Topic: Humor

Lemons to Laughter

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Presenter: Tim Gabrielson

What can the Lemons to Laughter program do for your franchise system?

Tim Gabrielson shows us how to see the lighter side of anything in his hilarious, surprising, engaging and entertaining presentation, Lemons to Laugher. 

Results include: 

  • Franchisees leading teams of happy employees-translating to:
    • Higher productivity
    • Better communication
    • The ability to find more creative solutions
    • More authentic connections with customers and co-workers
    • A fully engaged franchise system 

Tim teaches us with his Lemons to Laughter philosophy that creating a positive, productive and attractive environment is always a choice. Through our daily menu of choices we have the opportunity to reframe our negativity into positivity—thus creating a better day, a better business and a better life! When a single person makes an intentional effort to change the dynamics at work, it will have a positive ripple effect on everyone in you franchise organization. 

  • Choose to respond versus just react.
  • Find the fun in day to day interactions
  • Create magical moments for the customer 

Tim will inspire you with his words, entertain you with his breathtaking comedy and magic, and show you how to make small choices to make a big difference. Whether your audience is comprised of franchisees, franchisors, or the front line staff, your group will walk away invigorated and equipped to infuse the Lemons to Laughter culture into their businesses and their lives.

Beyond Balance – How Work Life Integration Leads to Fulfillment

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Presenter: Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE

Everyone seems to recognize the difficulty of “balancing” the demands of work with the complexities of life. And yet, the present approach to addressing this challenge is entirely inadequate. In pursuit of “balance,” we are selling short our best efforts, burdening ourselves with guilt, and exhausting our energy. What we need is a new approach and an ongoing effort to infuse “life” in the workplace. 

In this empowering program, Dan provides a new model for viewing work objectives not as separate or competing with life, but as a vital and connected component. He will provide practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally. 

Benefits to the Organization 

The results of these efforts are significant. Work/life integration fosters excellence, innovation, and loyalty among employees. For that reason, this keynote becomes the catalyst for an ongoing and transformational conversation and plan of action. 

Learning Objectives 

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to: 

  • Manage their energy and time more effectively.
  • Improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • Understand that “Perfect Balance” is an unachievable goal.
  • Adopt an Off Balance On Purpose approach as a realistic and empowering alternative.
  • Name the Five Spheres of “Complete Success.”
  • Utilize “Lifelines” to integrate the aspects of life.
  • Have supportive and appropriate conversations with their peers about life outside the workplace.

Perform-ability How to Be your Best when it Matters Most

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Presenter: Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE

Throughout your life and career, you’ve been told to “always be at your best because every moment counts.” While this may sound like good advice, it isn’t really possible, or all that effective. And the truth is: Some moments count much more than others. For that reason, you must learn to be your best when it matters the most. 

Dan helps an audience member achieve a breakthrough moment!

Dan will explain why some individuals are excellent in practice yet fail under pressure and why others seem to naturally rise to handle critical moments with ease and excellence. This isn’t an innate talent. It is an ability that can be learned and mastered. Dan calls this “Perform-Ability.” 

The key to being able to “perform,” or deliver excellence when it matters the most, is to prepare properly and understand the mindset and methods of top performers. Dan will teach and demonstrates these elements in his signature high-impact style. Audiences will leave the session energized and ready to tackle their challenges with new tools. 

Learning Objectives 

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to: 

  • See themselves as performers, capable of delivering excellent results under pressure.
  • Understand the three aspects of an effective performance.
  • Clarify what they are trying to achieve.
  • Develop strategies to succeed.
  • Recognize critical moments and rise to the occasion.
  • Adopt the mindset and methods of peak performers.
  • Commit to ongoing learning and disciplines to aid their efforts.

