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December 18, 2008

In this issue of Business Magic®
1. Featured Photo
2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
3. Humor 101 Book Release
4. The Winner
5. Recession Humor
6. Parting Thoughts

Business Magic® is a monthly electronic magazine for those who want to experience the magic of creative insights, ideas and inspirations for themselves and their business - based on the popular keynote speeches, seminars and writing of best-selling author, Randall Munson, CSP. 

Experience the magic Randall shares with leading companies to increase sales, increase profits, and make their competition disappear.

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 laughs. 


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? Nope.

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 Christmas snow.

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, Randall Munson."

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 now!

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.

See Randall

Most of Randall Munson's appearances are private events for companies and organizations. Occasionally, there are public venues, open to everyone. Some of them are listed below.

If you would like us to tell you when Randall is speaking in your area, please
contact Randall now and ask us to let you know.

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.

Randall has earned 80 GOLD MEDALS for his top rated presentations at previous conferences - more than all other speakers combined.

Randall will present six sessions at COMMON.

La Crosse, WI, USA
June 7-13, 2009
Clown Camp

Clown Camp is the largest clown training program in the world.

Randall is presenting numerous educational programs about subjects such as magic, ventriloquism and prop construction.

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“All generalities are false.”
Randall Munson

Quotations from Randall Munson's newest book
Humor 101

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”
Steven Wright

Quotations from
Randall's audience members:

"I'm glad you stopped when you did - I was on the verge of hysteria!"
Ann P. Groner, Nykredit Data,

"I laughed so hard my face hurt."
Debra K. Philippi,
Lockheed Martin,
Sarasota, FL,

"Your humour sessions have worked wonders."
Jo McNeil,
Whirlpool Australia Pty Limited,
Scoresby, Victoria,

"Informative, excellent, entertaining, and most importantly humorous."
Wes Belt,
The Mosaic Company,
Tampa, FL,