Humor Boot Camp®

Give Us 2 1/2 Days, and We Will Make You Funnier for Life!

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"There is nothing like the feeling of making an audience laugh."

- Darren LaCroix

Finally, a place where professionals can go to learn how to be funnier. We’re not talking about learning to tell dirty jokes. We are talking about learning how to get more laughs in a professional setting to make your message more digestible! When they are laughing, they are listening. Discover secrets to create your own unique humor that you can use again and again.

Do You Wish You Were Funnier?

SPEAKER'S WORKSHOP/COMEDY BOOTCAMP/NOV 16TH 2013/DARREN LACROIXMemorable humor takes public speaking to the next level! During this 2½-day LIVE Master Workshop, Darren LaCroix and Las Vegas headliner Kevin Burke will personally guide you through a fast-paced, laughter-rich Humor Boot Camp®. You’ll leave this trademarked workshop never looking at laughter the same way again. Darrenteed.

Lacing your presentations with humor will not only cement a feeling of positivity and vibrancy between you and your audience, but it will also create a human bond that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Imagine walking off the stage to thunderous applause and a roll of laughter. Darren and Kevin will give you proven techniques with helpful documentation in a polished and professional manner. This is your opportunity to master the art of humor! You will leave this live workshop with the process for creating your own unique humor from your personal experiences, as well as confidence and your own new materials that you create on the spot.

By committing to training with Las Vegas headliner Kevin Burke and World Champion Public Speaker Darren LaCroix, you will walk away with the tools to get more laughs in your very next presentation. Public speaking with style and finesse is more than having a compelling story; it is how you present it. Join Darren and Kevin in beautiful Las Vegas, and learn the proven process for getting laughs based on their decades of experience. Have you tried figuring it out on your own? Without a road map, it's easy to get lost and frustrated and end up with lackluster results.

Darren and Kevin will arm you with the essential tools to springboard your humorous speaking and find your funny bone. You will learn how to create your presentations more easily, have a deeper impact, and leave a more memorable message wrapped in laughter. This step-by-step process is based on over 40 years of experience. Space is limited to 25 LIVE seats and 3 VIP COACHEE Seats. 

bill-brown“It was a LIVE Master Workshop that gave me the breakthrough of a lifetime.”  - Bill Brown, Speech Coach

Why Does Being Funnier Matter? 

What does more humor do for your audience?

Do you want to get and keep your audience’s attention? What is better proof of that than laughter? If they’re laughing, they're learning. What if you could bring a boring subject to life? That would separate you from the pack for sure. It also increases the audience’s retention rate. Do it for them!

“At the end of laughter is the height of listening.” - Jeffrey Gitomer, Sales Guru

What does more laughter do for you?

Consider this: you are an event planner, and you have to choose a speaker. Speaker A is a leading expert and has great content. Speaker B is also a leading expert, has great content, and is funny. Whom would you hire? Meetings and seminars are often boring. Let your audience laugh while they learn, and you’re more likely to get asked back.

Being funny will not only increase your rehire rate but will also boost your back-of-room sales as well. Who wouldn’t want to follow you if you make them laugh? It just makes being on stage more fun too!

Can You Really Learn to Be Funnier?

Darren LaCroix is living proof that you can. His journey of becoming a comedian, even though he wasn’t funny, is not only ironic, but it’s also the truth. He proved that you can learn to be funny. He bombed miserably at a comedy club in Boston in 1992. Fast forward until 2001 when he out-spoke 25,000 contestants to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He created one of the most talked about speeches in the history of the contest, and it was funny!

Part of the secret he discovered was that comedians use humor formulas and templates that they don’t want the public to know about. Come discover the inside scoop from two humor pros.

What Makes Funny People Funny?

KevinWould you agree that funny people think differently? They do. So, if you want to be funnier you have to think the way funny people think. Doesn’t that make sense? This Humor Boot Camp® is packed with over ten laughter-generating exercises. These exercises are designed to change the way you think and look at things.

