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Michael Kerr

The Workplace Energizer

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Michael Kerr: The Workplace Energizer

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Michael Kerr, CSP, Speaking Hall of Fame member, is an award-winning, Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six books. He is known as one of North America’s leading authorities on how to create less stressful, more creative, more fun, and more inspiring workplaces. His hilarious, inspiring and thought-provoking programs are often rated as having the greatest impact and relevance of any presentation at a conference.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas, from Austria to Honolulu. Michael’s programs offer relevant, practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy, clean humour. "Inspiring," "hilarious," "energizing," "fabulous ideas," and "incredibly relevant and timely content," are phrases clients repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.

One of Michael’s books, Putting Humour to Work, has been described as the “bible of humour in the workplace,” while his book Inspiring Workplaces – Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants to Work has been called “an inspiring blueprint for workplace success.” Michael’s company, Humour at Work, also offers books, training DVDs, audio CDs, resource articles and a monthly Workplace Energizer Subscription program to help his clients achieve a lasting impact. 

Humor in the Workplace – Putting Humor to Work
“Here’s just a few of the rave comments we received after your humor in the workplace motivational keynote: Excellent wake up call for a better attitude at work!;  Wow, best speaker ever;  Excellent and thought-provoking; Amazingly funny BUT informative; Very entertaining AND relevant;  Both inspiring and infectious.Michael, our participants rated you as the speaker with the highest quality and relevance.” – Lana J. Larocque, Alberta Human Resources

Why choose between content and fun when you can have both? Putting Humour to Work presentations offer practical, relevant ideas delivered in a fun, energetic and memorable style.  Michael’s goal is to make audiences think as hard as they laugh, which is why his clients rave about his content motivational talks that go beyond fee-good platitudes and present relevant, provocative ideas that can transform your workplace. 

His Putting Humor to Work messages include:
  • How humor can help you choose a more positive workplace attitude
  • Why workplace culture is so important
  • How attitude and humor both create and reflect your workplace culture
  • Myths about putting humor to work (it’s not about being funny, telling jokes or being the office clown!)
  • Why humor at work makes dollars . . . and sense
  • The health benefits of laughter—the latest in laughter research
  • Three reasons why humor is one of the most powerful stress busters
  • The “3 R’s” of humor and stress management in the workplace
  • It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it that matters: using humor to communicate more effectively
  • Customer service with a laugh – how humor can help you stand out from the herd to be heard!
  • Teams that laugh together, stay together
  • Sparking creative thinking through the power of humor:  why Ha + Ha = AHA!
  • Practicing “safe” workplace humor: how to have without getting fired!
  • Guiding lights for putting humor to work safely, professionally to transform your workplace

Inspiring Workplaces – The Way Work OUGHT to Be!
Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants to Work

Why choose between content and fun when you can have both? Inspiring Workplaces offer practical, relevant ideas on how to create healthier, more engaging and more productive workplace environments, delivered in a humorous and memorable style.

You will laugh as you learn:
  • Choosing your workplace attitude before it chooses you
  • Why inspiring workplace value their values
  • Dreaming of a better future: why a compelling vision matters
  • Why (and how) inspiring workplaces put humour to work
  • Creating inspiring service to fellow employees or customers
  • Inspiring creative thinking in the workplace
  • Inspiring communication in the workplace: How we say things matters!
  • Inspiring employees: the top motivating influences in any workplace
  • Thanks a lot! The importance of celebrating, recognizing and rewarding
  • Guiding lights for creating healthier, more inspiring workplaces

Inspiring Leadership – Keeping Employees Engaged During the Good, the Bad and even the Ugly Times!
Geared only for leaders interested in truly transforming their workplace culture.

Putting Creativity to Work: Managing Change, Managing Ideas, Managing the Future at Work
Do you want to get more ideas from your employees? And better ideas? Do you want to eliminate “but-headed thinking” (but, we can’t do that!)? Putting Creativity to Work offers simple, practical ideas on how to foster a more creative workplace, delivered in a fun, memorable style.

