Michael Kerr – “The Workplace Energizer”

A Hall of Fame speaker on resilient, inspiring, ROCKING workplace cultures that drive outrageous results!
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Michael Kerr is a Hall of Fame international business speaker who travels the world researching, writing, and speaking about inspiring workplaces, inspiring leaders, and businesses that leverage their humor resources to drive outrageous results. He is known as one of North America’s most entertaining and influential thought leaders on inspiring workplace cultures.

Michael’s Inspiring Workplaces blog has been recognized as one of the top-30 workplace blogs in the world. He is also the author of 8 books, including, “The Jerk-Free Workplace: How You Can Take the Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace,” “The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing All the Way to the Bank,” and “Hire, Inspire, and Fuel Their Fire: How to Recruit, Onboard, and Train New Employees to Live Your Culture Out Loud. ”

Known for his ability to deliver relevant, timely, thought-provoking content in a hilariously entertaining way, Michael is often rated as the most impactful and memorable speaker at events.

Please take the time to read through his rave reviews to see the phenomenal impact Michael has on his audiences.

“That was the best presentation I have seen in my 40 years in business.” Rodney Meadows, Director East Alabama Home Medical

“I attended your Leading and Laughing presentation this morning and WOW! That was one of the best virtual presentations I’ve ever been on and certainly the best one since this pandemic! It was the highlight of my week!” Natasha Purnell, Chief Culture Officer, Park Insurance

“Michael’s presentation actually exceeded our expectations in every aspect. The program and ‘tools’ fit our team extremely well and Michael was nothing short of the star of our event. Michael has a great knack of being able to align humour with the targeted event and audience which was fabulous. By far, the best speaker we’ve ever had!” Rod Smith VP, Business Development, Century Vallen

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The pandemic provided yet another reminder that workplace culture matters – A LOT!

It reminded us of why building a more resilient workplace culture matters now more than ever, and the importance of appreciating the small things and focusing on what truly matters. It reminded us that we need to be extra intentional when it comes to creating a more empathetic, compassionate, collaborative, inspiring, and yes, fun, workplace culture.

But here’s the rub. Great cultures don’t just happen! You can’t fake a great culture or buy your culture at IKEA.

You need to be intentional about your workplace culture. And you need to enlist everyone’s support to contribute to a purpose-driven, happier, more resilient, innovative, collaborative, and service-focused culture.

Here are some of the key messages I highlight during this presentation. And not to worry, I’ll work with you to tailor the presentation so it’s focused on the areas you need the most, and yes, I can mix and match messages from my other presentations as well.

Key messages for Inspiring Workplaces:

  • Why work matters! It’s far more than just a paycheck!
  • The attitude choice we all make every day contributes to a more positive workplace.
  • How do you define your culture and does culture really eat strategy for breakfast? (Spoiler alert: Your culture seriously
    impacts every aspect of your business!)
  • Leaders leading leaders: Why everyone in your workplace needs to step up and take personal responsibility for how they contribute to your culture (Fun fact: a study showed that some employee’s presence at work causes the rest of their
    teammates’ blood pressure to rise! We should probably talk about that.)
  • Valuing your values: Actions speak louder than words and talk is cheap! How great companies live their values out loud and treat them as lines in the sand.
  • Creating a purpose-driven culture: Connecting employees to the most powerful and influential motivator there is.
  • Communication is everything and everything is communication: Busting silos, strengthening collaboration, creating space for meaningful conversations, and getting your meetings right!
  • Money isn’t always honey! Creating a “want to” vs. a “have to” workplace that truly engages employees and turns lifelong employees into loyal, raving fans (there’s a huge difference between the two).
  • Creating a service-first culture: Why phenomenal customer service starts on the inside and why some of your most important customers are also known as your teammates.
  • Work is hard enough as it is without making it any harder! Why great organizations embrace a spirit of fun and how humor both creates more humane, resilient cultures, and reflects humane, resilient cultures.
  • Keeping the culture message alive. You don’t build a rocking culture through a 1 or 10 times a year event. Get ready to walk away with inspiring ideas that will keep your culture conversation alive.

This presentation is geared for all employees, at any level, of any organization.

