Jim Pelley

Comedian, Workplace Humorist and Former Saturday Night Live Writer

  • Jim Pelley`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jim Pelley`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Jim Pelley`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jim Pelley`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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Embrace Risk, Manage Change, and Laugh Often

Discover how laughter and humor can work to your advantage when dealing with the seemingly unfunny business of balancing risk and managing change. Learn how flexibility and responsiveness are critical qualities for thriving in a world of ever-...

Discover how laughter and humor can work to your advantage when dealing with the seemingly unfunny business of balancing risk and managing change. Learn how flexibility and responsiveness are critical qualities for thriving in a world of ever-accelerating change.

This fun, innovative seminar also explores how the successful use of humor can reduce stress, build morale, and help you lead others through difficult times of change. You will also discover the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and clarifying values when facing change – or when simply pursuing a happier, more satisfying life.

“Embrace Risk, Manage Change, and Laugh Often” also shows you how to develop the skills of a successful problem-solver by using creativity, humor, and divergent thinking. Use these powerful skills to make positive changes within your organization or within yourself. You will leave this seminar viewing change as a positive challenge rather than something to avoid.

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Laughter - There's Nothing Funny about the Way It Sells

Discover how the creative, appropriate use of humor can boost sales and build solid customer rapport. This program empowers your sales professionals by giving them innovative, practical skills that can lead to a more successful – and enjoyable...

Discover how the creative, appropriate use of humor can boost sales and build solid customer rapport. This program empowers your sales professionals by giving them innovative, practical skills that can lead to a more successful – and enjoyable – career.

Learn creative solutions for overcoming rejection jitters and for gaining access to the decision-maker every time. Explore humorous ways to put fun into your sales presentations and proposals.

Avoid the pitfall of accidentally offending someone with insensitive or inappropriate humor. Discover how positive humor can be an effective way to illustrate the features and benefits of what you sell.

This program also features a powerful relationship-sales technique used to establish critical rapport and to focus on customer needs.

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Customer Service - It's Not a Department, It's You

This practical and fun presentation provides your audience with the tools and skills needed to build superior customer loyalty. Discover how to thrive in today’s competitive business environment by becoming more innovative – and better ...

This practical and fun presentation provides your audience with the tools and skills needed to build superior customer loyalty. Discover how to thrive in today’s competitive business environment by becoming more innovative – and better able to anticipate the demands of tomorrow’s consumers today.

Learn how some of America’s most creative companies (Disney, Intel, Wal Mart, Southwest Airlines) successfully romance their own customers in marketing, manufacturing, productivity, and delivery. This program also explores how individuals and organizations can benefit from the power of diversity.

You’ll see why problems and conflicts shouldn’t be avoided – because they’re actually critical to success. You will also discover the value of non-manipulative communication and how this powerful tool can be used to woo new customers and strengthen old ties.

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Laughter - The Secret Weapon of Great Leaders

Today’s leadership challenges can make Hannibal’s trip over the Alps seem like a romp in the park. The conflicting pressures of lightning-speed technological advancement, a diverse and multicultural workforce that craves flexibility, and ...

Today’s leadership challenges can make Hannibal’s trip over the Alps seem like a romp in the park. The conflicting pressures of lightning-speed technological advancement, a diverse and multicultural workforce that craves flexibility, and an unpredictable, often unfathomable global economy can leave even the best managers feeling buffeted like dinghies in a hurricane. What’s so funny about that?

Today’s great leaders recognize that yesterday’s leadership styles no longer work. The carrot-and-stick management model is as antiquated as carbon paper and the rotary phone. We must find new ways of leading. Predictability is no longer an option, but with humor you can still build credibility, which is a required quality for becoming an incredible leader!

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to use positive and appropriate humor to build a sense of commonalty among a diverse workforce, to illuminate problems and spark creativity. You’ll learn how to establish a rapport that diffuses the tension and stress that can develop in any workplace. You’ll discover how to use humor to boost energy and productivity, while empowering your staff to actually enjoy their jobs! They may soon be saying TGIM – Thank Goodness It’s Monday!

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Hey, That's Not What I Meant!

Even in this technology-driven age, the ability to communicate, and to achieve the desired results, is at the essence of every organization. Effective communication is the driving force behind all changes in attitudes, beliefs, and ultimately behavior...

Even in this technology-driven age, the ability to communicate, and to achieve the desired results, is at the essence of every organization. Effective communication is the driving force behind all changes in attitudes, beliefs, and ultimately behavior.

Miscommunication, which can cause minor glitches at best and major errors at worst, can flourish in today’s intense and diverse environments. Learn to conquer that negativity. . . with shared laughter.

Successful communication can only take place when we understand how our perceptions, attitudes, and values affect how we are viewed by others. Using that knowledge, we can enhance our ability to communicate effectively with all those we encounter.

