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When tone is more important than content

I interrupt our series on communicating with intimacy to bring you a long overdue bit of Friday Silliness.

In today’s lesson, Toby Turner – also known as the YouTube personality Tobuscus – demonstrates how tone can completely contradict content.  Alliteration aside, it is a useful lesson.

Tobuscus: Dramatic Song


Does your chorus sound like Coldplay?

The bandwagon of uncertainty

You know, like, totally whatever?

That aggravating upwards lilt of the voice makes you sound like an non-confident teen girl.  I will be merciless when it comes to stripping you of that most wretches of speaking habits!

I will also make you watch Taylor Mali’s brilliant freestyle poetry on that very topic.


The Perfect Guide to Holiday Etiquette

For my American friends,  here is a guide to holiday dinner etiquette.  Note the hilarity that can be created by using technically correct words in an unexpected context.


Or just have fun with the sheer puerile nature of this offering.  Don’t show it to your kids.


Is honesty the best policy?

Be careful when you ask for honest feedback or honest opinions.  You might just get them.

How to tell when it’s time to shut up

Have you ever wondered how to tell when it’s time to shut your gob?


Causing a child to cry is a pretty good indication:

Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About ‘Bronco Bamma’ and Mitt Romney.


Poor thing.  I’ve felt that way during truly atrocious presentations.


Incidentally, Canadian news gets rather choked with election-related stories every time the American Presidential elections are on.  I at once love and loathe those elections.  They are so aggravatingly relentless and yet so very, very full of beautiful examples of public speaking boondoggles and general political jackassery.  The comedic potential is huge.  If they elicit such strong feelings among myself and fellow Canadians, I can only imagine what they must do to American citizens.

Awkward moments

One of the workshops I provide is about answering questions under fire.  Today’s video is an example of what can happen when you are under fire and lose control of where the questions may go.


When newscasters pray

Today’s dose of silly provides both hilarity and a lesson.

The hilarity occurs within the first 1:30 of the video, a double dose of writhing embarassment at Romney’s awkwardness and a laugh-out-loud moment at the newscaster’s reaction.

This is followed up by a good commentary about keeping true to your style and personality when speaking in public.  If your natural state of being is a boring stiff, you’ll look like a complete goober when you attempt to play the smarmy comedian.

Poor Romney.  His comedic timing really is atrocious.

An offering of silliness

In order to make up for neglecting to post a ridiculous video for you last Friday (the new parent broken sleep exhaustion is catching up with me), I present you three very silly clips:

#1:  Stating things simply is often the best way to present our message.  It doesn’t get much simpler than this:


#2: Our children are beaten over the head with the message “It’s what’s inside that counts.”  Our outsides, however, cause people to make assumptions about our insides.  The cat appears to be very contented, but until it learns to stop frowning, people will assume otherwise.  For your viewing pleasure, I present to you “Grumpy Cat”:


#3: We should ensure that our external appearance matches the message we want to send.  Grumpy Cat has a feline soulmate in Colonel Meow, who is in bitter rivalry with Boo the Pomeranian:



Muscle madness

Old Spice: the bodywash that makes my husband stink like a dog in a swamp but that has one of the best advertising departments ever.

Here’s one of their latest interactive internet ads.  I’m not even going to try to cleverly tie this to a communication quip.  All I can say is that it made me laugh until I knocked over a laundry basket of carefully folded and ironed laundry.  Thanks, Old Spice.

Old Spice Muscle Music

But how does it sound?

Voice quality is a very, very important thing.  A beautifully timbered voice can make the foolish sound clever.  A juvenile, chirpy tone can make the experienced professional seem like an vacuous twit.

And a well-placed voice over can turn a touching scene into this:

This is an old video, but I laugh myself silly every time I see it.

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