1. Stand Up for Better Workplace Communication!
More than 100 bureaucrats working for the Transport Ministry in
Japan have been given training as standup comedians to help them
improve their communication skills. The comedian trainers use
standup comedy as a vehicle to train around body language, eye
contact, presence, listening skills, timing, facial expressions,
tone of voice, connecting with your audience and presumably, how
to make your fellow bureaucrats crack up.
Register now for the Inspiring Workplaces half-day seminar
on September 25, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. Surf on over to:
for details, and go to www.askmikekerr.com to make sure your
question gets answered in the seminar!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
If you want to create a positive, enthusiastic, energetic and fun workplace culture, then make sure you hire first and foremost for attitude (trust me, it’s very difficult to train someone to be
positive). And if you want to attract fun-loving, positive people
then use some humor in your recruiting strategies. Southwest
Airlines has done this with great success. They’ve used posters
featuring their CEO dressed as Elvis Presley with a caption
reading: “Work in a Place Where Elvis Has Been Spotted.” Other SWA
ads have included: “You don’t have to surrender your individuality
to work for Southwest Airlines,” “Work is important…don’t spoil
it with seriousness,” and “We’re not looking for your average
3. Quote of the Week
“What we are looking for, first and foremost, is a sense of humor.
We hire attitudes.” Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
As seen on a sign in a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2009. www.mikekerr.com
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Richard Dansereau, President, NAPA Autopro BDG
“Michael Kerr is one of the best speakers I have seen. I highly recommend him!”
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“Mike held the full attention of our senior management team for a full FOUR hour
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Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics
“Our participants rated you as the speaker with the highest quality and relevance.”
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