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Why The Boss is the only act in the world I’d stand for hours in the rain to see. A definite perk of being a corporate comedian and MC is that I get to see celebrities, motivational speakers and leaders of all stripes. Usually their achievements are very impressive and it’s easy to see why these people are so successful, but often I’m not sure how their lives really affect mine. Now, I’m not belittling those who row across the Antarctic backwards in solar powered flip-flops, but I am saying that these exploits don’t scare me as much as the fact that I am the father of and responsible for two daughters. And although being a Dad might not seem as extreme as conquering the wilderness, the difference is that when your role in the life of the Antarctic is done, you don’t care if it loves you back. It’s the “ordinary” things like caring for your family, doing a job and living an authentic life that are often the most high- stakes. What has this to do with Bruce Springsteen? Well, we went to his Johannesburg show. And it rained so hard the horn section had to use the trombone as a snorkel. There was a danger that the whole event would be a washout. Then Bruce showed why he’s called “The Boss”. It’s not just that he’s one of the world’s biggest rock stars, it’s that his performance reached out to each and every one of us in that downpour and made me feel like he really cared about our lives. He treated us as if we were exceptional and important and worthy of respect too. He played a full length, soaking wet, intensely energetic concert. And he gave a master class in audience interaction. Whether you’re a musician or a comedian, the concert contained potent reminders. Below, I’ve listed some of those that resonate loudest with me. “Greatest Hits”, Pro–Tips & Life Lessons There are no ordinary days at the office. Don’t just put on a show. Build a relationship with your audience. it’s not a “crowd” or an audience or even a client. It’s a group of real individuals with real lives and genuine feelings. Mind where you tread. Being an entertainer is a privilege, but it’s nothing unless it’s backed up by professionalism and a strong work ethic. Words are a very powerful way to connect. People love to laugh in the rain. The old “dance like nobody’s watching” cliché is just as applicable when 60000 people are. Being passionate is cool. Work to get a bigger round of applause when you leave than when you arrived. So, thanks Bruce. You didn’t only touch my life, you’ve added to it. And thanks to all of you for reading this. I hope the acts you watch do as much for you as Springsteen did for us. If not, don’t you deserve better?
19th FEBRUARY 2014
BLOG: The Awesomeness of Being Too Dumb to come in out of the rain
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Why The Boss is the only act in the world I’d stand for hours in the rain to see. A definite perk of being a corporate comedian and MC is that I get to see celebrities, motivational speakers and leaders of all stripes. Usually their achievements are very impressive and it’s easy to see why these people are so successful, but often I’m not sure how their lives really affect mine. Now, I’m not belittling those who row across the Antarctic backwards in solar powered flip-flops, but I am saying that these exploits don’t scare me as much as the fact that I am the father of and responsible for two daughters. And although being a Dad might not seem as extreme as conquering the wilderness, the difference is that when your role in the life of the Antarctic is done, you don’t care if it loves you back. It’s the “ordinary” things like caring for your family, doing a job and living an authentic life that are often the most high-stakes. What has this to do with Bruce Springsteen? Well, we went to his Johannesburg show. And it rained so hard the horn section had to use the trombone as a snorkel. There was a danger that the whole event would be a washout. Then Bruce showed why he’s called “The Boss”. It’s not just that he’s one of the world’s biggest rock stars, it’s that his performance reached out to each and every one of us in that downpour and made me feel like he really cared about our lives. He treated us as if we were exceptional and important and worthy of respect too. He played a full length, soaking wet, intensely energetic concert. And he gave a master class in audience interaction. Whether you’re a musician or a comedian, the concert contained potent reminders. Below, I’ve listed some of those that resonate loudest with me. “Greatest Hits”, Pro–Tips & Life Lessons There are no ordinary days at the office. Don’t just put on a show. Build a relationship with your audience. it’s not a “crowd” or an audience or even a client. It’s a group of real individuals with real lives and genuine feelings. Mind where you tread. Being an entertainer is a privilege, but it’s nothing unless it’s backed up by professionalism and a strong work ethic. Words are a very powerful way to connect. People love to laugh in the rain. The old “dance like nobody’s watching” cliché is just as applicable when 60000 people are. Being passionate is cool. Work to get a bigger round of applause when you leave than when you arrived. So, thanks Bruce. You didn’t only touch my life, you’ve added to it. And thanks to all of you for reading this. I hope the acts you watch do as much for you as Springsteen did for us. If not, don’t you deserve better?
19th FEBRUARY 2014
BLOG: The Awesomeness of Being Too Dumb to come in out of the rain
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