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Deeper voices mean more salary: True or False?

Deeper voices mean more salary:  True or False?

Does your boss have a deeper voice than you?  Could lowering your voice increase your annual income? Even to pose the question seems ridiculous... particularly in light of all those years spent in MBA programs.   But that's what a recent study may suggest. "...researchers found that executives with voices on the deeper (that is, [...]

April 1st: Pranks to fool your friends

April 1st:  Pranks to fool your friends

April 1st is a time to fool your friends.  It's the one time of the year where you are absolved from your prank with the phrase "April Fools". Jokes and pranks are a way to celebrate friendship.  So...what are you waiting for....let the celebrations begin. "The opposite of play is not work, it is depression." ~Brian Sutton-Smith Here [...]

Navigating the Corporate Dance of Status

Navigating the Corporate Dance of Status

Status is a hot potato in the workplace. Who has it? How to get it?  This article asks “What do Applied Improvisers bring to the corporate table?” What do we know about pecking order on stage that sparks organizational collaboration, creativity, and change?  This article is excerpted from my workshop Keeping Cool under Fire©   but [...]

What do you get for free? What are you saying before you open your mouth?

What do you get for free?  What are you saying before you open your mouth?

What does this body language say to you? Which one is not happy to be there? "What do you get for free?" This was the question that Bill Irwin, actor, clown and MacArthur 'Genius award' winner asked a small group of student clowns at San Francisco's world-renowned Circus Center.  They looked puzzled.  He went on to explain that performers [...]

The Four Rules of Engagement: How to Create Trade Show Communication That Works

The Four Rules of Engagement:  How to Create Trade Show Communication That Works

You’re a company that needs to communicate your messages to an audience. These messages are key to achieving your business goals and increasing profitability. So how do you ensure that your audience listens to your story? Take a lesson from the movies! Theater is about telling stories. If you have doubts, look at the big films of 2010! The [...]

Pleasure or Pain (Me-me-me vs. Not-Them!)

Pleasure or Pain (Me-me-me vs. Not-Them!)

Why is it that political ads are so successful (or obsessed) with pushing you away from the 'other candidate' instead of attracting you to their candidate? Neurology tells us that 'fear' has a more direct path to the brain than pleasure.  For example, if we are walking through tall grass and see a stick the signal of danger (snake) will [...]

What to say after the performance?

What to say after the performance?

You're standing in the lobby of the theater...the audience is leaving and a few are staying behind to greet the performers.  Finally your friend emerges from the theater face flush from the rush of performance. They look to you...their eyes widen a bit and their eye brows rise up....they're asking for your thoughts...your opinion ...your [...]

7 Business Fashion Rules: Jeans at an off-site

7 Business Fashion Rules:  Jeans at an off-site

Somethings about business never change....like the neck tie. Men still wear neck ties as a symbol of seriousness about the business. Heck, some men even fret about their neck tie knot cleavage!  (You do know about knot cleavage don't you?  The little wrinkle under the knot of the tie.) But blue jeans have definitely come into the [...]

Turn your Doodles into a Career

Turn your Doodles into a Career

Can your doodles be a new career? Lynn Carruthers turned her doodling into a career and she can teach you how you can too. Now she attends meetings and conferences and draws images on a big piece of paper.   She captures the ideas that are being talked about in words and images.  It's called Graphic Recording and it's a powerful tool in [...]

Howling At The Moon

Howling At The Moon

Assignment: NRF speaker support. January 19, 2010 One of my favorite scenes in the movie Moonstruck is when the grandfather played by Feodor Chaliapin Jr. is walking his dogs. When they arrive at the bridge, the full moon shines down on them and the old man asks, “Why do you keep me waiting? Come on, howl! Howl!” The dogs stare at him as [...]

"Shots Fired"

"Shots Fired"

Two police officers rushed over to me, “are you the one that called 911?” “Yes” I said. “I came out of the strip club and was headed to my car when I heard a gun shot." I pointed to the far side of the parking lot and they ran off in that direction. Curious I followed at a distance. There on the ground between two parked cars was [...]

You have the right to remain silent….but your body is talking loud and clear.

You have the right to remain silent….but your body is talking loud and clear.

How do detectives learn how to talk to a suspect? Do they watch Law & Order for hours? Nope. They go to School. They get intensive training on techniques to establish rapport (to see how the suspect responds truthfully) to exerting dominance to get a confession. Recently I went along on one of these training sessions. And it was [...]

A presentation so engaging that we ran out of lead cards!?

A presentation so engaging that we ran out of lead cards!?

Remember science classes in Elementary school? Middle School? Did you play with an erupting volcano? Bunsen Burners? Dissecting? There is a trade show just for science teachers. And it looks like a bi science fair. Walking through the convention center in New Orleans last month I saw butterflies, crickets, tarantulas and even penguins. [...]

One Part Engaging Theatre and One Part Solid Content

One Part Engaging Theatre and One Part Solid Content

Martin Ganapoler of the FB Theatre Team interviews David Hawks of Absolute Software At trade shows you want attention and you want leads for your product and/or service. The challenge has always been that the people with the content may not be the best presenters on the trade show floor. And the thing that gets attention may not be [...]

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