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Allen Klein    

The World's Only "Jollytologist;" Shows Audiences How to Find Humor in Not-So-Funny Situations; Award-Winning Speaker & Best-Selling Author

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”? Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies. 

Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find some in trying times.  Those audiences include people in 48 states as well as Israel and Australia, and clients from IBM to the IRS. 

Klein is the immediate past-president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization with nearly 600 members whose purpose is to advance the understanding and application of humor and laughter for their positive benefits.

Klein is also an award-winning speaker and best-selling author as well as the recipient of a Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award and a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. (Less than 800 of its 4,000 members have this honor.)

He is also a 2007 inductee into New York City's Hunter College Hall of Fame Only about a dozen people are selected from the thousands of the past graduates for this distinction.

Klein's first book, The Healing Power of Humor, is now in a 31st printing and eighth foreign language translation. It shows readers how to use humor to deal with everyday trials and tribulations. His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy.

He has also authored thirteen other books, including Quotations to Cheer You Up, Up Words for Down Days, The Change-Your-Life Quote Book, WorkLaughs, ParentLaughs, and TeacherLaughs. And his writing has appeared in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Klein has a master’s degree in humor (from St. Mary's College in Minnesota—and that's no joke!)  And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a “Jollytologist”, Klein was nicknamed the “King of Whimsy” because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember—the Captain Kangaroo show. 

Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from them and lighten up. To help adults do this, Klein is both the editor or The Mid-Month Mirth Memo e-zine and founder of  International Mirth Month (every March).

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” 

PROGRAMS

The Lighter Side of Change

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes and challenges in both the workplace and in life. With laughter (yuk, yuk), lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), participants will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to reduce stress and for dealing with not-so-funny stuff.

The Healing Power of Humor

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life, why humor can give a new perspective, and how to laugh at not-so-funny things.

Humor in the Workplace: Lighten Your Work with Laughter

It has been said that 80% of illness is probably stress related. Through laughter, lecture and playful exercises, this inspirational and informational program gives participants a pocket full of FUN-raising work-related tools to help them be more productive as they laugh away those harmful stress situations.

The Courage to Laugh: Humor in Hospice Work

With heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates what George Bernard Shaw once said: "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

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The Lighter Side of Change

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes, challenges and stress in your work and also in your life. With laughter (yuk, yuk) lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), you will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to deal with not-so-funny stuff.

Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

This presentation demonstrates why losing is a necessary part of life and the five steps for going from loss to laughter: Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living, and Laughing. This session also provides heart-warming and humorous examples of how, in spite of their circumstance, those with life-challenging issues have found something to laugh about.

The Courage to Laugh

This playful, uplifting, interactive presentation will show you how to find and use humor in the changes, challenges, and not-so-funny stuff of working in the healthcare arena. In addition, with heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates George Bernard Shaw’s notion that— “Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

The Healing Power of Humor

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life and their work.

Let the Play Begin

“We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work,” says theologian Conrad Hyers. “But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play.” With interactive-audience exercises, this program will demonstrate that “higher level of existence” by demonstrating how play can help you solve problems, enhance your creativity, and reframe your stress in a new way.

Seeing Demise Thru Humorous Eyes

How cartoonists, comedians and cinematographers help us make death less of a grave matter. Death and dying situations are not funny. Still, cartoons, comedy, and movies show us that it is possible to laugh during times of loss. In doing so they not only help us get a different perspective on our situation but also help us get the upper hand on the inevitable.

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