Gerry Thompson gives a talk illustrating three big ways you can learn from standup comedians in order to be better and more effective at public speaking and presenting – 9 minutes of highlights. [Read more…]
How stand-up comedians can teach us priceless skills for life and work
People think that all comedians do is be funny and make people laugh – but this is only a fraction of the story.
Stand-up comedians demonstrate a truly amazing skill-set. Comedians are courageous, inventive, engaging, and daring. They live life on the edge. Comedians expose themselves and their vulnerability, and the source of their comedy is themselves and their lives. They are incredible communicators. When disaster strikes, they can often turn it into triumph. Sometimes they fail, and die on stage – but they’ll be up there for the next show, when they may well be storming it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could be inspired by them to apply some of these attributes at will in your life and work?
“Most of my life I don’t have much fun, and the rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all” – Woody Allen
Perhaps the most immediate kind of disaster which one thinks of in connexion with comedians is when a performance going wrong – that proverbial ‘dying on your a*s’. But the topic we’re going to look at in this chapter goes a great deal further than that – learning from all the ways that comedians use their art to address the nastier stuff that happens in life. This attribute, I suggest, represents the greatest and most potentially transformative learning opportunity that comedians offer us. [Read more…]
Linguistic influence of the German economy
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. [Read more…]
Many business people attend networking events to make new contacts and generate leads. Here’s a humorous starter list of behaviours guaranteed to get you nil results. [Read more…]