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Allen Klein 

The Jollytologist
Keynote Speaker

The World's Only Jollytologist Shows Audiences
How To Find Humor In Not-So-Funny Stuff

Ever hear of a "Jollytologist"? Well meet the world's one and only Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies.

Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find some in trying times. Those audiences include people in 48 states as well as Israel and Australia, and clients from IBM to the IRS.

Klein is an award-winning speaker and best-selling author. He is the recipient of a Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award and a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. (Less than 800 of its 4,000 members have this honor.) Klein has authored, among other books, The Healing Power of Humor, Quotations to Cheer You Up, Up Words for Down Days, and The Courage to Laugh. The first book, The Healing Power of Humor, shows people how to use humor to deal with everyday trials and tribulations; the latter book, The Courage to Laugh, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy.

Klein has a master's degree in humor from St. Mary's College in Minnesota (and that's no joke!) And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a "Jollytologist", Klein was nicknamed the "King of Whimsy" because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember the Captain Kangaroo show.

Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from them and lighten up. To help adults do this, Klein is both the editor of The Mid-Month Mirth Memo e-zine, founder of International Mirth Month (every March), and President-elect of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor (

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Klein is "a noble and vital force watching over the human condition." And who would have thought that it would be a "Jollytologist"?

The Programs:

The Lighter Side of Change ©

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes and challenges in both the workplace and in life. With laughter (yuk, yuk), lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), participants will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to reduce stress and for dealing with not-so-funny stuff.  The Healing Power of Humor ©

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life, why humor can give a new perspective, and how to laugh at not-so-funny things.

Humor in the Workplace: Lighten Your Work with Laughter ©

It has been said that 80% of illness is probably stress related. Through laughter, lecture and playful exercises, this inspirational and informational program gives participants a pocket full of FUN-raising work-related tools to help them be more productive as they laugh away those harmful stress situations.

The Courage to Laugh: Humor in Hospice Work ©

With heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates what George Bernard Shaw once said: "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

What the Audience Will Learn:

    * Humorous Tools and Tips for Dealing with Stress

    * How To Get and Keep Your Perspective with Humor

    * Why humor is one of your best coping tools

    * Techniques for a more playful lifestyle

    * The five key letters for increasing your sense of humor

7 Reasons to Hire a JOLLYTOLOGIST for Your Next Meeting...

Problem #1:
You need a speaker who will get and keep the audience laughing.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

 "It was evident that the whole assembly was enjoying your presentation by the frequent and sometimes continuous roars of laughter." - L. B., president, Maryland School Food Service Association

Problem #2:
Your audience needs some stress relief.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"It was fantastic to watch 400 people who work with dying patients on a daily basis leave their stresses under their chairs and walk out with smile on their faces." - S. H., Florida Hospice Symposium

Problem #3:
You want a speaker who exceeds expectations.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"You were without a doubt the 'best speaker' at our conference. . . You far surpassed what I had hoped for." - D. L., Program Chair Continuity of Care Association of CA

Problem #4:
You want a speaker who gets great evaluations.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"Bravo! for a job well done. (You received) one of the highest ratings of any of the speakers at the convention."  - K. D., Meeting Director, Independent Community Bankers of MN

Problem #5
You want a speaker who will get the audience cheering.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"In all the years that I have worked here, I have never seen our faculty and staff give a speaker a standing ovation." - J. A., Associate Dean of Planning Eastern New Mexico University

Problem #6
You want a speaker who is easy to work with.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"You are every meeting planners dream speaker." - L. R., Director of Operations, Community Bankers Assn. of IN

Problem #7
You want a speaker whose message will be remembered long after the conference ends.

Bring in a Jollytologist.

"You are probably the only speaker that we have continued to talk about a year after the presentation. That's really saying something!!" - S. B., Director of Operations, Community Bankers Assn. of OH

List of Clients

Allen Klein has presented humor programs in 48 out of the 50 states, as well as in Israel and Australia. 
Needless to say, this is a very partial sampling of his clients.  (* Denotes national or international conference)

Banking & Financial Industry:
  •  American Express
  •  Bank of California
  •  Community Bankers of Georgia
  •  Community Bankers of Ohio
  • * Independent Bankers Association of America
  •  Independent Bankers Association of Texas
  •  Independent Bankers Association of Minnesota
  •  Mortgage Bankers Association
  •  Wells Fargo Bank

