Trained in improvisational comedy, Scott Friedman's quick wit and provocative material instill an upbeat, fresh approach toward work, relationships, and life. His specialty is making audiences laugh while providing practical, real-life information. Scott is two-time past president of NSA/CO and served as the National Speakers Association's National President 2004-2005.He authored Celebrate! Lessons Learned From the World's Most Admired Organization, Using Humor For A Change and Punchlines,Pitfalls and Powerful Programs, and has co-authored 4 other books. Scott customizes all of his programs to meet the specific needs of each group. He is perfect for keynotes at luncheons, dinners, and ...midnight snacks.
MOST REQUESTED PROGRAMS:
"Celebrate: The Secret to Greater Productivity and Performance"
Imagine a workplace where productivity is at an all-time high, where employees are happy to come to work every day, where resources and people are matched to their strengths and are recognized accordingly, and where the notion of “stress” has been replaced with a sense of authentic enjoyment and fun. No, this is not an image from one of the Disney Parks—though even they might benefit here—this is YOUR workplace, your people, and your reality! With Scott Friedman's "Celebrate: The Secret to Greater Productivity and Performance" as your guide, you'll learn how to transform your workplace for the better, from the top to the bottom line. Scott's extensive research reveals the great need for transformation in today's fast-paced, stress-inducing workplace. He offers a refreshing, contrarian message, conveying how taking work too seriously is paradoxically undermining our greatest potential – personally, professionally, and financially. The good news? The best antidote to all this pressure in the workplace is—surprise!—through celebration. With lighthearted humor and refreshing honesty, Scott shows you how to turn grievances into gratitude, dismay into play, and failure into lessons learned, ripe for celebration. His universally acceptable style incorporates case studies from “mom-and-pop” shops to billion-dollar corporations. He weaves the latest pertinent research together with ready-to-use examples showcasing the power of “the celebration mindset” in action. Turn employees and customers into advocates as you celebrate all that is good in your organization.
"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"This entertaining program is fast-paced, humorous, and full of useable ideas on becoming a victor instead of a victim of change. The future is uncertain, and we need the proper tools to face it. Each day is still a gift, especially if we can keep our sense of humor. This entertaining, insightful, and participatory program explores techniques in making change work, creating results, using humor and building better relationships. Through this experience, participants will leave feeling better about themselves, their careers and their futures. It makes a great kick-off, closing, or banquet talk.
"Using Humor for a Change"Personnel directors in America's largest firms believe showing a sense of humor is a prerequisite to success. Positive humor, when used appropriately in a business setting, dramatically increases productivity. Studies show how humor enhances problem-solving skills, improves communication, creates better employee relationships, elevates morale, and reduces burnout. This entertaining yet highly educational program delivers a multitude of techniques proven to add levity to work environments'?and lives.
"Employee Engagement and Empowerment through Humor"Employee engagement, also called Work engagement, scores account for as much as half of the variance in customer satisfaction scores. This translates into millions of dollars for companies if they can improve their scores. Studies have statistically demonstrated that engaged employees are more productive, more profitable, more customer-focused, safer, and less likely to leave their employer. Leaders with a sense of humor breed more loyal employees and happier customers; and business people who are considered humorous are vastly more likely to get their messages across-in sales presentations, customer meetings or employee gatherings.
In these turbulent times, employee engagement is essential to an organization's survival. In what is guaranteed to be a fast-paced and humorous session, Scott will provide you with many strategies for becoming a victor in times of change instead of a victim. Sharing how you can create teams of employees who are driven by your organization's values and purpose, rather than circumstances beyond their control...all through laughter!
"Connecting with Customers"Today, providing fast, efficient service is no longer enough for the customer. Surveys (including a recent Gallup poll) have shown that customers are increasingly looking for an engaging experience while being served. When you engage your customers, they will be transformed into loyal advocates for your company.In this entertaining and insightful program, you will learn to build perceived value in the eyes of your customers and highlight your uniqueness. Discover how to build customer loyalty and trust through consistent, reliable service and creating positive experiences. Develop a competitive advantage through a service culture and discover that he or she who engages wins!
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sale" Participants explore ways to differentiate themselves from others and build perceived value in the eyes of their customers through humor, creativity, and trust-building strategies.
"Punchlines, Pitfalls, and Powerful Programs: 10 Surefire Ways of Adding Humor to Your Presentations" If you want to make an impact and truly 'connect'- with audiences, your programs must entertain as well as educate. This program is full of practical, imaginative ideas for using humor to increase the educational value of presentations across your organization. Participants learn to play off the audience, develop original material, and uncover an organization's 'humor hot buttons. They determine where to find clean, appropriate humor and who to poke fun at in a meeting. As they bring more humor into their presentations, they reap the rewards of increased enjoyment and learning.
"How to Hold an Audience Without a Rope" This program examines proven techniques and concepts in successfully conveying your message. Overcome stage fright, establish perceived credibility, and learn to touch a listener's heart, mind, and funny bone.
"So, You Think You're Funny!"Great leaders are great communicators. Humor can be one of your most effective tools in becoming a great communicator. In this fun, highly interactive program, Scott will give you practical, useable ideas on using humor to increase your value as a communicator and leader. Learn the secrets of developing your unique sense of humor, including the highest form of humor, self effacing humor.Learn to be a more effective storyteller in telling your brand story. You'll become more engaging as you truly connect with your listeners. A sense of humor translatesinto better relationships, greater creativity and productivity and more fun on this journey we call life.Come to your senses of humor as Scott teaches you the how to use humor as a tool and live happily ever laughter.