In our second of three mentoring sessions with Stevie Ray, we hear how he shaped his comedic and improvisation career. Sometimes when you move toward your future, like working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech pathology at Moorhead State University, you discover who you are.
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles, is a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers. It is updated each year. This book helped Stevie realize his life work. Armed with this new information about himself, he mustered up the courage to offer to design an entire curriculum for a degree in The Theory and Performance of Humor. Thankfully, the late 1970s was a time colleges and universities across the country were open to allow students more freedom to shape new degreed programs. And, it was a time where scholarly innovators like Stevie Ray persisted to make his dream come true.
Hear more of his Rochester beginnings, growing up with three siblings, and his family life now. This episode is packed with juggernauts of information including how the brain works and tips for thriving in a service business.
Stevie Ray. In 1989 Stevie Ray’s Improv Company was born in Minneapolis with co-founder Pamela Mayne. Stevie Ray is a corporate speaker and trainer across the country. He’s a nationally syndicated columnist for the Business Journal newspapers and the author of nine books including Quick Thinking for Any Situation, The Calm Before the Brainstorm, and Speaking in Public Without Sweating in Private. His books have been read by nearly every one of his family members.
In addition to his corporate work, Stevie is also a professional entertainer and has performed with such stars as Weird Al Yankovic and Paula Poundstone. www.stevieray.org
Stevie Ray also sells the world’s greatest food, honey. He has four bee hives. Steve’s Bees Minnesota honey can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Steves-Bees-150135721676530/
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Build on the improvisation rule in connecting with others. Use the phrase, Yes And…, to build on your conversations with others. Have fun with adding something new to how you connect with others. Delete ‘no but’ from your vocabulary.
Revisit your core strengths and make sure you are using them to support your livelihood.
Innovation Shaped Stevie Ray’s College Years, Episode #44 www.stevieray.org
Next Monday’s Mentoring Conversation:
Mike Barrett is back for his third mentoring session. Married life and parenting experiences raising three children are discussed. Tax planning for children, and financial planning recommendations for small business along with other conversational information that is great to hear about! See you through the air waves next week.