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Karyn Buxman is an expert on finding humor in everyday things and occurrences. She teaches individuals on how they can use humor to achieve success in both the corporate world and in life.

Karyn provides insights on the healthcare industry, and draws on her many years as a nurse, to bring audiences an authentic look into what it's like to be a healthcare professional and how humor can help these professionals do their job. She has conducted groundbreaking research on the field of therapeutic humor and is the publisher of The Journal of Nursing Jocularity.

Karyn is just one of 30 women in the world who have been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

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In the tradition of Mark Twain and Bill Cosby, Karyn Buxman is among a handful of great American humorists who deliver insights cleverly disguised as humor.

These insights are critical for those who want to not just survive but thrive in spite of their own (not to mention everyone else’s) annoying habit of being oh-so-human. Authentic, genuine, real-world wit and wisdom-drawn from Karyn’s many years as a nurse, and augmented by the ground-breaking research she’s conducted in the field of therapeutic humor-has been honed to a razor-sharp edge through the renowned renegade publication, The Journal of Nursing Jocularity.

A force of nature on stage, Karyn addresses healthcare and corporate audiences worldwide-from the Mayo Clinic and 238 nursing organizations, to NASA and the Million Dollar Roundtable. She is a 20-year platform professional who is one of only 30 women in the world inducted into the 186-member Speaker Hall of Fame.

Arguably the funniest nurse on the planet, Karyn is that rare intersection of expert and performer-a bona fide content expert and masterful speaker-who provides clients practical take-aways presented as professional-level entertainment.


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In this speech excerpt revolving around the different personality types in the workplace, Karyn Buxman talks about being empathic.

Speaking of stepping into the shoes of another person, Karyn says, "This is much, much harder than it sounds. Many of us think we're living in a state of empathy but really we're living in a state of judgement."

Karyn explains, "If someone says 'I've got an emergency' it's like tell me what the emergency is. Let me decide whether or not this is really an emergency instead of stepping into that other persons shoes."

Karyn then discusses how she asked audience members the night before what the loved about their job.

Karyn says, "Across the board the number one answer had to do with people. 'I love the people I'm taking care of' 'I love the veterans we're serving' 'I love my co-workers' 'I love the patients'...'I love people.'"

Speaking on how those same audience members revealed that people drive them crazy, Karyn says, "I have come to appreciate that if you know a little more about the other person it's a little bit easier to be empathic."

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Karyn Buxman inspires audiences with life lessons in a way that is both fun and powerful.

For healthcare individuals, Karyn can offer advice on thriving as a healthcare professional and how humor can be used to get through them through the rough days as it can reduce stress and help them be more effective leaders.

For corporate audiences, Karyn talks about how humor can be used as a business strategy as it can aid in better leadership and effective communication.

Karyn also touches on women's issues in which she speaks about how to survive and thrive as a woman in today's world - and how having a sense of humor will lead to them being happy in all areas of their life.

For Healthcare

Amazed & Amused: How to Survive & Thrive as a Healthcare Professional
[Healthcare Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote]
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Balance is achieved not by see-sawing between opposites, but by accepting your place in the scheme of things, and by seeing it all as amazing and/or amusing. Surviving without thriving is not good enough, and we can only do our best when we self-create an attitude of amazement, and a perspective that encourages amusement. Bestselling author, RN, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

This Won’t Hurt a Bit–And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare
[Healthcare Entertainment: Keynote]
Sicker patients, irritable docs, cranky coworkers, days that are long on hours and short on resources. It’s obvious that the state of health care today is no joke—but it just may be a laughing matter, if we understand that humor is frequently generated by painful circumstances. Karyn understands that those who can’t learn to laugh in the midst of this highly stressful profession usually leave it. In a hysterically entertaining keynote, Karyn connects with fellow healthcare workers to help them get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. A great opening or closing keynote.

I’m The Leader—Which Way Did They Go?
[Healthcare Leadership: Keynote or Breakout]
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic communication strategy that strengthens relationships, builds rapport, and enhances effectiveness. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Healthcare: Stress Management/Life Balance: Keynote or Breakout] Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.

