MEGA SESSION: No Joke: Comedy Training as a Culture Change Catalyst

SHRM 2013 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session will allow you to experience firsthand the power of stand-up comedy training so you can build a happier, healthier and more productive workplace.
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Did you know that happy employees dedicate 80% of their efforts to work related tasks – twice as much as their miserable peers? In today’s economy, organizational malaise is at an all-time high with employees turning into cynics resulting in a lack of organizational cohesiveness and decreased productivity. Tried and true morale and team building programs simply don’t work anymore. Yet one innovative solution is injecting excitement to create a positive, sustainable solution … comedy training. In this session, you will see how laughter, the universal language, is a powerful catalyst to breaking down silos and improving presentation skills – all the while bridging cultural and generational gaps leading to happy and productive employees. Additionally, leaders who engage in using comedy are seen as more human, vulnerable, trustworthy and credible ultimately leading to a powerful point of differentiation for organizations who embrace what comedians have known for ages … laughter is the best medicine.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Clayton Fletcher


Clayton Fletcher has performed his hilarious stand-up routine all over the USA, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. His unique blend of clean, intelligent sincerity and witty, pointed sarcasm make him a favorite among audiences ranging from suburban college kids to diverse mature urban professionals. This comic proves once and for all that funny is funny no matter who you are!

Audiences are raving about The Clayton Fletcher Show every Saturday Night 8PM at New York Comedy Club 241 East 24th Street in Manhattan. The show features some of NYC's top comics and is headlined by Mr. Fletcher himself. The show has been running for three years and it is nearly always sold out!  Clayton Fletcher is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in several films and television shows. He also toured nationally with Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. He is a multi-talented performer who has dedicated his life to entertaining people. Clayton even has recorded some music with his band, PokerFace, and his a cappella doo-wop group, Stackin' Forty-Fives. This is a guy you really have to see to believe! Clayton was born in Baltimore, MD but makes his home in New York City where he has been an Orioles fan in New York for ten years. Take pity on him.

Steve Cody


Steve was named the PRNews Blogger of the Year in 2011, was a finalist for the same award in 2012 and is a regular contributor to  He was also recently named one of Northeastern University’s 100 most successful alumni, and his podcast, RepChatter, has also won a Silver SABRE from Holmes. As co-founder and managing partner of Peppercomm, he is responsible for overall agency direction and management, new business development, new product development and agency marketing.

Along with strategic consultant Dr. Richard Harte, Steve has written a book on sales, What’s Keeping Your Customers Up at Night? and is also one of the CEOs featured in Donald Trump’s book Trump: The Way to the Top.

Steve has appeared on CNBC and APRadio, and has been profiled in media ranging from Advertising Age and Investor’s Business Daily to MSNBC and BusinessWeekOnline. He is a member of the PRSA Counselors Academy’s executive committee, the Corporate Communication Advisory Board of Baruch College, the Civilian Corporate Affairs Committee at West Point, the Arthur W. Page Society, The Northeastern University Corporation and the College of Charleston’s Department of Communication Advisory Council.

He is an avid ice, rock and alpine climber, having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Matterhorn and several Rocky Mountain 14ers. He’s also a professional comedian and regularly performs at the New York Comedy Club.  Through a combination of long-distance cycling, comedy shows and other events, Steve has personally raised over $50,000 for both the Young Survival Coalition and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The agency was named after his family’s dog, Pepper.

S100BC Ballroom
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Mega Session
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