Increase the humor content (and laughs) of your professional presentations, informal business talks, and every day conversation.
Put expressions in Miscellaneous. Put anything that doesn’t fit in categories one, two, or three.
There was a TV show, "My Mother the Car". Put that in Miscellaneous. The concept - ‘Nobody ever re-folds the map properly.’ I don’t know about you but that drives me nuts. There’s a way to re-fold a map. I hate it when people re-fold it improperly. It tears.
Men will never ask directions no matter how lost they are. Also put simple everyday actions. And this is going to be important for your reverse.
You see a stop sign - step on break.
Pulled over by traffic cop - get ticket.
Put key in ignition - start engine.
And common expressions, "Can I see your driver's license?" "I was stuck for hours in rush hour traffic." and "Filler 'er up?" Everyday expressions. That goes into Miscellaneous.
This exercise is useful for several reasons. First of al it is a mental warm-up. Anybody here doing any type of physical activity? Any kind of physical sport? What do you do.
See, it’s the same thing. You go out and do stretching. You get your body limber. You’re not asking your body to accomplish anything. You’re not trying to hit the ball back or grab a football. But in sports, you limber up. You loosen your body up. This is mentally limbering yourself up. You should do this every time you sit down to write folks. It is the greatest warm-up and this is what eliminates writer’s block. It gets you into writing without any pressure to produce a given result. You don’t have to come up with a joke, a paragraph, a coherent sentence.
The greatest warm-up around. I have never had writer’s block. Procrastination block - yes. Lots of times. But not writer’s block. It also gives you a body of real material to fashion your chunk, essay or your speech from. This is the building block. Remember - great humor comes from real life. Just sit down and write the real aspects of your topic. And then find the humor in that.
This is absolutely imperative. And what happens? About a month from now, somebody will call up and say, John - I’m having trouble. I’ve got this idea and I can’t seem to find any humor in it. I say, okay. Read your Association List to me. Well, I didn’t make one!
Look folks. I’m giving a workshop today. Eight hours. You paid your money for it. Do me a favor. The first twenty times you work on this, do it exactly the way I tell you to do it. Like a little mindless robot. Don’t differ. Don’t try to be creative. Just go home and write and do it they way I say it.