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Greg Schwem      

Business Humorist, Corporate Emcee, Syndicated Columnist & Author

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016.  He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg’s two keynotes – “Work, Laugh, Repeat” and “Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top” - provide hilarious looks at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.

When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”

Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit.

Speech Topics


Comedy with a Byte

Greg Schwem brings more than 20 years of stand-up comedy experience to an event. His performance takes a hilarious look at todays work environment and the technology tools we cant live without. Following shows, audience members often approach him and say, Thanks, we needed that or Its always nice to laugh at ourselves. Schwem customizes each presentation through extensive Internet research, a questionnaire, and a follow up conference call with his client. Thats why audience members also say, You really did your homework. Besides clean customized humor, audiences hear material about corporate topics such as Blackberry addiction, indecipherable PowerPoint slides, and Schwem's love-hate relationship with Twitter.

Eight Simple Rules for Survival

A humorous, yet motivational talk that encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Schwem tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sams Club when it comes to customer service. (Hint: It has something to do with death). Eight Simple Rules for Survival is ideal for sales groups and any organization looking to boost performance.

High-Tech Comedian, Low-Tech Dad

Based on Schwem's blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If Youre Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on todays youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Schwem makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst parent vs. child technology incidents and then encourages discussion.

Meeting emcee/video host

A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonalds restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees.

One Against Three...And The Dog Makes Four.

Based on Greg’s blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on today’s youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Greg makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst “parent vs. child” technology incidents and then encourages discussion.

Work, Laugh, Repeat.

Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and Blackberries and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, “frequently” asked questions, and home office workers. His preparation includes company web site research, phone conferences, and maybe even a personal visit!

News


Greg Schwem | TODAY.com

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Multitasking While the Titanic Sinks | Huffington Post

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