One Communication Skill Jennifer Lawrence Taught Us at the Academy Awards

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars | Yaple SyrupAs you probably know, Jennifer Lawrence fell on her way to accepting the Academy Award for Best Actress.

But before you get lost in the hoopla of whether or not she did it on purpose, or whatever else people are saying (blah, blah)…I want you to catch something.

You need to listen closely to what she said:

“Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing but thank you.”


Jennifer Lawrence’s reaction to falling on her face at the Oscars was a statement of gut-level humility.

And you need to learn this if you are going to communicate well.

No matter how great your oratory skills are.

No matter how wonderful your voice sounds.

No matter how compelling your sales pitch is.

If you fall on your face in the midst of applause, your response must be filled with humility.


  1. Do you have an example of this in your own life, business?
  2. Did you watch the Oscars? Were you pleased with the results?

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Top Ten Albums – 2012

Here are my top ten albums of 2012:

Mumford and Sons | Yaple Syrup

10. Mumford and Sons – Babel

There are spots on this album where I feel like the band is trying too hard to replicate moments on “Sigh No More,” but overall I really enjoy listening to this album and find its tunes catchy.

The Rocketboys | Yaple Syrup





9. The Rocketboys – Build Anyway

Anything that reminds me of U2, Band of Horses, and Explosions in the Sky is going to be a favorite. I thoroughly enjoy every listen to this album.

Japandroids | YapleSyrup





8. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

When this album came out I listened to it on repeat for weeks. It might be the best full album of the year; every song is great.

John K. Samson | YapleSyrup

7. John K. Samson – Provincial

I have a nostalgic soft spot for this album, as I spent time during graduate school listening to The Weakerthans while working in shipping and receiving at Barnes and Noble. This album came out early in the year, and was a staple listen all year long.

Dan Deacon | YapleSyrup





6. Dan Deacon – America

I feel like every time I listen to the album I discover a nuance of greatness. A creative output that is rich and deep; do not miss it.

Purity Ring | YapleSyrup





5. Purity Ring – Shrines

Love the sound of this album. Stutters, bumps, and hallow emotion throughout.

Alt-J | YapleSyrup





4. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

I have songs from this album in my head constantly, and it is an album I have been listening to a lot in early 2013. It’s brilliant.

Glen Hansard | YapleSyrup





3. Glen Hansard – Rhythm And Repose

Beautiful, moving, and from one of my favorite singer/songwriters. If you don’t know The Frames, I have now identified some Spotify homework for you!

The Shins | YapleSyrup





2. The Shins – Port of Morrow

Joy. That is what I feel when listening to this album. Each catchy hook and melody puts me in a good mood.

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1. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

At a concert in the 90’s I stood in front of Andrew Bird as he played with The Squirrel Nut Zippers. I loved his work then, and that affection has only increased over the years. This album is everything I love in an album. It’s a bit quirky, it has emotional depth, the lyrics are creative, and my wife likes it. This was easily my favorite album of the year.

2013 is also the year I discovered dubstep and Macklemore, and was the year I told my family that “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry was “my jam.”

That’s the list! Did you see albums you liked? What did I miss? Let me know in the comment section below!


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