Joel Cohen

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Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons

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Joel Cohen is an absolutely hilarious, deadpan, quick-on-his-feet speaker…perfect for any group that needs to enhance their innovation culture, but who prefer to laugh a little (okay, a lot) while learning how. Armed with inspired anecdotes and clips, he takes you into the fabled writer’s room at The Simpsons to draw the links – and there are many – between maintaining a hit show and running a successful company. He asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry. How do you manage group dynamics to get the best from your talent? How do you find, evaluate, implement, and even discard new ideas? How do you chart a renewable path to innovation? And how do you overcome creative log jams?  (Note: for actual, literal logjams, Cohen recommends a chainsaw…or even better, hiring a guy with a chainsaw).

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“Just a brief note to again thank you for a great presentation at IBM’S IMPACT Conference in Orlando.  All of the feedback’s been extremely positive.  It was great to work with you and I hope to do it again soon.  Thanks again for a job well done.”

— IBM & Drury Design Dynamics

“In the 27 years I have been arranging speakers for this organization, I have not enjoyed a presentation as much as I personally enjoyed Joel’s. He was absolutely fantastic, funny, and engaging, and we’ve gotten great feedback from attendees. Thanks for your recommendation.”

— The Economic Club of Grand Rapids

“Joel was great and better still he is a lovely guy. His presentation was to an audience of about 800 people and he was well received. So much so that I believe he was considered the best speaker of the two day event…which meant DDB was also shown in a good light.”

— DDB Group Asia Pacific

“I just wanted to tell you that yours was the funniest presentation I’ve ever seen in my life. Judy and I were the most cynical bastards in that room and we were pissing ourselves. My favorite was the Ikea bit. I loved it because I was thinking at first that it wasn’t as funny as the other stuff but then you kept going and going and going. Effing genius.”

— Institute of Communication Agencies
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