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Friday, December 21, 2007

Managing Change (with Humor)

We can't always control the changes that come our way, but we can control how we look a them. In the midst of the challenges of change, we recommend remembering to keep your sense of humor!

Experts say that managing change can be done in three easy steps. In this O'Shea Report exclusive, we will take an inside look at how these steps can be ruined.

Gain Commitment

In this day and age, you don’t have to actually be good at your job. You just have to be committed to the organization. In fact, the more committed you are, the better. The best way to show your commitment is to be so committed, you need to be committed…to an institution. Go team go!

Get Buy-in

People want to know what’s in it for them. “Why should I care?”

Good old-fashioned money used to do the trick...well actually, it still does, but people today want money plus other stuff. So how do you get your people to buy into your ideas?

Psychology 101: People will buy in to your idea if it will make them think they are better than you. So ask yourself, "What will make this person really think they've suckered me this time?"

More time off? Complimentary cloning? Less of you and your fabulous ideas?

Take a poll to find out what people really want. Then delete the answers that you don't like.

Shoot for the Stars

Thanks to motivational books and speakers, we are all being told to dream a bigger dream. This means bigger and bigger change.

Realistic people will often stand in your way and tell you that your unrealistic goals are absurd. Well we say, rubbish. Prove them wrong by buying a bigger house, a fancier car, and shinier jewelry. Sure you may not be able to afford them, but what do you think credit is for?

No goal is too unrealistic as long as you don’t expect to actually achieve it.

The O'Shea Report offers corporate comedy, business humor, and motivational humor keynotes for meetings and conventions.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Humorous Motivational Speakers

Meeting attendees today need to be engaged in a whole new way. Gone are the days of boring breakouts and monotonous main sessions. The O'Shea Report uncovers the purpose of using a humorous motivational speaker at your conventions. To read the full report, visit the humorous keynote speaker report.

The O'Shea Report offers corporate comedy, business humor, and motivational humor keynotes for meetings and conventions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Work/Life Balance?

It seems one of the big challenges facing professionals today is work/life balance. Very often the lines between work and personal lives are blurred. And in some severe cases, this can affect people's romantic relationships. Reports show that, instead of whispering sweet nothings into their partners ear, professionals now whisper completed items on their to do lists...how romantic.

Written by corporate comedians and humorous keynote speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Yogi

We recently presented our humorous keynote to Leisure Systems, Inc. for the owners of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parks. We created some custom segments for them, including a video of our visit to Jellystone Park in Estes Park, Colorado. They were such a fun group! Please enjoy our video below:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Writers Guild Strike

With the Writers Guild of America now on strike, Hollywood is concerned that negotiations will not be resolved in time for film and television shows to go back into production for the new year.

Some producers have proposed to create more reality television shows to fill the temporary gap.

Unfortunately, said producers are not as creative as the writers, and their ideas for reality tv shows seem to be falling a bit short.

Here some of the ideas for reality shows they have come up with:
  • Survivor: Spearfish, South Dakota
  • American Information Technology Idol
  • Iraq's Got Talent
  • Extreme Corporate Takeover
  • America's Next Top Yodel
  • Dancing with John Malkovich
  • Trading Parking Spaces
  • The Simple Life: Minimum Security Prison
  • Booty and the Greek
  • The Surreal Life: Salvador Dali Edition
  • Who Wants to Be Famous At Any Cost?
  • Let's Set Up a Bunch of Cameras and Watch You Argue
In a related story, The O'Shea Report is producing a reality TV show based on "Kid Nation," where we look at what happens when the kids are gone: "Adult Nation." Click here to see a preview.


Written by corporate comedians and humorous keynote speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Professionals now have free time!

Professionals today are learning to streamline their responsibilities so they have less on their plate.

Now, all they have to worry about are theoretical frameworks and best practices in the areas of:
  • corporate culture
  • business strategy
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • innovation
  • attention management
  • personal effectiveness
  • systems thinking
  • change management
  • developmental psychology
And how to get to the nearest Starbucks.


By Tim and Kris O'Shea, experts in Business Humor and Humorous Motivational Speakers.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

How to Win at Office Politics

Every workplace is a political environment. So does winning at office politics mean you have to suck up, lie, or sling dirt?

Yes it does.

But you already know how to do all of that. So let's move on to what you don't know.

Tips for winning at office politics:
  • Build and maintain relationships. Spend 30 dollars a month on lunch with a colleague to stay close to them. Or even better, if you spend 100 dollars on drinks, you can get them back to your place. And then you can take any necessary photos for blackmail purposes.

  • Have a goal. Be clear about what you want, so when you go get it, you know exactly who to step on along the way.

  • Listen. Keep your ears open to what's going around you. What are people talking about? What best practices are being shared? What ideas can you steal from them?

  • Create a support system. Partner up with colleagues and peers who will help you with your vision. That way when you've accomplished your objectives, you can take credit for everything.

By business humor experts, The O'Shea Report.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Do a 360

Many people will say that they have done a 360 degree change to indicate significant change. However, doing a 360 actually means that you've done a whole lot of work and ended up right back where you started.

Many people feel that their current job encourages them to go above and beyond the 360 degree change and venture into the realm of deeply significant change--a 720.

Of course this means you have now done twice the work and still have gotten nowhere...you're just more dizzy.


By humorous keynote speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Good to Greatest

Researchers have found that companies following the principles set forth in Good to Great have improved their recruiting efforts to get "the right people on the bus."

However, they also found that 95% of companies surveyed also made sure that they threw the "right people UNDER the bus."

The full results of this report will be expanded in our new book Human Speed Bumps: How Humans are Your Most Precious Expendable Resource.

More Than Multitasking

There are more demands today on people than there ever have been before. Experts say that it is not enough anymore for people to multitask. Now, they have to hypertaskSM.

HypertaskingSM is defined as working at break-neck speed to look busy, and accomplish nothing.

Stress Solutions Revealed

Surveys show that one of the leading causes of stress is having to deal with other people.

Therefore, you can lower your blood pressure and stress levels by:
  • eating low fat foods
  • exercising
  • limiting human interaction

Monday, October 8, 2007

Welcome to "This Just In!"

Welcome to the new blog by The O'Shea Report, "This Just In." In this blog we feature stories, updates, snippets, fleeting thoughts, and anything else we can think of relating to humor and business.

Just a quick hello for now. Check back with us again soon!

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