Friday, November 29, 2013

Video for 101 Funny Office Awards

My new promotional video for "101 Funny Office Awards" lovingly crafted with Adobe Audition, Screencast-O-Matic, Picasa, Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. I even upgraded to a new Blue Microphone (the Yeti). Enjoy!



Watch on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkAMJLrwfKo

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
Hi, I’m comedian Larry Weaver with a look inside "101 Funny Office Awards".

This downloadable PDF file contains 101 unique award certificates created specifically for those who work in an office environment.

I’ve written lots of tips to make sure you have the best office awards presentation possible.

You’ll find a handy ballot to nominate coworkers for awards without giving away the award itself.

Next up are the certificates. You’ll find awards for everything from break room etiquette to office gossip.

Customize the certificates using free Adobe Reader software. Just pick an award you like, type in the recipient name, presenter’s name, and date. Choose print, hit OK. It’s that easy.

You can reword the name of the award. You can change the explanation to better fit your recipient or create your own funny award. The possibilities are endless.

The built-in snapshot tool is ideal for copying and pasting the certificate into an email or PowerPoint.

These certificates are a lot of fun. They’re perfect for any type of business or organization anywhere in the World. And they are backed by a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Download your copy today at FunAwards.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

Video for 101 Funny Employee Awards

My new promotional video for "101 Funny Employee Awards" lovingly crafted with Adobe Audition , Techsmith Snagit 8.0, Picasa, Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. Enjoy!



Watch on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txnRMV5K5Ms

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Hi, I’m comedian Larry Weaver with a look inside "101 Funny Employee Awards".

This downloadable PDF file contains 101 unique award certificates to give employees, volunteers and staff.

I’ve written lots of tips to make sure you have the best employee awards presentation possible.

You’ll find a handy ballot that you can use to nominate staff members for awards without giving away the award itself.

Next up are the award certificates. There are templates for Appreciation, Achievement,  Excellence, Leadership, Recognition, Teamwork and Employee of the Month.

Using free Adobe Reader software, you can type directly onto the certificates. Just pick an award you like, type in the recipient name, presenter’s name, and date. Choose print, hit OK. It’s that easy.

You can even change the explanation to better fit your recipient. Or reword the name of the award completely. The possibilities are endless.

Using the built-in snapshot tool, you can easily copy and paste the certificate into an email or PowerPoint. You can even save your changes.

These certificates are a lot of fun and they’re perfect for any type of business or organization anywhere in the World. And they are backed by a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee.

Download your copy today at FunAwards.com

Friday, November 15, 2013

Funny Employee Awards vs. Funny Office Awards

If you're trying to decide between "101 Funny Employee Awards" and "101 Funny Office Awards", you're in the right place. This is comedian Larry Weaver and I created them both.

The short answer is this: if you work in an office, get "101 Funny Office Awards". Otherwise, get "101 Funny Employee Awards."

 

Now the long answer.

The first collection of funny awards I released was way back in 2007. The title back then was "Funny Employee Awards: Your Complete Guide to Organizing a Humorous, Entertaining, and Rewarding Recognition Ceremony." This original collection had a decidedly office-oriented slant. It's safe to say that all of the awards were inspired from my days toiling away in an office environment.

Then I took the show on the road.

Shortly after releasing the first collection of awards, I created a live comedy show based on the book. I would (and still do) travel around the country hosting a funny award show for companies and organizations.

A lot of the organizations were decidedly blue-collar. I'm talking warehouses, distribution centers, firefighters, EMS workers, food service, catering, truckers, hairdressers... the list goes on. For most of these organizations, the majority of employees simply didn't work in an office.

Based on demand, I released a collection of "Funny Teacher Awards." But I knew I had to do more.

A few years back I created a more generic collection called "Funny Awards Certificates". These were meant to be a catch-all collection for friends, family, teammates and coworkers. That still didn't quite solve the problem, so I bundled that collection with the employee awards to create a "Funny Office Awards" bundle.

