Today’s interview is with Dave Keeling, who is 6’ 2”, ginger, a professional actor and has been a ‘stand-up’ educationalist for over 10 years. Dave has recently published a book called: The Little Book of Laughter: Using humour as a tool to engage and motivate all learners. Whilst the book is primarily aimed at people in education, I believe there are lessons and parallels for how we build teams, develop them and create engaged employees. I also thought it’d be great to finish the series of interviews this year with a little bit of humour 🙂
Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to present to you my discussion with Dave, where we talk about why having fun should be in everyone’s job description, how we can use humour as a tool to engage and motivate people, how it helps improve communication, learning and engagement in the workplace and why laughter is important to the workplace.
This interview follows on from my recent interview: Customer service done different and fast reinvention of a faceless product category – Interview with Craig Dubitsky of hello – and is number eighty six in the series of interviews with authors and business leaders that are doing great things, helping businesses innovate, become more social and deliver better service.
Here are the highlights of my interview with Dave:
About Dave (adapted from his Laughology bio)
Dave Keeling is an Actor, Comedian, Presenter, Stand Up Educationalist and writer. Having trained as a professional actor at The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art Dave has worked extensively in theatre and television. His credits include ‘Blood Brothers’ in the West End and ‘EastEnders’ for T.V.
Dave’s client list includes Sotheby’s, Liverpool Victoria, BP, Regus, Hewlett Packard, BT, British Aerospace, The Inner temple and the Metropolitan Police. He specialises in helping organisations improve and manage change, teamwork, communication, creativity and well-being.
Dave is also a much sought after stand-up Educationalist working with pupils, parents teachers and education teams up and down the country on topics such as: thinking skills; memory; revision techniques; confidence; risk taking; the brain and much more. His previous books include ‘Rocket up your class’, ‘The Book of Invisible Teaching’ and ‘The Big book Of Independent Thinking’.
He is also a stand-up comedian and has gigged all over the country enjoying salty snacks, fizzy pop and a cuddle with anyone who cares to turn up.
Dave is 6 foot two, eyes of blue and a little bit ginger, and believes that within that description lies a little bit of something for everyone.