Steve Rizzo

Comedian, Motivational Humorist and Personal Development Expert

Steve Rizzo has appeared as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell and Dennis Miller, and has shared the marquee with comic greats including Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Steve Rizzo has also appeared on Comedy Central and in his very own Showtime special, earning him honors as a "Showtime Comedy All-Star."

Then, at the pinnacle of his stand-up career, Steve Rizzo walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion - to teach people how to be happy and successful no matter what their circumstance. Steve Rizzo has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and is often called upon as the "go-to" guy on the topic of personal development for many network, cable and other media outlets, including MSNBC and Oprah and Friends.

Steve Rizzo's immensely popular PBS special revealed why he's an expert on humor and the power of positive thinking. Steve Rizzo considers himself a PhB - "Professional Humor Being." As a personal development expert, Steve Rizzo shows people how to choose a healthy attitude both professionally and personally. His audiences learn how to succeed and enjoy their lives in the midst of challenging and changing times. Termed "The Attitude Adjuster," Steve Rizzo is extremely entertaining and has a powerful message.

Motivational speaker Steve Rizzo spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Steve Rizzo's friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, "He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world."

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn't have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of "Least Likely to Succeed," Steve Rizzo didn't give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or motivational speaker. Years of negativity had led Steve Rizzo to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few. "Looking back," says Steve, "I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn't understand why I wasn't being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door."

Steve Rizzo would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Rizzo even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers. Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve Rizzo's career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

The surprises don't stop there; The next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve Rizzo, it was walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker. Steve Rizzo offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.
Steve Rizzo holds a B.A. in English and Education and an M.A. in Theater Arts.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Comedian, Entertainment, Humor, Motivation, Stress Management

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    New York

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    $10,000 - $15,000

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Humor Keynote Speaker Steve Rizzo

Funniest motivational speaker Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo has appeared as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell and Dennis Miller, and has shared the marquee with comic greats including Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Steve Rizzo has also appeared on Comedy Central and in his very own Showtime special, earning him honors as a "Showtime Comedy All-Star."

Then, at the pinnacle of his stand-up career, Steve Rizzo walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion - to teach people how to be happy and successful no matter what their circumstance. Steve Rizzo has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and is often called upon as the "go-to" guy on the topic of personal development for many network, cable and other media outlets, including MSNBC and Oprah and Friends.

Steve Rizzo's immensely popular PBS special revealed why he's an expert on humor and the power of positive thinking. Steve Rizzo considers himself a PhB - "Professional Humor Being." As a personal development expert, Steve Rizzo shows people how to choose a healthy attitude both professionally and personally. His audiences learn how to succeed and enjoy their lives in the midst of challenging and changing times. Termed "The Attitude Adjuster," Steve Rizzo is extremely entertaining and has a powerful message.

Motivational speaker Steve Rizzo spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Steve Rizzo's friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, "He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world."

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn't have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of "Least Likely to Succeed," Steve Rizzo didn't give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or motivational speaker. Years of negativity had led Steve Rizzo to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few. "Looking back," says Steve, "I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn't understand why I wasn't being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door."

Steve Rizzo would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Rizzo even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers. Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve Rizzo's career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

The surprises don't stop there; The next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve Rizzo, it was walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker. Steve Rizzo offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.
Steve Rizzo holds a B.A. in English and Education and an M.A. in Theater Arts.

Rizzo's Secrets (Program Overview)

Programs that truly solve the mysteries of maintaining
A Positive Attitude For A Lifetime

When you want your team to be motivated, not just today, but every day, you want RIZZO'S SECRETS.

When you need to give your team access to the tools that bring out the best in themselves and in everyone around them, you need RIZZO'S SECRETS.

All of Steve Rizzo's programs will give your group the secrets they need to be more creative, productive, and better equipped to bounce back from life's challenges quickly.

Steve will wake up your group with his straightforward New York Attitude, inspire them with his life-changing personal growth strategies and of course regale them with laughter.

In addition to providing hands-on tools to help audiences achieve individual and group success, Steve's programs showcase why he was so successful as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell, and Dennis Miller.

Unlock Rizzo's Secrets for your group to use as tools in establishing a permanently positive culture.