Forget Perfect

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Presenter: Lisa McLeod

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How to Bring Purpose and Happiness into the Life You’ve Already Got 

Based on Lisa’s popular book, Forget Perfect, this touching humorous program is for every woman who has put herself last on her own priority list. A huge hit with philanthropic organizations and volunteer groups, in this speech Lisa reveals:

  • Why trying to be perfect doesn’t make people like you more, it makes them like you less
  • Why striving for perfection creates misery, but having a purpose creates happiness
  • The meaning of life in two words (no joke)
  • How to enjoy your life even if your house is a mess, your abs are flabby, and you don’t have greeting-card perfect kids
  • Why your regular old life can be a special occasion if you let it

“Forget Perfect” formats: keynote, virtual keynote

Performance Speed Painting

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Presenter: Tim Decker

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  • Engage and inspire your audience
  • High energy, action packed show
  • Customized show time to fit event
  • Think out of the box
  • Unique and highly interactive 

Tim Decker will bring his fun, high energy show to your next event. The show includes up to 3 paintings and the show time is customizable to seamlessly blend with your event and match your goals.  Tim has no reference photos and turns a blank black canvas into a masterpiece in minutes. Tim also incorporates a mix of comedy and audience interaction to create a fun atmosphere for the event attendees. It is more than a show; it is an EXPERIENCE that your guests will talk about long after viewing. 

Be All In – Getting to 100%

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Presenter: Craig Zablocki

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Franchises that are thriving are able to develop a culture of ownership, engagement, and fun. A recent Gallup Poll stated that 70% of employees in the US are disengaged at work.  Of those, 20% are “roaming the halls spreading discontent.”  Most of us are holding back from total engagement, but once we see the benefits of being “All in” and learn ways to cultivate that in our employees, the magic starts to happen and success is the result.

Think Big – Act Big

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Presenter: Craig Zablocki

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What does it mean for franchisees to Think Big? What does it mean for them to Act Big? What holds them back from a bigger perspective and bold action? In this keynote, Craig shows how to celebrate our victories, challenge our complacency, and live life in a BIG way. We’ve all heard the saying that mountains are climbed one step at a time – and the way to a BIG victory is one step at a time.  Be ready to learn (actually Un-Learn), laugh, and up your game both personally and professionally.

The Intelligence of Fun

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Presenter: Craig Zablocki

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It is a proven fact that a culture of fun increases productivity, motivation, and employee engagement. This keynote is guaranteed to leave participants laughing while teaching them how to create a culture of fun and creativity that strengthens morale and increases productivity. People do business with franchises that are fun and have great customer service, where employees really care about the customer experience. Get ready to laugh while learning about The Intelligence of Fun.

Radical Leadership: A New Era for Today’s Organizations

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Presenter: Craig Zablocki

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As a franchise, great leadership is paramount. There are most likely franchisees that are awesome leaders and some that are not.  What are the true distinctions between the two?  Experience the difference between a purposeful leader and a personality leader, and see how true leaders serve others versus pleasing them.  If your franchisees could be more powerful leaders, this program will deliver.

Embracing Change

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Presenter: Craig Zablocki

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We hear it all the time – change is inevitable.  As franchisors and franchisees the struggle is that we often spend so much time resisting change.  Through it all we complain and moan and talk about the “good old days” as if that really helps.  What if your franchisees could actually be excited about change from “the get-go” with an attitude of “bring it on!”  This program will help franchises become successful by embracing change with passion and 100% commitment.

Attack of the Productivity Suckers

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Presenter: Laura Stack, CSP, CPAE

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The Four Things That Suck the Productivity Out of You …and How to Fight Back!

You work hard. You know how to make lists and check things off. You really want to be productive. But everyone and everything else keeps ruining your plans! So many things keep us from doing what we know we should be doing. In this funny, high-energy program, Laura Stack aka The Productivity Pro®, reviews the four main things that suck the productivity right out of you! You’ll discover your biggest productivity sucker and take away some practical tools to defend yourself.

