Joel Zeff creates energy. He is a dynamic speaker, improvisational humorist and author. His interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational exercises that illustrate Joel's central message: That organizations and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes to increase collaboration, productivity, passion and innovation. Since 1997, Joel has inspired audiences from Wells Fargo to Samsung to KPMG and even the IRS. Joel is a masterful public speaker and a nationally renowned motivator, lifelong humorist and improvisational actor.
His career is a search for fun and passion. He quickly realized the importance of both at his first jobs delivering the hometown newspaper and cleaning up trash at a suburban movie theater.
He started his professional career as a newspaper journalist & public relations executive. In '94, Joel went out on his own as a corporate communications specialist. He helped clients with their employee communications, media relations, strategy & customer marketing. Throughout the consulting process, Joel realized his clients – many high-level technology & telecommunications firms – needed more than marketing & public relations strategy. His clients’ employees were starving for fun, passion & new perspective on finding success.
At the time, Joel was having fun on the weekends as a comedian. Through friends, he discovered improvisational comedy - one of his clients (a large technology company) asked him to play some improvisational games before dinner for a group of high level executives. He brought a fellow comedian and a corporate speaking career was born.
He connects to his audience with humor that has them laughing so uncontrollably that their mascara runs, their cheeks hurt, and their bellies ache. And he doesn't do it alone. Volunteers from the audience join him on stage and play an integral role in an improvisation game in front of hundreds or thousands of people—something the audience members have never done. He expects nothing less than their success. He expects the volunteers to focus and work together as a team; communicate effectively; positively support each other; and take responsibility.
Joel makes his audience laugh so hard that they forget about the corporate nonsense of conference calls, "strategic deliverables," PowerPoint presentations with upside-down triangles, or "paradigm shifts in a cross-functional organization." Make the Right Choice is conversational, funny, and very informative. Joel will make you laugh, but he'll also make you think. This presentation delivers a combination of inspiration, essential business knowledge, and significant ideas to help audience members reconnect with their own passion and success. As discussed in his book, "Make the Right Choice", Joel believes that we all encounter choices in our careers. We always have the opportunity to make the right choice to live a more creative, passionate, and productive life. How do you “make the right choice”? You can choose to provide opportunity. You can choose to provide positive support. And along the way, you can choose to have fun. Joel teaches us just how easy it is to make these choices.
- The Tao of TA-DA: Watch What Happens When Work Becomes Play
- Make the Right Choice: Taking Ownership and Responsibility for your Happiness and Success
- Make the Right Choice: Leading Teams during Change with Passion and Success
- The Tao of Teamwork: Chemistry, Trust, and Risk Taking
- The Tao of Change: Flexibility, Reaction, and Persistence
- The Tao of Innovation: Creativity, Risk Tolerance, and Problem Solving
- The Tao of Leadership: Communication, Positivity, and Patience
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Humor, Communication, Team Building, Creativity, Marketing, Sales, Business, Success, Change, Leadership
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"Joel Zeff was the perfect master of ceremonies for our YPO graduation event. He was hilarious and his improvisational style kept the group laughing the entire time. Joel’s ability to draw the audience into his presentation was the best I’ve seen in my 10 years in YPO." - YPO Kansas City
"I am so pleased we were able to have you present to our sales team. I am hearing nothing but rave reviews from the attendees and you received the top scores on our post meeting survey. You not only entertained the audience but you provided an incredibly powerful and useful message that resonated with our sales team and successfully incorporated the themes of our meeting." - Wells Fargo
"Your participation in the sales meeting was far and away the most positive feedback we have received from the group. Your discussion points were right on and clearly the group participation was very well received. I can only imagine the tone of the meeting if we had not reached out to you. Thank you again we will be sure to reach out to you for future events." - Samsung
"The feedback from the conference has been amazing and everyone is very excited. I have had several clients inquiring about using you at their own events. Thanks for the information and I am sure we work again in the future." - US Bank
“What an outstanding event!! I continue to hear ‘What’s your one line?’ and ‘opportunity and positive support’ as I speak with people in the field. Your delivery and message has created a great buzz!! Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the future.” - T-Mobile