Hall Of Fame Motivational Speaker
Speaking Style: Humorous, Insightful, Motivational, Engaging
Travels From: Oregon
Fee Schedule: 2
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. Talented, innovative and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style.
Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.
Tim is an internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, and his easy-to-implement techniques provide ways to diffuse, deal with, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters. Tim “walks his talk” as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran.
Recognized as a pioneer in humor based training. Tim is a certified speaking professional (CSP) & a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame, an elite honor held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide. The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humor Me, Tim humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.
Laughter Becomes You
Tim’s most popular program, Tim’s 45 min to 3 hour Keynote speech is as funny as it is inspiring and practical. Audiences experience how anyone can develop and apply their Comic Vision™ to become more resourceful and resilient at work and in their personal lives. Tim’s rejuvenating and immediately applicable message teaches audiences how to increase morale while enhancing productivity and everyday enthusiasm in three short, and easy to adopt, steps. His unique yet practical ideas help people diffuse routine or extreme stress by insulating themselves against negativity. He shows audiences how to “refresh and renew” themselves simply by using and sharing his techniques. His terrifically funny, unique stories (and of course, extraordinary visual props) make this keynote address a hilarious way to start or close your meeting.
Tim custom tailors this program for your event, and he doesn’t make light of your serious situations, but rather, shines a light on them to reveal previously unseen possibilities.
Change The Game
Life is a game; business is a game; literally everything is a game that contains winners, losers and spectators. Winners excel by intention and determination and losers suffer from making the choice to simply coast or dwell in a defeatist attitude. Just one person can Change the Game for all players by simply applying easy to understand and hard to forget concepts that champions have been utilizing for years in sports, business and life in general.
A basic shift in perspective and approach can immediately change the playing experience for everyone in a multitude of real, tangible and valuable ways. Using the game of marbles as a demonstrative example metaphor, Tim proves that tasks or challenges that have become unnecessarily overly-complicated can become surprisingly uncomplicated, FAST!
The pressure to accomplish more with less, meet tight deliverable deadline expectations and respond with professional promptness can create stress, team dysfunction and decreased morale. The philosophy of “everything seems so serious, heavy and intense” is an unproductive one, and a truly unhealthy way to work and live. When stress and dysfunction need reduction, it’s time to “Change the Game”!
Tim personally consults with event coordinators prior to, and after, each event to ensure every participant receives a bag of marbles to take home as a reminder keepsake, to aid in the implementation of Change the Game tools, tactics, strategies, and ingrain the newly developed philosophy for overcoming what was previously perceived as impossible or unrealistic.
New in 2018 – inspiring safety program
There is no perfect job. Every job has stressful aspects about it and we can’t change the things that happen to us or around us, but we can change our perception of the stress and improve our ability to stay safe. It’s up to you to understand that one of the best ways to be safe at any job is by being the best you can be at that job and treat your ability to do that job as a learning journey and not a final destination. We have the right to be really good at our job and we should have the right to insulate ourselves against toxic people.
Tim had a very diverse work history as an enlisted sailor aboard the USS Midway during the evacuation of Vietnam Nam, he worked at a lumber yard, dug ditches, built and then sold camper/trailers, was a “juggie” and Vib Op on a seismograph crew and built a unique safety philosophy along the way that you can replicate to help your employees stay safe every day. Tim has worked in some very dangerous jobs, experienced workplace injuries and his insights are based on real life situations anyone can identify with and learn from. His message and proven methods are both profound and hilarious. Funny is sticky. People remember things that make them laugh. Most people would probably point out safety is serious and there is nothing funny about safety. In a way they would be correct. There isn’t anything funny about an injury accident but the principals you’ll learn in this inspiring keynote will demonstrate how humor helps people stay focused, present and “in the now¨ to avoid and prevent accidents and injury.
Secrets of Choosing and Using Props
The right prop, used at just the right time can help us to convey our ideas, assist our audiences in grasping and remembering our message and may mean the difference between a learning experience and a learning ordeal. Used effectively props become visual, auditory, or kinesthetic items that allow any audience to better experience your stories and reinforce your message. With a little training, you can find props anywhere and be able to use ordinary items in extraordinary ways on the platform. Even better, props become additional sources of revenue and can in fact provide
you with amazing marketing opportunities. Discover for yourself why Tim’s unique use of toys and props make him one of the most popular and original humorists on the platform today.
Leveraging Laughter in Stories for Connection and Impact
Hall of Fame speaker Tim Gard is someone who can find the funny almost anywhere and you can too! You will be excited to know that you don’t need more stories. You just need to discover how to make your existing stories funnier. You can do that with Tim’s three-step process. How to build humor into stories for training events and how to take the humor trainers currently use and make it funnier and more impactful. In this highly interactive session Tim will share the process he uses to “Find the Funny” in his own stories and for his coaching clients. Funny things happen all around us every day and it’s up to you to capture those moments and develop them into amazing stories that reinforce your onstage message. Not every story is funny, but if you have a funny story why stop there? With a little bit of work a funny story becomes a hilarious signature story that can get you booked again and again. Several participants will have the opportunity to tell a story during the session and have Tim help you find the funny in it.
- The White Sands Missile Safety Stand Down
- Great Plains Safety and Health
- Wells Fargo
- United Airlines
- U.S. Air Force
- Citi Bank
- Frito Lay
- Westin Hotels & Resorts
- University of Wyoming
- Johns Manville
- Government Technology
“Tim is a knock-your-socks-off, genuinely funny guy. Outstanding, memorable performance.” – Grand Casino
“Amazing and inspiring! Can’t wait to use my new skills. So often our jobs are stressful and serious. This was a much needed healthy change!” – Healthcare Financial Mgmt Association
“Our audience, vastly composed of engineers, was laughing from start to finish.” – Turbomachinery Laboratory
“What impressed us most was your ability to tailor your program in such an exact and appropriate manner.” – United Airlines
“Tim Gard was evaluated as the best speaker we have ever had!” – U.S. Bank