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$3,500 - $6,000/exp

Kentucky Based

John Wagner

Humorist With Optimistic Attitudes

 John Wagner, “Wags”, will inspire your group to develop optimistic attitudes and actions. Thousands have laughed and learned to use the power of humor to thrive in times of change. 

Seriously Funny  speeches, workshops, breakouts and banquets that are …Entertaining, Enlightening, and Empowering!

Clean humor programs customized to focus on motivation, change, teams, leadership, sales, service and stress/healing.

Funny speeches to seriously energize audiences for success!

Humor Helps You Thrive on CHANGE
Avoid the burnout and stress of change. Humor helps you overcome the fear of failure, find balance, lighten up, loosen up, and experience joy. Learn to thrive in our turbulent times.

Serious FUN-damentals for Success
Put the positive power of humor to work to improve your health, motivation, relationships, communication, attitudes and actions. These improvements will help you find success and may even force success to find you.

Inject Humor - Enhance Healing
Use humor’s therapeutic power to improve both your health and happiness. It will supercharge your immune system, reduce pain, relax you, and empower you to truly live with purpose. Injecting humor can help heal you and help you heal others.

Teaming With Humor
Humor and play will enhance teamwork and team efficiency. Humor is a powerful relationship building tool and is an essential part of effective team building. Learn to energize yourself and your team using the positive power of humor.

Find balance with humor by learning to take yourself lightly while taking your job of serving the customer seriously. Humor is a powerful conflict resolution technique. Joy and profit result when you have fun delighting your customers.

Choice: Your Personal Power Tool
This Seriously Funny workshop shows you how to use the power of choice to manage, sell, teach, and serve people so everyone experiences the fun and joy of winning. The only person you can control is you, but you can influence others. Choosing humor as a response can positively and powerfully influence others.

EDUCATORS – Take Your Job and Love IT
Humor can energize the teaching and learning environment, and help educators fall in love with their important work. Humor helps us reach them so we can teach them.

Who's John:

John’s nickname is “Wags”.  Webster defines “Wag” as a witty and humorous person.  What’s in a name?

He attended University of Cincinnati on a track scholarship and kept running until he received a Masters in counseling.  Just going in circles.

He is a licensed clinical counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified in Reality Therapy, and is a Certified Laughter Leader.  He is Certifiable.

He is a former college Dean and is presently a college faculty member.  Keeps a real job.

He is a member of the American Counseling Association, National Speakers Association, and the American Association of Therapeutic Humor.  He pays his dues.

He has served on the board of National Speakers Association /Ohio chapter, and received the E. Larry Moles Humorist Award.  Nice to be noticed by your peers.

He has presented over 500 professional programs to satisfied clients.  He can do one for you!


Yes it was Monday 8:30 a.m., but you fired us up, made us think, spoke from your head and your heart and affected all of us in a positive way. Thank you for sharing your gift of humor.  -Tom Dietz, Schiff-Kreidler-Shell Insurance

“Thanks for an outstanding program. Your unique ability to keep us laughing and still convey motivating, inspiring information is amazing. I have had the opportunity to hear several professional speakers during my 37 y...  -Ronnie Fern, Fleming County Schools

I was most impressed, not only with your interaction with the audience, but also with the passion of your message. You truly got our conference off to a great start. With long term care being such a stressful and serio...  -Kelli Marsh, Omnicare Pharmacies

“Thanks for an outstanding program. Your unique ability to keep us laughing and still convey motivating, inspiring information is amazing. I have had the opportunity to hear several professional speakers during my 37 y...  -Ronnie Fern, Fleming County Schools

Your humor and interaction with the audience was delightful and with all that you delivered a strong message. It was very powerful. Your presentation is both entertaining and empowering.  -Bev Smith, Hamilton Co. MRDD

We received raves from all that attended. A standing ovation is pretty good sign that you were well received.  -Association for Health Care Philanthropy, Barbara Cunningham

Short Bio

A well-developed sense of humor is essential for success in our high stress, ever changing, and demanding world of business.  John Wagner has made humor his business, his SERIOUSLY FUNNY business.  John is a humorist and professional speaker who has helped thousands across the USA laugh and learn to use humor to thrive in our challenging times.  His client list includes P&G, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sara Lee, IBM, IRS, Honda, Toyota, Fidelity Investments and numerous schools and associations.  John has real world experience using the management and therapeutic value of humor as a licensed clinical counselor, reality therapist, college faculty member, and former college Dean.    John Wagner is Seriously Funny, and he provides FUN-damentals for our success.

Biographical sketch of ....... JOHN WAGNER

John Wagner is seriously funny!  John is a professional speaker with an entertaining and motivational message about the positive power of humor.  Thousands have laughed while learning how humor can help them to succeed in facing serious challenges and changes in their life and work.

John gained counseling, managing, teaching and coaching experience while working in high school, college, and private practice.  He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Licensed Clinical Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and certified in Reality Therapy. John has been a Dean and administrator at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College for the past eighteen years. He has recently taken a faculty counseling position there to devote more time to speaking.

John was born and raised in Northern Kentucky by Appalachian parents.  He grew up  working in his father’s small cafe, where he learned many business lessons first hand. As the dishwasher and janitor, he learned that customers can make a really big mess! The food was the usual fare, but it was the family’s ability to make customers laugh and feel good that brought them back for more.

John was an energetic youngster, and was often scolded for talking too much in school.  Now isn’t that just what you would expect from an aspiring speaker, always practicing his craft.  Ironically, it was his ability run, not his presentation skills, that put John through college.  He received a track scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he set the school record for the quarter mile.  It was his rousing campaign speech though that helped him to get elected team captain.

John’s interests eventually led him to a day job as a counselor, and an evening job as a stand-up comic at local nightclubs.  His dilemma was that his career was taking two very different directions - one serious, and one funny!  Feeling uncomfortable and a little schizophrenic (not good for a mental health professional), he began to integrate the two. Further inspired that he may be onto something when he learned that his nickname “Wag” means a comical or humorous person, he began to explore humor’s positive impact on human behavior.  His real life roles as husband and father constantly provide him with a reality check of his work, and his family continues to be a great source of material.

Finally combining his two career directions, John has created his “Seriously Funny” speaking business and has presented his humor programs to many diverse corporate and professional groups across the country.  John’s mission is to help people use the positive power of humor to thrive in times of change.


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