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Durwood Fincher Biography
Durwood Fincher, a.k.a. Dr. Robert Payne, is an entertainer, a linguist and an insightful comedian, whose specialty is corporate communications. Mr. Doubletalk has been the secret ingredient at hundreds of successful corporate functions, making certified heroes out of meeting planners since 1981. He is on the road an average of 200 days a year. He never fails. He provides an unexpected, refreshing experience for the corporate audience, a hilarious way for them to examine, reexamine and improve communications skills for themselves and others.
As Dr. Robert Payne, he portrays the bad example, the worst-case scenario of contemporary business-speak, using language to mislead. This bumbling, bureaucratic stereotype (familiar to attendees of conferences nationwide) uses mind-numbing language, designed to distort reality, make the bad seem good and the intolerable seem tolerable.
Introduced as Dr. Payne, head of a government agency which is pertinent to your industry, his presentation is salted through and through with your own company`s buzzwords, jargon and other familiar references, to further the confusion. This curious-looking executive is passed off as an "Inside-The-Beltway" Dork.
The audience will first have mixed reactions:
* Trying to focus on what appears to be a tedious half hour or so ahead
* Getting ready to take copious notes
* Wishing they were somewhere else... anywhere else
But within minutes, Fincher will be having his way with their funnybones. Following his bogus introduction by your host, "Dr. Payne" begins his equally bogus presentation, which sounds like he is making sense. But if you listen carefully, it becomes obvious that what he is saying makes no sense whatsoever. Slowly the crowd begins to catch on.
First there is a titter. Then a few laughs. Then lots of laughs.
After the charade of Dr. Payne is exposed, Fincher swings into a fast-paced, laugh-filled sketch of real-life anecdotes about the funny foibles of people attempting to communicate with one another, against all odds. The audience, always forgiving, can`t get enough.
With Durwood Fincher on the program, the people in the audience enjoy themselves and come away refreshed, having learned the message that we all must strive to communicate more concisely and clearly. Your meeting glides on effortlessly, successfully, in an atmosphere cleansed by laughter.
Once You Step in Elephant Manure You`re in the Circus Forever:
The Life and Sometimes of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk" Fincher
Book with DVD of remembrances and doubletalking delight. He has been called The Great Imposter, a man who has been introduced to audiences across the country as Dr. Robert Payne, a bumbling bureaucrat from Washington, D.C. But his real name is Durwood Fincher, and the late Allen Funt, of Candid Camera, once dubbed him Mr. Doubletalk. After he hits his audiences with a one-two punch of sense and nonsense, syllables and silliness, they realize why he is such a special entertainer. He has been a mainstay on the corporate speaking circuit for more than 25 years, and there s no other comic personality in America with his blend of humor, inspiration, philanthropy, spirituality, and patriotism.
An Unexpected Turn of Events
Durwood Fincher provides an unexpected, hilarious experience for your audience. Introduced to your audience as Dr. Robert Payne, a bumbling, bureaucratic Washington D.C. stereotype, "Dr. Payne`s" presentation-customized to your industry or organization-is filled with enough bureaucratic rhetoric, jargon, buzzwords and hollow platitudes to spin heads. As the audience listens they slowly begin to realize that he is saying nothing at all and that, in all respects, something funny is going on. Laughter erupts and the fun really begins when they catch on that they`re being put-on and he shifts into a spirited, uplifting presentation stressing the importance of humor and clear communication in the workplace.
A program option: Durwood can pose as a roving reporter and conduct video interviews of attendees at your event. But . . . of course . . . his questions make no sense . . . yet it is truly amazing how many people answer rather than admit they haven`t a clue as to what he`s talking about. He then delivers a hilarious speech that incorporates those video interviews.