Business Organizations:
  •  American Water Works Association
  •  Arizona Public Service Company
  •  BellSouth, Inc.
  •  Executive Secretaries Association
  •  Gran Care, Inc.
  •  IBM
  •  Internal Revenue Service
  •  Iowa Utility Association
  •  Levi Strauss
  •  * Marketing Research Association
  •  Medstat Systems
  •  Messenger Courier Association
  •  Motorola Corporation
  •  New England Resident Service Coordinators
  •  Northern California Printing Industries
  •  Option Care Inc.
  •  Oregon Bar Association
  •  Pacific Bell
  •  PacifiCare
  •  Pacific Northwest Personnel Management Association
  •  Professional Secretaries International
  •  Service Masters
  •  Southern California Gas Company
  •  US West
  •  United States Geological Survey

Food Industry:
  •  * American Dietetic Association
  •  * American School Food Service Association
  •  * Dietary Managers Association
  •  Iowa School Food Service Association
  •  Louisiana Dietetic Association
  •  Maryland School Food Service Association
  •  Nevada School Food Service Association
  •  Oregon School Food Service Association
  •  Pennsylvania School Food Service Association
  •  Tennessee Dietetic Association
  •  Utah School Food Service Association
  •  Washington School Food Service Association

Health & Well-Being Conferences:
  •  * Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
  •  Fallon Health Care System
  •  Health Services Corporation
  •  Individual Case Management Association
  •  * International Society for Humor Studies
  •  Mental Health Association of Colorado
  •  Missouri Rehabilitation Association
  •  Montana Rehabilitation Association
  •  National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  •  National Wellness Association
  •  North Dakota Human Services
  •  North Dakota Rehabilitation Association
  •  Oregon Society for Hospital Personnel
  •  Pennsylvania Nurse Executives
  •  Professional Society of Pharmacists
  •  Radiological Technicians Conference
  •  South Carolina Mental Health Association
  •  University of Missouri Dental Hygienists
  •  Visiting Nurses Association

Hospice Organizations:
  •  Colorado Hospice Association
  •  Delaware Hospice
  •  Florida Hospice Symposium
  •  Georgia Hospice Association
  •  Indiana Hospice Association
  •  Iowa Hospice Association
  •  * National Hospice Organization
  •  New Hampshire Hospice Organization
  •  New Jersey Hospice Organization
  •  New Mexico Hospice Organization
  •  New York State Hospice Organization
  •  Oklahoma Hospice Organization
  •  Oregon Hospice Association
  •  Texas Hospice Organization

Hospital Associations:
  •  Arizona Hospital Association
  •  Idaho Hospital Association
  •  Illinois Hospital Association
  •  Indiana Hospital Association
  •  Iowa Hospital Association
  •  Minnesota Hospital Association
  •  Mississippi Hospital Association
  •  New York Hospital Association
  •  Tennessee Hospital Association
  •  West Virginia Hospital Association

Hospitals & Medical Centers:
  •  Alta Bates Hospital, CA
  •  Anderson Memorial Hospital, SC
  •  Ball Memorial Hospital, IN
  •  Beaumont Hospital, TX
  •  Brookwood Medical Center, AL
  •  Children's Hospital, CA, PA & TN
  •  Florida Hospital, FL
  •  Franklin Hospital, ME
  •  Holy Spirit Hospital, PA
  •  Immanuel Medical Center, IA
  •  Kaiser-Permanente Hospitals, CA
  •  Lawrence Memorial Hospital, KS
  •  Lincoln General Hospital, NE
  •  Marquette General Hospital, MI
  •  McKee Medical Center, CO
  •  Mercy Health Center, IA
  •  Miami Valley Hospital, OH
  •  Mid-Columbia Medical Center, OR
  •  Newnan Hospital, GA
  •  Ouachita Hospital, AR
  •  Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, KY
  •  Rehabilitation Hospital, HI
  •  Sentara Hampton Hospital, VA
  •  St. Alexius Hospital, ND
  •  St. Anthony's Medical Center, MO
  •  St. Joseph's Hospitals, CA, CO, WA
  •  St. Mary's Hospitals, CA, GA, IL, WV
  •  Tucson Medical Center, AZ

