Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.
Ep 37 – David Crone: Comedy Ventriloquist and Corporate Speaker
Today’s guest, David Crone, is a corporate entertainer, ventriloquist, speaker, and sometimes IT guy. He’s on the show to share his hilarious stories and teach us why work should be fun.
David’s personal and business growth have been driven by a desire to be a great entertainer, not just a great performer.
Great performers have great technical skills. As a ventriloquist, that means manipulating the puppet, working on the voices, not moving his lips, writing material, and finding good jokes. But there’s an art to entertainment that goes beyond performance.
Great entertainers go beyond great technical skills. They still have the technical skills in their back pocket, but the entertainment comes from passion, feeling, and connecting with the audience. Good entertainers can bring a room together.
“If you just hit every note right that’s not music. That’s playing all the notes right. That’s playing what’s on the page… But if you go to a concert and listen to some great pianist, their passion comes through in the variation and their feeling comes out through playing the music. You forget how many notes are being played and you just get sucked up in the moment.”
David believes that great managers should also be great entertainers. They should transcend technical acumen and incorporate human relationships. How do you create a culture that encourages working with other people and enjoys the process of creating?
For David, the simple answer is fun – people work better when they’re having fun.
David has found that imperfection is actually a very powerful leadership technique that is conducive to a fun atmosphere. It may sound odd, but he sees teams working better and happier when the boss allows his or herself to accept mistakes and be vulnerable because it doesn’t hold the employees up to an unrealistic standard.
When employees are avoiding mistakes and walking on eggshells, they’re also unlikely to take risks that can benefit a company. Of course, there is a limit to mistakes. Making a mistake is fine – repeating them is not.
If you want to learn more about how to make your workplace more fun, head over to WorkShouldBeFun.com.
If you are interested in hiring David to entertain at one of your events, head over to ImNoDummy.com.
- Hire David for your own event at ImNoDummy.com
- Learn how to make your office more fun at WorkShouldBeFun.com
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