Matt Weinstein

Innovative Teambuilding Expert
Matt Weinstein
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What happens when the authority on fun and humor in the workplace gets swindled by Bernie Madoff? The man who was dubbed "Master of Playfulness" by People magazine and "America's Pied Piper of Play" by the Houston Post decides to continue his life's work creating innovative team building programs for more than 400 clients each year. But in the aftermath of the scandal, he finds a new sense of balance and strength. Matt Weinstein, the founding president of Playfair, Inc., has discovered that in difficult economic times, it is indeed possible to find joy, celebration, and a sense of meaning in the workplace.

Playing to his strengths. Drawing on his own experiences, and 20 years of research with Playfair, Weinstein's presentations are stuffed with enough content to fill a toy chest and brim with good humor. Weinstein believes that team building is not just a concept, but an experience. His unconventional vision has been the subject of dozens of national newspaper articles, magazine features, and television appearances. And all of his keynote presentations include dynamic audience participation as an integral part of the lecture program. Weinstein brings new meaning to the term "work hard, play hard," and motivates your team to innovate, motivate, and celebrate. 

Weinstein was elected to the Speaker's Hall of Fame by the National Speaker's Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century." His nationally broadcast PBS television special, Fun Works!: The Power of Humor in the Workplace, brought him national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building. He has written four books, Managing to Have Fun, Work Like Your Dog, and Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do, and his latest, Gently Down the Stream: 4 Unforgettable Keys to Success, which was co-written with Luke Barber.

The fundamentals of fun. Weinstein uses his specialized brand of energy to revitalize the office space, reduce job-related stress, and turn traditional workforce teams into team players. His long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and motivate their key employees. Matt teaches employees to be more productive, and instructs how to create a corporate culture of support and collaboration at work. Most important, though, Matt shows how to turn occupations into celebrations.

Matt Weinstein's lectures are high-energy and crowd-rousing. Be prepared not simply to listen to what he has to say, but to get involved with it, to learn from it, and to laugh.

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What Bernie Madoff Couldn't Steal From Me. Award-winning inspirational speaker Matt Weinstein was on vacation in Antarctica when he learned via satellite telephone that he had lost his entire life savings in the Bernie Madoff scandal. In this highly personal, interactive and entertaining program, Weinstein recounts the inside story of the highly-secretive Madoff fund. Weinstein reveals that instead of being the crushing blow, the financial scandal taught him how to survive life?s inevitable downturns with a sense of basic trust, so that you can land on your feet no matter what happens. He lost his life savings in the Bernie Madoff fraud, but there are life-saving survival secrets that Madoff could never steal. You don't need to have been invested with Bernie Madoff to be feeling the pain of the financial meltdown right now. These are difficult economic times for everyone, but the good news is that it is still possible to find joy, celebration and a sense of meaning.

Gently Down the Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys to Success in Life & Work. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most profound ones. As Confucius pointed out, "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complex." Using a simple, universally familiar verse as a metaphor for success, Matt Weinstein will show you how to increase happiness, reduce stress, find more fun at work, and enhance motivation, communication, teamwork, and satisfaction on the job. In this dynamic and mind-expanding session you will learn the four unforgettable principles for success that can make your life a waking dream. This session is based on Matt Weinstein's book, Gently Down The Stream. Come prepared to have some serious fun!

Managing to Have Fun. For the past twenty-five years Matt Weinstein's Playfair organization has been a laboratory for the development of "fun-centered" management skills that can have a profound effect on team building, employee retention, and corporate loyalty. This hands-on session will teach the skills

  • Learn To Give and Receive Reward and Recognition
  • Establish Employee Support Systems
  • Deal Positively With Negative Change
  • Have Fun With Your Customers

In this dynamic program, Matt Weinstein takes a look at ways to restructure the organizational culture so that it supports laughter, play, and the "human" values in the workplace--and at the same time increases productivity, teamwork, and physical wellbeing. Come prepared to have some serious fun!

Work Like Your Dog. Every working person has heard that he is supposed to work smarter, not harder--but what, exactly, does that mean? Matt Weinstein reveals that one important step to working smarter is to learn the skills of working like your dog. Dogs approach their work not only with dedication, loyalty, discipline, sensitivity, and love, but also with joy, enthusiasm, happiness, and a willingness to see their work as play. Once you bring a sense of fun and joy and celebration to your workplace, you will become a more valuable manager and team member, and one who is less likely to suffer from job burnout. Yours will be a workplace that is filled with joy and celebration and a resurgence of energy. By learning to play with the problem situations that arise on the job, you will actually work smarter, produce more, and earn more.

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