Speaking of Joy Blog

How One Person Can Fix a Traffic Jam -video

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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How Will You Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day?

by Dave Caperton - on Friday, March 02, 2018
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It’s the first Friday in March and you know what that means. That’s right! It’s National Employee Appreciation Day! Oh, you didn’t know that? Well, you’re not alone. The day was created back in 1995, but after almost a quarter century, it is still mostly unknown. That it is not a high-profile observance is probably the best argument for why it’s needed.  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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What Can't Be Measured Can't Be Ignored

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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We human beings have a few qualities that make us unique in the world of living things. We can communicate abstract ideas using symbols. We possess the ability to make art for art’s sake. But perhaps our most unique attribute is our amazing and seemingly unlimited ability to accept utter nonsense as long as it is disguised in a catchy phrase.  Read More...

The Buckeye’s Success Secret

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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Let’s talk sports. Now, I’m not really a big sports guy. My athletic background consists of three years of involuntary participation in middle school dodge-ball where my position was apparently bulls-eye. But, as an alum of The Ohio State University, I’m naturally thrilled with the unlikely success of the Buckeyes winning the historic first College Football Playoff national championship against the Oregon Ducks. Before the game I didn’t make any game predictions (after all, I have clients in the Pacific northwest) and the reason I’m talking about them now isn’t fan loyalty—well, not just fan loyalty—but instead a narrative that captured my imagination because it has something to teach any group hoping for success in spite of adversity.  Read More...

Why Joyful Teaching Works

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, August 25, 2014
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Note: As many students and teachers return to school this week, questions loom about the most effective ways to reform education. One approach is gaining traction and accumulating data that suggest what intuitive and compassionate teachers have always known: start with strengths and make learning a joyful experience. Even if you aren’t an educator, you might find value in the philosophy as it has the potential to transform not just halls of learning, but anyplace where groups of people work together.  Read More...

License to Laugh?

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, August 04, 2014
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There is a scene in Disney’s Finding Nemo where the title character is initiated into the aquarium community in a ritual with chanting and a test of will (he has to swim though a ring of bubbles). At the end of this ceremony he is given a new name. “Henceforth you will be known as Shark Bait” and the group chants, “Shark Bait, oo-ha-ha!” It’s hard to imagine a fish would enjoy being dubbed a predator’s appetizer, but sometimes irony equals humor.  Read More...

Start A Joyful Movement

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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We’ve all worked with joy-killers (if you can’t think of any, it might be that the people who have worked with you can). You know the person who always says things like, “No good deed goes unpunished,” or meets good news with “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” and invokes Murphy’s Law as if it were really a thing. They are also the chronic complainers who take it as their personal mission to shoot holes in every new idea and deride any flash of enthusiasm as naïve.  Read More...

Engagement Without Jargon

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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“At the end of the day, it is what it is.”
– Every Manager You Ever Met

When I started working with business organizations back in 1992, I was intimidated by every executive because I didn’t understand three words out of every ten they spoke: “We impact the financial products vertical and leverage learning with bleeding edge and scalable robust solutions but with lots of moving parts.” Huh?  Read More...


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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