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Emotional Intelligence

Published on April 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

For decades we have known that mere intelligence isn’t enough to assure success in life. You probably know someone who, while obviously very bright, is not successful. In 1995 Daniel Goleman introduced the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to explain why people of rather ordinary intelligence often out perform their “smarter” colleagues. He suggested that

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Sometimes you need a challenge.

Published on April 15, 2013 by in Uncategorized

My theatre experience expands over 20 years, and includes comedy, farce, drama, commercials and film. So why was my recent performance in a Theatre for Young Audiences Show at Topeka Civic Theatre so special? It was a musical! A musical in which I had to sing and dance! A musical in which I had to

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What’s in a name?

“Hi, my name is Tori, I’ll be your server.” “Hi Tori, my name is Marvin, and this is Rebecca.” So began an encounter at a restaurant recently. I wanted Tori to know that I saw her as a person, not simply “your server,” and I wanted Tori to know that we were Marvin and Rebecca,

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The kind of feedback I love.

Published on January 25, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Imagine my joy when Kim Fertig posted this on my Facebook page: “Oh my gosh, Marvin! Everyone at McCrite Plaza is RAVING about how much fun they had with your team-building workshop yesterday!” I absolutely love what I do, and feedback like this indicates it’s successful.

 
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Things I Learned From My Dog

Published on January 3, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Things I Learned From My Dog Wisdom comes from the strangest places. In recent weeks I have been learning from Rufus, my dog. I have long been using dogs as examples of good listening skills, and Laugh2Learn even has an improv game, “How to Listen Like Your Dog,” but lately I have come to realize

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Special Gifts

Several years ago, my daughter-in-law, Michelle, suggested that for inter family giving we buy no more presents in favor of exchanging homemade gift. What a great idea! Since that time we have specialized in giving gifts of our own creation. I have received the most wonderful gifts ranging from handmade soaps and candles, to lots

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Life’s Little Gifts

Published on December 3, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Sometimes it’s not the big events that have the most meaning, but the little things.  A couple of years ago, Rebecca and I were privileged to spend three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. We saw all kinds of palaces, churches, and museums but my happiest memory involves a porta-potty, and an honest woman. I believe

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Cherish Life

Sixteen years ago tomorrow, November 15, 1996, while performing with Topeka Civic Theatre’s Laughing Matters Comedy Company, I suffered a heart attack. I never lost consciousness, and I can still remember the emergency room doctor saying, “Get him to the cath lab, stat!” As they rolled me away, I said goodbye to my wife and

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Dare to be Average

Published on November 5, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Have you ever watched an improv company and wondered how they always say the right thing at the right time? They don’t.  As a matter of fact if they tried to be clever, or funny every time they opened their mouth they would just stand there. Improv works because improv actors have learned to trust

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Just Show UP

Published on October 26, 2012 by in Uncategorized

When I attended the Applied Improvisation Network’s World Conference in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Madson, retired director of Stanford University’s theater department. She so inspired me I bought a copy of her book, Improv Wisdom. (You should too.) My next several blog posts are going to feature lessons I learned

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