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Michael Kerr

Award-winning Motivational Speaker & Workplace Energizer


Michael Kerr, Speaker, CSP is one of North America's leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations - known for introducing practical ideas that audiences can put to work immediately — are delivered in a truly unforgettable manner through his memorable brand of clean, high-energy humour. Why choose between a high-energy entertaining presentation and relevant, insightful content when you can have both?

Meet One of North America’s Most Influential and Entertaining Workplace Culture Thought Leaders. Life is too short to work in a soul-sucking workplace. That’s why Michael’s on a mission to turbo charge inspiring, happy, and humane workplace cultures that drive OUTRAGEOUS results.

Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame inductee Michael Kerr is an international business speaker, very funny motivational speaker, and workshop trainer. He’s also the author of 8 books including: The Jerk-Free Workplace: How You Can Take The Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace; The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank; and Hire, Inspire, and Fuel Their Fire: How to Recruit, Onboard, and Train New Employees to Live Your Culture Out Loud.

For more than 20 years, Michael has travelled the world researching, writing, and speaking about inspiring workplace cultures, inspiring leaders, and businesses that leverage their humor resources to drive outrageous results for their employees and their customers.

He is known as one of North America’s leading speakers on creating high-performing, service-first cultures. His high energy, hilarious, inspiring, and thought-provoking programs are often rated as having the greatest impact and relevance of any presentation at a conference, which is why Michael has been listed as one of Canada’s most requested business speakers.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and training workshops to more than 3,000 audiences, from Austria to Australia, from Boston to Bermuda, from Cleveland to Calgary.

His presentations offer relevant, practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of clean humor. “Inspiring,” “hilarious,” “energizing,” “fabulous ideas,” and “incredibly relevant and timely content,” are phrases clients repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.

His ideas on building better workplace cultures have been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, while his Inspiring Workplaces blog has been recognized as one of the top-30 workplace blogs in the world.

Michael lives in the spectacularly inspiring Canadian Rockies.

Looking to create an inspiring, rocking, humane, fun, service-first workplace culture? Contact us!

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  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Comedy & Humour
  • Communication
  • Corporate Culture
  • Creativity | Innovation | Disruption
  • Employee Engagement
  • Health & Wellness
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Humour & Variety
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Leadership
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  • Work-Life Balance


Leading, Laughing, and Connecting During Turbulent Times +

It may be a stressful moment, but now is a great time to remember the importance of inspiring and dynamic leadership. From small teams to international organizations, staying motivated and encouraging one another is more important than ever.

With this new virtual presentation, business speaker and author Michael Kerr shares his best practices on how to lead, connect, and keep positive with laughs and enthusiasm during this challenging period.

Audiences will learn:

  • The power of setting daily intentions to help “lead yourself” first.
  • Simple ways to minimize “squirrel brain” and stay more focused.
  • How to communicate and connect effectively with your virtual team.
  • How to maintain a positive mental outlook and encourage a psychologically healthy space for everyone. --

Additional Virtual Presentations & Webinar Topics

  • Managing and Motivating Virtual Teams
  • Putting Humor to Work for Less Stress and More Success!
  • Communication is Everything and Everything is Communication
  • Building Resilient Cultures
  • Encouraging Everyone to Step Up as a Leader During Difficult Times


Hire, Inspire, and, Fuel Their Fire: How to Recruit, Onboard, and Train New Employees to Live Your Culture Out Loud +

This idea-packed presentation, delivered with Michael Kerr’s legendary dynamic, humor-filled flair, is designed to challenge participants’ perspectives, inspire them to take immediate action, and refuel their passion for their workplace culture.

You cannot create a rocking, innovative, service-first culture without getting your hiring, onboarding, and training right! As the old mantra warns: “If you hire wrong, you can do no right, but if you hire right, you can do no wrong!”

This is an essential topic for leaders who understand the significant costs associated with a bad hire and, conversely, the enormous benefit of finding top talent who are a perfect fit for their organization.

