Karyn Buxman


What’s So Funny About Business?

You might not have an immediate answer for that question. Business is hard work. Owning and operating a business can consume your life.  Working for somebody else – whether that’s in operations, marketing, hr, or the dreaded accounting division – isn’t necessarily a piece of cake, either.  We devote tremendous amounts of time, energy, and resources into our work, because so much depends on being successful. Surely this is no laughing matter. Actually, laughing is the best thing you can be doing.  We’d even argue that you have to laugh, if you want to succeed. Don’t believe us? Just ask the people at Southwest.  Their uniquely humorous approach has earned them significant goodwill and provided them with a valuable differentiator in a crowded and competitive marketplace. You see, it turns out that the strategic use of humor is one of the single most important tools businesses have at their disposal.  The ability to use humor:

  • effectively attracts more customers to your brand, increasing market share and profitability
  • augments and enhances every marketing strategy
  • makes your company appear more ‘human’ and approachable – vital in a world driven by social media
  • helps ensure superior customer service, from effective customer engagement to resolving complaints quickly
  • makes it easier to attract and retain valuable employees
  • creates a positive workplace environment

And there’s more! Want to learn how you can use humor to transform your company? Book Karyn Buxman, humor expert and speaker extraordinaire! Karyn is a highly sought humorist and internationally recognized expert in applied and therapeutic humor. She helps businesses realize all of the benefits of humor by showing people how to harness the power of thought and the spirit of humor.


Business Speaking Topics


Amazed & Amused: Strategies of the Sane & Successful

Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote

Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Customers are not really “yours” until they have been amazed and/or amused by your products, your services, or your people. Leadership finds its inspiration not in duty, but in grasping the amazing power of one’s vision and will, and in motivating the amusing diversity of many people’s personalities and skills. Bestselling author, business consultant, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

Achieving Success, Significance and Happiness in Challenging Times

 Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote

Scientists have shown that people’s attitude and mindset play a crucial role in our health and resilience; our ability to perform and succeed; our ability to connect and be significant; and our overall happiness. Bestselling author, RN, and expert in psychoneuroimmunology, Karyn Buxman, will share how we can use perspective and positive emotions to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. This is one of those rare programs that is both inspirational, entertaining, and practical. 

When Funny Means Money: Humor as a Serious Business Strategy

General Business/Entertainment: Keynote

Do you think that humor and business don’t go together? Think again! There’s a good reason why American Express paid Jerry Seinfeld millions of dollars to star in their ads. They know that “While logic tells, emotion sells”—and that humor is the quickest route to the emotions. In this keynote you will learn: How humor functions as a leadership tool, a sales aid, and a customer service strategy; how humor goes to the bottom line; the neuroscience behind how and why humor bypasses people’s logic circuits, and influences their buying decisions through emotion; and specific strategies for utilizing humor in your business—and your life.

Lighten Up and Lead The Way

Leadership: Keynote or Breakout

Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic strategy that strengthens resilience, enhances communication, and increases engagement. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It

Resilience/Keynote or Breakout

Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change. Find out how taking care of yourself can affect everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.
10 Quick Strategies for Soothing Stress

I Know You Think You Understand What You Thought I Said


Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

Stress Management

Motivational speaker Karyn Buxman entertains and educates audiences with her hilarious stress management techniques. Highly sought keynote speaker, Karyn Buxman should be your #1 speaker choice for your next convention, event or business meeting.

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