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Alicia Blain

Funny Videos

I know. I know.  I usually post my Back in My Day blog on Fridays but given that tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I wanted to share this with you today because it’s so appropriate for the holidays.

I ran across one of the cutest and one of the most original videos on You Tube.  It’s called the “Digital Story of Nativity or Christmas 2.0“. First, you have to love the title. Then you have to love the premise.  The video goes back in time (thus the reason it is in my BIMD series) and recreates the birth of Christ as if all the social media tools were available at the time.  So you see the Archangel Gabriel send a text to Mary telling her she will be having a baby.  You see Mary sending Joseph an email to let him know the news and that they need to talk.  And it goes on from there.  They use Google Maps, the IPhone, Facebook, Ebay, and you name it to tell the story.  Very funny

To me, this is a great example of using creativity, technology & humor to capture the interest of viewers.  They took a familiar story & gave it a 21st Century spin by applying technology to make it entertaining.  It keeps you engaged and curious to see how else they will surprise you with.  You are not disappointed.  It leaves you with a smile.

So as we get ready to celebrate Christmas with our families tomorrow & Saturday, I hope this video puts a smile on your face and makes you chuckle.  As the video says “times change, feelings remain the same”. 

Happy Digital Christmas everybody!

I saw this video last Friday and I’m still laughing so I thought I’d share it with everybody as we start another week.  It’s perfect for a Monday morning pick-me-up.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Jane Wells, the CNBC correspondent.  She has a blog called “Funny Business” where she shares anything that tickles her funny bone.  She is a very funny person herself and usually her take on a particular situation is hilarious.  I highly recommend keeping up with Funny Business.  I find it to be a great way to de-stress when you are having a hectic day. 

Last Friday, Jane shared a funny video called “Animal Crackers“.  What made the video a gem to watch was the combination of 3 distinct effects coming together to create a wonderfully funny experience.  It starts with a nature video where pictures of animals are captured and presented on the video.  Then you have people doing voiceovers while the animals are making a particular sound or movement.  Finally, the accent of the voiceovers are British and that great British humor is infused in the funny things that are being said.  All in all, it looks like the animals are either saying something funny or are having conversations with other animals. Each little skit is funnier than the one that preceded it.

On top of being a funny video, it shows so much creativity on the part of the creators. To make something so ordinary as watching what could be called a nature clip and then coming up with funny dialogue and inserting the voiceover at just the right time to make it believable and deliver the punchline is impressive.

As I watch it several times, I couldn’t help but think that this kind of creativity and fusion of distinct formats is what corporate America is lacking today.  The creators of this video clearly let go of the status quo in achieving humor.  Instead of thinking outside the box, they decided to throw out the box altogether and come up with something totally unique and interesting.

Letting go of the status quo and throwing out the comfortable “boxes” that we’ve used for so long to lead our teams is exactly what we need to keep organizations competitive in the 21st Century. This video was a nice reminder of what can be achieved in a different medium when you do that.  Of course, that requires that we, as leaders, get comfortable experimenting with new techniques so we can create a better work environment for our staff.  Who knows?  This, in turn, can lead to innovation in ideas that can ultimately lead to new products & services.  That’s not funny business; that’s smart business.

So take a few minutes & watch the video and share it with your staff.  See which skits each person likes best & why. You may discover something new about someone that works for you.

Which skit is your favorite?  Mine was the chipmunk (or maybe the squirrel?) that kept saying “Alan”, “Alan”. 

Have a great week ahead, everybody!