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Karyn Buxman    

Author, President & Founder of HUMORx; Inductee of the Speaker Hall of Fame

Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Buxman is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Buxman helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.

More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Buxman to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Buxman’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.

Buxman has written multiple books including "Amazed & Amused," "Lead with Laughter," and the book series "What's So Funny About...?," as well has contributed to several "Chicken Soup" books.

Buxman has also been featured in in Women’s Day, Shape, Marie Claire, Investor’s Business Daily, and US News & World Report as well as professional journals including AJN, AORN, AACN, and Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. Buxman is a frequent radio and television guest.

Speech Topics

Motivational Humor

Humor in Health Care

Dealing with Change

Stress Management

Customer Service

Lead with Levity: Strategic Humor for Successful Leaders

[Leadership: Keynote/breakout/workshop] Approved by CIC for CE Credit Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that levity is an important trait for effective leaders. Churchill, Kennedy and Reagan were all masters at using wit on the world stage; the characters in MAS*H used gallows humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, levity is a dynamic strategy that enhances communication, strengthens resilience, and boosts engagement. Karyn uses (hysterical) anecdotes, (solid) research, and (practical) tips to help your audience leverage levity in the service of better leadership.

Amazed & Amused: Strategies of the Sane & Successful

Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Customers are not really "yours" until they have been amazed and/or amused by your products, your services, or your people. Leadership finds its inspiration not in duty, but in grasping the amazing power of one's vision and will, and in motivating the amusing diversity of many people’s personalities and skills. Bestselling author, business consultant, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left—and You’re Standing on It

Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.

Funny Means Money! Humor to Catapult Your Sales

You don’t need to use humor in sales… unless you want to be profitable! Any salesperson worth his or her salt knows humor is a great sales tool. But knowing it and doing it can be the difference in closing that sale—or not. Neuroscience reveals that “logic tells—emotion sells.” Humor is a fast, simple, and cost-effective route to the emotions. When used correctly, humor helps the seller break down objections, holds the buyer’s attention, opens the buyer’s mind, increases the seller’s likability, and strengthens rapport. When used incorrectly… well, don’t go there. Instead, join neurohumorist Karyn Buxman and laugh all the way to the bank.


What's so funny about work? Plenty, says LaughFest comedian ...

LaughFest comedian Karyn Buxman spoke to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids about using humor to get things done - particularly in the workplace.

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