Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Change Speaker | Eagles Talent Podcast Part 3

It's time for part 3 of our interview with Sheldon Senek of the Eagles Talent Podcast!

SHELDON SENEK: Each performance of the O’Shea Report is so funny and unique. To get that, I’m sure there’s a lot of prep, rehearsals, writing. I’m curious to know what your process is and if there’s a disagreement, how do you handle it? Do you do paper, scissors, rocks or…

KRIS O’SHEA: Oh, there are disagreements, but we, you know…

TIM O’SHEA: She disagrees and I go along with it.

KRIS O’SHEA: You know…

SHELDON SENEK: It sounds like my marriage.

KRIS O’SHEA: Exactly.

TIM O’SHEA: All relationships are the same.

KRIS O’SHEA: Well, one thing that we should probably mention is that our, the way we present is pretty different from a regular keynote. Or whereas, most speakers will tell a story to illustrate a point, we look at what point do we want to illustrate and then how can we turn this into more of a sketch or a news segment? So, we’re always trying to come up with, you know, well what would be funny about that? And we really sit down and we just brainstorm every single idea. You know, coming from the improv background, there’s a philosophy called Yes, And?, which is just that you accept what someone says and you build on that idea no matter how silly because it could unleash 10 ideas that the 11th one you would never want to, you would have never gotten to had you not gone through the 10 that were absolutely ridiculous. So, we have a big flip chart and we just write, write, write, write, write, write, write and then we go through and pick what we like.

TIM O’SHEA: And we always pull on own experiences from when we were working to create a relevant piece. For example, you know, our topic is change and we wanted to look at something, what’s funny about the changing times that we live in? So, we do a piece where we go through each decade, starting with the 1950s and it’s a couple at home and she’s making dinner for the husband. And then it goes all the way through each decade up to the 2000s where we’re just sitting at our laptops and on our cell phones not talking to each other, so.

SHELDON SENEK: And where will we be 10 years from now?

KRIS O’SHEA: Well, yes, that’s, we actually have a bit about that where everything’s implanted into your brain. So, you know, you make calls by flipping your eyes open.

TIM O’SHEA: Yeah, you can blink and you answer your call or tilt your head and you’ll download something.

SHELDON SENEK: How do you hang up on somebody?

TIM O’SHEA: I think you just go to sleep. I think that’s how.

KRIS O’SHEA: You have to reboot your system.

TIM O’SHEA: Yeah, you just reboot, you know.

KRIS O’SHEA: If they could come up with something, it would take like all your thoughts and turn them into tweets that go onto Twitter. That would be very dangerous, you know.

TIM O’SHEA: We don’t know, 10 years from now we’ll see. We’ll see what it’s going to be like one year from now.


KRIS O’SHEA: However many people are saying that podcasts will soon replace radio shows, websites, blog, e-mails, cars, refrigerators, microwaves and even loving relationships.

TIM O’SHEA: So, it sounds like there are more demands today than there ever have been before.

KRIS O’SHEA: Yes, it is a sign of the times. People are generally so overloaded because they have to focus on 50 different things at once and it seems now it’s not enough to simply multitask. No, now you have to hypertask.

TIM O’SHEA: Hypertask?

KRIS O’SHEA: Yes, hypertask is when you work at breakneck speed to look busy and accomplish nothing.


SHELDON SENEK: So, there’s a lot of, there’s been a lot of negativity going on in corporate America between bailouts, businesses in jeopardy, Ponzi Schemes and, I guess, the word stress comes to mind and in walks the O’Shea Report. How does the audience embrace you? Is it a breath of fresh air for them?

TIM O’SHEA: Yeah, I mean, you know, again, right now it’s especially important to have some kind of a humor program at a conference. We did a booking recently where the, they had never done a closing general session and they had especially never done a closing general session where they had a humor program. So, they brought us in and they were kind of taking a chance because they weren’t sure how it was going to go over with their members. And when we were done, not only was the audience leaping to their feet in a standing ovation, but we looked over their heads and we saw the meeting planners in the back of the room who were literally jumping up and down high fiving each other. And we thought, I think we did a good job. You know, so it was a huge success and the evaluations they got back were this was great. This was the best conference we ever attended. Make this a regular thing.


TIM O’SHEA: So, it’s actually very beneficial to do something like that.

KRIS O’SHEA: Yeah, I think in challenging times, people need to come together and they need to laugh together about what they’re stressed out by because when you can laugh about something, then it doesn’t have that hold over you that it had before. Then you’re empowered and then you could go into solution mode rather than in reactive mode. So, we help them to really look at things differently.

Change speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with change through relevant business humor. To learn more about these funny motivational speakers visit To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit or call 303-371-2849. Copyright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

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