Keynote & Training Seminars

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Awarded for remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.

Presented to Dave Schwensen by The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).

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An interactive training seminar, break-out session or keynote on the value of using creativity and humor to improve communication skills with nationally recognized comedy coach and author Dave Schwensen.

  • How do YOU get someone’s attention and hold it long enough to remember what you say?
  • How can YOU break the “ice” and make a memorable first impression?
  • What can YOU do to improve teamwork and networking opportunities?
  • What separates YOU from anyone else offering superb customer service?
  • What is YOUR competition doing that you’re not?

You could hand someone a million dollars – that would get my attention! Otherwise it’s time to open the lines of communication and make your wit pay off.


“As the organizer of the event, I am most grateful for your professionalism, responsiveness, and attention to detail. You made my job easier, and much less stressful. And because your presentation was so enjoyable, you made me look good just for hiring you!”Kentuckiana Project Management Institute

“I would highly recommend Dave for your next event. In a business world where sometimes we tend to get stuck in our own lingo and terms, Dave reminds us to step out of the box, start a conversation, and have fun! Dave is a great choice for your next speaker.”Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers


Watch this short video from Dave’s training seminar


Building Better Communications With Humor & Creativity

Audience Participation 345The simple truth is that successful people know how to start and continue conversations that are not only heard – but listened to and remembered. Colorful emails, high-tech websites and expensive flyers may open the doors to communication, but eventually you’ll have to meet face to face, pick up the phone, or look into a camera during a video conference. These are all opportunities for YOU to separate yourself from the rest of the pack – your competition – and build successful and productive relationships with clients, co-workers or students. Are YOU prepared? (Hint: It’s more than just saying hello).

  • The key to superb customer service is relating to your clients.
  • The key to success in sales is separating yourself from your competition.
  • The key to teamwork and networking is building stronger relationships.
  • The key to effective communication skills is relating to your listener.


“… set the perfect tone for a great conference. Our membership would endorse and label your speaking manner as a positive, funny, and delightful engagement of individuals sharing a special time of learning and laughing together.”Upstate New York National Association of Educational Procurement

“The camaraderie felt during the conference solidified when we ended with your upbeat, informative session. Every one of the evaluation forms rated you a 5 or 5+ out of 5 being most excellent.”Educational Office Professionals of Ohio


Dave Norfolk without captionAs a nationally recognized comedy coach and author, Dave Schwensen’s interactive comedy workshop presentation shows how to employ your personal creativity and humor as communication enhancements without distracting from your message. These personality driven conversation techniques are the basis for courses he designed and taught in communications and presentation skills at Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University and other “halls of higher learning.” During his training seminars and keynote presentations, Dave uses handouts from his course workbooks and audience participation to explain and demonstrate how to develop dynamic and memorable conversations. Combining his successful techniques as a business owner and comedy coach with workshops based at The Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa Improv Comedy Clubs, and seminars from New York to San Francisco, communicating has never been more fun(ny) – and productive.

Audiences gain a new awareness of what they already possess – personal creativity and sense of humor – and learn how to use these talents as successful communication tools.

The results include:

  • Better professional relationships.
  • Effective customer service.
  • Improved teamwork.
  • Better presentation skills.
  • Improved training / teaching skills.
  • Increased productivity and attendance.
  • Positive networking.
  • Relieve stressful situations.


“After you left, we continued to discuss some of the ideas and tips that you had provided to the group, and I know several people were excited to use the information as soon as possible.”Automotive Profit Pro

“Our membership participation was fantastic and the feedback received by the board of directors was exceptional.”Wisconsin Technology Educators Association


Dave’s diverse professional background in management, customer service and marketing enables him to bring unique solutions to common problems. A veteran of the fast paced and high stress entertainment industry in Hollywood and New York, he worked behind the scenes as a talent coordinator and consultant for television networks, film studios and live performance venues. With egos and star power often clashing on a daily basis, Dave developed an innovative style of business communication skills to promote teamwork and meet deadlines through his relationships with many of today’s top stars and production companies.

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Dave Schwensen has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hollywood Reporter, Magazine, Ohio Magazine and many others. He has also made numerous national and regional television and radio appearances as a communications consultant and author.

* Keynotes and training seminars use elements from his comedy workshops and include audience participation and worksheets from university courses. Another benefit? A LOT of entertaining fun and laughter during your next conference or special event!

For questions, scheduling and pricing email or use the contact form below. Thank you for reading and I look forward to working – and laughing – with you!