Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo is a motivational mechanic who tunes and tweaks each member of his audience to succeed at their full potential. Through the guise of humor, Steve teaches the methods for improving opportunities and provides the skills your group needs to get to a better place at work and in life. A place that brings greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success! With a delivery that is poignant, entertaining and inspiring, Steve, affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” takes motivation and confidence building to a whole new level.” Read more

Roger Crawford

For more than 25 years Roger Crawford has energized audiences with specific peak performance strategies enabling them to break through self imposed limits. He delivers high impact presentations filled with cutting edge ideas that inspire others to sustain a positive mindset and maintain prevailing motivation.

Crawford is the first and only person in American history to be a United States Professional Tennis Association athlete and play a Division I college sport with a severe disability.

He knows about determination, optimism and defying the odds because he has lived it. His compelling story of becoming an NCAA Division I tennis champion communicates and demonstrates that adversity can be an inspirational, dynamic, and useful tool in our lives. Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world”

Roger Crawford is a highly sought after speaker for his remarkable ability to encourage, enlighten, and equip others. He not only talks the talk, he lives it. Roger’s presentations bring long term positive influence because he lives his powerful story everyday. Achieving success today requires a laser-like focus and positive attitude to cultivate courage. In our ultra-competitive world, how we respond to change and our inner determination to pursue goals with a sense of urgency is what makes the difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary performance.

PROGRAM TITLES

How High Can You Bounce
Capture the Possibilities of Change
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal.”? The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow. This powerful program teaches the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials. Learn to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results.

With these proven success principles, it doesn’t mean you won’t get knocked down, but it does mean you won’t get knocked out!

  • Discover there is no limit to how high you can bounce!
  • Learn to bounce forward despite the obstacles.
  • Dispel the myth of predictability to become a change-ready peak performer.
  • Dramatically improve your personal bounce-factor to catapult above and beyond your competition.
  • Be equipped to prevail when you fail.
  • Discover the secrets of resilient leadership.

Playing From The Heart
Turn Adversity Into Possibility!
Most handicaps that prohibit us from reaching our potential are not seen, often they are self-imposed. These disabling limitations are frequently the negative beliefs held by an individual or an organization about their abilities and possibilities. This dynamic program provides the inspiration and strategies needed to blast through these perceived barriers with the strength of purpose, perspective, and perseverance.

Audiences are equipped with a new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization.

  • Playing From The Heart will touch your heart in a profound way!
  • Break through self-limiting thinking to discover you possibility potential.
  • Discover how clarity of possibility will increase enthusiasm, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Learn how choice not chance determines content and quality of thought.
  • Distinguish between fear and anxiety.
  • Reshape the vision of what is possible.

Think Again
Discover Possibilities Hidden In Plain Sight
What is the difference between those who realize great possibilities and others who achieve mediocrity? Is it a matter of time, natural talent, or years of training? In this groundbreaking keynote presentation, audiences discover their most powerful resource is not simply aptitude or ability, but their chosen attitude towards aptitude and ability that create possibilities. The most successful people and organizations think again or think differently from those less successful. Much too often, we believe we are incapable of making the necessary change in our thinking and therefore are unable to achieve the success we really desire. Everyone encounters circumstances that are uncontrollable and unchangeable, but we can learn to control and change our mindset. When you put the Think Again! skills into practice, your productivity increases, performance is enhanced and new possibilities emerge!

Some actionable ideas your organization can use to establish a competitive advantage are…

  • Learn the language that leads to discovering new possibilities
  • Dispel the familiar myth that talk is cheap
  • Find the remote to utilize your personal mental TiVo
  • Identify and develop your unique possibility zone
  • Increase your productivity as you concentrate on what you procrastinate
  • Cultivate the thinking patterns needed to meet peak performance demands
  • Our ability to Think Again! and discover what is truly possible can be our greatest asset!

Full Biography

Roger Crawford is an inspirational speaker who can help shape new beliefs that stimulate change and lead your organization to victory.

For over 20 years, Roger Crawford has been serving up grand slam programs to audiences throughout the world. As a professional speaker, he works with organizations that want to achieve success despite the obstacles, in order to inspire a winning attitude towards work and life. Sports Illustrated calls Roger one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world. Besides being a tennis pro, he has been inducted into three separate halls of fame because of his amazing accomplishments.

Roger uses a unique blend of humor, savvy and experiential wisdom to inspire audiences to reach new levels of achievement. His material is flexible and customized for your group. By using information from a pre-program questionnaire and prior telephone discussions with you, Roger ensures an effective and energizing presentation that everyone will long remember.

In the past sixteen years, Roger Crawford has traveled the globe receiving standing ovations from audiences as small as 25 and as large as 25,000. His client list reads like the Who’s Who of corporations, associations, educational and government agencies. He has made appearances in all fifty states and seventeen foreign countries and is a recipient of the prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award.

This is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism bestowed by the National Speakers Association.

Roger Crawford became the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in an NCAA Division One college sport, and to be certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a result of his athletic accomplishments, he was inducted into the Loyola-Marymount University Athletic Hall of Fame.

As a professional speaker, Roger was awarded the distinguished CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame designation. This is a lifetime honor for speaking excellence presented by the National Speakers Association. And, for achieving outstanding success regardless of the barriers, Roger was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities.

Roger’s life affirming story was featured in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has also been interviewed on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and has been featured in well known publications such as USA Today, Tennis magazine, and Men’s Fitness magazine. He was also featured in the Emmy Award winning television movie, In a New Light.

As a successful author, Roger Crawford’s inspiring road to victory is detailed in his autobiography, Playing from the Heart. And in his second book, How High Can You Bounce, he demonstrates the power of resiliency.

A recognized champion on and off the tennis court, Roger is a living example that all of us have the capacity to achieve success despite the obstacles.

Scott Christopher

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.

PROGRAM TOPICS:

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.

Full Biography

Full Biography

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.

Durwood Fincher

The unsuspecting don’t have a chance when Durwood Fincher, the greatest imposter of our time, baffles the collective mind of the audience with his double-talking genius.

Introduced to your audience as an industry expert, Durwood Fincher begins speaking with enough rhetoric, jargon, buzzwords and hollow platitudes to spin heads. As audience members listen, they slowly begin to realize that he is saying nothing at all, and befuddlement gives way to laughter as they realize that something funny is going on.

Then the fun really begins. Once the audience is in on the joke, Fincher shifts into a spirited, uplifting presentation, one that stresses the importance of maintaining a positive and receptive attitude at your job. Above all, Fincher emphasizes the power of humor in the workplace. Don’t just book a speech─let Fincher also pose as a roving reporter who videotapes interviews with your attendees. Asking meaningless questions, which somehow solicit thoughtful answers, he’ll later incorporate the ill-gotten clips into his customized presentation, which adds to the fun and hilarity.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

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.

The setup: A key feature of Fincher’s show is the element of surprise. He is typically billed as Dr. Robert Payne, a highly credentialed “expert”. Dr. Payne embodies a bumbling bureaucrat, but nobody can be this bad, can they?

The payoff: Pretty soon the cat is out of the bag and Fincher has his audience in stitches with his original and humorous take on corporate communications. For his finale, Fincher always leaves them laughing with his signature video interviews in which his client’s attendees become the stars of their own show (more about video interviews). Fincher personalizes his productions for each client as key personalities and industry foibles become part of his punch lines – to the audience’s roaring delight.

The message: Fincher’s underlying message is the importance of maintaining a positive and receptive attitude, but his show is mainly about good clean humor and entertainment- and providing an unexpected treat for his audience. As Mr. Doubletalk likes to say: “Don’t take it all so seriously. . . it’s just money, and most of it isn’t yours!”

The solution: If your goal is to bring humor and entertainment to your next event, Fincher’s unique talents, timeless program and proven professionalism put him in a league of his own. Mr. Doubletalk is the funniest thing about American business!

 

Full 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.

Fincher caps off his program with his hilarious video interviews, in which his programs attendees become the real stars of the show. With Durwood Fincher on the program, the people in the audience enjoy themselves and come away refreshed and entertained.

