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Ring in the Olympics

pm411_logo It’s 8-8-08. The Olympics start today at 8:08:08, Beijing time, this evening. A survey showed that 92 percent of the people could correctly identify the Olympic rings. That makes the Olympic rings the most recognized symbol in the world. 86 percent of those questioned associated the Olympic rings with the world's greatest sporting event.

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The meaning behind the symbol

This got us thinking about branding and the importance of having a recognizable symbol that conveys the message you’re trying to convey. Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern day Olympics, came up with the five rings.

The five rings represent the five continents that embraced the Olympic movement. We found that kind of funny, since we thought there were seven continents! Antarctica obviously doesn’t participate and Europe and Asia were considered to be one continent.

The rings are linked to represent the union of man. The colors of the rings represented the flags of all the countries at the time the symbol was created. They sit on a white background, to represent all the nations of the world.

The symbol and the message are inter-related

As you can see, a tremendous amount of thought went into creating the most recognizable symbol in the world. We bet that you had a general sense of what the rings meant even before you read the discussion above. It’s easy to get.

The symbol reinforces the message, and the message reinforces symbol.

Now apply this to your brand. What do you do? What problem do you solve? Incorporate that into your brand imaging.

We probably found this study so interesting because we’re in the process of coming up with a new symbol for Bigg Success. We have some additions coming soon to our site. We’re developing a new symbol to convey exactly what bigg success means. Keep checking in for more bigg news!

Jake’s Take

Comedian Jake Novak dropped by the show to share his take on this year’s Olympics. A number of companies line up to became official Olympic sponsors. Jake’s found out who the top 5 REAL sponsors of the Beijing Olympics are:

#5 – HGH: The official steroid of the 2008 Beijing Games

#4 – Smog: the official pollution of the 2008 Beijing Games

#3 – Chinese-Made Toys: The official choking hazard of the 2008 Beijing Games

#2 – Poison: The official dog and cat food of the 2008 Beijing Games

… and the #1 supporter is a dual sponsorship

Nightsticks and Tear Gas: the official anti-protest weapons of the 2008 Beijing Games

Thanks, Jake for sharing your wit with us!

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The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 

The Most Important Person To Laugh At

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We’ll stray from our traditional show summary format so you can read how George and Mary-Lynn put this concept to use!

George: Today, we’ll talk about laughing at yourself and the benefits that go along with it. Laughing is good for you. Research shows that people who get in a few bigg belly laughs every day are healthier! And I find that the older I get, the bigger my belly laugh gets!

Mary-Lynn: That just means there’s more belly laugh to love! Another benefit is that it keeps you from taking yourself too seriously. And I learned a long time ago not to take myself too seriously … nobody else does!

George: It also endears people to you. People like people who can laugh at themselves.

Mary-Lynn: And, if they may relate to what you said, that makes it even funnier. I always feel good when someone makes fun of themselves, because then they’re not making fun of me. And believe me, I provide a lot of material!

George: I’ll say, Mary-Lynn!

Mary-Lynn: Now you’re making fun of me!

George: I found that it can also release the pressure in a tense situation. The conversation heats up as people stake out positions. If I say something silly about myself, everybody takes a brief break. Then the conversation can be productive again.

How to learn to laugh at yourself

Mary-Lynn: Some people just don’t have that sense of humor. So let’s offer some tips on how to learn to laugh at yourself.

George:
All you have to do is look like me! First, talk to yourself. My dad said, “Talking to yourself is the best way to make sure intelligent questions get asked and intelligent answers are given!” The point is to make yourself laugh, but do it quietly.

Mary-Lynn: Second, become a student of humor. As you watch a show or listen to a comedian, think about how you could use the funny line. Review conversations. Have you ever thought, “Oh, I wished I had said …” The more you rehearse, the quicker you’ll get.

George:
Third, it has to be spontaneous. That’s what normally makes it funny – the element of surprise. One easy way to do this is to take something that’s memorable from the discussion you’ve been having and bring it up again, turning it on yourself.

Mary-Lynn:
Well, George, if we had said anything memorable I would give an example! So we’ll just move on!

2 things to avoid with self-deprecating humor

Mary-Lynn: Don’t make fun of things you’re insecure about. It serves no purpose and it makes other people uncomfortable. You have to laugh at yourself with confidence, because then people know it’s a joke.

George:
Don’t create a bad perception with your self-deprecating humor. For example, you may be confident in your work ethic. You might look bad if you talk about how lazy you are.

Mary-Lynn:
But George, one of your favorite lines, when people ask you what you do is, “As little as possible.”

George: That’s because it’s true!

Mary-Lynn: See, there you go again!

George:
Yeah, but I immediately follow it up with the real answer.

Mary-Lynn:
After they’ve laughed WITH you laughing AT yourself! What’s your favorite self-deprecating line? Share it with us by leaving a Comment! What’s our bigg quote today, George?

