Matt Weinstein

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Motivation, Business, Humor, Stress Management, Communication, TeambuildingMatt Weinstein

Travels From: California
Fee Range: $7500 – $15,000

Biography

Inspirational speaker Matt Weinstein was on vacation in Antarctica when he got a phone call. His wife said, “Bernie Madoff has been arrested. His entire fund was a scam.” In that moment he and his wife, Geneen Roth, had their entire world turned upside-down. They both knew they had just lost their entire life savings.

Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Called “The Master of Playfulness” by PEOPLE Magazine and “America’s Pied Piper of Play” by the Houston Post, Matt Weinstein’s playful vision has been the subject of dozens of national newspaper articles, magazine features, and television appearances.

Matt is the founder and Emperor of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Berkeley, California whose philosophy is, “If you take yourself too seriously, there is an excellent chance you’ll wind up seriously ill!” Matt was elected to the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame by the National Speaker’s Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.”

Matt’s television special “FUN WORKS!: The Power of Humor in the Workplace” was broadcast nationally on PBS. His latest book, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM will be released in September of 2006 and his previous book DOGS DON’T BITE WHEN A GROWL WILL DO: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living A Happy Life was the #3 bestseller on the nationwide bestseller list, “What CEOs Are Reading.”

Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt’s long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and Price Waterhouse Coopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!

Topics

Motivation

These programs inspire, delight, entertain, and train. They’re uplifting, interactive and fun. And they’re full of practical information and high in “take-home” value. They are offered as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
Caring For Those Who Care
The Improvising Organization
Putting the Fun Back in Sales

Team-Building

Experience the synergy of teamwork firsthand. The following teambuilding programs can be presented as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever
Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
The Improvising Organization
The New Global Community:
Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
The Ultimate Icebreaker

Experiential Team-Building Modules
These team building programs are available only in a workshop format.

Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design
The Egg Drop Challenge
The Maze and Ball Toss

Stress Management

These programs demonstrate the importance of humor and play in reducing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They are available as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem

Improvisation at Work

Using the fundamentals of improvisational theater, these experiential programs help participants deal with creativity, flexibility and the challenge of change.

A Pageant of Success
The Improvising Organization

Healthcare

These presentations are customized for health care providers and are available in both keynote and workshop formats.

Caring For Those Who Care
Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
Humor and Healing

Icebreakers

These sessions are a sure-fire way to kick off a meeting in a big way, to energize people mid-conference, or to send people back home really excited and enthused. Wherever you use them, they help attendees make new friends as well as get closer to old ones.

The Ultimate Icebreaker
(for Corporations, Associations, Colleges and Universities)
The Improvising Organization

Testimonials 

“Your performance at my “All Managers Meeting” on June 20th really captured the audience. Your vivid yet realistic ideas on fun and recognition were definite eye openers. I have never witnessed any speaker get total audience participation as you have. You were without doubt, “just what the doctor ordered.”

IBM

“The feedback I received from the three hundred people in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. Your ability to leave the group with a message while having fun was inspiring. Your presentation indicated how important it is to incorporate fun into business. I am now a believer in the benefits!”
AT&T

“Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conference – employee satisfaction, empowerment, and participation. You provided the motivation we needed, broke down barriers and was full of great ideas. Your talk was an upbeat way of delivering a great message.”
United States Post Office

“We are currently undergoing a rapid period of growth which at times is very stressful.Your presentation was just what was needed to help change our perspective and put some humor in our lives.”
1st Nationwide Bank

“…The consensus of the feedback was extremely positive and many people have brought what they learned from you that day back into the workplace. Additionally, after you left we tackled some pretty controversial and difficult topics in our meeting. By giving you the first part of the meeting to loosen up the audience we clearly saw the return in the form of a very open dialogue and reduced tension. When we got to the Q&A section there was clearly no fear on the part of the participants in asking tough questions or sharing their deepest professional concerns. Thanks again for helping make this meeting such a big success and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Charles Schwab & Company

“I turn a bright shade of pink every time I think how close I came to NOT having you for our Motivational Speaker. You were incredible, great, fantastic, moving, persuasive, creative, charming, electrifying…yes, I could go on and on.”
National Assn. of College Stores

“Thank you!……thank you!……thank you! Your outstanding presentation, Putting Fun to Work, was a “big hit” at Duron’s Annual Sales Conference. What a super way to provide our 450 management/sales attendees with positive impact, company spirit, enthusiasm, and an opportunity to share valuable and meaningful experiences and ideas.”
Duron Paints

“Your incredible humor and ability to apply it to every day workplace stresses is indeed a gift. Thank you for sharing it with us and making us realize the benefits of putting fun to work!”
Fleet Financial

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