I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said
[Communication/Breakout]
Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

It’s Always Something
[Survivors and Support Groups: Keynote or Breakout]
“You’ve got cancer.” Three words that strike fear in people’s hearts and conjure up concerns of chemo, radiation, surgery, pain, nausea, stress, anxiety and fatigue—not to mention hair loss. And as (comedienne and cancer patient) Gilda Radner would say, “It’s always something.” Cancer survivors and their care givers need lots of tools in their arsenal to fight cancer—and humor is a surprisingly powerful tool. Speaker, humor researcher, nurse and cancer-survivor’s-Mom Karyn Buxman will teach you how to twist your perceptions, play with your pain, and experience the gifts of humor and laughter.

The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be
[Customer Service/Relationships: Breakout]
Patients are what it’s all about. Without them—game over, everyone go home. Discover how to enhance patients’ relationships and satisfaction, as well as a cost-effective means of driving more money to your bottom line—through attitude and humor! Laugh and learn as Karyn Buxman reveals how the power of perspective can be translated into dollars-and-cents for your office/hospital’s success.

For Corporate

Amazed & Amused: Strategies of the Sane & Successful
[Inspiration/Entertainment:Keynote]
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Customers are not really “yours” until they have been amazed and/or amused by your products, your services, or your people. Leadership finds its inspiration not in duty, but in grasping the amazing power of one’s vision and will, and in motivating the amusing diversity of many people’s personalities and skills. Bestselling author, business consultant, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

You Can’t Afford Not to Laugh: Humor as a Serious Business Strategy
[General Business/Entertainment: Keynote]
Do you think that humor and business don’t go together? Think again! There’s a good reason why American Express paid Jerry Seinfeld millions of dollars to star in their ads. They know that “While logic tells, emotion sells”—and that humor is the quickest route to the emotions. In this keynote you will learn: How humor functions as a leadership tool, a sales aid, and a customer service strategy; how humor goes to the bottom line; the neuroscience behind how and why humor bypasses people’s logic circuits, and influences their buying decisions through emotion; and specific strategies for utilizing humor in your business—and your life.

I’m The Leader—Which Way Did They Go?
[Leadership: Keynote or Breakout]
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic communication strategy that strengthens relationships, builds rapport, and enhances effectiveness. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Stress Management/Keynote or Breakout]
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change. Find out how taking care of yourself can affect everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.

I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said
[Communication/Breakout]
Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

On Women’s Issues…

Amazed & Amused: How to Survive & Thrive as a Woman Today
[Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote]
Happiness is not “getting what you want,” it is being amazed when you do happen to get what you want, and amused when you get something else. Relationships are not based on compatibility, but on the ability to be continually amazed at your partner’s positive traits, and amused by his or her shortcomings. Life is the culmination not of years, but of experiences and memories that leave you amazed and amused that you got to enjoy this thing at all. Bestselling author and observer of the human condition, Karyn Buxman, will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

Laughing Your Way to More Money, Better Sex, & Thinner Thighs
[Motivational Entertainment: Business, Relationships, Health: Keynote]
In this hysterical presentation Karyn ties together business, relationships and health. Business experts agree that humor is vital to a company’s bottom line in areas such as customer service, marketing and sales. Relationship experts agree that one of the most highly sought traits, for those seeking long-term relationships, is a sense of humor. Medical experts have long known that having a sense of humor is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. This presentation is appropriate for any general session slot.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Stress Management: Keynote or Breakout]
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line! Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.



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"Speakers of your caliber are hard to find! Some might consider a roomful of CPAs and IT folks to be a tough crowd–yet you had them in the palm of your hand. Your weaving of stories and applicable content left the audience raving and wanting more! Your ability to be thorough yet flexible is a meeting planner’s dream!"
JoAnn Benzer, Executive Director, Information Technology Alliance

"Karyn is an incredibly entertaining and FUNNY speaker who had all four hundred women at our event alternately in tears and in stitches, then on their feet for a standing ovation. She is tops in her field and well worth the $50,000 fee."
Kelly Hurtado, VP/Associate Publisher 225 Magazine at Baton Rouge Business Report

