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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays from The O'Shea Report!



Season's Greetings from Tim, Kris and the pooches!










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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

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Funny 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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Humorous Motivational Speakers | Make It Work! Using Humor to Boost Productivity

Too often, those in the business world can be suspicious of any “jocularity” in the workplace. There are memos and mass emails encouraging formality, fuddydud and downright dullness, which leadership mistakenly associates with productivity. Even if everyone’s thinking it, it takes a brave (and some would say stupid) soul to point out “fun” in a professional scenario. But a little levity goes a very long way when it comes to inspiring employees, increasing productivity and altering the attitude of an organization.

A Foundation of Funny
First let’s rap about what offices occasionally get right. You know, the typical stuff: birthday cakes, baby showers, and the call of Happy Friday are all great examples of meek attempts at office humor. But there’s more—consider what’s buried in the cubicles of contractors account managers and receptionists across the country: screen savers, joke calendars and email forwards. What a pity employees feel as though they need to hide the humor--to whisper it across the partition rather than mixing it into a power point, training or town hall. Indeed, businesses can do better.

But you may be asking: why should organizations care?

1) Because those who laugh together, work well together. They feed off of each other. There’s a reason the dotcom companies of yester-year gathered in open-air, polka-dot painted offices with air hockey tables, nerf guns and a golden retriever at their feet. Kernels of innovation and corn pops of pure genius came from offices like these, where games were part of the gambit. These companies knew when there’s comfort and laughs, there’s innovation and creativity, too. And that means higher profits.

2) Because a happy employee tends to be a healthy employee. In today’s world, we’re all trying to find our Zen. Whether it’s breathing exercises posted in the cubicle or a pedometer strapped to your purse strap, office employees are seeking ways to stay physically and mentally balanced as they work. Why not help them get there? Bringing humor to the workplace is a perfect fit. The benefits are endless. Not only is smiling known to reduce muscle tension, but it tends to cut down on the stress and put people in a more positive, productive mood as well.

3) Because humor is the often the basis of building rapport. We’ve all worked with Arrogant Andrew who’s very fond of power. Or Laid-Back Louis who never delivers on time. And let’s not forget Eager Eddie who likes to do everyone’s job but his own. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain a professional demeanor when you feel like directing profanities at your peers. But when people start laughing, something interesting happens. Guards are let down, bravados fall apart and people start to connect. They realize that everyone’s just doing the best they can. And we all have our limits.

C’mon. Ride the Train. . .
No, we’re not talking about the office party where we all try to avoid embarrassing ourselves by having too many mimosas. This is about the meetings and trainings we make employees go through—every month, every quarter, or just once a year. But it’s the perfect place to get your fun quotient going.

Unfortunately, these meetings tend to be dull and lifeless. Sure, we all need to know the company numbers, but when all you’re getting is a content-driven data dump, that’s about as effective a method of boosting productivity as drinking beer in front of the television to train for a 5K.

Laugh together!
How can you use the opportunity of a meeting to bring your people together and get them excited about your organization’s direction and vision? One of the best ways to engage your people is to get them to laugh together. When people laugh about their common threads and pertinent issues, it helps them to relieve stress and gets them connected with each other. They also feel like management understands them. Guess what that leads to? Yep. Better producers.

Do it more, do it often
This shouldn’t be saved for only when times are good! This idea should be especially used when stress is high. Putting a little humor in your environment will dissipate stress and help people to actually be more productive—because let’s face it, when people are stressed out, they can’t function as well. But when they’ve had a chance to lighten up and laugh a little, they walk away saying, “What a meeting! That was a great way to kick things off! I’m glad I work here!”

Whether you do this yourself, or bring in a professional to help you communicate your message in a way that’s engaging and fun, the end results are energized, connected, and motivated employees—which means better productivity. And that’s a good thing.




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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Humorous Funny Sales Speaker

What a nice way to start the day...we received this testimonial from a sales meeting client:

The O'Sheas presented their Change 180 program as the closing of our business meeting on October 13, 2010. This was the first meeting of business leaders and commercial employees from three companies brought together as a result of recent acquisitions - definitely a time of change. The main goal of the meeting was to create an opportunity for everyone to meet, network, and come together as colleagues of Amcor. The O'Sheas performance was spot on, personalized to our company, and got lots of laughs! Here are some of the comments from our post-meeting survey:

  • Highly enjoyable and relevant
  • Awesome
  • Very good
  • Excellent addition to intense week
  • A++ Show was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The fact that they tailored it to our business was outstanding.
  • Great entertainment, loosen up & enjoy
  • Great preparation from knowing Amcor point of view
  • Very relevant. They appeared to know our culture pretty well
  • The entertainment was fabulous! Very well done!
  • Very fun!
  • The O'Sheas were excellent!!

