We’ve all heard the saying: “Less is More”. It is a philosophy we at Just Between Friends embrace, helping more than 600,000 families (and counting) reduce their clutter and turn it into cash and recycle by reselling at our consignment events throughout the U.S. That’s one reason I love this blog from my friend Tara Lynn Thompson on how less is more can bring success. Read and enjoy! – Shannon
The story goes that Steven Wright started in stand-up like everyone starts in stand-up – screaming. Comedy clubs are notoriously loud. Hello, the laughing. To get attention, to be heard, you had to get loud.
Steven thought, “….nah.” And changed tactics.
He spoke softly, lethargically, slowly, even a smidge mumbly. No one could hear him. Not in all the chaos. Not until the chaos hushed.
Instead of talking louder than everyone else, he made everyone else quiet down. Instead of competing with the noise, he got rid of the noise. Instead of being more, he was less.
And it worked. If you want to hear Steven Wright deliver a joke, you can’t unless you shut up and listen.
That’s the story. I have no idea where I heard it or when. My brother and I grew up as Steven Wright fans, listening to his infamous deadpan delivery on a cassette tape we wore out in spots. Then someone stole it.
“When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child…eventually.” Steven Wright
Maybe my brother told me the story. Maybe he made it up.
Steven, if you’re out there, just go with it.
Tara Lynn Thompson is an award-winning storyteller, content marketing guru, instructor, and entrepreneurial enthusiast. She is the senior copywriter for Jordan Advertising and, for eight years, has successfully operated – against all conventional business wisdom – Tara Lynn Creative, a creative content business.
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