Smiling — It Works In Business

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The Latest from Brad Montgomery

1. Smiling CAN get you more of what you want.

2. Help Me With YouTube and Get a Free Book

3. Presentation Tip: Smile!

4. Cool Links to Even More Humor.

Smiling as a Second Language

I spent three weeks with my family in Guatemala over the holidaze. (What can I say? I have a great job.) I learned about a million things: Spanish, Poverty, Geology, and Food. I also learned that you probably cannot spend too much time with your kids.

But the most surprising lesson I learned is about the power of the smile. And I learned that I have a lot to learn.

Let me explain. During my day-to-day interactions with people, I use a bunch of humor. I joke with everybody from my wife to the teller at the bank to the woman at the grocery store. I feel that I get more of everything when I joke. More fun, less stress and even better service.

Rewind back to Guatemala. I don’t speak Spanish. And what I do puts me well into the category of, say, an underachieving pre-schooler. In other words, my command of the Spanish language is … er … lame. (I’m not kidding, I’m really bad at it. I probably know about 200 words, but only two of them are verbs.)

This means that my humor came to a dead stop. If you can’t use the language, you can’t make jokes. There are no plays-on-words. No subtle sarcasm. No witty comebacks. My entire arsenal of humor was all wet.

Read rest of the story — and see how it applies to you.

BONUS: See some cool photos too!

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Help Me With YouTube and Get a Free Book

Let’s face it… I need to get my videos on YouTube rated and rated high!

Many of you know that Ratings on YouTube are important. And I’m not above bribing.

If you visit my preview videos and

* Give at least 3 of my videos a 5-Star rating

* “Favorite” at least 2 of them

* Leave a positive comment on at least 1 of them…

I’ll enter you into a drawing. Just let me know that you did it (Can you say “honor system?”) and a bunch of you (chosen randomly) will win a copy of my eBook, Humor Us: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.

(I’ll give at lest 15 copies away…perhaps more if there are more of you that help me achieve HIGH Ratings on YouTube.)

I’m counting on you! Here’s the link again!

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Presentation Tip: Smile (There’s a Theme, Peeps!)

I was coaching a terrific speaker when it stuck me that she had no idea what one of her greatest assets was: her smile.

Yup, she had great content. Yup, her technique was terrific. But what I think REALLY made the connection between her and her audience was her smile. She has this awesome, authentic, genuine and charismatic smile.

She used it plenty; but my advice was to crank it up even more.

Smile. Smile. Smile some more.

No matter how much you THINK you are smiling; I guarantee that you should do it more.

Do you present? Do you sell? Do you communicate? (If you have a pulse you do at least one of those.) How can you do it better?

Show Us Your Teeth!

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There has to be a better way to procrastinate than this!

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