The only thing I regret is that I didn’t think of this first. My kids are too big now (or are they? CAN you tape a ten year old to the wall with a roll of tape?)

Ok, the challenge is on. I’ll see which one of my three kids will volunteer for the big-kid version of this trick, and we’ll have the camera ready.duct tape

What’s my point? I don’t have one. Which, come to think of it is my point. Sometimes it’s ok just to have a good time; to leave our email, dishes, and problems behind and just create some laughs. And, in this case, flippin’ funny photo.

Got any funny pics of your kids? Send ’em to me and I’ll blog them!

Cheers,

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Keynote Speaker, Humorist, Duct Tape Enthusiast

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For any doubters about the power of humor (and it’s relation to business and the “bottom line”) read on:

According to the November, 2007 issue of the Harvard Business Review, one of the ways to build the brain and exercise “cognitive fitness” is to “Read Funny Books.”

“Humor promotes insight and enhances our health – even the immune system seems to love a good joke, as it is strengthened by the user of humor and the perspective it offers.”

Other brain gym activities:
Play games
Act out
Go “walk about”
Try new technologies

Bottom Line: Funny is good for your brain.

I’m just back for a speaking for a group of fine folks in North Dakota. They wanted more than just a motivational speaker: they wanted somebody to come and facilitate some actual change.

I was jazzed about the program…and even more jazzed now. Check out this cool letter from one of the participants:

Brad,

I was part of the SENDCAA/Headstart you spoke to in Fargo, ND. I just wanted to let you know that I took home the idea of talking about something funny that happened during the day. My 3 year old daughter has grasped this concept and brings it up every night at dinner. Her exact words are “What is something silly happened to you today?”. Every night we talk about something…although she doesn’t always understand what is silly (she just says something that happened-i.e. I read a story today about sharks), it opens up a conversation for everybody. It catches people of guard when they are visiting, but everybody appreciates it!

Thanks for the great idea!

Alanna
Fargo, ND 58104

How cool is that!? I love my job as a motivational speaker. But hearing that we actually create change is unbelievably flattering. Way to go Alana!

I was working with group of government employees for the State of Colorado when they told me about “THE ROCK.” (To be honest, I cannot remember which client it was… I think it was the Colorado Housing Authority.)

Here’s the idea:

When somebody in the office does something well, or especially helpful, or especially noteworthy, they are awarded, “The Rock.” It’s just a painted rock on a plate.
the rock
They keep it on their desk, giving them bragging rights until the next employee, sometime down the road, earns the rock.

The result? Improved morale, laughter and fun, humor in the workplace, and employee retention. And all that with a budget of, get this, $0! Zip. Nada. Gratis.

Humor in the workplace for free? You betcha. What a killer idea. Effective and cheap.

It kills me when I work with administrators and managers who are willing to improve morale and WANT to improve morale, but have no idea how to do it. Yet this great Colorado group came up with an awesome idea that has lasted for years ‘d1 and is still going strong ‘d1 for free.

Need some humor in YOUR workplace (and don’t like painting?) Learn more about my keynote speeches and motivational programs here.

Cheers.

Brad Montgomery
Colorado Motivational Speaker, Humor in the Workplace Expert, Fan of Rocks

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