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    Fran Solomon, Senior Vice-Empress of Playfair, is a Registered Nurse with Master’s degrees in education and theater. An inspirational teacher and irresistible motivator with a uniquely entertaining style, Fran has been sharing her upbeat message of the importance of having fun at work for over 22 years.

    If you’re looking to energize your workforce, boost morale, reduce stress on the job and build a loyal and passionate team, Fran has the experience and dedication to help. She will teach you how to reward, recognize and retain your people, while motivating them to reach their full potential.

    An expert in her field, Fran conducts interactive seminars on team building, stress management, creativity, balanced living, fun in the workplace, reward, recognition and the increasingly important topic of diversity awareness. Fran’s programs are fun, educational and full of practical, take-home value. As an experienced actress, musician and singer/songwriter, Fran knows how to underscore her message by using harmony, humor and heart. Just ask some of her recent clients: Disneyworld, Ford Motor Company, Accenture, and Sprint.

    Called “a Bronx-bombshell with the comedic timing of Bob Hope” by the Philadelphia Enquirer, Fran was recently recognized by the American Society of Trainers and Developers, as one of the top ten speakers in the country. She’s been featured numerous times on CNN, in the Wall Street Journal and the Vancouver Sun and helped conduct research for Matt Weinstein’s books, “Managing To Have Fun” and “Work Like Your Dog”.

    Fran is so confident that she can delight, inspire and motivate your people, that her dynamic seminars come with an astounding money back guarantee: If Fran does not get a standing ovation at the end of her program, you don’t have to pay her fee!!

    So if you’re looking for something that is more than a lecture-if you’re looking for a high-energy, audience involvement keynote or seminar that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause-then you’re looking for Fran Solomon!!


Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


    Motivation

    These programs inspire, delight, entertain, and train. They're uplifting, interactive and fun. And they're full of practical information and high in "take-home" value. They are offered as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
    • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
    • The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    • Caring For Those Who Care
    • The Improvising Organization
    • Putting the Fun Back in Sales

    Team-Building

    Experience the synergy of teamwork firsthand. The following teambuilding programs can be presented as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    • Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever
    • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
    • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
    • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    • The Improvising Organization
    • The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    • The Ultimate Icebreaker

    Experiential Team-Building Modules

    These team building programs are available only in a workshop format.

    • Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design
    • The Egg Drop Challenge
    • The Maze and Ball Toss

    Stress Management

    These programs demonstrate the importance of humor and play in reducing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They are available as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem

    Improvisation at Work

    Using the fundamentals of improvisational theater, these experiential programs help participants deal with creativity, flexibility and the challenge of change.

    • A Pageant of Success
    • The Improvising Organization

    Healthcare

    These presentations are customized for health care providers and are available in both keynote and workshop formats.

    • Caring For Those Who Care
    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    • Humor and Healing

    Icebreakers

    These sessions are a sure-fire way to kick off a meeting in a big way, to energize people mid-conference, or to send people back home really excited and enthused. Wherever you use them, they help attendees make new friends as well as get closer to old ones.

    • The Ultimate Icebreaker (for Corporations, Associations, Colleges and Universities)
    • The Improvising Organization


    Program Descriptions:

    Putting Fun To Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    Laughter is not only good medicine, it's good business. People who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive and get along better with co-workers. Putting Fun To Work is interactive, informative and entertaining.

    Managing to Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    The intentional use of positive feedback is a powerful way to build a strong team and to foster corporate loyalty. Loaded with practical examples and ready-to-use ideas, Managing to Have Fun is based on Matt Weinstein's business bestseller, "Managing to Have Fun."

    Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    One way to work smarter, not harder, is to learn the skills of working like your dog. Dogs approach their work with dedication, loyalty, sensitivity and love, and also with joy, enthusiasm and a willingness to see their work as play. Based on Matt Weinstein's business bestseller, "Work Like Your Dog." Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    The best way to survive in a stress-filled work environment is to take your work seriously and yourself lightly. Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem offers suggestions for handling work-related pressures in an effective, productive and upbeat manner.

    The Ultimate Icebreaker
    In any new group situation, most people are concerned with making friends, feeling accepted and feeling listened to. The Ultimate Icebreaker will help your participants to quickly overcome these normal barriers to creating community. This program is a fantastic way to kick off any meeting or convention by generating an unforgettable atmosphere of celebration.