George: Our bigg quote today comes from Shirley MacLaine, who said,“I’ve don’t know which life to make fun of me in!” Seriously, she said …

“The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”


Mary-Lynn:
And thanks to myself, I’m easily amused!

George:
Next time, it will be St. Patrick’s Day. So we’ll ask a question – is it better to be lucky or smart?

Mary-Lynn:
Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Bigg Fun 31

By Bigg Success Staff
06-26-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of two guys who dance on the floor, a joke about a friend who just doesn’t get it, and a picture that you don’t want to see!

Video of the Week

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This guy gets help dancing from someone who just won’t beat it!
Click here to see the dance in action!

Source: Jokeroo

Joke of the Week

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Two friends went out to play golf and were about to tee off, when one fellow noticed that his partner had but one golf ball.

"Don't you have at least one other golf ball?", he asked.

The other guy replied, “No, I only need one.”

"Are you sure," the friend persisted. "What happens if you lose that ball?"

The other guy replied, "This is a very special golf ball. I won't lose it so I don't need another one."

”Well what happens if you miss your shot and the ball goes in the lake?"

"That's okay," he replied, "this special golf ball floats. I'll be able to retrieve it."

"Well what happens if you hit it into the trees and it gets lost among the bushes and shrubs?"

"That's okay too,” the guy replied, “You see, this special golf ball has a homing beacon. I'll be able to get it back – no problem."

Exasperated, the friend asks, "Okay. Let's say our game goes late, the sun goes down, and you hit your ball into a sand trap. What are you going to do then?"

"No problem," says the other guy, "you see, this ball is fluorescent. I'll be able to see it in the dark."

Finally, satisfied that he needs only the one golf ball, the friend asks, "Hey, where did you get a golf ball like that anyway?"

The other guy replies, "I found it."

Source: holidayspot.com

Picture of the Week

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Wouldn’t you hate to wake up and see this?

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Bigg Fun 28

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of a guy with a unique way to get into his car, 5 thoughts that will make you think, and a picture of a dog with Donald Trump’s hair!

Video of the Week

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Make sure your window is down before you try this stunt! Click here to see the video.

Source: Jokeroo

Thoughts for the Week

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1. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

2. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

3. Junk is something you keep for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

4. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

 

Picture of the Week

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This dog and Donald Trump must share a stylist!

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Bigg Fun 27

By Bigg Success Staff
05-29-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of some robots that won’t step on your toes, a test of your geekiness, and a picture of the cat that got the mouse!

Video of the Week

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Fred Astaire might be worried if he saw this video! Click here to see the video.

Source: Jokeroo

Quiz of the Week

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Find out how much of a nerd you are with this simple test. Click here to take the test

Source: NerdTests.com

Picture of the Week

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Something crashed on my computer and my mouse is missing! 

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Bigg Fun 24

By Bigg Success Staff
05-07-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

Video of the Week

"Brotherly Love?"

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Watch as these two brothers try to take a picture for their mom on Mother’s Day!
Click here to see the video.

Source: YouTube

Pic of the Week

"Stylin' granny"

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We’ll hope this picture doesn’t remind you of anyone in your family!

Source: Giggle Sugar

Video Card of the Week

"A Mother's Love" 

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Happy Mother’s Day to all moms from Bigg Success! Click here to see the video card.

Source: metacafe 

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Bigg Fun 23

By Bigg Success Staff
05-01-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

Video of the Week

"A Horse with WHAT name?"

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Race announcers must e-nun-ci-ate clearly. Otherwise … Click here to see the video.

Source: YouTube

Game of the Week

"How good of a jockey are you?"

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Test yourself in this horse race! Click here to play.

Source: Free Online Games 

Joke of the Week

"You bet your a _ _" 

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A priest learned of the prizes for having a winning horse and decided it would be a great way to raise money for his parish.

However, when he went to the auction to buy a horse, the going prices were so high that he ended up buying a donkey instead.

He figured that since he had it, he might as well go ahead and enter it in the races. To his surprise, the donkey came in third. The headlines in the racing sheets the next day read … "Priest’s Ass Shows".

The priest was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the races again. This time he won. The papers said … "Priest’s Ass out in Front".

The Bishop was so upset with this publicity that he ordered the priest to stop entering the donkey in races. The newspapers picked up on it … "Bishop Scratches Priest’s Ass".

This was just too much for the Bishop so he ordered the priest to get rid of the animal. The Priest gave it to a Nun in a nearby convent. By now, the reporters for the paper were fully up-to-speed with the developing saga. The next day, the headlines read … "Nun has the Best Ass in Town".

The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun that she would have to dispose of the donkey. She found a farmer who gave her $10.00 for the creature. The paper said … "Nun Peddles Ass for Ten Bucks".

The Bishop was buried the next day.

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