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How To Be A Professional Speaker

A while back I was at the National Speakers Association with Dr. Brad Nieder…known to his many audiences as The Healthy Humorist. Brad is a good friend, and an amazingly talented and funny professional speaker.  I took the opportunity — and took out my phone — to record his top tips for how to be a professional speaker.

I love what he says about putting in the time and having patience.  (And in his case, having patients.)   Thanks for sharing the advice, Brad!

Thanks Fun Seekers!

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How to be a Comedian

Interested in learning how to use humor in your presentation? Check out Brad’s Got Mirth: Milking Your Presentation for all the Humor It’s Worth.

Learn more about how to be a motivational speaker with my how-to audio here.be-a-speaker-labelweb

Related:
Blog Posts:
How to Be a Motivational Speaker (Part 1) | Get a Mentor
How To Be A Motivational Speaker (2) Choose the Right Topic
How To Be Speaker (3) Format of a Keynote. A Template!
Adding Humor (1) The Act Out
Adding Humor (2): Give the Audience a Voice
Adding Humor (3) What to Do When Your Humor Bombs
Part 7: How to Be a Motivational Speaker — Find A Niche to Make you Rich
Part 8: Be a Professional Speaker — Be Authentic On the Platform

Ok, for you non-readers, here’s the transcript:

Hi, this is Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com. I don’t know everything about how to be a motivational speaker but it turns out I know the people who know how to be a motivational speaker. I’m going to introduce you to Brad Nieder. Dr. Brad Nieder is the Healthy Humorist. HealthyHumorist.com. This guy is hilarious, he’s a medical doctor who’s actually funny and one of the many things I love about Brad is that besides being funny he really took a study towards becoming a professional speaker. So it will give him a chance to tell us one of his top tips about how to be a motivational speaker.

Go, all right, that’s good, good, alright.

Brad Nieder: All right, how to do it. Yeah. The first thing is go to medical school because the M.D. that’s my calling card, that’s what gets me in. So you want to go to medical school and get the medical degree. No, you don’t need to do that. You just have to be committed. You have to put in the time. You have to get out there and do it for free, for a cup of coffee, and make that your lab, and test out your material, and find out what works. And you got to be patient because as good as you might be it’s going to take time for people to find out about you, and for you to make a name for yourself, and to get out there. So get out and steel yourself you’re going to hear people tell you all the time, you can’t do that. Especially if you’re leaving the medical path, which is a very safe, very well drawn out path for you. And you’re going to hear people say, you’re crazy, you’re nuts, you can’t go out there and be a motivational doctor, you don’t know what you’re doing, that’s uncertain, stay on your safe path. And you got to steel yourself for that kind of criticism, and that kind of comments, and you got to stick to your course, do your thing, and write you material, and keep at it and just do it, and have a glass of good scotch.

Brad Montgomery: Alright, so that’s Brad Nieder from Healthy Humorist, HealthyHumorist.com. I’m Brad Montgomery, BradMontgomery.com. Thanks, see you with the scotch.

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1. Skip “Tuesdays With Morrie“…. I’m going with “Thursdays with Clarice.”

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Thursdays with Granny

My grandmother died at age 100. A funny thing happened when when she was a perky 97 year old. Clarice Montgomery is a sometimes grumpy, sometimes childish, sometimes mean but always lovable woman who is also ALWAYS thrilled when I visit her in her nursing home.

When I get there for my irregular visits, she says without fail, “Oh Brad! I was hoping you would come today.” And happily, she is always willing to laugh at my jokes. (Well… nearly always.)

During my most recent visit I realized how smart she can be. Who needs TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE? I’ve got Thursdays with Granny. On this last visit it was a dreary, yucky, cloudy wet day in my home town of Denver. It was one of those depressing days that makes you want to stay home in bed with a good novel. Ok, I’ll say it; the day sucked.

