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The Latest from Brad Montgomery
1. How To Feel Rich At Work.
2. What Does American Idol Have To Do With Pro Speakers?.
3. Cool Links to Even More Humor!
How to Feel Rich at Work! (This is a fun, cool idea!)
Here’s a killer idea to improve the humor in your workplace courtesy of one of my clients, the Florida Department of Revenue.
They have “Anniversary Day.” It’s an awesome idea in a good news / bad news kind of way … and you should steal it.
Somebody makes up a tacky sign that says, “It’s My Anniversary!” on it. It’s made out of cardboard, has a string, and is meant to be worn around the neck like a necklace on the day of the anniversary that you started work at that office.
That’s the Bad News.
What’s the Good News? Everybody else in the office has to give the Anniversary Person a dollar on that day. They can use it to treat themselves to a lunch, or to a killer dinner with their spouse… whatever.
Try this great idea at your office starting today.
What American Idol has to Teach Professional Speakers: Or, What I learned from Taylor, Carrie, and Fantasia
Okay, I admit it. I watch it. I ogle each week. I confess: I enjoy American Idol! There, I said it. It’s not like I have a Clay Aiken action figure… at least not that I’ll admit. However, if you’ll indulge me for just a bit, I’ll show you how American Idol can teach speakers a thing or two about rising to the top of the crowded and talented world of professional speaking.
Aside from the universally accepted wisdom of The Simpsons, lessons from the FOX network have just gotta be few and far between, but there is something to be said for what American Idol can teach us as professional speakers. And that lesson is that talent and content are important, but in order to reach the top you need more: you need a unique and engaging personality.
I worked a few years ago for 190 shows in a comedy theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was called the Glasgow Comedy Theater and has since gone out of business. It was a crazy — and really hard — time of my career. Anyhoo, right down the road there was a sort of hacky Hee Haw Style show.
I just found this clip that is probably the highlight of that barn show. No, this isn’t me. No, this isn’t my old theater. But it brought back a ton of memories. Enjoy the video here
Are you a believer in the power of levity and lightheartedness and its ability to help your organization get to where it deserves to be? Are you having trouble convincing the masses? Give us a call. We can help.
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Since you’re still here, here’s a bonus YouTube video for you. This thing made me laugh. Hope you enjoy it. It is totally worth 4 minutes of your time. (And apparently you have 4 minutes.) It’s of an opera at a market in Europe. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3sLHPjkpNE
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