Is humor really a useful tool in the business environment? Absolutely. Studies show show that organizations (and disorganizations) that learn to use humor in a positive way can boost employee and manager productivity, enhance creativity, improve inter-office and client communications skill, build stronger teams, and increase (employee, not water) retention. The answer to this question is a s simple as: Would you rather work somewhere you enjoy yourself or somewhere you spend all your day dreaming of retirement?
How clean is your comedy? Much cleaner than primetime TV. In fact, In fact, I'm usually cleaner than the corporate audiences I present to.
Are you going to embarrass people in the audience? Since my purpose is to engage and audience and help them have a good time, it doesn't make any sense that I would scare them. I never single out anyone who obviously would rather not participate, nor do I ever ask any individual to do anything they're uncomfortable with. I do play silly games in my interactive sessions to help people get over their fear of taking risks, but we do that in groups or on a volunteer basis.
Can I pick and choose topics from your list? Absolutely. You can even make up stuff yourself. I've recently talked about laughter as a community-building skill, helped a group of people learn to use humor as a tool to work with older financial clients, and presented to 11, 12, and 13 year old girls on keeping their sense of humor while pursuing their dreams.
What makes you different from other humor speakers? I'm the only redhead in her fifties with three wiener dogs and home and propellor in my purse. But seriously... I began life as a health educator, so my first goals is getting my message across and making sure that the audience goes home having learned something practical and easy that will better their lives. Because I have a masters degree in public health and am a stress management expert, it is easy for most organizations to get continuing education credits for their employees or members who attend my sessions. Last, but not least, my humor is focused inward -- I tell stories about things that have happened to me and my friends, which makes the audience more comfortable laughing. Oh, and I almost never use Powerpoint because I want the audience to be awake and engaged.
What's your favorite flavor ice cream? Rocky road. Mmmh. Thanks for asking.