Learn the dynamics of empowering responsibility with all communication. Discover how to use non-manipulative persuasion and positive humor to cement meaning and increase message retention.

With a clear understanding of and appreciation for the mechanics of humor, it’s possible to significantly out-produce, out-perform, and advance beyond the competition. . . and have fun doing it!

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Every Day Is a Gift - That's Why They Call It "The Present"

We can cherish or regret our yesterdays, we can dream or fear our tomorrows, but we can only live our todays. The one thing we truly have control over is the moment we’re in now. By relearning the child-like ...

We can cherish or regret our yesterdays, we can dream or fear our tomorrows, but we can only live our todays. The one thing we truly have control over is the moment we’re in now.

By relearning the child-like skill of living in the present, we’ll renew our joy in life and remember to be grateful for all we have. In that sense, the here-and-now present truly is a present – an unexpected gift to be carefully unwrapped and savored.

Worry – that insidious destroyer of joy, is a byproduct of stress. It’s also a negative investment in the future. Worry robs us of the ability to enjoy the moment and build our reserves of happiness for when we need to call upon it.

In this session, we’ll use humor to alter our perceptions. We’ll discover how to focus on the now and enjoy the moment, and so boost creativity and enhance our physical and emotional well-being, while we banish energy-sapping stress. We’ll explore the proven therapeutic benefits of laughter, which provides an internal aerobic workout while releasing stress-reducing and pain-busting chemicals into the body.

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Really Cool Skits

Your next meeting can be Saturday Night Live-style fun that guarantees an audience who’s awake and receptive. Have more fun training your staff than you ever thought possible! Jim Pelley works with you to create customized, skit-based training ...

Your next meeting can be Saturday Night Live-style fun that guarantees an audience who’s awake and receptive. Have more fun training your staff than you ever thought possible! Jim Pelley works with you to create customized, skit-based training for your team. This is the perfect vehicle for your next product launch, customer service program, sales rally, monthly meeting, or whatever training need you may have.
Rely on Jim’s 18 years of professional experience to coordinate, develop and orchestrate a successful seminar program. Jim will brainstorm with you to pinpoint specific organizational needs. Then he will coach and direct your staff as they first define the program objectives and then write humorous skits that are positive, appropriate and hilarious. He will work with you from the first idea to the final curtain call.

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About Keynote Speaker Jim Pelley

Jim Pelley’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 
A former stand-up comedian and contributing writer for the original NBC Saturday Night Live show, Jim Pelley has left ’em laughing for over than 25 years at more than 2,000 top organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including Disney, Intel, Southwest Airlines, Mattel and AT&T. Jim Pelley has brought his message of how to “smarten up by lightening up” to hundreds of thousands of people who are high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech-at-all. With his hilarious way of poking fun at the frustrations of everyday life, Jim Pelley demonstrates uproariously how to use humor to become more creative, more productive, and less stressed. 

Jim Pelley points out life’s incongruities to people in the business world who are dying to use the right side of their brains and laugh for a while. Jim Pelley’s educational, entertaining keynote programs, seminars, and skill-shops combine humor with the latest communication theory and physiological research.

Jim Pelley brings a unique perspective to the table and yet maintains a sense of confidence and integrity. In a nutshell, Jim Pelley takes humor seriously – and helps others do the same.

More About Jim Pelley . . . 
Jim Pelley resonates with people. He’s the class clown, favorite brother-in-law, and helpful consultant all in one. Jim Pelley says the things the rest of us are thinking, but wouldn’t dare point out. He speaks of universally recognizable situations and truths and customizes his talk to each group or industry so he can “talk the talk.” This relaxes the mental barrier people usually put up to deflect new ideas. Even the most resistant give in eventually once Jim Pelley builds up momentum.

Jim Pelley doesn’t forget the individuals who make up the whole. He integrates private life and public life, then ties his observations back to the bigger picture of leadership, group dynamics and workplace politics where people live on a daily basis.

Jim Pelley gives his audiences coping tools as well as relational tools to help them respond appropriately to the challenges they’re facing. He leaves people with the belief that things can be better, that conflicts can be resolved, and that the things that can’t be resolved don’t always have to be.

Testimonials

“What a hit you were! Your presentation on humor was the perfect way to end the Software Marketing College.”

E. Davis

Program Administrator, Communications IBM

“You presentation was terrific. The audience loved you and the evaluations showed you were the most popular speaker at the conference.”

N. Fiedler Senior

Vice President of Communications Association of Maryland Hospitals and Health Systems

“Thanks again for speaking to our group and making us all laugh. The feedback from your session was GREAT!”

Shannon Elwell

Marriott International

“I have heard nothing but rave reviews about you and your great talk. Everyone enjoyed it immensely.”

S. Judd

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