Touching Hearts, Minds & Funnybones
Scott Friedman is two time Past-President of the Colorado Chapter of the National Speakers Association and has earned the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation by the National Speakers Association. He currently serves as its Immediate Past National President.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, in 1982 with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Psychology, Scott worked as Marketing Director for Duff’s Smorgasbord, a national food chain. After developing many successful promotional programs to increase sales he moved onto other sales and marketing opportunities. For the next two-and-half years Scott became one of the top salespeople for AB Hirschfeld Press, the largest printing company west of the Mississippi. He then entered public speaking as Marketing Director of SpeechMasters, a company that trains lawyers, public speakers and executives in effective presentation skills. Scott doubled their business by carving out new market niches while, at the same time, receiving acclaimed speech training. Scott became a full-time professional speaker in 1986, and has been sharing practical ideas and 'how to' techniques on sales motivation, humor, and creating results.
Scott has discovered a way to instantly connect with almost any audience, regardless of age, creed, or gender. "Humor creates an immediate bond," says Scott.
An internationally recognized
professional, Scott speaks over 80 times each year to companies, associations,
and youth. His book, "Using Humor for a Change" is chock-full of great
ideas to lighten-up the workload. Scott's unique ability to compose humorous
poetry on the spot adds a dimension to his presentation that your group
will long remember. His improvisational comedy training, quick wit, and
thought-provoking material make Scott a master at holding the attention
of his audience. Scott customizes all programs to meet the specific needs
of each group. He is perfect for kick-offs, closings, lunches and midnight
Satisfied Clients"The raves are in! We have had many talented speakers over our 45-year history, however none have held our audience spell bound as you did! Everyone left with a new concept of communication with humor; information that can prove beneficial as they administer their daily care and throughout their lives. Most impressive — full of surprises."
- Carol Rogers, Director of Membership Services, New Jersey Assn. of Health Care Facilities, Trenton, NJ
"You were an absolute bit! Our marketing and sales personnel think you are tops and wished your presentation would have been longer! You absolutely captured this group and your discussion on ‘change’ and ‘managing stress’ fit perfectly."
- Laura Mann, Manager, Corporate Events, System One Amadeus, Houston, TX
Punchlines, Pitfalls and Powerful Programs10 Surefire Ways of Adding Humor to your Presentation
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
Great leaders are great communicators. This program will greatly improve your presentation skills and make your words come alive. Learn to truly connect with your audience through the use of humor, stories and innovative ideas. Overcome stage fright, establish perceived credibility, and learn to touch a listeners heart, mind, and funny bone.
Just a Spoonful of Humor
After painting the town red, does it take you three weeks before you can apply the second coat? Do you ever notice that the older you get, the better you used to be? Have senior moments become a way of life? Becoming chronologically gifted does have its challenges, and now it’s time to turn the challenges into chuckles. This humorous, motivational keynote takes a look at four ways to stay young at heart. By celebrating yourself, overlooking life’s little potholes, looking through the eyes of humor, and remembering what really matters, you’re guaranteed to laugh your way to a healthy state of mind. You can never turn back the clock but you can wind it up once again.
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. Highly responsive companies, such as Southwest Airlines, Walt Disney, and Pike’s Place Fish Market, have shown that engagement is a secret to success and a key strategy in achieving higher customer satisfaction. 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!So you Think You're Funny
Enhancing communication with humor. 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 presenter. Scott will teach when and when not to use humor, where to find clean, appropriate humor and how to truly connect with your listener. Come to your senses of humor as Scott teaches you the how to use the power of humor in your communications.
What's So Funny About Being Single?
This is the perfect program for singles groups! Through a combination of comedy, spontaneous song writing, playful audience mixers, and a heavy dose of motivation, participants are given permission to lighten up, network, and have lots of fun. In addition, they are challenged to make choices congruent with their values and desired outcomes. Attendees have reported feeling more playful, spontaneous, willing to take risks, and realistic about their expectations. They learn how to communicate more effectively and become more attractive to the opposite sex. Give your participants a program that will give them a new positive attitude about themselves and being single!
Scott provides programs tailored to educators and students (both young and adult). Scott skillfully challenges people to take control of their lives and offers concrete ways to do so. Specifically, he assists participants in mastering change, relieving stress and burnout, developing their own sense of humor, and creating more value in their careers.