The O'Sheas definitely delivered for Amcor. We will recommend them highly. The best speaker we have had at our meetings over the last twenty years.

Thank you,

Linda Lemons, Amcor Rigid Plastics


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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Funny Motivational Speaker Video

We are proud to share our brand, spankin' new preview video for our humorous keynote speaker program, Change 180.

Enjoy...and feel free to share!



Change 180 is a motivational humor keynote that is popular with a variety of audiences. The O'Shea Report presents at meetings as humorous sales speakers, corporate comedians, and business humor speakers.


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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funny Motivational Speaker Insights

Still Straight-Faced in the Office: What’s up with That? – How a Sense of Humor Can Help Your Employees Deal with Change

At work, humor is a value that is often underrated. Actually, let’s be honest: it’s usually not even considered a value, period. It gets overlooked. Passed by. Left in the car. When’s the last time you came away from a conference call and excitedly said to your colleague, “Hey, we gotta talk about contract logistic services more often!” Probably…well, never.

Seriously though…Businesses think that being serious is what makes them successful. For some reason, many organizations believe that the only way to survive is with a Captain Von Trapp style of communication. You know, that father from “The Sound of Music” who didn’t let his children smile, sing, or enjoy their lives…does this sound like your manager? The VP of Operations? The SME?

Workers have been taught they need to do their jobs with a deadpan seriousness that would even embarrass most soap opera actors. While it’s true that the success of your business is no laughing matter, that success doesn’t require your employees to walk around the office with a stone-faced expression that would even make Henry Kissinger yell, “come on, lighten up!”

Ch-Ch-Ch…oh, that word.

But let’s give serious credit where serious credit is due. People’s job security is important. For that, a straight-faced message is definitely in order. And it’s obvious why organizations freak out. The “Change” word—whether it affects daily routine, industry standards, organizational structure, or where people go to the bathroom—makes everybody think they’re on the deck of the Titanic watching the iceberg getting closer. And that happy-go-lucky Leonardo DiCaprio-type from the executive team hopping around saying, “No, it’ll be great!” doesn’t really seem to help.

As a result, bosses overreact, overplan and overstructure. Suddenly, it’s emails, impromptu meetings, pursed lips, and Von Trapp atmosphere abound. Which, strangely enough, only adds to employees’ stress (funny how that works). Sure, you can do it that way. But why annoy people in a time of perceived crisis?

The Solution is in the Smile
In addition to introducing fun in the workplace as a daily activity, businesses have started to utilize new and inventive methods for presenting information to their employees in times of change. Communicating information clearly and concisely during company-wide meetings doesn’t mean you need to maintain terminal seriousness.

Let’s get real: when humor holds hands with stress, you get a lot more happiness, more levity, and more productive personnel. Employees feel at ease. Emotions run lower. People start to feel more like a human and less like a human resource. Honesty seeps through the cracks in the cubicle walls and even Bonnie, that secretarial curmudgeon, is forced to stifle a giggle.

Put plainly, everyone feels a whole lot better. In fact, even though most of us would rather pull out our own wisdom teeth than face uncertainty of change, humor can turn us around pretty darn fast. And you don’t need Michael Scott or office olympics to make this happen.

A Platitude About Attitude
We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we are looking at it—we can get overwhelmed and frustrated, or we can step back, realize that change is the only constant and laugh about it. Then it’s easier to forget about how irritating Brent in IT is.

You can communicate essential information and also allow your employees to find humor in the situation. They can laugh at themselves, at their place in the larger scope of things, and even at the business itself without being disrespectful or dismissive of the serious challenges that are ahead of them.

The Ha Ha Helps.
Most corporate activities are meant to bring everybody together. Sometimes though, it feels a little forced. Usually because…well, it is. In fact, it can often be a pity party waiting to happen. But just by adding a little humor—a joke here, some light-hearted fun there—to that massive meeting in Conference Room D, you lighten the mood, increasing everyone’s strength to face change with less fear and more flexibility. This makes for happy employees who work harder—that’s when your company reaps the benefits.

