Tough Crowd

  If you prefer to watch this video over reading the whole blog post, here is a video summary of the article.   As I finished my funniest, kills every time routine, all I heard were crickets. Ouch. This audience and I did not connect.  Such a painful experience for performer and audience. What had I done wrong, or not well?  Was I off?  Was it because of their profession?  Was it too early in the morning for what I’d prepared?  Was it the bad sound system they provided?  They’re probably just miserable people in general.  Actually, let’s blame them,
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The Curse of Empty Promises

  A friend of mine, Shawn Rapier, told me a sobering story recently.  An old friend reached out 2 months ago and invited him to her wedding.  It was 3 days away, and being out of town, he couldn’t make it.  Instead, Shawn said, “Let’s do this – How about I get a few of our former co-workers together and we can go celebrate with you at lunch?”  She said, “I’d like that”. As Shawn put it, life got in the way and he spaced this invitation as it went to the back of his mind.  Sadly Friday was her
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The Unspoken Promise of a Good Sense of Humor

  As you’re well aware, I’m no political humor guy, but recent events have made the conversation of diviciveness inescapable. Our country is falling into a funk and thus my job feels more like a mission than a career. My mission statement is that “I am a Messenger of Joy, sent to Ignite Joy in Others”. I don’t always succeed but have tried my darndest for many years to bring a laugh, in the family-friendly variety, with introspection as an added bonus here and there. I believe firmly that much of what gets us through the hardest of times is
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The Power of Having Fun

  How much FUN have you had lately?  Do you give your schedule room for it on a daily basis?  If not, you are missing out on one of the most essential aspects of a successful career and life. I made a promise to have more fun while I work and at home and it has changed everything. My friend, coach, and keynote speaker for leaders and entrepreneurs, Dave Crenshaw, is releasing this week his latest brilliant work, “The Power of Having Fun”.   The principles taught in this book are what Dave taught me years ago when he was
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The Promise of a Neutral Awards Show – The Emmys

  If you want to hear bashing of the President of our Country just turn on any late night program, SNL, CNN or talk radio. If you want to cause an uproar on social media and gather exponential vitriolic comments, simply offer a divisive political post that would make your friends wonder what just happened to you and if your account was hacked. But if you sit down to enjoy an Emmys award show honoring the accomplishments of some of the greatest actors of our generation and all you hear are rips on our current President, whether you love or
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What Are Your Promises to the Work Family?

  The Work Family expects much from us, so why not make a few bold Promises to them, which in turn will inspire them to do the same back to you? It’s not enough to just set goals that you’ll be something better – I love the quote, “Why set a Goal when you can Make a Promise?”   Remember: Goals are Particulars, Promises are Proclamations!  I was scrolling through LinkedIn the other day and my friend, and very admired writer, Mark A. Smith, VP of Sales at Womply, posted this.  He expresses himself exactly as any person in a
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Our Hidden Promises

  Had a conversation with one of my dear friends and mentors, Daniel Burrus, as he emphasized his belief in the importance of my writing a book for The Promise.  I let him know it’s in the works and he is determined to help me find the right publisher to take it to the world. He then emphasized, “Do you realize how important this book can be?  Have you considered that you haven’t even tapped into the smallest of possibilities with this topic?  It could be multiple books!” “Yes, I’m hopeful that it will be more than one book”, I
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Putting in the Reps

  My son asked for private lessons with a former NBA star from the Utah Jazz and I told him the lessons are so expensive that he would need to prove over 6 months his dedication to the game he loves so much in order to earn such an opportunity. Every day I would hear the ball bouncing in the driveway outside of my home office.  Most days I would go out and join him, trying not to coach too much (so that he doesn’t feel every time shooting baskets with Dad he’s being critiqued), but also showing him the
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Hurricane Harvey: The Promise to Humanity

  If not in the thick of the disaster you may be feeling like me as we watch the coverage of the devastation that is Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX and surrounding areas. A feeling of helplessness & sorrow, a sense of urgency, a knowledge that prayer really does help, but must be followed with action as a display of faith. What can we do for these millions of people who are suffering? I was scheduled to be in Houston in a few weeks for the International Rotary Conference, when we were informed it has been postponed, so even my
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The Promise That Is Jerry Lewis

9 Decades of laughs.  How is it even possible? Jerry Lewis’ passing this weekend left me reeling and unable to process the influence this man made on my career. Jerry is the reason I, as a physical, visual act, have a career.  Without him, my kind of comedy never becomes cool, guys from Red Skelton & Jonathan Winters, to Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, wouldn’t have made sense to us.  Because we had Jerry it did. In 2003 my wife sent in a long shot submission for my appearance on the MDA Telethon.  It was in the beginning stages of
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