A few years ago, a stand-up comic I know and like made an interesting comment about a situation that I have experienced, and continue to face, with regularity. That situation- people who are organizing fundraising events for charities, or non-profits, ask if I would be prepared to appear at them without pay.
I’m sure you’ve attended Town Halls, or conferences where the panels, or “fireside chats”, are flat (or worse, cringe-worthy). But, even in instances where they are reasonably tolerable, I believe this is a HUGE missed opportunity for organizers. Having a professional moderator, or Host, can elevate these communications opportunities from beyond informative to inspiring. Continue reading “Painful Panels”
I’ve never recommended using humour as a go-to in keynote presentations. For a professional comedian, that’s weird, right? I think humour, in the wrong hands, at the wrong time, can be detrimental in sharing your ideas. It’s not that I think you should NEVER use it. And by “the wrong hands”, I’m not saying that comedy can’t be learned and used by non-professional comedians.
I’ll get to what’s not obvious about the attached interview in a moment. What is obvious about the story being told is: selling products and services is a form of storytelling. So, Kathy Klotz-Guest is right- why is it that when people are in the “office”, they suddenly stop communicating a story like humans, and become more like jargon-speaking corporate robots?
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