    The Improvising Organization
    Improvisation skills help a company establish bonds among employees and provides an out-of-the-box exploration of the creative process. You'll gain a new understanding of the team building power of improv theater and practical tools for coping with stress, burnout, and isolation.

    Putting the Fun Back in Sales
    When you and your customer have fun together, you create a bond that carries your relationship forward through time. What could be better for your long-term relationship with a client than to have them telling stories to total strangers about what fun it is to do business with you! Learn tools and techniques to build these lasting bonds.

    Stress For Success: How to Turn Tension into Triumph
    In this upbeat program, have fun while learning about the pros and cons of stress: how to recognize burnout, what to do about it, and most importantly how to keep a "lighthearted" perspective. Participants in this session will gain a repertoire of specific group experiences to learn to harness the power of tension and to take the time to relax. In a unique blend of comedy and content, this program reminds us that in recognizing life's zaniness, we encourage flexibility and adaptability.

    Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever
    You can't expect your employees to provide "service with a smile" if you don't first give them something to smile about! For the past 20 years the Playfair organization has been a laboratory for the development of "fun-centered" management skills that can have a profound effect on increasing employee retention and corporate loyalty.

    Caring For Those Who Care
    Burnout is so high in the "helping professions" because we don't care for ourselves as well as we care for our clients. Drawing upon her background as a nurse and educator, Fran Solomon takes you on a lighthearted journey as you learn the signs and symptoms of burnout and discover easy and simple ways to care for yourself and your coworkers.

    Humor and Healing
    Finding the silver lining can be difficult when faced with ever increasing professional and personal challenges. Terry Sand shares how her remission from Systemic Lupus directly relates to her commitment to a life of play while still attending to the demands of work and home life. Learn how this playful path to wellness provides solutions for achieving success, promoting good health, and creating "work/life" balance.

    A Pageant Of Success
    This thematic improvisation presentation offers concrete ideas for pumping up customer service. In a two hour pre-program workshop, Terry Sand trains a group of participants from within your company to create a hilarious, yet content driven mock beauty pageant, which is then presented to your company at large. Important tools for improving customer service are gained through the fun, laughter, and theatrics.

    The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    To succeed in a global community, we need listen and learn from those who are different than ourselves. In this upbeat and playful keynote, Fran Solomon, Senior Vice-Empress of Playfair, helps participants honor and acknowledge our differences, as we discover and celebrate our commonalities. This program will help to open hearts and minds as we learn to laugh at ourselves along the way. Be prepared for some serious fun!

    Experiential Team Building Programs

    Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design
    Sharing Your Vision is a hands-on team building experience designed to assist group members to identify their own vision for the organization and to creatively work together to represent a unified vision – using art materials such as pipe cleaners and modeling clay. Upon completion, participants reflect on their experience by completing a series of questions designed to assist them in deeper thinking about their work together.

    The Egg Drop Challenge
    The Egg Drop is a group problem-solving experience designed to support work teams in examining a variety of issues relevant to collaboration, leadership, decision making, and handling conflicts. Using materials such as raw eggs and toothpicks, participants work together to create a structure to protect an egg so it won't break when dropped from about eight feet high. After all groups have demonstrated their designs to each other, the participants reflect on their experience by completing a series of questions designed to assist them in deeper thinking about their work together.

    The Ball Toss and The Maze
    The Ball Toss is a team building experience about continuous improvement and learning to think creatively under pressure. The participants, in groups of 8 to 12, must pass tennis balls across a circle in a set sequence. Time challenges are added, forcing a radical rethinking of the problem. By redefining their approach, while staying within the preset sequence, participants usually successfully solve the problem.

    In The Maze, participants find themselves confronting a floor grid containing 54 squares. Some of these squares can be stepped on "safely," while others are "unsafe." The group members must work together as a team, nonverbally, using each other as resources to uncover the interconnected path of 'safe' squares, within a time limit of 20 minutes.



Fran Solomon Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Fran was great !!! She had us all well out of our comfort zones, but we all participated, had a good time, and came away renewed, refreshed, and with lots of new ideas to bring back to work with us."
    Campbell Soup Supply Company
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform, Fran received all 7's out of 7's for presentation, content, customization and professionalism.)

    "You did an outstanding job of tailoring your program to a small well-acquainted group such as ours. Your presentation spoke to all levels of the organization, from top management to the lower echelon. I recommend you to any organization seeking greater career and personal satisfaction for their employees."
    -David Green, Human Resources Manager
    Shakey's, Inc.

