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Tim Gard CSP. CPAE
"Laugh-Out-Loud Funny !"
Tim Gard Expertise: Humor • Motivation • Juggling Stress • Leadership • Adversity
Fee Range: $10,000 to $15,000
Location: Colorado     Video
During the last decade, Tim has delivered his entertaining, informative presentations nationally and internationally, speaking to government groups, professional associations, and corporations of every kind. Through his work he expands the understanding of humor skills as stress reduction tools.

His development of easy-to-implement techniques has inspired action from publishers, television, and radio talk shows around the world. His methods and techniques are an effective way to deal with, diffuse, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters that can-and often do-occur every day.
After majoring in communications at Flathead Valley Community College and Montana State University in Bozeman, Tim began his career working with the Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. During this experience, he discovered that his ability (and unstoppable tendency!) to sprinkle non-malicious mischief over office politics in a tense environment was an appreciated antidote to daily pressures. When asked by superiors to develop a training program to assist eligibility workers in managing stress, burnout and the ever-looming threat of compassion fatigue, he knew that sharing his own good humor was the most powerful and productive way to contribute.

After locating to Denver, Colorado in 1994 to join the staff of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, the enormous calling from his peers and superiors for consulting and training inspired Tim to resign from the federal government, and devote a full-time effort to his seminars and workshops.

Now, more than a decade later, Tim's down-to-earth style and easy manner gains him immediate rapport as he imparts his stress-reducing, success-generating perspective in a highly humorous format. Whether he is helping a group develop a Comic Vision®, or building strong teams through humor, participants enjoy his fun, informative and fast-paced session that keeps them on the edge of their seats! A navy veteran who served tours in San Francisco and aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Midway in Japan, Tim values the sacrifices, contributions and pressures endured by people who want to make the world a better place for us all, one laugh at a time.

Programs and Brief Descriptions
  • Developing a Comic Vision
    In this laugh-out-loud keynote presentation, Tim finds humor almost everywhere. His outrageous stories and unusual toy props help audience members gain a fresh perspective on work and life through the principles of laughter. Discover how to harness humor to instantly reduce stress and renew spirits throughout the day. Perfect as an opening or closing keynote, luncheon or dinner event.
  • Leadership...Tao of Humor
    Although almost everyone agrees what a positive impact humor can have at work, when misused, it can have an equally negative effect. In this laughter-filled workshop, discover how Tim's humor plan can give you the guidelines crucial to harnessing humor as a practical skill. You'll gain insight on: humor and today's fast-paced, diverse workplace; how "funny" does not always equal appropriate; and much more. You'll also learn how to steer clear of the negative humor that may become a source of problems and complaints. Excellent as a workshop, general session, in association with EEO classes, or combined with any other Comic Visions event.
  • Secrets of Choosing & Using Props
    In this full or half-day workshop, Tim will re-awaken your fancy for fun and contagiously innocent mischief, while you enjoy looking at the challenges of life through Tim's eyes. Tim Gard's use of extraordinary props in ordinary situations, and ordinary props in extraordinary situations, make him one of the most popular and original humorists on the platform today. His props are fun and funny, but most importantly, they serve as visual reminders to act-not react-to life's inconveniences.
Client Testimonials:
"What impressed us most was your ability to tailor your program in such an exact and appropriate manner. You exposed subject matter that was clear, concise and pertinent to our daily routine and we certainly enjoyed learning how to look at difficult situations with a 'comic vision'."
-- United Airlines

"Your high-flying, fabulously funny, death-defying, and unique sense of humor truly fit the bill in helping make the American Payroll Association's 21st Annual Congress 'the greatest show on earth!'"
-- American Payroll Association

Articles:
Using Laughter - Ex-Kalispell Man Gets the Last Laugh
Using Laughter - Humor Can Overcome Crabby Co-Workers

Books:
Book: Motivational Leaders Author: Tim Gard Book: Humor Me Author: Tim Gard Book: Just Plane Funny Author: Tim Gard
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