Funny Motivational Health Care Keynote Speech: “At Least I’ve Got My Health”
A comedian as motivational healthcare keynote speaker?
When they stopped laughing at the Texas Safety Association here’s what attendees left on the evaluation:
“Best Keynote I’ve heard.”
“The first speaker was excellent. His comedy was excellent and his personal experience gave me a better perspective on change.”
Objectives:At Least I’ve Got My Health will
Set a positive tone to your convention. More than talking about fun, it’s fun itself...
Make attendees feel good about themselves and what they are capable of.
Fit well with information-based presentations. Standup comedy and storytelling require an audience’s active participation. Attendees will leave the session energized and aware.
Make ’em laugh “more than they have in years...”
Description:When Brett set out to become a comedian, a reporter asked how long a man with muscular dystrophy could stand the rigors of a traveling standup comedy career. Brett predicted about seven years. That was 29 years ago. This is the story of a man with a progressive neuromuscular disease overcoming the limitations of his disease - even adding an additional 23 years to his career so far - through the healing power of humor. With intelligence and understated wit, Brett’s comic routine demonstrates the humor-health connection through jokes and stories about the value of humor and managing change.
At Least I’ve Got My Health tells of the soft landing achieved by this now sitdown standup comic and of the mental and emotional reward humor has provided in seeing the little and big things in life as laughing matters.
Video: Adding laughter to life
Humor helps us help
Video: The Canard and the Caregiver
A note about the video The Canard and the Caregiver. This video includes a humorous description of an event that occurred during our family's experience with in-home care. While the subject matter is intimate, the language is clean and the tone respectful. Enjoy!
Funny Healthcare Keynote Client List:
Governmental human resources
Federal: US Department of Defense; US Department of Labor, USDA, US Treasury Department, Census Bureau; Indian Health Service; FDIC; NASA Langley Research Center
State: Virginia Workman’s Compensation; Virginia Department of Blind and Visually Impaired
Sydney (Australia) Children’s Hospital; Rural Health Association: National, Oklahoma, South Carolina; Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB);; Virginia Association of Hospices; Wyoming Department of Health/Aging Division; Kentucky Speech- Language Hearing Association; Kentucky Chapter, United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA); Miami Children’s Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital; Texas Safety Association; The C.R Wood Cancer Center; American Physical Therapy Association, World Congress; The HUMOR Project
Muscular Dystrophy Association; FSH Society; National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America; The Myositis Association; Easter Seals
George Mason University; Mary Washington University; University of Louisville; George Washington University
American Pharmacy Services Corporation; Missouri Pharmacy Association; Federal Pharmacist Association: Virginia Chapter
Letters recommending At Least I’ve Got My Health for:
...a workshop presentation
...and, in a return visit one year later, as a Keynote
“...Everyone was delighted by what you said - not just your comedy but your insights into life.”
“He makes you feel like you can do anything”
...Hospital and rural health associations
...Youth Leadership Forums
“From an adult perspective, numerous people commented to me on how you achieved the perfect mix of humor and motivational message...my hunch is the students will remember you as a funny man who already has achieved many of his goals, who has not allowed his disability to stop him from a pursuing a challenging career and who has made many adaptations in his life as his disability has progressed. Our goal is to present out students with various role models and you are one of the best. When I attended the YLF training several years ago, I left with the vision of the perfect Mentor’s Luncheon speaker, i.e., one who could combine humor with a motivational message. You fulfilled my vision.”
...College parents’ weekend
“Thanks so much for your wonderful show during our Family Weekend. The student planning board that ran the event was worried about finding a comedian who would be suitable for parents, college-aged students, and younger brothers and sisters. After the show, they were so pleased because your humor was fun, clean, and everyone could relate to it. In fact, I have contacted some of my colleagues at other universities to let them know about your show.”
...and for diversity
“Your performance was lively and inspirational. Thank you for showing our students that a disability is not a hindrance.”
“You are very funny and very friendly. The students enjoy working with someone who takes such a genuine interest in them. It is great to work with a professional who is not only a wonderful performer but also treats our students with respect, and represents a role model.”
...and, ability-based conferences and organizations
“It had been a long busy week for all of our attendees and you helped them forget how tired they were. Everyone left the event laughing, smiling, and very inspired.”
“Of the 28 speakers/presenters, respondents rated 14 as outstanding. You were rated outstanding by 19 respondents. This was four times the number of the next highest-rated speaker.”
“The average presentation rating (at the Humour Summit - Sydney, Australia) was 81% and the content average was 94%... the rating of your presentation was 89% and content 97%. Well done, Brett, a really good rating.”