David's keynotes combine sketch comedy, audience participation, and learning in a way that educates, engages, and inspires audiences to come up with new ideas on how to better themselves.
Price Range: $1200-$5000
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Every day at work, we face problems that can drain morale, disintegrate motivation, and hamper our success, but these are challenges that can actually positively transform workplace culture, inspire people to become leaders, and bring goals within reach. If your team viewed challenges, daily routines, and conflicts as opportunities, how could you and your organization grow?
David's presentations answer the question, “Why do we do what we do?” and challenge audiences to ask, “How can we do it better?” If a TED Talk were to have a baby with Saturday Night Live, but with audience participation, it would be this presentation. Your audience will be engaged in a unique, funny, and useful experience that inspires new perspective-expanding ideas, leading to personal and professional growth. You will learn how to:
1. Utilize how your brain works with an increased awareness of the impact of perspective on our choices
2. Gain a sense of control over problems by focusing on personal accountability
3. Discover opportunities to grow within obstacles by eliminating and replacing labels
4. Become engaged in work by finding meaning within a mission to serve both customers and coworkers
5. Inspire a culture of support and trust at work using morale-boosting policies implemented by the world's top companies to work for
6. Solve conflicts through the use of empathy and the power of agreement
With a degree in political science from the University of Akron, David Horning took the next logical step and moved to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. In 2012, he studied sketch and improvisational comedy at Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens’ Brigade, where he performed on stage multiple times. He performed his signature character comedy at clubs around the city, wrote and produced a number of video sketches, including one featured on the homepage of Will Ferrell’s humor website, Funny or Die. In August of 2014 he brought a group of writers and performers together to produce a live sketch comedy show called “Laundry Day,” featured at Carolines on Broadway in Times Square. After only two performances, the show was selected to help kick off the 2014 New York Comedy Festival, but life in the New York comedy scene wasn’t exactly as fulfilling as David hoped, though it led him to discover his current path.
After being floored by the fact that only 32% of people are engaged at work (in a 2015 Gallup poll), David decided to leave New York to set out on a mission inspiring happiness and engagement as a motivational speaker. He has created a speaking program that has brought laughter, inspiration, and learning to service organizations, colleges, and businesses across the country. He has been a featured speaker at regional conferences in New York, Illinois, and Georgia, and at the Garden State SHRM Conference in 2016. David’s mission is to inspire in others the same excitement, happiness, and meaning that inspires him each day, so in addition to reaching more people through speaking, he continues to write and produce video sketches, his blog, The ‘H’ is for Horning, and his first book, "Find the Funny: Create Comedy, Create Character(s)," due later in 2017.
Additional Booking Notes
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