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  • Build rapport with your audience through humor
    The power of humor
    One of the best ways to build rapport with your audience is to make them laugh. In fact, most professional speakers — whether local to Long Beach or speaking on international stages — lace at least a little humor into all their...
  • Republicans expected to celebrate lots of victories on election night
    The Republican election night drinking game
    While we urge all to consume responsibly if they choose to partake in adult beverages on election night week, we know some will turn celebration of the GOP's expect victory on election night into a drinking game. So this column will seek to...
  • Milton - Office Space
    Workfarce: Three ways to rejuvenate your workforce
    Are your employees looking weary, tired? Then it's time for a change.According to the Department of Labor, 47% of the labor pool is comprised of baby boomers. Statistically speaking, that means a large percentage of your workforce is probably...
  • Heart monitor
    Medical humor
    Medical humorThey kept saying every tests were abnormal and re-doing them repeatedly. This of course including blood letting. The hospital and outside labs have withdrawn a total of 19 vials of blood now.Patient scheduler calls to set up yet...
  • We The Economy
    Free Sneak Preview of New Film Series WE THE ECONOMY -- Oct 20
    Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan in partnership with Landmark Theatres announced a nationwide theatrical preview of the groundbreaking new film series WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford...
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
    The vodka diaries: Book review of ‘Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang’ by Chelsea Handler
    Chelsea Handler is s comic who is a bit like Icarus; her comedy often goes into territory that is too raw, too close to the sun sort of speak and can quickly fall flat. When she performed a few years ago here in Kansas City she told jokes about...
  • Interview with NY Times bestselling author Eric Litwin
    Interview with NY Times bestselling author Eric Litwin
    Eric Litwin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES and three follow-up adventures. He is also the author of the new musical series THE NUTS. Eric performs all over the world and is a popular keynote...
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    Humor that Inspires–for Teachers! Part IV
    If you liked the last Humor that Inspires (Part 1, and Part 2 and Part 3), here are more to kick-start your day:“It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.”- Professor Scott Elledge on his retirement from...
  • Confessions of a Self-Help Writer
    Book Spotlight: Confessions of a Self-Help Writer By Benjamin W. DeHaven
    Confessions of a Self-Help WriterBy Benjamin W. DeHaven#1 Most-Wished-for-Book of 2014 on IndieBound for over 10 weeks!Lunge into a funny, audacious, anddevastating work of fiction based on factual events. As much a comedy as atragedy, "...
  • Humor in the workplace
    Humor at work: How laughing can help build a better business
    Can humor at work really create a better business? In a world filled with technology that disconnects the human spirit in so many ways, how can laughing bring hope to our over worked, fast paced lives? These are just two of many questions that...
  • Interview with picture book author Deb Lund
    Interview with picture book author Deb Lund
    Deb Lund is the author of Harcourt’s best-selling picture dinobooks and Monsters on Machines. She’s a writing teacher, creativity coach, and creator of FICTION MAGIC: Card Tricks & Tips for Writers, now on Kickstarter.For what age...
  • Interview with Caldecott Honor winning author/illustrator Molly Idle
    Interview with Caldecott Honor winning author/illustrator Molly Idle
    Molly Idle is the author/illustrator of TEA REX, CAMP REX, and FLORA and theFLAMINGO, which was awarded a Caldecott honor. Her next book, FLORA AND THE PENGUIN will out this fall. This bio is short because Molly feels awkward writing about herself...
  • Let's Be Cops
    Movie Review: 'Let's Be Cops' pretends to be funny
    "Let’s Be Cops" is a recent comedy film starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. When college buddies Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) go to their costume reunion party, they begin to reflect on their lives, and realize their...
  • Glazed doughnuts
    Fugitive wins police-sponsored doughnut eating contest, gets arrested
    Note to stupid criminals: When evading arrest, one should avoid any event packed with police even if it involves lots of delicious doughnuts. Earlier today, Officer.com reported that a 24 year-old North Carolina man was arrested the day after he...
  • Goofy picture
    Workfarce: Five resume tips
    Your resume is one of your most important job search tools. It provides a first impression that determines whether you’ll be given the opportunity to compete for a position.Although the following tricks probably won't get you an...