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Steve Rizzo
"Establish A Permanently Positive Culture"
Steve Rizzo Expertise: Inspiration • Motivation • Change • Humor • Peak Performance
Fee Range: $15,000 to $20,000
Location: New York
Steve Rizzo, PhB was a National Headline Comedian with opening acts like Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dennis Miller to name a few?

That Steve appeared on many network and cable TV shows and was voted a “Showtime Comedy All-Star”? That he walked away from a flourishing stand-up career? Why? To pursue his true Purpose and Passion.

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve Rizzo didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian. Years of negativity had led Steve to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.
“Looking back,” says Steve, “I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door.”

After high school Steve would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Steve even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers.

Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve’s career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Of course, the surprises don’t stop there. What is the next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the two drink minimums and standing ovations for maximum fulfillment and well, more standing ovations. After walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker, Steve offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.

Steve’s quest to remove the boundaries that were keeping him from the life he truly desired has brought his work full circle and he now understands that all of his past experiences were necessary to prepare him for his true calling: To help people learn to be happy and successful no matter what their current circumstances are. “If they laugh while they learn,” says Steve, “then that’s just a bonus.”

Steve spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Steve’s friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, “He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world.”
  • Bestselling author of The Writer’s Digest Award winning Book “Becoming A Humor Being”
  • Special appearances include: Showtime Special, Evening at the Improv, The Comedy Channel, and Fox TV-Comic Strip Live
  • A consultant on MSNBC and Oprah and Friends Radio network
  • Creator and Executive Producer of his own PBS Special
  • Speakers Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Educational background: B.A. in English and Education, with Honors M.A. in Theater Arts
Inspirational keys to achieving success with an unstoppable attitude for life.

When you want your team to be motivated not just for today but every day, you want Rizzo’s Secrets!

When you need to give your team access to the tools that bring out the best in themselves and in everyone around them, you want Rizzo’s Secrets!

This highly energetic and entertaining program unlocks the secrets to the power of permanent change and a lasting positive attitude.

Steve will wake up your group with his straightforward New York attitude, inspire them with his life-changing personal growth strategies and, of course, regale them with laughter.

In addition to providing hands-on tools to help audiences achieve individual and group success, Rizzo’s Secrets showcases why he was so successful as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell and Dennis Miller.

Here are some of the secrets you will learn:
  • New ways of thinking that will transform obstacles into opportunities instantly
  • How to bring out the best in yourself and everyone around you
  • How to discover the five steps to your destiny
  • How to laugh off your fears and take control of your emotions
  • The number one way to find success and happiness
Steve Rizzo has created a program that truly solves the mysteries of motivating and maintaining the positive attitudes of a cohesive team.

Client Testimonials:
"Your speech was not only outstanding but it captured everyone's interest from the inception of the presentation right through to the end. You were funny, you brought some actual true-life points that were, that you experienced in your own personal life to a reality. And you just had the audience captivated from inception to completion of that presentation. So, out of all the events that I have put together on behalf of the Hartford for this association, that evening in September based on your presentation was the most successful that we've ever had. So, my hat goes off to you for an outstanding presentation and your book is outstanding, I've read it and you were just you were right on and you captured everyone’s interest from the beginning to the end and I’m still getting rave reviews from some of our clients that that was the most enjoyable evening that they've attended on behalf of The Hartford, so thank you."
-- Wayne Carpenter, Director of Client Relationships, Hartford Life Insurance

"You're one of my heroes and I tell you this too on a personal note, your brother remains one of my heroes. Wow. I cannot listen to that story without choking up and this is three or four years later. "
-- Jon Fusco,Vice President, Casella Waste Systems

Articles:
Does Work Have To Be So Stressful?
Are You Prepared To Handle The Unexpected? (Humor Being™ To The Rescue)
So You Think You Hate Your Job…Stop Thinking That Way!
Change: What You Think Is What You Get!
The Atti-tools For Success
Enjoy and Be Happy
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