They will train your brain to see things funny. By the end of these 2½ days, you’ll not only see humor potential in more places, but you’ll also know how to deliver it again and again. You’ll never look at humor the same way again.

What if I'm Not Funny?

Perfect. You are like Darren when he started out. Darren stared his career at an open mic night at a Boston comedy club. He was horrible. That night’s headline comedian literally told Darren as he left the stage,“Don’t quit your day job.” He was never told he was funny, and he had no stage presence whatsoever. In fact, at the Humor Boot Camp® you will see a video clip of his very first time on stage. That clip is guaranteed to inspire you.

Because Darren learned the hard way, he is quick to point out the shortcuts to make your journey light years faster than his. He has taken principles from the comedy world and adapted them to help you create clean humor you can use in your presentations again and again. Darren has been telling one of his jokes for over 20 years, and it still works every time! Because this is an interactive experience and not a sit-and-listen seminar, you’ll build your own humor confidence during the course of this workshop.

What if I'm Already Funny?

Even better. You are more like Kevin when he started out in the comedy and clowning world. Though Kevin was naturally funny, he too had to learn essential humor principles and structure to be able to make people laugh every night in his Vegas show. This workshop is designed so that you will walk away understanding why you are funny naturally. This will enable you to create much more planned humor. You will discover how to create the kind of humor you can use again and again.

The Biggest Unfunny Presentation Mistake

Yikes! Whether an emerging presenter or a seasoned pro, most people wish they were funnier. We've seen it for years; it’s a classic mistake. People try to take a bad story and make it funny. That will drive you batty! You’ll never make the story work that way.

Before you can make something funny, you have to make it right. Humor is the polish, but, as it’s been said, you can’t polish poop. An important part of this process is discovering how to structure your presentations and stories first. You’ll get the secrets behind Patricia Fripp’s

how to structure your presentations and stories first. You’ll get the secrets behind Patricia Fripp’s famous Fripp Speech Model. She has given Darren permission to teach this model to you. It will rapidly speed up your presentation creation process. Not only that, but it will also give you confidence for your longer presentations. Without this crucial foundation, you will work really hard and never get the detour-free laughs you want on stage.

Forever Change How You Look at Laughter

Get out of your head and into the moment. If you can’t be in the moment, you just can’t be funny. Period. A crucial part of delivery is making an audience laugh. Most people don’t realize it, but improv is essential to getting laughs.

“If you are in your head, your emotions are dead.” - Darren

Both Kevin and Darren have improv backgrounds. Before stand-up comedy and speaking, Darren played a groom in an improv, dinner theater wedding show. He credits the stage presence he has now as a direct result of his improv experience.

Before Kevin headlined the Vegas show Defending the Caveman, he was a comedian and a clown for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Together Kevin and Darren will go back to their roots and walk you though a series of improv games throughout the workshop. You’ll be able to take the ones you like and continue to use them to improve your improv muscle.

The Ultimate Humor Experience. Period.

Creativity breeds creativity. The atmosphere is essential for your ultimate humor experience. How can you be creative sitting in a rectangular meeting room, sitting at a rectangular table, looking a rectangular wall with rectangular windows? That’s tough.

First, the Humor Boot Camp® is held in the LA Comedy Club in Las Vegas. (Yup, that’s weird or funny, depending on how you look at it.) You will be sitting in the club, and you’ll be up on stage testing out some of your new laugh lines during some of the exercises.

Second, on the first night you can go to Kevin’s show, Defending the Caveman. Not only will you laugh at relationship challenges, but you’ll also see Kevin in action, doing what he does best every night, entertaining people. The next morning we will then break down the

experience and debrief about the show. Getting to sit down with a Vegas headliner is a truly rare experience. The insights you take from this experience will be pure gold. (*Optional session. VIRTUAL Seat Participants will not be able to take part in this session. Bummer.)

Third, on the second night, you will come back for the comedy show at the LA Comedy Club after dinner. You will see in action all of the principles that you learned throughout the day. You will also see Darren perform along with three of the Comedy Club regulars. He may even test out one of the jokes that you created that day at the Humor Boot Camp®. (* There will be adult language and content at this show.) (**Optional session. VIRTUAL Seat Participants will not be able to take part in this session. Bummer.)

