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Bill Carr

Award-Winning Comedian & Motivational Speaker

Bill Carr is known as a multi-media artist, an actor, humorist, writer, speaker and social activist. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Presentations

Work Inspired
In this presentation, Bill explores research into how the brain works and how to create the environment to allow the brain to develop a creative response to change and keep a healthy perspective in unhealthy times. Using humour and insight, he celebrates healthy ways of seeing our ever-changing reality in order to bring inspiration and passion back into the work you do. Bill focuses on empathy and what he calls “contagious inspiration”.  Nurturing our relationship with ourselves and others can re-wire our neuro-pathways and change surviving into thriving.  An inspired perspective can turn tragedy into strategy and improve teamwork to create a renewed vital and “inspired” work life.

Deep Service: A Call to a Higher Level!
Using humour and a rich sense of humanity, Bill helps his audience explore how each individual, at every level of an organization, and the organization as a whole, can re-craft and reframe their work life and personal life to be one of “Deep Service”.You will laugh; you will think – and you will change. Perception drives performance. When our lives are seen from a “service” perspective, it deepens our understanding of our place and mission in the world; hence the title – “Deep Service”.  Deep Service explores the idea of servant leadership in your specific industry context. Servant leadership is a concept that is revolutionizing the workplace and adding depth and dimension to many lives and organizations. It helps your organization delve into the almost limitless possibilities of this idea when it comes to serving our internal and external customers. This understanding of deep service enriches the lives of our customers and of our own lives in profound and delightful ways.

Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses
This presentation explores the ideas of complacency and how the brain operates when it comes to developing safe or dangerous habits which affects the safety of our workplace and our perception of it. Team members are introduced to a helpful mindset and learn how this is key to a safe and productive workplace for themselves and others. By creating space for authentic human exchange,  this workshop allows the sharing of important perspectives on safety issues and specifics in the workplace.

Talking in Circles
Talking in Circles will be helpful for organizations who are feeling challenged by issues like: intergenerational difficulties, creative visioning for the future, team building, silos that inhibit corporate growth and effectiveness, or poor internal communication. Talking in Circles incorporates years of work in communications with numerous organizations with a new understanding derived from recent advances in neuroscience and communication theory. How effectively we communicate is more complex than just being articulate. It involves a number of very human mechanisms, which use different aspects of our brain, our social reality and our individual experiences.

Acting Up: Creating Your Future With a Positive Approach to Change.
A word we often hear in the workplace is “Change”! In response to this, people are being told to “be creative and innovate”, “do more with less” and “make do”- resulting in ongoing cries of frustration and burnout! Quite simply, people who have been maintaining the status quo for years are not prepared for creative and innovative thinking; just as a couch potato is not prepared to suddenly run a marathon!  In “Acting Up”, Bill shows how to prepare for creative action and innovative responses in the face of change. Myths about creativity are removed. Bill shares the simple mechanisms of the creative process and offers a window on how creativity works for the individual and teams. You will learn how to develop a creative culture in your workplace and personal life, thereby enhancing your creative process and the creative potential of those around you. And you will be taught to discover your creative self and come to appreciate the creativity in those around you.

  • Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function

    - Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta
  • Your performance combined the perfect blend of political satire with slice-of-life comedy that's accessible to all. We were especially impressed with the extent to which the Right Reverend seemed to know about us: our concerns, new developments in our workplace and the priorities of this organization.

    - Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan
  • With the perfect blend of stand-up comedy and personal touching stories, Bill Carr delivers tremendous and applicable messages for business and life in general. His presentation set the perfect tone for our tradeshow weekend — so much so that we have invited him to speak again.


    - President, Canadian Health Food Association
  • During his speech he knew exactly how to get people’s attention for the whole time. He made us stop and think, got us emotional, serious, and made us laugh so much. He really knows how to tell stories that people can relate to their professional and personal life. Everyone here loved it and we wouldn’t hesitate to refer him to anyone.

    - Assistant to the President, Triton Digital
  • His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future.

    - The Regional Municipality of York
  • Bill was fabulous! He made us laugh till it hurt and also made us truly think about what is important. His ability to make people feel special for supporting us was wonderful.

    - Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
  • Bill was fantastic! His presentation was incredible and so in-keeping with our theme and other presentations.

    - President, Ontario Assn of Cemetery & Funeral Professionals

Summary Profile

Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration, offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. At the root of all of Bill’s work is the use of humour to help people reflect on their own innate human nature and understand who they are in a greater social context.

Bill’s career has seen him perform on stages across the country most notably in Nova Scotia at Neptune Theatre, Mermaid Theatre and the Atlantic Theatre Festival. He has written and performed in numerous radio dramas and news programs for CBC and has appeared on countless television programs, several movies and more advertisements than he would care to think about.  Bill studied Philosophy, English and Theatre at Acadia University, and Theology at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.

Bill is a dedicated volunteer and serves in various capacities for a number of good causes such as the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Community Justice Society, ACTRA, Unicef, Canadian Breast Cancer Society, CNIB, YMCA, and the Abilities Foundation. He is an honorary Trustee of the IWK Hospital for Children and helps to host the IWK Telethon each year. He is a founding partner of the Atlantic Restorative Company, a social entrepreneurship focused on creating space for authentic human exchange and the use of restorative practices in all aspects of social life.

Bill’s latest work includes directing the documentary shorts “A Way Through” and “Whirlwind”. He is also collaborating with Mermaid Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre to create the one-person show “Adam Mudd” which will apply restorative practices in a theatre context.