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December 18, 2008
In this issue of Business
1. Featured Photo
2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
3. Humor 101 Book Release
4. The Winner
5. Recession Humor
6. Parting Thoughts
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1. Featured Photo
Photograph by Randall Munson
I could if it weren't for these distracting signs!
US Highway 52, Minnesota
Each issue of Business Magic® features a photo from my personal "Humor
File" containing funny things I have collected from around the world. I recommend you create your own Humor File; put into
it whatever you find that is funny to you; and, when you are stressed, open up your file and look through it. It works
like magic to help reduce stress - and it's cheaper than therapy.
Try some more FUN STUFF and enjoy the
2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
Have you ever REALLY paid attention to the lyrics of the Christmas songs
constantly wafting to your cold ears this time of year? Molly Cox, a
fellow professional speaker and very funny friend, got me thinking about this when she pointed out the Christmas
classic where it says, "A Child, a Child; Shivers in the cold; Let us bring Him silver and gold (repeat)". She
wondered, "Why don't they just bring the kid a blanket?"
I laughed at the absurdity and then realized that it's the shepherd boy that says to the mighty king, "Let us bring
him silver and gold," as if the shepherd boy has a load of silver and gold to throw in on the gift. So, how does
the mighty king in his palace warm respond? Does he tell the shepherd boy to cough up a warm wool blanket instead?
Does he shell out silver and gold himself? Nope. The king says, "Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people ev'rywhere."
He doesn't do a dang thing himself. Instead, he asks everybody else to pray for something noble. But even if the prayer
is answered, the poor baby is still left to chill out in the cold, but now peaceful, world.
Then there is that ditty about the Twelve Days of Christmas. I don't know what it's like where you live, but retailers
around here promote Christmas for about twelve weeks leading up to December 25. But on the second day of Christmas
the lights and tinsel are stripped away and they redecorate with pink hearts to start marketing Valentines Day
chocolates. The radio stations won't even play The Twelve Days of Christmas after the fist day of Christmas. They
return to their regular programming until mid-August when they begin spinning holiday tunes once more.
Consider the gifts described in that painfully long, repetitious song. Other than the five gold rings, all my true love
is sending to me are fowl and slaves. I'm getting swans, geese, calling birds (whatever they are), hens, a couple
doves, and scrawny little partridge stuck up in a tree. And then my true love sends me no less than fifty, count 'em,
fifty slaves: drummers, pipers, lords and ladies, and some maids. Who needs twelve drummers anyway? I'm a drummer
myself but anything more than a couple drummers at the same time elicits pain. A dozen drummers drumming would cause your ears to bleed.
I'd want to trade off the eleven piper slaves for a butler, chauffer, pool guy or at least one slave to shovel the
Have you contemplated the song that says, "When the dog bites; When the bee stings; When I'm feeling sad; I simply remember
my favorite things"? And what are the favorite things? "Raindrops on roses and ... Brown paper packages tied up with
strings." This is a Christmas song? To some people, apparently, nothing says Christmas like bloody animal maulings,
painful insect venom, sadness, rain, and - get this - packages delivered in a plain brown wrapper.
I guess I should be wishing you and yours a sad, rainy, bloody, painful holiday. Call me old fashioned but instead I wish
you a truly wonderful Christmas lasting twelve days or more and a very happy, prosperous New Year!
If you want Randall Munson to deliver one of his powerful, award-winning presentations at your event,
contact him now.
3. Humor 101 Book Release
We've released another new book: Humor 101.
This is the first of three new humor books with Randall's famous sense of humor. Those who have seen Randall Munson's
hilarious presentations have asked him to capture his humor in book form. You can now a have a piece of his humor and
insights for yourself and to share with others.
"You want funny? Start here! This book is a secret look inside the brain of a very funny guy. It's like having your own
clown - it just looks like a book."
Trevor Perry, author of Never Iron When You Are Naked
Order your autographed copies today.
COMING SOON: Humor 102 and Humor 103
Randall is writing two more humor books that will be published soon. (They would have been published already had his
manuscripts not been stolen along with his laptop computer. That's a sad story for another time.) You can pre-order
them now and have the complete 3-book set of HUMOR books as soon as they come off the press.
Want to have a quick laugh? Watch my preview video. Just use this
link to sample the fun experienced by my audiences around the world. To enjoy a full dose of and business-boosting
insights, contact me to arrange for a presentation of
Success Through INNOVATION and CREATIVITY,
Serious Business of HUMOR or my newest program that will help you deal with the current economic crisis and
Turn ECONOMIC CHANGE Into DOLLARS for your organization.
4. The Winner
Following Randall's program, Success
Through INNOVATION and CREATIVITY, at the F. Hoffmann-La Roche conference, a drawing was held for
autographed copies of two creativity books by best selling author, Randall Munson. After the conference,
Renata Crome, Global Head, Clinical Programme Management, wrote about Randall's keynote, "If you want to
boost your company's innovation and thoroughly enjoy doing it, I highly recommend hiring the innovation expert,
Autographed copies of Randall's books
Creativity 101 and Creativity 102
were won by Martina Burdesha, Switzerland
If you want Randall Munson to deliver one of his powerful,
award-winning presentations at your event, contact him
5. Recession Humor
Did you know that people find humor more important than ever during difficult
economic times? It's true. Comedy movies do especially well in a recession. During the Great Depression in the
US, comedians in vaudeville were in high demand. In fact, some of the greatest comedians of all time owe their
success to the depression. Why do people who are facing serious financial trials spend their time and precious
money on humor, a non-essential expense? It's because they need relief and balance in their life.
Imagine dealing with a financial crisis - losing your home or your job or maybe both. Would you want to watch a film
depicting a dramatic tragedy or a film filled with laughter and happiness? When we are in tough times we don't
want to watch others in tough times. We seek laughter and comic relief from our situation. As the Reader's Digest
magazine puts it, "Laughter is the best medicine."
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6. Parting Thoughts.
The focus of this issue of Business Magic® is humor. It is a topic
worthy of serious attention, which is why I created the keynote presentation The
Serious Business of HUMOR! to help organizations in all cultures understand the business value of
humor. In this time of economic crisis, smart businesses invest in humor to lift them through the difficulty.
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Austin, TX, USA
March 1-6, 2009
SHARE, the world's first organization of computing professionals, presented Randall Munson with
the first Distinguished Speaker award at their previous international conference because of the consistently
exceptional quality of his presentations.
Randall is presenting four sessions at SHARE.
Reno, NV, USA
April 26-30, 2009
COMMON, the World's Largest Computer Users Group will present Randall with 3 Gold Medals
for his top-rated sessions at the previous international conference. Randall's "Success Through CREATIVITY
and INNOVATION" was the highest rated session of the entire conference.
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Randall will present six sessions at COMMON.
La Crosse, WI, USA
June 7-13, 2009
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“All generalities are false.”
Quotations from Randall Munson's newest book
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Ann P. Groner, Nykredit Data,
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