It’s not ALL About Me,
I work with a handpicked team of behavior change specialists with backgrounds in public health, social justice, and prevention. I make sure we are effective by keeping our eyes on the prize - changing behaviors.
Humor is a tool for change…
I’m also a stand up comedian, and often referred to as an "advocacy comic" for using the platform to help people better understand challenging issues.
I use humor to facilitate understanding, defuse discomfort, and resolve conflict, and do so strategically, professionally and with compassion. The work isn't conducted like one of those Comedy Driver's Ed Class -- which are never funny. It’s about allowing people to be themselves, not their professional personas, and tackling this work in an informal, thoughtful, relaxed, yet safe way. This creates a low-vulnerability, high-participation setting that contributes to cooperation and retention.
At the risk of sounding disparaging of people who dedicate their lives to social change, I do have some disagreements about how to best go about it. Yes, people should feel empowered to ask others to grow up and acclimate to the changing landscape of equality, but they don’t need to be berated into doing it. In fact, that approach is way less effective. It doesn’t make sense to make “straight white males” into villains, because no matter who you are you always feel like you’re "the good guy.” We need to support what people do well, and build on that to motivate further change.
My techniques have proven effective many times over., and have worked with scores of agencies of every type and size across the country. I work with a nimble group of specialists with varied skillsets within our field, and match my consultants with the appropriate clients in order to ensure a good fit for all.
I come in with an open mind, provide you with objective analyses, a plan to facilitate change and resolution, and guidance for sustaining it. I am dedicated to helping people, teams, and organizations become more cooperative through increased understanding. I do this carefully, and methodically, and take the process off your plate as quickly as possible by working with leadership to establishing transparent, unambiguous, and achievable goals, and choosing the right consultant to help me meet them.
From there I facilitate organizational change by imparting methods and techniques for becoming more collaborative; unpacking cultural and generational value differences that inform different approaches to work; and using humor and enjoyable, dynamic training that facilitates understanding between the people who fuel the engine of the organization.
Ultimately, I do this work because it’s all I ever wanted to do. I have always had an obsession with justice and fairness, and that didn’t always work out for me very well when I didn’t know how best to go about it. So I spent my career perfecting such ways, and now I’m lauded for it.