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.”

As a motivational speaker, he demonstrates ways audiences can remove boundaries and inhibitions to reach higher levels of success. His latest book, Get Your Shift Together: How to Think, Laugh, and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and in Life, is a humorous and deeply meaningful guide to transform your professional and personal life by shifting your attitude and breaking down emotional and mental barriers that get in your way. His key takeaway message: “Don’’t put your happiness on hold.

Before Steve became a motivational speaker, he was a popular stand-up comedian, with the likes of Dennis Miller, Rosie O’’Donnell, and Drew Carey as his opening acts. As he watched other comedians get prime opportunities while he was passed by, he realized he was sabotaging his own success. That epiphany set him on a self-help quest that allowed him to develop the tools he needed to change his life. He now shares those same tools with audiences to help them acquire the attitude they need to achieve their goals while enjoying the process along the way.

With levity and insight, Steve shows audiences how they can adjust their attitudes and overcome the obstacles that keep them from achieving the greatness and happiness they desire both personally and professionally. His presentations spotlight techniques designed to motivate individuals to improve performance at all levels — sales, customer service, productivity, and creativity.


Get Your SHIFT Together!
Start each day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed

Steve Rizzo engages the audience with laughter as he challenges each attendee to SHIFT their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success, regardless of their circumstances.

Let Steve show your group what he learned about Success Strategies from his personal experiences with many comedy greats, celebrities and everyday heroes in his life.

  • What were the 3 Success Qualities that catapulted Eddie Murphy to Super Stardom?
  • Why was Rodney Dangerfield so unhappy when he achieved so much?
  • How was Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed from the neck down, able to accomplish so much in the last 9 years of his life when the odds were so much against him?
  • Learn how Steve’s brother Michael, a 100% disabled Viet Nam War Vet, turned his life around to become the Ultimate Success Story.

In this program Steve will reveal the SHIFTING SECRETS of…

  • Shifting your focus and way of thinking to get the results you want
  • How to train yourself be resilient and motivated throughout the day; everyday
  • Enjoying yourself during the process of achieving your goals
  • Starting each day with an unstoppable Attitude to succeed
  • Why humor is “The Instant Mind Shift” and how to use it to nip negative thoughts in the bud before emotional havoc sets in.

Let Steve show your group how much power they have over every aspect of their business and lives, regardless of their circumstances!

Drilling for Optimism: Tapping into Our Most Valuable Natural Resource
In times of economic distress, opportunities don’t disappear; they simply manifest in new and different ways. Optimism is the key to being able to recognize these opportunities when they arise. This program examines the real power of optimism as a currency that creates storm-weathering attitudes and allows the flexibility to identify alternate routes to success, even in this severe economic climate.

The Atti-Tools for Success
This highly energetic and entertaining program unlocks the secrets to the power of permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. You can be sure that your group will be feeling fantastic and walking away more productive than ever, not just for a day, but for a lifetime. Learn why Rizzo is known by so many as the “Attitude Adjuster.” “What you think is what you get”, Steve Rizzo.

Rizzo’s Heroes: Leadership Secrets from Near and Far
Prepare to be inspired and motivated in a whole new way in this exciting program based in part on the extensive and incredible media interviews by Steve Rizzo of top CEO’s, industry leaders, and everyday achievers. Rizzo will tell you inspiring stories of extraordinary leaders and their leadership secrets.


Full Biography

The Attitude Adjuster

Did you know…that Steve Rizzo, PhB. was a national headline comedian with opening acts like Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dennis Miller, to name a few? Did you know…that Rizzo appeared on many network and cable TV shows and was voted a “Showtime Comedy All-Star?” Did you know…that he walked away from a flourishing stand-up career?


To pursue his true purpose and passion.

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve Rizzo didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian. Years of negativity had led him to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.

“Looking back,” says Rizzo, “I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door.”

After high school, Rizzo would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually, he even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune tellers.

Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Rizzo’s career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Of course, the surprises don’t stop there. What is the next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Rizzo, it was to trade the two drink minimums and standing ovations for maximum fulfillment and well, more standing ovations. After walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker, Rizzo offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.

Rizzo’s quest to remove the boundaries that were keeping him from the life he truly desired has brought his work full circle and he now understands that all of his past experiences were necessary to prepare him for his true calling: to help people learn to be happy and successful no matter what their current circumstances are. “If they laugh while they learn,” says Rizzo, “then that’s just a bonus.”

Rizzo spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Rizzo’s friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, “He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world.”

Some of Rizzo’s career highlights include:

  •  Best-selling author of the Writer’s Digest Award-winning book, Becoming a Humor Being.
  •  Special appearances include: Showtime Special, Evening at the Improv, the Comedy Channel, and Fox TV-Comic Strip Live.
  •  A consultant on MSNBC and the Oprah and Friends radio network.
  •  Creator and executive producer of his own PBS special.
  •  Speakers Hall of Fame inductee.
  •  Educational background: BA in English and education, with honors; MA in theater arts.
  •  His latest book, GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER: How to Think, Laugh, and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and in Life, is a humorous and deeply meaningful guide to transform your professional and personal life by shifting your attitude and breaking down emotional and mental barriers that get in your way.