Andy Nulman
President of Just For Laughs, world's biggest comedy organization. Former highly-successful mobile tech entrepreneur. Risky and dangerous public speaker. Riskier public dresser. Prolific author and blogger. Ageless hockey player. Gutsy rock singer. Sweaty gym rat. Loves heavy jewelry, adorable dogs, eye-popping art and excessive adjectives. Needs longer bio for full appreciation.

Entries by Andy Nulman

What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM

The question is a touchy one no matter where it comes from, but the fact that it came from my elder son Aidan made it that much more thorny.

"Dad," he asked, "I have a potential business trip that may conflict with one of the family celebrations we have scheduled,...

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What I Learned This Week: Don't Stop Believing

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:17 PM


I first met photographer Stephane Najman in 2009 (that's him above, with me). He came highly recommended as someone whose camera truly sees things differently, an outlook I needed given that I was in the need for a back-page author's portrait for

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What I *Wrote* This Week: The World's Greatest Card Trick

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:56 AM

Some veg out by a beach. Others sight-see incessantly.

But for me, vacation time allows me to catch up on two passions, namely reading and writing.

Over the past two weeks in Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, other than eating a ton of seafood, I ripped through three...

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What Visiting Alinea Restaurant Taught Me About Business

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:27 PM


Here's the second of two vacation-inspired re-posts, this one from a trip to Chicago in August of 2009. If you enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed its subject, you will love it.

Here's a big statement to start:

A dinner at...
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What I Learned This Week (Seven Years Ago): Why Cycling is Like Business

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 9:23 AM


I'm off on vacation for a couple of weeks, but as I like to do at these times, I comb my archives to find a couple of reruns from many moons ago that simultaneously reference the time period (i.e. an August past) and...

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What I Learned This Week: There's Nothing Wrong With Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:35 PM


Throughout the more than 1,000 blog posts I've written about lessons learned, most have been sparked by things I personally observed or experienced. Despite the fact that I read voraciously and search the 'Net incessantly to keep ideas flowing, rare is the blog...

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What I Learned This Week: What Works (For Me, At Least)

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:27 AM


One thing I've learned over the course of close to eight years on consistent blogging is that you never, ever, EVER know which post will resonate.

Sometimes, you feel like you are floating on a cloud of greatness as words of sheer genius...

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The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:26 PM

They came at me so quickly, they would've been overlooked and forgotten if they weren't so damn powerful.

Two magical words. Describing an act often performed, but rarely acknowledged.

Here's the story behind them.

I was having a discussion with my colleague Evi Regev about a TV show we are...

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What I Learned This Week: How YouTube Will Change Comedy Forever

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:17 PM


A curse, and a blessing.

A plague, and a lifeblood.

A death knell, and a resurrection.

Given that I'm currently in the throes of all things comedic during the 32nd annual Just For Laughs Festival, I was challenged with the question: "What's the...

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What I Learned This Week: The Danger of Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:32 AM


Next to "E=MC squared," perhaps the most famous quote to emerge from Albert Einstein's mouth is the oft-cited:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

While the meaning of these words is primary and easily understood, their use...

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What I Learned This Week -- What To Do When You Don't Remember Their Name

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:23 AM


I attended a cultural event over the weekend, and following the evening's performance, I gathered with the rest of the crowd in the lobby of a theater for a drink and some socializing.

Now I'm not great in these circumstances in general, but...

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What I Learned This Week: Screw the "Other People"

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:10 AM


I was having breakfast with a successful TV producer friend of mine, and we were discussing the determining factors of success and failure in business. Not just "our" business of show, but business in general.

The primary success factor was blatantly...

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What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:44 PM


One great thing about striving to learn at least one something every week is that one never knows where the next nugget of inspiration will come from.

For me, this week's was found at the bottom of a box that contained my weekly...

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What I Learned This Week: What I Would Do If I Were 22 (Again!)

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:31 AM


A few weeks back, Dan Roth, the Executive Editor of LinkedIn, tossed me a challenge for the month of June. In an email, he wrote: "We are asking you to help guide the graduating class of 2014 -- and all young...

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What I Learned This Week: The Foolproof Secret to Going Viral

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:47 PM

It has become the social media question for the ages, one that defines our era:

"How do I make my YouTube video/Facebook post/blog post/etc. go viral?"

I was asked it twice last week alone; once while speaking at a Content Marketing conference put on by Infopresse, the other time...

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What I Learned This Week: Doubling Up on a Word or Phrase Kills It

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 11:21 PM


You'll never know what lesson you'll learn just by keeping your ears open. To wit, last week, I was a guest at a tribute roast event at my synagogue. I specify the "guest" status blatantly, as most times, my attendance at one of...

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What I Learned This Week: How To Handle the "Uh-Oh! Moment"

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 12:31 PM

In last week's amazingly bright blog post (hey, selling one's self is a relentless job these days!), I referenced the "Ah-ha! Moment," that positive pin-point in time when something just clicks, the answer is clear and blatantly obvious, the future bright and plain to see.

This week, I'd...

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What I Learned This Week: The Three-Word Secret to Tourism Success

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:15 PM


You should know this by now -- I try to spend much of my life learning. It's my driving force, my passion and the raison d'etre of this blog.

Most of the time, my learning comes unintentionally. Sparks ignite from things I...

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What I Learned This Week -- The Most Important Thing for Artists to Create

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:46 AM

A decade ago, I composed a foreword to a book called "Business Skills for Creative Souls." A corporate primer for artistic types put out by Montreal's do-gooding Youth Employment Services, the guidebook outlined the fundamental business knowledge every artist needed -- and probably overlooked -- to ensure that...

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What I Learned This Week: It's What You Are, Not Where You Are

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Many moons ago, fresh out of university and in the process of launching my own marketing and promotion agency, I shared an office with a grizzled vet of the retail franchising industry. He was obsessively methodical about everything, including delivering long-winded sermons for my real-world educational purposes.

One day,...

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