Participants will love Kerr’s unique take on this highly in-demand topic, and appreciate the many insights and innovative ideas based on Kerr’s extensive interviews with CEOs, senior managers, and HR professionals from around the world. Audiences will walk away with innovative insights and ideas they can immediately apply to their workplace, plus gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to create a truly inspiring workplace culture, how to re-energize their recruitment practices to attract employees who are a better fit, and how to bring more fun, creativity, and passion into their workplace. --

Putting Humour to Work for Less Stress and More Success! +

Why choose between content and fun when you can have both? Putting Humour to Work presentations offer practical, relevant ideas delivered in a fun, energetic and memorable style.

You will laugh as you learn:

  • It’s not about being funny: How humour can help you choose a more positive workplace attitude
  • Why humour at work makes dollars…and sense: The compelling business case for more fun at work
  • Three reasons why humour is one of the most powerful stress busters
  • The “3 R’s” of putting humour to work to manage stress and deal with change in the workplace
  • Using humour to communicate effectively: It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say things in the workplace that matters
  • The humour advantage: Using humor stand out from the herd to be heard and to turn customers into raving fans for your business
  • Why teams that laugh together, work better together
  • Sparking creative thinking through the power of humour: Why HA + HA = AHA!
  • Practicing “safe” workplace humour: Humour that laughs with people, not at people --

Inspiring Workplaces: The Way Work OUGHT To Be +

Inspiring Workplaces offers practical, relevant ideas geared towards creating more inspiring, innovative, fun and successful workplaces, delivered in a humorous and memorable style.

You will laugh as you learn:

  • Choosing your workplace attitude before it chooses you
  • Why inspiring workplaces value their values and what it means to truly honour your workplace values
  • Dreaming of a better future: Why a compelling vision matters
  • Why (and how) inspiring workplaces put humour to work for great success
  • Creating an inspiring customer service mindset towards customer and employees
  • Inspiring creativity and innovation at work to manage change and prepare for the future
  • Inspiring communication in the workplace: The difference between efficient communication and truly effective communication
  • Inspiring employees: the top five motivating influences in any workplace
  • Thanks a lot! Creating a culture of celebrating, recognizing and rewarding
  • Guiding lights for creating more inspiring workplaces --

Inspiring Change at Work: How to Drive Innovation, Spark Creativity, and Turn Ideas into Action +

Every one of my clients tells me they are grappling with unprecedented levels of change in their organization, to which I respond, “welcome to the club!” Without question, the pace of change is accelerating. You have three choices: Innovate and lead the change, adapt to the change that’s happening around you, or settle for the status quo and eventually put a “FOR SALE” sign up on your business.

Because ideas are the currency of success that drive change forward, it’s essential that you nurture a culture that supports creativity and innovation. You need ideas — both big and small — that will help you lead and adapt to change. You need ideas that will help you stand out from the herd, and you need ideas that will help you achieve the results you deserve and need!

Audiences will learn:

  • So… what’s new? The unprecedented pace of change and why you should care!
  • Three ways you need to change how you look at change.
  • Communicating for a change.
  • Three reasons why you need to be in the business of ideas.
  • Is the workplace really a place where ideas go to die?
  • Creating a culture and mindset that questions the status quo, that challenges assumptions, and that drives curiosity.
  • Inspiring questions for inspiring workplaces.
  • What a great idea! How to get more ideas and better ideas.
  • HA + HA = AHA! The role humour plays in the creative process.
  • Changing perspectives: Why creativity can break down walls and build stronger teams.
  • Idea-building language and behaviours: What keeps creativity and change flowing at work?
  • Idea-squashing language and behaviours: What blocks change and creativity at work?
  • Three key ways to turn great ideas into action and lead the charge of change.
  • Five critical motivational triggers that will help employees embrace change and new ideas.
  • Creating a “go the extra inch” and a “go the extra mile” mindset. --

Inspiring Leadership: Creating a Purpose-Driven, Values-Based, Innovative, and Yes, Fun Culture for a 21st-Century Workforce +

Culture drives success. In fact, when I ask inspiring leaders from around the world what’s been more important to their success, business strategy or culture, 95% say it’s their culture. But great cultures don’t happen by accident. You can’t fake a great culture, and you sure as heck can’t buy it. An inspiring culture requires a dedicated commitment by every leader in an organization. The Human Capital Institute suggests that 70% of a leader’s time should be focussed on talent development and culture building — culture is just that important. So, if you want an inspiring culture, there’s no getting around it — you need to invest in making that happen!

