I haven’t posted a blog for a while. Been busy. In the training and speaking games, January’s summer means a bit of a lull in face-to-face client activity so, for me, I invest much of the month in writing. My books, whilst constantly researched, have usually come into physical existence thanks to the magic of days with fewer interruptions and the biggest clump of those are in January. This month though, I haven’t been writing accessible business books, I’ve been drafting a one-hour solo show for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in Auckland in May. I’ve done solo shows before but they’ve generally been compilations of the previous year’s best bits. With my ‘grown-up’ / ‘day-job’/ ‘real-work’ being so successful last year, I didn’t write and perform much new comedy so, this time, my show has been written from the ground up. This is one of my two dangerous’ things a year for 2015.
Stay healthy. Go be active. Remember, sweat is just fat crying.
Last night I performed a small set of stand-up comedy at the Auckland Town Hall as part of an ensemble line-up in a show for Amnesty International called ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball.’ It was part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Generally, I try and separate my two strands of business as a leadership speaker / trainer / author and as a stand-up comedian but last night reminded me of one important parallel – feedback.
The show went very well and every performer nailed it. Te Radar was MCing and did a fine job. About half the line-up were very good local comedians and half were visiting overseas comedians. This was my first comedy gig in a few months so I couldn’t have wished for a better re-entry gig. That said, if it isn’t funny, they won’t laugh. Instant, honest feedback that can be used (should be used) in real time to alter your performance for the better. What job wouldn’t benefit from that? (The instant honest feedback, not the being laughed at. Few jobs would benefit from that.)
What can you do in your workplace to enhance the timeliness of the feedback your people receive?
“Terry Williams provides some lovely comic moments throughout his time at the microphone, pulling laughs by chatting about his family life and his mid-life crisis trip to an Indonesian jungle away from civilization. He is very much at home on the stage, and from his entrance it is like watching an old friend: lovely jubbly, as Del Boy would say.”
British-based American comedian Reginald D Hunter was opening the show and, in conversation back stage, he told me that I “looked like a kiwi JFK.” I hadn’t performed yet so it was a comedy reference but it was valuable feedback. I might get a haircut this week…