Ok, perhaps I should explain. I just did a full-day seminar / training for the support staff at Colorado Mountain College. This is a great group of folks that run the many campuses all over the state.
I commonly take groups for a 1/2 of training and motivation. But I was lucky to get this group for a fully day. (From a guy who used to do 20-minute magic shows, this is a big change.) But with a full day, we’re really able to create some lasting change.
It was an absolute hoot for a dozen reasons. But top on that list was that this group of folks were ready to commit. They were ready to give what I had a try. And the result was awesome.
Not all groups are so willing. With most of my seminar and training clients it takes me a while to get the group to trust me and to be comfortable. Sometimes that takes a ton of time and energy. Don’t get me wrong; I love a challenge, so wary and skeptical groups bring their own rewards.
But this group from Colorado Mountain College was gung ho (whatever that means, but I’m pretty sure it means they were up for anything that seemed fun and valuable) from the start. Heck, they were laughing while I was being introduced. (It’s disturbingly hard to take credit for that…. but I’ll find a way.) They were kind enough to write a very cool leter. Check it out:
I had several people tell me that our retreat was the best ever. One woman told me she had been to 18 of them and this was the best ever. Everyone had such a great, fun and valuable time. I owe most of that to you. Thanks – you’re great.
While we had only two people in the whole room that sit on the “president’s staff” I thought it was hilarious that you managed to pick them both – our CFO within the first few minutes and then our head of HR, Kelly, who will now forever be known as Ruth.
Today was our president’s time to present to the group. He asked our VP of Academic Affairs, Brad Bankhead, to assist. This guy was not invited to attend the retreat -(there is a “student services retreat” that is geared to those who work more on the academic side.)
He was asked to be there at 10am. He arrived to hear everyone raving about the great day we had with you, the great dinner, the belly dance lessons, the magic, the hot tub parties, card games and the great breakfast this morning (more than the cheesy thing). He got up on stage and started pouting saying “thanks for inviting me to your retreat and be here at 10 after the great dinner, belly dancers” ….etc….. “I had to get up really early and drive 3 hours to get here by 10 . . . . .” and simultaneously our group yelled out “lame!!!”
After looking a bit startled he continued and said, “yeah, you all had this great breakfast and I get here for my choice of soda or water……” and our group simultaneously shouted “how cool is that?”
Again he looked pretty baffled and everyone laughed hysterically. Brad continued on with his PowerPoint presentation with several somewhat boring slides of statistics and the audience of 1/2 hung over people were fidgeting in their seats and then one slide came up with one sentence that said “the success of our college is measured by the success of our students” and our group simultaneously shouted “How cool is that?”
You made a lasting impact.
[Note: I have learning-sections in my training titled “Cool or Lame?” and another called, “How Cool is That?!” She was referring to those segments in the seminar.]
Aw Shucks. I’m absolutely thrilled it went so well. And to hear those words, “You made a lasting impact” is like winning the Olympics (except without the medals, endorsements or Wheaties box.)
Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Kids. How cool are you?
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Keynote Speaker, Colorado Mountain College Fan, Proud That it Went Well!
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The Ability to Make Others Feel Good Will Help You in Business.
Bill Clinton was famous for – among other reasons – the ability to make people feel great when he was with them one on one. (No Monica jokes, please. I’m making a point.) Hundreds of people wrote about how the President made them FEEL during their interaction.
Whether or not you like him, it’s hard to argue that a two-term President wasn’t successful in some ways. One of the reasons for his success was this undisputed ability to make others feel good about him.
Clinton reminds us that personal charm is a piece of the success puzzle. Good news, sports fans: I’ve got another piece for you and it will make you laugh. If you’re lucky, that is.
JoAnne Bachorowski, a psychologist at Vanderbilt University, studies the acoustics of laughter. Her research tells us that the acoustics of laughter (the actual frequencies and sounds of somebody laughing) makes us feel good.
It seems subtle, so maybe in case you missed it, here it is again: science proves that the sound of laughter creates a pleasant response in others. Wow. You laugh; your ‘audience’ has a enjoyable experience.
In other words, people who hear us laugh respond with a positive physical response. And making others feel good enables us to shape their behavior towards us. It pre-disposes them to feel good towards us.
If you can make others feel good they are more likely to feel positive about us. It’s true. It’s science. Just ask Professor Bachorowski.
Why Should You Care? We ALL want to shape other’s behavior towards us. Whether it is as leaders, as sales people, managers, as employees, as friends, as parents, as customers…. You name it! And one of the easiest (and coolest) techniques we can use to get what we want is to laugh more.
You’ve heard Fake It Until You Make It? Yup, it works with laughter. (Unless you laugh like Santa or a hyena, that is.) But if you have a reasonably good ability to FAKE laughing, that laughter will still serve you. And if it is real, it will serve you even better.
If you WANT to be a person of influence – and we all do – then you’ll be more effective if you laugh.
Science proves it: laughter works.
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Motivational Keynote Speaker, Lover of Laughter, Humor Expert