Tim Bays is a speaker, humorist and musical presenter who uses songs and stories to entertain and inspire. He has worked with companies from IBM to At Home Total Care and shared concert bills with artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Arlo Guthrie. He is a successful songwriter with recordings by Randy Travis, Peter Paul & Mary and much to his family's embarrassment, Jerry Springer. In addition he has created ads and motivational themes for such companies as GE, Duke Power and Sara Lee, as well as being a recognizable voice in commercials for companies like Coca Cola, Goodyear and McDonalds. He has appeared on TNN, PBS, CBS and in 2004 was featured on the TV special "A Wisdom Christmas - The Gift Of Song" on the DISH Network. '
Over the past 30 years Tim has performed thousands of club, college and concert dates as a solo acoustic artist, written hundreds of songs as a staff writer for Sony Music in Nashville, TN and recorded countless "spots" as a voiceover talent and singer. He has also been a public school teacher, developed curriculum for and taught songwriting and copyright law at Music Business Institute in Atlanta, GA and happily, for the occasionally "tough" audience, he is an experienced psychiatric aide.
All of which has given him ample opportunity to study perseverance, the power of visualization and how to maintain a smile in the face of adversity. Experience has taught him both the difficulty in chasing your dreams and the joy in catching them.Born in St. Joseph, MI, Tim received a BA in English & Speech from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At present he happily resides with his wife Barbara, her mother Irene, three dogs and a cat in Franklin, TN.
Tim's most recent recording is 2006's "The 3-Legged Dog & Other Tales". In 2002 Tim released a CD, "Everyday Magic" following 1996's "Better Than The TV." He is currently at work on a new CD, "Love & Otherwise."
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What Are You Waiting For?*
Many of us are members of the Procrastinator's Club, a group that never gets around to meeting and whose motto is, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow." We have an infinite number of rationalizations as to why we have to wait, and those reasons fall into three categories:
- We're waiting for the past to change.
- We're waiting for today to STOP changing.
- We're waiting for tomorrow to arrive.
The litany of "I'm too busy/tired/old," "I don't have enough time/money/ability," "The timing/stars/signs aren't right," is endless. These rationalizations make sense in our heads but to those around us they are just excuses. This program helps attendees identify their own mental myths as to why they are waiting to be happier or more successful, offers tools for exploding those myths and encourages listeners to write a new script so they no longer wait on anything!
Everyday Magic (Developing A Work/Life Balance)*
People say "stop and smell the roses," but mostly step on them in hurrying to an appointment. Our present is given over to fixing the past or building the future, to regret versus hope, nostalgia versus fear. But it is in the moment that our answers lie, where we can find gratitude and be in touch with a larger, timeless picture; where "if only" and "what if" become a sunrise, a child's smile, a song. Since we can't take it with us, the least we can do is experience it while we're here.
The Three-Legged Dog (Attitude Adjustment)**
I have a dog, Shumway, with only three useable legs, a fact she utterly disregards. Being three-legged doesn't stop her from playing tug-of-war or catch-me-if-you can, harassing the cat, getting on the couch, begging (VERY effectively) or being happy in the moment. Apparently she doesn't think of herself as challenged and making an excuse of her limitation has simply never occurred to her. This goes a step (no pun intended) beyond overcoming adversity into saying "what adversity?" I asked my wife, Barbara, how Shumway had adapted so well and she said, "I guess nobody told her she couldn't!"
Find A Good Enough Reason (Goal-Setting and Visualization)**
If you don’t have a clearly defined goal to arrive somewhere, you’ll probably end up going nowhere. Without a strategic plan, arriving at even a clear goal makes for a crooked path. And once you have a strategic plan and a clear goal, you must still have the passion to achieve it or the obstacles along the road will seem too great to overcome. So even as you ask WHAT you would like to achieve, it’s equally important to know WHY. The key to moving mountains is first knowing which mountain and then having a good enough reason to move it.
Lighten Up (Stress Management) **
Stress is a thief ... of our energy, health, productivity and happiness. As allergies overwhelm our immune systems, so stress overwhelms our ability to cope. But while we recognize the stress created by outside forces, we often don't see the internal stresses created by anger, fear, bitterness and self-defeating beliefs. This is NORMAL, the stress we carry EVERY DAY before anything goes wrong! The first defense is to reduce the emotional baggage and then to use a positive attitude, diet, exercise, adequate rest and a sense of humor to further lighten the load. Then you can not only trip the light fantastic, but the heavy one too!
** Keynote or workshop
Conference Coordinator, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF BED & BREAKFAST INNS, Soquel, CA
"Thank you for speaking at CABBI's Innspire 2002 at the Monterey Embassy Suites Hotel. We personally thank you for a great keynote address as well as providing all the beautiful music! We have received only positive feedback that it was a great way to kick off the conference."
Director of Learning, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Hershey, PA
"Thank you for the inspiration and enthusiasm you contributed to our 2006 Staff Conference. Your keynote session was a big hit , delivering an enlightening message on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary!”"
W. CANADIAN ADDICTIONS CONFERENCE, Vancouver, BC
"I laughed so hard I thought I was having a heart attack."
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