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Educational Speaker

If you are in education and looking for a speaker who understands the obstacles of the educational system from the classroom to Capitol Hill, you’ve found the right speaker.  Starting his career as a teacher in a low-income neighborhood, Craig has spoken to thousands of teachers, administrators, superintendents, teacher educators, and students.

Educators –

Craig has spoken to hundreds of various Colleges/Universities, School Districts and High Schools nationwide.

Learning and Laughing-Making the Connection
Learning is too important to take seriously! Whenever we take anything too seriously we develop tunnel vision and lose the ability to problem solve and see the big picture. Be ready to take a light look at the serious implications and applications of positive humor in education. Research supports the strong correlation between positive humor and learning. As a past teacher who continues to work with high-risk youth and educators across the country, Craig’s fun-spirited message is timely for educators.

“Dynamite presentation! His style and humor gave us a great, positive ‘jump start’ for the school year! I know the kids will be the beneficiaries of his effort.”
Michael Massarotti – Superintendent
Adams County School District, CO

Lighten Up and Laugh-For the Health of It
Are you burned out? Is your LPD (Laughs per Day) average running low? Is it getting tougher and tougher to find humor in a world that is not always humorous. This keynote is guaranteed to leave you laughing while providing ways to use positive humor to promote a healthier, richer life. When we learn to laugh with others and take “humorists” we can open ourselves up to healing and living in the moment. This keynote takes a light look at the serious implications of positive humor in everyday life and work.

“Your presentation was a sight to be seen; I have never observed a group of educators get so engaged with the presenter. You have a special talent in getting people involved. Your message will positively contribute to the students within our district.”
Linda Olson – Staff Development
Garfield School District, CO

The Business of Laughter-Using Positive Humor in the Workplace
It is a proven fact that healthy humor increases productivity, motivation, and learning. This keynote is guaranteed to leave you laughing while teaching you how to use positive humor to strengthen morale and increase productivity. Positive humor gives you and your employees a new perspective to deal with transition and change. Learn how taking yourself less seriously allows you to take your job more seriously. Master the “Top Ten Humor Techniques” for the workplace.

“It took me 20 minutes to put my make-up back on following your presentation. I can’t remember when I last enjoyed myself so much at my own conference!”
Barbara Day – Director
Board of Cooperative Educational Services, CA

Workshops for Educators
Communication: Talk, Listen, Laugh-communication skills for the workplace
Effective communication is more than the words we speak. A greater part is what we hear. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn about the four types of listening and how we get stuck in ineffective patterns. Learn how it’s not so much what you say as how you say it that gets results. Be ready to talk, listen, and laugh!

Teambuilding
We is greater than I plus you- synergy in action
Working together can be both rewarding and productive. Learn how positive reinforcement is 3 times more effective than criticism. Experience how control will never be as effective as true empowerment. See why interdependence is only a choice independent people can make. Be ready for an action packed workshop that is as fun as it is informative.

Stress Reduction
Lighten Up or Burn Out!-taking work seriously while taking yourself lightly
Stress is the number one cause of burnout, illness, and decreased productivity in America. How many times do we need to hear these words of caution before we do something. We take our jobs seriously, we take our relationships with friends and family seriously, we take the challenging issues of our world seriously……. that’s great…….BUT…….we don’t have to take ourselves seriously. Learn how to take yourself lightly and you’ve learned to decrease stress substantially. Be ready to take an extremely serious look at taking yourself less seriously!

Teaching Techniques
Humor in the Classroom-humor techniques for immediate application
There is a strong correlation between interest and learning. Education should make learning fun, challenging, and creative for the student and the teacher. You will enhance your presentation skills, encourage creative problem-solving and risk taking in your students, develop “humorspective”, and increase your enthusiasm for teaching. This exciting hands-on session will provide the above keys for making your class “most excellent!”.

Students –

Taking Dreams Seriously while Taking Yourself Lightly
When we were young we had BIG dreams. When we were young we had BIG fun. Then we grew up and things became serious. People tell us our dreams are silly or not achievable and we start to believe them. People tell us we have to take ourselves so seriously, we believe them and we never smile anymore. What we need to do is the opposite. Hold on to our dreams and take them seriously and taking ourselves lightly will do it. Be ready for a laugh-provoking insightful time and leave ready to get after your dreams while enjoying life now.

