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Tim Gard

Humorist and Authority on Stress Reduction Through Humor

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Tim Gard: Humorist and Authority on Stress Reduction Through Humor

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Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm.

Talented, innovative, and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style.

As a keynote speaker, he ensures every event starts with a bang and/or concludes with everyone sharing a renewed, positive sense of purpose. Tim is also available as an outstanding emcee facilitating the day’s activities or hosting an evening awards banquet.

Tim has achieved the highest honors and recognition in his industry, including:

  • CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence): Speaker Hall of Fame Member—an elite recognition shared by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide
  • CSP (Certified Speaking Professional): The highest earned designation of the National Speakers Association.
  • Selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.”
Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today.

Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.

Without a doubt, Tim’s keynotes consistently deliver on these two promises:

  1. A hilarious shared experience, and
  2. Take-home value that improves performance and workplace attitude.

As a business speaker, Tim shows leaders how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm using his humor stress diffusion tactics in everyday situations. He facilitates an unforgettable experience that improves the quality of interactions. At the same time, he’s instilling an enthusiasm for non-malicious mischief that no one should live without!

For two decades, Tim has provided hilariously entertaining, fast-paced, and informative programs from Texas to Tasmania. His universal message translates to a diverse range of audiences of every size.

An internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy-to-implement techniques provide audiences with ways to diffuse, deal with, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters. When relating to business leaders, Tim “walks his talk” as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years.  Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran.

Author of Just Plane Funny and My Policy Manual and co-author of Motivational Leaders and Humor Me, Tim also offers his own line of “stress buster” tools that are marketed worldwide.
Developing a Comic Vision®:
Tim’s 45 minute to 3 hour Keynote Speech is as funny as it is inspiring and practical.  Audiences experience how anyone can develop and apply their Comic Vision® to become more resourceful and resilient at work and in their personal lives.  Tim’s rejuvenating and immediately applicable message teaches audiences how to increase morale while enhancing productivity and everyday enthusiasm in three short, and easy to adopt, steps.

His unique, yet practical, ideas help people diffuse routine or extreme stress by insulating themselves against negativity.  He shows audiences how to “refresh and renew” themselves daily by using and sharing his techniques.  His terrifically funny, unique stories (and of course, extraordinary visual props) make this keynote address a hilarious way to start or close your meeting.  Tim custom tailors this program for your event, and he doesn’t make light of your serious situations, but rather, shines a light on them to reveal previously unseen possibilities.

Change the Game (workshop)
Life is a game; business is a game; travel is a game, literally everything is a game that usually involves winners, losers and spectators.   Discover how to change any game to your advantage as you encounter the situational stressors, toxic people and various challenges inherent to our lives.

Just one person can “Change the Game” for all players by simply applying easy to understand and hard to forget concepts that champions have been utilizing for years in sports, business and life in general.  A basic shift in perspective and approach can immediately change the playing experience for everyone in a multitude of real, tangible and valuable ways.  Using the game of marbles as a demonstrative example metaphor, Tim proves that tasks or challenges that have become unnecessarily overly-complicated can become surprisingly uncomplicated – FAST!

The pressure to accomplish more with less, meet tight deliverable deadline expectations and respond with professional promptness can create stress, team dysfunction and decreased morale.  The philosophy of “everything seems so serious, heavy and intense” is an unproductive one, and a truly unhealthy way to work and live.  When stress and dysfunction need reduction, it’s time to “Change the Game”!  

Tim personally consults with event coordinators prior to, and after, each event to ensure every participant receives a bag of marbles to take home as a reminder keepsake, to aid in the implementation of “Change the Game” tools, tactics, strategies, and ingrain the newly developed philosophy for overcoming what was previously perceived as impossible or unrealistic.

Leadership: the Tao of Humor (workshop / breakout session)
This workshop continues the Comic Vision® “good, clean humor philosophy”, and provides deeper insights into Tim’s humor plan and guidelines that are crucial to harnessing and applying humor as a business skill.  

Almost everyone will agree that humor can have a positive impact at work.  As a strategic skill, it can act as a positive factor in communication, morale, and stress reduction.   However, if misused, it can have an equally negative effect.

You’ll explore how to steer clear of the negative or controversial humor that may become a source of problems and complaints by concentrating on humor that enhances (and never diminishes) work place culture to improve morale and customer service.

In this laughter-filled Leadership Program, you’ll discover how humor can help you powerfully deal with the challenges of an ever-changing workplace.

By applying a few simple precautions, you’ll see how making “the farce” be with you improves the environment for everyone.
"We would like to thank you for coming to PacifiCare. You have given us a new way to deal with stress at work. The next day there were several people in the department that were using their nose flutes. To this day the crown is still being worn. I have noticed that there are family pictures hanging in their cubicles, and the day after the event Paul sent out jokes over E-mail. We have used your video for several staff meetings. Now we have passed your video on to other departments and the feedback we are getting is good. We have also witnessed people kicking their chairs at the end of the day and asking them to "stay." Paul Miller plans to do an event annually, so we will keep you in mind. We really enjoyed having you here. To this day I hear our staff members talking about you to others."
PacifiCare® Health Systems

"Let me congratulate you on making one of the finest presentations that members of our staff have ever had the privilege of hearing. I thought the applause would go on forever. During, immediately after, and continually since our annual staff meeting last Friday, I have heard nothing but praise for your presentation. Obviously your Comic Vision has helped us all see better what is most important and how to improve our work environment and our work productivity.

Here are just a few of the comments from our staff:

"I laughed until the tears welled up in my eyes!"

"I can't imagine a better presentation."

"Although I have attended Tim's sessions before, I still thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. He demonstrates that classic comic timing that make you want to see him over and over again."

"It was so wonderful to feel so good about ourselves. Tim made me feel happy about myself and my work."

Your ideas are ingenious, and I want to thank you sincerely for sharing them with us. We look forward to having you back again and I am confident the staff will be eager to have you "back by popular demand."
United States General Accounting Office
US Bank
Wells Fargo
United Airlines
Sysco Foods
Westin Hotels
US West
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