“Our organization hired Karyn this past summer for our Training Academy that we offer to our employees. We hire anywhere from four to five external speakers a year and Karyn by far is one of the best we’ve had in the six years I’ve worked here. We received an amazing response from our staff at each of the locations Karyn spoke at. If you or your company are looking for a motivational speaker that is humorous yet has a great message, Karyn’s it!”
Leah Wood, Marketing Specialist, First PREMIER Bank

“I had the opportunity to see Karyn at the CSAE conference. It was one of the highlights of the conference. The audience could identify with her real life stories and couldn’t help but laugh. Most people were in tears they were laughing so hard, including me. I would absolutely recommend hiring Karyn for any corporate or conference event. She is both fascinating and entertaining.”
Soni Fink , Account Executive, The Publishing Group

"Karyn is a person that will really draw you into the message at hand. She not only is a master of helping you to open your mind and perspective about life and stress, but helps you to find humor in everyday. I would encourage all to take the time to invite Karyn to speak with you or your company.”
Jeremy Sherwood, Strategic Account Manager, Opus Interactive

“I recently listened to Karyn speak at the Executive Officers Club. She made us think about serious business issues in a light-hearted and funny way. Her material is very “now”. She’s definitely worth hiring!”
Julia Marrocco, Executive Performance Coach, Mental Iron Coaching

“Karyn is one of those truly amazing people that you never forget. She is a gifted speaker that combines humor with fact to enable your company and staff to grow, learn and work better. She is incredibly creative, both as an overall idea person and as a writer. Hire her. You won’t regret it.”
Sally Poole, President/CEO, Poole Advertising

“I’ve seen Karyn speak three times and she keeps getting better! She’s not only fall-out-of-your-chair funny, but brilliantly insightful as well. She understands how to use humor as a tool and helps her audiences use it effectively too. An excellent choice to open or close your next meeting!”
Don Cooper, Owner, The Sales Heretic™

"Thank you so much for speaking in our 21st Annual Nursing Symposium today. It′s such an honor and pleasure having you with us, sharing your time and expertise to educate professional health care providers about the significance of therapeutic humor and how to cultivate a balanced work life. Your commitment to professional development is commendable, duly recognized and very much appreciated. Thank you very much for a job well done!"
Mierfe Calica, RN, MA
Continuing Education Program Coordinator,
Nursing Research and Development,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

"I can′t begin to tell you how nice it was to work with you and your staff on our annual program. Your humor, warmth and personal touches made this one of the easiest events to plan - and remember, I need to please more than a thousand women at this event! Congratulations on an outstanding job! I look forward to working with you again."
Sheryl Walsh
Community Relations
St. Joseph′s Mercy at Macomb

"Thank you for sharing your workshop with us. We learned that laughter is a key essential of physiological, psychological and social health and development. We at NASA often find that balance can be very difficult to achieve considering the complexities of our jobs. You halped us to learn that it is beneficial and gave us good tips to achieve it."
Nichole Richmond
Chairperson
Career Development Forum, NASA

"She is every woman′s mom, sister, neighbor, best friend. What′s best is she′s a nurse! So much wisdom and truth about life in terms that add no pressure to the already crazy, noisy life of a nurse! Thank you Karyn!"
Veronica Oldenburg
Attendee




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"Speakers of your caliber are hard to find! Some might consider a roomful of CPAs and IT folks to be a tough crowd–yet you had them in the palm of your hand. Your weaving of stories and applicable content left the audience raving and wanting more! Your ability to be thorough yet flexible is a meeting planner’s dream!"
JoAnn Benzer, Executive Director, Information Technology Alliance

"Karyn is an incredibly entertaining and FUNNY speaker who had all four hundred women at our event alternately in tears and in stitches, then on their feet for a standing ovation. She is tops in her field and well worth the $50,000 fee."
Kelly Hurtado, VP/Associate Publisher 225 Magazine at Baton Rouge Business Report

“Our organization hired Karyn this past summer for our Training Academy that we offer to our employees. We hire anywhere from four to five external speakers a year and Karyn by far is one of the best we’ve had in the six years I’ve worked here. We received an amazing response from our staff at each of the locations Karyn spoke at. If you or your company are looking for a motivational speaker that is humorous yet has a great message, Karyn’s it!”
Leah Wood, Marketing Specialist, First PREMIER Bank

