Speaking of Joy Blog

What You Get From Giving Thanks

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, November 19, 2018
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Vets Know Why They Sacrifice

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, May 28, 2018
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Watch this video about why combat veterans put their lives on the line to do their duty. What drives them into harms way is a force much more compelling than the cause or even military authority. And it's a lesson that institutions and organizations should heed.  Read More...

A Recipe from My Mom

by Dave Caperton - on Saturday, May 12, 2018
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How One Person Can Fix a Traffic Jam -video

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Vets Know Why They Sacrifice

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, November 13, 2017
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The veterans we honor each November 11,  have much to teach us about the price of freedom and the value of service. But those who have served under fire are mysteries to me and to all of us who have never known the perils of combat. How, when the air around you is thick and hot with fire and bullets, do you find the courage to move in the direction of the fight? How does a person override their own sense of self-preservation to face danger and manage to lead others into the battle, with them? The military teaches its recruits about chain of command and unquestioned obedience to authority. But I've always wondered, in combat, are those things sufficient to drive soldiers in the direction of their duty?      Read More...

Tuning Reception To Change Perception

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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When I was a kid and we took long family vacations, our in-car musical entertainment options were: 1.The radio 2. Humming until your sister told your mom to tell you to cut it out. Some of my earliest memories of summer trips were in cars without even air conditioning. You know that baking swelter you suffer through for that first few minutes when you get into a hot car in July? Well, that’s how it felt all the time.We had vinyl seats and if you were wearing shorts and plopped down without thinking to throw a towel down first, you risked becoming a human patty melt. 
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How One Person Can Fix a Traffic Jam

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, April 10, 2017
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It's No Bull: Joyful Play Builds Trust

by Dave Caperton - on Friday, March 24, 2017
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I once had the opportunity to speak at a retreat for a group of physician recruiters that took place at a dude ranch. In the client’s event confirmation letter, they instructed me to “wear clothes you won’t mind soiling” so that I could take part in their cowboy-themed team-building activities. When the games began, I foolishly volunteered to participate in something called “chute-dogging” mostly because, although I don’t speak cowboy, I do like dogs. As it turned out, no dogs were involved. Instead, I was to work with a partner to grab an adolescent steer by its horns as it was driven out of an enclosure (the chute) and then wrestle it to the ground, aka “dogging it.” When they said clothes I wouldn’t mind soiling, I didn’t realize they meant from the inside Read More...

Saving the World

by Dave Caperton - on Friday, March 03, 2017
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Seven percent. No, it's not the approval rating of congress (it's slightly higher) or the amount of actual cheese in Cheetos (it's much lower) . It's the percentage of respondents in a poll by Maritz who said they believed their leaders could be trusted to have their backs. Whoa. Trust is broken, and it's not just our trust in our boss at work. The level of trust in virtually every major institution that once enjoyed unquestioned authority is at all time lows. Government, education, churches, law enforcement, banks, corporations, the media, you name it, all have lost authority and trust.
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Cultivating a Legacy

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, October 17, 2016
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Was there ever a time when you were a kid that there was some toy advertised on TV that you wanted? Do you remember how brightly that that desire burned? I still vividly remember when I was about 7 years old, Texaco gas stations began selling a plastic fireman’s hat with a microphone that allowed you to amplify your voice through a speaker set in the shield on the front. The result was a buzzing garbled voice that sounded not so much like a firefighter dispatch radio as a McDonald’s drive-thru, but it was so cool and I wanted it like Ralphie wanted that Red Ryder BB gun. I pestered my poor parents relentlessly for it. Finally, one night after my month-long campaign, my folks agreed that I could have one. So, after dinner, my mom and I got in the car and headed for the Texaco station. But when we got there, they were out of them. The man there suggested another location and off we went. Same story. We widened our search area and crisscrossed the county. Now the stations were closing down for the night but I insisted on pressing on. I ran my poor mom around until after midnight trying to find a Texaco that was open late and still had some hats in stock. We dragged home in defeat that night, but by 5:30 the next morning I was shaking my dad awake to start the next leg of the Great Fireman’s Hat Quest. Within the hour I came home exhausted but victorious and fell asleep with that red gleaming hat firmly strapped to my head.
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Funny Motivational Speaker Dave Caperton

About the Author, Funny Motivational Speaker, Dave Caperton

Dave Caperton is a motivational speaker, author, humorist and educator who teaches organizations and individuals the many benefits of humor to manage stress, to improve communication and to strengthen teams. Dave began his professional career as a school teacher, later writing and performing comedy onstage and on radio. For almost 20 years, Dave has been a professional speaker serving individuals and organization all over North America. He provides tailored conference keynotes, closings and breakouts all aimed at creating a joyful and successful culture that includes healing and compassionate humor. Dave is also the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he calls a “why-to” book for making the choices that will result in greater joy at work and at home.

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