Scott Friedman

Scott Friedman

Engagement and Innovation Expert and Motivational Humorist

Speaker Categories: | Small Business | Branding and Marketing | Entrepreneurship and Small Business | Humor for Business | Motivation with Humor | Motivation for Business

Travels From: CO, United States.

Speaker Fee Range: $5,000 to $10,000*

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Engagement and Innovation Expert
and Motivational Humorist

Scott Friedman, CSP, and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), is an internationally sought after speaker and author. As a motivational humorist, Scott inspires and entertains with fun-filled, interactive and content-rich programs. He speaks on a variety of topics over 80 times a year. Scott’s main area of expertise is employee innovation, celebration, and customer experience.

Books

In addition to being the CCO- Chief Celebration Officer at Friedman & Associates, Scott has written Celebrate- Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations, Happily Ever Laughter- How to Engage Any Audience, and Using Humor For A Change. He is also the co-author of four additional books.

Chief Celebration Officer

Scott’s opportunity to entertain and engage as President of Salesmen with a Purpose (SWAP, now Sales Professional International) in 1985 created his desire for a career in professional speaking. He then took the marketing director position with Speech Masters, a company that trains lawyers, executives and professional speakers in presentation development, leading to the start of his professional speaking career in 1986. For two and a half decades, Scott has combined improvisational comedy, quick wit, and engaging material to become the speaker he is today. Scott’s mission as a speaker and Chief Celebration Officer is to improve organization performance and productivity through the power of celebration and humor.

Professional Speaker

As a Certified Speaking Professional (as designated by the NSA) and trusted member of the speaking community, Scott continues to have a strong presence both domestically and globally. Scott is the 2013 NSA Cavett Award Recipient, presented annually to the NSA member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding respect, service, honor and admiration in the Association and the speaking profession. Scott was awarded the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 2013 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Award. ”This award honors those rare individuals who by visionary hard work and creative insight have positively changed the global meetings and events industry community (MPI).” In 1988, as the President of the National Speakers Association of Colorado, he founded the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado (MIC), a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations. He is proud to continue involvement with MIC and their latest event which included over 800 meeting professionals in March of 2013. In 2002 Scott was awarded the International Association of Speaker Bureaus (IASB) Pace Setter Award, given annually to an individual outside the IASB who played an integral role in partnership with IASB to further advance the speaking industry. The IASB recognized Scott for successfully developing and executing “an alliance between the NSA (National Speakers Association) and IASB [to encourage] partnering among bureaus and speakers to further advance the client relationships that serve both.” In April 2005, Scott’s vision brought the first Global Speakers Summit to Singapore with 300 international speakers and meetings professionals from 20 countries attending this event. Scott has remained actively involved in the Global Speakers Summit events in Dubai (2007), Cape Town (2009), Amsterdam (2011) and Vancouver, Canada (2013).

International Appeal

Scott now spends 30% of his time speaking throughout Asia and other locations around the globe. His international clients include Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Government, Gold Fields of South Africa, Young President’s Organization, Hyatt Asia, HSBC and many Fortune 1000 companies. He offers all his clients a global and culturally sensitive perspective on how to get more out of work and life.  His varied experiences have brought him success in many industries including: hospitality, meetings, real estate, insurance, health care, education, government and just about any association.  Scott’s customized programs are a perfect fit for kick-offs, closings, lunches, and midnight snacks. Participants will come away with tools to enhance their work, their lives and their future helping the to start celebrating and live happily ever laughter.

Philanthropy

Apart from speaking, Scott is very involved in philanthropic projects. Scott founded Together We Can Change The World (TWCCTW.org), an organization creating sustainability in children’s  homes throughout SE Asia by helping poor, neglected children and women, and providing them  with a safe, secure haven and with educational opportunities. Currently Scott organizes globals3 speaking tours to create awareness, raise money and celebrate with the kids in Thailand, Malaysia , Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia. Check out his philanthropy page to see the latest tour! He has been honored as Volunteer of the Year with Family Services of Colorado and was on the national board of directors for Camp to Belong for five years.

Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations

Imagine a workplace where productivity is at an all-time high, where employees look forward to the work day, where people are matched to their strengths and are recognized accordingly, where you can “recalculate” mistakes and turn them into opportunities. This can be YOUR workplace, your people, and your reality! With lighthearted humor and refreshing honesty, Scott offers techniques for turning grievances into gratitude, dismay into play, and failure into lessons learned, all ripe for celebration. Scott weaves pertinent research with ready-to-use examples showcasing the power of the “Celebration Mindset” in action. He shares how turning on and applying the “GPS”- Gratitude, Play and Surprise- will guide you toward your greatest potential in your organization and your life. Learn how to transform your workplace for the better, from the top to the bottom line. “Celebrate!” offers practical, effective tools to help you better engage and honor your employees, your clients, and your accomplishments. With new strategies for improving your organization’s brand, Celebrate! will help you create a culture of authenticity and innovation, where productivity, performance and profit potential soar.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It

In these globally competitive times, resourcefulness and innovation are essential to survival. This fast-paced, humorous call to action will show you how to become a victor—rather than a victim—of change. Boost your self-awareness as you learn to be driven not by circumstances and emotion, but by your values and purpose. Scott’s easy-to-use techniques will help you foster results-oriented creativity and team spirit. An ideal kick-off or closing, “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It” always leaves participants feeling energized and inspired to create a better future for themselves and their organizations.

Connecting with Customers

Customer expectations have dramatically changed over the years. Today, satisfying the needs of your customers by providing fast, efficient service is no longer enough. The most successful companies move beyond customer satisfaction and engage customers in a memorable experience that is consistent with their brand promise. Every employee must live service and take pride in a culture that honors and rewards both employees and customers. This entertaining and insightful program is full of tools and techniques that will help you to engage your customers and build perceived value. Learn to build long-term loyalty as Scott reveals the secrets to connecting with customers and employees.

Employee Innovation for Turbulent Times

What does it take to stay relevant and competitive in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing global marketplace? A culture of innovation! In fact, the #1 killer of employee innovation is a culture that doesn’t support it. Employees are more mobile, versatile and appreciate their personal freedom more than any time in the history of work. The needs and demands of today’s workforce make the task of employee engagement more complicated. When self-expression is welcomed, when employees feel free to be authentic, when employees are empowered to take risks, when creativity is rewarded… innovation flourishes. A connected culture leads employees to brainstorm, create and thrive. Learn to build a culture that engages employees, creates connection and lets employees know what they do matters. Your reward will be more productive, creative and fulfilled employees.

Happily Ever Laughter- How to Engage the Audience of Today

To truly engage the distracted audience member of today, you must not only educate and enlighten but entertain as well. Humor may be your most useful tool for it breaks preoccupation, develops rapport, increases retention, and connects with your listeners. In this interactive, skillshop, participants will learn how to play off any audience–be it a meeting of five or an auditorium of 5000. From developing original material to uncovering an organization’s “humor hot buttons,” this program will cover the basics and beyond for becoming a more charismatic, humorous effective presenter. Learn to tell funny stories that appeal to a culturally diverse audience. From “half-the-words” to “what if” to the ‘power of the pause’ you will learn story-telling techniques that will make your stories come alive! Have you ever wondered what to do when things don’t go as expected? Planned spontaneity can help you gracefully recover from just about any challenging situation. As you begin to bring more and more humor into your presentations you will reap the rewards of an entertained and engaged audience.

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Testimonials

  • "I loved your talk at the recent HR Summit in Dubai and found it most unusual and innovative in its approach. I hope to incorporate the ideas that you communicate so effectively to our community."


    People First Consultancy
  • “I love your new Celebrate program! It’s the perfect blend of entertainment and usable ideas! I’m already plotting my next surprise.”


    American Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia
  • “As usual, Scott, you did a fantastic job! Your evaluation score and all the positive comments say it all! Your upbeat message was a great start to the day. I will definitely sing your praises to my education directors around the country.”


    Texas Credit Union League
  • “I want to compliment you on your performance. You are a very smart guy. When you and I spoke, I had no idea how you were going to use the stuff we discussed. The result was that you were able to talk about our industry as if you intimately knew it. That impressed me.”


    First Rate Property Management
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