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Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP
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With a master’s degree in social work, Ron spent the first part of his career working in a large hospice organization as a clinical social worker, manager, and senior leader. As an author, speaker, and humorist, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations to associations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations. He is the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association and is a recognized expert on the benefits of humor and laughter.

Entries by Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Just Tell Me That You're Busy

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Have you ever sent an email (or left a voicemail message, for that matter) and never heard back from the person you contacted? Then, when you finally reached them a few weeks later, they said, "Oh, yeah, I was just busy and didn't have a chance to respond."

It seems...

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Does Your Perspective Make Your 'But' Look Big?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Sunday was one of the most beautiful days I have ever experienced. But the pollen was suffocating.

The gift I got for my birthday was exactly what I asked for. But it wasn't what I thought it would be.

My meal last night was delicious. But the servings were much...

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Compassionate Basketball? That Is March Madness

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:29 AM

About this time every year, we're up to our foul lines with March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Television stations are hijacked, advertisers produce basketball themed commercials, and offices are full of busted brackets. At the risk of jumping on the basketball bandwagon, I'd like to share a slightly...

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The View From Inside Out

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 12:36 PM

As the day begins, the dim light slowly exposes the wondrous nature that surrounds me. A little later, the sun will peek over the mountain range and a red-streaked sky will welcome a new day. Often, deer or wild turkeys (the feathered kind, not the bourbon kind) amble through the...

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Moving Into 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Around 2:00 a.m., as I came back to bed from an all-too-common, middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, I ran into the corner of the bed. The impact and the expletive that followed woke my wife.

Yesterday, I could not find my favorite pair of jeans. They seem to have been...

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Can't You See You Need Help?

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 7:49 PM

The problem with mirrors is that they lie. Or perhaps, more accurately, they don't tell the whole truth.

Mirrors will show you the cavernous lines on your forehead that have become more pronounced as you've aged but they don't show you that these lines got there because you frowned too...

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Do Your Opponents Honor You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:11 PM

In business and life, sports analogies can strike out (see how I did that?). For those who love sports, the connection makes perfect sense and can crystallize a concept like nothing else -- especially the concept of teamwork. But for those who don't love sports, a sports analogy can sound...

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Setting Limits, 'Funly'

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:23 PM

As a leader or employee, it is sometimes necessary to set limits with other people. They walk into your office, interrupt conversations or send you emails with questionably funny jokes or photos attached.

In order to function in a job or just to get your work done, you must occasionally...

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6 Tips for Effective Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Is anyone befuddled by the fall from grace of so many leaders? Is anyone befuddled by the choices some leaders make as if nobody is watching? Is anyone captivated by the word befuddled? OK, maybe that last one is just me.

Let's be very clear. Part of the challenge for...

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Presence Leads to Excellence and Humor

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 4:43 PM

I was riding my Harley through the back roads of Maryland last weekend feeling tougher than my nerd-like appearance might suggest. As I rode into a shady portion of the road, my senses came alive with an entirely different experience. The air was cooler on my face and arms. The...

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Questions Make Good Connections

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:29 PM

What is the capital of Pennsylvania? It's a good question designed to get a specific answer -- an answer, by the way, that I remember using the mnemonic "Harry's Pennies." But it's not the kind of question that necessarily leads to a good personal connection with others. And yet, questions...

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Humor, Leadership and the White House Correspondents Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 11:43 AM

"I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be." -- Barack Obama

"One of my favorite quotations about age comes from Thomas Jefferson. He said that we should never judge a president by his age, only by his work. And ever since he told me...

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4 Keys to Developing and Maintaining Friendships

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 5:40 PM

As the old saying goes, you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. That is, unless you've developed some really close friendship!

We need friendships in our lives to supplement our existing romantic, marital or family relationships. Yet most adult...

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What to Do When Conflict Happens

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 2:11 PM

Whenever I encounter conflict, something in the pit of my stomach turns and I feel a burst of adrenaline shoot through my body. It's that instinctual fight-or-flight mechanism preparing me for battle... or to run.

If the conflict occurs in a dark alley and involves more than a dozen people,...

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Death Gives Us Clarity

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I like funerals.

I don't like them for the sadness or for the realization that we have lost someone we love. And I suspect that I won't like my own funeral as much as I like the funerals of others (just saying).

I like funerals because they remind me of...

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Get Better This Year by Being Practical

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:51 PM

It's that time of the year again. New resolutions, goals and to-do lists.

My life goal is death. I don't mean that in a morbid sense but in a that's-where-we're-all-headed sense. It's what Stephen Covey meant when he said to "begin with the end in mind." Ultimately, our life goals...

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Getting Through the Holidays (Without Going Over the River and Through the Woods!)

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 9:40 AM

There's a holiday song that says you have to go "over the river and through the woods" to get to Grandma's house. That seems like a lot of work to me and often, so do the holidays. I don't know about you, but whenever November arrives, I look toward the...

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A Post-Thanksgiving Reminder

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:18 PM

I'm a big fan of Thanksgiving because the focus is so simple. It's all about the food and the fellowship. Unlike Christmas, there are no Thanksgiving gifts, no special decorations, and no fear of offending someone who might not believe in turkey when I say, "Happy Thanksgiving."

This year, however,...

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Stress -- Do You See It?

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 4:28 PM

Stress is all around you. Can you see it?

Or is stress all around you because you see it?

I ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and when I tell people I ride a motorcycle, they often want to tell me about someone they know who died on a motorcycle.

That's...

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How to Make Difficult Tasks More Fun

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 7:23 AM

There are certain things I'm just not good at.

For instance, I'm not very good at household repairs, knitting, or interpreting the meaning of a movie like Citizen Kane. So, when it comes to these things, I let the professionals do their job and I simply admire their work.

But...

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