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Dave Schwensen

Dave Schwensen

Instructor, Trainer, Author and Humorist
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Program Descriptions

An audience interactive training seminar, breakout session or keynote on using personal creativity and politically correct humor to improve communications and conversational skills.

  • How can YOU enhance leadership skills?
  • How do YOU get someone's attention and hold it?
  • How can YOU 'break the ice' and make a memorable first impression?
  • What can YOU do to improve teamwork?
  • How can YOU increase networking opportunities?
  • What separates YOU from the competition?

    Enhancing your message with humor and creativity makes the difference. The goal is to demonstrate how these talents can be useful communication tools.

    Audience members are the stars of this program and show us how creativity and humor can be communication enhancements without distracting from your message. During this program Dave also uses handouts from his university course workbooks to explain and demonstrate how to develop dynamic and memorable conversations.

    Combining his successful techniques as a business owner and comedy coach with workshops based at the Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa Improv Comedy Clubs, along with personal experiences in the high stress, fast-paced entertainment industry, communicating has never been more fun(ny) and productive.

    Results Include:
  • Better professional relationships
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Improved teamwork
  • Improved training / teaching skills
  • Effective customer service
  • Positive networking
  • Better presentation skills
  • Increased productivity and attendance
  • Relieve stressful situations

    ** Training seminars and keynotes use elements from Dave's comedy workshops and include audience participation and worksheets from university courses. Another benefit? A LOT of entertaining fun and laughter during your next conference or special event!

    Take an entertaining pop culture journey back to Yesterday and the 1960's - a decade of change. John F. Kennedy was President, Mercury Astronauts were rocket jockeys launched into space, and school children were taught to hide under their desks in case Cold War tension ended with "The Big One." The electricity generated by the first wave of 1950's rock'n roll had dimmed and the baby boomer generation needed a soundtrack of its own.

    Following JFK's assassination in Dallas, they found it only 79 days later when television host Ed Sullivan introduced John, Paul, George and Ringo - four long haired lads from England called The Beatles. For teenagers, their world moved from black and white to color, and nothing would ever be the same again.

    Beatlemania swept across North America as a generation fell under the influence of the group's music, style and personalities. Music, fashion and attitudes changed almost overnight. Hair was longer, skirts were shorter, and the generation gap grew wider. By the end of the decade The Boomers had become The Flower Power Generation and The Woodstock Generation. The effects are still being felt today.

    Based on Dave's books The Beatles At Shea Stadium and The Beatles In Cleveland, this is an energetic and entertaining author presentation for conferences, schools, festivals and special events. Program includes an opening film featuring news events and popular music leading up to the Beatles' 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, informative and humorous author presentation, rare Beatles concert films and of course - FAB music.

    You're speaking - but is anyone really listening? A half or full day seminar on improving presentation skills based on the university course designed and instructed by Dave Schwensen. Includes a 50-page workbook.

    When speaking in public, you are expected to give an informative presentation. But successful presentations involve more than "just saying the words." The goal is to have an audience listen to your message, relate and remember it.

    As a trainer, administrator, supervisor, HR representative or professional speaker you may already know what you want to say. How successful you are as a speaker depends on how you deliver the message. Preparation, practiced delivery techniques and enhancements employing personal creativity and politically correct humor that don't take away from your message will hold an audience's attention.

    The end result is a memorable presentation.

    This training seminar in public speaking includes in class presentations with instructor critiques and coaching.

    In this course you will learn:
  • Effective delivery techniques
  • Overcoming nervousness
  • How to make a strong first impression before ever saying a word
  • How to develop an opening that will "break the ice"
  • Methods to research and personalize your topic
  • Working with audience demographics
  • Signature stories that will help audiences relate to your message
  • Using politically correct humor for your advantage
  • How to deal with unexpected interruptions
  • Methods to close a memorable presentation
  • Videos

    Biography Read more

    Coach, trainer, speaker and author. Dave Schwensen is a nationally recognized comedy coach and has designed and instructed university courses in business communications and presentation skills. He has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Ohio Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Magazine and many others.

    Dave is a comedy coach with The Improv Comedy Clubs in Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa. His behind the scenes knowledge of the entertainment industry was earned as Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E's An Evening At The Improv and the legendary Improv clubs in Hollywood and New York City.

    While in this capacity he also acted as a comedian consultant for many television and film productions. Included in this list are The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, Disney, Paramount and other television networks and film studios.

    Based on his personal experiences within the high stress, fast paced entertainment industry, Dave designed and taught courses in Business Communications and Presentation Skills for Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University and other halls of higher learning. The primary goals are improving leadership, teambuilding and networking by enhancing your message with politically correct humor and personal creativity.

    Yes, he really can be called The Nutty Professor!

    Dave is an award-winning humor columnist, entertainment journalist and pop culture historian. He is a winner of the 2015-2016 Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for "Remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery."

    Dave Schwensen is the author of six books:

  • How To Be A Working Comic
  • Comedy FAQs And Answers
  • Comedy Workshop
  • The Beatles At Shea Stadium
  • The Beatles In Cleveland
  • Father's Days... And Nights
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    We really enjoyed the interactive and humorous nature of your speech, and that is definitely helpful to keep people engaged and interested. After you left, we continued to discuss some of the ideas and tips that you had provided to the group and I know several people were excited to use the information as soon as possible.”
    --Automotive Profit Pro, LLC

    "It is our pleasure to submit this recommendation… Dave spoke to over 200 teachers on the topic of creative ways to communicate your message through humor. He was very well received by our membership as he presented his material in a very humorous yet professional manner. I felt he engaged the audience and made us an active participant in the presentation.” 

    --Wisconsin Technology Educators Association / WTEA

    “Every one of the evaluation forms rated you a 5 or 5+ out of 5 being most excellent. Quotes taken directly from the evaluation forms: Excellent and engaging; Great session – very timely! Excellent; Dave Schwensen was fantastic – thank you.”
    --Educational Office Professionals of Ohio / EOPO

    "Our highest attended Student Activities program so far this school year. Thank you for a wonderful show and we hope to work with you again in the future."
    --Bowling Green State University

    "Music history coming to life! This was truly an exceptional event."
    --Cleveland State University