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Motivation from famous entertainers: Jack Benny offers communication advise

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Jack Benny (1894 - 1974) was an American comedian and notable violinist. He starred in radio, movies and vaudeville. He was best known for being a miser and for having an outstanding sense of comedic timing.

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Benny masterfully moved from the audio media of radio to the visual media of television, which proved a tougher transition for others. The struggle was the nature of painting a picture with words for a listener to creating a visually stimulating experience for the viewer.

Regardless of the media he understood that communicating a single joke or an entire storyline came down to one solid truth of communication.

“It is not so much knowing when to speak,” he once said, “But when to _________.” Choose the correct quote ending from these choices:

  1. Let it alone.
  2. Pause.
  3. Shut up.
  4. Leave.

For the correct quote ending, click here.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by famous entertainers. Some wonder how an entertainer can inspire someone trying to pursue a career or build a business. The truth is that entertainers must be shrewd businesspeople in order to manage their career, finances and public image. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of getmaximpact.com in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Communication.
  • Leadership.
  • Decision making.
  • Problem solving.

This series is based on a motivational series from getmaximpact.com and is used by permission.

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