She and one of her aides told me about how earlier that day they got their coats on, and went for a “roll” (Granny’s in a wheel chair) outside in the weather. Yup, you heard that right. My 97 year old matriarch went out to play in the rain.

I made a joke, “Did you jump in the puddles?”

“Yes.” But it was clear that this wasn’t what she wanted to tell me and that my jokes were just in the way. She told me about the smells, the sounds and the feeling of the air. “It was wonderful, Brad. Just wonderful.” And by the dreamy look in her eyes — something I’m NOT used to seeing from this no-nonsense woman — it was clear that it was wonderful.

I felt like an idiot. I was rushing round doing errands, one of which was visiting my granny. She was just another thing to “check off” my list. I was having trouble enjoying the day; I was having trouble being in the moment. And granny was waxing poetic on a short trip into inclement weather.

Yup, Granny is pretty smart. But on that day she was brilliant.

Thanks Grandmother! Love you!

(Now I gotta go put on my galoshes.)

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Why Does Humor Have To Be Clean?

Those of you who have seen my programs know that I work clean. I don’t use any blue humor. Why?

There are a ton of reasons, including the fact that I just don’t feel that you need to “cross that line” in order to get a laugh.

But to be honest, one of the biggest reasons is self serving: working clean is good for business. Because every single client can use a speaker who uses crystal clean humor and comedy. But only a few can use somebody who works blue. Bottom line: the market for clean is bigger.

My theory is that funny comes first. If people are laughing until their faces hurt, they don’t care if you are clean or not. In fact most of them won’t notice. (Have you, for example, ever noticed that Bill Cosby and Seinfeld work very clean? My guess is that you haven’t thought of it… but you know they are funny, right?)

But if you are working blue or dirty, then there always be some percentage of your audience who will freak out. It might only be 1% of the audience, but you’re guaranteed to tick somebody off if you cuss, talk about sex, race and/or gender.

Who wants to deal with that when you don’t need it?

And worse… what if it is your meeting planner, the company CEO or some other crucial decision maker who is in that 1%? Comedy Suicide.

It just ain’t worth it. Don’t take the chance.

Work Clean. It Pays.

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It’s not funny, but…

I had a huge scare with my computer data, and found an awesome service that is so good I just need to share it.

It’s a unbelievably easy to use back up utility that keeps your most important files on your computer safe from error, fire, theft, and random screw ups. And best of all… it doesn’t cost anything. It’s F R E E. What better deal could you ask for?

I use it. My wife uses it, and two of my best pals use it. And several small businesses that I know of use it.

I can’t believe it took me this long to find it.

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1. Cheese Curds Are No Laughing Matter

2. Cool Links That Will Make You Laugh.

Thou Shalt Not Joke About Cheese Curds

Not in Minnesota anyway.

I was recently working in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic (How cool is That?!). Ok, so far, no big deal. I landed in Minneapolis and made the drive to Rochester. Again, so far no big deal.

In the middle of the trip between Rochester and Minneapolis — out in the middle of nowhere — I passed a shop called the Cheese Mart which had a big sign outside advertising cheese curds. It struck me as funny (and unlikely) that anybody would stop at this remote store to buy cheese curds.

Fast forward to my keynote at the Mayo Clinic: I made a bunch of jokes about this store. “Who in the world stops at a cheese store in the middle of nowhere?” I asked. “What is the big deal about these silly cheese curds anyhow?”

Well, it turns out that the joke was on me. A huge percentage of the audience had been to this Cheese Mart. They love it. They go there often. The result of my cheese ignorance from stage was fun and funny. Really funny.

I talked to my client after the keynote speech and they told me more about the Cheese Mart. They told me that the cheese curds (which I had never tried) were delicious, and actually squeaked when you eat them. (How weird is that?)

That got me. On the way back to the Minneapolis airport I knew I had to stop. I had to try these squeaky curds.

Read about my adventure HERE. (And you’ll see video of my curd jokes!)

