Hilarious Career and Management Trainer;
Author of How To Get Fired!
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jeff began his career as a high school English teacher before following his father Rex Havens into the world of stand-up comedy, where he worked with some of the brightest lights in American comedy and honed the art of engaging audiences through laughter. But his impulse to teach never faded, and soon he began looking for an avenue to combine both of his passions into entertaining and meaningful presentations.
The result is three unique presentations: “Uncrapify Your Life!”, “How to Get Fired!”, and “Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!” Since their introduction Jeff has brought his unique, side-splitting, message-based lectures and keynote addresses to General Electric, Ford Motor Company, USBank, University of Wisconsin, Purdue, and hundreds of other corporations and colleges in the United States and Canada. Original, informative, hilarious and powerful, Jeff’s speeches have transformed the way businesspeople and college students approach the idea of personal and professional growth. Jeff’s corporate and college presentations are, unquestionably, the most unique in the country. Each one begins with Jeff offering his audience all the wrong advice, ‘encouraging’ them to engage in worst practices for different business situations. Each one ends on a more serious note, where Jeff drops the satire and then has a more straightforward conversation about the right kinds of practices and behaviors we should all strive to follow. Each presentation is every bit as well researched and content-driven as a more traditional approach, but with the added benefit of being delivered in an entertaining style guaranteed to keep your audience laughing, learning, and engaged.
In his book How to Get Fired!, Jeffaims to help young people transition successfully into the professional world by first telling them everything not to do. Hilarious and extensively researched, How to Get Fired! is essential reading for anyone about to take that first plunge into the job market – not to mention any employees who wish to remind themselves of some of their less-than-ideal former colleagues. Jeff’s has also authored the equally hilarious Unleash Your Inner Tyant: Proven Strategies to Become a More Horrible Boss and Us vs. Them: Redefining the Multi-Generational Workplace to Inspire Your Employees to Love Your Company, Drive Innovation, and Embrace Change.
Jeff is a regular guest on Fox Business News and has been featured in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, AOL, and dozens of other regional and national media outlets.
Areas of Expertise: Education, Corporate Culture, Ethics/Values, Human Resources & The Workforce, Stress Management & Humor in Workplace, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Comedy-College, Humor.
UNCRAPIFY YOUR LIFE!-Communication, Customer Service, Accountability
With the invention of the award-winning Uncrapify Your Life! keynote address, Jeff Havens has turned the entire professional speaking world on its head. By encouraging his audiences to do the opposite of everything he recommends, Jeff offers a motivational address utterly unlike anything corporate America has ever seen, one that is guaranteed to leave your audience refreshed, surprised, and begging for more. Designed for a broad spectrum of audiences, from entry-level workers to upper management, Uncrapify Your Life! is a study in exactly what not to do. Audiences will be 'encouraged' to criticize others and outsource blame before Jeff brings it all home with a more serious discussion about proper communication, customer service, and accountability practices. By highlighting and then poking fun of practices we're all guilty of, Uncrapify Your Life! offers a unique and delightful twist on the traditional motivational model, one that has found favor with General Electric, USBank, Frito-Lay, Ford Motors, and hundreds of other companies representing virtually every industry in the United States and Canada. Although perfect for all occasions, Uncrapify Your Life! is most often used either as an opening keynote to help establish an energetic tone for a conference, or as a closing keynote to leave attendees laughing while still connecting them to the core takeaways of your meeting.
HOW TO GET FIRED!-Career Placement and Advancement
Would you rather play video games and update your Facebook profile than suffer through a lifetime of stable employment? Does paying your rent seem like just too much of a hassle? Then you need How to Get Fired!, the only lecture guaranteed to ensure that you never become a productive member of society. A satirical masterpiece, How to Get Fired! introduces audiences to the Four Pillars of Poverty - fake your resume, establish your incompetence, destroy your work ethic, and alienate your coworkers - and will 'encourage' you to do the top ten things that most commonly cause employees to lose their jobs before wrapping up with a more serious discussion about how to successfully transition into the working world. Fast-paced, entertaining, and relevant, How to Get Fired! is utterly unique in the college market.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TYRANT!-Leadership and Management Training and Development
Are you tired of the concepts of win/win, partnership and servant leadership? Does the sight of your vibrant and productive employees turn your stomach? Would you like to ensure that upon your retirement, the company you ruled with an iron fist crumbles into dust? Then you need to learn how to Unleash Your Inner Tryant! Welcome to the most original and informative leadership presentation in the country. In "Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!", Jeff uses his trademark wit to ‘encourage’ you to engage in all the practices of ineffective leaders – including how to create a culture of fear, oppress and demoralize your employees, outsource blame, and stand firm in the face of all change – before wrapping up with a serious conversation about the kind of leaders we should all strive to become. Every bit as content-rich and intensively researched as a more traditional leadership seminar, "Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!" has the added benefit of a delivery style that will have your audience laughing the entire time that they’re learning how to become more effective leaders. Simply put, there is nothing else like this in the business world, and no better way to energize your management team while providing them with valuable training they will remember for months and years to come.
