“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 […]
Americans live in interesting times. The most evolved society in history has overall, made an extra effort to be more patient, more tolerant, and to withhold judgment. Wait, what? Withhold judgment? We’re taught in schools and church not to judge others. Almost every day I hear someone use the phrase, “I’m not judging here” or […]
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
I write articles so you don’t have to. Tweet this
Everyone that sells a product or service knows that it’s a good idea to post article content to promote your brand and drive traffic.
But who has time to write?
The problem is even more complicated for people who aren’t writers.
So, here’s an easy solution– publish other people’s content. And you can easily do it with their permission!
How to use other people’s articles
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 […]
Most of you are probably familiar with the classic public speaking adage to “Know your audience.” This is great advice for salespeople, too. The idea, of course, is that when a speaker or salesperson is familiar with the person(s) on the other side of the table, the person speaking can address that person’s needs. That […]