In 2001, Darren LaCroix, The World Champion of Public Speaking, outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win that title. That was just a benchmark. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
Darren may have been “born without a funny bone in my body,” but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail necessary to achieve his dream. The self-proclaimed “student of comedy” is living proof that humor is a skill that can be learned.
As a keynote speaker since 1994, he brings his incredible story to conferences around the world. He is consistently the top rated speaker at conferences. He changes the way people think about, challenges, humor, and presentations…forever. His clients include IBM, Fidelity investments, and numerous associations too long to list!
He is known as the person who helps speakers launch their careers in professional speaking. His trademarked program Get Paid to Speak by Next Week® has helped many speakers launch their very first checks. He also supports speakers doing business coaching through his internet program: Get Paid to Speak TV.
Now Darren is in high demand as a speaker coach. The new standard for advanced presentation skills was created when he co-created How Professional Presenters Can Own the Stage. There is no other program on the market that even comes close to this transformational program. Viewers witness exactly how coaches can create lasting significant improvement in just two days.
His successful book, "Laugh & Get Rich: How to Profit from Humor in Any Business", contains interviews with corporate executives who share his philosophy. Now translated into three languages, it is a mainstay on business bookshelves.
As co-founder of The Humor Institute and a co-creator of The Humor Boot Camp®, Darren directs seminars that help presenters wisely use the power of humor to “lighten up” their presentations. He is also an award-winning producer, his film Healing, Hope, and Humor.
- Change or Die (Enough said)
- OUCH!: How I Went From Chump to Champ (motivation)
- Get Paid to Speak by Next Week
- Laugh & Get RICH: How to Profit from Humor in Any Business
Humor, Relationships, Sales
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"What I found especially impressive was that the humor was so particular to our situation. It was obvious Darren had done his homework. He was such a hit with our audience - one not easily pleased - that I'm sure he will be invited back soon." - New Jersey Builder Association
"Your over-the-top energy level put a static charge in the air and even those who had spent the night in the casino were riveted to the stage, sitting up straight, and totally engaged. That was remarkable..." - Denninghouse, inc/ Buck or Two Stores
"Many attendees later wrote or said to me 'Bring Darren back again, he is terrific.' You have shown our owners the opportunity to use humor as a tool for productivity and profit." - Molly Maid
" WOW, are you a quick study! We didn't give you much time to familiarize yourself with the group and in no time you found the pulse. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any other real estate audience, or ANY group for that matter. You made me look good." - ERA KEY Realty Services