How To Be Funny (Part II)

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Nothing is worse than telling a joke and hearing nothing but crickets chirping in response. (Okay, cancer is worse, but you know what I mean.) A collective groan is almost as bad. When a joke evokes a groan it is usually the result of one of three causes:It's not funny. (I can’t help you there. Fi ...
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The Essential Difference Between a Boss and a Leader

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A boss and a leader are not the same things. In fact, they’re almost opposites. Though millions wear both hats simultaneously, it’s quite common to function for decades as a boss without ever becoming a leader. Or, for that matter, you might be an effective leader without ever wearing the title ...
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WHY EXPERTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG (and what it means for you and your money)

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In 1968, Dr. Paul Ehrlich released his international bestseller, The Population Bomb, predicting the starvation of hundreds of millions of people before 1980. Since that time, the world’s population has doubled, while starvation rates have dropped by 95%.The day after the election of Donald Trump, ...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, That’s What I Want from PD!

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A recent article in Education Week Magazine (by Sarah Schwartz, May 15, 2019) reports that the most profound emotion that educational in-service speakers evoke in teachers is… wait for it… disrespect. Wow! All that planning, work, and money invested by school districts in Profes ...
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Authenticity: Merging Your Public Illusion with Your Private Reality

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 Few things will so sap your joy as consistently behaving in a manner that is inconsistent with whom you really are, because the distance between what you believe and what you do will ultimately be measured in depression.  There exists in the heart of each person a longing to find and be the “re ...
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DELIVERING SERVICE THAT MESMERIZES

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Positively Magical Service! (Part II) By Billy Riggs An entire industry thrives around delivering customer satisfaction. Yet, satisfaction doesn’t win you any brownie points. To be sure, a customer that is dissatisfied is unlikely to return unle ...
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“WOW-manship,” The Art of Dazzling Your Customer

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 WOW! I was floored. After more than 20 years as a loyal AVIS Rent-a-car patron, I was transformed into a Hertz customer in a solitary magical moment. It was my practice to always rent my cars from AVIS. Their service was almost consistently stellar and on those rare occasions that it wasn’ ...
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Superintendent Testimonials

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COMMENTS FROM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS In my 40+ years in education, your opening day program was the very best I have ever attended – everyone in attendance can’t stop talking about it!  Thank you so much for your inspiring message delivered in an extremely entertaining context! ...
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Grand Illusions Chapter One: The Birth of a Grand Illusion

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It was one of those rare, once or twice-in-a-lifetime epiphanies, a flash of insight that was – I would learn later – to become a hinge on which my adult life would turn. I was in my mid-thirties, and had been in the ministry or preparing for it since I was 16. I was the Senior Pastor of a robus ...
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Happily DIS-illusioned

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Happily DisillusionedBy Billy Riggs, the World's Only Dis-IllusionistYou and I have something in common: we're both illusionists. There are differences, of course. I perform my classic illusions on stage, cutting your executive assistant in three pieces, floating your company's bookkeeper in the air ...
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