In college, I took a class called “The History of Circus in America.” Now before you judge me and my liberal arts education, you should know that I was pursuing a double major (Pre-Med and Psychology) as well as a minor in Drama. I had so many required classes that I only enjoyed two elective
How Would We Do That?
Recently, a colleague said to me, “I guess there really is an art to running a meeting.” The comment came after we had spent two hours that felt like several days in an airtight room with blinding fluorescent lights where the chair of our volunteer committee not only had trouble keeping to the agenda but
A reprint from Speaker Magazine, the magazine of the National Speakers Association. One of the most common questions funny people get is, “How do you ever come up with that stuff?” As a professional humorist (as opposed to an amateur humorist or even an unprofessional humorist), I can tell you that there is a formula
Several years ago, on my way to return a rental car, I went to fill up the gas tank. I casually mentioned to the colleague who was riding with me, “I wonder what side of the car the gas tank is on?” He casually said, “The gas gauge will tell you.” I was shocked. I’ve
One of the most common questions funny people get is, “how do you ever come up with that stuff?” As a professional humorist (as opposed to an amateur humorist or even an unprofessional humorist), I can tell you that there is a formula for seeing the world as a comedian does. It’s called Congruent Incongruence
As parents, we get invited to a lot of events when our kids are growing up. There are band concerts, scouting events, graduation parties, and the occasional fundraiser to support the many extracurricular programs that seem to always need more funds to do what they do. Thank goodness my kids didn’t have to sell Amway
Many of us live in an world of regular routines and yet we have multiple opportunities to live in a world of new experiences. The familiar can limiting but the unfamiliar can open up many possibilities. My daily exercise routine often takes the form of brisk walking through our neighborhood and then through an adjacent cemetery.
When I show speakers how to add humor to a presentation, inevitably, an accountant or an engineer in the audience will say that they don’t see how they can make their topic funny. My initial thought is, “It’s just like an accountant or an engineer to think that way.” Then I remember that I’m married
Recently, I read an article about a man who is running from Los Angeles to San Francisco…backwards…to inspire people to try something new. Apparently, this guy has been running backwards for 46 years and even competed in few marathons. It brings a whole new meaning to “he took out several competitors along the way.” I
This is a great article from Ragan Communications on how to improve your writing. Here is a taste and a link to the entire article. The artwork of M.C. Escher shows crazy worlds in which staircases appear to go nowhere and people “sit” upside down or sideways. The plywood pillar at your local museum is