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Amazing Business Radio: Scott Friedman talks to Shep Hyken

“Would you like to learn how your organization can stand out, create customer experiences and use celebration as a strategic tool? Shep Hyken speaks with Scott Friedman, Certified Speaking Professional, and past president of the National Speakers Association (NSA) about his book, Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations.”

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Video Interview with Marty Dickinson of HereNextYear

 

The Leadership Podcast 26: Humor at work—really?

“Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Scott Friedman. Scott is an internationally sought-after professional speaker and author. As a motivational humorist, Scott inspires and entertains with fun-filled interactive and content-rich programs. Scott’s main area of expertise is employee innovation, customer experience, and using humor and celebration as a strategic tool. In addition to being Chief Celebration Officer at Scott Friedman & Associates, Scott has written many books on celebration, humor, audience engagement, and creating happier and healthier workplaces. Jan and Jim talk with Scott about how good humor, good communication, and good leadership align; some traits that are shared by successful CEOs; the power of stories to build connections; the power of celebration to build employee engagement; and the power of gratitude to inspire philanthropy.

“Listen in to learn how leadership, celebration, and engagement work together with good humor to result in consistently successful outcomes.”

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Dr. Matthew interview with Scott — The Mindfluence Revolution

“Chief Celebration Officer, Scott Friedman believes that if you’re too busy to celebrate, you’re too busy. According to Scott, celebration is acknowledging all that is good. The good work that you do, the people that you do it with, the people that you do it for, when your to-do list becomes your done list, and all the little and big milestones along the way. If you want to be far more successful and enjoy the journey a whole lot more, then tune in for an insightful conversation with Scott Friedman, a motivational humorist and customer experience expert. Stick around until the end for The Mindfluence Success Challenge of the week on celebration, unselfish risk, and surprise!”

http://www.mindfluencerevolution.com/63/

Ultimate Success Magazine – Scott Friedman Feature

How To Connect With People And Change The World – A conversation with Yana TV

Speaker Magazine – Scott Friedman, CSP, Together We Can Change The World Article  (December 2014) click magazine for more.SPEAKER Dec 2014

 

Leadernomics.com – Scott Friedman, Motivational Humorist Speaker on The Leaderonomics Show (8/4/2014)


Leadership Nuggets- Deadline vs. Finish Line


 

Lifetime Achievement

SCOTT FRIEDMAN
CHIEF CELEBRATION OFFICER,
SCOTT FRIEDMAN & ASSOCIATES


Scott Friedman 2014 Lifetime Achievement AwardAfter working as an events coordinator for a show productions company and in sales and marketing for a printing company, Scott Friedman found his calling as a professional speaker 28 years ago. Along the way, he has served as president of the National Speakers Association and helped create meaningful organizations such as the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, International Association of Speakers Bureaus/National Speakers Association Council, Global Speakers Summit and Together We Can Change the World.

“The work he is now doing in Asia is very impressive and is recognized by industry leaders as an incredible bridging of cultures,” says Gary Schirmacher, who nominated Friedman. “Scott is an accomplished author and has written books that help readers to bring humor into their professional and personal lives.”

As a motivational humorist, Friedman speaks more than 80 times a year, with 30 percent of his time spent in Asia and other global locations. Just back from a trip to Singapore, we caught him in Golden for a brief Q&A.

CO M+E: What motivates you to get up and do your job every day?
SF: Life is one long holiday for those who love their work. I love my work. I wake up every day with gratitude and passion to learn more. I love the opportunity to make a difference and collaborate with good people. Loving what you do makes all the difference in the world.

CO M+E: How did you get into the meetings and events industry?
SF: Cavett Robert, the founder of the National Speakers Association, encouraged me to become a speaker. Being a collaborator and connector, it seemed natural for me to plan events and meetings and bring like-minded people together.

CO M+E: What advice do you have for up-and-comers in the industry?
SF: Collaboration is the new competition. Look for ways to leverage your relationships. Always come from a place of what can I give not what I can get and your life will be filled with abundance.

Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine Spring 2014


 

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Embrace the ‘Celebration Mind-Set’

By Scott Friedman | September 08, 2013 (Lab Manager Magazine September 2013)

Milestones, Mondays, one less cup of coffee today, fails, faults, holidays, achievements, finding your keys, and that’s just the beginning.

Failures can and should be celebrated! Celebration is about acknowledging all that is good in your life. Even what may appear to be a disaster can be “recalculated” if we focus on the gifts to be discovered and the lessons to be learned. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” says Vivian Greene.

Let’s start with simple definitions that are fitting for this context:

Gratitude—appreciation for all the good things we have in our lives.

Play—having fun, creating humor, and being experimental in the moment.

Surprise—including the element of the unexpected.

Let’s explore each of these further.

Gratitude

Every morning, ask yourself this question: What am I grateful for today? If you can’t think of anything, check the obituary section of the newspaper. If your name is not there, there’s something to be grateful for. Food on the table, close relationships, health, a job, security, the air you breathe, a sunset, love in your heart. Celebrate yourself and your many blessings!