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Cool Links to Make You Laugh

Think sticky notes could be funny at work? Me too.

Look at the length these guys went to to pull off this prank!

And by the way… how in the world did they clean it up afterwards?

I love how the “victim” is laughing. What do you think?

Here’s another post it note prank gone wild: Think the mood in these offices was sky high after this prank? Me too. If my staff did this I’d kill them. And hug them.

Then I’d laugh.

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If you’re still reading this far down, you REALLY need to find a hobby. It’s over! All done.

Seriously dude. It’s time to get back to work. Don’t you have some email to return or something?

Ok, now you’re just pushing it. You need some serious help with time management. Move on baby! This thing is over!

Since you’re still here, here’s a video of a flash mob performance in Seattle. I love it for two reasons. One, the energy is undeniable. I’d love to be part of one, and I’d love to witness one. Second, what killer marketing for the TV show. Hire some dancers, and let YouTube have it’s way. I wish I had thought of it.

You must be craving more. Why are you here? I bet you have something that you SHOULD be doing but don’t want to. Clean your desk. Get coffee. Call your mom.

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1. A Cool Message from Dorfus Dottydunkin.

2. The Third Wise Man

3. Speakers Introductions Are Boring.

4. Cool Links to Even More Humor.

Nicknames at Work Can Make You Smile

Hi, My Name is Dorfus Dottydunkin.

My 12 year old son LOVES Captain Underpants (which is a very cool kids’ book). Heck, I love it too. The following is excerpted from a children’s book, Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names…

So, here’s how you do it:

1. Use the second letter of your first name to determine your new first name:

a = snickle

b = doombah

c = goober

d = cheesey

e = crusty

f = greasy

g = dumbo

h = farcus

i = dorky

j = doofus

k = funky

l = boobie

m = sleezy

n = sloopy

o = fluffy

p = stinky

q = slimy

r = dorfus

s = snooty

t = tootsie

u = dipsy

v = sneezy

w = liver

x = skippy

y = dinky

z = zippy

2. Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of your new last name:

a = dippin

b = feather

c = batty

d = burger

e = chicken

f = barffy

g = lizard

h = waffle

i = farkle

j = monkey

k = flippin

l = fricken

m = bubble

n = rhino

o = dotty

p = hamster

q = buckle

r = gizzard

s = lickin

t = snickle

u = chuckle

v = pickle

w = hubble

x = dingle

y = gorilla

z = girdle

3. Use the third letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:

a = butt

b = boob

c = face

d = nose

e = hump

f = breath

g = pants

h = shorts

i = lips

j = honker

k = head

l = tush

m = chunks

n = dunkin

o = brains

p = biscuits

q = toes

r = doodle

s = fanny

t = sniffer

u = sprinkles

v = frack

w = squirt

x = humperdinck

y = hiney

z = juice

Thus, for example, George W. Bush’s new name is: Crusty Chucklefanny.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?

Try this for your favorite client. (Or your nightmare client. For your workmate. Your boss. Your spouse. Try it at dinner time with the family. Trust me… it’s pretty funny… even if you’re not eight.)

Yours, Dorfus Dottydunkin

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The Third Wise Man Might Surprise You

During a recent trip speaking in South Carolina I had the good fortune to drive back to the airport with a very wise man.

I was rushed after finishing my keynote to get to the airport. As it was a smaller town, if I missed the last flight I’d have to spend an extra night on the road.

The wise man noticed I was hurrying and we started talking about the over-fast pace by which we all seem to live.

“It just doesn’t make sense. We are all in such a rush, and it just doesn’t help much,” he said. “Like when you’re on the freeway rushing along, passing everybody you can. Switching lanes here, passing people there. And sometimes you notice a particular car as you pass them.”

He continues, “But when you get there, they are there too. That car you remembered passing so long ago is there too? How is that possible?”