Long-Term Care:
  •  * American Health Care Association
  •  * Assisted Living Association, Australia
  •  Arkansas Nursing Home Association
  •  California Assn. for Health Services at Home
  •  California Association of Health Facilities
  •  Central Mississippi Health Care at Home
  •  Connecticut Chapter Health Care Administrators
  •  Hillhaven Corporation
  •  Home Care Association of New York State
  •  Illinois Health Care Association
  •  Iowa Health Care Association
  •  Mississippi Regional Home Health Care
  •  Missouri Health Care Association
  •  Montana Health Care Association
  •  Nebraska Health Care Association
  •  New Jersey Health Care Association
  •  North Carolina Health Care Association
  •  Oregon Health Care Association
  •  Oregon Homes for the Aging
  •  Pennsylvania Non-profit Homes for the Aging
  •  South Dakota Health Care Association
  •  Texas Health Care Association
  •  Utah Health Care Association
  •  Washington Health Care Association
  •  West Virginia Health Care Association

  •  California Council for Adult Education
  •  Cal Poly University
  •  Cal State Bakersfield & Sacramento
  •  Cornell University Wellness Program
  •  Columbia State Community College
  •  College of Marin
  •  Eastern New Mexico University
  •  Hayward Unified School District
  •  Johnson County Community College
  •  San Francisco State University
  •  San Jose State University
  •  Slippery Rock University
  •  Sonoma State University

Volunteer Organizations:
  •  * American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
  •  California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems
  •  Council on Auxiliaries, Georgia Hospital Association
  •  Hawaii Network of Volunteers
  •  Hospice Volunteer Managers Association
  •  Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
  •  Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries
  •  Tennessee Hospital Association Council on Volunteers

Women's Conferences:
  •  American Association of University Women
  •  Bay Area Women's Conference
  •  Central California Women's Conference
  •  Central Dupage Hospital Women's Conference
  •  Fresno Women's Network
  •  Miami Women's Health Center
  •  Professional Women's Network
  •  Women's Forum
  • Cancer Related Organizations:
  •  American Cancer Society
  •  American Society of Radiological Technicians
  •  Cancer Conference, NM
  •  Cancers Survivor's Day
  •  * National Cancer Survivorship Conference
  •  North Bay Cancer Center
  •  North Idaho Cancer Center
  •  UCSD Cancer Center, Thrivers Network

 Audience Comments About ALLEN KLEIN'S Programs.

"The best workshop I every attended."

"I wish I could have brought the entire office!"

"Can't get much better than this."

"This was the most useful presentation of the conference."

"A wonderful new perspective for stressful work situations."

"Fantastic and fun."

"There should be more programs like this."

"By far the best session I have ever attended for personal and professional growth!"

"Excellent-my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!"

"Can we do this again next year??!!"

"Interesting, informative and excellent speaker."

"Dynamic, energetic and funny.  A true joy to listen to."

"Great reminder not to take life so seriously and to find humor in Troubling times!  Thanks!"

"This was a fabulous presentation.  Kudos to the Speaker Committee!

"Had a headache getting off the plane, felt great after the talk."

"We came 200 miles to attend this presentation-it was worth every mile!"

"A program that can be used throughout life, home and work."

"Excellent, excellent, excellent!"

"Let's invite Mr. Klein again."

Rave Reviews

"Rave Reveiws!!!  That's what our evaluations read from over 650 attendees.  The halls are buzzing with laughter after employees participated in your presentation."
- J. G. Program Chair, St. Marys Health Center, Jefferson City, MO

"I have been involved with adult education for nearly 20 years, and can honestly say I have never heard so many positive comments about a speaker and program."
- J.R., Education Coordinator, St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE

"It is seldom we have a repeat speaker appear at our Convention but letters and phone calls regarding your presentation convinced the planning committtee we must invite you back."
- D.H., Director of Education, California Association of Hospitals, Sacramento, CA

"Allen Klein obviously has the background to teach the profound power of laughter, humor and play."
- O. Carl Simonton, M.D., Author of "Getting Well Again"

"You did it again!  Four talks, 450 satisfied people!  I enjoyed your presentation four times over, and found something new each time."
- C.C., Educational Consultant, Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, NE

"Allen Klein is such an expert speaker that he can teach audiences both how to live laughing as well as die laughing."
- William M. Bucholz, M.D., ONcologist, Los Altos, CA

"Allen Klein holds the keys to a treasure chest of humor and reminds us that laughter is the best medicine."
- Carl Hammerschlag, M.D., Author of "The Dancing Healers"

"You received honor roll grades!  Mostly A's and even a few A+'s."
- C.R., Director of Education, Oregon Health Care Association, Portland, OR

"I'm so proud of him."
- Allen's Mother, Lakeworth, FL

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