Thursday, April 23, 2009

Change Your Attitude and Change Your life by Hiring a Motivational Humorous Speaker

Need for Motivational Humorous Speakers. Everybody wants success. Some try for it. And some just wish for success; expecting it to drop from the skies or never dare to try for it. Those who strive for success, by pursuing their dreams or cherished goals, often get stuck and do not have a clue as to how to move on. There is a risk of giving up at this point. That’s when they need a gentle nudge and a pat in the back – they need motivation. This is where a motivational humorous speaker fits in. Motivational humorous speakers spur individuals and organizations to keep moving towards their goals energetically and joyfully. And those who haven’t ever dared to pursue their dreams or goals but wish to succeed – what about them? Motivational humorous speakers draw them out from their shells and set them on the path to success. Motivational humorous speakers make these people believe in themselves and prod them to achieve their goals.
Motivational Humorous Speakers Change Your Attitude. Attitude is everything in life. People with prodigious talent fail in life because of a lack of the right attitude. In every walk of life there are so many failures with a “could-have-been” tag attached to their backs. When it comes to success, the right attitude is more important and it scores over talent. People with the right attitude succeed despite having average talent. Motivational humorous speakers know this very well and target the attitude of their clients. They change the attitude of their listeners by inspiring them with insightful and humorous examples. It is the current trend now to hire motivational humorous speakers to change attitudes and thereby change life for better.
Using Humor as a Tool. Laughter makes people feel good and helps in breaking the ice. Within a few minutes of starting their talk, motivational humorous speakers develop a rapport with the audience and win them over with humor. Their insightful and purposeful talks are enlivened by humor so that the listeners pay keen attention throughout the session. Humor also makes participants drop their defensive attitudes and be more forthcoming in discussing their problems and shortcomings. Motivational humorous speakers help in identifying attitude problems and developing their solutions in an easy and joyous yet purposeful atmosphere. At the end of the talk participants come out as transformed human beings. Their attitude changes for the better and they set themselves in the dynamic path of attaining their goals – both personal and professional. The motivational humorous speakers instill in them newer confidence and zest. No wonder then that these breed of joyous species are more in demand currently.

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Motivation Helps Pilot Land Plane!

From this week's Business of Life
Captain Sully: now a force for motivation
By: Kevin Davis April 06, 2009
Celebrity pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's heroics are now fueling the motivation and inspiration business.
The U.S. Airways pilot who safely ditched his jet on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board, is showing up on posters, T-shirts, mugs, key chains and even neckties.
At Tribune Tower, where there's a mandate for bold change in the media business, a blown-up photo is on display showing Mr. Sullenberger's plane floating in the Hudson with a quote from composer Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time."
The poster is part of a continuing series of inspirational pictures, slogans and sayings the company displays, many of them created by employees, says a Tribune Co. spokesman. The U.S. Airways poster was created by Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams.
"We get them from a variety of people," the spokesman says. "They tend to be inspirational or motivational."
Several companies across the country have been manufacturing clothing and hats with sayings such as "Team Sully," "Sully is my homeboy" and "When I grow up I want to be just like Captain Sully."

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Motivation Helps Pilot Land Plane!

From this week's Business of Life
Captain Sully: now a force for motivation
By: Kevin Davis April 06, 2009
Celebrity pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's heroics are now fueling the motivation and inspiration business.
The U.S. Airways pilot who safely ditched his jet on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board, is showing up on posters, T-shirts, mugs, key chains and even neckties.
At Tribune Tower, where there's a mandate for bold change in the media business, a blown-up photo is on display showing Mr. Sullenberger's plane floating in the Hudson with a quote from composer Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time."
The poster is part of a continuing series of inspirational pictures, slogans and sayings the company displays, many of them created by employees, says a Tribune Co. spokesman. The U.S. Airways poster was created by Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams.
"We get them from a variety of people," the spokesman says. "They tend to be inspirational or motivational."
Several companies across the country have been manufacturing clothing and hats with sayings such as "Team Sully," "Sully is my homeboy" and "When I grow up I want to be just like Captain Sully."

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Friday, April 10, 2009

How Do You Spell Relief? Ha Ha Ha Ha!

