How Can I Become a Professional Speaker?

As a professional speaker, I get asked how one gets into this field so often that I’m providing some of the answers as a public service. There’s no need to bore you with my qualifications to convince you I know what I’m talking about (if you’re interested, you can check them out here). I’ll just… Read more »

The Designated Irritant

No matter how experienced a flyer you are—and I have enough frequent flyer miles to go to Neptune—you can always learn another trick that helps you avoid unwanted surprises.  As every veteran passenger knows, for example, the seats in the last row don’t recline, the armrests in the Exit Row don’t swivel up, and if… Read more »

Hate to Exercise? Try this

Most of us dread and avoid exercise because it’s painful, repetitive, boring, and a time-suck. What a shame that it’s the only 100% effective way to improve your mental and physical health regardless of your age or physical condition. Since exercise is too bitter a pill for many to swallow, I’m going to give you… Read more »

How to Kill Cancer with Comedy

When I worked in television, some vexing problem would cause us to angst and beat our brows for hours until someone would say, “Hey, come on, guys. It’s comedy. We’re not curing cancer here.” That put our Big Problem into proper perspective—and was probably scientifically incorrect. I used to be a bit embarrassed that I… Read more »

Staying Sane on the Plane

During a recent 7-day stretch, I performed in five states, from Virginia to Seattle, and MO, IN, and KY in between. I’d have been a cranky, stressed out mess before I discovered these Five Ways to Stay Sane on the Plane.  Prep is Key: Hardly a Secret, it’s just common sense, but if you wait until… Read more »

Top 5 Ways to Kill a Joke

Guy walks into a bar, tells the bartender he wants eight shots of his finest bourbon, money is no object. Bartender figures he’s going to treat his buddies, but the guy plants his feet and knocks back all eight shots, bam bam bam. Bartender says, “Holy smokes! I’ve been a bartender for 20 years and… Read more »

5 Tips for Crafting KILLER Icebreakers

Even if you’re just an occasional speaker, you know that starting with a laugh is a good way to break the ice. You can tell a joke or grab a zinger from Brainyquote.com; however, as a professional motivational speaker/comedian, I can tell you with certainty that the BEST way to start your speech is with… Read more »

Flying Cells From Hell

Upon hearing the news that airlines might now allow cell calls on flights, I assumed that Edward Snowden had revealed the disturbing information that operating cell phones on airplanes is no longer a safety issue. You’d think an explosive secret like that would be closely guarded to maintain tranquility at 37,000 feet; and surely any… Read more »

Curl Up & Dye

The longer I’m married, the more I realize that men and women’s brains are wired as differently as circular saws and curling irons. Not even close. Their divergent evolutionary paths no doubt began when the couple with the charming brow ridges realized that since the woman had baby food hanging conveniently right there under her… Read more »

Yard Larceny

If you parked a slightly-used but fully functional Harley-Davidson on your lawn among your other yard-sale white elephants and put a $20 price-tag on it, an Early Bird would run his hand over the buttery leather seat, nudge the brand-new tires, note the gleaming paint job and flawless chrome tailpipes, then ask if it runs… Read more »