Continuous Learning: Find Your Stage

Whether you’re a job seeker fresh out of college, a mid-manager looking to take the next career ladder step, a second act retiree wondering what your ideal work iteration can be, a salesperson looking to gain more confidence presenting to prospects, or a trial attorney motivated to improve your ability to persuade a jury, continuous learning and stepping out of your comfort zone are must-do’s. For me, the greatest challenge I placed on myself was learning to become a standup comedian. And, I didn’t realize just how great an impact it would have on me!

Stephen Rosenfield is the Director of the American Comedy Institute. He coaches and directs performers ranging from beginners to Emmy and Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated star talent.  The accomplishments of Stephen Rosenfield’s students include starring roles in movies, network and premium cable television series, commercials, Broadway and off-Broadway productions, and hosting their own radio programs. His students have made development deals with CBS, ABC, Fox, HBO, Paramount, the Henson Co. and Tribune Entertainment. They have made appearances on Letterman, Leno, Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, SNL, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central Shows including Comedy Central Presents, one hour specials, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Get yourself a copy of Stephen’s book, Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian

During my interview with Stephen on my AM-FM News-Talk radio show, Conversation Crossroad on WSTC/WNLK, he challenged me to take his standup comedy course. I immediately accepted, not sure what I was getting myself into but staying true to my propensity to never refuse a dare. I am so glad  I did! It was a life changing event that led to a TV documentary, a DVD, and speaking engagements about stepping out of your comfort zone.

I advise my clients to always look beyond “ok” and visualize the “WHAT IF” in your life and career. Always be learning and find your own stage. You’ll be so glad you did!!!


Here are excerpts from the documentary Comic On A Half  Shell and my graduation stand-up performance at NYC’s iconic Gotham Comedy Club. ENJOY!


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