How do they spell relief? H-a-h-a-h-a
Group guffawing is creating stress-free zones across AmericaBy Kayce T. AtaiyeroTribune staff reporterPublished April 22, 2007
Like many people with busy lives, Alon Attal felt his spirit was suffocated by the weight of the world. He internalized everything. He took himself, and life, way too seriously.Then he started attending the Chicago Live Life Laughing Club in Palatine to fight back, with laughter.
Traffic jams? Violence and death on the news? Three-dollar-a-gallon gas? Attack it with a laugh, even if you have to force one out to start.On a recent night, Attal kicked off his shoes and stood among a circle of about a dozen strangers. The group began to chant -- ho, ho, ha-ha-ha -- as they jogged and clapped. Then came the role-playing, where they acted out a variety of scenarios, faking over-the top, cartoonish laughs designed to prompt a real one.After a few minutes of hopping around and mimicking the embarrassed giggle of someone who had just stepped in dog doo, Attal caught the bug. His fake laugh became the real thing. A weight was lifted.In meeting halls, recreation centers and church basements all over the country, people are getting together to laugh for no reason. And not just modest chuckles -- we're talking gut-busting, face-contorting, cheek-reddening belly laughs.These laughter clubs are sanctuaries of silliness where the burdened go to forget what brought them there in the first place."I have, like, no stress in my life anymore," said Attal, a 29-year-old physicist from Naperville who has been going to the club for three months. "I started being able to laugh at myself and that changed everything."Laughter clubs, believed to have begun in India, made their way to the United States in 1999. Since then, hundreds of clubs have formed nationwide, according to The World Laughter Tour, an Ohio-based group that trains "laughter leaders" for several hundred dollars apiece.Those laughter leaders then form clubs or offer seminars, usually free to those in need of a chuckle.

Dozen in ChicagoFirm numbers on laughter clubs are tough to come by because many are informal. But the tour's founder says that in the last five years, the number of laugh leaders they've trained has grown tenfold to nearly 700 a year. In the last year alone, at least a dozen laughter clubs have formed around Chicago.There are no jokes or wacky props to illicit laughter. Just a lot of forced laughter at scenarios such as eating soup that is too spicy. But in the chaos of faux cackling, a real laugh invariably emerges. Soon it spreads.In short, you fake it until you make it, said Doug Dvorak, who founded the Palatine club last year."It requires no sense of humor," Dvorak said. "Come with an open mind and the laughter will follow."But for many, mustering a laugh is a lot harder than it might sound, said Edward Charlesworth, a Houston-based clinical psychologist who specializes in stress management.High rates of divorce, personal debt and job dissatisfaction all cause people to lose touch with how to have fun, he said. When catastrophe strikes, such as the Virginia Tech shootings, it compounds the problem."In many ways, the whole media has brought to the forefront the sources of stress and made us acutely aware of tragedy," Charlesworth said. "We don't have the distance from [outside] stress like we used to. If you think of the poker face, a lot of people are holding their emotions close to the vest." Laughter clubs provide a safe forum to let it all out, said Steve Wilson, an Ohio psychologist who founded The World Laughter Tour. Wilson said the mission of laughter clubs is to remove the hurdles as well as the stigma of laughing."There are the humor-impaired, those who are so damaged by life that they are laugh-challenged. They have been shushed because they snort or cackle, or because they've been told it was immature," Wilson said. "We release the inner laughter."While the methods used to prompt laughter vary from club to club, they all have one basic requirement: That you leave your inhibitions at the door. The technique only works if you give in to the craziness of it all. "Move it around, get wacky," Dvorak said, as he wiggled at the waist, looking as if one of his hip bones had suddenly come loose. "There's no judging. This is a penalty free-zone. You are free to be silly."Relieving the stressThe club is in almost constant motion for the whole hour. The participants included a curious 24-year-old bartender and a group of 30ish moms who heard about the club on "Oprah."They pretended to get a funny call from a friend, or that they were evildoers on the verge of world domination, and tailored a laugh to suit the scene. Shelley Ost, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom from Palatine, pretended she was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway. She laughed and honked as she drove in circles, stuck in traffic. Out of breath, she later said she didn't realize that laughing would be so hard. But it was worth it."I have a 3-year-old daughter and two stepkids who are teenagers and they all live with me," Ost said. "I need lots of ways to relieve stress."kataiyero@tribune.com Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Laugh For Life by Doug Dvorak