Then, this wise hotel shuttle driver was just silent, as was I. It was weird; I was in such a hurry, and — to be honest — I just wasn’t listening to this man that closely. But for some reason, when he talked about the car “being there too” it just got me. It held me.

I said something lame like, “Dude, that story is absolutely profound.”

He just nodded and said, “When you rush to get there, that other guy you passed is already there.”

What’s the point? I thought about that nice man — to whom I gave a huge tip and a copy of one of my books — on the plane and here’s what I think he meant:

Rushing takes a ton of energy, time, and trouble. It raises our stress level through the roof. We get stressed, we get anxious, and we get tired. And in the end, it really doesn’t make a difference. In the end, we “get there” about the same time as the people we were so busy “passing.”

The Three Wise Men: Ghandi. Yoda. And the Embassy Suites Shuttle Driver.

It’s ok… slow down.

(Which is cool because it gives you some extra time to have some fun and play. : )

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Speakers Introductions Are Boring!

Are you a professional speaker, an entertainer or a presenter of any kind? Let’s face it, 99% of introductions for speakers are boring as heck. They are too long. They practically repeat the speaker’s resume´. And they are boring. Really freaking boring.

What makes it worse is that in most cases, the audience has a written copy of the speakers achievements and credentials in their lap DURING this boring introduction.

But speakers and entertainers need introductions. What should you do?

First of all, remember that it’s up to you as a speaker to create and deliver a great written introduction for your introducer to use. (TIP: Use 20 pt font so they can read it without their glasses.)

Second, no matter how long your intro is, shorten it. And then shorten it some more.

Third, make sure that your intro doesn’t duplicate the bio that is in the convention or meeting program.

And finally, (and this is the best one) make sure that that your introduction helps you to connect to the audience. I tell most of the clients in my coaching programs to include something personal and NOT related to their talk. Maybe they are a passionate dog lover. Or they will drive for hours for the absolute best Mexican food. Or that they have a secret passion for cooked spinach.

Why? For two reasons. First, because this type of stuff will usually get a laugh from the audience. And that’s a good thing. Really good. But second, and more importantly, this type of intro will help CONNECT you to your audience. If your audience hears that you are a real person with real loves, real passions, and a real personality, they will relate to you. And after all, isn’t it this sort of connection that professional speakers are after?

You bet…. so trash your old intro and start fresh.

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Finally, some readers love to find typos, grammar errors and other sundry goofs. I occasionally leave them in just to make those people happy. So if you found some… Yippee! It’s you’re lucky day.

If you’re still reading this far down, you REALLY need to find a hobby. It’s over! All done.

Seriously dude. It’s time to get back to work. Don’t you have some email to return or something?

Ok, now you’re just pushing it. You need some serious help with time management. Move on baby! This thing is over!

Since you’re still here, here’s a video of a flash mob performance in Seattle. I love it for two reasons. One, the energy is undeniable. I’d love to be part of one, and I’d love to witness one. Second, what killer marketing for the TV show. Hire some dancers, and let YouTube have it’s way. I wish I had thought of it.

You must be craving more. Why are you here? I bet you have something that you SHOULD be doing but don’t want to. Clean your desk. Get coffee. Call your mom.

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How To Screw Up Your Next Meeting

Let’s Get This Meeting Started…The Right Way!

I know an editorial assistant at ELLE magazine who reports how his boss, the Editor in Chief no less, handles meetings with grace and ease. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: ELLE magazine, high fashion publication, snooty employees and an even snootier boss…it’s The Devil Wears Prada!

However, let me reassure you, this is hardly the case. It’s not an ice-cold office environment with high heels and even higher upturned noses. In fact, my friend assures me it’s actually quite pleasant, and everyone, including Mrs. EIC, is a joy to work with.

Like I said, he cites weekly editorial meetings as an example as to why ELLE is a great working environment. You think these meetings are those types you see in movies: all the employees gathered round a table chatting and as soon as the boss walks in–stern faced as…

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Raining Diet Coke

I went to the National Speakers Association conference in San Diego and roomed with my pal Steve Spangler.