    What is impressive about your style of presenting is how real it is.The examples, acronyms and professional language that you use give you credibility and drive your points home better than using generalities."
    -Cindie Alwood, Meeting Planner
    Michigan Rehabilitation Conference

    Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conferenceˆemployee satisfaction, empowerment, and participation.You provided the motivation we needed,broke down barriers and was full of great ideas.Your talk was an upbeat way of delivering a great message."
    -Darrah Porter, Vice President, United States Post Office

    Your keynote address was exactly what we were searching for, a presentation that was fun, thought-provoking,and most importantly, brought people together.You were instrumental in making the conference a huge success."
    -Judy Selfridge
    Emergency Nurses Association

    You were great, wonderful and funny, but most of all, you really had our team 'thinking.'The participants not only really enjoyed themselves but took away some ideas and exercises to use in their branches."
    -Leo Bennett, Asst. Vice President
    First Interstate Bank

    We could not have found a better icebreaker than Putting Fun to Work". The crowd warmed up to you instantly. The spirit and enthusiasm that you sparked carried throughout the conference.Your message lasted long after your plane departed."
    -Emerita N. Alcantara, Ph.D.
    VP, National Dairy Council

    You did a superb job Fran!Without a doubt, your background in education,theater and nursing made you so versatile and so great to experience.The Presidents were most pleased with what you said, and the way you said it."
    -Donald L. Wass, President
    The Executive Committee, Texas

    We are currently undergoing a rapid period of growth which at times is very stressful.Your presentation was just what was needed to help change our perspective and put some humor in our lives."
    -Nancy Bailey, Employee Assistance Manager
    1st Nationwide Bank

    Though management is a culturally-bound activity and the humor of Israel is markedly different from that of the U.S.,you were very successful in overcoming these differences and in emphasizing the basic and mutual foundations of both.Your seminar was extremely beneficial and for this we are all thankful."
    -Dov Kehat, Director General
    Ministry of the Interior State of Israel

    "Humor skal der til. Men misforstŒ ikke. MŒlet er naturligvis ganske alvorligt: At ¿ge kreativiteten og dermed produktionen." At tjene flere penge."
    -Marianne Bom/Erhverv

    Partial Client List

    Technology / Communication
    Microage
    IBM (3x)
    Hewlett-Packard (4x)
    Lucent Technology (3x)
    Frame Technologies (2x)
    ProBusiness (2x)
    Pitney-Bowes (2x)
    Compaq Computers
    Oracle
    Apple Computers
    RayChem Corporation (2x)
    Sprint (2x)
    AT & T
    Northern Telecom
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Intel Corporation
    Help Desk Institute (2x)
    Silcon Graphics
    Mentor Graphics (2x)
    Texas Instruments
    Internat'l Human Resource Information Mgt.

    Sales
    Direct Marketing Assn.
    Corning, Inc. (2x)
    NBC
    Uncle Ben's
    Polo/ Ralph Lauren
    Shopper's Drug Mart (5x)
    Neilson Media Research (2x)
    United Artists
    Inland Steel
    American Bus Association (2x)
    Retail Merchant's Association of British Columbia
    Lenscrafter's
    The Body Shop
    The Executive Committee (10x)
    Spartan Supermarkets
    Young President's Organization (2x)
    Young President's Organization
    Dairy Council of America (2x)
    Jossey-Bass Publishers

    Educational / Government
    US Army
    US Navy (2x)
    US Postal Service (3x)
    Mass. Governor's Conference
    IRS
    Texas A & M
    Kansas State University (2x)
    Ohio State University
    National 4-H Congress (2x)
    Society of HR Managment (6x)
    American Society of Trainers & Developers (8x)

    Health Care Scripp's Memorial Hospital (3x)
    Manor Health Care (6x)
    Emergency Medical Services (2x)
    Michigan Rehabilatation Council
    National Physical Therapy Assn. (2x)
    California Nurse's Association
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    Emergency Nurses Association
    Children's Hospital of Oakland
    Mercy Health Systems
    Sharp Memorial Hospital
    National Assn. of Health Care Recruiters
    Voluntary Hospital Association
    Regency Health Care
    National Critical Care Institute (3x)
    Vivra Renal Care

    Hospitality
    Hotel Information Systems
    Budgetel Hotels
    Holiday Inn University
    Hilton Hotels
    Westin-Starwood Resorts
    American Hotel & Motel Assn.(3x)
    International Hotel and Restuarant Assn.
    Boykin Management Group
    Choice Hotels (2x)
    Hotel Information Systems
    Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Assn.

