Dave blends laughter, solid research and storytelling to teach corporations, individuals and groups how living and working with intentional joy is an act of leadership, courage and a disciplined will. It’s not about avoiding or denying pain—which is impossible—but about maintaining joyfulness as a default mode. It’s like the “king of the hill” game we played as kids. Joyful people aren’t always happy, but they are committed to joyfulness no matter what. They don’t waste energy whining and they use response choices like humor to get back to joy quickly when life sometimes knocks them off.
Dave has 20-plus years of real-world experience speaking, coaching, consulting and writing about the benefits of a joyful mindset in a business context including how to unleash creativity, strengthen health, increase engagement, super-charge learning, and provide legendary service and outstanding care while eliminating. stress and conflict.
As an award-winning educator, performance consultant, stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Dave’s original approach fuses entertaining stories, in-depth research and proven learning strategies so that his programs inspire laughter, demolish barriers between groups and open pathways for innovation and change. His entertaining conversations about joy provide a new vocabulary and concrete actions to celebrate successes, solve people problems, and to build a bridge between where you are now and where you want to be.
His clients over the years have included Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations in health care, education and government. Clients and audiences value his programs because they provide a positive shared emotional experience that is highly interactive, energizing, and wildly funny. Unlike many humorous speakers, Dave’s programs always infused with current, relevant and transformative takeaways that provide lasting value throughout your event and beyond to accelerate you toward your goals.
Dave’s talks have been requested and lauded by such iconic organizations as Boeing Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, The Federal Aviation Administration, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, The Cleveland Clinic, GE, and over 600 other successful organizations and associations all over North America.
Dave is also the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he describes not as a how-to but a why-to book for realizing greater happiness, health, and joyful laughter both at work and at home.
Dave currently serves on the board of two charitable foundations: The New Life Foundation which serves quality-of-life needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries and The American Pie Party Foundation which uses humor to raise funds for cancer research.
He lives his message of joy and laughter every day with his wife and best friend, Suzanna, and their son, Alex.
- Joyful Teaching and Learning
Brain research shows that the deepest and most effective learning doesn’t begin in the rational center of the brain, it begins in the emotions. Positive emotion enhances alertness. Learn ways to make compassionate humor a useful tool in the learning experience and join your students in enjoying increased learning and lowered stress.
- Healing Humor
Laughter doesn’t just feel good, it’s good for you. Besides providing a release for stress, a sense of humor has also been associated with improved immune function, pain relief, lowered blood pressure and is a proven predictor of longevity. Finding the joy in what you do not only benefits your patients, it unleashes your own natural healing potential.
- The Stress Myth
We’ve all heard that uncontrolled stress can lead to burnout, immune suppression and illness, but a lot of what we think we know about stress is wrong. Stress is a natural part of living an engaged and connected life. Learn how a healthy understanding and attitude about stress and can help you and your team stay balanced and productive in the face of change and demands. You'll also learn the strategies to disrupt it. Understanding the nature and biology of stress and what it really is leads us to develop the right attitudes about stress and why it’s not only inevitable but necessary for healthy and fulfilled living.
- O.P.E.N. Communication for Real Influence
We can’t truly manage people but we can manage the messages we send to them.
- Your Mission: Change the World
Coping with change by making choices that change perceptions.
- A Business Carol: Inspiring Leadership
The qualities of an effective and inspirational leader.
- The Amazing Power of One
How can one person make a difference? You’re more powerful than you think. A recent study concluded that the actions of one driver can unsnarl a traffic jam. Another study concludes that a single positive person is influential up to a third degree of separation (Fowler and Christakis, 2008). That means one person’s impact not only lifts up the people with whom he or she comes in direct contact but people with whom that person interacts and those with whom that person connects! It’s fair to say that one person's actions can be amplified in ways that can change the customer experience, a work culture, a community, perhaps even the world. You'll come away with an appreciation that you are more powerful than you ever realized to be the difference you'd like to see at work, at home and in the world around you.