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Every hero has many sides
but all parts
add up to the image of the
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Jim Richardson's All Day Program "LEADERSHIP in the Workplace"

Keynote Speech, 20-90 minutes:
"The Hero/Manager as
Role Model"
Half-Day Program, 1-6 hours:
"Making the Audience Like You a Lot"
Half-Day Program, 1-6 hours:
"Sound Bites that Get Results"
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
EXAMPLE: "Are People too cynical these days to still believe in heroes?"
Audio Clips from Jim's Talks
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Keynote (20-90 minutes):
"The Hero/Manager as Role Model"

In every organization, someone on the rung below reports up to you.
And you report to who ever's on your next rung up.
Whenever we find ourselves looking up the ladder of success, we always hope-against-hope to find a hero or heroine.
Secretly, we all fear that we will instead find a villain.
Control people's perception of you, and you banish these fears.
Result: everyone is at ease, and more work gets done.
Why?
Wouldn't we all like to meet a HERO during our work day?
Let people see you as their HERO.
This is the easiest way to create trusting business relationships:

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Making the Audience Like You a Lot"

Jim has produced plays and stand-up comedy shows under conditions ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. For over 30 years, without fail, every audience prays that the next act will be a sensation. Think of your own experience: have you ever hoped the next act will die a miserable death? Of course not. Why would you want to sit through their torture!

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Half-Day Program (1-6 hours):
"Sound Bites that Get Results"

What, specifically, is a sound bite?


sound bite/'saond bait/noun;
A short, pithy extract used for maximum punchiness;
also, a one-liner.
First appeared in print in the early eighties
. . . public will not follow more than a few seconds of speech.
"Anything more than that and you're losing them."
Washington Post 22 June 1980.
--The Oxford Dictionary of New Words


How can sound bites help in business? They are crucial:

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: "Are People too cynical these days to still believe in heroes?"
A:Take teenagers, please.
No, seriously. When I address groups, parents are always claiming, "Oh, that wouldn't work with my teenagers. Teenagers are so sarcastic, they don't like the image of the good guy . . .."
Oh, yeah? Just listen to their song lyrics. Teenagers have the same heroic role models that we did, and our parents, and our grandparents and even our ancient relatives, going all the way back to B.C., to the cave men . . ..
The archetypal role models for the good guy are the same for all time.
I am concerned with those few true role models who are currently held in high esteem, the ones who have survived the usual muck-raking attacks against them in the news media to endure.
At least, as of the time I speak to your group, they will be the ones who are still around!
)
-)
:-)

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Audio clips from Jim's Talks

These two audio clips are from Jim's talk to the Menlo Park Rotary Club in Menlo Park, California. Jim adds some notes to supplement each audio clip to help the reader better follow Jim's argument:

  1. Jim how to use humor to:
    • Keep your job
    • Survive bad dates
    • Get children to automatically agree with your point-of-view

    "Bosses, Dates and New Moms"

    Are you starting to feel the pressure from difficult people, starting to get burned out?
    Stress is often caused when we are pulled in too many directions at once. Like trying to hold back a team of wild horses who are all going off in different directions.
    Jim's techniques help you regain control, get those horses pulling in the same direction.
    Thinking metaphorically, you can use all the techniques Jim talks about on this audio clip; today, begin to:
    • control how people receive your speeches and "off stage" messages
    • be certain your words are remembered
    • get people in your personal life to agree with you
    Do it right, and they will have no choice.
    Now, that's power!

    Thinking humorously to convince everyone you are right!
    (audio 422 K ".wave" file, playing time: 1 minutes, 46 seconds)


  2. Audio clip begins in mid-discussion, Jim proving to the audience that the number one complaint about doctors and other authority figures (bosses, teachers, government officials, parents, etc.): "Nobody listens!"

    "How Better Listening Cures Patients Faster"

    The first step in getting folks to come around to your way of thinking is getting them to trust you as much as they used to trust their family doctor.
    How patients see the doctor during their examination
    is the same way everyone at work will initially see you
    (audio 488 K ".wave" file, playing time: 1 minutes, 52 seconds)
    Jim will be updating this section constantly from his current speeches, beginning Sunday, 21-Dec-2014 01:13:26 PST.
    If you would like to listen to Jim's newest audio clips right here on this web page, just as soon as they are available, then please get on Jim's e-mail list at:
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