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Joel Zeff

Speaker? Yes. Consultant? No. Trainer? Yes. Entertainer? Yes.
Corporate Alliance? No. Security Alliance? No.


Joel Zeff is a national speaker and humorist and has been entertaining professionally for more than 10 years. He is a former journalist and public relations executive.


Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees on such topics as creativity, communication, teamwork, passion and fun.

A former newspaper journalist and public relations executive, Joel started his own consulting business in 1994. His business initially focused on helping technology and telecommunications companies with marketing, advertising and public relations. As he came in contact with so many corporate cultures, he noticed the glaring need for employees to have more fun and reenergize their creative spirit.

Since 1993, he has performed with Ad-Libs, one of the country's premier improvisational comedy troupes. Joel performs with Ad-Libs at the troupe's theater in Downtown Dallas and across the country for corporate events. As an improvisational actor, Joel studied for a short time at the famed Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.

Joel fuses his knowledge of improvisation and his experience with the corporate world to create presentations that make a difference. His humor and style create a positive and comfortable environment for his audience that allows them to take risks and explore their creativity. His funny and poignant presentations have been met with roaring approval from hundreds of companies and organizations and thousands of audience members. Joel makes audiences laugh, but he also makes them think. Participants discover for themselves how to apply his messages to become better people and better employees.

When he is not speaking, Joel explores his own creativity and communication skills as an actor and writer. In Dallas, he was most recently seen as co-host of The Movie Zone on UPN 21. He has appeared in commercials for, Time Warner Cable, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Eagle Country Markets, and Extraco Bank. He writes a monthly column for Avidgolfer Magazine. He is currently working on his first book, a collection of his favorite columns from the magazine.

Presentation Titles and Description


The Strength of Laughter: Energizing your Spirit with Humorô

The Strength of Laughter, one of Joel's most popular topics, focuses on reducing stress, increasing creativity and creating a renewed passion for our jobs. He highlights the importance of play in our work lives to create balance. During the session, he takes the audience on a hilarious journey using interactive audience surprises. You will walk away from his session smiling, motivated and rejuvenated.

Creativity in Communication: Yes, They Go Togetherô

This interactive and hilarious session focuses on the marriage between creativity and communication, examining key skills such as trust, listening, teamwork, risk-taking, confidence, positive environment and openness and flexibility to change. Part of the session focuses on the importance of a relaxed mind, increasing the possibilities, and overcoming fears and barriers to the creative process. The second part of the session builds on the symbiotic relationship between creativity and communication.

Marketing/Sales Without A Script

Customers are unpredictable. You never know what they are going to say. You never seem to know exactly what they will want. How do you prepare yourself? How do you deal with the constant change? Joel uses improvisational exercises in this fun and fast-paced session, pointing his messages directly toward sales and marketing executives. Through the laughter, executives learn the idea behind 50/50 communication; high-focus listening; and the importance of creating a positive environment.

Managing Without A ScriptTM

What makes a good manager? How do you create an environment that allows your employees to be more creative, productive and happier in their jobs? What do employees want in a manager? Using interactive exercises that will have participants crying with laughter one moment and thinking intently the next, Joel focuses on the keys to successful managing. This session focuses on dealing with change, reducing stress and creating a positive environment.

Learning to Think Without a ScriptTM

(Creativity and Teamwork) Do you need a creative jump-start? Do you want to focus on the skills that make teams successful? Are you looking to motivate your team and create passion and fun? This interactive workshop uses improvisational games and exercises to have fun, increase creativity, teamwork and problem solving. The workshop weaves the creative process into the team concept, examining the significance of working together to create ideas. The exercises allow the participants to discover for themselves how teamwork and creativity increases productivity, makes us happier and builds personal and corporate success.


Event Entertainment (Comedy)

Joel uses a unique blend of improvisational and traditional comedy for his event entertainment. His comedy is hilarious, interactive and perfect for any corporate audience. Joel can also customize his performances to include key managers and audience members. Here is what one of our many satisfied clients told us: "Our [participants] thought you were the funniest man alive."

Team Building for People Who Hate Team Building

Tired of college kids leading your employees in games with no message or application to your business? Tired of building boats with cardboard and dental floss? Joel's sessions discuss communication, positive support, creating opportunity, leadership, listening, trust, initiative, and flexibility. His sessions involve the entire audience in hilarious improvisational exercises perfect for any level of employee. Joel also promises there will be no boat building.

Effective Communication Without A ScriptTM

Communication is the most important tool in business. Just because we can talk and write, doesn't mean we are communicating effectively. We must constantly refine our communication skills and become more detailed, patient and positive. Every type of business relationship - customer, vendor or colleague - rises and falls on the skill of communication. Joel Zeff, a former newspaper reporter and marketing consultant, uses hilarious improvisational exercises to break down barriers and explore skills such as trust, flexibility to change, opportunity, and listening.

Media Bytes Or Testimonials

"I don't think (our managers) stopped smiling for a week after the meeting. Your quick wit and positive attitude really got them going. Your program allowed for 115 very diverse individuals to look at their work and work relationships from a new perspective. I think the result is a much more positive and creative management team. The only regret I have is not having you speak longer. Nobody wanted the games and activities to end."
- Boeing Defense & Space - Irving Co.

"You played an instrumental role in fostering a positive and creative working session which embraced key tools and concepts that can be applied in the team's daily activities along with a lot of fun and laughter. Overall, the team commented that this was the best meeting we've had in the past two years."
- Accenture

"Extraordinary. That's the only way to describe Joel's program. He's educational and inspirational and won't be forgotten."
- RadioShack


For fee information, please contact (262) 853-4627.

Travels from and fees are plus travel.

- Full Coach, direct flight on American

- King-size/non-smoking room.

- Car service to pick up from airport and return to airport.

- Meals, parking, ground transportation, tips.

- Fly from Dallas DFW unless otherwise specified.

Who Should Hire Joel And Why

Any company or organization that wants to bring energy, humor and a motivating attitude to their meeting, and realizes the need for fun, will find Joel outstanding. The high-content, customized programs involve the entire audience - whether the group is 10 or 1,000. Joel's messages, humor and interactive exercises work with every type of employee, company and manager. Joel's humor and energy excite the audience. His messages on teamwork, communication, creativity, change and passion make them think. Joel engages the audience in the learning process. You do not just listen to one of Joel's programs. You experience it.

Joel Zeff

Favorite Quote

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt