Matt Weinstein

The Master of Playfulness

Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Called “The Master of Playfulness” by PEOPLE Magazine and “America’s Pied Piper of Play” by the Houston Chronicle, Matt Weinstein’s playful vision has been the subject of dozens of national newspaper articles, magazine features, and television appearances.

Matt is the founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Berkeley, California. He was elected to the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame by the National Speaker’s Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.”

Matt Weinstein’s television special “Fun Works!: The Power of Humor in the Workplace” was broadcast nationally on PBS. Matt’s book, Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living A Happy Life was the #3 bestseller on the nationwide bestseller list, “What CEOs Are Reading.”     

His latest book is Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Business Culture, Humor, Motivation, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    New York

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Called “The Master of Playfulness” by PEOPLE Magazine and “America’s Pied Piper of Play” by the Houston Chronicle, Matt Weinstein’s playful vision has been the subject of dozens of national newspaper articles, magazine features, and television appearances.

Matt is the founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Berkeley, California. He was elected to the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame by the National Speaker’s Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.”

Matt Weinstein’s television special “Fun Works!: The Power of Humor in the Workplace” was broadcast nationally on PBS. Matt’s book, Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living A Happy Life was the #3 bestseller on the nationwide bestseller list, “What CEOs Are Reading.”     

His latest book is Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success.

Motivation

These programs inspire, delight, entertain, and train. They're uplifting, interactive and fun. And they're full of practical information and high in "take-home" value. They are offered as a keynote address or in a workshop format. 

  • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business 
  • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention 
  • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building 
  • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session 
  • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success 
  • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem 
  • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph 
  • The New Global Community:   Living and Laughing in a Diverse World 
  • Caring For Those Who Care 
  • The Improvising Organization 
  • Putting the Fun Back in Sales 

Team-Building

Experience the synergy of teamwork firsthand. The following teambuilding programs can be presented as a keynote address or in a workshop format. 

  • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business 
  • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention 
  • Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever 
  • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session 
  • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success 
  • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building 
  • The Improvising Organization 
  • The New Global Community:   Living and Laughing in a Diverse World 
  • The Ultimate Icebreaker

Experiential Team-Building Modules

These team building programs are available only in a workshop format. 

  • Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design 
  • The Egg Drop Challenge 
  • The Maze and Ball Toss 

Stress Management

These programs demonstrate the importance of humor and play in reducing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They are available as a keynote address or in a workshop format. 

  • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph 
  • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem 

Improvisation at Work

Using the fundamentals of improvisational theater, these experiential programs help participants deal with creativity, flexibility and the challenge of change. 

  • A Pageant of Success 
  • The Improvising Organization 

Healthcare

These presentations are customized for health care providers and are available in both keynote and workshop formats 

  • Caring For Those Who Care 
  • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business 
  • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem 
  • Humor and Healing 

Icebreakers

These sessions are a sure-fire way to kick off a meeting in a big way, to energize people mid-conference, or to send people back home really excited and enthused. Wherever you use them, they help attendees make new friends as well as get closer to old ones. 

  • The Ultimate Icebreaker   (for Corporations, Associations, Colleges and Universities) 
  • The Improvising Organization

Charles Schwab & Company

"...The consensus of the feedback was extremely positive and many people have brought what they learned from you that day back into the workplace. Additionally, after you left we tackled some pretty controversial and difficult topics in our meeting. By giving you the first part of the meeting to loosen up the audience we clearly saw the return in the form of a very open dialogue and reduced tension. When we got to the Q&A section there was clearly no fear on the part of the participants in asking tough questions or sharing their deepest professional concerns. Thanks again for helping make this meeting such a big success and I look forward to working with you again in the future."

United States Post Office

"Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conference – employee satisfaction, empowerment, and participation. You provided the motivation we needed, broke down barriers and was full of great ideas. Your talk was an upbeat way of delivering a great message."

AT&T – AT&T

"The feedback I received from the three hundred people in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. Your ability to leave the group with a message while having fun was inspiring. Your presentation indicated how important it is to incorporate fun into business. I am now a believer in the benefits!"

IBM

"Your performance at my "All Managers Meeting" on June 20th really captured the audience. Your vivid yet realistic ideas on fun and recognition were definite eye openers. I have never witnessed any speaker get total audience participation as you have. You were without doubt, "just what the doctor ordered."
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