Daryl believes in the power of positivity and gratitude and has the apps to prove it.
Psst! - did you know?
Daryl has probably used up his 15 minutes of fame but nobody would ever know... A couple of un-notable experiences include featuring in a yoga DVD and appearing on a Russian cookery show.
Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?
Catching up with friends and Louis CK.
This makes me laugh every time though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtRWeaBQZGE
What would your superpower be?
I would love to control time. Then I could go back and forth in time to shape the world more fairly and evenly.
What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?
I was asked to 'marry' my friends in a civil ceremony.
What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I am sure there are too many things to choose from, but one does stand out. I was living in Russia, it was the heart of winter, lots of snow and ice. It is impressive how well set up they are to clear it all. However, it still happens that there are patches of black ice on the pavements. I was walking along the pavement next to a main road snarled up with traffic, I didn't see the ice and… well, you can imagine!
As I stood up, I noticed there was a bus next to me. All the people seated by the window were laughing. I brushed myself off and continued walking. After a few steps I checked my pockets to make sure that I hadn't dropped anything - I had. I walked back to find my keys, saw them, forgot about the ice - cue take two of falling on my arse in front of a bus load of people.
What's your mantra?
Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else's fairytale.
Daryl has been a coach and consultant for over 15 years with a focus on leadership, communication and wellbeing. A perfect match for Laughology!
For some reason, he doesn't like being in the UK and has spent 10 of the last 12 years living and working abroad (now in Estonia). He has worked with both private and public sector clients around the globe, such as Home Credit Bank, BNP Paribas, Civil Service, Metropolitan Police, Genius Sports, Rush Street Interactive and has upcoming work with the FA Premier League. He currently has his main focus on tech clients.
Daryl believes in the power of positivity and gratitude and has the apps to prove it. He enjoys using Ananda for meditation, as well as Morning! for gratitude and mood tracking. Keen to take care of the wellbeing of his mind, he uses Blinkist for a range of book summaries, as well as various podcasts that expand and challenge his thinking.
He’s looking forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise as part of the Laughology team, although we’re all a bit concerned about his uncanny ability to fall on his arse.
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What is your background?
I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.
Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?
As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.
How did you get involved with Laughology?
I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.
What makes Laughology different?
The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.
How are your skills best used?
I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.
At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?
People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.
If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?
Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.
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