“I had the opportunity to see Karyn at the CSAE conference. It was one of the highlights of the conference. The audience could identify with her real life stories and couldn’t help but laugh. Most people were in tears they were laughing so hard, including me. I would absolutely recommend hiring Karyn for any corporate or conference event. She is both fascinating and entertaining.”
Soni Fink , Account Executive, The Publishing Group

"Karyn is a person that will really draw you into the message at hand. She not only is a master of helping you to open your mind and perspective about life and stress, but helps you to find humor in everyday. I would encourage all to take the time to invite Karyn to speak with you or your company.”
Jeremy Sherwood, Strategic Account Manager, Opus Interactive

“I recently listened to Karyn speak at the Executive Officers Club. She made us think about serious business issues in a light-hearted and funny way. Her material is very “now”. She’s definitely worth hiring!”
Julia Marrocco, Executive Performance Coach, Mental Iron Coaching

“Karyn is one of those truly amazing people that you never forget. She is a gifted speaker that combines humor with fact to enable your company and staff to grow, learn and work better. She is incredibly creative, both as an overall idea person and as a writer. Hire her. You won’t regret it.”
Sally Poole, President/CEO, Poole Advertising

“I’ve seen Karyn speak three times and she keeps getting better! She’s not only fall-out-of-your-chair funny, but brilliantly insightful as well. She understands how to use humor as a tool and helps her audiences use it effectively too. An excellent choice to open or close your next meeting!”
Don Cooper, Owner, The Sales Heretic™

"Thank you so much for speaking in our 21st Annual Nursing Symposium today. It′s such an honor and pleasure having you with us, sharing your time and expertise to educate professional health care providers about the significance of therapeutic humor and how to cultivate a balanced work life. Your commitment to professional development is commendable, duly recognized and very much appreciated. Thank you very much for a job well done!"
Mierfe Calica, RN, MA
Continuing Education Program Coordinator,
Nursing Research and Development,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

"I can′t begin to tell you how nice it was to work with you and your staff on our annual program. Your humor, warmth and personal touches made this one of the easiest events to plan - and remember, I need to please more than a thousand women at this event! Congratulations on an outstanding job! I look forward to working with you again."
Sheryl Walsh
Community Relations
St. Joseph′s Mercy at Macomb

"Thank you for sharing your workshop with us. We learned that laughter is a key essential of physiological, psychological and social health and development. We at NASA often find that balance can be very difficult to achieve considering the complexities of our jobs. You halped us to learn that it is beneficial and gave us good tips to achieve it."
Nichole Richmond
Chairperson
Career Development Forum, NASA

"She is every woman′s mom, sister, neighbor, best friend. What′s best is she′s a nurse! So much wisdom and truth about life in terms that add no pressure to the already crazy, noisy life of a nurse! Thank you Karyn!"
Veronica Oldenburg
Attendee


For Healthcare

Amazed & Amused: How to Survive & Thrive as a Healthcare Professional
[Healthcare Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote]
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Balance is achieved not by see-sawing between opposites, but by accepting your place in the scheme of things, and by seeing it all as amazing and/or amusing. Surviving without thriving is not good enough, and we can only do our best when we self-create an attitude of amazement, and a perspective that encourages amusement. Bestselling author, RN, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

This Won’t Hurt a Bit–And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare
[Healthcare Entertainment: Keynote]
Sicker patients, irritable docs, cranky coworkers, days that are long on hours and short on resources. It’s obvious that the state of health care today is no joke—but it just may be a laughing matter, if we understand that humor is frequently generated by painful circumstances. Karyn understands that those who can’t learn to laugh in the midst of this highly stressful profession usually leave it. In a hysterically entertaining keynote, Karyn connects with fellow healthcare workers to help them get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. A great opening or closing keynote.

I’m The Leader—Which Way Did They Go?
[Healthcare Leadership: Keynote or Breakout]
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic communication strategy that strengthens relationships, builds rapport, and enhances effectiveness. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Healthcare: Stress Management/Life Balance: Keynote or Breakout] Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.