Contact us to learn more about the following programs:

Rizzo's Secrets - The Atti-Tools for Success
Rizzo's Secrets - Don't Just Accept Change, Embrace It
Rizzo's Secrets - Why Not Enjoy The Process
Rizzo's Secrets - Leadership Secrets from Near and Far
Stand Up New York Style - Comedy

Rizzo's Secrets - The Atti-Tools For Success

This highly energetic and entertaining program unlocks the secrets to the power of permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. You can be sure that your group will be feeling fantastic and walking away more productive than ever, not just for a day, but for a lifetime. Learn why Steve is known by so many as the "Attitude Adjuster."

"What you think is what you get." - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of...

o New ways of thinking that will transform obstacles into opportunities instantly
o How to bring out the best in yourself and everyone around you
o Learning the five steps towards your destiny
o How to laugh off your fears and take control of your emotions
o The number one way to achieve success and happiness

This program can be customized according to your group's theme and needs.

"The world has many motivational speakers who make us feel better for a little while, but few who offer simple and easy tools that can truly improve people's quality of life. Thanks for being among the small number who make a difference." - Coldwell Banker

Steve can also combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

Rizzo's Secrets - Don't Just Accept Change, Embrace It

Sometimes it comes by way of choice and sometimes it is forced upon us by circumstances beyond our control. Either way, it is a part of life that is needed in order for us to grow to our full potential. Steve will show your group how to deal with one of our biggest fears in both the workplace and in our potential lives... CHANGE! Everyone will learn the skills needed to use any change to their advantage, creating greater success on all levels.

"Life is about growing, learning, and becoming. You can not grow, learn, or become if you can not embrace the changes in your life." - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of...

o Winning ways of thinking that change obstacles into opportunities instantly
o How to enjoy yourself during the process of change
o Overcoming the fear associated with change
o Using your sense of humor as a tool to grow with change
o Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation

This program can be customized according to your group's theme and needs.

"Your performance was greater than anything we could have anticipated. The seminar you gave on Don't Just Accept Change - Embrace It, provided just the message we hoped for. Your delivery provided a very strong message in an entertaining, thought-provoking and stimuating manner. Thank you for making our seminar a smashing success." - State Farm Insurance Companies

Steve can combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

Rizzo's Secrets - Why Not Enjoy The Process?

We spend most of our waking hours at our place of employment and much of our leisure time thinking about it. We can let stress, fast pace, and challenges control our emotions or we can lighten up, have fun, and enjoy the process. It's always a matter of choice! Acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication. Steve will show your group how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace, while enjoying the process.

"Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm." - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of...

o Acquiring the attitude you need to succeed
o Using the power of choice to your advantage
o Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation
o Finding the laughter in between and during the tough times
o How to maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress

This program can be customized to your group's theme and needs.

"Thank you for the outstanding speech you gave at our recent "Sales Intensity" event. You brought the crowd back from the dead and had them screaming for more. Your humor was hilarious, and your message hit home. How's that for the letter H in one sentence? You are one of the Best Speakers we have seen." - Marriott Hotels, New York

Steve can also combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

Rizzo's Heroes - Leadership Secrets from Near and Far

Prepare to be inspired and motivated in a whole new way in this exciting program based in part on the extensive and incredible media interviews by Steve Rizzo of top CEO's, industry leaders, and everyday achievers. Steve will tell you inspiring stories of extraordinary leaders and their leadership secrets. Laugh along with Steve while you learn how to lead so others will follow you anywhere...

"Everyone has an inner hero that they have glimpsed from time to time, just waiting to break free... Now is the time to tap into your true hero potential." - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of...

o Extraordinary Business leaders (Heroes) that inspire, intrigue, and exhilerate
o Dealing with change and challenges while enjoying the process
o How to inspire a guaranteed great attitude in yourself and others
o Hero Thinking for unstoppable results
o What heroes know that 99% of ordinary people don't know

This program can be customized according to your group's theme and needs.

"You have the highest attendance and rating for an in house leadership session. Here are a few of the comments received after your program: 'I left the seminar feeling like a new person.' 'I laughed so hard I cried.' 'I will definitely try the techniques Steve suggested.' 'Humor Being is such a wonderful high tech tool.' You made the audience laugh, think, and learn." - The Boeing Company

Steve can also combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

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