Think Like A Comedian, Become An Innovator

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In a changing world, the status quo is riskier than taking risks. Learn how to challenge resistance to change by thinking like a comedian.

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When you think of New Year's Resolutions, what do you think of?




What about your thinking habits themselves?

When it comes to making changes to our routines, we often set our sights high, and maybe we even take some action on the steep goals we give ourselves, but there's one thing many of us forget that can pull the rug out from under our noble intentions: changing our internal scripts.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that maintaining the status quo is more dangerous than taking risks. Sure, the idea of innovating is evident, but without a corresponding shift in thinking, it's the equivalent of spoiling your sober January with "just one drink" once the New Year's Eve hangover wears off.

"I've always done it this way," "I've never done it that way," and other iterations of this fear-based thinking belong in the past, and ironically, if you continue telling yourself those things, so will you.

Flipping the internal script, while simple, is NOT easy. As a comedian, learning to reframe my inner monologue with curiosity - "How can this be better?" "What else could I say to communicate this?" "What's another way I can approach this?" - transforms my outer monologue into a better one.

In 2022, if you want to innovate, inspire your, or even just stay relevant, constantly rewriting your internal script HAS to become part of your habits. In this webinar, you'll take the first steps in creating new habits that will make you the innovator your customers, leaders, employees, and colleagues need you to be.

You'll learn:

-Why rethinking like a comedian is important to becoming a better leader.

-3 mental pivots that open up more innovative ideas.

-How to recognize and reframe status quo thinking.

-The benefits of asking the right kinds of questions when met with external resistance.

Who is David Horning?

Like you, leadership expert and comedian David Horning has watched the world undergo years of change over the past 2 years and saw too many leaders fight to maintain a status quo that has long outstayed its welcome.


Are they worried their supervisory style of "leadership" is losing influence in an employee-driven market?

Are they uncomfortable with making mistakes or missing the mark on new initiatives in the face of change?

Do they think the cultures they've built can't be sustained remotely?

Are they resistant to the feedback and ideas that arise from giving employees a voice?

Or is there a deeper story?

Unlike other leadership speakers and consultants, David's 9 years of comedy, speaking, and outsider consulting experience brings an outside-of-the-box, hands-on approach that is unafraid of asking the challenging questions that help leaders disrupt the status quo to face uncertainty, adversity, and change with a resilient, open mind. We could all use a laugh, so David has worked tirelessly to teach leaders that developing a sense of humor is the secret sauce for building organizations people WANT to work for.

David's approach to his keynotes, strategic workshops, and consulting conversations has been called "surprisingly relevant," "an invaluable tool," and "an amazing, accurate breath of fresh air," fusing together real-life stories with his sense of humor and conversational style to connect on a deeply human level with audiences from packed conference rooms to one-on-one calls.

David is the founder of Water Cooler Comedy, the creator of the 8-week leadership program "7 Steps To Reframe Retention And Create A Killer Culture," and he continues to work with the best and the brightest to build top workplaces with energizing and engaging conversations that have been shared with audiences from around the country.

His successes include: Consumers Credit Union, ShurTech Brands, Dolce Hotels, Kentucky and Tennessee community action groups, HR Leadership Group Of Northeast Ohio, SHRM, DisruptHR, Peppercomm, BLASTmedia, and The Training Associates (TTA), to name a few.

Outside of leadership, David has performed at comedy clubs and in comedy festivals across the country, including the New York Comedy Festival, and he hosts the podcast "You Can't Laugh At That," on which he interviews comedians who have been featured on late night and Comedy Central, as well as the unconventional leaders at top workplaces.

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David is a comedian and producer looking to make Cleveland laugh more with an emphasis on producing comedy shows in unique venues from rooftop bars, to workplaces, to people's houses. To shine a spotlight on local talent in the Cleveland comedy scene, David produces Locally Sourced Comedy, as well as Six Courses of Comedy, a culinary and comedy experience.

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