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.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGAMd-tT6fQ&w=420&h=315]


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.


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFzz6EZmkq8&w=560&h=315]

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…

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.


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWBjcQDiHo&w=560&h=315]

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…