But all of that was just a delay to the inevitable. I had to break out office awards from employee awards.

Finally, in the Summer of 2013, I sent my calls to voicemail, shut down Outlook and started writing new awards. I didn't know at the time that I would end up rewriting ALL of my collections - ending up with four collections of 101 awards (that's 404 funny awards for you non-math majors).

Today, the newest collection of "101 Funny Office Awards" are for office workers and the totally revamped collection of "101 Funny Employee Awards" have a more generic slant that can apply to any workers in any job.

If you can get them both, do that. A lot of hard work went into them and you won't be disappointed!

p.s. If you want to get a closer look at some of the certificates inside, visit these micro-sites:

  • http://www.funnyemployeeawards.com/
  • http://www.funnyofficeawards.com/ 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week 2013


Teacher Appreciation Week 2013 occurs on the first full week of May in the United States and Canada. Also known as National Teacher Week, Teacher Appreciation Week 2013 is on May 6-10, 2013. Teacher Appreciation Day 2013 occurs on Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7, 2013. Outside the U.S., many other country celebrate Teacher Appreciation every October 5, World Teacher's Day.

Typical Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas include cards, pins, poems, letters, gift certificates, lunch, and gift baskets. If your theme or activities revolve around, remember to gift healthy (fruit, nuts, light snacks). We don't need our teachers falling into a sugar-induced coma during history class. That's the students' job.


The best gift for teacher appreciation day is something homemade and from the heart. Quickly customize your own "Teacher of the Year" Award Certificate with our free printable PDF.  You can type directly onto the certificate template and add your own message before printing. Within seconds you'll have a unique award that will bring smiles to your favorite teacher! Just click the link to download the PDF and enjoy!

Here are some unique ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week 2013:

Funny Teacher Appreciation Certificates - Our exclusive line of funny teacher awards range from teacher superlatives to classroom awards. They reference common classroom objects, literary figures, noted scientists, fairy tales, popular culture icons, and much more. While some fall under the category of "poking light fun", the vast majority are creative ways to say "job well done". They are G-rated and appropriate for all types of schools around the World.

Teacher Appreciation Awards Show - Give your entire staff some much-needed laughter with a performance by comedian Larry Weaver. Full of customized jokes, everyone will love participating in this highly-interactive and hilarious presentation!

"Larry Weaver provided an excellent program for our Teacher Appreciation Banquet. He brought the house down. He was so funny, and the way he worked the audience was just out of this world. I asked for clean and funny and he gave me both. He was AWESOME!" - Teacher Assistant, Johnson Primary School Teacher Assistants Dinner

Monday, November 26, 2012

Funny Awards for Work Party

Funny Awards for Work are are a great way to liven up an office party, company meeting, or just the daily routine. But how do you incorporate funny workplace awards while ensuring everyone has a good time?
Funny work awards can be a huge hit at your next event!
CIO magazine outlines the benefits of workplace humor in their article, Humor Does a World of Good in the Workplace. They suggest that humor needs to come from the top down.


"Managers need to set the tone for levity. The first place to start is by looking in the mirror."

As someone who has hosted dozens of workplace awards ceremonies across the U.S., I couldn't' agree more. I always encourage the organizations to kick off the funny work certificates presentation with someone in a managerial role. It lets workers know that it's OK to laugh at the awards.

The best funny workplace awards are the ones that hit closest to home. The article points out, "Whether it’s the suck-up employee, the bottleneck-causing boss or the showman-style CEO, every workplace has its foibles."

My suggestion for creating funny award categories for work is to start with the biggest "characters" in your workplace. Pick out the co-workers who will relish the spotlight. Make a list of what are they known for. Examples include always being late, eating other people's food, and extending meetings. Use these characteristics to create your list of funny work award ideas.

The article does caution that some topics should be off limits. "Of course, some things should not be made light of in the workplace—a person’s faith, ethnicity or sexual preference. Jokes on these issues may provoke hurt or cause harm. When in doubt, keep your mouth shut."

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