The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They were born in December, 1981 when some of Senator Charles Percy’s staffers were planning the entertainment for the Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day and create song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

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Harry Maurer

When Harry R. Maurer steps onstage, magic happens — cards appear in a flash of fire, borrowed objects vanish and return — even live animals appear. But more than the “hocus pocus” that you’ve seen magicians perform time and again, Harry uses his engaging personality and a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy and audience participation, interspersed with large illusions, to make his performances intimate, but grand. A unique magician who has the experience and skill to get your group to laugh, wonder and participate, Maurer works closely with your organization’s meeting planner to create a show that will stimulate, energize and entertain your audience in ways they will never forget!

Nominated for a prestigious “Atlantic City Entertainer of the Year Award” Harry’s quick wit and a charming personality is guaranteed to make people laugh while being amazed. Las Vegas Entertainment Today described his “hysterically classy” show best when they said: “His easy manner with the audience combined with a magical skill second to none, is what the audience remembers after the curtain goes down.”

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

  • Full Illusion Las Vegas Style
  • Corporate Event or Solo Cabaret Show, Comedy Magic with audience participation
  • Magicians who have affected History!
  • Magicians who have changed history — from using magic tricks to stop political uprisings
  • Magician who used principles of magic and deception to win one of the decisive battle against Rommel in North Africa in World War
  • The Perfection of Deception

THE PERFECTION OF DECEPTION
Magicians who have affected History!

Join International Magician Harry Maurer who’s unique insights allow him to explore the colorful lives of historic magicians and discuss how they changed the course of history by averting wars, influencing world leaders, aiding the CIA, the US Secret Service and England’s MI-5 and how they even used magical principles to win one of the decisive battles of World War II !!!

Harry Maurer is an international entertainer who has the particularly fun job of entertaining audiences in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and aboard Cruise Ships around the world with his special blend of comedy and magic.

His background as a professional magician gives him a unique insight into magic’s history – a specialized art form filled with colorful characters – some who have added to world history in ways that you would never have expected!

  • One magician who illuminated his backyard with electricity decades before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb!
  • A world famous magician who was recruited as a government spy (for two countries!)
  • A magician who was asked to use his magic to stop a war from occurring!
  • Another who wrote manuals of deception for the CIA
  • And one magician who through a blend of gumption, theatrics and applications of science, physics, psychology and a deep understanding of human nature was responsible for the success of one of the major battles of World War II!

A unique one-hour presentation available as a lecture only or lecture and show package!

Erin "Muggsy" Aarsvold

Originally from a small rural town in Minnesota, Erin “Muggsy” Aarsvold has been a professional entertainer for over 22 years. In 2004, Muggsy re-wrote and took over the performance of the hugely popular cult hit “The Ded Bob Sho”, a one-mancomedy show that has now been touring continuously on the national festival circuit for over 25 years. Muggsy has also been delighting corporate audiences and the stand-up comedy scene as a solo performer for the last five years.

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Bob Rosner

Bob Rosner

From the corner office to the cube, work is tough. There are competing agendas, lack of loyalty or we’re just burned out. Bob Rosner offers information, insight and inspiration for creating a more engaged workplace. He is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist who has personally responded to over 50,000 emails from bosses and employees. He’s learned that many bosses struggle to listen and many employees struggle to speak up. Bob offers practical strategies and tools to bridge this “empathy” gap. He’s been called “Dilbert, with a solution.” Read more

Diana Jordan

Diana Jordan

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comic Diana Jordan has developed a loyal following using humor that will leave your audience in stitches. Whether your group is looking for someone to address women’s health, healthcare in general, happiness or comedy, if it has to do with humor or being a female – Diana has something for you! For instance, in her program created for healthcare providers she focuses on finding the humor in even the most stressful work environments. In addition to her stand-up and comedy work, Diana performs for private audiences with customized programs tailored for Go Red Luncheons, Breast Cancer Awareness events, Pre-and Post Surgical Patients, Read more

Mark Cordes

Mark Cordes has been hailed by many critics as a “One Man Laugh Factory.” This inventive comedian and humorist is a guaranteed winner! Whether it’s a very special event, roast, awards program or a final event, he will customize his performance to meet your needs…

Mark’s new program The Spouse Whisperer entertains the audience with very funny, acerbic observations on relationships and how to make them work…or not. He is always warm and congenial and has a great comedic rapport with his audience. Read more