In 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech.
He has roused audiences in faraway places like Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
Darren may have been "born without a funny bone in his body," but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail necessary to achieve his dream. The self-proclaimed "student of comedy" is living proof that humor is a skill that can be learned. Darren interviewed CEO's and business owners who made humor part of their business plan, culling from their successful practices innovative principles that could be applied to any company. He developed an innovative technique of "customizing" humor that reveals the common frustrations and pet peeves about an organization, giving him ammunition that has audiences laughing down to their toes.
Laugh & Get Rich:
How to Profit from Humor in Any Business
address (45 minutes)
wish you could have more fun at work? What if having more fun meant
doing more business? That is the essence of how many successful CEO's
run their companies. Darren interviewed many of them and distilled
their practices into the Laugh & Get Rich philosophy.
This keynote is sure to make audiences laugh and think at the same
time as Darren shares the best examples from his book. As CEO Jim
Laffey says, “Humor is the most underrated and overlooked value-added
service you can provide...and it costs you nothing.”
Want to Sell More? Got
Keynote address (45 minutes)
It's no joke! We do
business with people we like and trust. How can you build stronger
business relationships? Victor Borge said, "The shortest distance
between two people is laughter." Darren teaches audiences simple
ways to humor potential clients to build lasting relationships. Humor
brings people closer, while jokes can divide.
Darren is living proof that humor is a skill that can be learned
and will let you in on secrets he learned from his comedy mentors.
OUCH! Lessons On Becoming
address (45 minutes)
high school Darren LaCroix was considered "Least Likely to Ever be
Funny." Without a funny bone in his body, but with a willingness
to fail and a desire to learn, he pursued his dream to be a comedian.
Family and friends laughed at him for the first time when he told
them of his plans. It was the beginning. He became a student of comedy,
reading every book, taking every class, and grabbing every chance
at stage time he could get. He first took the comedy stage in 1992
in Boston and turned professional 18 months later. This keynote address
traces his journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ.
Kustom Komedy Keynote
Keynote address (45 - 60
LaCroix is a rare corporate comedian. No presentation is ever the
same. He is considered a pioneer at writing and delivering speeches
due to his technique of customizing humor. He unearths common frustrations
and occupational pet peeves about individual organizations, giving
him ammunition to have audiences laughing down to their toes. His
clean-cut humor and personalized attention to a company's peculiarities
make him unique in the meetings industry. Darren's comic view of
your industry is sure to refresh and rejuvenate.
Humor Boot Camp
Program (1 to 6 hours)
give presentations? Ever wish you were funnier? It is a myth that
you are either born funny or you're not. Darren is living proof that
humor can be a learned skill. Do you know the "Rule of Three." the
triangle of laughter, or how to create a fascinating analogy to deliver
a message? Darren teaches professionals how to create their own humor
to "lighten up" their presentations. Let Darren lead your group through
the discovery of how humor works and shorten their learning curve
dramatically. Anyone who ever plans on giving another presentation
will walk away enlightened and entertained.
What Others Have Said...
"As director of the event,
my goal was to bring excitement
and laughter to the awards rally.
Having you there
accomplished both of these goals without question."
ERA Home Sellers
"A funny thing happened on the way to our Business Expo luncheon.
a tremendous success! Thanks to your appearance as our
keynote speaker our attendance was up 40 percent from last year,
making this the largest crowd
we've ever had for our opening luncheon."
J. O'Rourke, President
Area Chamber of Commerce
"As this was our second experience
with Darren, the first being three years ago for an employee rally, I
knew he would be a hit. What was a surprise was how much Darren had learned
about our business and the meeting attendees in preparation for his performance.
This knowledge made his performance so enjoyable."
"Many attendees later wrote or
said to me, "Bring Darren back again;
he is terrific." You have shown
our owners the opportunity to
use humor as a tool for productivity
and profit. This only
underscores what I've said for years: you're
Burzynski, President and COO
Official Unbiased Source
Darren's Clients Include...
American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Assn.
Berkshire Computer Products
Bershire Life Insurance
Ben Franklin Savings Bank
Boise Cascade Office Products
Blue Cross Blue Shield
BPCS User Group
BCBS of RI
Bryant College Alumni Association
Bryant College Center for Management Development
CT Farm Bureau
CT section of AWWA
New England Early Intervention Consortium
Doherty High School Athletic Association
ERA Key Realty Services
General Federation of Woman's Clubs of Mass.
Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce
HR Management Association of Central Mass.
International Assn. of Career Management Professionals
Mass. Association of School Committee Members
Mass. Casualty Life Insurance
Mass. Early Intervention Consortium
Mass. Realty Association
Mass. Safety Council
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
MPI - CT
National Law Firm Marketing Association
National Speakers Association
New England Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
New England Personnel Conference
New England Speakers Association
New Jersey Builders Association
Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce
North Branford Congregational Church
NorthEast Customer Service Committee
Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education
Northboro/Westboro Chamber of Commerce
Public Utilities Risk Management Association
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Rhode Island Association of Accounting Professionals
Rhode Island Customer Service Society
Saugus Saver's Co-op
Self Help for the Hard of Hearing
State Farm Insurance Companies
Woman In Business
Women's Success Network
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