Mike Moore, Professional Speaker

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Articles by Speaker/ Humorist Mike Moore

How to Write, Record and Sell Your Own Homemade Booklets and Audio CDS
At last a manual that will turn you into a money making author without ever receiving a rejection slip. [January 01, 2007 11:56:46 am]

How to Implement Change in the Workplace Without Sending Your Staff to a Psychiatrist
Effective strategies for implementing workplace change without destroying staff morale or increasing employee stress [October 05, 2006 09:30:14 am]

How to Use Public Speaking to Promote Your Business Without Cost
There is a way to supercharge the word of mouth process by getting a lot more people experiencing your service or product at one time and it involves public speaking. [January 06, 2006 03:46:13 pm]

The Magic of the Night Sky
I love the night sky. There is something comforting, mysterious and hopeful about standing under a canopy of swirling stars... [December 12, 2005 01:46:53 pm]

How to Develop a Happy and Healthy Workplace
A Happy workplace is a productive workplace. How to promote employment enjoyment. [December 10, 2005 10:56:04 am]

Do This and Really Start Living
I have come to the conclusion that there are far too many people living lives of drudgery. Who was it that said, "Everybody dies; Few really live"? [December 10, 2005 09:13:54 am]

The Art of Confident Conversation
Discover the secrets to personal charm through improved conversation. Talk to anyone about anything. [December 08, 2005 01:07:57 pm]

How to Boost Staff Confidence and Performace with Public Speaking
How to use improved public speaking skills to improve staff performance, confidence and productivity [December 05, 2005 03:44:31 pm]

The Profitable World of Self Publishing
It's great waking up each morning to have sales of my books and manuals waiting there for me on the computer... [December 01, 2005 07:53:27 pm]

Coping with Difficult People
I read recently that toxic people make up about ten percent of the population and cause over 50% of all relational damage. For our own well-being and the well-being of those we care about we must learn how to cope with these toxic people at home, at work and at play. [December 01, 2005 03:34:17 pm]

Why Invest in Laughter
Life is a mystery to be enjoyed in spite of its pain. Discover why investing in laughter is a fantastic investment paying huge dividends... [November 30, 2005 03:53:36 pm]

How to Share Your Hard Earned Expertise for Huge Fees
We all have a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to share. Discover how you can share youyrs for huge fees [November 21, 2005 07:47:39 am]

Investing in Your Professional Development
Learning about your niche subject is an necessary, on-going process well worth the investment of time and money. [November 20, 2005 04:59:10 pm]

The Path to Profitable Speaking
How to get started in your own profitable speaking business... [November 14, 2005 06:28:00 am]

The Business of Speaking for Profit, Pleasure, and Personal Growth
What public speaking can do for you to improve your personal and professional life. [November 14, 2005 05:39:02 am]

How to Avoid Audience Saturation
The elements of an effecive speech and how to deliver it. [November 14, 2005 05:38:39 am]

How to Become a More Entertaining Speaker
How to inform and entertain your audience... [November 14, 2005 05:38:22 am]

A Speaker's Lesson Learned
How the set-up of the hall can impact on the quality of your presentation. [November 14, 2005 05:38:00 am]

Isn't That What Customer Service is All About?
Two missing ingredients of customer service... [November 14, 2005 05:37:40 am]

The Need for Silence in a Noisy World
How to put the healing power of silence to work for you in a noisy world. [November 14, 2005 05:11:57 am]

Climbing the Listening Ladder
Listen your way to better relationships... [November 14, 2005 05:11:36 am]

How to Read Your Way to Speaking Success
How to become an expert in your field and then speak your expertise for fantastic fees. [November 09, 2005 10:47:10 am]

Open Door Policy? Open Mind Policy?
How to maximize staff potential by developing open door and open mind policies. [November 02, 2005 11:40:10 am]

What to Do When an Audience Member Disagrees With You
How to handle an difficult audience member... [July 19, 2005 12:03:35 pm]

How to Begin to Overcome Shyness
Effective strategies to overcome shyness and connect with people... [July 07, 2005 09:18:40 pm]

Why It Pays to Out More Humor in the Workplace
Humor makes great things happen in the workplace. Find out what and how. [April 22, 2005 10:17:04 am]