Get With the Program
In a world of blogging, social media and reality television, organizations are catching on. They realize that just as their customers demand a more conversational, informal tone, their employees do too. Corporate culture-building began years ago with those silly knot-tying courses. And since then, they’ve come very…well, okay, they haven’t come that far. But it’s up to innovative organizations to keep blazing the trail.



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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2010 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's Okay to Laugh Again at Meetings Says Meetings and Conventions Magazine

The O'Sheas were recently featured in an article in Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Here is an excerpt:

"The economic collapse of 2008 really put a damper on having any kind of fun at meetings," says Tim O'Shea. "The last two years have been grim, but attendees are ready to laugh again." O'Shea should know: He and his wife, Kris, are professional speakers with a decidedly humorous bent. Their act, The O'Shea Report, is a fresh look at the funny side of change, delivered Saturday Night Live-style to groups such as the American Payroll Association and Nordstrom. As Kris O'Shea notes, "Today it's not enough to multitask -- you have to hypertask, where you work at breakneck speed to look busy and accomplish nothing."

To read the rest:
http://www.meetings-conventions.com/articles/it39s-okay-to-laugh-again-at-meetings/b34932.aspx

About The O'Shea Report:
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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Speakers Bureau Video

Here is the custom video that we produced for the International Association of Speakers Bureaus. We were pleased to garner the only standing O of the convention.




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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Corporate News Meeting Speaker

Here's a clip from one of our recent conventions! Enjoy!



Humorous Motivational Speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with change through relevant business humor. To learn more about these convention speakers visit http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copyright 2010 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Luck of the Irish?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day—the day when everyone pretends they are Irish, and that the Irish are lucky! But in reality, the Irish are far from fortunate.

Not lucky? Not if you count:
  • thousands of years of invasion from other countries;
  • the famous potato famine of the mid-1800s;
  • the latest and most pervasive of all 21st century misunderstanding: the apostrophe!

How is punctuation unlucky? It seems there is an innate bias against the Irish which stems from technology. Many computer programs won’t recognize the apostrophe, which is present in many Irish names.

And even more unfortunate (and scary) is that there are people who don’t even know what an apostrophe is. Kris learned this the hard way after marrying into the O’Shea family, when she called a company to make a reservation:

And what is your name?
O’Shea
Can you spell that?
Sure, O ' S h e a.
What?
O ' S h e a.
Did you call last week?
Um. No.
How do you spell your name?
O ' S h e a
Apostro-what?
The comma that floats in the air.
You mean a hyphen?
No. Just put OSHEA. O S H E A.
Oh, Osheeee-ah. Is that Japanese?
Sure.

When Irish eyes are smiling, it’s because someone remembered the apostrophe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.



Humorous Motivational Speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with change through relevant business humor. To learn more about these convention speakers visit http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copyright 2010 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Humorous Motivational Speaker | The Difference Between A Skit And A Sketch

People often say to us, “Oh, I love your skits.” And that's a great compliment.

But we twitch a little bit inside when we hear that...because we don’t do "skits." We do sketch comedy.

What’s the difference you ask? Here’s the deal:

A sketch is a skillfully crafted segment of purpose-driven comedic material, written and performed by professionals.

A skit is created by amateurs and it usually looks that way, too.

Some examples:

Saturday Night Live is sketch comedy.

Performing that funny short play you wrote with your cousins in your grandma’s basement at Thanksgiving when you were a kid…well, that was a skit.

The Carol Burnett Show was brilliant, classic sketch comedy.

What the counselors did at summer camp after the mac & cheese dinner was a skit.

Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mad TV, The Tracey Ullman Show, and Laugh In: you guessed it…all contain sketches.

In high school, when the cheerleaders dressed up as football players and the football players dressed up as the cheerleaders and performed something that wasn't funny…that was definitely a skit.

A sketch is material that has been drafted, discussed, edited, tried and perfected by trained comedy writing professionals that have hundreds of hours of experience in front of hundreds of audiences of all types.

A skit is "cute."

So now you know!

Skit: amateur.

Sketch: professional.

We do sketch comedy.

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 http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copright 2009 Tim and Kris O'Shea.