Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem

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Rock, Roll and Laugh Your Way to the Top
Combining hilarious comedy with live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to the best of Lollapalooza, Greg Schwem shows how you and your organization can achieve ROCK STAR potential. Topics include "Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards" and "Don't Turn Your Office Into a Country Song." Rock on!

Unleash Your Inner Rock Star
Greg Schwem knows a thing or two about rock and roll. As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias to (wait for it) KC And the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is really a business. Like your business. In short? Every company and employee has "rock star" potential. Greg shows you how to achieve that potential in a presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to techno. Topics include "Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards," "Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?," and "Don't Let Your Company Become a Country Song." Rock on!

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!

Eight Simple Rules for Survival
A humorous and motivational talk that encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Greg tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire, why the American Girl Doll company is so successful and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sam’s 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.

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.

Comedy With a Byte
Just want some entertainment during the day or evening? Greg has over 20 years experience as a stand-up comedian and can turn your meeting space into a comedy club with a routine that combines company information with hilarious real life stories, audience interaction and technology.


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The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem, “King of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy." His humorous take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, the Huffington Post and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, award winning greeting card writer and nationally syndicated humor columnist, recognized by his peers from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for outstanding humor writing in 2014. But Greg is first and foremost a corporate entertainer. If your company or association wants to laugh at today’s fast-paced business world, and learn that laughter motivates employees in good times and bad, look no further than Greg Schwem.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in comedy. 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 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 show provides a hilarious look 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, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, 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,” says Greg.

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. The personal touch strikes a chord with clients. “The fact that you came up to our facility beforehand to get a feel for our culture and how we operate proved to be very beneficial, “ said Skyline Display President Bill Dierberger. “I have never seen some of our corporate folks laugh as hard as they did.”

After a performance for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Human Resources VP Barbara Low said, “Your comments and insights were spot on, relevant and incredibly funny. Our employees wanted more!”

Some customized material from past shows:

For Cisco Systems - Your website says you are the "world leader" in your field. Aren't all companies the world leader in something? I've been doing corporate comedy for 15 years and I have yet to work for the "regional follower."

For the Western Veterinary Conference: One of your breakouts is entitled "Help, my reptile can't get up!" How would you even know if your reptile had fallen down?

For Allied Electronics: You sell something called an Arbitrary Waveform Generator. Does that mean sometimes it generates waveforms and sometimes it doesn't?

Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences – both verbally and with visual support - with stories about tedious business meetings, Smartphone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company.

Today Greg performs close to 100 corporate dates a year and continues writing his weekly humor column, distributed nationally by Tribune Content Services and The Huffington Post. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad. And yes, those are his kids on the cover.

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