What Will You Walk Away With?

By the end of the Humor Boot Camp®, you will

  • Master the humor twist
  • Create and test your own laugh lines
  • Make your personal stories funnier
  • Make any boring subject interesting
  • Master the 3 Elements (Structure, Content, and Delivery)
  • Discover how the Triangle of Laughter affects your every presentation
  • Learn the best impingement words to use to make your stories funnier
  • Use anchors to remember your presentation, and make it unforgettable for your audience
  • Open your speech so they say "Yeah!" instead of "Uh-oh"
  • Utilize callbacks  to get more laughs quickly and easily
  • Grab your audience's attention, and never let it go
  • Gain confidence with a powerful presentation STRUCTURE Model
  • Use the stage as an invisible storyteller
  • Make your message memorable
  • Make each audience member feel as if you are speaking directly to him or her
  • Engage your listeners through visual and physical humor
  • Choose and use props for maximum connection
  • Create and deliver humor through a process
  • Put your words in the funniest order (wrong way = not funny)
  • Avoid the biggest mistake of presenters trying to be funny

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Why Now? This Live Master Workshop Happens Only Once Per Year

You may have heard the old adage, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Our world-class faculty is comprised of working experts. They are out on stages around the world doing what they do best. They take time out of their schedules to give back and teach what they do, how they do it, and show you the most up-to-date insights in the industry.

Due to their in-demand schedules, we hold this workshop only once per year. To assure that you have a transformational experience, we have two leading industry experts running this workshop for you.

But this is not about our faculty; this is about your transformation. So what are you waiting for? Graduates of our live events were just like you.  They were waiting. Waiting for the right time, waiting to see how it goes, waiting for their careers to take off, waiting to invest in themselves, not really sure what they were waiting for - until they attended a LIVE Master Workshop and experienced the breakthrough of a lifetime.

Our graduates overwhelmingly agree that attending a live event was the turning point for their presentation careers. These graduates say that attending a LIVE Master Workshop is the only way to get

  • A major breakthrough of understanding that launches a transformation
  • A change of mindset from a hobby level to world-class professional
  • Motivation from everyone in the room
  • Rapid growth from the ideas shared by masters in professional speaking
  • Personalized insights from the masters

The Results? Our Graduates Explain:

Lei Wang“During the LIVE Master Workshop, I was coached to adjust my direction and get more focused. I took action based on their recommendations. I’m now halfway through writing my book!  - Lei Wang

 

dave-and-darren“My feedback forms from a recent presentation I gave were outstanding.  As a result, I’ve been asked to present three more times and develop a seminar.  I can see where I applied what I learned in the training it’s making a big difference already.   - David Fritzlen

Jeff Purtee“One of the presenters asked the audience ‘What are you waiting for?’ It was the slap in the face I needed to get serious. I’m now working on my long-term plan to build my business.”  - Jeff Purtee

Our LIVE Master Workshops are among the best in the industry because you get

  • To focus for two full days and eliminate distractions from the outside world
  • To ask your specific questions to your situation and audience type
  • To meet other serious professionals and learn from the entire group
  • A live course that adapts discussion to suit you and your experience level
  • A star-studded lineup of industry experts
  • Small audience size so that you get the personal attention you need
  • Personalized coaching to help you fine-tune your skills on the spot
  • Insider tips on how to build your successful speaking business
  • The kick you need to transform your speaking style

No one else offers this level of education from an expert lineup with personalized coaching for such a great price!

So what are YOU waiting for? Don’t lose another day.  We intentionally limit our event size to guarantee the best learning experience for you.  Sign up today to reserve your seat.

OK, What is it Going to Cost?

Great question. First, let’s take a quick look at exactly what you get. The bonus could be worth more to you than the workshop itself.

Become a Master Faster with this Bonus!