If you want to leave your audience laughing, energized, and armed with relevant ideas they can immediately put into practice to make a real difference in your workplace, this talk is for you!

Argus Industries embraces a mantra that I think every workplace should embrace: “Work is hard enough as it is without making it any harder!”

Which is why Argus, along with hundreds of other high-performing companies around the world, embrace a spirit of fun and humor as one of their core values.

I’ve visited dozens of inspiring workplaces around the world that take their humor, well, seriously! And for good reason. Study after study reveals how humor helps companies reduce employee turnover and absenteeism rates, lower stress levels, foster an environment of resiliency, build relationships, improve morale, collaboration, and communication. Humor also helps companies stand out with their remarkable customer service, humanizes their company, and in some cases even builds a unique brand.

As I stress to audiences, it’s not about telling jokes, being the office joker, or even about being funny. It’s about finding the funny in your everyday work lives, being more authentic at work, laughing at the things you have no control over, and especially, about laughing at ourselves.

When you infuse your entire culture with a spirit of safe humor, it’s one of the most powerful tools there is that truly can help you energize your culture and drive outrageous results!
And given the last few years, I suspect your group needs to laugh more than ever and they need to learn how to tap into their sense of humor for less stress and more success!

Key messages in The Humor Advantage include:

•Choosing your attitude: The attitude choice we make every day coming into work.
•Laugh all the way to the bank: Why (and how) so many businesses are leveraging their humor advantage to laugh all the way to the bank.
•The humor/culture chicken and egg relationship: How humor both creates and reflects a vibrant, healthy culture.
•Why humor at work is no joke: The many ways humor can help you succeed at work.
•Finding the funny in life: How anyone can grow their sense of humor.
•Healthy vs. harmful humor at work. (Spoiler alert: it’s not funny if you’re annoying the heck out of your teammates.)
•Standing out from the herd: How humor helps your messages stand out from the herd to be heard.
•Ha + Ha = AHA! Why humor is a catalyst for creative thinking and innovation at work.
•More funny = more money: Creating memorable customer service experiences with humor. (Fun fact: Yes, humor really can boost your sales and help you turn long term customers into loyal, raving fans.)
•Putting humor to work for less stress: The 3 R’s of tapping into your sense of humor to be more resilient and manage stress more effectively.

If you’re looking for a high-energy, laughter-filled conference kick off, if you want to leave attendees feeling pumped and inspired at the end of your conference, or you need an energizing break from a heavy, overly serious agenda, then this is the talk for you!

As I explain in my book, The Jerk-Free Workplace, this presentation is more than just about shining a spotlight on jerk-like attitudes and behaviors that might lead to conflict and poor morale in your workplace.

It’s about the need for all your employees, regardless of their position or role, to step up, take responsibility, be accountable for their actions, and embrace the power they have as leaders to create a greater future for themselves and for your workplace.

This presentation celebrates the idea that everyone has the potential to step up as a leader. And if you want to create a happier, more collaborative, and more innovative culture that drives outrageous results, you absolutely NEED to encourage all your employees to embrace a leadership mindset.

To get the most impact out of this presentation and make sure everyone goes home armed with as many ideas as possible, it only makes sense that we should also talk about making sure everyone gets a signed copy of my book, The Jerk-Free Workplace – How You Can Take the Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace, as a parting gift and memorable, idea-packed souvenir of the event!

Key messages in The Jerk-Free Workplace include:
•Choosing your attitude: How attitude at work drives success in so many ways.
•Is it me, or is it them? What if there is an “I” in teamwork?
•Resiliency boosters: Simple ways to embrace a more resilient mindset and a more positive attitude at work.
•You don’t need a degree in kindness to be kind: Behaviors that require absolutely no talent or skill that anyone can do to step up and contribute to a happier workplace.
•Embracing a leadership mindset: The difference between just being an employee vs stepping up as a leader that everyone looks up to. (Fun fact: Being looked up to is way more fun than being looked down upon!)
•Leading minds: The six leadership mindsets that frontline employees need to embrace. (Well, only if they want to be happier and more successful and create a happier more successful workplace.)
•Who’s responsible for this? Why stepping up and being more accountable and responsible makes for happier, less stressed-out employees. (Spoiler alert: It’s also extremely important when it comes to creating trust at work and a more collaborative workplace.)
Creating French fry moments at work: Why frontline leaders must embrace a service-first mindset and why some of your most important customers are also known as your teammates! (Spoiler alert: French fries not included during this talk.)
•Talk don’t squawk! How to avoid being a seagull at work, communicate more thoughtfully, and manage difficult conversations. (Yes, even with Bob.)
•Humor me! Why frontline leaders always bring their sense of humor along for the ride.

This presentation is for anyone who wants to build a more collaborative, caring, and positive workplace culture. And to achieve that goal, you truly need EVERYONE to step up as a leader, which is why this presentation is suitable for everyone in your organization — at every level.

If you’re ready to kick jerk-like behaviors to the curb, let’s talk!

Great workplace cultures don’t happen by accident, and they don’t happen without intentional leadership.

I use the term ‘intentional,’ well, intentionally. I’ve interviewed 100s of leaders around the world, and inspiring leaders stress that the key to their success starts by being more intentional about being a leader.

Intentional leadership is about creating more leaders at work, not more followers, which is why so many high-achieving organizations embrace the mantra “We are leaders leading leaders.”

As with all my presentations, the messages are all connected to creating great places to work. So, my take on leadership differs from other thought leaders on this topic in that I focus more on the following two themes:

1. Culture leadership: The critical role leaders play in shaping culture (as I’ll share with your audience, everything a leader does either builds or detracts from your culture).

2. Leading with laughter: Why so many effective leaders embrace a spirit of humility and humor.

This keynote or workshop is for employees who are in managerial or supervisory roles, however, there’s also a “frontline leadership” version that focuses on instilling an attitude of personal leadership in your frontline employees who have no supervisory responsibility. So, I’ve got you covered either way! For the frontline leadership version, please hop on over to The Jerk-Free Workplace presentation.

Key messages for Leaders Leading Leaders:

•Why YOUR leadership matters. (Spoiler alert: It matters far more than you realize!)
•The leadership mindset: The 6 key differences between being “the boss” and being a leader
•Leadership isn’t about what’s on your business card, it’s about who you are being at work.
•Leadership is people-centered, it’s not about “the stuff.” (Spoiler alert: No one wants to be managed, but employees are hungry for inspiring leadership).
•Leading change at work: How effective leaders embody a continuous improvement mindset
•Breaking down silos: Why great leaders think about what’s best for the entire organization
•Leading cultures: Why leaders must take on the role of culture champions.
•Leading on purpose: Why we need less vision statements, more visionaries.
•The power of values: How to value your values and live them out loud.
•Leading conversations: Why you need less meetings and more meaningful conversations.
•Well, this is awkward! Frameworks for mastering challenging, uncomfortable conversations.
•The power of purpose, pride, and progress: Free your employees to be their best.
•Leading with laughter: How so many great leaders use their sense of humor to build trust at work, strengthen relationships, and boost morale. (And no, you don’t have to become a stand-up comedian.)

This presentation is geared for anyone in a supervisory or management role including seasoned leaders, unseasoned leaders, leaders who have lost their mojo, leaders who are bored of being leaders, and every leader in between.

In my 20+ years of speaking, I don’t think I’ve ever had a client say, “You know Michael, we’re just not experiencing much change these days. We’ve been cruising along on auto-pilot, embracing the status quo for the last three decades or so!”

Change is happening on so many levels and at a faster pace than ever before. And if the pace of change outside your company exceeds the pace of change on the inside, it’s just a matter of time before you’re going to be in trouble. Serious trouble.

You have three options really, when it comes to your relationship with change. You can ghost it (in other words, cover your eyes and ears and ignore it), you can host it (learn to adapt to the change that is happening around you), or you can toast it (by embracing and leading change).

To wrap your arms around change and show change the love it deserves, you need the right mindset, the right tools, and the right culture that supports creativity, resiliency, and innovation.

