Humorist, Registered Nurse, Author and Motivational Speaker
Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Karyn helps leaders-and those they serve-achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.
Hall of Fame Speaker
More than 500 organizations-including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world-and one of only 39 women-to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.
Laughter and Leadership
Audiences love Karyn’s message of laughter and leadership. In one month she spoke for the Million Dollar Round Table, the US Air Force, the Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, & the Association for Peri-Operative Room Nurses.
Entertaining, educational and inspiring, Karyn has addressed thousands of audiences around the world, to groups from 10 to 10,000. Corporate, education, government, healthcare and professional associations value the transformational power of Karyn’s inspirational, entertaining, and practical message. Change is possible – and it can be fun!
Karyn is in the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame and is a Diplomat at the American Institute of Stress. She is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She serves on the advisory boards of the Invisible Disabilities Association and the American Happiness Association.
Karyn is committed to teaching as many people as possible to transform their lives with laughter. That’s why in addition to speaking to thousands of people every year, she’s contributing author to several Chicken Soup books, and the author of Amazed & Amused, and Lead with Levity. She also created, wrote, and published the multiple book series: What’s So Funny About…?. He most recent book is Funny Means Money.
You’ll also find Karyn in Women’s Day, Shape, Marie Claire, Investor’s Business Daily, and US News & World Report as well as professional journals including AJN, AORN, AACN, and Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. Still want more? Karyn is a frequent radio and television guest.
Lead with Levity
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic strategy that strengthens resilience, enhances communication, and increases engagement. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.
When Funny Means Money: Humor as a Serious Business Strategy
Do you think that humor and business don’t go together? Think again! There’s a good reason why American Express paid Jerry Seinfeld millions of dollars to star in their ads. They know that “While logic tells, emotion sells”—and that humor is the quickest route to the emotions. In this keynote you will learn: How humor functions as a leadership tool, a sales aid, and a customer service strategy; how humor goes to the bottom line; the neuroscience behind how and why humor bypasses people’s logic circuits, and influences their buying decisions through emotion; and specific strategies for utilizing humor in your business—and your life.
Amazed & Amused: Strategies of the Sane & Successful
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Customers are not really “yours” until they have been amazed and/or amused by your products, your services, or your people. Leadership finds its inspiration not in duty, but in grasping the amazing power of one’s vision and will, and in motivating the amusing diversity of many people’s personalities and skills. Bestselling author, business consultant, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.
I’ve Got One Nerve Left–and You’re Standing on It
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change. Find out how taking care of yourself can affect everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.
The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be
Patients are what it’s all about. Without them—game over, everyone go home. Discover how to enhance patients’ relationships and satisfaction, as well as a cost-effective means of driving more money to your bottom line—through attitude and humor! Laugh and learn as Karyn Buxman reveals how the power of perspective can be translated into dollars-and-cents for your office/hospital’s success.
I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said
Whether you’re communicating one-on-one, in a small group, or before a large audience—humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal difficult person? Do you want to avoid putting your foot in your mouth? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.
All Karyn Buxman Books
Lead with Levity: Strategic Humor for LeadersPurchase Book
What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your ProfessionPurchase Book
Amazed and Amused: How to Survive and Thrive as A Healthcare ProfessionalPurchase Book
“Thank you for being such an important part of our Management and Leadership Conference in National Harbor, MD last month. Your closing plenary address was a rousing success and carried a message and approach people could take home and put to work right away! The stories you shared were inspirational and demonstrated such passion and lightheartedness – qualities that are highly valued in our field. We’ve received many positive comments about your presentation; our attendees were very impressed with your thoughts, ideas and presence.”
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization | President and CEO
Speakers of your caliber are hard to find! Some might consider a roomful of CPAs and IT folks to be a tough crowd – yet you had them in the palm of your hand. Your weaving of stories and applicable content left the audience raving and wanting more! Your ability to be thorough yet flexible is a meeting planner’s dream!
- Information Technology Alliance | Executive Director
Karyn is one of those truly amazing people that you never forget. She is a gifted speaker that combines humor with fact to enable your company and staff to grow, learn and work better. She is incredibly creative, both as an overall idea person and as a writer. Hire her. You won’t regret it.
- Poole Advertising | President/CEO