Steve Rizzo

Humorous Motivational Speaker Known as The Attitude Adjuster

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Steve Rizzo Speaker Biography

Humorous Motivational Speaker Known as
The Attitude Adjuster

Whether you need to motivate your sales & service team, improve employee morale, instill strong leadership skills, deal with stress, or embrace change- then Steve Rizzo’s “Common Sense Success Strategies” will take your audience to the next level. As one of his clients said, “Never has my group learned so much and laughed so hard in one sitting!”

Once upon a time, Steve Rizzo was told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college. A few years later he was saddled with the dubious high school honor of being voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”

Steve went on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and postgraduate levels. Eventually, Steve even taught English at his old high school and was a counselor for students with behavioral problems, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers.

Steve would go on to stellar success as a national headline comedian, and starred in his very own Showtime comedy special, earning him honors as a Showtime Comedy All-Star.

But the surprises didn’t stop there.

 At the pinnacle his stand-up career, Steve walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion—to show people how to shift their focus and way of thinking, to discover more joy and enthusiasm, increased productivity and greater levels of success. 

Steve offers more than the usual nuts and bolts on how to succeed. He stresses the importance of enjoying yourself during the process of achieving your goals and building a solid foundation to stand on when all else fails because he absolutely knows that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, attitude is everything. 

When Steve Rizzo shares his blueprint for success with Fortune 500 companies and associations across the globe, he delivers a powerful message for living an extraordinary life, because he lives the “Common Sense Success Strategies” that has made him a member of prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame—an honor bestowed on fewer than 300 speakers worldwide since 1977.

Steve is the author of the bestselling books Motivate THIS! and Get Your SHIFT Together. He is also a regular contributor for SUCCESS magazine and often called upon as the “go-to” guy on the topic of personal and professional development for many network, cable and radio media outlets.

Steve Rizzo Speaking Topics

DRILLING FOR OPTIMISM! Tapping into our most valuable natural resource

Even amid a worldwide pandemic, opportunities don’t disappear; they simply manifest in new and different ways. Optimism is the key to being able to recognize these opportunities when they arise. This program examines the real power of optimism as a currency that creates storm-weathering attitudes and allows the flexibility to identify alternate routes to success – even in this challenging climate. Only the optimistic survive, and Steve delivers the Common Sense Success Strategies necessary for tapping into the positive reserves within each of us. Prepare to dig deep and learn why Steve is known affectionately as the “Attitude Adjuster.”

MOTIVATE THIS! (For Sales & Sales Management)

The biggest challenge people in sales face today is staying optimistic and motivated to be at their best for more than just a few days. Studies have shown that our brain has a negative bias. We tend to fixate on what isn’t working in life rather than focusing on the positive factors. Motivate THIS! is a guide to shifting your sales team’s thought process so they are programmed for success – regardless of their circumstances. It provides them with a foundation to stand on when the nuts and bolts fail and the ratio of “Nos” outweighs the “Yeses.” Steve’s Common Sense Success Strategies will enable your sales team to transform their perspective so they can view challenges and setbacks through a more positive lens. STEVE WILL SHOW YOUR GROUP HOW TO… SHIFT their way of thinking to get the results they want. Train themselves to feel good, be resilient and stay motivated throughout the day. Every day! Develop skills that will eliminate the Curse of Negative Self-Talk. Improve their focus and commitment to achieving their sales goals. Enjoy the journey toward their goals.

GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER: How to Think, Laugh & Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business & in Life

This entertaining and content-rich program reveals the secrets of how to SHIFT your focus and way of thinking to create permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. Only the optimistic persevere, and Steve delivers the strategies necessary for tapping into the positive reserves that enable us not only to achieve our goals, but to enjoy the journey of life, both personally and professionally. Learn why Steve is affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster.” In GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER, Steve will show your group how to… SHIFT their way of thinking to get the results they want. Maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress. Enjoy themselves during the process of achieving their goals. Create lifelong habits for success and happiness in business and in life.


Many people have a difficult time with it, but in its inevitable process are the seeds of great growth. You just have to stop resisting long enough to plant them. Steve will show your group how to embrace one of the biggest challenges in both the workplace and in our personal lives…CHANGE. Discover the essential steps to surmounting change and achieving the success that lies on the other side. In Don’t Just Accept Change, Embrace It!, you will learn the secrets of… Being optimistic and eliminating negative self-talk. Enjoying yourself during the process of change. Overcoming the stress and fear associated with change. Using your “Humor Being” as a strategy to grow with change. Shifting your attitude to get the results you want.


True leaders inspire, motivate and lead the charge to success boldly, regardless of their circumstances. In this lively, engaging program, Steve shares inspiring stories of extraordinary people and the intangible secrets that define them as true leaders. This program is based on Steve’s exclusive interviews with C-level executives, industry leaders and everyday achievers. Laugh along with Steve while you learn how to lead so others will follow you anywhere. In Rizzo’s Leadership Secrets, you will learn the secrets of… Extraordinary leaders that inspire, intrigue and exhilarate. How to start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed. Winning ways of thinking that change obstacles into opportunities. Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation. What true leaders know that 99% of ordinary people don’t.

TAKE THIS JOB AND LOVE IT! (For Education Groups)

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence to make it through college and then being 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 an honors college graduate, a teacher, a counselor for students with behavioral problems, a national headline comedian, an author and a Hall of Fame Speaker. Steve teaches educators how to acquire the attitude they need to achieve their goals in and out of the classroom— while actually enjoying the process! “Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm,” Steve says. “Teaching without passion and enthusiasm is merely going through the motions. Passion and enthusiasm give you the strength to go the extra mile that could make a difference in a young person’s life.” Let Steve show your group how to perform and deliver far beyond their expectations, individually and as a team. YOUR GROUP WILL LEARN HOW TO… Start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed. Have fun and enjoy the process. Create new ways of thinking that will turn obstacles into opportunities. Shift their focus to see a brighter alternative to a negative situation.

Steve Rizzo Books

Motivate This!
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Get Your SHIFT Together: How to Think, Laugh, and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and in Life
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Becoming a Humor Being
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Steve Rizzo Speaker Testimonials

Your presentation and subsequent coaching and further conversation were met with rave reviews by our team. Everyone agreed that it was our best corporate event yet. It is refreshing to have the chance to hear a powerful and potentially life-altering message while having the opportunity to laugh through it. Your message was especially timely as all of us walked into a market storm this morning. The Coronavirus certainly brings new challenges to our business – but I know our folks will embrace your strategies and persevere during times like this and harness their potential. I also want to thank you for going above and beyond, crafting your program around our company’s values and taking the time to speak with the team members about their specific problems. Steve, Thank You for making a difference!

- | Banyan Hill

Steve's program made a profound impact on all of us. The unique blend of humor and direction helped our guests and associates refocus on the reality of going on with life and work. They are now more determined than ever to succeed despite adversities.

- | Wayne Farms LLC

I cannot compliment Steve enough for his outstanding presentation. Never in my 19 years of attending and coordinating meetings have I seen a speaker generate such enthusiasm.

- | Allied International

Steve Rizzo is the best speaker I have ever heard at any event during my 30 years in business. His presentation was so poignant and powerful that I ordered copies of his book for our entire staff.

- | Fortis

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Motivate This!
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Get Your SHIFT Together: How to Think, Laugh, and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and in Life
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