If your goal is to be the best, you need the best training on the planet. You probably know that mastery requires repetition. Have you ever listened to a learning program and gotten more out of the program the second time? If you are like most people, each listening brings you more clarity and new insights. You can’t listen to something once and absorb it all.

When you save your seat, you will get our Get More Laughs by Next Week home study course. This is a $497 bonus! Yup. Free. No charge. Zip. Nada.

What this does for you is prepare you for mastery. I can’t tell you how many of our attendees were so glad they went though the course before coming to the LIVE Master Workshop. They simply were able to understand and absorb so much more. After all, isn’t that what mastery is about. Wax on, wax off. One listening is not enough. We are serious about helping you get the most out of this experience.

Stage Time University members - congratulations, you already have access to this program! Be sure to review the program to help you get the most out of this event. If you have been through it before, be a sponge again. You will get more out of it each time you review it. Want a gold medal? Train like an Olympian!

The Early Bird Advantage is Huge!

If you register 30 days prior to the workshop, you can bring a friend for free. Yup. That’s right, but only if you register 30 days prior to the event. This applies to either LIVE Seats or Virtual Seats. Plan ahead and you win, and so does your friend! The cool bonus part is that you and your friend will receive world-class training together. You will be able to help each other apply your newfound skills after the event. Sweet.

You can also share your bonus with your friend. That would help you both get more out of the LIVE Master Workshop.

Which Seat Would be Best for You?

Dana Morgan Barnes“I got my money’s worth before the first break on the first day! Being a VIP made this training explosive. I will be a VIP every time at any training in the future.”  – Dana Morgan-Barnes, Cheyenne, WY

Why Be a VIP COACHEE at the Humor Boot Camp®?

Simple. Grow faster. Get personal coaching on your story, persona, and delivery. Our two world-class faculty members are going to be your personal consultants. You will be at the front of the room, and they will be helping you improve your material on the spot. You will also get a recording of your story and feedback from the 2 coaches.

Here is what past Workshop VIPs have said about being coached at a Master Workshop:

Terry Begue“I now have so much more confidence.” – Terry Begue

Gary McKinsey“When I’m coached, I internalize new techniques. The benefits are quick and lasting.” – Gary McKinsey

“Getting coached forces you to risk, which ultimately pays off.”

- Dave Chase

The other cool part of being a VIP COACHEE is that everyone in the room will become like a mastermind for you and your material. It’s like having a room full of comedy writers helping you with your story.

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The other cool part is that it's limited.

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Date TBD

Day 1: 12:00pm to 4:30pm Doors open @ 11:30am

Day 2 & 3: 9:00am - 4:30pm Doors open @ 8:30am

Where:
TBD

Can’t make it? Home Study Program: www.GetMoreLaughsByNextWeek.com

Our place or yours? Have the Humor Boot Camp at your organization. Contact our office: 888-528-4451


About Your Faculty  

About Darren LaCroix

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In 2001, Darren LaCroix, the World Champion of Public Speaking, outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win that title. That was just a benchmark. Since that victory Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

About Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke, Las Vegas Headliner, Entertainer of the Year. He is the star of the Vegas comedy show, Defending the Caveman. This show holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history and the longest running Broadway play in the history of Las Vegas!

A native of Chicago, Kevin has been featured on Oprah, The CBS Morning News, NPR's Talk of the Nation, The Dr. Laura Berman Show on XM Satellite Radio, NBC-TV's Friday Night, and ABC-TV's America's Funniest People which awarded Kevin its grand prize.

Event Refund & Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellation will be made on the following basis:

A full refund, less a $50 processing fee, will be granted if requested 31 days prior to live event. If cancelling within 30 days of live event, registration credit will be given towards any future Stage Time University Live Event. Cancellations must be made via email to support@stagetimeuniversity.com. No refunds or credits will be granted for no-shows.

Because of travel and other expenses, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any live event that does not have a minimum of 10 participants. This SELDOM happens, but if it does, registrants will be notified immediately, and rescheduled, refunded, or given credit for a future event for the amount originally paid for this event.

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