Exceptional Customer Service

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Presenter: Lisa Ford, CSP, CPAE

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Your employees and their customer service skills may be the only thing that differentiates you from the competition. This seminar is for front-line employees who do the daily demanding job of serving more sophisticated and educated customers. The skills of employees must constantly be updated to meet customer’s expectations. Lisa delivers hands-on techniques that employees can use immediately. The content is combined with examples and humor so employees have a chance to laugh and learn. Audiences will learn – how to calm down an angry customer, listen to uncover customer’s needs, recover from a problem the organization created and win the customer back, handle conflicting needs of customers and keep enthusiasm and an attitude of “customers first” all day. This seminar is based on Lisa’s best-selling video series, “How to Give Exceptional Customer Service”.

Inspiration: Everyday Excellence

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Presenter: Lisa Ford, CSP, CPAE

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The best way to survive in today’s fast moving and changing workplace is to be better and smarter every day. You must examine what value you add to the organization and your team. This session covers how individuals must make a difference and increase their results daily. People will learn to understand and love change, take risks and action to make things happen. Lisa shares questions to identify what value you add and create an action plan to increase your value. You will also hear how to create your own luck and success and maintain an attitude of energy and enthusiasm. Today’s world is one where everyone must accept that we are all “self-employed”. Lisa will give people a chance to laugh and learn while accepting the new reality.

How I Went From Failure to Success In My Franchise Business- The Blueprint

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Presenter: Todd Woods

In this program, Todd shares his failures and successes and how he, against all odds overcame and learned from the failures and turned his multi-unit franchise business into a thriving success. There are five key ingredients that need to be implemented properly and continually to maximize franchise success. Illustrated with humorous, yet power packed stories, Woods engages the audience leaving them with the tools and the formula necessary to take their business to the next level and get their passion back.

THE AGE OF SPEED (SIGNATURE KEYNOTE)

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Presenter: Vince Poscente

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THE AGE OF SPEED (SIGNATURE KEYNOTE) 

Using concepts from his best-selling books, The Age of Speed and The Ant & the Elephant, Vince shares his Olympic experience and the ‘speed’ model that took him from a recreational skier to vying for Gold in speed skiing in 4 short years. Give your audiences an invigorating perspective that reveals:  

  • Innovation at Work – audiences learn how to innovate in any business situation using Poscente’s ‘recreational skier to Olympian in four years’ model. 
  • Competitive Advantages – you will internalize a powerful change in how to compete using the approach “Do what the competition is not willing to do.” 
  • Leadership for the Self – high speed results are possible in cultures that foster an attitude of “Owning the solution.” 
  • Speed of Execution – learn from The Age of Speed’s “Jet Profile” where employees and companies embrace Agility, Aerodynamics and Alignment. 
  • Taking Control – with infectious energy, warmth and humor, Poscente delivers an experience that translates into an empowered audience.

The next 16.572 seconds could change your life! 

Renowned business strategist and New York Times best-selling author, Vince Poscente is a master communicator. He knows how to get an audience’s attention and maintain electrifying energy while providing: 

  • Hands-on tools that you can use immediately 
  • Edge-of-your-seat stories, 135 mph ski videos, heart-pumping music 
  • Take-action-today inspiration 
  • Flat-out-fun with Poscente’s signature wit and wisdom

Keynote: Destination Dignity

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Presenter: Joe Kiedinger

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Destination Dignity presents why dignity matters in leadership today and how to live it.

Audience members will be educated and entertained by Joe’s humor and storytelling. It’s through stories, that Joe invites his audience to be introduced to a fresh way of understanding people, and how to effectively gain cooperation and trust through dignity-based communication.

Understand what’s important to Millennials and how they are shifting the leadership landscape. Joe reveals the 56 positive dignity traits that motivate and inspire all people. Understanding their top five changes everything. Now you can place them in the right position immediately and know exactly what they need to feel valued and productive.

Key Takeaways:

1) Understand why dignity matters

2) Understand in simple terms what Millennials care about

3) Three management styles of leadership. What are you?

