Greg Schwem

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4 Video(s) By This Presenter

Greg Schwem Corporate Humor Sizzle Reel
Corporate Humor Demo Reel
You Can’t Quarantine Laughter – Hilarious Greg Schwem Virtual Humor Demo 2021
Greg Schwem – Lenovo Comedy Emcee

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A multimedia-intensive presentation, delivered live or virtually, that challenges audiences to see how stifling workplace humor can also stifle teamwork and productivity.  Approved for SHRM credit.

The Presentation: In a hilarious, multimedia-intensive presentation, renowned business humorist and award-winning Chicago Tribune humor columnist Greg Schwem will make audiences of all ages howl with laughter as he explores the complex relationship between technology and the changing role of humor in the workplace. In short? The smart phone, the virtual meeting and other tech marvels have made for a funnier work environment, even if it seems the opposite is often the case. Complete with true, hilarious, tech-addled stories gleaned from over 20 years speaking for some of the world’s most recognizable companies and business associations, and his own frustrations raising two daughters, Greg shares nuggets about taking an Uber to a “classified” speech at CIA headquarters, his daughter’s strange Venmo purchases, and why GPS made him heckle a runner struggling to complete a marathon. Greg’s keynote also tackles serious issues including generational differences (complete with concert footage from Lollapalooza) and the rising fear of being able to laugh in the workplace. Audiences will be amazed at the amount of research Greg puts into every keynote, resulting in customized – yet never offensive – material immediately relatable to everyone. No two of Greg’s presentations are ever the same.

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 Lollapalooza. 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.”

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 McDonald’s 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.

Is COVID-19 funny? Absolutely not. But Greg Schwem also knows people turn to humor to cope with tragedy and hardship.  Which is precisely why he developed the hilarious keynote, You Can’t Quarantine Laughter.  Performing live or virtually, Greg introduces audiences to the Five Stages of a Pandemic: Fun, Creative, Panic, “Meh” and Normal.  Then, using examples from businesses who used innovative means to cope during the quarantine, and his own experiences coping with a changing career path, he shows how humor can be a powerful weapon in dealing with a new normal.  One virtual audience member summed up the presentation: “100 percent pure awesomeness!”

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