Bob Zima is a self-proclaimed “Frequent Flyer to Hell and Back."
His engaging and entertaining style allows him to seamlessly weave his “E-True Hollywood Life Story" into his “roller-coaster-esque” keynote addresses, workshops and seminars. Bob is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has published two books and produced two videos on grief, loss, and healing. He publishes a blog and hosts as podcast as well. Both the blog and the podcast feature Bob's cathartic satire, through which he shares and explores his own socially unacceptable emotional tensions and cognitive perceptions.
I invited Bob Zima to conduct an 8 week series of talks on Mental Health at my church in Algonquin, IL. The series he suggested was titled "Healing 101" and covered trauma, crisis, grief, grief styles, anger, addictions, and more. There had been a lot of challenges in the church and community and seemed like a good time to have a discussion about crisis and healing - individually and as a church community. I knew Bob would be perfect for this task, since I had heard him speak before. Even so, I was still AMAZED by the results! He delivered consistently high quality information each week with a great deal of audience participation . Each week we received powerpoint copies and each week there was a lot of note taking being done! A clear sign that the attendants felt this was important information that they wanted to remember. Very few who started the first week did not stay to to the end and those that did miss a week, would ask for the handouts. Along with being highly skilled and competant as a counselor, Bob uses his GREAT sense of humor to engage and hold the audience! Although the material was often very serious, Bob was able to utilize humor to make a point and engage the audience. I highly recommend booking Bob for a weekend retreat, a series of talks (such as Healing 101), or for a motivational presentation. Along with churches, I can see how Bob could inspire and motivate people from all walks of life from teenager, college kids, the elderly, executives and employees. He is a "breath of fresh air" and truly a gifted speaker!! I was sorry when the series at church ended since I enjoyed listening to and learning from Bob each week!
Price Range: $2500-$3000
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
Bob Zima educates & entertains at conferences, workshops, seminars, universities, companies, theaters, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, street corners, basements, attics, public buses/trains, restrooms & on radio/television programs. He creatively combines his:
master's level counseling psychology education,
professional experiences as a brief-therapy counselor, crisis intervention specialist, supervisor of counseling student-interns & supervisor of a day program,
"E-True Hollywood " life-story of crisis/trauma, grief, loss and recovery,
media talents and humor training at the Player's Workshop of the Second City.
to provide an incredibly entertaining and educational experience. His improv style is extremely conversational and his comedy makes for a memorable evening, morning, afternoon, lunch, dinner and even dusk watching event.
Bob Zima is a perfect fit for any event involving the topics of:
mental wellness: anger healing & addiction recovery & parenting and marriage,
team building and creative leadership,
therapeutic program development in the field of psychology,
crisis response planning for your organization.
In order to survive the crises & trauma that have ALMOST destroyed Bob's roller coaster life, he become psychologically fit by necessity and through the development of a personalized set of coping and hoping skills. It was not easy. He struggles even today with maintaining his skill set while always looking for "new and improved" techniques and skills for living mentally well.
Bob shares his isinsight, stories and teaches people how to manage anxiety & fear. Heal the pain that prevents people from
being truly happy. End the anger and addiction that ruins lives. Harness the power of their Imagination. And live the life of which people have dreamed! He does this through his blog radio show, videos posted on You Tube and LIVE-n-IN PERSON stage shows and presentations for seminars & conferences!
Bob Zima holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also studied in Roma, Italia and Catholic seminaries during his bachelorette days at Loyola University of Chicago.
Bob studied comedy acting & writing at the Player's Workshop of Second City and performed with ComedySportz and Improv-Olympics in Chicago. He worked in radio, television, advertising and marketing for seventeen years prior to returning to school to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. He has worked in ERs, Police Stations, Outdoor Camps, Universities, Churches, and Social Service Not-For-Profits during his counseling career which started in 2005. He resides in Chicago with his wife of twenty-some years and his two children.
Influences & Inspiration
Where to start: Jesus, Freud, Albert Ellis, William Glasser, Larry the Cable Guy, Robin Williams to name a few.
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