With dozens of real-world, relevant examples, and through interactive exercises that get people engaged and, at times, up on their feet, participants will learn:

  • Why culture is everything and everything is culture.
  • Five “killer” questions to keep asking about your culture.
  • Leadership vs. manager-ship: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
  • How your culture connects with your branding.
  • Recruiting and hiring: Why finding the right people is critical, hiring for attitude, and hiring for culture fit.
  • The onboarding process: How to teach your culture to new employees.
  • The role of mentoring, training, and coaching in building a strong culture.
  • Being on purpose: Why “why” matters now more than ever and why your vision statement might be giving everyone a case of the “blahs.”
  • Shifting attitudes: Shifting employees from a job mindset to a calling mindset.
  • Valuing your values: How to communicate your values, celebrate your values, and make sure your values actually mean something.
  • Motivating the troops: Why money isn’t always honey, what most organizations get dead wrong about this topic, and five powerful “Ps” for more effective motivation.
  • Creating a “service-first” culture where everyone understands that some of their most important customers are sitting right next to them!
  • Communication is everything and everything is communication: Shifting from being merely efficient to being truly effective with your communication.
  • Getting your meetings right. How daily team huddles can strengthen your culture and why getting your meetings “right” is critical!
  • How to drive more creativity and innovation: Building a culture that challenges assumptions, questions everything, creates a safe space for ideas, and turns passion and ideas into action.
  • The humor advantage:  Why leaders need to demonstrate a healthy sense of humor and how humor both drives and reflects an inspiring culture.
    Five effective ways to jumpstart a culture shift. --

The Humour Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank +

Based on Michael Kerr’s wildly successful book The Humor Advantage, this presentation is geared towards business owners, managers, HR managers, front-line customer service employees, and any business employee interested in how to brand their business effectively to attract employees and customers, provide outrageously effective customer service, and boost sales to new heights. It’s about leveraging your humor advantage to get the results you want and the results you deserve!

Not only is this presentation wildly entertaining and guaranteed to keep participants awake and laughing, it’s packed full of inspiring business success stories from around the world and jammed to the brim with real-world, relevant results that participants can put to work immediately.

Through real world examples audiences will learn:

  • How to brand your business as a great place to work to attract top talent.
  • Hiring with and for humour: Why great businesses hire first and foremost for attitude.
  • Why customer service is potentially your #1 competitive advantage.
  • How great companies build a service-first culture.
  • How to brand your business to stand out from the competition and attract new customers.
  • Social media branding: The do’s and don’ts of using humour to stand out with your social media.
  • Why pay for advertising when leveraging the humour advantage can attract free publicity?
  • How humor can drive more innovation in your company.
  • Five keys to effective branding with humour.
  • Why you need to STOP providing good customer service!
  • Five reasons phenomenal customer service matters more than ever.
  • The difference between long-term customers and truly loyal customers.
  • The two things every business needs to do consistently to stand out from the herd with its service to create passionate, loyal customers.
  • Would you like a pet frog with that? How humour boosts sales.
  • Adding humour to every point of customer contact.
  • The importance of going the extra inch and the extra mile with your customers.
  • How to brand your business as a great place to work to attract top talent.
  • Hiring with and for humour: Why great businesses hire first and foremost for attitude.
  • Why customer service is potentially your #1 competitive advantage.
  • How great companies build a service-first culture.
  • How to brand your business to stand out from the competition and attract new customers. --

Putting Creativity to Work: Ideas Are the Currency of Success +

Do you want to get more ideas from your employees? And better ideas? Do you want to eliminate “but-headed thinking” (“But, we can’t do that!”)? Putting Creativity to Work offers simple, practical ideas on how to foster a more creative workplace, delivered in a fun, memorable style.

Audiences will learn:

  • Why creativity is one of the most valuable workplace commodities
  • The creative process simplified
  • Creating a culture of questioning, a culture of curiosity
  • Storming the brains: how to inspire more creativity
  • The humour connection: Why HA + Ha = AHA!
  • Simple ways to get generate more ideas
  • Eliminating idea-squashing language and behaviour
  • Turning failure on its heads
  • What blocks ideas, what helps ideas
  • Advancing and selling your ideas: turning your best ideas into winning results --

Michael Kerr is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, Michael Kerr's speaking schedule,* fees & booking Michael Kerr, contact us. *Note that the fee range indicated is for "virtual" presentations. Contact us for live speaking fees & info.

What Clients are Saying

We were drowning in tears of laughter – Michael is a very dynamic and upbeat speaker. His presentation was an excellent way to end our conference.

–Industry Canada


We were drowning in tears of laughter – Michael is a very dynamic and upbeat speaker. His presentation was an excellent way to end our conference.

–Industry Canada

Michael's presentation yesterday was fantastic!! It was exactly what we were looking for....humourous, upbeat, inspiring and conveyed our objectives for the meeting. Thanks to K&M Productions for suggesting Michael Kerr and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.

–Atlantic Packaging

THANK YOU very much for making our company's 25th Anniversary conference so memorable. I received nothing but glowing, rave reviews for you and your presentation from all the attendees. Your message of Inspiring Workplaces was one of the most effective, enlightening, and entertaining presentations we've ever had at a conference (and we've had a lot!) Thanks again to you and K&M Productions.

–Executive Director / ClimateCare Co-operative

One of the best and one of the most highest rated speakers we've ever had at our annual confderence.

–Farm Credit Canada

He was fabulous. What a fantastic speaker!!

–Association of Yukon Communities

You received the highest evaluation out of any speaker we've ever had. Well done!

–Mr. Safety Shoes

Michael, your presentation was beyond excellent! I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work prior to and at our conference last week. You have the unique ability as a speaker to both entertain and educate people. Our audience all felt you had a good understanding of our business challenges, and were darn funny at the same time. Your presentation was the perfect mix of a serious business based message, along with a very funny and engaging delivery. Michael Kerr is a very talented, entertaining and compelling speaker. I would strongly recommend Michael Kerr to any company as I would use his services again without question.

–President, Sandvik Canada, Inc.

A heartfelt thank you for helping to make the National Wholesale Conference an event to remember. Your keynote was exactly what we were looking for to kick things off - high energy, packed with great ideas, and laugh out loud funny. The feedback from the Store managers was incredible, and you left everyone with positive energy to take back to the workplace.

–Loblaw Companies Limited

Michael Kerr was amazing! Not only was he thoroughly entertaining but he also delivered a valuable, pertinent message at the same time. His delivery was great. It was well received by the audience. I would confidently recommend Michael to anyone looking for an incredible and inspiring speaker. Great job!"

–Bell Canada

Your name and topic brought a record crowd to our dinner meeting. Your presentation not only provided us with an opportunity to laugh, but also with a chance to look at how we can use humor to make our workplaces truly exciting and fun places to be!

–Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba

You had our delegates on the edge of their seats with your anecdotes.

–Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

You were absolutely sensational yesterday! Magical! Inspiring! Outrageous! Mesmerizing! I only heard the absolute best comments about you...WOW! Thank you for ending our year in such a phenomenal way!

–Canadian Association of Professional Speakers

The delegates were truly entertained, educated and enlivened by your presentation. The fact that we could acquire someone of such high calibre as yourself was a true bonus!

–Toastmasters International

To anyone looking for a humourous and educational speaker - Mike was outstanding. Not only was he very funny and entertaining, there was a lot to learn about humour in the workplace. We will see him again ... no question about it!

–Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians

We made the right decision. Michael’s talk was both enlightening and entertaining. Michael delivered everything we hoped for and more. 83% of our delegates rated him as excellent, the other 17% as good. How many speakers earn ratings like this? I recommend Michael without reservation, he will NOT disappoint.

–Independent Community Bankers of America

Your talk was a HUGE success, I have received many compliments on my choice of keynote speaker. Your topic was an excellent compliment to the more technical nature of the conference, and was both entertaining and thought provoking.

–Canadian Petroleum Tax Society

I have never heard so many compliments for this type of session. Michael presents valuable, pertinent and USEFUL information in a manner that is highly effective.

–Sustainable Resources Development

Michael Kerr did an excellent job of demonstrating how humour can influence a positive attitude, relieve stress, build stronger teams, spark creativity and improve morale.

–Allstate Canada Group


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