Note: Join author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, for a live program, Remarkable Customer Service on November 2 in Madison Heights, Michigan. Attendees will receive a free, signed copy of Michael’s newest book, Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas for Speeding Career Success. Disney’s seven secrets If you’re going to study the art and science […]
Seems like everyone is in the persuasion business these days. Advertisers find us through television, direct mail, billboards, radio, YouTube videos, pop-up ads, and even when we least expect it. My dentist uses a ceiling tile to promote a teeth whitener. Marketing companies track what we post about on Facebook and then arrange for us […]
When it comes to presentation tips, people want help fast. Most speaking coaches know how to get to the heart of the matter right away. But not all are good at conveying their ideas. Even fewer are good teachers. Watch how I get right to the point and almost instantly help an audience member become […]
“For God’s sake, don’t say ‘yes’ until I’ve finished talking.” -Daryl Zanuck, Film Producer Selling is not about you talking, it’s about the prospect talking–even during your presentations. Important things happen when the prospect speaks. You’ll learn more about the prospect’s problem when she is talking. You can learn why the prospect is […]
Seven years into his career with the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford has finally decided to get a quarterback coach. As a sales coach who often deals with the psychology of people who need help, I find this story fascinating. The narrative is roughly the same for everyone–even superstars: You try something on your own and […]
It’s a hard to be in the funny business. Nobody, um, takes you seriously. The job requirements for a comedian are a constant exercise in futility: You must always be “on,” even when you’re not working Unlike musicians who can play their hit songs forever, comedians must constantly generate fresh material All humor makes fun […]
Compliments are great for relationships; but not everyone is good at giving them Men have never been the best at giving compliments, right, ladies? That’s why it’s good to know that there’s a place you can send men to learn the fine art of saying nice things to other human beings–even to other men. That […]
You’ve been there, admit it. You’re working on an upcoming presentation and come up with an idea that’ll really wow ’em. The idea is slightly crazy because the gimmick is really not worth the risk, but “Oh, what the heck,” you say. “I’ll try it anyway!” Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, used such a trick […]
Everyone goes fast. Make it your business to stop fast. Tweet This There’s big business in being different than others. Today’s lesson in stopping is presented by Houston Rockets guard, James Harden. The NBA star has just been given the biggest contract in NBA history. The Rockets have agreed to pay Harden $170 million over […]
There’s nothing funny about humor. Tweet this
At least that’s what professional comedians think about the subject. It turns out that the route to a person’s funny bone is quite strategic and even cerebral.
And the trip to the funny bone is often goes through some dangerous territory. All humor makes fun of something or someone, so the art of comedy should be be handled very carefully.
That’s why so few professional speakers are funny. Humor is not easy.
Recently, Detroit’s Metro Times, interviewed several comedians on the art of being funny. Here are their suggestions, along with a few of my own.
Comedy tips from the pros
There’s a lot going on in The Perfect Sales Call (PSC). This important interaction involves dozens of power phrases that must be properly tested and delicately timed. Verbal cues must be matched by corresponding non-verbal cues, depending on whether the interaction is a phone call or a physical meeting. Of course, tone delivery, and timbre […]
I often joke during performances that “almost everyone has a dad.” Whether you have a good relationship with dear ol’ dad is another issue. Family members can really put your communication skills to the test. Something about long-standing relationships often has us reading old scripts. The result? Even a simple family dinner can be very […]