Greg Schwem tells all his clients, “I’m here to make you laugh but, at the end of the day, I want to be your biggest cheerleader too!” That approach is why the Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy.” His humorous take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News and the pages of Parade Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, award winning greeting card writer and nationally syndicated humor columnist for Tribune Content Agency. But Greg is first and foremost a corporate entertainer, with a who’s who client list that includes McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines and Cisco Systems.
Whether speaking in the morning, afternoon or evening, audiences will see and hear the following:
- A heavily researched and customized presentation featuring material created with the help of Greg’s client. Greg doesn’t “phone it in.”
- Customized multimedia support that includes video, audio and screen grabs from a client’s website.
- A motivational message that uses humor and real world examples from actual companies that show the “do’s and dont’s” of succeeding in business. Let Greg tell your audience about his experiences with the highly successful American Girl Doll company!
What audiences WON’T see or hear
- Profanity and inappropriate material
- An unprepared speaker
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Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”
Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit. The personal touch strikes a chord with clients and helps Greg create customized material. Some examples:
For Citrix Systems: I just looked at your breakout list. You’ve scheduled’Advanced Dial Plan Design’ AND ‘Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Call Manager and Call Manager Express’ in the same day? Ladies and gentlemen, spread the FUN out!
For the Society of Actuaries: You use something called “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.” Generally accepted? Does that mean you can fudge once in awhile? Try giving your kids a generally accepted curfew of midnight and see what time they come home!
Besides customized material, Schwem entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, Smart Phone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his hilarious conversations with his insurance agent regarding health coverage. Greg is the author of two Amazon best sellers: The Road to Success Goes through the Salad Bar and Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons from a Low-Tech Dad. Greg also is the creator of the web series, A Comedian Crashes Your Pad…, now streaming on YouTube.
Work, Laugh, Repeat
In a hilarious, multimedia-intensive presentation, renowned business humorist and awardwinning Chicago Tribune humor columnist Greg Schwem will make audiences of all ages howl with laughter as he explores the complex relationship between technology and the changing role of humor in the workplace. In short? The smart phone, the virtual meeting and other tech marvels have made for a funnier work environment, even if it seems the opposite is often the case. Complete with true, hilarious, tech-addled stories gleaned from over 20 years speaking for some of the world’s most recognizable companies and business associations, and his own frustrations raising two daughters, Greg shares nuggets about taking an Uber to a “classified” speech at CIA headquarters, his daughter’s strange Venmo purchases, and why GPS made him heckle a runner struggling to complete a marathon. Greg’s keynote also tackles serious issues including generational differences (complete with concert footage from Lollapalooza) and the rising fear of being able to laugh in the workplace. Audiences will be amazed at the amount of research Greg puts into every keynote, resulting in customized – yet never offensive – material immediately relatable to everyone. No two of Greg’s presentations are ever the same.
Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top
Greg Schwem knows a thing or two about rock and roll. As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias to (wait for it) KC And the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is really a business. Like your business. In short? Every company and employee has “rock star” potential. Greg shows you how to achieve that potential in a presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to techno. Topics include “Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards,” “Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?,” and “Don’t Let Your Company Become a Country Song.” Rock on!
Master of Ceremonies/Video Host
A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous, improvised on-camera interviews with meeting attendees
Not until I saw your prepping beforehand, and then heard the variety of your material during the dinner, did I fully appreciate how much work goes into what you do. Your references to the attending law firms (especially the logos and the boring depositions) were hilarious. And your research for the jokes about our popular culture etc was spot-on. Great job!
– Partner, Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP
Thank you so much for the fun energy you brought to the Americas Sales Meeting this year! You did a phenomenal job with the awards, and your engagement at the Lucas Oil event took everything up a notch as well. I greatly appreciated your willingness to roll with last minute changes and some of the unexpected chaos. I very much enjoyed working with you and I hope we will again next year!
– Manager, Americas Communications, Zimmer Biomet
You were a huge hit. Our members loved your performance and I personally wanted to thank you for making the Society of the Plastics Industry look so good. We will definitely be reaching out again at some point.
– Exec. Asst. to the President, Society of the Plastics Industry
Many thanks for a fabulous job at our Star Awards Ceremony yesterday. You were topical, timely, relevant to our business and, above all wonderfully funny and entertaining. The audience was still buzzing about you at the after party.
– Sr. VP/Human Resources, The Children’s Place
You did a fantastic job! ! As you might have heard, the crowd loved you! Thanks for the hard work you put in to making the presentation unique to CSCMP.
– Sr. Mgr., Meeting Services, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
We are so happy you joined us and your evening of comedy was great. I heard good things from several people and I laughed out lough and enjoyed it very much.
– Events Coordinator, The Builder’s Association
Greg is simply fantastic – the spontaneity, the humor and sense of timing is just incredible. He has this inane ability to engage with the audience – we had senior executives & managers, business people, thought leaders, bureaucrats etc., from across the globe and they all loved him. What I like about Greg is his professional approach – he does a lot of research and prep work before he shows up at your event so that the audience relates to what he says
– Sr. Director, Brand and Marketing, CSS Corp.
- VIDEO Greg Schwem corporate humor sizzle reel
- VIDEO Greg Schwem 2016 Corporate Host Reel
- VIDEO Rock, Roll and Laugh Your Way to the Top – Greg Schwem
- VIDEO a glowing recommendation
- VIDEO Pre-show “buzz” with Greg Schwem and Ace Hardware
- TESTIMONIAL Letters from clients
- PHOTO Greg’s headshot
- PHOTO Greg performing
- PHOTO Greg emcees
- JACKET Salad Bar front cover
- JACKET Text Me If You’re Breathing
- DOC Chicago Tribune article
- AUDIO Texting with kids
- AUDIO Strange job titles