Key messages in Inspiring Change at Work include:
•Embracing change: Four important reasons to embrace change with open arms.
•It’s so 1990s: Seriously, can we please stop calling it “change management!” (Spoiler alert: It’s just good management!)
•Why ideas are the currency of success: The importance of instilling a 1% improvement mindset.
•Is work where ideas go to die? Why you need to be intentional when it comes to getting innovative ideas. (Spoiler alert: Surveys really do suggest that the workplace is the LAST place people have their light bulb moments!)
•Creating a culture of curiosity and questions: How smart questions drive better conversations and innovation.
•THE key to unlocking change: Discover the #1 factor experts say is the key to creating a more innovative workplace culture than champions change (and no, it’s not those cheesy motivational posters).
•Brainstorming on steroids: How to energize your meetings to get more ideas and better ideas.
•Why Ha + Ha = AHA! The power of humor to spark creative ideas.
•Neutralizing the seagulls: Eliminating idea-killing attitudes, language, and behaviors at work.
•You’re simply the best: Simple strategies to help ensure the best idea wins the day.
•Flip failure on its head: Why innovative companies celebrate their smart failures.
•Turning ideas into action. And turning resistors of change into champions of change!
•Change isn’t a one-time event: How to keep ideas flowing through your workplace.

This presentation is for anyone who is experiencing a lot of change at work or struggling with how to get employees to embrace change. Or maybe everyone has become a little too comfortable with the status quo and you need to shake things up.

If you’re looking to inspire attendees with great ideas that will help them champion change and turn ideas into action, then let’s talk!

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The Jerk-Free Workplace: How You Can Take the Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace

“An uplifting reminder that anyone can take the lead at work to create a happier, more collaborative workplace. The Jerk-Free Workplace should be required reading for every employee!” Ron Friedman, Ph.D, author of The Best Place to Work

The Jerk-Free Workplace is for anyone who wants to be happier at work.

It’s about front-line leadership – the idea that anyone can become a leader at work regardless of what position they hold on the corporate food chain.

The Jerk-Free Workplace offers up ideas on how to…

Prevent jerk-like behaviors
Embrace a more resilient, positive attitude
Develop a leadership mindset
Have difficult conversations
Stand out with your customer service
Create a more fun work environment

This book is intended for employees at all levels – from frontline employees to senior leaders. It’s for anyone who wants to be happier at work, more successful in their career, and make a real impact on their workplace.

Bulk sales are available starting at 10 or more copies. If you purchase 25 or more copies, you can schedule a free online Q & A session with Michael.

The more you buy, the lower the price per book, and we KNOW that you’ll want to get this book into as many of your employees’ hands as possible! Contact Michael for details.

The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

"Full of brilliant real-world examples to improve your culture. It has my brains swirling with ideas.”
Nicolas Brand, Founder, Men in Kilts

The Humor Advantage is packed with ideas to energize your team, build a more resilient culture, and turn customers into raving fans!

The Humor Advantage is full of ideas on how to:
Be happier at work
Tear down silos and build a one-team culture
Motivate, engage, and recognize employees
Drive more innovation and creativity
Communicate more effectively
Drive innovation and creativity
Embrace change at work
Build a more resilient workplace culture
Turn customers into raving, lifelong fans

This book is perfect for small business owners, human resource managers, supervisors, leaders, sales teams, brand managers, and anyone who plays a role in shaping your workplace culture.

Bulk sales are available starting at 10 or more copies. If you purchase 25 or more copies, you can schedule a free online Q & A session with Michael.

Hire, Inspire, and Fuel Their Fire: How to Recruit, Onboard, and Train New Employees to Live Your Culture Out Loud

“An outstanding book with so many takeaways. Loaded with practical ideas.”
Kathy Mueller, General Manager, Chartwell

This book is packed full of ideas on how to creatively promote your culture; recruit employees who are a better fit; hire for attitude; welcome new employees to your team; teach employees about your culture before they’ve even started; onboard and train employees to truly embrace and live your values and culture out loud from day one!

This book is ideal for small business owners, human resource managers, recruiters, trainers, frontline supervisors, and middle managers.

Bulk sales are available starting at 10 or more copies. If you purchase 25 or more copies, you can schedule a free online Q & A session with Michael.

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