4) What people really care about

5) Introduction to dignity-based leadership and communication

Leadership: It Starts With Me! Harness the Power Of Personal Leadership

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Presenter: Michelle Ray, CSP

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We’ve often heard the adage “everyone can be a leader”, but what does this mean?  More importantly, how is this relevant to your business and your people? The most practical answer is to think of leadership in terms of character, not position or title. A leader is someone at any level who has grasped the ability to take charge of their thoughts, and consequently their actions, in any situation. 

We are often tested to be the best version of ourselves, regardless of our job function. Our attitudes directly impact the workplace atmosphere and the quality of our business relationships. When we take the initiative and lead ourselves with greater confidence, we are better equipped to strengthen relationships with managers, co-workers and  customers. 

Delivering her message with insight, wit and humor, Michelle’s energizing, informative and popular keynote presentation will remind audiences of the power of personal  leadership. They will learn accountability strategies they can use long after the event ends to take the lead, embrace challenges and create their own realities. 

Expected takeaways for attendees:

  • Build a leadership blueprint to use in business and in life
  • Realize the incredible leverage of modeling a “do what it takes” attitude
  • Decrease stress and negativity for greater productivity and positive results
  • Realign your core personal values to those of your workplace
  • Re-energize attitudes toward your peers and management
  • Tap into your innovative potential to bring out the best in yourself 

Killer Customer Service: Trends With Benefits

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Presenter: Daniel Levine

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Is your next customer a hair-trigger away from abandoning your business… forever? What your customer expects from you is increasingly set and shaped outside your industry, which means your customer experience has probably fallen behind. If you don’t know how to meet these mysterious demands – let alone what they even are – your customers will go elsewhere. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this mind-blowing presentation, Daniel Levine will tear aside the curtain and reveal the new trends and expectations that are raising the bar on customer care. Clearly see the real ways your customers are researching, trying and buying, and discover how the world’s best companies are serving their customers in ways you can replicate – and exceed. While this presentation is inspirational, funny and packed with amazing visuals, the emphasis is on the practical: Daniel will equip you with the real-world tools and strategies you need to surpass customer expectations, stay ahead of the trends, and generally up your game.

Stress Less, Connect More

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Presenter: Colette Carlson

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The truth is whether you are in leadership, sales, or the front line you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged with colleagues, customers, and clients. The reality is we are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. We have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch as we are constantly changing schedules, demands and priorities. Enough already! Create the focus, energy, and mindset necessary to make healthy choices and stay connected to those who count. It’s no longer about time management, it’s about YOU management. Get ready to laugh-out-loud and walk away ready to make positive, long-lasting change the next day.  

 Learn how to: 

  • Differentiate between Time Management and YOU Management 
  • Know when to let go or take control 
  • Eliminate unrealistic expectations and energy zappers 
  • Beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways 
  • Build a positive mindset to increase mental toughness

Case Study: Top Level Meeting Planner

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Presenter: AniMates

Situation:  

This event company has long held a showcase for cutting-edge meeting and event technology for its network of independent event planners. During a recent show, they were spotlighting how to use Twitter within a meeting, as it was becoming a huge trend. Of course, this couldn’t be done in a normal PowerPoint-present style way. 

Solution:  

The company emcee, and her co-host Eddie the Eagle used Twitter on stage to highlight how to use the technology. She communicated some of the confusion and concern that a lot of meeting planners were having at the time, while Eddie (being a bird and thus knowing about Tweeting) came to her aid. 
 
Together, they explained things like hashtags, trends, handles and how to use live Twitter feeds at events. Eddie even demonstrated some of his Tweets, displaying them in a real-time scroll. 

Results:  

The emcee and Eddie addressed the topic with humor, charm and a little self-effacement. They were able to demonstrate the technology in a way that made the audience laugh, and overcome some of its initial misgivings and objections.

Case Study: Eye Care Network

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Presenter: AniMates

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Situation:  

This collection of independent eye care professionals hosts an event every year, showcasing premiere vendors. In the past, the general sessions had been long and the engagement level varied widely between vendors. They needed to add engagement throughout and find a way to keep the presentations running on time.  