He started the whole viral craze around Diet Coke and Mentos (really, he did!) and at the conference I helped (barely) as he sent up 158 bottles of coke and drenched a bunch of totally psyched up kids.

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It’s fun. Steve’s a great guy, and the product is totally cool.

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Click this link to HEAR me tell you a joke that is safe for you to share with your work mates, your pals, and even your boss!

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If you’re still reading this far down, you REALLY need to find a hobby. It’s over! All done.

Seriously dude. It’s time to get back to work. Don’t you have some email to return or something?

Ok, now you’re just pushing it. You need some serious help with time management. Move on baby! This thing is over!

Since you’re still here, here’s a video of a flash mob performance in Seattle. I love it for two reasons. One, the energy is undeniable. I’d love to be part of one, and I’d love to witness one. Second, what killer marketing for the TV show. Hire some dancers, and let YouTube have it’s way. I wish I had thought of it.

You must be craving more. Why are you here? I bet you have something that you SHOULD be doing but don’t want to. Clean your desk. Get coffee. Call your mom.

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Wanna Be Happy? Make your Choice!

Do you want a good attitude? Want to enjoy your job more? Feel like you would love to be more content at home with your family?

Then here’s the good news, Pork-chop…. you can be. And the first step to making that happen is deciding that you WILL make it happen.

That’s right…. the first step to being happy, satisfied and content is to DECIDE that you will be happy, satisfied and content. Sure, we are all subject to outside influences, stresses and inputs. But one of the main contributors to being happy is the choice we make whether or not we will be happy.

It’s so simple. It’s nearly cliche’. But that doesn’t make it any less true.

How about a real-life example? Glad you asked. I recently got my drivers’ license replaced at the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles. This horrible place is known for bad service, miserable state government employees. Long lines. And general misery. Basically, I’d rather put a fork in my eye than have to go there in person.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. My experience was terrific, and most of it was due to a lovely woman named Margie. After a surprisingly short wait, I gave my money and my paperwork to Margie, and she cheerfully helped me, made conversation, smiled, and was an absolute delight.

I told her that she was breaking all of my preconceptions about what this office was SUPPOSED to be like. And that she didn’t fit the terrible stereotype of a horrible, lazy, grumpy government worker. I asked her what her secret is.

“Oh, the job is what you make it.”

I was stunned. So simple. So profound. So right-on-target. Forget Ghandi. Forget Mother Teresa. I’m telling you one of the great philosophers of our time works in The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles.

My point (and Margie’s) point is that sometimes we have to CHOOSE to make ourselves happy. We “make” our jobs either good or not, and the first step towards a fun job is our choice to make our job fun.

Sure, I know that this simple idea is almost too simple; it’s borderline platitudinous. (Oh! What a big word!) This is also an idea that is very simple, but not always easy. But, as I said before, that doesn’t make it any less true.

Learn from Margie…. if you want to be happy, content, satisfied, and generally positive then decide to be that way. You ARE in charge of your own happiness… and you don’t even need a license.

Frasier Rule of Comedy

When I’m giving my seminars on how to be funny, the number one problem my students have with presenting humor is the fear of failure. And who can blame them? It’s horrible to try something you think is funny and then have a group of people stare at you as though you are an idiot.

Well Fun Seekers, I might have some good news for you: when they stare at you with that blank look they might still be loving you and your humor or comedy. It might be time to remind yourself of the Frasier Rule.

Here’s the deal: I love the TV show Frasier. I will go out of my way to watch re-runs. I think it is a terrific, well-written REALLY funny show. But when I watch it I make my wife crazy because I don’t laugh. I sit still. I stare. I am silent. I don’t even smile.

But how can that be? I just told you I think the show is hysterical?

