Motivational and educational keynote speeches. Topics that cover productivity, team relationships, stress management, continuous improvement, and dealing with technology. Based on 20 years in the trenches, my speeches let audiences learn some really great practical takeaways at the same time while listening to some engaging stories and having a laugh or two. That's a powerful combination. Learning is easy when it's disguised as fun, and it's the shortest route to great events and successful team building.
Past attendees have enjoyed my storytelling ability, comedic timing, deep and direct industry experience, and customization of the presentations.
What to Expect
I work like a TedX speaker or stand-up comedian, pacing the stage and using a wireless Lav mic whenever possible. I do not read from a script. I use visuals, but it's not "death by PowerPoint." They are used to highlight and support the words and stories that I deliver. I love making eye contact with audience members and involving them in the discussion.
My speaking style is lively and energetic and audiences have told they enjoy my collection of stories and anecdotes that bring the concepts and humor alive.
My goal is to make you, the event planner look good. Before an event, I will chat with you and your team to learn about your event, your expectations, and any facts and anecdotes that I can weave into the presentation to make it relevant and special.
I also enjoy helping promote the event in whatever way I can, including generating tweets, videos, or anything else that will generate buzz and attendance.
Everything that will help you feel great and look like a hero is what I will do, from letting you know I have arrived at your facility, to helping the AV crew in their setup, and of course, in delivering a professional and responsible speech.
I do not sell or promote my books unless you invite it.
Content-wise, the informational/learning components are topical, relevant and contain immediate takeaways. The humor is clean, safe, and does not target any groups. The basis of the humor is the commonly shared frustrations of work, technology and time, as you might see on The Office, or hear from clean comedians like Jim Gaffigan.
Bottom line, I am a professional performer, ever-mindful of the importance of contributing my talents to your successful event.
For over twenty years, I have focused on the interaction between human beings and technology: how we adapt and work with new technologies, and how this affects work, productivity, and interpersonal relationships. As a specialist in organizational psychology and project management, I now have two decades worth of experience in change management, project management, time management and business technology across a wide range of industries.
I own a training company that delivers soft skills training as well as content such as white papers and blogs as well as performing analysis on the best and worst performing companies in North America. I also teach at the Management Development Centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
All of this is to say, I know my stuff, and I know it well enough to be able to laugh at it while still delivering practical value. That’s maybe why I am busy as a speaker most weeks of the year, and perhaps why I also enjoy a great deal of repeat business.
I am a published author and have ghost written ten books for other corporate leaders. My book, Cool Time, briefly became a best-seller and was noted for its innovative approach to time management using influence, project management and human physiology as core principles.
The Meeting Professionals International organization listed me as a Platinum level speaker for consistently high audience reviews.
I graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications Studies and was valedictorian of the 1989 graduating year. I attended Law School in Toronto between 1989 and 1991 and was the official Rhodes Scholarship Candidate for York University for 1990. I then returned to York University 10 years later and obtained a B.A in Psychology.
I have three daughters and two huskies, and by night am a busy musician playing semi-professionally since the 1990’s.
Additional Booking Notes
I like to use a wireless Lav mic, and a projection system connected to my own laptop. If you prefer to use your own laptop, I just need advance notice.
Upcoming Booked Events
|March 26, 2019 • 9:00am - 5:00pm||Unavailable|
|March 30, 2019 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Keynote speech|
|May 15, 2019 • 9:00am - 4:00pm||Busy|
|May 16, 2019 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Keynote speech|
Past Booked Events
|March 14, 2019 • 9:00am - 5:00pm||Unvailable|
|March 07, 2019–March 08, 2019 • 9:00am - 5:00pm||Unavilabe|
Influences & Inspiration
Standup comedians: Jim Gaffigan (clean humor), Emo Phillips (wordplay), Stephen Wright (wordplay), Eddie Izzard (improvisational storytelling)
Subject Matter Experts: Steve Irwin, Carl Sagan
Wirelss Lav mic