In the land of infinite distraction, the one who tickles the funny bone reigns supreme. As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, savvy startups, leading ad agencies, and Fortune 500 firms alike are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for being memorable amidst the ringtones and vibrations of modern life.
At FunnyBizz, we teach you how to tap into humor’s power. In just one (raucously entertaining) day, our elite roster of speakers will teach you essential principles of comedy, improv and storytelling, how to apply those concepts to you and your business, and generally show you how being funny can make you more successful.
Why Use Comedy Techniques?
Because that’s what the people want—Today's generation has been socialized to receive info via humor. They want infotainment, not information. Clients don't watch "20/20" or "Nightline" for news; they have been watching Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Jon Stewart. They want and expect information delivered with a punch line.
Because science says so—“The brain doesn't pay attention to boring things,” notes John Medina, a biologist and author of the best-selling book Brain Rules. “Laughter triggers a dopamine release, which aids memory and information processing. It’s like a mental post-it note that tells your brain, remember this.”
What You Will Learn at FunnyBizz:
- Storytelling techniques for building an authentic brand
- How to maximize the virality of your content
- The key role of laughter in building loyal communities
- How being funny can make people want to work with you and buy from you
- The recipe for delivering hilarious speeches and consistently funny copy
- How improv techniques increase productivity, inspire engagement, and encourage a creative corporate culture
Who Is FunnyBizz For:
- Startup CEOs and founders looking to transform their key messages and pitches into a compelling story.
- Content Professionals and Social Media Managers looking to improve their messaging
- Marketing, PR, Advertising and Communications professionals looking to add humor to their company voice.
- Brand managers looking to create a loveable brand that stands out from the noise.
- Sales and business development professionals who want to make their presentations and pitches more entertaining.
- Community builders who want to make their communities more fun and engaging.
- Entrepreneurs looking to gain a competitive advantage.
Transferrable bands: Can’t attend the entire conference? Buy one ticket, attend the morning, then trade wristbands with a colleague so they can attend the afternoon. That's awesome! Most conferences don't do that!? Thankfully, we are not most conferences.
10% of proceeds from running FunnyBizz Conference this year will be going to Bay Area based 501(c)3 non profit the No Limits Collaborative. Created to improve quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions.
"By the end of the day at FunnyBizz I was exhausted from learning and laughing. I'd planned to sneak out after lunch but like a fat lady with a bucket of bon-bons I was just like, "ehhhhh... just one more". It's not your usual convention. It's much more fun. More interactive. I feel taught. I feel full. I feel good. Bringing more creativity into your workplace is great."
- Ryan Anderson Bell, Co-Founder, BackLamp
"I learned more at FunnyBizz about content marketing than I've learned at a dozen 'normal' conferences. Smart marketers know the value of making people laugh and FunnyBizz gave me real-world examples of how to incorporate humor without looking stupid."
-David B. Thomas, Senior Director, Content and Engagement, Salesforce
"Most conferences are like swimming in a nice comfy bowl of familiar oatmeal. This one was more like putting on a cape and diving off a building. FunnyBizz delivered more than take-aways and actionable ideas. FunnyBizz delivered a mode-changing experience right into my brain. If you can only go to one conference a year, it should be this one."
- Suzanna Stinnett, Founder, Bay Area Bloggers Society
"I have never seen the audience SO ENGAGED and speakers (who are experts) SO FUNNY."
- Vasil Azarov, CEO Startup Socials
“Another year, another wonderful experience at FunnyBizz. Great organization and top notch speakers. The flow was perfect, never a chance to get bored, but also never felt rushed during networking opportunities.”
- Chris Jennings, Content Producer, Creative Live
“A very satisfying mix of entertaining and informative. That's good content! Also enjoyed community vibe. Did not feel like a "normal" conference atmosphere. I left inspired to share my experience with coworkers.”
- Jamey Austin, Content Marketing Manager at Atlassian
"A place where humor and tech mix together in a mutually beneficial bath."
-Joahua Walters, Performer, Educator, TED speaker, Snap Judgement
“Found this conference to be immensely useful. Loved the info about B2B and the fact that the speakers were generally encouraging marketers to be bold and unafraid of pushing boundaries”.