Ten Terrific Self Motivating Tips
No one can motivate anyone to do anything. All a person can do for another is provide them with incentives to motivate themselves. Here are ten very effective strategies to help you get up and get mo... [April 21, 2005 08:45:48 am]

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life
If we are the products of our attitudes then it is important for us to examine our attitudes, both positive and negative, to discover the impact they are having on our lives. This is even more import... [April 21, 2005 07:34:46 am]

Five Ways to Sharpen Your Sense of Humor and Improve Your Relationships
Humor has long been considered one of the most effective tools to judge the quality of any relationship. If there is laughter present you can be sure the relationship is a healthy one. When the laug... [April 21, 2005 07:26:54 am]

What Kind of Leader Are You?
Compare your leadership style to that of an enlightened leader. [January 14, 2005 06:07:56 pm]

Ten, Humourous, Power Attitudes
How to put the power of positive attitude to work for you. [January 12, 2005 07:16:21 am]

How to Use Humor to Improve Your Relationships
We are attracted to people with a great sense of humor. Discover how you can develop your sense of humor and put it to work to improve your relationships [January 01, 2005 07:26:00 pm]

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Open Door Policy? Open Mind Policy?      By Mike Moore

    I was giving a presentation on “ the Value of Recognition” to the office workers of a large Canadian City.  The City Commissioner ended his welcome to those present with these words, “ I have an open door policy so I want to encourage you to come and talk to me when you have a concern.” When he left I heard a couple of people in the front row say with a hint of sarcasm,
“ Yeah sure. He has an open door policy as long as what you have to say is flattering and doesn’t rock the boat.”

    We all have known leaders like this and we all have had similar reactions to them.  It is quite apparent that many managers and supervisors don’t listen well and are easily threatened when a challenge or criticism is made by someone over whom they have authority.

    I recall having a supervisor ask me to schedule an appointment to see him.  He wanted to tap my brain.  I should have been suspicious right from the start because in over 20 years he had never once asked  my opinion on anything.  In spite of this I prepared thoroughly and was eager to finally have the chance to share my wisdom and experience.  Maybe he was turning over a new leaf.

     When the interview began the supervisor fell asleep within minutes.  Is that all the time it took to “Tap my mind?”   Since I pride myself on being a rather dynamic and energetic speaker I was really taken aback by this.  What a blow!!  It was a relief to find out later that he suffered from sleeping sickness and had a difficult time staying awake at the best of times.  I dismissed myself from the meeting saying that perhaps I could return when he was feeling better. ( I won’t tell you what I really wanted to say.)

    Along with proclaiming to have an open door policy I think we would all benefit from people in leadership positions  declaring that they had an open mind policy as well.  Managers with an open mind listen attentively to the thoughts, ideas and opinions of others without becoming upset or threatened when a contrary or critical position or opinion is presented.

    No one person, no matter what their position or level of expertise, has a monopoly on wisdom, insight or correct thinking.  Wisdom resides in the collective and not in any one individual.  The following story illustrates what I mean by this.

    It seems that a rather prestigious country club was having a problem with disappearing bottles of shampoo in the mens’ shower room.  No matter what the management did the bottles kept disappearing.   Signs were posted and meetings were held encouraging the members to leave the shampoo bottles where they found them.  Nothing worked. 

    One day the manager of the club was inspecting the shower room while a custodian was mopping the floor.  When the manager saw that another shampoo bottle had disappeared  he expressed his anger and frustration to the custodian, “ We’ve tried everything.

Nothing works. What more can we do?”  The custodian stopped mopping, looked up at the manager and said, “ Why don’t you take the top off each new bottle of shampoo and throw it away?  Nobody will take a shampoo bottle without a top.”   When the manager asked him why he hadn’t offered this great solution before, the caretaker replied, “ Nobody ever asks my opinion. Nobody gets my opinion.”

    This is the sad reality in far too many businesses and organizations.   If you want a happy, healthy and more productive workplace access the wisdom and experience of the group. Cultivate a genuine “Open Door Policy” and combine it with a genuine “ Open Mind Policy” and watch great things start to happen in your workplace.  By the way it works effectively in your family as well..

“ Boat rockers should be considered cherished resources not pains in the neck.”  M. Moore

Mike Moore is a speaker/ humorist who presents on the topics of “ Humor in the Workplace”, “Humor and Stress Management” and “Maximizing Staff Potential Using Humor and Recognition.” He can be reached at


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