled to get a tour of the Katrina devastation from Louisiana motivational speakers Gerard Braud and Jean Gatz (both have great senses of humor and are first class people.) The Katrina tour was amazing: I’m rarely speechless (heck, it’s my job.) But I was absolutely amazed at the damage, the extent of the damage…(the flooded neighborhoods just went on and on and on)… and at the “abandoned” feel of those ruined neighborhoods.

But look at this trailer. (Yup, it is a FEMA trailer!) What I loved is that these people were doing their best to rebuild their soggy house. And this particular house was in a lousy neighborhood, simply because 98% of the remaining houses were destroyed and empty. No neighbors.

But they painted those steps with Mardi Gras colors! New Orleans spirit — and humor — in the face of difficulty. I loved it.

Ok gang…

I promised a few resources:

1. For those of you who asked me about the best way to get audio and video on your site, you should go here.

2. This is the free copy of Hooked on Humor, which is a free audio program I’m doing with Scott Friedman. If you want to see some of the audio product I’m working lately, here’s your chance!

3. If you liked what we talked about, but would like to hear the stuff we didn’t have time too. (And think you might benefit from hearing what we did talk about more…I encourage you to consider buying an mp3 of the program. It’s good stuff… besides, my kids need new shoes.

I have a favor for those of you who were there at the program in New Orleans: Could you leave me a comment? What was the one (or two) things that made you say, “Ah Ha!” What did you take away from the program that was most helpful?

Thanks again… I was proud to present to the New Orleans, Louisiana Chapter of the National speakers Association.

Yours,

Brad Montgomery
Louisiana Speaker, Motivational Humorist, Teacher!

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I do. : ) How cool is that?! I was very flattered to be invited.
I just got to speak to the Colorado Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

What a blast… you folks flattered me by having me present a program on the top things I WISH I knew about this speakers business when I started nearly two decades ago.

I had a really great time; thanks Folks.

I promised a few resources:

1. Here is the link to the pool of Colorado Motivational Humorists.

2. This is the free copy of Hooked on Humor, which is a free audio program I’m doing with Scott Friedman. If you want to see some of the audio product I’m working lately, here’s your chance!
3. For those of you who asked me about the best way to get audio and video on your site, you should go here.

I have a favor for those of you who were there at the program in Denver, Colorado: Could you leave me a comment? What was the one (or two) things that made you say, “Ah Ha!” What did you take away from the program that was most helpful?

Thanks again… I’m proud to be part of the Colorado Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Yours,

Brad Montgomery
Colorado Speaker, Sometimes-Teacher, Professional Goofball

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(Keep reading and you may earn a free book!)

Ok, so you are having another boring corporate meeting meeting. Nobody wants to be there, and the doughnuts are just not enough to get people in a good mood, much less a creative and success-minded mood.

What do you do? Well, I have a ton of ideas for meeting ice breakers and warm ups, but one of my favorites is to print out an odd or unusual photo from the internet or some magazine, and have a brainstorming session of possible captions for that photo.

Before you give it a try, know that you’ll need to set some ground rules for this ice-breaker.: The rules for the brainstorm session need to be made clear. I use something like this in my creativity seminars:

“Ok let’s see if we can come up with some easy rules before we start. First of all, can we agree that only one person talks at a time?” (Of course they’ll agree.)

“Can we agree that there will be no bad ideas…. all captions are good, because we’re going for volume, not quality…. deal?” (They’ll agree, because nobody will want to feel stupid if they come up with something lame. Sometimes I take this a step further and ask them if they think that anybody who says ANYTHING negative has to put a dollar in the middle of the table for next week’s doughnut upgrade. This is really fun… they’ll love it.)

“Our goal is to just find a bunch of captions… not to be funny. So if you come up with a funny one, that’s great. But don’t feel pressure to be funny… just come up with a caption. Deal?” (If you set the goal to find a “funny” punch-line or joke, many people will seize up and shut down. Just tell them that you want a bunch of captions, and trust me, the funny will happen.”

That’s it! It’s easy. Just have somebody write down the ideas on a dry-erase or even a note pad. See how many you can come up with, and then increase that number at your next meeting. Set a time limit of 3 minutes or so, but if they are cranking them out at minute 5, let ’em!

You’ll be amazed at the positive creative energy you’ll create with this simple little task.

humor me bookWhat’s that? Put my money where my mouth is? Sure, glad you asked.

Earn a Free Book!

Write a caption for this photo…. I’ll send a FREE copy of my e-book Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter to the 3 best submissions. (Just use the comment field below, and be sure to list your URL.)write a caption and win a free book

 

 

My entry for the mock caption:

“You should see what the Tin Man got!”

 

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humor in the Workplace Seminar Leader, Corporate Comedian

PS. Submit your caption to th at lion-and-woman photo and win a free copy of my ebook Humor Me!

My post about magician Doug Henning was picked up by a cool website at iTricks.com. Check out their post here.

Brad Montgomery
Corporate Magician

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For whatever reason, Denver, Colorado has a greater than average population of motivational speakers and humorists.  This fact is cool for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that we are pals and get to see each other more often than we would if we lived in different states.

One such speaker is Rick Butts…. check out a new blog of his at http://www.motivationalspeakerdenver.com

Thanks Rick… I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you do with this site.

Cheers.

Brad Montgomery
Denver Motivational Speaker