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Shift Your Perspective Change your experience

Tim Gard focuses on inspiring individuals to thrive despite stress or circumstances beyond their control. His easy-to-remember and hard-to-forget methods demonstrate how, when you shift your perspective, you change your experience.

Focusing on humor as a skill in work and life, Tim is a humorous motivational speaker who customizes his message to speak directly to your audience. Incorporate Tim Gard into your annual personnel development objective; leave lasting value for each individual, as well as departments and teams.

When you choose Tim Gard as your funny motivational keynote speaker, you are assured the absolute best in a customized presentation. Checkout these available programs.

Leadership. Authority. Know the Difference
Employee Motivation at its Funniest
Reduce Stress. Boost Morale.
Not sure which to choose? Contact Tim to discuss your goals.

Leadership: The Tao of Humor

Almost everyone will agree that humor can have a positive impact at work. As a strategic skill, it can act as a positive factor in communication, morale, and stress reduction.

However, if misused, it can have an equally negative effect.

During this keynote we’ll explore how to steer clear of the negative or controversial humor that may become a source of problems and complaints by concentrating on humor that enhances (and never diminishes) workplace culture to improve morale and customer service.

In this laughter-filled leadership program, you’ll discover how humor can help you powerfully deal with the challenges of an ever-changing workplace.

By applying a few simple precautions, you will see how making the farce be with you improves the environment for everyone.

Today’s leaders are forced to do more with less; supervisors and managers are constantly tasked to inspire their troops to do more work with a fraction of the staffing and resources needed.

This program focuses on developing your own humor plan while defining what is permissible, and what is not, in your workplace. As a participant, you will take away:

  • knowledge of how to be a positive humor leader
  • key differences between leadership and authority
  • reasons why funny does not always equal appropriate
  • ways to encourage good humor and discourage bad humor
  • benefits and potential pitfalls of using laughter and humor in business
  • ways to steer clear of the negative humor that can cause problems and complaints

Ideal for both government and private business, this program’s easy and practical guidelines prevent negative humor in the workplace while allowing positive humor to strengthen communication and boost morale.


Hits Home That Humor Can Disarm A Challenging Situation

We engaged Tim to conduct a session for a group of current and future leaders within our organization. He did a masterful job of understanding our business while ensuring his content was relevant and meaningful with strong take home value. Downright funny, Tim’s brilliant approach comically hits home the notion that humor can disarm a variety of situations and change the mood of a challenging conversation. Tim’s training and presentation skills are fantastic, and he keeps the group focused, engaged and having fun. Anytime a professional speaker can intrigue, keep engaged and fill a group with laughter as Tim does, then you know he’s special!

Otter Products

Laughter becomes you

Is employee motivation important to you? The “Laughter Becomes You” keynote is as funny as it is inspiring and content rich. Tim teaches audience members to develop and apply their own Comic Vision® to be more resourceful and resilient—both at work and in their personal lives.

His rejuvenating and immediately applicable message teaches audiences how to increase morale while enhancing productivity and everyday enthusiasm in three short and easy-to-adopt steps.

The unique yet practical ideas also help people diffuse routine or extreme stress by insulating themselves against negativity. They’re able to “refresh and renew” themselves by using and sharing his Comic Vision® techniques. More than that, his funny, morale-building stories and extraordinary visual props make this keynote speech a hilarious way to start or close your meeting.

Ideal for both government and private business, this program can also be tailored for short breakouts (45 mins) or half-day working sessions.



Tim Gard was the perfect choice for the culmination of our customer event. We thought we were taking a slight risk by switching gears from previous years and having a more light-hearted closing session, rather than a recap of business topics discussed, blah, blah, etc.

It turned out not to be a risk at all because Tim did so much more than just ‘perform his act’. Our pre-event prep calls demonstrated Tim’s interest in getting to know our business, our customers, our goals… I was very impressed with that. He wasn’t simply trying to find buzz words and catch phrases to work into his ‘show’, in an artificial way to make connections… he does truly get it: that business conference attendees are people – people who have experiences, frustrations, stories of their own and a sense of humor.

I would wholeheartedly endorse him for any company looking to infuse a dose of intelligent humor to any event where people come together for a common cause.

Westcon Group

Change the Game!

When your organization needs training on how to reduce stress and dysfunction, it’s time to Change the Game!

Life is a game; business is a game; travel is a game. Well, literally everything is a game that usually involves winners, losers, and spectators. This “Change the Game” keynote helps you discover how to change any game to your advantage when encountering situational stressors, toxic people, and various challenges inherent to life.

The pressure to accomplish more with less, meet tight deliverable expectations, and respond with professional promptness can create stress, cause team dysfunction, and even decrease morale. The attitude that “everything seems so serious, heavy, and intense” is more than unproductive; it’s a truly unhealthy way to work and live!

Participants learn how one person can “change the game” for all players by applying easy-to-understand and hard-to-forget concepts—ones that champions have been using for centuries in sports, business, and life in general. Providing a shift in perspective and approach can influence the playing experience for everyone in a multitude of tangible and valuable ways. Learn how to reduce stress in this hilarious keynote! Using the game of marbles as a metaphor, Tim proves that overly complicated tasks can become surprisingly uncomplicated—FAST!

Tim personally consults with event coordinators both before and after each event. He wants to ensure that every participant receives a bag of marbles to aid in implementing “Change the Game” tools, tactics, and strategies. This keepsake ingrains the newly developed philosophy for overcoming what initially seemed to be impossible or unrealistic challenges.


I Laughed so hard I cried!

I plan a sales conference for our distributors every year and am always searching for someone ideal to get our message across. This year I wanted to add a more fun approach to some of our topics and Tim was the ideal solution. I researched plenty ahead of time only to find that Tim came very highly recommended and I was particularly interested in the ways he was able to adapt the message to be very much in tune with ours. I was able to put him in touch with a local distributor who provided him with enough input that Tim was able to make this presentation feel like it was just for us! I sat in the front row and could hear the outbursts of laughter from our entire audience and all the while, I laughed so hard I cried!

If you are looking for someone who is truly going to engage with your audience and provide a fun and meaningful event, Tim is the guy! I can’t imagine anyone being sorry after hiring him. We put out a survey to our attendees after our conferences and although all of the feedback is not in yet, Tim was by far one of the highlights of our event and received nothing but fabulous feedback from our group. If you haven’t caught my message yet, let me just say that I absolutely recommend Tim and his Change the Game presentation. You won’t be sorry!


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