    Financial / Insurance
    Independent Insurance Agents of America (3x)
    First Interstate Bank
    Towers-Perrin
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers (3x)
    First Nationwide Bank
    Citicorp (2x)
    National City Bank
    National Association of Insurance Comissioners
    General American Insurance
    National Mortgage Brokers Association

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    "Fran was great !!! She had us all well out of our comfort zones, but we all participated, had a good time, and came away renewed, refreshed, and with lots of new ideas to bring back to work with us."
    Campbell Soup Supply Company
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform, Fran received all 7's out of 7's for presentation, content, customization and professionalism.)

    "You did an outstanding job of tailoring your program to a small well-acquainted group such as ours. Your presentation spoke to all levels of the organization, from top management to the lower echelon. I recommend you to any organization seeking greater career and personal satisfaction for their employees."
    -David Green, Human Resources Manager
    Shakey's, Inc.

    What is impressive about your style of presenting is how real it is.The examples, acronyms and professional language that you use give you credibility and drive your points home better than using generalities."
    -Cindie Alwood, Meeting Planner
    Michigan Rehabilitation Conference

    Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conferenceˆemployee satisfaction, empowerment, and participation.You provided the motivation we needed,broke down barriers and was full of great ideas.Your talk was an upbeat way of delivering a great message."
    -Darrah Porter, Vice President, United States Post Office

    Your keynote address was exactly what we were searching for, a presentation that was fun, thought-provoking,and most importantly, brought people together.You were instrumental in making the conference a huge success."
    -Judy Selfridge
    Emergency Nurses Association

    You were great, wonderful and funny, but most of all, you really had our team 'thinking.'The participants not only really enjoyed themselves but took away some ideas and exercises to use in their branches."
    -Leo Bennett, Asst. Vice President
    First Interstate Bank

    We could not have found a better icebreaker than Putting Fun to Work". The crowd warmed up to you instantly. The spirit and enthusiasm that you sparked carried throughout the conference.Your message lasted long after your plane departed."
    -Emerita N. Alcantara, Ph.D.
    VP, National Dairy Council

    You did a superb job Fran!Without a doubt, your background in education,theater and nursing made you so versatile and so great to experience.The Presidents were most pleased with what you said, and the way you said it."
    -Donald L. Wass, President
    The Executive Committee, Texas

    We are currently undergoing a rapid period of growth which at times is very stressful.Your presentation was just what was needed to help change our perspective and put some humor in our lives."
    -Nancy Bailey, Employee Assistance Manager
    1st Nationwide Bank

    Though management is a culturally-bound activity and the humor of Israel is markedly different from that of the U.S.,you were very successful in overcoming these differences and in emphasizing the basic and mutual foundations of both.Your seminar was extremely beneficial and for this we are all thankful."
    -Dov Kehat, Director General
    Ministry of the Interior State of Israel

    "Humor skal der til. Men misforstŒ ikke. MŒlet er naturligvis ganske alvorligt: At ¿ge kreativiteten og dermed produktionen." At tjene flere penge."
    -Marianne Bom/Erhverv

    Partial Client List

    Technology / Communication
    Microage
    IBM (3x)
    Hewlett-Packard (4x)
    Lucent Technology (3x)
    Frame Technologies (2x)
    ProBusiness (2x)
    Pitney-Bowes (2x)
    Compaq Computers
    Oracle
    Apple Computers
    RayChem Corporation (2x)
    Sprint (2x)
    AT & T
    Northern Telecom
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Intel Corporation
    Help Desk Institute (2x)
    Silcon Graphics
    Mentor Graphics (2x)
    Texas Instruments
    Internat'l Human Resource Information Mgt.

