keynotes

The common theme in all of my presentations is...you guessed it...humor. I believe having a sense of humor is key for any topic I address. No matter the topic matter, when I hit the stage as a keynote speaker, I am always three things: stand up comedian level funny, informative in a way that personally impacts your audience, and big on crowd interaction.

As you review the specifics of each of my keynote presentations below, keep in mind that each presentation will be custom tailored for your needs. I look forward to hearing how I can help your organization in the area where it hurts the most. If your needs are outside of my expertise, I'll be honest and recommend you to one of my colleagues qualified in that area. I mean c'mon, I'm not a mister know-it-all. -Devin

CRACK OR CRACK UP

Managing Stress and Change with Humor.

Let’s face it, work can be nuts. Sometimes stress caused by change, difficult situations and difficult people make you want to slap somebody in the face or walk out the door for good, or both. And all the while you’re expected to get ‘er done. So what is the answer to handling stress, managing change, getting your reports in on time and not reverting to minor office altercations? For starters, the answer is humor.

Humor is a serious tool that has a funny impact. When people engage their sense of humor, they become better communicators, better problem solvers, better decision makers and better with conflict resolution. They are also more creative, more productive, more fun to be around, less stressed, healthier, fresher, and more open to new ideas.

But humor is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of tools for surviving and thriving in a difficult work environment. Devin offers concrete strategies for increasing productivity and maintaining sanity in the midst of a stressful and changing workplace. With Devin’s hilarious presentation your attendees will learn to laugh, lighten up and love work!

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED, FAIL, FAIL AGAIN

Creativity and Innovation.

Innovation means staying relevant and to do so requires creativity and repeated failure. Devin’s career as a speaker/entertainer is proof that creating change is the only way to survive in this “survival of the fittest” world we live in. Every organization is a work in progress, but the speed and quality of that progress is up to each individual within the organization. Individuals feel most valued when they are allowed the freedom to bring their own creative genius to the table.

Just ask a man who evolved from close up magician to stage magician to mentalist to motivational speaker to comedian. Innovation/reinvention is a never-ending process that is full of failure, creativity and ultimately, breakthrough. As Devin says: “Failure is never a dead end. It is always a fork in the road. May the fork be with you.” Valuing failure, rather than fearing it, is the difference between winners and wanna-be’s. Strong organizations encourage, rather than discourage, new ideas. Innovators embrace failure and always “fork-on” when the road gets complicated.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY PARKING SPOT?

Servant Leadership and Team Building.

There are two types of leaders: “pickpockets” and “magicians.” Pickpockets want the power. Magicians empower others. Pickpockets fight for the closest parking spot. Magicians give up the closest parking spot. Pickpockets manipulate others to get what they want. Magicians practice The Golden Rule by sharing their “magic” with others. Servant leaders abandon their pickpocket instincts and share their magic in a way that increases influence, embraces positivity and retains employees … yes, even millennials!

Devin doesn’t just tell people how pickpockets and magicians differ, he shows them! His award- winning magic and pickpocketing skills are metaphors that challenge people to abandon the pickpocket mentality at work and in life. The message is simple: the better you make life for others, the better your life will be. The fun part of being a “magician” is putting your talents and passions into action. Whether it’s an uplifting word, a smile or your ability to yodel, sharing your magic means making people feel special in your own special way. Devin will help your people bring their magic to life, and bring life to your organization.