Audiences will learn:
  • Three reasons why creativity and innovation matter more than ever to any workplace!
  • The three most important traits of innovative workplaces
  • Storming the brains: how to inspire creativity in your meetings
  • The humour connection: Why HA + Ha = AHA!
  • Simple ways to get generate more ideas
  • Eliminating idea-squashing language and behaviour
  • Turning failure on its heads
  • Advancing and selling your ideas: how to turn ideas into results

Inspiring Ideas for Inspiring Presentations

Michael’s presentation skill workshops receive rave reviews for their practical ideas and unique approach to public speaking.  Many attendees who have taken this workshop rate it as the best workshop they have ever attended.  If you are looking for a different approach and style to the same old public speaking workshops, this workshop is a must!

When Do You Let the Animals Out?
Keeping Your Sense of Humor When Traveling
As a former park naturalist in Banff, Canada’s most famous national park, I know first hand that one of the most important pieces of survival equipment a traveler needs to pack along is their sense of humor. Likewise, when you’re playing host to what seems like the entire planet, keeping your sense of humor can, at times, be a challenge. One way I nurtured and shared my humor with visitors was by collecting those silly, strange and sometimes baffling questions that visitors would ask the park staff. After 10 years, I amassed close to 1, 500 of these questions.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating laughing at our guests. I know I’ve asked some bonehead questions when I’ve traveled out of the country (or heck, sometimes just down the road). Instead, I share these questions in the spirit of positive humor – to remind folks that they shouldn’t be afraid of asking any question when they travel and to remind them that we all need to keep our sense of humor when we travel. In fact, when many of the visitors posed these questions to me, they immediately burst out laughing when they realize what they have just said (or haven’t said) – providing both of us with a memorable

So remember folks, the next time you travel, pack along your sense of humor. It doesn’t take up any extra room in your bags and you don’t need to check it, clear it through customs or cram it into the overhead bin. And if you catch yourself asking a “silly” tourist question, remember to laugh and remind yourself that you’re in some good company (including just about anyone who has ever strayed away from their home!).

“Mike Kerr held the full attention of our Senior Management Team for a full FOUR hour presentation – no small accomplishment! His delivery style is highly energetic, and the information he imparts with flair and humor are applicable to everyday life and work situations. Mike’s approach to management is a fantastic philosophy that I have encouraged my team to carry forward since our November 2008 meeting. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews from the team, and absolutely recommend Mike’s fabulous persona without hesitation.”
Martine Rothblatt, Chairman & CEO, United Therapeutics

“Michael’s topic was “humour in the workplace” and actually exceeded our expectations in every aspect. The program and “tools” fit our team extremely well and Michael was nothing short of the star of our event. Michael has a great knack of being able to align humour with the targeted event and audience which was fabulous. By far, the best speaker we’ve ever had!”
Rod Smith, VP, Business Development, Century Vallen

“The best and most focused training I have had in 30 years.”
Peter Hope

“Mike is great!  The presentation skills workshop was one of the best workshops I’ve ever been to.”
Barb Bertch, Parks Canada

“You have a unique ability to inspire confidence and foster significant improvements in people at any level.”
Mary Dalman

“I thought this was one of the best workshop sessions I have ever attended.”
Leanne Howard, Alberta Agriculture
WestJet Airlines
Bell Canada (x3)
Shell Canada Ltd.(x4)
KPMG Imperial Oil (x3)
Encana (x3)
Credit Union Central of B.C.
Deloitte Inc.
Co-Operators Insurance
Bacardi International
Compaq Computers
Nova Corporation
Sheraton Hotels (x4)
Telus Canada (x2)
C.B.C. Radio and Television
General Electric Harris
Days Inn International
Tree Top Ltd.
Humpty's Restaurants
Bumper to Bumper
Canada Post
Saskatchewan Credit Union
Suncor Enbridge (x2)
Investment Planning Counsel
Fluor Canada Ltd.