    Sales
    Direct Marketing Assn.
    Corning, Inc. (2x)
    NBC
    Uncle Ben's
    Polo/ Ralph Lauren
    Shopper's Drug Mart (5x)
    Neilson Media Research (2x)
    United Artists
    Inland Steel
    American Bus Association (2x)
    Retail Merchant's Association of British Columbia
    Lenscrafter's
    The Body Shop
    The Executive Committee (10x)
    Spartan Supermarkets
    Young President's Organization (2x)
    Young President's Organization
    Dairy Council of America (2x)
    Jossey-Bass Publishers

    Educational / Government
    US Army
    US Navy (2x)
    US Postal Service (3x)
    Mass. Governor's Conference
    IRS
    Texas A & M
    Kansas State University (2x)
    Ohio State University
    National 4-H Congress (2x)
    Society of HR Managment (6x)
    American Society of Trainers & Developers (8x)

    Health Care Scripp's Memorial Hospital (3x)
    Manor Health Care (6x)
    Emergency Medical Services (2x)
    Michigan Rehabilatation Council
    National Physical Therapy Assn. (2x)
    California Nurse's Association
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    Emergency Nurses Association
    Children's Hospital of Oakland
    Mercy Health Systems
    Sharp Memorial Hospital
    National Assn. of Health Care Recruiters
    Voluntary Hospital Association
    Regency Health Care
    National Critical Care Institute (3x)
    Vivra Renal Care

    Hospitality
    Hotel Information Systems
    Budgetel Hotels
    Holiday Inn University
    Hilton Hotels
    Westin-Starwood Resorts
    American Hotel & Motel Assn.(3x)
    International Hotel and Restuarant Assn.
    Boykin Management Group
    Choice Hotels (2x)
    Hotel Information Systems
    Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Assn.

    Financial / Insurance
    Independent Insurance Agents of America (3x)
    First Interstate Bank
    Towers-Perrin
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers (3x)
    First Nationwide Bank
    Citicorp (2x)
    National City Bank
    National Association of Insurance Comissioners
    General American Insurance
    National Mortgage Brokers Association

    Return to Top.


    Motivation

    These programs inspire, delight, entertain, and train. They're uplifting, interactive and fun. And they're full of practical information and high in "take-home" value. They are offered as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
    • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
    • The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    • Caring For Those Who Care
    • The Improvising Organization
    • Putting the Fun Back in Sales

    Team-Building

    Experience the synergy of teamwork firsthand. The following teambuilding programs can be presented as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Managing To Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    • Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever
    • Interactive Networking Keynote: A Powerful Opening Session
    • Gently Down The Stream: Four Unforgettable Keys To Success
    • Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    • The Improvising Organization
    • The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    • The Ultimate Icebreaker

    Experiential Team-Building Modules

    These team building programs are available only in a workshop format.

    • Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design
    • The Egg Drop Challenge
    • The Maze and Ball Toss

    Stress Management

    These programs demonstrate the importance of humor and play in reducing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They are available as a keynote address or in a workshop format.

    • Stress for Success: How To Turn Tension Into Triumph
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem

    Improvisation at Work

    Using the fundamentals of improvisational theater, these experiential programs help participants deal with creativity, flexibility and the challenge of change.

    • A Pageant of Success
    • The Improvising Organization

    Healthcare

    These presentations are customized for health care providers and are available in both keynote and workshop formats.

    • Caring For Those Who Care
    • Putting Fun to Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    • Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    • Humor and Healing

    Icebreakers

    These sessions are a sure-fire way to kick off a meeting in a big way, to energize people mid-conference, or to send people back home really excited and enthused. Wherever you use them, they help attendees make new friends as well as get closer to old ones.

    • The Ultimate Icebreaker (for Corporations, Associations, Colleges and Universities)
    • The Improvising Organization


    Program Descriptions:

    Putting Fun To Work: The Power of Humor in Business
    Laughter is not only good medicine, it's good business. People who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive and get along better with co-workers. Putting Fun To Work is interactive, informative and entertaining.

    Managing to Have Fun: Reward, Recognition and Retention
    The intentional use of positive feedback is a powerful way to build a strong team and to foster corporate loyalty. Loaded with practical examples and ready-to-use ideas, Managing to Have Fun is based on Matt Weinstein's business bestseller, "Managing to Have Fun."

    Work Like Your Dog: New Dimensions in Team Building
    One way to work smarter, not harder, is to learn the skills of working like your dog. Dogs approach their work with dedication, loyalty, sensitivity and love, and also with joy, enthusiasm and a willingness to see their work as play. Based on Matt Weinstein's business bestseller, "Work Like Your Dog." Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem
    The best way to survive in a stress-filled work environment is to take your work seriously and yourself lightly. Laughter, Stress and Self-Esteem offers suggestions for handling work-related pressures in an effective, productive and upbeat manner.