I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said
[Communication/Breakout]
Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

It’s Always Something
[Survivors and Support Groups: Keynote or Breakout]
“You’ve got cancer.” Three words that strike fear in people’s hearts and conjure up concerns of chemo, radiation, surgery, pain, nausea, stress, anxiety and fatigue—not to mention hair loss. And as (comedienne and cancer patient) Gilda Radner would say, “It’s always something.” Cancer survivors and their care givers need lots of tools in their arsenal to fight cancer—and humor is a surprisingly powerful tool. Speaker, humor researcher, nurse and cancer-survivor’s-Mom Karyn Buxman will teach you how to twist your perceptions, play with your pain, and experience the gifts of humor and laughter.

The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be
[Customer Service/Relationships: Breakout]
Patients are what it’s all about. Without them—game over, everyone go home. Discover how to enhance patients’ relationships and satisfaction, as well as a cost-effective means of driving more money to your bottom line—through attitude and humor! Laugh and learn as Karyn Buxman reveals how the power of perspective can be translated into dollars-and-cents for your office/hospital’s success.

For Corporate

Amazed & Amused: Strategies of the Sane & Successful
[Inspiration/Entertainment:Keynote]
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Customers are not really “yours” until they have been amazed and/or amused by your products, your services, or your people. Leadership finds its inspiration not in duty, but in grasping the amazing power of one’s vision and will, and in motivating the amusing diversity of many people’s personalities and skills. Bestselling author, business consultant, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

You Can’t Afford Not to Laugh: Humor as a Serious Business Strategy
[General Business/Entertainment: Keynote]
Do you think that humor and business don’t go together? Think again! There’s a good reason why American Express paid Jerry Seinfeld millions of dollars to star in their ads. They know that “While logic tells, emotion sells”—and that humor is the quickest route to the emotions. In this keynote you will learn: How humor functions as a leadership tool, a sales aid, and a customer service strategy; how humor goes to the bottom line; the neuroscience behind how and why humor bypasses people’s logic circuits, and influences their buying decisions through emotion; and specific strategies for utilizing humor in your business—and your life.

I’m The Leader—Which Way Did They Go?
[Leadership: Keynote or Breakout]
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic communication strategy that strengthens relationships, builds rapport, and enhances effectiveness. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Stress Management/Keynote or Breakout]
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change. Find out how taking care of yourself can affect everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.

I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said
[Communication/Breakout]
Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

On Women’s Issues…

Amazed & Amused: How to Survive & Thrive as a Woman Today
[Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote]
Happiness is not “getting what you want,” it is being amazed when you do happen to get what you want, and amused when you get something else. Relationships are not based on compatibility, but on the ability to be continually amazed at your partner’s positive traits, and amused by his or her shortcomings. Life is the culmination not of years, but of experiences and memories that leave you amazed and amused that you got to enjoy this thing at all. Bestselling author and observer of the human condition, Karyn Buxman, will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

Laughing Your Way to More Money, Better Sex, & Thinner Thighs
[Motivational Entertainment: Business, Relationships, Health: Keynote]
In this hysterical presentation Karyn ties together business, relationships and health. Business experts agree that humor is vital to a company’s bottom line in areas such as customer service, marketing and sales. Relationship experts agree that one of the most highly sought traits, for those seeking long-term relationships, is a sense of humor. Medical experts have long known that having a sense of humor is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. This presentation is appropriate for any general session slot.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It
[Stress Management: Keynote or Breakout]
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line! Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.


Speech Excerpt


In this speech excerpt revolving around the different personality types in the workplace, Karyn Buxman talks about being empathic.

Speaking of stepping into the shoes of another person, Karyn says, "This is much, much harder than it sounds. Many of us think we're living in a state of empathy but really we're living in a state of judgement."

Karyn explains, "If someone says 'I've got an emergency' it's like tell me what the emergency is. Let me decide whether or not this is really an emergency instead of stepping into that other persons shoes."

Karyn then discusses how she asked audience members the night before what the loved about their job.

Karyn says, "Across the board the number one answer had to do with people. 'I love the people I'm taking care of' 'I love the veterans we're serving' 'I love my co-workers' 'I love the patients'...'I love people.'"

Speaking on how those same audience members revealed that people drive them crazy, Karyn says, "I have come to appreciate that if you know a little more about the other person it's a little bit easier to be empathic."

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