“Cheerfulness, a trait that makes people respond more readily to humor, is linked to emotional resilience—the ability to keep a level head in difficult circumstances—and to close relationships.” Steve Ayan in Scientific America, April 2009
If your people snooze through a session you lose your investment of time and money. Here are some findings from research about the benefits of healthy humour and light heartedness and how it is linked to audience satisfaction:
- Humour helps attract, maintain and refocus an audience’s attention.
- Humour creates a sense of audience participation. They move when laughing.
- Humour helps relax the audience.
- Humour improves listeners’ alertness, memory and retention.
- Humour provides comic relief to many dry and serious subjects.
- Humour assists the audience to rise above their problems by offering a different and often creative perspective.
- Humour adds a sense of play and fun.
As a Professional Speaker, Patricia and her Woe to WOW presentations have been described as upbeat, insightful and fun. Don’t expect stand up comedy but do expect a brighter and lighter side of work and life. Meeting planners and audiences describe Patricia’s upbeat style best:
“Patricia has shown us all how to bounce back from life’s trials with humour and resilience.”
Ron Sheppard, Parkland Regional Library
“Patricia offers a presentation filled with humour, candid honesty and practical tips that can be useful to everyone to manage stress.”
Luann Horobin, Canadian Association of Professional Coaches
“The audience really loved your use of humour together with your down to earth way of presenting.”
Kim Bridgland, West Moreton Women’s Health, Australia
“Patricia is an exciting, warm and energising speaker who showed us all how to inject humour into the day to day work of caring for marginalised children and young people.”
Peter Melrose, PeakCare Qld Australia
“Her insights, her wisdom, her sense of humour make it time well spent.”
Carol Henry, Big Sisters
“We appreciated Patricia’s professionalism, her humor and her flexibility to change the content of her session to meet the people’s needs.”
Diana Hyndman and Teri Smerychynaski, Co-chairs of Drug Task Force
“Parents are inspired and motivated by Patricia’s generosity of spirit, genuineness of presentation, and humorous honesty”
Christine Ayling, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
“Best of all her humour makes her presentations energizing, fun and thought provoking.”
Linda Edgecombe, CSP, life perspective specialist and professional speaker
“We appreciated her humour, personal stories and easy going approach during the morning workshop.”
Lori Rehill, Executive Director, Victim Assistance Society
“She combined enthusiastic humour and practicality to deliver an enjoyable and inspirational keynote address.”
Leslie Sorenson, Seniors Services Conference
“We all need to be reminded to take care of ourselves and not take ourselves to seriously and Patricia does it in a humorous and enchanting way.”
Kathleen Kellner, International Special Event Society
“Her humorous reminders of how to be resilient are part of my new goals for daily living.”
Jane Chapman, Red Deer Catholic School District
“You touched a lot of women with your sincere, open, honest and humorous presentation.”
Diane Scheibner, Empowering Women Conference
“Although, Patricia is a woman’s woman and relates well to the softer gender she understands the male side too and you will see that they get a kick out of her spunkiness and humour.”
Susan Kandalaft, Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services
“We have never seen a speaker give us so much in the time allowed–humour, insights, group participation, visuals–WOW.”
Lorna Hunt, Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
“Many valued your humour as well as knowledge of workplace situations.”
Val Tucker, Powerhouse Community Learning
“She brings herself to the table with personal stories and antidotes, wisdom and experiences, all coupled with a healthy dose of humour.”
Kay Olsen, Women in Business
“Your humour and fun creative touches, kept everyone captivated and wanting more.”
Michelle Tamashiro, Alberta Family Child Care Association
“You are a fun, entertaining, thought provoking and conference enhancing speaker.”
Patricia Fripp, Past President, National Speakers Association