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Joel Zeff National Speaker/Workplace Expert/Author/Emcee/Humorist
Joel will bring the energy and fun to your virtual event. He has rocked the virtual world as both a keynote speaker and general session or awards program emcee. Joel has brought the TA DA to hybrid events, in studio virtual events, and from his home studio. Are you ready for the TA DA for your virtual event?
Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees on such topics as innovation, change, leadership, communication, teamwork, passion and fun. His first book, “Make the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life” was published by John Wiley & Sons and is consistently listed as one of the top work/life balance books on Amazon.
A few notes about my presentations: All of my sessions are customized to the client's objectives, agenda, theme and even the other presenters. I connect to the audience with humor and interactive exercises. Improvisation and humor are the tools I use to engage the audience in my messages. Through the laughter, energy and fun, I discuss the choices we all need to make: 1. Creating opportunity and positive support. 2. Being in the moment. 3. Staying in the game during challenges. 4. Helping those around us be successful. 5. Leading change by being prepared, focused and open and flexible.
I create energy and fun. When clients hire me again and again to be their conference or awards emcee, they expect me to set the tone. I engage the audience with laughter, humor, and surprises to create memorable and unique events. I partner with clients to understand the audience and objectives. My job as emcee is to connect all the pieces into an event audience members will remember.
What does my keynote look like in front of an audience of 6,000-7,000 people? Now, I have the video. My secret to larger groups is that you must connect and reach out to the audience. In some ways, I present to 6,000 people the same way I do to 100. I use the same interactive tools that engage and entertain every audience. My client in this video is Ambit Energy. I have spoken at their annual conference for three consecutive years. This was my first year to keynote. It was an amazing, energizing and inspiring experience.
Moving Bodies is an improvisational game I often use in my keynotes. I use three audience volunteers. The game is visual and always a big hit with any type of audience. The interactive exercises work with all audiences. I have presented at more than 2,000 events. Young, experienced, international, C-Level, management, entry level, team and associate level, and every audience in between all love to laugh, play and learn. The message portion (which is not shown on this video) is about teamwork, dealing with change and staying in the game.
This presentation is one of my all time favorites. I spoke to more than 1,000 managers and leaders at the annual Whataburger conference. All of my sessions are customized to the client's objectives, agenda, theme and even the other presenters. I connect to the audience with humor and interactive exercises.
I presented the opening keynote for Ambit Energy's virtual Ambition 2020. Several thousand viewers watched the amazing virtual event. My keynote focused on the secret of TA DA, choosing your attitude, staying in the game and finding your harmonica moment. I tell the story about losing my job in 1991 and playing the harmonica on the day I cleaned out my desk. Side notes: This is is my first studio event in 6 months. This is also the first time in 6 months that I wore a suit. Finally, this may be the last video with lockdown hair. TA DA!
My client, McKesson, invited me to speak at their national sales conference. For their opening general session, they wanted a TED-style format (15-20 minutes) with three speakers. I was the closing speaker, tasked with bringing energy, fun and powerful messages to end the session. I packed my 20 minutes with interactive participation that involved the entire audience (750+), invited three volunteers to the stage to play an improvisation game, and discussed positive support, passion, change, opportunity and collaboration. It was an awesome event.
I like things simple. Two of my favorite messages are "Stay in the Game" and ask the question: "How Do I Help the People Around Me Be Successful?"
We all need applause. Today's video discusses the power of positive support. If someone isn't giving you a round of applause, then give one to yourself. As soon as you start work today, give yourself a round of applause. You damn well deserve it.