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Andy Nulman

President of Just For Laughs

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.

What I Learned This Week: The Heavy Power of Light

"Let there be light!" It's the third line in the Bible...so I guess it must be important. And perhaps at no time is it more important than right now, particularly in my hometown Montreal, where holida...
12/15/2014 01:32 EST

What I Learned This Week: Next To Nothing

This is one of the shortest blog posts I've ever composed. Why? Because I don't have much to say. This happens on occasion with yours truly, and as I've come to notice these days, much more often with...
11/16/2014 11:08 EST

What I Learned This Week: Why Normal is a Necessity

Just got back from a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend in New York. Saw two plays (The River, with Hugh Jackman, and the spectacular A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and a musical (Bea...
11/10/2014 11:18 EST
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What I Learned This Week: Avoid Asshole Ammunition

Giving up the reigns puts someone else in the driver's seat, which is a guaranteed recipe for calamity. Trust me, every pitch you'll make will be challenged... but the longer your maintain control, the more powerful a base (and shield) you build. What's more, you may inadvertently address, even eliminate, someone's genuine concern as your presentation rolls on to its finish.
11/04/2014 12:14 EST

What I Learned This Week: Budgeting For Stupidity

I am writing this post mid-Saturday afternoon... and I am wasting a substantial sum of money while doing so. To explain (without getting into too much detail to exacerbate the situation and inflate th...
10/27/2014 11:05 EDT
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What I Learned This Week: Is Good News the Cure for a Cold?

I spent much of last week saddled with a nagging cold, one that wouldn't fully break though into need for bed rest, but left me sniffly, blocked up, achy, feverish and functionally miserable for six straight days. Then in the space of 45 minutes I got two emails filled with good news and for the next six hours or so, my nose cleared up.
10/06/2014 12:53 EDT

What I Learned This Week: Where the Opportunity Lies

True opportunity lies where there is no opportunity. It's the macro version of the stock market adage "Buy low, sell high," or golden age baseball star Willie Keeler's advice for success: "Hit 'em where they ain't."
09/22/2014 12:16 EDT
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What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.
09/15/2014 01:00 EDT
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What I Learned This Week: Don't Stop Believing

As I've said in this space often, my lessons learned can be profound or simple. They may be revolutionary and new, or old news that needs to be repeated. The point here then, this week's lesson learned is a simple, old one of the value of perseverance. Or put another way: Success knows no substitute for tenacity.
09/08/2014 12:17 EDT
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What Made Visiting Alinea Restaurant Taught Me About Business

I'm no foodie, but a 35 year business career has taken me to some of the finest food emporiums all over the globe. Nothing has even come close to the epicurean delight I experienced at chef Grant Achatz's majestic Alinea. It didn't merely shatter expectations for a restaurant, it was one of my great life experiences, period.
08/25/2014 12:27 EDT