Philosopher. Humanitarian. Pulitzer Prize winner. People Magazine’ Sexiest Man Alive. Author…. Scott Christopher would like to meet the guy who is all those things. A Harvard MBA and PhD from Princeton are important sounding degrees, but Scott got his bachelor’s from BYU and while he’s no Doctor of Workplace Humor or Certified Levity Facilitator, or very smart at all, Scott has had many jobs over the years where he researched his topics. A self-described corporate outsider, having worked many years in the pretend world of television and film, Scott now sits at a cubicle and lunches ’round noon like the rest of the real world.
Rejoining the workaday world Scott discovered a yawning divide between leaders who demand results and leaders who actually get them. Scott believes leading with levity can fill the chasm. Scott’s enthusiasm, energy and engaging wit make for unforgettable seminars and keynote speeches that touch hearts and split sides. Coauthor of The Levity Effect, a regular columnist for Human Capital magazine and contributing author of the best-selling A Carrot A Day, Scott also writes screenplays and acts in film and television.
Shrinking workforces. Oppressive labor environments. Disengaged employees. Now, more than ever before, the manager that can mix in some mirth and lead with levity can affect positive, productive change. Scott teaches audiences why and how to use humor to build a culture that frees employee creativity, fosters good feelings, pushes productivity, and is good for the body and soul.
Imagine the impact you’ll have when you learn to unleash your unique brand of humor in the right place and at the right time. Raise your employees’ spirits, build loyalty and trust, and most importantly, get results by simply lightening up a little. The difference between a leader who demands results and one who actually gets them can simply be a question of perspective.
Are yours jaws constantly clenched? Do you have deep forehead wrinkles from relentless brow knitting? Sometimes just forcing yourself to smile or laugh is enough to drive away the spirit-sapping seriousness that plagues most managers and leaders. Scott isn’t so much about rapid-fire wit or spinning a hilarious yarn as he is about loosening up and allowing others to do the same.
THE LEVITY EFFECT: IT PAYS TO LIGHTEN UP (leadership audiences)
Citing research, case studies and powerful examples, Scott makes a compelling case for leaders at all levels to consciously and deliberately lighten up and reap the real rewards of fun and (appropriate) humor at work. Leaders with a sense of humor climb the corporate ladder quicker and make more money than their more serious peers. The three Levity pillars of Latitude, Attitude and Gratitude accelerate employee commitment and engagement faster than any other leadership value The Levity Effect keynote is a therapeutically hilarious message, but injecting Levity in the workplace is not about whoopee cushions and one-liners; it’s about lightening up enough to just be yourself, and then forgetting about yourself and tuning into others. Levity done right enhances your communications, strengthens sales relationships and builds trust among your people.
THE LEVITY EFFECT: IT PAYS TO LIGHTEN UP (general audience, all staff)
Using much of the data from the leaders-only session, this presentation motivates individuals to lighten up their personal style at work and in life using Latitude, Attitude and Gratitude. Inspirational stories and relevant data bolster the case for infusing a life with levity. Attendees learn how their contributions directly impact the morale and engagement of their work peers and help shape organizational culture. It’s the perfect message for companies looking to ignite and excite their workforces while providing a refreshing and hard-earned laugh or six. Additionally, this keynote is appropriate for conference attendees of disparate organizations.
THE LEVITY EFFECT: GRATITUDE (leaders or general)
This presentation, appropriate for single companies or conferences, dives deeply into the Gratitude pillar of Levity: employee recognition and rewards. Data, case studies and concrete, usable tools for leaders and others are presented in the typical fast-paced and interactive fashion that all Levity Effect presentations are known for. A contributing author to a series of best-selling books on recognition and gratitude, Scott is considered an industry expert on this topic.
THE LEVITY EFFECT: WORK/LIFE BALANCE (leaders or general)
Taking research and examples from The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, this session explores the liberating power of being a ‘whole’ person. The debilitating stress that permeates countless organizations can be managed and mitigated through the power of laughter and Levity. This presentation takes a more detailed look at Latitude and Attitude, two pillars of a Levity Life. As with all Levity Effect presentations, this session is presented in a fast-paced, interactive way with lots of off-the-cuff humor and infectious laughter.
Custom Keynotes and Themes
A custom keynote based on your particular theme or desired objectives can also be written, produced and delivered.
Scott Christopher is co-author of the best-selling The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up and Senior VP of Speaking and Training at The Culture Works.
He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business Channel, CNBC, National Public Radio, BBC and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Post, Newsweek, Economist magazine, Ladies Home Journal and many other publications.
A contributing author of the bestseller A Carrot a Day,a regular columnist for Workplace HR magazine, and a consultant on strengthening work culture with recognition and fun, Scott travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences and on-site client meetings. He is a highly sought speaker at SHRM National conventions and has spoken at dozens of state and regional SHRM conferences. With a background in radio, television, and film, Scott’s presenting style is upbeat, witty, and unforgettable.
In his rare spare time, Scott is a professional voiceover artist, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on network television series Everwood, Touched by an Angel and in Disney Channel movies.
While an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States’ most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.