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Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP
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

The In-Betweens

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 12:02 PM

What are you doing with your in-betweens?

I'm not talking about the cream in between the wafers of an Oreo. And I'm not talking about the commercials in between television shows. I'm not even talking about the curious ball of lint you find in between your toes.

I'm talking about...

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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:53 PM

Recently, my wife and I used the drive-thru window at our local bank. I love the drive-thru because sometimes, I'm just too lazy to go inside. With the drive-thru, I don't have to move from my seat and can do all of my banking transactions through that little drawer under...

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Transitions: The Last Ride

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:22 PM

Tuesday was a beautiful, almost spring day. It was sunny, the temperature was 65, and a new crop of bugs was hitting me in the face. You see, I was on my last motorcycle ride where, at the end of the ride, I would sell my bike to Classic Iron,...

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The Value of Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Someone once said that the great thing about golf is that you get immediate feedback after every shot. For some of us, the feedback is brutal and routinely includes the words "slice" and "hook." But you can't deny the value of instantly knowing how well you did.

Wouldn't it be...

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A Beautiful Reminder

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:04 AM

A few weekends ago I experienced one of the most beautiful three days I can remember. The temperature was perfect and the color of the changing leaves made for a wonderful reminder of the beauty all around us here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

On Saturday, we went...

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Telling Stories

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Stories are powerful. They tell us so much more than facts.

For instance, here are facts: A woman died. Six months, later her husband died.

Here is a story: A woman died. Six months later, her husband died of a broken heart.

See the difference? Stories convey information in a...

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Understanding 'Understanding'

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:17 PM

My wife will attest to the fact that I'm not the most patient person in traffic situations. My impatience also extends to a few other situations, but for the sake of this article and protecting my sparkling image, I'll stick to traffic. Here's an example.

While returning home from the...

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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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