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Humour in the Workplace
Inspiring Workplaces
Putting Creativity to Work
Presentation Skills Training
When Do You Let the Animals Out?
What’s So Funny About Alberta?

Location: Canmore, Alberta
Reputation: International

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com

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Meet Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer!”

Michael Kerr, CSP, is an award-winning, Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six books. He is known as one of North America’s leading authorities on how to create less stressful, more creative, and more inspiring workplaces by helping audiences and workplaces tap into their humour resources. His presentations are often rated as having the greatest impact of any presentation at a conference.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and training workshops to more than 700 audiences, from Iran to Honolulu. Michael’s programs offer relevant, practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy, safe humour. "Inspiring," "hilarious," "energizing," "fabulous ideas," and "incredibly relevant and timely content," are phrases clients repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.

One of 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 create truly successful and inspiring workplaces.

Michael lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies with his wife Claudine.

Topics Michael Speaks On

Humour in the Workplace
Inspiring Workplaces
Putting Creativity to Work
Presentation Skills Training
When Do You Let the Animals Out?
What’s So Funny About Alberta?

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


-Humour in the Workplace Putting Humour to Work
Keynotes and Training Workshops

Why choose between content and fun when you can have both? Putting Humour to Work presentations offer practical, relevant ideas delivered in a fun, energetic and memorable style. You will laugh as you learn:

  • How humour can help you choose a more positive workplace attitude
  • Four myths about putting humour to work (it’s not about being funny)
  • Why humour at work makes dollars . . . and sense
  • The health benefits of laughter—the latest in laughter research
  • Three reasons why humour is one of the most powerful stress busters
  • The “3 R’s” of humour and stress management
  • It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it that matters
  • Customer service with a laugh
  • Teams that laugh together, stay together
  • Sparking creative thinking through the power of play and humour
  • Practicing “safe” workplace humour
  • Guiding lights for putting humour to work without getting fired!

Presentation Length

Keynotes presentations typically last from 45 – 90 minutes, while longer half day or full day workshops offer the chance for more group interaction and team learning activities.

Tailored To Your Needs

All presentations are tailored with your specific audience in mind. For the workshops, we’ll offer you a menu of program topics/messages to choose from so you can build a workshop that is just right for your audience.

The presentations include door prizes, fun giveaways and the resource handout “130 Ways to Put Humour to Work.”

To help participants bring the message home and to have a longer-lasting impact, we can arrange to have humour books, cards, tapes and CDs available for participants. Or ask us about a bulk discount rate if you’d like to pre-purchase a product for each participant.

Related Presentations

  • Leading with Laughter (designed specifically for supervisors and managers)
  • Putting Humour to Work in Presentations
  • Putting Creativity to Work: Why Ha + HA = AHA!
  • Inspiring Workplaces

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


Inspiring Workplaces
Keynotes and Training Workshops

Why choose between content and fun when you can have both? Inspiring Workplaces offers practical, relevant ideas geared towards creating healthier, happier and more productive workplace environments, delivered in a humorous and memorable style. You will laugh as you learn:

  • Choosing your workplace attitude before it chooses you
  • Why inspiring workplace value their values
  • Dreaming of a better future: why a compelling vision matters
  • Why (and how) inspiring workplaces put humour to work
  • Creating inspiring service to fellow employees or customers
  • Inspiring creative thinking in the workplace
  • Inspiring communication in the workplace: How we say things matters!
  • Inspiring employees: the top motivating influences in any workplace
  • Thanks a lot! The importance of celebrating, recognizing and rewarding
  • Guiding lights for creating healthier, more inspiring workplaces

Presentation Length

Keynotes presentations typically last from 45 – 90 minutes, while longer half day or full day workshops offer the chance for more group interaction and team learning activities.

Tailored To Your Needs

All presentations are tailored with your specific audience in mind. For the workshops, we’ll offer you a menu of program topics/messages to choose from so you can build a workshop that is just right for your audience.