True gratitude can only come from a place of humility, authenticity, and integrity. That’s why when you practice being thankful, you bring more of what you appreciate into your life. Anthony Robbins put it this way: “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” And that’s when life truly will be a celebration.

A great way to incorporate play is to create humor rituals in your lab. I know, you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to waste. But I also know that if you’re too busy to play, you’re too busy. A quick “play” break will pay off in greater creativity and productivity. How to set the stage? Some companies will go out on a limb to bring this philosophy to life.

Jolene Selby tells us the management of a government agency in Washington state was determined to bring back a childlike state in their employees with “Get in Touch with Your Inner Child Day.”

On this day each year, all employees are encouraged to wear their pajamas to work—appropriate ones, that is. The day starts with Cap’n Crunch and Cocoa Puffs. Cartoons run continuously in the break room, where anyone can stop by and tap into his or her inner child. Candy and kids’ snacks are available throughout the day. Afternoon breaks include games such as “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Sing-alongs and pillow fights inspire adults to let go of worries and stresses. This leads to a creative brainstorming session looking through the eyes of a child.

This allows everyone to regain their sense of wonder, spontaneity, curiosity, and playfulness while approaching the day’s opportunities without limitation.

Play
A great way to incorporate play is to create humor rituals in your lab. I know, you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to waste. But I also know that if you’re too busy to play, you’re too busy. A quick “play” break will pay off in greater creativity and productivity. How to set the stage? Some companies will go out on a limb to bring this philosophy to life.

Jolene Selby tells us the management of a government agency in Washington state was determined to bring back a childlike state in their employees with “Get in Touch with Your Inner Child Day.”

On this day each year, all employees are encouraged to wear their pajamas to work—appropriate ones, that is. The day starts with Cap’n Crunch and Cocoa Puffs. Cartoons run continuously in the break room, where anyone can stop by and tap into his or her inner child. Candy and kids’ snacks are available throughout the day. Afternoon breaks include games such as “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Sing-alongs and pillow fights inspire adults to let go of worries and stresses. This leads to a creative brainstorming session looking through the eyes of a child.

This allows everyone to regain their sense of wonder, spontaneity, curiosity, and playfulness while approaching the day’s opportunities without limitation.

Surprise

Surprise is invigorating! Odette Huang, director of marketing and branding at the Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore, excels at surprising employees and customers.

Guests booking the Royal Plaza online are asked if they are celebrating something special. One couple wrote that they were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The Customer Relations team tracked down their daughter, got a wonderful photo from their wedding, used Photoshop to improve the picture quality, and put it in an attractive frame.

Once the couple arrived, Huang invited them up to the Club Lounge together with the GM, Patrick Fiat, and the Customer Relations team. There they sang “Happy Anniversary” and presented the framed photo to the astonished and teary-eyed couple.

Can you feel that celebration mindset taking hold yet? Good. Then you have officially turned on your GPS— gratitude, play, surprise. Now, how do we keep it running?

  • Start by making a commitment to facing each moment of the day with as much gratitude, playfulness, and surprise as you can muster. Your GPS will help you embrace the positive emotions of curiosity, spontaneity, passion, joy, and love for all you do.
  • Remember, each of us has a choice as to how we look at things. We can mope in the rain, or we can be thankful for the gift of moisture and carry a bright yellow polka-dot umbrella. Practice gratitude, and you will forever enrich your life.

When you operate with your GPS turned “on,” something good is bound to happen. Give yourself a turbo boost to unprecedented levels of well-being, productivity, and success— one celebration at a time. In other words, life can make you bitter, or life can make you better. Choose better; choose GPS. And let’s keep the celebration going!


Better Work Better Life, Adecco

The Adecco Better Work Better Life Interview Series was launched at HR Summit, Singapore in 2009. In this second in the series interview, Adecco talks with Scott Friedman an established international speaker and author.

In this interview, Scott is questioned about how, during these uncertain times, companies can continue to encourage innovation and resourcefulness and create healthy environments that foster creativity and team spirit Watch the film now!

 


Speaking Internationally with Scott Friedman of NSA & Raju Mandhyan


 

Articles Featuring Scott


 

People Profile- Chief Celebration Officer | Colorado Meetings + Events, Winter 2014 | Julie ScheffColorado Meetings Events Winter 2014

 

How to Expand Your Career Abroad | Forbes | Scott Friedmanm1

 

Organizations Turn on Your GPS | SHRM |Scott Friedmanm2

 

Cancun U Breaks The Mould | Speaking of Impact | Scott Friedmanm3

 

慶祝專訪-Sophie-Fang | Scott Friedmanm4

 

Taking Humor Seriously | The Business Times | Cheah Ui-HoonTaking Humor Seriously | The Business

 

Some Past Programs


 

Connecting with Customers and Employees through Humour, Creativity and Celebration | PakistanScreen Shot 2013-05-20 at 10.19.30 AM

Happy at Work | Philippinesm6

Celebrate! Creating an Engaged and Connected Workplace | Singaporem7

Connecting with Customers & Employees through Innovation, Creativity & Humour | Malaysia

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