Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons
What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 30 straight years? What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show? How do you fix a leaky water heater? Joel Cohen can answer two of those questions. As the Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, Joel has been a key part of the show’s success. Read More >
Joel Cohen Interview
Business Lessons from the Simpsons
Joel Cohen is an absolutely hilarious, deadpan, quick-on-his-feet speaker...perfect for any group that needs to enhance their innovation culture, but who prefer to laugh a little (okay, a lot) while learning how. Armed with inspired anecdotes and clips, he takes you into the fabled writer's room at The Simpsons to draw the links - and there are many - between maintaining a hit show and running a successful company. He asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry. How do you manage group dynamics to get the best from your talent? How do you find, evaluate, implement, and even discard new ideas? How do you chart a renewable path to innovation? And how do you overcome creative log jams? Note: for actual, literal logjams, Cohen recommends a chainsaw...or even better, hiring a guy with a chainsaw).
"Just a brief note to again thank you for a great presentation at IBM'S IMPACT Conference in Orlando. All of the feedback's been extremely positive. It was great to work with you and I hope to do it again soon. Thanks again for a job well done."
"Joel was great and better still he is a lovely guy. His presentation was to an audience of about 800 people and he was well received. So much so that I believe he was considered the best speaker of the two day event...which meant DDB was also shown in a good light."
"Everyone had a great time and very much enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for making an otherwise boring sales meeting very much brighter."
"Well that was about as much fun as you can have in a business presentation. That was simply wonderful."
"In the 27 years I have been arranging speakers for this organization, I have not enjoyed a presentation as much as I personally enjoyed Joel's. He was absolutely fantastic, funny, and engaging, and we've gotten great feedback from attendees. Thanks for your recommendation."
"Just a short note to thank you so much for your presentation last week and all the running around you did for press opportunities. Much appreciated! Your keynote was fun and relevant to our members. In addition, with times like this, it was fabulous to inject some humour into the room and leave people laughing. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed it!"