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Michael Kerr

Business Expert on Inspiring Workplace Cultures

Motivational speaker, business speaker, trainer, and bestselling author Michael Kerr  is known as one of North America’s leading speakers on humor in the workplace and how safe humor can be used  to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and more inspiring workplaces.  Many clients have said how amazed they were that the “funny speaker” delivered more relevant content than the “serious business speakers did!”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentations

Putting Humour to Work for Less Stress and More Success!
Highly successful organizations understand that humour in the workplace both reflects a strong culture and creates a less stressful, more innovative work environment with higher levels of employee engagement, retention, and morale. As Michael will tell your audience, there is nothing trivial about this topic: humour helps people succeed at an individual, team, and organizational level. Humour is one of the most powerful stress-busters available, and it’s a resource that can boost morale, improve workplace communication, spark creative thinking, enhance customer service, and increase productivity.  Many of Michael’s clients choose this topic because its universal messages and clean humour make it a great kickoff or closing experience. And because it’s different than what many people have seen before, it’s a great way to shake things up at your meeting, energize people, and create a truly memorable event!

Inspiring Workplaces – The Way Work OUGHT to Be!
Leadership guru Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” And for good reason: Workplace culture drives success, and successful organizations don’t leave their culture to chance. If you want phenomenal results, it starts by being intentional about building a great workplace culture. People don’t just want to be inspired at work, they need to be inspired at work. Inspiring Workplaces is a fun, high-energy presentation that challenges conventional thinking about the workplace and reminds people of the vital role work plays in our lives. Because the presentation takes a holistic look at the workplace, Michael touches on many different topics, which means that everyone will find something that resonates with them. And because it’s the “40,000-foot view” of the workplace, the program will tie into almost any event theme.

Inspiring Leadership: Creating a Purpose-Driven, Values-Based, Innovative and Yes, Fun Culture for a 21st-Century Workforce
Culture drives success. When asked what’s been more important to success – business strategy or culture, 95% of inspiring leaders said culture. But great cultures don’t happen by accident. An inspiring culture requires a dedicated commitment by every leader in an organization. The Human Capital Institute suggests that 70% of a leaders’ time should be focussed on talent development and culture building – culture is just that important. So if you want an inspiring culture, there’s no getting around it – you need to invest in making that happen! With dozens of real-world, relevant examples, participants will learn why culture is everything and everything is culture

The Humour Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All The Way to the Bank
This presentation is geared towards business owners, managers, HR managers, front line customer service employees and any business employees interested in how to brand their business effectively to attract employees and customers provide outrageously effective customer service and boost sales to new heights. It’s about leveraging your humour advantage to get the results you want… and the results you deserve!  Not only is this presentation wildly entertaining and guaranteed to keep participants awake and laughing, it’s packed full of inspiring business success stories from around the world and jammed to the brim with real-world, relevant results that participants can put to work immediately.

Platform Plus

Workshop or Keynote Format | Inspiring Change at Work: How to Drive Innovation, Spark Creativity, and Turn Ideas Into Action

Change isn’t something that happens periodically - you need to build it into your cultural DNA so your leaders and employees understand that change is a welcome, positive and necessary force in your organization. You need to equip them with tools that will help them be more resilient in the face of change. Because ideas are the currency of success that drive change forward it’s essential that you nurture a culture that supports creativity and innovation. You need ideas – both big and small, that will help you lead change and adapt to change. You need ideas that will help you stand out from the herd. And you need ideas that will help you achieve the results you deserve and the results you need! This presentation is sure to get your participants thinking in new ways and fi red up about the challenges they face.

  • Mike held the full attention of our Senior Management Team for a full FOUR hour presentation – no small accomplishment!His style is highly energetic, and the information he imparts with flair and humour are applicable to everyday life and work situations. Mike’s management philosophy is a fantastic approach that I have encouraged my team to carry forward. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews from the team, and absolutely recommend Mike’s fabulous persona without hesitation.

    - Chairman & CEO, United Therapeutics
  • From the moment we connected via email, I was extremely impressed with your level of professionalism and engagement, your energetic presentation skills and follow up post event. Our managers simply loved your approach and the valuable information. We had so many good laughs combined with the learnings! It was different than anything else we had offered in the past, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

    - VP Corporate Health, Cambridge Group of Clubs
  • One of the most enjoyable keynote speakers we have worked with. You accommodated our requests and delivered exactly what was asked for – a presentation that rejuvenated the management team. Not only was it entertaining, it contained valuable lessons for our managers to take back to the office.

    - President, Brinks Canada Limited
  • Michael Kerr hit it out of the ballpark! We knew within minutes our PD Day was a success as we watched the audience totally respond to Michael`s energy and message that yes, you can have fun at work! We had numerous workshops in the afternoon but the audience didn`t stray too far from Michael`s side – they wanted to hear and learn more, and he didn`t disappoint!! If you are searching for that one key speaker to engage your audience you can stop looking and stress no longer – Michael Kerr is your man!

    - SIAST Palliser Campus PD Committee, Moose Jaw, SK
  • One of the most enjoyable keynote speakers we have worked with. You accommodated our requests and delivered exactly what was asked for – a presentation that rejuvenated the management team. Not only was it entertaining, it contained valuable lessons for our managers to take back to the office.

    - President, Brinks Canada Limited
  • We were in stitches laughing so hard during our meeting. Michael is very entertaining and humorous, which held our attention while teaching us valuable information.

    - Meeting Planners International

Summary Profile

Michael Kerr, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), Speaking Hall of Fame member, is a business speaker, very funny motivational speaker, and the author of six books including Putting Humor to Work.  He is known as one of North America’s leading speakers on humor in the workplace and how safe humor can be used  to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, 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 is listed as one of Canada’s most requested funny motivational business speakers.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas, from Austria to Honolulu.  His 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.

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