365 days is a lot of time to do a lot of things. Here are some of my favorites from 2013.
Best Achievement – 100 73 Speaking Engagements
One of my biggest goals for the year was to do 100 engagements for Humor That Works. While I only hit 73, I still think it was my biggest accomplishment. More than 2500 people got to hear the things I train on and even if just a small percent of those people are better because of it, it was a good year.
Runner-Up: Publish an App.
Best Personal Development – OKRs
Although this is more recent, one of the best videos I watched on productivity this year was how Google sets goals. The idea of creating stretch goals and still being satisfied with .7 or .8 has helped me frame my thinking for both goal setting and success.
Runner-Up: Broccoli isn’t that disgusting.
Best Business Decision – Go to Norway
Early on in 2013 I had a chance to go to Norway for a speaking engagement plus some stand-up. Not only did I learn that what I teach about humor in the workplace is relevant in other countries, I learned that I can make people laugh even if English isn’t their first language.
Runners-Up: Publish an App, Present at GA.
Best Personal Decision – Go to Norway
The trip to Norway was both a professional and personal decision. Personally it reminded me of the wonders of international travel and how limited I am when I can’t use English. I also tried reindeer burger.
Runner-Up: Convince Pat to make Banana Pudding.
Best Speaking Engagement – CSz Talk
There were way too many engagements this year that I thoroughly enjoyed. It I had to pick one (and I do because I’m making me), I would choose my CSz Talk on Efficiency vs Effectiveness. It was my first TED-style talk and balanced humor and message.
Runners-Up: LSU, GA, OSU, WSJ, WNO, P&G, TGP
Best Personal Performance – Gilda Club Event
This was one of the hardest “bests” to choose as I had so much fun in the 100+ shows I did this past year. But the Gilda Club event takes the cake for a few reasons: 1) It was for a good cause. 2) It was in front of 1,200 people. 3) I performed with Rachel Dratch.
Runners-Up: Stand Up Bergen, Mint Condition Last Show
Best Travel – Norway
I was traveling for more than 100 days in 2013, with trips to: Baton Rouge, Norway, Cincinnati (x6), Napa, San Francisco, Columbus (x2), Tyrone (x3), Yulan, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Westhampton, Boston (x4), Norwalk (x2), and Epsom. But it should be no surprise (based on the Best Business and Best Personal Decisions) that my favorite was Norway. A very very close second was Westhampton, followed by all the other great places.
Runner-Up: All the other great trips.
Best New Restaurant – Amy Ruths
It was a good year for fried chicken as I tried both Amy Ruth’s and Pies N Thighs this year. Though both were amazing, it has to go to Amy Ruth’s because their chicken and waffles is incredible.
Runners-Up: Pies N Thighs, Gott’s Roadside, What’s Up Dog?
Best New Food – Pancake Snack
One of the best things about Norway was their midday snack of a fresh pancake and jam. I don’t know what they call it but I call it delicious.
Runner-Up: Banana Pudding, Max Brenner Hot Chocolate.
Best Live Show – Eddie Izzard Workshop
I didn’t see as many live shows this year as I did last year, but I hit quite a variety. While Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike was funny, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark was interesting, and Punderdome is exclusively puns, my favorite was seeing Eddie Izzard workshop material for his new tour.
Runners-Up: Punderdome, Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike, Big Dumb Music Festival.
Best Movie (I Saw) – The World’s End
Sadly I missed the Best Picture Movie Marathon so I was limited on what I saw, but I’d say The Worlds End was my favorite. Also a special shot out to Last of Us; it’s a videogame but the story is so good that if it were a movie, it would easily be the best I saw this year.
Runners-Up: Star Trek Into Darkness, Last of Us.
Best TV Series (I Saw) – Breaking Bad
I’ve watched some great series this year, including Sherlock and Archer (but they aren’t eligible for Best Series because they aren’t complete yet). I really enjoyed Luther but I think the last season of Breaking Bad makes it a great watch all the way through.
Best Book (I Read) – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
I’m nowhere close to an avid reader, having only read Count of Monte Cristo, The Sport of Business, The Challenger Sale, Lead with a Story, The Sea-Gull, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Of all of those, Hitchhikers was my favorite because of it made me laugh out loud multiple times.
Runner-Up: Count of Monte Cristo.
Best Tweet – Good at PowerPoint?
While I’ve selected my 20 best tweets from 2013, here’s my top pick:
I thought I could sit on a bench. Some guy told me I couldn’t. I stood, corrected.
There you have it, my Best of the Best from 2013. See you next year!