This episode was recorded on February 6, 2017, on WPRK FM. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!
Stetson. Rollins. University of Florida. Ron Piccolo may be from the northeast originally, but he’s a Florida guy now, and Orlando in particular. With more than a decade teaching at UCF and Rollins, he’s had an opportunity to shape minds young and old (including mine).
Writing is a big part of what he does, so we spent a lot of time talking about the process he goes through to get published and stay relevant. And helping him through that is playing the piano.
That led to a conversation about his other education: SAK Comedy Lab. Along with the improv classes, he spent some time tickling the ivories there, participating in the scenes musically.
Ron was one of my favorite faculty members during my MBA (and all of college, for that matter), and I wanted to learn more from him. He was gracious and generous, and I think I did. Hopefully, you will to, or at least get a laugh here and there.
0:00 – Starting us off on this show is a little game we play every week, All Work or No Play.
23:09 – Research papers and the academic writing process. Competition is fierce for getting published.
30:04 – Ron works with a few of the nonprofits in town, and he recounts how he got involved with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
39:01 – Pop quiz for Ron. The teacher becomes the quiz taker. Learn the secrets of sleeping better and Black Sabbath. Seems like those wouldn’t go together.
46:08 – These are the best of the bad. Business ideas. Patent pending.
1:00:07 – Ron is a music man. Not the Music Man. How noise and music helps him work, and what he did at SAK Comedy Lab.
1:08:44 – College talk. For Ron it meant Stetson, Rollins, and UF.
1:17:22 – “Here’s my thought on this. You are a marketing undergraduate, or even marketing in grad school, and you’re finding yourself competing for jobs. You’re not going to win the job because of your marketing.”