Solution:  

We developed an AniMated mascot—a parrot to fit the theme of their event—to run things on stage. He was responsible for adding humor and engagement, but also kicking off vendors (gently) who had gone over their time.  

Result:  

The audience universally loved the mascot, the general session ran smoothly, and the parrot has since been asked to return for his SEVENTH year to host again.

Case Study: Financial Software Company

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Presenter: AniMates

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Situation:  

A financial software company was holding a conference for their clients. Neighthan the horse was co-hosting. The first year the opening had introduced Neighthan, but for the second year the client wanted a “bigger” opening. Without budget for a video or other large production we had to come up with a solution that wowed—but utilized the tools at our disposal. 

Solution:  

Neighthan and co-host welcomed the audience back in style with a musical opening number. Since both the actor playing Neighthan and the co-host could sing, we decided to utilize their strengths and wrote a parody musical number: “I Got You…Neigh” (instead of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe”).  

The number was both humorous and it highlighted what the attendees could expect from the next few days.  

Results:  

The audience and client got their “big” opening that set the tone of the event. The opening number made it clear that they should expect great things, and that the event was also going to be a lot of fun.

Change 180°

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Presenter: The O’Shea Report

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Dealing with Change through Humor

The world is changing…fast. Fast enough that by next week, the iPad will be thought of as Amish furniture.

It’s time to laugh about it.

Change 180 takes you on a hilarious journey through the ups and downs of dealing with change. Through motivational humor, The O’Sheas help audiences feel less defensive about change, put their minds at ease, and open their minds to progress.

The O’Sheas will help your audience laugh as they examine:

  • From the 50s to Today:  the constantly changing times we live in.
  • Generational styles, from Boomers to Gen Y – how to communicate across generational differences.
  • Keeping up to date on the latest business books with “Change Flavor of the Month.”
  • The ups and downs of the modern “Conference Call.”

Woven throughout the funny keynote is messaging about how to deal with change effectively. The O’Sheas will encourage your attendees to:

  • Reframe: How looking at a situation from a different point of view can change the emotional context in a positive way.
  • Communicate: How to talk to someone who resists change…even if you embrace it.
  • Support each other: How teamwork and having a support system is essential to help get you through challenging times.

Packed with humor and insightful tips, this keynote is ideal for organizations looking for a lighthearted way to deal with the heavy topic of change.

Cracking the Networking CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships

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Presenter: Dean Lindsay

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Whether you have a black belt in business growth through connecting or are completely new to the concept, you will enjoy Dean’s humorous yet highly practical approach to meeting, connecting, and developing longterm relationships with others.

Dean Lindsay’s presentation, based on his best selling business book Cracking the Networking CODE, is filled with fresh insights and practical tips on how to build meaningful, profitable, win-win relationships for your franchise business and your life.

The four letters that make up the word CODE stand for the four steps consistently taken by the most effective networkers to crack the networking CODE and build  priceless business relationships.    

C:  Create Personal Curb Appeal Effective networkers ooze genuine success and display a desire to help  others progress.    

O:  Open Face-to-Face Relationships Effective networkers research the various networking options and commit  to a networking strategy.    

D:  Deliver Solid First Impressions Effective networkers know their first impression sets the foundation for all future impressions, and they make sure it’s a good one.  

E:  Earn Trust Effective networkers earn trust through a series of progress-based  impressions.  They continually find ways to Be Progress.

You Are the Magic!

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Presenter: Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE

This motivational speech combines humor, magic, information and motivation to create an exciting and enlightening presentation for all types of franchise audiences. It is a fun program that can incorporate parts of Shep’s service programs or can include topics such as personal excellence, goal setting, turning negatives into positives, teamwork and more. This is an outstanding program for banquets and special events.

Please note that all of Shep’s speeches are customized. He works with you to understand your audience, your theme and your goals for the presentation. The following titles and concepts can be mixed and matched to create the perfect program for your audience.