Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Humor Me! Free Your Funny and Fuel Your Business

Humor Me!
Free Your Funny…..Fuel Your Business

Liberating your creative humorous self can be daunting.  The fear on utilizing humor in your conversations and business strategies is a skill that can really add an impact to your message.

Here are some of my secret tips I use when adding humor to my marketing messages:
·      Grab your customer’s attention by adding funny antidotes that specifically relate to the topic. 
o  Example if you are in a book club you might want to share this:  “I was reading a book the other day on Helium and I just couldn’t put it down.”
·      Humor breaks the ice and causes a reaction.  That reaction is laughter.
o  Example:  If you are at a function and don’t know many people, I often wear a red, very official looking badge that says…”Hi, I can’t remember your name either”
·      Laughter engages people and causes them to respond.
o  The response will generally be light and positive
o  In many instances people will share a funny story back to you and the conversation goes from there.

When I am crafting humor for my presentations here’s how what inspires me:
·      I tell a funny personal story specifically related to the subject at hand
o  Example:  As a trainer, I often advise leaders to take on more of a fun approach in the management of their staffs.  If they have a bad morale problem in the office, I have them schedule a Hokey Pokey Clinic, rather than a staff meeting.  Once the staff is gathered generally they will wonder what a Hokey Pokey Clinic is.  The leader would advise them that it’s a chance to “Turn Yourself Around”.  This will generally get a laugh and it opens the door to a positive approach to getting the morale back up.  Always include doing some fun things with the staff to ensure the positive approach, and the continued commitment to making a change.  I always ended the meetings with the staff putting their hands in the air and turning themselves around or if they are a really engaged group have them do the Hokey Pokey for the full effect.  Because (Wait for it)………”That’s what it’s all about!”
·      I make every effort to be sure what I am relating is positive.  Whenever possible I engage my audience by asking questions.
o  Example:  How many of you know the blood type of a pessimistic person?  Answer:  B Negative
·      One of my best tips is always be enthusiastic when you communicate.  If you are not excited about what you have to share no one else will pay attention.   
Finding your funny is key to what makes humor work for you.   Below I am going to share some of my secret resources for finding funny things and stories. 
·      Life is hysterical.  If you just watch people many times you will see things that just make you laugh. Whether you are in the grocery store, driving your car or just observing, things happen that are just plain funny.  You can’t make this stuff up. 
o  Example:  I was waiting at a red light next to a Walmart.  It was pouring down rain and as I looked over at the store parking lot, I noticed a man running out to his car with a giant T-Rex head on.  I guess he didn’t have an umbrella so he used the next best thing and put the T-Rex head on to protect him from the rain.  Now that was funny!  I immediately turned into the store parking lot, went in and purchased a T-Rex head just for my own personal use. (And of course while they were still in stock)  OK I admit it, I have already worn it through the drive through at Jack in the Box.
·      Watch funny videos on YouTube
·      Watch funny commercials
·      Read Funny cards at the store
·      Watch your favorite comedians on TV or Netflix
·      Watch cartoons rather than the news
All of these resources will inspire your creative side to add more humor to your life and business strategies.

So………….if it’s laughter you’re after, I have lots more to share on this topic of humor.  To get more information please join me and participate in my upcoming fun and engaging workshop Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Hope Wellness Institute.

Humor Me! Free Your Funny…Fuel Your Business
DATE:  Thursday, 6 December 2018
TIME 6:30pm-8:00pm
FEE:  $5
LOCATION:  HOPE Wellness Institute
                    9801 Fair Oaks Blvd. #200
                       Fair Oaks, CA

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tech Noooooooooooo

PROBLEM:  I like to give the impression that I am not technically challenged, but I really have a fear factor that lingers deep down within.  If I think about it, I am actually letting this fear factor control me and attack my self confidence when it comes to modern day technology.  I think the underlying fact is I am on information overload.  Every time I think I have mastered one thing technically, something new comes along and I am back at square one.

SOLUTION:  What I have discovered is there are tons of resources available to help with this challenge that I am facing.  I am also finding out I am not alone in these challenges.  So people need to know this is not as uncommon as I originally thought.  There are others that are facing the same challenges I am.  Once I discovered that it wasn't just me.  I knew I was on my road to recovery.  Now what I have to do is take action.

I find if I go back to my problem/solution steps I will be able to solve this.  I always have to ask myself 3 simple questions:
So What?
Now What?

My "What?" in this situation:  I acknowledge that I am having a problem with certain areas of technology.
My "So What?":  I have to ask myself if the problems I am facing with technology are something that I can resolve, or should I engage in getting help from others who have the expertise to resolve my issues.
My "Now What?":  I am going to analyze what is best for my situation.  There are certain areas of technology that I feel very comfortable doing myself.  But for those areas that have me challenged, and hold me back from successfully marketing my business and furthering my journey, I need to seriously think about hiring this portion out and leaving it to the experts.

Based on my above technology challenges I am going to take the following action:
Research where my current business needs are.
Talk with business associates to find out who they might recommend.
Within 30 days from today, hire the experts I need to get the ball rolling and my business marketing more successful.

I want to change my Tech NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Tech YES in no time.

This is a great Tip for all of you facing the same dilemmas on your journey to success.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ready Set...

Recently I have attended several training sessions that were amazing.  From each training, or event I attend I always pick up a few special tips that I love incorporating into my FunSchway way of life.  One of the tips I recently incorporated was that of always being ready.  This was particularly important when it comes to public speaking.  There may be many times when you are preparing for a presentation so much that you forget the importance of practicing your presentation and rehearsal.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Golden Chicken Nuggets

I am a collector of what I refer to as Golden Chicken Nuggets and I am proud of it!  Whenever I attend a training class or any type I am always in search of those little nuggets of information that are definitely something that I can use in my tool box of skills I need to inspire and revitalize me.  I am a strong advocate of taking any training offered (even if it is a repeat of a course I have already taken) several times knowing it will always provide me with new nuggets of information I didn't remember from the first time. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Attitude of Gratitude

I know there are often times when we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines that we forget just how good we have it.  I try to always stop for a moment and think about what I actually have.  Sometimes it is necessary to just stop for a moment.  We need to take the time to realize just how lucky we are.  We need to develop an appreciation for what we have not necessarily what we don't have.  I call this developing your "Attitude of Gratitude". 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Heart Send

Thoughtfulness is something that many people think about, but often do not act upon.  It takes so little to be thoughtful and I feel it goes along way no matter when it takes place.  Here are just a few ideas about being thoughtful that I keep in my tool box.  I share these with you as a sample of the "Random Acts of Kindness" that I apply to my life daily.  These help me through the day, and make the day of those that are the recipients.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Rush Hour

Time management can cause major stress.  There are a number of things you can do to help alleviate that stress.  I am in the process of preparing for a gathering in my home that requires quite a bit of coordination.  I had a similar event last year and was so stressed out by the time the event happened that I was not able to fully appreciate the festivities.  I told myself that I would never let that happen again.  Since that time I have given the organization of that event a lot of thought and came up with a few tips that I am using for this event which will make it smooth sailing for me.  Here is what I have put into place.