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Kelly Swanson
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How Do YOU Measure Success

It was in January of 1962 when Barnsley P. Wentworth III told his father that he wasn't going to be a doctor: he was going to be a clown. Without hesitating his father replied, “Then you will ..
(June 09, 2008)
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Staying on the Funny Side Of Kitchen Gadgets

I'm a sucker for those “As Seen On TV" kitchen gadgets. Show me a woman in a dated hairdo and a pantsuit, waving her hand over a seventy-five-piece plastic monogrammed food packaging and ..
(June 17, 2008)
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Staying on the Funny Side Of Sparky the Cat

The vet said Sparky died of natural causes. Aunt Fern said it was probably something he ate. Mildred said that cat had been electrocuted, caught on fire, painted pink, and dressed up as a camel for ..
(July 06, 2008)
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Staying on The Funny Side of Weight Loss Secrets

I would like to thank TiredOfYourWeight@WhosTheNextIdiot.com for the email you just sent reminding me that I'm overweight. How did you find me? Were you there when I used emergency money to buy girl ..
(March 28, 2008)
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Staying on the Funny Side of Spontaneity

Today I decided to have a moment of spontaneity with my toddler, which is unusual for me to engage in things I can't spell. Usually I like my spontaneous moments to occur on weekends - not during ..
(April 10, 2008)
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Staying On The Funny Side - Of Spiritual Sightings

Well, it happened again, this time to my Cousin Nester who called us all up this morning to say that Jesus had appeared on the side of his garage - not in the flesh, or even in the vapor, but in a ..
(April 22, 2008)
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Staying on the Funny Side of Raccoons

I don't mind raccoons that peek at me from the bushes. I don't mind running across an occasional petrified raccoon on the side of the road. I will not lie - they are not on my list of favorite ..
(February 27, 2008)
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Staying on the Funny Side of Friendships

How to lose a friend in ten days or less. . . We have enough articles and cute little coffee table books that sing the praises of friendship. But what about that friend we are dying to get rid of? ..
(March 05, 2008)
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Staying On The Funny Side Of Humor

I went to the doctor's office yesterday. Last time I went was four years ago, for childbirth reasons, which explains why I haven't been back. I see this nurse who I had laid eyes on once, four years ..
(February 19, 2008)
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Rags to Riches - the Glory's in Your Story

I'm sure you've all heard the story by now - the painfully shy and homely cell phone salesman who tried out for a talent show - who stood there sweating and looking down at his feet in front of ..
(November 20, 2007)
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Staying On The Funny Side - Of Potty Training

If you've ever been an active participant in a toddler's potty training season, you know the tremendous victory when he finally conquers his fears and, without prompting, deposits his first ..
(November 04, 2007)
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Staying On The Funny Side - Of Mail Order Catalogs

I ordered these new stilettos in the mail because the model looked great wearing them and I was convinced they were the very thing I needed to complete me. Well, that and sheer shawl with the beaded ..
(November 11, 2007)
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Staying on The Funny Side of Thanksgiving

I just read an ad that said you can get your entire Thanksgiving dinner in a bag, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, and an overly critical mother-in-law. Get out the paddles for Great Aunt Ethel .
(November 19, 2007)
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Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?

As little girls we are raised on the fairy tale formula - the concept that our lives should play out like a fairy tale - that we are little princesses existing in torment, singing under water, ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Humor - The Element of Surprise

I have always been funny according to my family and friends who see it as a wonderful personality attribute. For me, it was about survival. I was the overweight kid whose chances of being popular ..
(May 07, 2007)
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Humor - Basic Joke Construction

I highly recommend that you read the first article in this series before continuing, for obvious reasons. In the last article we talked about the key ingredient in humor – the element of surprise ..
(May 09, 2007)
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Humor - Finding Topics and Attitudes

I highly recommend that you read the first two articles in this series before continuing, for obvious reasons. In the first two articles we discussed the element of surprise and a simple formula for ..
(May 11, 2007)
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Humor - Taking Your Jokes to the Next Level

Often as comedians we stop short in the humor writing process. We find the funny and move on. We walk away not realizing the gem that lies waiting just a breath away – that element that will take ..
(May 20, 2007)
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Elements of a Good Story

Story Crafting Basics For Stories Meant To Be Told Entertain First. And Last. And Everywhere in Between Stories must engage before they can do anything else. You don’t have the luxury of ..
(June 11, 2007)
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Crafting A Speech

To most people, delivering a speech falls into the category of things most dreaded in life. We’re afraid of what people will think – afraid of looking stupid. And based on the number of ..
(June 11, 2007)
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How to Tell a Good Story...the Right Way

Just because you can’t write a good story, doesn’t mean you can tell a good story. There’s a difference – a big one. Telling a story requires an extra set of skills and an ability .
(June 12, 2007)
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The Melody of a Speech

Welcome to the era of the all-you-can-eat speaker buffet where clients have unlimited choices and the bar has been raised to the point where audiences no longer expect a speech, they expect a ..
(June 12, 2007)
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Finding The Story In You

It’s all about the story. That signature piece you’re known for that defines you as a speaker and sets you apart. We’re told that over and over as speakers. It’s all about the .
(June 12, 2007)
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10 Applications for Stories in the Workplace

Stories are more than just cocktail party conversations or nice additions to after-dinner toasts. They are an extremely effective tool of influence and persuasion in the workplace. In fact, they are ..
(June 10, 2007)
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73 1/2 Things I Have Learned on Stage

1. Find out about your audience in advance if you can. 2. There is no room for mediocre. 3. Your clients don’t care how talented you are, that’s already an assumption. What they care ..
(April 29, 2007)
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