Us. Vs. Them – Putting the Other Generations in Their Place!
If you’ve listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s working world. You’ve then been told the differences between those four generations, and then you’ve been told (although probably not in these exact words) that you need to just deal with all these different people, because they’re not going away and they’re not going to change how they operate. If that advice suits you, fantastic. However, if you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then Us Vs. Them is exactly what you need. Because it turns out that there really aren’t four generations. In this hysterical keynote, you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve every generational issue facing today’s workforce. That’s no exaggeration; by the end of Us Vs. Them, you and your colleagues will walk away with all of the knowledge you’ll need to address 100% of the generational issues you’ll face for the rest of your career. Other generational presentations focus on what people want, but Us Vs. Them will tell you why everyone wants the different things they do. It’s an important distinction, and it will make implementing new solutions easier than you ever thought possible.
Uncrapify Your Future!
If you’d like to present innovation as a simple process that literally everyone is capable of performing, then you might want to listen to Uncrapify Your Future! Filled with the trademark wit that has made Jeff Havens one of the most in-demand speakers in North America, Uncrapify Your Future! will make the process of coming up with new ideas easier and more rewarding than you ever thought possible. Because it turns out that every innovation in every industry – from automobiles to streaming music, coffee cup holders to wartime treaties – follows the same straightforward pattern. Your business is always changing, and so you will always need people to anticipate and capitalize on those changes. If you want them to think that being innovative is a daunting task that only a few elites can handle, listen to someone else. But if you want your audience walking away realizing that they’re all capable of greatness, then Uncrapify Your Future! is for you. Oh, and did we mention that it’s also hilarious? Well it is. And imagine that – a keynote that’s both educational and enjoyable. How innovative!
Decoding Your Customers: Perfecting the Customer Experience in Four Simple Steps
As hilarious as it is informative, this keynote concentrates on the human behaviors that have brought the customer experience to where it is today, then synthesizes those behaviors into four simple realities that provide a clear vision for how to move forward. Decoding Your Customers will answer why customers behave the way they do and how you can meet their needs – not only today, but into the foreseeable future as well. And last but certainly not least, this isn’t going to be a dry talk. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of customer psychology and how to adjust your business accordingly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh as hard as you ever have at a corporate keynote. Because with Jeff Havens, you get serious solutions in a seriously funny way. It turns out that crafting a winning customer experience strategy isn’t as scary or unpredictable as others may have made it seem.
All Jeff Havens Books
Unleash Your Inner Tyrant: Proven Strategies To Help You Become A Terrible BossPurchase Book
Us vs. Them: Redefining the Multi-Generational Workplace to Inspire Your Employees to Love Your Company, Drive Innovation, and Embrace ChangePurchase Book
How to Get Fired!: The New Employee’s Guide to Perpetual UnemploymentPurchase Book
"Jeff’s Uncrapify Your Life! presentation changed my life! As a club, we are always looking for insightful ways to better communicate our thoughts and ideas. Jeff’s PowerPoint presentation gave us the strategies needed to succeed. All in all, the entire club enjoyed Jeff Havens’ presentation. He provided lots of laughs."
- Marilyn Kupferschmidt | Special Projects Coordinator, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
"I’ll just say the first thing that comes to mind: Jeff Havens is an awesome speaker! He presented “Uncrapify your Life” for our Staff Institute Day – 130 attendees ranging in age from early 20s to late 60s. It was spectacular!!! Our staff really needed to laugh together, and he shared a lot of valuable information as well. It was a great spin on the typical motivational speaker."
- Anneta Drilling-Sowa | Joliet Public Library