The presentations include door prizes, fun giveaways and the resource handout “Inspiring Workplaces.”

To help participants bring the message home and to have a longer-lasting impact, we can arrange to have humour books, cards, tapes and CDs available for participants. Or ask us about a bulk discount rate if you’d like to pre-purchase a product for each participant.

Related Presentations

· Putting Humour to Work
· Leading With Laughter (designed specifically for supervisors and managers)
· Putting Creativity to Work: Why Ha + HA = AHA!

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


Putting Creativity to Work
Keynotes and Training Workshops

Do you want to get more ideas from your employees? And better ideas? Do you want to eliminate “but-headed thinking” (but, we can’t do that!)? Putting Creativity to Work offers simple, practical ideas on how to foster a more creative workplace, delivered in a fun, memorable style.

Audiences will learn:

  • Why creativity is the most valuable workplace commodity
  • The three most important traits of innovative workplaces
  • Storming the brains: how to inspire creativity in your meetings
  • The humour connection: Why HA + Ha = AHA!
  • Simple ways to get generate more ideas
  • Eliminating idea-squashing language and behaviour
  • Turning failure on its heads
  • Advancing and selling your ideas: how to turn ideas into results

Presentation Length

Keynotes presentations typically last from 45 – 90 minutes, while longer half day or full day workshops offer the chance for more group interaction and team learning activities.

Tailored To Your Needs

All presentations are tailored with your specific audience in mind. For the workshops, we’ll offer you a menu of program topics/messages to choose from so you can build a workshop that is just right for your audience.

The presentations include door prizes, fun giveaways and the resource handout “Putting Creativity to Work.” ”

To help participants bring the message home and to have a longer-lasting impact, we can arrange to have humour books, cards, tapes and CDs available for participants. Or ask us about a bulk discount rate if you’d like to pre-purchase a product for each participant.

Related Presentations

· Putting Humour to Work
· Inspiring Workplaces

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


When Do You Let the Animals Out?
A Hilarious Welcome to Alberta and the Rockies

This lively, humour-filled program welcomes audiences to the Rockies in a truly unforgettable manner. Michael Kerr, author of the best-selling books When Do You Let the Animals Out? A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Humour and What’s So Funny About Alberta? offers a truly unique perspective on our beloved Canadian Rockies and on what really happens when visitors encounter the wilds of Canada for the first time!

The program includes:

  • A rousing welcome to a unique and wacky place!
  • The top ten things any visitor should know
  • Tales from the trails: close encounters of the furry kind
  • Un-bear-able tales: how not to get eaten by a grizzly!
  • When does an elk become a moose? (The silliest tourist questions of all time!)

Using hilarious stories, top ten lists, door prizes, wacky props and wacky costumes, this program is the perfect way to add some fun and local colour to your Alberta conference. Ideal as a conference opener or closer, luncheon program, breakfast talk, after-dinner presentation or spousal program.

You can also arrange to purchase souvenir, signed copies of When Do You Let the Animals Out? or What’s So Funny About Alberta? at a discounted price for a truly unique and memorable memento for conference delegates.

“We were in stitches laugh so hard. Michael is very entertaining and humorous, which held our attention while learning valuable information!” Wendy Kirkpatrick, Meeting Planner International

“Your unique brand of humour backed up with your innate knowledge of the Rockies made for a truly memorable presentation.” Ian McCormack, Alberta Assessors Association

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


What’s So Funny About Alberta?
Based on the Best-Selling Book!

This fun, unique program offers an entertaining, inspiring, and truly wacky look at Alberta. The program is based on the best selling book, What’s So Funny About Alberta?, and includes:

  • Welcome to the Wild and Wacky West
  • The Top-10 Ways to Become a REAL Albertan
  • Mike’s Most Canadian Moment
  • Mike’s Most Albertan Moment
  • Un-Bearable Bear Stories
  • The Funniest Alberta Tourist Questions
  • The What’s So Funny About Alberta Quiz
  • The Funny Alberta Road Tour Slide Show

Presentation Length

This keynote presentation is typically 45 minutes to one hour on length.