“From the planning perspective, your flexibility and creativity have established the benchmark for all of our future professional speakers.”
Michael J. Martin – Executive Director
National Association for Pupil Transportation

Lighten Up and Laugh – For the Health of It
When you were 4 years old, you laughed over 400 times a day. Do you know what your LPD (Laughs per day) average is now? It most likely is less…. way less. Something happened. We have a hard time enjoying things, problems hit us, we become bummed out. Learning to laugh with others, (not at them) is something we all could use more of. See how a positive sense of humor can help us become more of who we are and bring out the best in others. Realize the benefits of “humorisks” and learn how a positive sense of humor can help us live a fuller, deeper life.

“Putting you on our agenda made me look like a genius. Now I understand why you came so highly recommended.”
Richard D. Dobbs – VP Sales & Marketing
CTB/McGraw-Hill

Student Workshops
Leadership: Sparking the leader in You- lighten your path to success
Leadership involves walking the talk. Today’s student leaders bring out the best in others through empowerment and empathy. This workshop will provide young leaders with the tools necessary to reach their full potential and the skills needed to help others reach theirs. Be ready to have fun discovering the top ten qualities of dynamic leaders.

“As the person in charge of a conference with nearly 1,500 in attendance, it is a great feeling to start a conference with so many people complimenting me on my choice for a keynote speaker.”
Jeff Collins – National Director
Delta Epsilon Chi – Postsecondary Division of National DECA

Communication
Talk, Listen, Laugh- communication skills for FBLA students
Effective communication is more than the words we speak. A greater part is how we listen. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn about the four types of listening and how we get stuck in ineffective patterns. Learn how it’s not so much what you say as how you say it that gets results. Be ready to talk, listen, and laugh!

“His wit and extemporaneous dialog made each person in the audience feel as though he had an individual message just for them.”
Lisa VanDeWege – Counselor
Bear Creek High School

Team Building
We is greater than I plus you- synergy in action
Working together can be both rewarding and productive. Learn how positive reinforcement is 3 times more effective than criticism. Experience how control will never be as effective as true empowerment. See why interdependence is only a choice independent people can make. Be ready for an action packed workshop that is as fun as it is informative.

“Your message had student on the edge of their seats – it was awesome!!”
C. Palmyre Dupre’
FBLA State Chair

Stress Reduction
Lighten Up or Burn Out!- taking work seriously while taking yourself lightly
Stress is the number one cause of burnout, illness, and decreased productivity in America. How many times do we need to hear these words of caution before we do something. We take our jobs seriously, we take our relationships with friends and family seriously, we take the challenging issues of our world seriously……. that’s great…….BUT…….we don’t have to take ourselves seriously. Learn how to take yourself lightly and you’ve learned to decrease stress substantially.

“Often it is difficult to find a speaker who possesses the oratory skills to connect with a culturally diverse groups of teens. Your presentation is excellently crafted, well thought out and loaded with motivational messages.”
Kelvin W. Davis – Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director – Program Services

Creativity
Developing the Right Mind for Success- the innovative student leader
The formula for success in the 21st century is in the right brain! As future business leaders we tend to emphasize the analytical, logical left side of our brain. Creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness comes from our under used right side of the brain. See how fun, wacky right-brained thinking can increase your success in school and business.

“Craig is well received by both students and adults as he uses humor to relate a very powerful message. Each year, the students that hear Craig are still talking about his presentation weeks and months later.”
John H. Binning – Principal
Torrington High School

Drugs and Alcohol: Laughing Off Drugs and Alcohol
The main reason young adults abuse drugs and alcohol is to feel good, escape reality, lose self-consciousness, and have an excuse for being silly. Alcohol and drugs can be a substitute for genuine lightheartedness and open the door to humor without the need to learn specific skills. People drink to forget their problems, but problems are brought on by drinking. We can feel good, escape reality, lose self-consciousness, and act silly by substituting drugs and alcohol with healthy humor skills! You’ll be surprised at how much more fun you can have without the booze!