The answer is that I’m in that mode. I’m loving it. I’m engaged. I’m impressed. I’m appreciative. But I’m silent.

What does this point have to do with you? My point is that next time your audience is silent and staring at you, you might very well be bombing. But there is a better chance that you are not bombing, and that you are interesting, engaging, and amusing. You might even be hysterical.

Your audience might be watching your presentation the same way I am watching Frasier. (Ok, if you’re working a comedy club, you probably need to step up the laughs-per-minute. But all the same, a couple of jokes that get a poor reaction might still be worth keeping in if you consider this Rule.)

There are a million reasons why they might not be laughing… but are still enjoying the presentation. Everything from the room set-up to the time of day to how tired they are to what came before you and what is coming after you. It might have nothing to do with you… they might just be in their watching-TV-mode.

So instead of freaking out, worrying, and considering yourself a total flop, consider the Frasier Rule.

Get over the fear of failure. You’ll never succeed at humor if you let this fear hang you up. And I’m convinced that this Frasier Rule might help you to worry less, take more chances, and be more funny.

For all of the details of the Frasier Rule and a ton of other humor-technique secrets revealed, click here.

Other Resources

Looking for some fun, new music? Check out OK GO and their home-made-ish video here. I like the music, but I love the video. (It’s impossible not to smile and tap your toes while you watch.)

But OK GO gets better, because of all the kids that sent in “reply” videos. Check out this fun video sent in from a bunch of High School aged girls. I don’t know what is funnier… the original or this answer.

Check out these online magic tricks, optical illusions, jokes, and some really funny photos.

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seriously, what are the chances?) You’ll never
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as a result of joining this list. Not that
I’m not pretty strange, but… well… you get the idea.

TYPOS!

Finally, some readers love to find typos, grammar errors and other sundry goofs. I occasionally leave them in just to make those people happy. So if you found some… Yippee! It’s you’re lucky day.

If you’re still reading this far down, you REALLY need to find a hobby. It’s over! All done.

Seriously dude. It’s time to get back to work. Don’t you have some email to return or something?

Ok, now you’re just pushing it. You need some serious help with time management. Move on baby! This thing is over!

Since you’re still here, here’s a video of a flash mob performance in Seattle. I love it for two reasons. One, the energy is undeniable. I’d love to be part of one, and I’d love to witness one. Second, what killer marketing for the TV show. Hire some dancers, and let YouTube have it’s way. I wish I had thought of it.

You must be craving more. Why are you here? I bet you have something that you SHOULD be doing but don’t want to. Clean your desk. Get coffee. Call your mom.

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

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Caramels or Whining. Your Choice.

Or: What does Juice have to do with happiness?

As I tell my audiences, one technique we can use to enjoy our lives, our jobs, and our families more is to CHOOSE to enjoy them more. We can make the choice to have fun. What’s that got to do with juice and caramels? Glad you asked.

Very recently my ten year old daughter got diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. I knew nearly nothing about diabetes 60 days ago. Now I’m way more educated about the disease and can sum up my extensive new knowledge in these two words: diabetes sucks. It does, it really does.

My fourth grader’s life has changed. Now she gets three shots a day, something that makes even some toughened rugby players get squeamish. She stabs her little finders five to ten times a day for a blood test to see what her blood sugar is.

And to top it off, she has to watch what and when she eats.

It’s a huge loss, and my wife and are bummed. (Being “bummed” about diabetes is a little like being “disappointed” with the plague. Anyway…) We are sad about our loss of freedom as a family. We’ve lost a lot of flexibility.

But most of all, we’re sad about what this disease means for our daughter in the long run. What does this mean regarding babysitters? Summer camp? College? Marriage? Childbirth? And on and on.

The big picture is manageable, but it isn’t all that great of a picture. It’s way better than a million possible medical problems because it is “manageable.” But it is also a million times worse than not having it at all.

But the disease has been a learning experience for me.

