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Jim Richardson's All Day Program "HUMOR in the Workplace"

Keynote Speech, 20-90 minutes:
Turn Your Business into a Community:
"How to Lighten Things Up"
Half-Day Program, 1-6 hours:
"Delivery: Vocal Tricks that Sell Your Ideas"
Half-Day Program, 1-6 hours:
"Improvisation: Thinking on your Feet"
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
EXAMPLE: "If I make jokes, will anyone take me seriously?"
Audio Clips from Jim's Talks
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Keynote Speech(20-90 minutes):
Turn Your Business into a Community:
"How to Lighten Things Up"

Laugh, and we are vocally agreeing why the joke is funny:

Densely packed messages will be ideal for 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:

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Delivery: Vocal Tricks that Sell Your Ideas"

We have been speaking 250 times longer than we have been writing. This is why we hate computer manuals.
How many times have you heard folks say,
"Now that you explain it to me, I get it."
"Simple. That's all you had to say."
"It's nice to finally be told."
"Thanks for taking the time to talk."

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet"

Are you:
  • Ever at a loss for words?
  • Have trouble keeping co-workers and clients on track?
  • Drop the ball when it comes to closing deals? Here are some techniques which can help you do business better-- plans of attack for working your way out of common one-on-one negotiations, general meeting and public speaking situations:
    • Loosen up "mental lockjaw," stay focused
    • Accomplish objectives: get what you want now!
    • Controlling interruptions
    • Bounce off attacks, turn them to your advantage
    • 3 ways to protect yourself while becoming even more endearing
    • Use HUMOR to deflate anger and misunderstanding
    • We will get down to the nitty gritty: we deal with your real life work place problems
    • You finish every negotiation a winner

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    What 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

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    Forward to description of Jim's Half-Day Program "Sound Bites That Get Results" listed under
    Jim's All Day Program "LEADERSHIP in the Workplace"

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    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

    Q: "If I make jokes, will anyone take me seriously?"
    A: People ask you not to tell jokes because they are afraid you are going to make fun of them, causing them mental anguish.
    But if your jokes are not used to attack but to make relevant points, then people are grateful.
    You will be the heroic one, opening up the discussion of difficult subjects, breaking the ice.
    Ok, if you don't want to call these little short lines of poetry "a joke," then think of them as pithy statements.
    Good jokes effectively reduce complex ideas down to their essential kernel.
    If you can do that consistently in under three sentences, you will own your listeners for life.
    That's serious!

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    Audio clips from Jim's Talks

    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 difficult people, 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:
      • control how people receive your speeches and "off stage" messages
      • be certain your words are remembered
      • get people in your personal life to agree with you
      Do it right, and they will have no choice.
      Now, that's power!

      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 and other authority figures (bosses, teachers, government officials, parents, etc.): "Nobody listens!"

      "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 used to trust their family doctor.
      How patients see the doctor during their examination
      is the same way everyone at work will initially see you
      (audio 488 K ".wave" file, playing time: 1 minutes, 52 seconds)
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