Tailored To Your Needs

This talk is a great welcome for groups coming to Alberta, or a fabulous program for Albertans who want to see their own backyard in a totally different light. It makes a great conference opener, after dinner presentation, luncheon talk or spousal program.

Discount, signed copies of What’s So Funny About Alberta? are also available as gift or souvenir items for conference attendees.

Related Presentations

• When Do You Let the Animals Out? A Wacky Welcome to the Canadian Rockies

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com


Presentation Skills Training
Inspiring Ideas for Inspiring Presentations
Training Workshops

It’s not so much WHAT you say that matters, it’s HOW you say it!

How you say it, how you make that sales pitch, how you deliver that speech at the annual conference or how you present an idea in the boardroom, means the difference between success and failure. Or at least between being mediocre and brilliantly effective.

It can mean the difference between boring your audience into a catatonic stupor and keeping them awake; the difference between alienating your audience and connecting with the audience; the difference between having absolutely no impact on your audience (and really, how depressing is that?) and inspiring your audience to action, whether it be an audience of 3 or 3,000.

Inspiring Ideas for Inspiring Presentations workshops offer practical tips designed to help any level of speaker improve both their confidence and their speaking skills.

This engaging workshop is interactive, informative, and fun. Michael practices what he preaches, so not only do you hear the information, you see it in practice, which is why many of Michael’s clients have described this workshop as “the best workshop they have ever attended on any topic.”

And yes, the workshop will even cover what you’re going to say, because truth be told, it’s not just how you say it that matters, what you say has an impact too. So you’ll learn tips and tricks and secrets from an experienced professional speaker on how to plan your presentation, develop ideas, organize your ideas and deliver your ideas more effectively than you ever have before.

RAVE REVIEWS

“The best and most focused training I have had in 30 years.” Peter Hope

Mike is great! The presentation skills workshop was one of the best workshops I’ve ever been to.” Barb Bertch, Parks Canada

“You have a unique ability to inspire confidence and foster significant improvements in people at any level.” Mary Dalman

“I thought this was one of the best workshop sessions I have ever attended.” Leanne Howard, Alberta Agriculture


Workshop Content

Planning the Presentation (You weren’t just going to wing it, were you?)

  • Starting with the end in mind: Just what the heck are you trying to accomplish?
  • And just who are you speaking to? Getting to know your audience
  • How audiences learn. . . and why you really should care
  • So, what’s your message?
  • How to get more ideas and better ideas by storming the brains
  • Getting organized and putting your wonderful ideas to paper

Inspiring Ideas to Inspire Your Audience

  • How to be more effective by keeping it simple
  • How to use humour effectively—without getting fired!
  • Simple ideas on how to bring your ideas to life
  • How to show and tell instead of tell and tell
  • Once upon a time . . . turning your messages into stories
  • The Funniest Alberta Tourist Questions

‘Hearsing and Rehearsing: How to Memorize and Practice Your Presentation
(You were planning on practicing, weren’t you?)

How to Harness Your Nervous Energy and Learn to Love Speaking (Or at least to prefer speaking over death)

Keeping Face: Body Language Do’s and Don’ts

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Making Effective Use of Your Voice

Introducing Introductions

And in Conclusion . . . How to Close With a Bang

Any Questions? Managing a Q and A Session (Before it manages you)

Audio-Visual Pointers: How to Make Your A/V Work for You

Michael Kerr is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

For more information contact the Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©: 1.866.420.3338 toll free info@speakersalberta.com

Meet Michael

Michael Kerr is an award-winning international speaker, trainer, humorist and author. He has more than 20 years of experience as a communications manager, speaking coach, theatre improviser, and professional business speaker. Michael has delivered his presentations from Iran to Honolulu to thousands of audiences. In other words, Michael knows his stuff, he knows what works, and just as importantly, what doesn’t work, because he’s lived the world of professional speaking for more than 20 years.


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