In the land of infinite distraction, the one who tickles the funny bone reigns supreme. As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, savvy startups, leading ad agencies, and Fortune 500 firms alike are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for being memorable amidst the ringtones and vibrations of modern life.
At FunnyBizz, we teach you how to tap into humor’s power. In just one (raucously entertaining) day, our elite roster of speakers will teach you essential principles of comedy, improv and storytelling, how to apply those concepts to you and your business, and generally show you how being funny can make you more successful.
Why Use Comedy Techniques?
Because that’s what the people want—Today's generation has been socialized to receive info via humor. They want infotainment, not information. Clients don't watch "20/20" or "Nightline" for news; they watch Colbert and Jon Stewart. They want and expect information delivered with a punch line.
Because science says so—“The brain doesn't pay attention to boring things,” notes John Medina, a biologist and author of the best-selling book Brain Rules. “Laughter triggers a dopamine release, which aids memory and information processing. It’s like a mental post-it note that tells your brain, remember this.”
Because that’s what the people share— A scientific study out of LSU finds “Humor was employed at near unanimous levels for all viral advertisements. Consequently, this study identified humor as the universal appeal for making content viral.” Also, most of Unruly Media’s top viral videos of 2013 use humor to encourage audiences to click on the "share" button.
What You Will Learn at FunnyBizz:
- Storytelling techniques for building an authentic brand
- How to maximize the virality of your content
- The key role of laughter in building loyal communities
- How being funny can make people want to work with you and buy from you
- The recipe for delivering hilarious speeches and consistently funny copy
- How improv techniques increase productivity, inspire engagement, and encourage a creative corporate culture
Who Is FunnyBizz For:
- Startup CEOs and founders looking to transform their key messages and pitches into a compelling story.
- Content Professionals and Social Media Managers looking to improve their messaging
- Marketing, PR, Advertising and Communications professionals looking to add humor to their company voice.
- Brand managers looking to create a loveable brand that stands out from the noise.
- Sales and business development professionals who want to make their presentations and pitches more entertaining.
- Community builders who want to make their communities more fun and engaging.
- Entrepreneurs looking to gain a competitive advantage.
Transferrable bands: Can’t attend the entire conference? Buy one ticket, attend the morning, then trade wristbands with a colleague so they can attend the afternoon. That's awesome! Most conferences don't do that!? Thankfully, we are not most conferences.
Agenda8:00am - Registration, Breakfast Bites, & Networking 9:00am - Welcoming remarks by conference organizers Stage I. 9:10am - Stand out from the noise with humor. What makes things funny by Peter McGraw 9:35am - Crowdsourcing Humor: The New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest by Bob Mankoff 10:05am - Humor at Work by Andrew Tarvin 10:30am - Coffee Break Stage II. 10:45am - Comedy as a Competitive Advantage: The curious case of Betabrand by Chris Lindland 11:10am - Humor, experimentation, and the search for effective content by Jodie Ellis 11:35am -Upworthy's Sense of Humor: How to be funny without ruining everything. (Please don't ruin everything) by Eddie Geller 12:00pm - Purposefully Repurposed Content by Allison Goldberg & Jen Jamula 12:15pm - Lunch & Networking Stage III. 1:30pm - What’s the Story in Story? The Art and Science of Storytelling in Business by Kat Koppett 2:00pm - How To Create 22 minutes of great content every damn week - secrets of TV comedy series by Bill Grundfest 2:25pm - Humor by Design by Chelsey Delaney 2:50pm - Is it PowerPoint that's boring or your content? A hilarious example by Tim Lee 3:15pm - Coffee Break Stage IV. 3:35pm - The business case for nonsense by Tim Washer 4:00pm - Spectacular story and content creation by AJ Jacobs 4:30pm - Speechlesslive & the power of Improv with guest presenters 5:00pm - Closing remarks 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Happy Hour "Networking" brought to you by Optimizely
TestimonialsFrom our last event in San Francisco
"By the end of the day at FunnyBizz I was exhausted from learning and laughing. I'd planned to sneak out after lunch but like a fat lady with a bucket of bon-bons I was just like, "ehhhhh... just one more". It's not your usual convention. It's much more fun. More interactive. I feel taught. I feel full. I feel good. Bringing more creativity into your workplace is great."- Ryan Bell, Business Performance Advisor at Insperity
"Most conferences are like swimming in a nice comfy bowl of familiar oatmeal. This one was more like putting on a cape and diving off a building. FunnyBizz delivered more than take-aways and actionable ideas. FunnyBizz delivered a mode-changing experience right into my brain. If you can only go to one conference a year, it should be this one."- Suzanna Stinnett, Founder, Bay Area Bloggers Society
"When I first attended FunnyBizz, it was like going out on a blind date with someone I met on match.com. I was surprised to learn my date was not only a rock star but then also smart and funny as hell! I'm hooked, FunnyBizz and I are married for life. Definitely one of the coolest, most innovative business conferences out there today!"- Mauricio Vergara, Director Business Development, Corpacademy
"My biggest concern walking into the venue was that I would be highly entertained at the expense of actually learning anything. Boy was I wrong! The variety of speakers struck just the right balance, and I took lots of notes on strategies and ideas that I want to try when I get back to work! FunnyBizz could teach other conferences how it's done!"- Jennie Tan, Founder, OfficeTally.com
“I really enjoyed the conference and it made me think outside the box. Not only did I laugh a lot (of course) but I learned so much about storytelling and presentation skills which is hugely important when you're vying for attention in a busy place like Silicon Valley. I would highly recommend this conference.”- Grainne Barron, Founder and CEO, Viddyad
“FunnyBizz conference was the most interesting, and frankly one of the most useful conferences that I have attended. The speakers were unique and thought provoking, while being fun and creative. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to bring some creativity, innovation, and/or fun to their company!”- Shannon Mosier, Principal, Parthenon Group
I always wished something like FunnyBizz existed - a forum for people who want to dig at the intersection of comedy and business to get together, share ideas, and network. And now it does.- Rajiv Satyal, Brand Manager, Consultant, Comedian
I thought this was a great idea for a conference with a relevant, but real point of difference - and it lived up to my expectations. Thought provoking, inspiring, enjoyable, informative, fast paced, interactive - yes, and funny!- Janet Standen, Director of Consumer Insights, Instant Insights Lab
"This was a home-run type of a conference. If conferences were like this I would have one scheduled every week."- Jere Carroll, Director Business Development, Casto Travel
10% of ticket sales are donated via HelpHopeLive foundation to Arash Bayatmakou, to fund his quest to get back on his feet following a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from his chest down. helphopelive.org arashrecovery.com