- Rebecca Faulkner, Associate Creative Director, Brand Design at StubHub
“Spend a great day with some of the most insightful and entertaining speakers you have ever encountered musing on how the complexities of business can be rendered more simple by making people smile.”
- Bruce Dundore, Creative Director
“ The conference was awesome! Great line-up of speakers made us laugh and got us thinking. I came away with several ideas I can put to use immediately, including a new tag line”.
- Adrienne Dale, Pivotal Consulting
“As VP of Sales and someone who does start-ups for a living (I am on # 8) it provided important value in helping us know how to have a greater impact with our messaging and interaction with customers, i.e. too make it stick and be remembered. Highly recommend this for any executive of a company of any size as the concepts are universal - tell a story that has the right amount of humor and cleverness is the key and is relevant to your product”.
- - Rich Walker, Business Development Manager at Denodo Technologies
“Original and super interesting idea of a conference: how to use humor in business to boost sales and have fun while you build a brand and a business. Great stuff.”
Loic Le Meur, Serial Entrepreneur and Co- Founder of Le Web Conference
"When I first attended FunnyBizz, it was like going out on a blind date with someone I met on match.com. I was surprised to learn my date was not only a rock star but then also smart and funny as hell! I'm hooked, FunnyBizz and I are married for life. Definitely one of the coolest, most innovative business conferences out there today!"
- Mauricio Vergara, Director Business Development, Corpacademy
“The most entertaining TED-like talk series I have ever attended!”
“WHAT A HOOT! Spent the day at the FunnyBizz Conference and walked away with pithy, actionable information to up the entertainment value of marketing content and make messages more memorable--plus, between chuckles, I made a bunch of great new connections.”
- Moss Karndener, Brand Strategist, Product Marketer, Creative Director
“Great, fun day! A really balanced mix of look-who's-doing-it-you-can-do-it-too-here's-how speakers and ideas. I've already messaged my team about all of us attending next year”.
-Beth Chargin, Senior Information Designer at Intuit
“Perfect pace and tempo, proper # of speakers, hilarious ending, learned a lot and it does appeal to a broad audience from Marketers/Content writers to Founders and leaders that are Sales orientated. Humorous throughout, picked up some great content and tips, WILL highly promote this event.”
-Ian Casey, Founder CV Partners
"My biggest concern walking into the venue was that I would be highly entertained at the expense of actually learning anything. Boy was I wrong! The variety of speakers struck just the right balance, and I took lots of notes on strategies and ideas that I want to try when I get back to work! FunnyBizz could teach other conferences how it's done!"
- Jennie Tan, Founder, OfficeTally.com
“I really enjoyed the conference and it made me think outside the box. Not only did I laugh a lot (of course) but I learned so much about storytelling and presentation skills which is hugely important when you're vying for attention in a busy place like Silicon Valley. I would highly recommend this conference.”
- Grainne Barron, Founder and CEO, Viddyad
“FunnyBizz conference was the most interesting, and frankly one of the most useful conferences that I have attended. The speakers were unique and thought provoking, while being fun and creative. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to bring some creativity, innovation, and/or fun to their company!”
- Shannon Mosier, Principal, Parthenon Group
"I always wished something like FunnyBizz existed - a forum for people who want to dig at the intersection of comedy and business to get together, share ideas, and network. And now it does."
- Rajiv Satyal, Brand Manager, Consultant, Comedian
"I thought this was a great idea for a conference with a relevant, but real point of difference - and it lived up to my expectations. Thought provoking, inspiring, enjoyable, informative, fast paced, interactive - yes, and funny!"
- Janet Standen, Director of Consumer Insights, Instant Insights Lab
"This was a home-run type of a conference. If conferences were like this I would have one scheduled every week."
- Jere Carroll, Director Business Development, Casto Travel
All FunnyBizz Conference tickets are non refundable.
If you're unable to make it, you can transfer your ticket. To do so, email email@example.com with the new attendee’s name, email, title, company, and phone number. Please note, tickets can only be transferred to another ticket holder until 7 days prior to the event.
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