Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches’ businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. Talented, Innovative, and Memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style Tim “walks his talk” as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years.

Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran. Recognized as a pioneer in humor-based training.

Tim is a certified speaking professional (CSP) & a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, an elite honor held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide. The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humor Me, Tim humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.

Tim was the closing Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Toastmasters International Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. 

Speaking topics

Leadership: The Tao Of Humor

Almost everyone will agree that humor can have a positive impact at work. As a strategic skill, it can act as a positive factor in communication, morale, and stress reduction.

However, if misused, it can have an equally negative effect.

During this keynote we’ll explore how to steer clear of the negative or controversial humor that may become a source of problems and complaints by concentrating on humor that enhances (and never diminishes) workplace culture to improve morale and customer service.

In this laughter-filled leadership program, you’ll discover how humor can help you powerfully deal with the challenges of an ever-changing workplace.

By applying a few simple precautions, you will see how making the farce be with you improves the environment for everyone.

Today’s leaders are forced to do more with less; supervisors and managers are constantly tasked to inspire their troops to do more work with a fraction of the staffing and resources needed.

This program focuses on developing your own humor plan while defining what is permissible, and what is not, in your workplace. As a participant, you will take away:

  • knowledge of how to be a positive humor leader
  • key differences between leadership and authority
  • reasons why funny does not always equal appropriate
  • ways to encourage good humor and discourage bad humor
  • benefits and potential pitfalls of using laughter and humor in business
  • ways to steer clear of the negative humor that can cause problems and complaints

Ideal for both government and private business, this program’s easy and practical guidelines prevent negative humor in the workplace while allowing positive humor to strengthen communication and boost morale.

Laughter Becomes You

Is employee motivation important to you? The “Laughter Becomes You” keynote is as funny as it is inspiring and content rich. Tim teaches audience members to develop and apply their own Comic Vision® to be more resourceful and resilient—both at work and in their personal lives.

His rejuvenating and immediately applicable message teaches audiences how to increase morale while enhancing productivity and everyday enthusiasm in three short and easy-to-adopt steps.

The unique yet practical ideas also help people diffuse routine or extreme stress by insulating themselves against negativity. They’re able to “refresh and renew” themselves by using and sharing his Comic Vision® techniques. More than that, his funny, morale-building stories and extraordinary visual props make this keynote speech a hilarious way to start or close your meeting.

Ideal for both government and private business, this program can also be tailored for short breakouts (45 mins) or half-day working sessions.

Change The Game!

When your organization needs training on how to reduce stress and dysfunction, it’s time to Change the Game!

Life is a game; business is a game; travel is a game. Well, literally everything is a game that usually involves winners, losers, and spectators. This “Change the Game” keynote helps you discover how to change any game to your advantage when encountering situational stressors, toxic people, and various challenges inherent to life.

The pressure to accomplish more with less, meet tight deliverable expectations, and respond with professional promptness can create stress, cause team dysfunction, and even decrease morale. The attitude that “everything seems so serious, heavy, and intense” is more than unproductive; it’s a truly unhealthy way to work and live!

Participants learn how one person can “change the game” for all players by applying easy-to-understand and hard-to-forget concepts—ones that champions have been using for centuries in sports, business, and life in general. Providing a shift in perspective and approach can influence the playing experience for everyone in a multitude of tangible and valuable ways. Learn how to reduce stress in this hilarious keynote! Using the game of marbles as a metaphor, Tim proves that overly complicated tasks can become surprisingly uncomplicated—FAST!

Tim personally consults with event coordinators both before and after each event. He wants to ensure that every participant receives a bag of marbles to aid in implementing “Change the Game” tools, tactics, and strategies. This keepsake ingrains the newly developed philosophy for overcoming what initially seemed to be impossible or unrealistic challenges.

Testimonials

Tim is a true master of his craft and shows how we can improve the impact of our stories by using humour cleverly. He sprouts many ideas about how to make you funnier. I love his advice - be the feature film - not the documentary.
- Graeme Cowan, Team Resilience Author and Conference Speaker

Spending five minutes with Tim Gard CSP CPAE is transformational, and spending half a day workshopping presentations with Tim is nothing short of mind-blowing! The session was informative, funny, and an investment in making a better impact on the audiences I want to serve and delight.
- Sally Foley-Lewis CSP FILP MBA

The audience could not get enough of Tim! Standing Ovation from the entire audience!
- Head of Events - Jetset Travel

Laugh out loud funny. Engaging, funny and interesting.
- Events Manager - Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The best speaker I have EVER heard!
- HR Administrator - Franklins

Tim Gard is hilariously funny and would be perfect to finish off a long day of conferencing.
- Events Manager - Cambridge Events

As a speaker and MC your content is fabulous, attention to detail is impeccable, and your 100% focus and commitment to your customer is highly valued. Oh and we actually think you're pretty funny too!
- Trade Communications Manager ACP Magazines

The audience could not get enough of Tim! Standing Ovation from the entire audience!.
- Head of Events, Stella Travel

Laugh out loud funny. Engaging, funny and interesting.
- Events Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

As a speaker and MC your content is fabulous, attention to detail is impeccable, and your 100% focus and commitment to your customer is highly valued. Oh and we actually think you're pretty funny too!.
- Trade Communications Manager, ACP Magazines

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Speaker Video

Be Memorable - Fight Stress and Connect with Humor | Tim Gard

Be Memorable - Fight Stress and Connect with Humor | Tim Gard

2023 Teaser | Tim Gard

2023 Teaser | Tim Gard

Sticky Safety | Tim Gard

Sticky Safety | Tim Gard

Tim Gard TEDxChulaVista - The Laughter Connection

Tim Gard TEDxChulaVista - The Laughter Connection

Hall of Fame Speaker - 8 minutes of Fun with Tim Gard

Hall of Fame Speaker - 8 minutes of Fun with Tim Gard

Tim Gard - Hall of Fame Speaker on Stress and Resiliency 2018

Tim Gard - Hall of Fame Speaker on Stress and Resiliency 2018

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