Doug Dvorak, professional humorous speaker and creativity consultant believes that “Laughter is the Software of the Soul”. Doug assists clients improve their bottom line through the use of humor and creativity. Doug’s clients are characterized as Fortune 1000 companies, small to medium businesses, civic organizations, service businesses, and individual investors and entrepreneurs. Doug Dvorak is a certified sales trainer, management consultant and corporate humorist. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management. But Doug’s sense of humor is no less refined, as he is a graduate of the Player’s Workshop of the Second City, one of the oldest and most prestigious improvisational comedy schools in the world. But what is it that Doug Dvorak really does? First, one must consider, what is it that traverses all people in all places? What tool can improve an employee’s productivity, yet at the same time let them enjoy what they are doing? Humor. The power of laughter can quell the most volatile situation and bring real motivation and pleasure to the most tedious activities. Humor can bring true employee and customer loyalty. Through the unique, original character created by Doug Dvorak, Dr. Earnest Carpediem™ , Doug delivers a highly energetic and creative interactive presentation: “Mega Motivation With A Twist™.” Dr. Carpediem™ is a motivational speaker and gifted psychic that actively solicits audience participation in an enthusiastic and non-threatening manner. Doug conducts personalized presentations and workshops. He speaks to management groups, business owners, and professional associations that appreciate his customized programs which never fail to bring smiles to people’s faces. But regardless of Doug’s comical presentations, he is a consummate business professional whose primary goal is client satisfaction. In addition, Doug is a active member of the National Speaker’s Association® (NSA®).

I found myself being burned out in the mid nineties. I had been a sales executive for the last 15 years, was making a very comfortable living and everything looked great on the outside, but on the inside I was certainly doing more crying than laughing. I was on the rode traveling 4 days per week, my marriage was on the rocks and I believe I was suffering from a mild case of depression. That’s when a chance encounter with a stranger changed my life. At the time I was a regional Sales Director for Boca Research and I was responsible for our company’s booth at Comdex in Toronto Canada. The largest computer show in the country. I flew up a few months early to interview some special events companies that I needed to come up with ideas and a theme for the show. I had always used humor as an effective business and communications tool and I wanted to employ a firm that would come up with a creative and fun theme for the event. I interviewed 3 firms and decided on one that came up with the idea of a circus theme. They suggested a 3 ring circus venue with circus performers that would stroll through our space and speak with clients and perform product demonstrations.

One of the performers and I struck up a close relationship during the show and started doing product demos together. His name was Jim Ince and Jim was a seasoned performer that studied at the Sorbonne in France and was very well known in Toronto. That night I invited Jim to dinner to become better acquainted and pick his brain for some creative ideas. I mentioned to Jim that I really enjoyed performing with him and I wanted to develop my improvisation skill. Jim knew I lived in Chicago, IL and he suggested
That I look into taking some classes at Second City. After I returned from the show I called The Players Workshop of The Second City and signed up for their 2 year program, Creative Expression through Improvisation. The program took us through the creative process of Improv culminating with the students writing, directing and producing our own “Saturday Night Live” show on The Second City Main stage. This was truly a tremendous experience and I learned so much. But what I really learned was that I truly had a gift and passion for Imrov and I wanted to take my life in a new direction.

When I was Regional Sales Director for Boca Research, Inc., a data communications hardware manufacturer. The company participated in the world’s largest computer show, COMDEX. This international trade show is held in Las Vegas every fall ands easily attracts over 3 million people in a one-week period. This particular year, I was charged with running the Boca both. In additional to all the other duties associated with the show set-up and booth management, I was assigned to provide an interesting giveaway item to attract people to the booth.

I put on my creative sales hat and thought long and hard about what would be an innovative, creative and cost-effective way to get client and media attention. I had been racking my brain one evening and came up with only a few lackluster concepts, so I took a break and went out to dinner and a movie with my wife and some close friends. After dinner, I had some time to kill before the movie started so we went for a walk. We happened to come across a novelty store, wandered in and took a look around. One particular item caught my eye – a propeller beanie sitting on a shelf between a pair of Groucho Marx glasses and a bucket full of unidentifiable gadgets. This was an absurd little hat – too small to fit a typical human head – with a propeller boldly affixed to the top. My creative intuition told me I must wear this cap. To the chagrin of my wife, I wandered around the store looking like a complete fool, but I was struck by a thought: “ Technical people are commonly referred to as “Propeller Heads” maybe there’s a tie-in!”

This was not just a new way to amuse myself and embarrass my wife, this would be an excellent industry related gimmick! After checking into the price, I realized this was too good to pass up. I decided to order a gross and emboss the phrase “The Boca Beanie” across the front and give them to current and potential clients.

I was amazed at the overwhelmingly positive response. Clients were falling all over themselves spinning the little propellers absurdly standing atop their heads. I relayed this information to my marketing department and after some further consideration; they choose to follow my idea and purchase 25,000 propeller beanies. When my sales staff and I started giving them away at the show, the response was overwhelming. Boca had the hottest giveaway and the most booth traffic at the show, even more than Microsoft and IBM! Lines of people sneaked through the floor of the presentation hall, blocking other booths, security had to be called d for crowd control, waiting to get to the Boca booth to get their hands on a “Boca Beanie”. As I frantically tried to demonstrate my products toy the overwhelmingly number of people crowded around me, I yelled ““Be cool, don’t be a fool and get your free Boca Beanie”. It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the beanie. Before I was done spinning my propeller, I was interviewed on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and in all the industry trade publications.

This was doubtlessly the most effective sales tool I had ever employed-simple, fun and a little wacky. Most important, the inquiries and sales orders that followed were highly impressive! We set a company sales record because of the “Boca Beanie”. Humorous ideas strike at the oddest times- you can’t force a great idea, it’s born from your creativity and attention to the world around you.

Then in 1998 I was diagnosed with cancer and my dad passed away unexpectedly. It was time for a change. I quit my job with IBM, packed and went to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

My business improved after 9/ll. I was being approached after my presentations and workshops by business executives who would ask how they could infuse more laughter into their corporate culture and leverage humor as a competitive advantage. They would tell me how much better their bottom line was, but that their employees were burned out. The bottom line and the funny line can intersect to create a wonderfully creative and productive work environment. A recent survey published in a major business publication stated that “of over 700 CEO’s, over 98% of them indicated they would much rather hire somebody with a good sense of humor than somebody without one.” Laughter truly is the best medicine. Laughter can improve circulation and respiration, oxygenates the blood, surprsees the stress-related hormones in the brain, and activates the immune system. Laughter also increases the number of disease fighting immune cells, activates the release of endorphins, lowers blood pressure, and combats depression. It’s sad that adults do not laugh more. Children under 5 laugh 400 times per day and adults laugh less than 15. 10 minutes of laughter can provide 2 hours of sound restful sleep. When we laugh the body produces endorphins, the body’s natural healing element. Endorphins are as powerful as morphine

Dr. Norman Cousins’ best-selling author of Anatomy of an Illness and described as the man who laughed his way back to health was diagnosed with ankylosing spodylitiis. The degenerative disease that causes the breakdown of collagen, the fibrous tissue that binds together the body’s cells. Almost completely paralyzed, given only a few months to live, Cousins ordered himself checked out of the hospital. He moved into a hotel room and began taking extremely high doses of vitamin C and also exposed himself to equally high doses of humor. Slowly Dr. Cousins regained the use of his limbs. As his condition steadily improved over time, Dr. Cousins resumed his busy life, eventually returning to work full-time at the Saturday review.

So much more is required from people today. We are living in an age of perpetual motion. Families need two incomes just to survive and so much more is being thrown at people today. We keep reading and being told that our lives are being made easier and richer as the result of technology; I see just the opposite occurring. From cell phones with 120 different functions to Ipods, laptops and the “New Digital Frontier” When laptiops first emerged on the scene all the feedback was extremely positive, “ I can take my office with me” “I’m so much more productive” Who has time for all this new stuff. What happened to the time when you could just sit with a friend or family member and enjoy a could conversation and connect or get reconnected. Maybe that’s why Starbuck has done so well, but even Starbucks has wireless WIFI internet connections now. Our planet is getting smaller all the time, humor can help build important bridges between cultures and countries. As Erma Bombeck once said, “When humor goes, there goes civilization!”

Case in point, consider the tiny Asian country of Bhutan. Bhutan measures financial success by traditional means of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), but also by measuring happiness through GNH (Gross National Happiness). Bhutan recognized the need to its people would be happier if the government focused not only on the material side of wealth but on happiness as well.

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