The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill” in the growing world of corporate comedy. Indeed, Schwem’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. If your company or association wants to laugh at today’s fast-paced business world, look no further than Greg Schwem. Read More >
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Greg Schwem brings more than 20 years of stand-up comedy experience to an event. His performance takes a hilarious look at today’s work environment and the technology tools we can’t live without. Following shows, audience members often approach him and say, “Thanks, we needed that” or “It’s always nice to laugh at ourselves.” Schwem customizes each presentation through extensive Internet research, a questionnaire, and a follow up conference call with his client. That’s why audience members also say, “You really did your homework.” Besides clean customized humor, audiences hear material about “corporate” topics such as Blackberry addiction, indecipherable PowerPoint slides, and Schwem’s love-hate relationship with Twitter.
A humorous yet motivational talk, Eight Simple Rules for Survival encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Schwem tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire, and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sam’s Club when it comes to customer service. (Hint: It has something to do with death). Eight Simple Rules for Survival is ideal for sales groups and any organization looking to boost performance.
Based on Schwem’s blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on today’s youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Schwem makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst “parent vs. child” technology incidents and then encourages discussion.
A good emcee needs to multitask: he or she must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees.