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"How Humor WINS students to willing do
the task at hand"
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1-6 hours:
"Interactive Skills:
guiding students
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Half-Day Program,
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"Concluding every lecture with a
few well chosen lines that
will be remembered for a lifetime"
Half-Day Program, 1-6 hours:
"Short courses, multimedia and the Internet:
teaching waves of the future"
Jim complements your formal teacher training
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Keynote (20-90 minutes):
"How Humor WINS students to
willing do
the task at hand"

Jim Richardson has been teaching for thirty years.
Since June 1997, Jim returned to college part time to improve his computer skills "so I could leap ten years forward into the present!"

Having newly seen things from the student viewpoint, Jim will attempt an experiment: as comedy has a lot to do with buried anger erupting to the surface with the volcanic force of massive paranoia--

Jim invites you to compare/contrast these "opposing" viewpoints
By rooting out those deadly speaking techniques that make your listeners involuntarily turn a deaf ear to your message.

When people laugh at your humor, they are involuntarily agreeing with your message

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Interactive Skills:
guiding students to creative co-operation"

Most teachers fail to maximize their interactive skills.

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Concluding every lecture with a
few well chosen lines
that will be remembered for a lifetime"

If you don't want to think of a memorable but very short line of poetry as being "a joke, an advertising slogan, a jingle or a sound bite," ok.
In your head, you can be using academic, lofty language to filter Jim's nuts and bolts description.
Why not? It's there.
Call them "pithy statements."
Tell everyone you are quoting another pithy statement from a famous author, or use your own original material.
Why not?
Great literature is full of pithy statements. That's why people can't help themselves: they've been quoting these great lines for years.
Jim will meet you half-way.
Something rashly rebellious in Jim makes him want to call them sound bites.
Mostly because it exposes the TV news commentators who hypocritically pretend they would never use sound bites. In fact, such denial is one of their favorite sound bites.
But enough of irony.
What, specifically, is a sound bite?

sound bite/'saond bait/noun;
A short, pithy extract used for maximum punchiness;
also, a one-liner.
First appeared in print in the early eighties
. . . public will not follow more than a few seconds of speech.
"Anything more than that and you're losing them."
Washington Post 22 June 1980.
--The Oxford Dictionary of New Words

How can sound bites help close the "sale" of your each and every lecture?
Sound bites are crucial:

On the world wide web's superhighway, the future is NOW, and information is POWER

Jim will show you how to add the warmth that wins over listeners: the long-lost art of "making love" to your audience

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Short courses, multimedia and the Internet:
teaching waves of the future"

Since 1980, Jim has been teaching short courses from 1-6 meetings long. The major difference between this approach to teaching and the traditional 12-16 week semester classes Jim taught from 1974-1983 is the intensity:

Instead of delivering a lecture 1-3 times a year or a short course 4-30 times a year, the well-marketed Trainer does his or her "act" 150 times a year:

The next and final level for this kind of POWER TEACHING is the coveted role of the Keynote Speaker who, like the Trainer:

But unlike the lowly Trainer, the mega-star Keynote Speaker

More importantly, these Keynote Speakers with their densely packed messages will be sought-after performers, well-practiced in the ideal format to exploit the upcoming Information Age:

ADSL will deliver to consumers high-speed modem communication over existing copper phone wires . . . to give access to data, video services and the Internet at speeds up to 150 times greater than 56-kilobit-per-second modems.
ADSL achieves this throughput by carrying data traffic outside the voice band. Customers can still use their existing analog telephones and simultaneously use the "always on" high speed connection to the Internet, corporate networks or multimedia services.
[ADSL connections give customers a constant link to the Internet by eliminating the waiting time required by modems to dial up and connect to the network and thereby provide near-instantaneous retrieval of information from Web sites. . . . A universal standard for worldwide deployment is currently being developed by] AMD and other PC industry leaders such as Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, . . . and communication leaders, including Ameritech, Bel Atlantic, BellSouth, GTE, SBC Communications, Sprint, U.S. West, Alcatel, Ascend, Ericsson, Lucent, Nortel and Siemens. . . .
Full-rate ADSL rollouts are already underway by several Internet Service Providers.
--Compiled from two articles:
  • Denver, Colorado, Reuters, January 29, 1998
  • Austin, Texas, Business Wire, February 25, 1998

So, whether the ultimate solution is the fiber optic cable that is scheduled to be laid throughout Jim's Sonoma County by summer's end, satellite or ADSL, very-very-very soon every home will have download speeds somewhere between that of the T1 and T3 lines currently only financially practical for corporate America
  • Soon on the heels of this evolution will be the power to upload and download video files that can finally achieve the elusive 30 frames/second speed necessary to avoid jerkiness

    Jim has not only seen this new teaching module coming way ahead of time, he has lived it with his students, his clients and in his own presentations. Jim is in an unique position to:

    In the era of choose or lose, your best guide is Jim Richardson

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    Jim complements your formal teacher training

    Years of training actors, stand-up comics and business speakers in motivational analysis has sharpened Jim's intuitive edge.
    While you are trying to figure out the metaphor to employ in your next teaching presentation, Jim will focus his attention on your student audience's sensibilities.

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    Audio clips from Jim's Talks

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    These two audio clips are from Jim's talk to the Menlo Park Rotary Club in Menlo Park, California. Jim adds some notes to supplement each audio clip to help the reader better follow Jim's argument:

    1. Jim how to use humor to:
      • Keep your job
      • Survive bad dates
      • Get children to automatically agree with your point-of-view

      "Bosses, Dates and New Moms"

      Are you starting to feel the pressure from resistant students, starting to get burned out?
      Stress is often caused when we are pulled in too many directions at once. Like trying to hold back a team of wild horses who are all going off in different directions.
      Jim's techniques help you regain control, get those horses pulling in the same direction.
      Thinking metaphorically, you can use all the techniques Jim talks about on this audio clip; today, begin to:
      • compel your students to willingly follow through on assignments
      • prepare for the demands of future Internet teaching, new ways to reach your students
      • get people in your personal life to agree with you
      Do it right, and they will have no choice.
      Now, that's power!
      (Please use this information responsibly.)

      Thinking humorously to convince everyone you are right!
      (audio 422 K ".wave" file, playing time: 1 minutes, 46 seconds)

    2. Audio clip begins in mid-discussion, Jim proving to the audience that the number one complaint about doctors: "Doctors don't listen!"

      "How Better Listening Cures Patients Faster"

      The first step in getting folks to come around to your way of thinking is getting them to trust you as much as they trust their family doctor.
      (Assuming your family doctor is trustworthy.)
      How patients see the doctor during their examination
      is the same way students and professors initially see you

      (audio 488 K ".wave" file, playing time: 1 minutes, 52 seconds)

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: "What do all audiences have in common that I need to know in order to improve my lectures?"
      A: Lack of acknowledgment. People want to know when they've done something right, accidentally on purpose. The greatest teacher of all is emotional reinforcement.
      Jim can show you how to capitalize on these golden moments. Golden because these moments can be used to help your students really see the value of true learning.

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