I just got back from Washington DC where I was a humorist / motivational speaker for the huge Northrop Grumman.
They were having a leadership conference for a bunch of their hand-picked middle and upper managers and wanted to make sure that their conference was a positive experience. Way positive.
It was a total blast… and in many ways this client used me in a way that I wish more corporate clients would use me; Northrop Grumman used me to make sure their investment in this corporate convention was a success.
Here’s my confession: years ago, when I first started working this comedian/motivational speaker thing, I used to question the value of making a corporate group laugh. (Which was in many ways all I thought I was doing.)
But through experience (tons of experience), I see that folks crave a break from their stressful lives. And during conventions where there is a TON of high-content learning, having an outsider come in to poke fun at their problems, their stresses, and then give them a bit of perspective on how to lighten is a lot more than a luxury…. it’s nearly a necessity. Folks just plain cannot take in all that learning. And considering the incredible investment these groups make to bring their people in from all over the country, put them up, take them out of the work force, feed them….and on and on… bringing in a humorist motivational speaker is a bit of insurance that they won’t overload.
Well…. in any case…. I had a blast with Northrup Grumman.
And if you check out this video of the meeting planner (a wonderful woman named L. Cassidy) it seems that I wasn’t alone.
Learn more about what I spoke about here.
Thanks Northrup Grumman!
I got a hoot out of this blog post about sick day calendars.
Although I think this is funny, but it’s also a bit sad. To me the basic premise of these types of jokes is sad: that we hate our jobs so much we need to create lies to stay out of work. My goal is — and I’m convinced all of our goals — should be to have a job that we ENJOY enough to want to go to.
I don’t want to hate my job. And who would? Your choices are simple: either get a job that you like, or find a way to like your job. Need some help? Check out my motivational seminars and speeches.
But in the meantime, check out this blog post:
jobacle.com – BLOG – Official 2007 Sick Day Calendar
Easter: It can’t be “Good” Friday if you have to punch in. Plus, you need to recharge and resurrect your career. Call in sick on Friday, April 6. Those chocolate bunnies also gave you a tummyache. Take an extra day to find missing eggs and digest that lamb on Monday, April 9.
Memorial Day: Use the official start of summer to plan how you’ll call in sick for the next three months. By taking Friday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 29 off, you’ll show your boss that this summer, you’re using ALL of your days.
Independence Day: It’s a holiday based around independence. Show your employer that you’re a true individual by giving yourself Thursday, July 5. A necessary day to recover from BBQ overload.
Funny Stuff. But I still think you wanna find a way to like your job.