Skill of Humor Part 2: Explore and Heighten

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Last week, we talked about the first principle of being funnier: sharing your point of view. This week we’re talking about step two: exploring and heightening that point of view. Improv teaches us how to do that. Improvisers at UCB, Second City, and ComedySportz accept and build, explore and heighten, and find the interesting thing… Continue Reading >

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Improve Problem-Solving By Laughing More

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You walk into a room where you find a table pushed against the back wall with three things on it: a book of matches, a box of tacks, and a candle. Above the table is a corkboard. Your instructions are to affix the candle to the corkboard in such a way that when you light the… Continue Reading >

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Bobby McFerrin Talks About Improv

Friend and play guru Bernie DeKoven shared this great video of singer Bobby McFerrin talking about improvisation. A few important points from the video: The important thing is just to start. After that, your momentum will carry you through. Practice, practice, practice. Our minds will fill in the blanks, we don’t have to provide everything… Continue Reading >

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The Musicality of Words

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music… Continue Reading >

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Humor at Work: Business News Daily

I was featured in a post about Creative Ways to Market Your Business That Work over at the Business News Daily. The post covers a number of great tips on how to creatively market your business. My contribution: Probably the most creative (or unusual for most people) way I market my business is through my… Continue Reading >

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