    The Ultimate Icebreaker
    In any new group situation, most people are concerned with making friends, feeling accepted and feeling listened to. The Ultimate Icebreaker will help your participants to quickly overcome these normal barriers to creating community. This program is a fantastic way to kick off any meeting or convention by generating an unforgettable atmosphere of celebration.

    The Improvising Organization
    Improvisation skills help a company establish bonds among employees and provides an out-of-the-box exploration of the creative process. You'll gain a new understanding of the team building power of improv theater and practical tools for coping with stress, burnout, and isolation.

    Putting the Fun Back in Sales
    When you and your customer have fun together, you create a bond that carries your relationship forward through time. What could be better for your long-term relationship with a client than to have them telling stories to total strangers about what fun it is to do business with you! Learn tools and techniques to build these lasting bonds.

    Stress For Success: How to Turn Tension into Triumph
    In this upbeat program, have fun while learning about the pros and cons of stress: how to recognize burnout, what to do about it, and most importantly how to keep a "lighthearted" perspective. Participants in this session will gain a repertoire of specific group experiences to learn to harness the power of tension and to take the time to relax. In a unique blend of comedy and content, this program reminds us that in recognizing life's zaniness, we encourage flexibility and adaptability.

    Internal Customer Service: Keeping Your Best People Forever
    You can't expect your employees to provide "service with a smile" if you don't first give them something to smile about! For the past 20 years the Playfair organization has been a laboratory for the development of "fun-centered" management skills that can have a profound effect on increasing employee retention and corporate loyalty.

    Caring For Those Who Care
    Burnout is so high in the "helping professions" because we don't care for ourselves as well as we care for our clients. Drawing upon her background as a nurse and educator, Fran Solomon takes you on a lighthearted journey as you learn the signs and symptoms of burnout and discover easy and simple ways to care for yourself and your coworkers.

    Humor and Healing
    Finding the silver lining can be difficult when faced with ever increasing professional and personal challenges. Terry Sand shares how her remission from Systemic Lupus directly relates to her commitment to a life of play while still attending to the demands of work and home life. Learn how this playful path to wellness provides solutions for achieving success, promoting good health, and creating "work/life" balance.

    A Pageant Of Success
    This thematic improvisation presentation offers concrete ideas for pumping up customer service. In a two hour pre-program workshop, Terry Sand trains a group of participants from within your company to create a hilarious, yet content driven mock beauty pageant, which is then presented to your company at large. Important tools for improving customer service are gained through the fun, laughter, and theatrics.

    The New Global Community: Living and Laughing in a Diverse World
    To succeed in a global community, we need listen and learn from those who are different than ourselves. In this upbeat and playful keynote, Fran Solomon, Senior Vice-Empress of Playfair, helps participants honor and acknowledge our differences, as we discover and celebrate our commonalities. This program will help to open hearts and minds as we learn to laugh at ourselves along the way. Be prepared for some serious fun!

    Experiential Team Building Programs

    Sharing Your Vision: The Sculpture Design
    Sharing Your Vision is a hands-on team building experience designed to assist group members to identify their own vision for the organization and to creatively work together to represent a unified vision – using art materials such as pipe cleaners and modeling clay. Upon completion, participants reflect on their experience by completing a series of questions designed to assist them in deeper thinking about their work together.

    The Egg Drop Challenge
    The Egg Drop is a group problem-solving experience designed to support work teams in examining a variety of issues relevant to collaboration, leadership, decision making, and handling conflicts. Using materials such as raw eggs and toothpicks, participants work together to create a structure to protect an egg so it won't break when dropped from about eight feet high. After all groups have demonstrated their designs to each other, the participants reflect on their experience by completing a series of questions designed to assist them in deeper thinking about their work together.

    The Ball Toss and The Maze
    The Ball Toss is a team building experience about continuous improvement and learning to think creatively under pressure. The participants, in groups of 8 to 12, must pass tennis balls across a circle in a set sequence. Time challenges are added, forcing a radical rethinking of the problem. By redefining their approach, while staying within the preset sequence, participants usually successfully solve the problem.

    In The Maze, participants find themselves confronting a floor grid containing 54 squares. Some of these squares can be stepped on "safely," while others are "unsafe." The group members must work together as a team, nonverbally, using each other as resources to uncover the interconnected path of 'safe' squares, within a time limit of 20 minutes.