When our kid’s blood sugar is low, it needs to be immediately raised to prevent some fairly serious potential problems. (Can you say “seizure?” Bleck.) The correction is easy… she eats caramels or drinks juice, and she’s fine.

When she tests her blood and discovers a “low,” her mom and I spring into action. “We need to get that glucose up! Stat! Let’s go! Now!” We’re trying to avoid the crisis.

But when Claire has a low, she is delighted. “I get juice!”

You see, her mom and I don’t give her much juice. So when she gets to go to the cupboard and pick out one of the flavors that she selected at the grocery store, she’s jazzed. The only thing better, in her little-girl opinion, is to have caramels instead.

When her blood sugar is low her Mom and I say, “Oh no!” But all she says is, “Berry Berry!”

When it comes to Diabetes, my wife and I are focused on the long-term fears and the short term inconveniences, of which there are many. But our daughter is focused on the good things that have come out of it: the cool water bottle the hospital gave her, the extra attention she gets from everybody from her parents to the school nurse, the fact that she is suddenly “special” in her class, and the fact that–when she gets low– she gets a piece of candy or a box of juice. Claire loves the fact that she is the ONLY fourth-grader at the school who has a whole bag of caramels in her desk that she is allowed to eat in class, WITHOUT SHARING!

How cool is that?!

Don’t get me wrong. She isn’t always an angel. She complains and whines some of the time. But for the most part, Claire’s willingness to just accept the disease is amazing. Two weeks ago, Claire told me this: “Daddy, I think diabetes is good because life is boring if it is too much the same. And diabetes is something new. So that makes it good.”

Now I don’t mean to brag, but I’m WAY more educated than my kid. I’ve read more, thought more and seen more. I understand the seriousness of this crappy disease better than she does. I KNOW that diabetes sucks. I’m positive.

But guess what? I’m an idiot and Claire is a genius. She gets it. GETS it. She understands that whether or not we chose this disease, it is here to stay. Our only choice is how we are going to deal with it. Are we going to whine about it or are we going to choose to enjoy the juice and the caramels?

It’s such a simple idea that is often difficult to execute: when we are presented with stuff we would never choose for ourselves our only choice is to freak out about it or to do our best to enjoy it. So easy. Yet so difficult.

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go with my daughter. Pass the juice and toss me a caramel.

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Office Practical Joke (That Won’t Get You Fired).

 

I recently wrote about an awesome practical joke where you appear to crack the bones in your neck, but you don’t really do it. Duh.

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it will get your meeting off to the right start. Read the details and how-to HERE.

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First of all, I hate Spam…
(unless it’s fried). I never rent, trade or sell my
email list to anyone for any reason whatsoever. Not
even if they give me $1 Million. (If they give
me $3 Million, you might be in trouble, but

seriously, what are the chances?) You’ll never
get an unsolicited email from a stranger

as a result of joining this list. Not that
I’m not pretty strange, but… well… you get the idea.

TYPOS!

Finally, some readers love to find typos, grammar errors and other sundry goofs. I occasionally leave them in just to make those people happy. So if you found some… Yippee! It’s you’re lucky day.

If you’re still reading this far down, you REALLY need to find a hobby. It’s over! All done.

Seriously dude. It’s time to get back to work. Don’t you have some email to return or something?

Ok, now you’re just pushing it. You need some serious help with time management. Move on baby! This thing is over!

Since you’re still here, here’s a video of a flash mob performance in Seattle. I love it for two reasons. One, the energy is undeniable. I’d love to be part of one, and I’d love to witness one. Second, what killer marketing for the TV show. Hire some dancers, and let YouTube have it’s way. I wish I had thought of it.

You must be craving more. Why are you here? I bet you have something that you SHOULD be doing but don’t want to. Clean your desk. Get coffee. Call your mom.

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

Since you’re here …might as well check out my blog. (Hey! If you can’t fight it, embrace it!)

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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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