Milo ShapiroKeynotes, Team Building, & More
Learning thrives when humor shines!
Liven up your conference with motivational speaker, Milo Shapiro
Milo Shapiro’s interactive programs use improvisation, story sharing, and even “Simon Says” to wake up the house and make an impact through his uplifting blend of play and information. Great for organizations seeking:
- A bright, interactive motivational speaker
- Entertainment with a business message
- Greater speaking ability by your attendees
- Storytelling that hits home for inspiration
- Good clean fun to energize your audience
His program on improving our personal relationship with risk and failure has been called “a wake-up call for America” that leads us in seeing and changing how we limit ourselves when we attempt to be perfect.
Attendees recall lessons better when learned through fun like this; they’ll leave eager to return for next year’s conference.
Milo Shapiro applies his 25+ years of improvisation to his fun, interactive keynote speeches, his team building program, TEAMprovising, and other improv entertainment.
This page is a summary of Milo Shapiro’s six most requested functions. You may scroll through them or jump to any one of these:
"We Gotta Fail… To Succeed!"
No one likes to fail, but those who can face risk with the right spirit are more likely to thrive, creating long-term successful progress for themselves and their organizations.
This program (Milo’s most often booked) blends entertaining stories, inspirational ideas, and improvisation games that the attendees play right in their seats. Through play − one of the most powerful and underutilized tools of learning − your people inadvertently focus upon their comfort with risk, uncertainty, and sometimes failure. Within the fun of playing with colleagues, important lessons emerge in a non-threatening way, leading to changes back on the job (and sometimes even at home!)
When people feel safer to be innovative, even when that could lead to change or risk, the potential benefits soar! The fun and easy improv exercises lead to great laughter in the room while creating eye-opening “aha’s” for individuals.
Milo’s tales range from personal to historical to business, all leading up to his explanation of how the ability to improvise helps in the business world in areas like:
- Better communication
- Stronger innovation
- Quicker adaptation to the unexpected
- Courage to speak up
- More confidence in trying new ideas
When we build an environment where teams celebrate greatness in themselves and each other, rather than demanding perfection, innovative flourishes and greater successes are achieved overall in a less stressful setting.
Note: As many planners are intrigued by the interaction aspect, the video shows more of this than the speech part. If afterward you’d like to view more of his speaking in action, we can help with this.
"Public Speaking: Get A's, Not Zzzzzz's!"
The ability to hold an audience’s attention, inform them accurately, and potentially persuade them is paramount in effective business. Let’s start fresh and learn how to do this!
As you learn more about public speaking skills, you’ll enjoy a fun, well-rounded, experiential program, featuring highlights from Milo’s book by the same name.
With his light-hearted approach, teaching more from story than lecture, areas covered will include:
- Using stories to teach more effectively than instruction
- Letting your body be a tool to create images
- The 7 ways to apply vocal variety
- The kick-butt structure that grabs attention and holds it
- Tips on preventing audience drift and distress
- Q&A ideas to ease the stress and yield success
And you’ll enjoy your time with Milo so much that all this actionable learning will feel like a bonus!
"Laugh in the Fast Lane!"
It’s the presentation where you watch ten improvisation games prove ten business points on a theme we’ve chosen with you, such as management, teamwork, or sales. It’s as much a show as a keynote!
Audiences love the fun; management loves that it’s more than just memorable entertainment. Our duo (or trio) called “The IMPROVfessionals” delivers important lessons and the fun is what roots them. The laughter makes this program work for a holiday party; the lessons make it work for an energized uplift in your program – especially when the audience suggestions are used in each scene and when whole audience gets to play in one of the later games.
All ten of our points will be supported by a story and/or an improv game. How do these games make business messages? Here’s one example: One of our commonly used points is “Quality Results Can’t Be Rushed.” For this one, the duo plays the game “Half Time” where we do a decent quality scene in one minute based on an audience idea. Then we have to repeat the scene, but in only 30 seconds. Then 15 seconds. Then 8, then 4, then 2! The fun is watching the quality go downhill as we try our best under these crazy restraints.
One of our best business feedbacks was when a company who had recenly brought in the “IMPROVfessionals” tried to cut the time allocated for a project. The manager in charge said, “Hey, but wait…remember: ‘Quality Results Can’t Be Rushed.’” Everyone laughed, remembering the impact of the game, and the project timeframe was kept intact. Not many entertainment shows can make that kind of difference back at the office!
"Simon Says for Adults"
The game is more of a challenge than ever. Why? Because being a good listener is still tricky, especially when our “grown-up” tricks to hide that won’t work here.
A great way to remind ourselves that paying attention is still a challenge for everyone… but easier to face when we can laugh at ourselves.
We know the basics:
- Only do the thing Milo commands IF he starts with “Simon Says.”
- And what if Milo’s actions don’t match his words? Do what he says; not what he does.
Nothing to it, right? Ha! Not when we big kids are always pre-expecting to protect ourselves!
Winning might feel like a goal for the full room of contestants, but the joy and enthusiasm that fills the room makes the event planner the real winner.
This short program isn’t a speech, but as the clip reel shows, Milo’s opening not only excites them for what lies ahead, but plants seeds to consider how the game reflects the way we all listen and expect to be heard.
The video features a group of 500 retail owners in the flooring industry being funneled down to twenty on-stage contestants and a single winner in the end.
Does your team face risk, change, and uncertainty with dread…or excitement? Does support lessen or escalate when a colleague needs their help?
Life isn’t rehearsed; it’s improvisation! How we handle the bumps in the road and the way they make us feel… that shouldn’t be left to chance.
Welcome to TEAMprovising, the event where we play with how we cope with what comes next – anticipated or not!
Challenge, fumble, and laugh your way through the cooperative fun and team sharing that are the backbone of our games. We’ll be maximizing our strengths and chuckling at our differences as we work through it together. You’re set for some entertaining learning with some seriously funny lessons!
Improv Shows…by us or you!
Just want the fun of improvisation? Let Milo bring in a group of improvisers who will take audience suggestions and turn them into customized fun through great games!
Want a crazy twist? What if your folks were the entertainers? Milo can pre-meet a handful of your good-sport staff, give them a crash course in just a few games that they can learn together, and help make your staff the stars of your event. They may not be as improv-ready as the folks Milo could bring with him, but there’s something really joyful about seeing Margaret from HR playing the game with Luis from Accounting and Wanda from Legal that enlivens the room.
Another option is a mix of your folks and professionals who help make them look good. Talk to us about options!
About Milo Shapiro
Milo first saw improvisation in 1990 and it was love at first sight. Jumping into classes immediately, he became of founding member of the San Diego chapter of “TheatreSports” with whom he performed regularly for 14 years.
He began his company to teach TEAMprovising in 2000. His involvement in the National Speakers Association led to keynoting in 2003, where he gets the whole audience playing his games with him in “We Gotta Fail…To Succeed!” Since then, Milo has worked with hundreds of companies and organizations to bring them these fun ways of learning about how we look at the world and workplace.
In 2004, audience members began approaching Milo to ask if he would coach them in public speaking skills, unexpectedly inspiring the other side of his current business: as a speaking coach in person and in videoconferencing. In 2007, he authored “Public Speaking: Get A’s, Not Zzzzzz’s!” (which he used as the basis for his keynote by the same name) and then the 2015 sequel “Public Speaking for TEENS: Get A’s, Not Zzzzzz’s!”
Milo enjoys working both in events in his home town (San Diego, CA) and opportunities to bring his fun and learning wherever need be.
Ask the event planner who pointed you here for more information about Milo and to reach out to him to book him today!