Speaking of Joy Blog

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...

No Bull: Laughter Works!

by Dave Caperton - on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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What kind of shared experience is best for bringing people together? Humor? Nope. Shared laughter actually comes in second. Number one: disaster! But, for all of the good that it sparks in others, we don’t want to engineer calamity just to inspire connections, so we can use laughter, the next best thing, to bring people together in a positive way.  Read More...

Make A Monumental Difference

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
–Arthur Ashe on how to change the world

On a recent walk with my wife along River Street in the haunting city of Savannah, we came upon a statue facing the river. The bronze figure is of a young girl holding large cloth with both hands and waving it toward the passing ships as they churn toward the docks. Every city has monuments and statues celebrating the lives of those movers and shakers of history such as military heroes, presidents and captains of industry, but this statue bore a name of no one I had ever heard of (in fact, the sculptor, Felix deWeldon, is much more famous as the artist who created the USMC Memorial of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima).  Read More...

Speaking Healing Words

by Dave Caperton - on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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Today I’m thinking about speaking healing words. It’s not a random thought. I’m thinking about it because as I write this, my wife, Suzanna, and I are sitting in the Cleveland Clinic surgery center waiting with Vicky, the wife of our friend Tony as he undergoes his second major surgery in four years. Today it’s cancer surgery. Four years ago it was a heart and double lung transplant.  Read More...

Stop Focusing on Success?

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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I’m lucky that I get to travel to interesting places and occasionally, I get to bring my family along. It’s one of the perks of being a funny motivational speaker (sorry, that was for the Google search engine). Last year I was able to visit the Grand Canyon for a few days with my wife and son and we were fortunate that our visit coincided with an annual amateur astronomers gathering during which backyard stargazers set up their telescopes—some quite powerful—along the rim of the canyon. After dusk, visitors could step up and gaze at planets and faraway constellations. After squinting through a dozen telescopes, including one that required us to climb a ladder to look through the eyepiece at a globular cluster of stars millions of light years away, we joined another astronomer who pointed out some things that could be seen without anything but the naked eye and a flexible neck.  Read More...

The Downside of the Upswing

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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The Coming Crisis in the Unhappy Workplace.

In case you haven’t heard, the economy is improving. Drop the Balloons! Break out the ticker tape! Let loose the pigeons! The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) preliminary figures for the fourth quarter show 3.2% growth, unemployment has dropped to 6.6% (down .6% since October) and that has most everyone feeling hopeful that the great economic downturn might finally beDave point right history.  Read More...

Words Change Your World

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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Diana Nyad interviewed on CBS This Morning 9-3-2013

Over the past weekend, as we marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we had a chance to reflect on the power that words have to change the world. But for all the potential that well-chosen words have for changing the world out there, it’s the power that words have to change how we think and engage that can make the difference in whether or not we realize our own goals and dreams.  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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