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Matt Weinstein is an in demand professional speaker who specializes in the topic of brining teamwork into work, and fun into team building. As the founding president of the international consulting company Playfair, he and his team aspire to teach businesses—from the highest paid executives to first year employees—how to manage stress, improvise innovation, and build effective teams.

The National Speakers Association elected Matt to the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. Successful Meetings Magazine honored him as one of the "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century." He had a TV special called Fun Works! which was broadcasted nationally on PBS.

The book Matt is best known for is Managing To Have Fun. He is also co-author of the books Work Like Your Dog, Gently Down the Stream: 4 Unforgettable Keys to Success and Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living a Happy Life, which was a bestseller on the "What CEOs Are Reading" list.

Matt is a talented emcee who provides a personal guarantee to entertain his clients by using his unique and clever observations to make his audiences cheer and laugh while they learn.

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    Matt Weinstein, CPAE, is the founding president of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that presents innovative team building programs for more than 400 clients each year. His PBS television special “Fun Works!” brought Matt national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building. Matt′s dynamic keynote presentations come with an astounding money-back guarantee: if Matt does not get a standing ovation at the end of his program, you do not have to pay his fee!

    Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt′s long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!

    Matt Weinstein is the nation′s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Drawing on his own experience as a company president and twenty years of research by the Playfair organization, his presentations are rich in content and alive with humor. Matt believes that team building is not just a concept – team building is an experience. So all of Matt′s keynote presentations include dynamic audience interactions as an integral part of the lecture program.

    If you′re looking for something more than a lecture – if you′re looking for a high-energy, audience-involvement keynote presentation that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause – then you′re looking for Matt Weinstein!


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Matt Weinstein: How To Have More Fun In Your Life


Matt Weinstein talks about the importance of balancing life, work, and fun. "How many times have you heard someone say, 'Oh man I've been working like a dog and my boss is working me like a dog!' But the question is: you ever take a moment to notice how your dog does spend his day?" David elaborates. "Dogs don't seem to know the difference between work and play. Everything is new and fresh and like they're seeing it for the first time."

Matt asks a question that many in the workforce have probably thought about. "Wouldn't it be great if you could walk in to work first thing in the morning, and the people you work with would be that excited to see you?"

TEDx Talk



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For Matt Weinstein, fun is the name of the game. In his programs, he uses humor and analogies that are universally understood to convey how essential it is to remember that fun is just as important as work. His talks are designed to be relatable to all members of an organization, from the highest paid executives to the first year employees. Matt gives his personal guarantee that you and your team will be thoroughly entertained while learning important team building skills.

Breakthrough Team Building: Turning Work Into Play
All of us have learned the basic principles of team building the same way – through playing childhood games together with our friends. Then, when we are all grown up, we are asked to join a new kind of "team" – we get a job! In the workplace we are asked to be part of a team – but the only team building models we know are those we have haphazardly learned during childhood play.

Managing to Have Fun
This hands-on Keynote teaches the skills of "Managing To Have Fun." For the past thirty 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.

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, Matt Weinstein recounts the inside story of the highly-secretive Madoff fund.



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    "Your performance at my "All Managers Meeting" on June 20th really captured the audience. Your vivid yet realistic ideas on fun and recognition were definite eye openers. I have never witnessed any speaker get total audience participation as you have. You were without doubt, "just what the doctor ordered."
    – IBM

    "The feedback I received from the three hundred people in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. Your ability to leave the group with a message while having fun was inspiring. Your presentation indicated how important it is to incorporate fun into business. I am now a believer in the benefits!"
    – AT&T

    "Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conference – employee 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."
    – United States Post Office

    "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."
    – 1st Nationwide Bank

    "...The consensus of the feedback was extremely positive and many people have brought what they learned from you that day back into the workplace. Additionally, after you left we tackled some pretty controversial and difficult topics in our meeting. By giving you the first part of the meeting to loosen up the audience we clearly saw the return in the form of a very open dialogue and reduced tension. When we got to the Q&A section there was clearly no fear on the part of the participants in asking tough questions or sharing their deepest professional concerns. Thanks again for helping make this meeting such a big success and I look forward to working with you again in the future."
    – Charles Schwab & Company

    "I turn a bright shade of pink every time I think how close I came to NOT having you for our Motivational Speaker. You were incredible, great, fantastic, moving, persuasive, creative, charming, electrifying...yes, I could go on and on."
    – National Assn. of College Stores

    "Thank you!......thank you!......thank you! Your outstanding presentation, Putting Fun to Work, was a "big hit" at Duron′s Annual Sales Conference. What a super way to provide our 450 management/sales attendees with positive impact, company spirit, enthusiasm, and an opportunity to share valuable and meaningful experiences and ideas."
    – Duron Paints

    "Your incredible humor and ability to apply it to every day workplace stresses is indeed a gift. Thank you for sharing it with us and making us realize the benefits of putting fun to work!"
    – Fleet Financial

    Satisfied Clients Include:

    AARP
    American Building Maintenance Industries
    American Society of Landscape Architects
    American Society for Training & Development
    AT&T
    Automotive Training Managers Council
    Avis
    Bank of America
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield
    Bones Society
    Carborundum
    Dunn & Bradstreet
    Dupont
    Eduquest
    Fluke Corporation
    Food Marketing Institute
    Frame Technology
    GTE
    General Foods
    Hallmark
    Hughes Communications
    IBM
    Internal Revenue Service
    International City Management Association
    ITT Sheraton
    Kaiser Permanente
    Squibb Diagnostics
    Sutter Health
    Tandem Computers
    Taubman Companies
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce
    Voluntary Hospitals of America
    Wherehouse Entertainment
    Wilsons′ Suede & Leather
    Young President′s Organization
    Zenith Data Systems

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    "Your performance at my "All Managers Meeting" on June 20th really captured the audience. Your vivid yet realistic ideas on fun and recognition were definite eye openers. I have never witnessed any speaker get total audience participation as you have. You were without doubt, "just what the doctor ordered."
    – IBM

    "The feedback I received from the three hundred people in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. Your ability to leave the group with a message while having fun was inspiring. Your presentation indicated how important it is to incorporate fun into business. I am now a believer in the benefits!"
    – AT&T

    "Your comments underlined the basic themes of our conference – employee 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."
    – United States Post Office

    "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."
    – 1st Nationwide Bank

    "...The consensus of the feedback was extremely positive and many people have brought what they learned from you that day back into the workplace. Additionally, after you left we tackled some pretty controversial and difficult topics in our meeting. By giving you the first part of the meeting to loosen up the audience we clearly saw the return in the form of a very open dialogue and reduced tension. When we got to the Q&A section there was clearly no fear on the part of the participants in asking tough questions or sharing their deepest professional concerns. Thanks again for helping make this meeting such a big success and I look forward to working with you again in the future."
    – Charles Schwab & Company

    "I turn a bright shade of pink every time I think how close I came to NOT having you for our Motivational Speaker. You were incredible, great, fantastic, moving, persuasive, creative, charming, electrifying...yes, I could go on and on."
    – National Assn. of College Stores

    "Thank you!......thank you!......thank you! Your outstanding presentation, Putting Fun to Work, was a "big hit" at Duron′s Annual Sales Conference. What a super way to provide our 450 management/sales attendees with positive impact, company spirit, enthusiasm, and an opportunity to share valuable and meaningful experiences and ideas."
    – Duron Paints

    "Your incredible humor and ability to apply it to every day workplace stresses is indeed a gift. Thank you for sharing it with us and making us realize the benefits of putting fun to work!"
    – Fleet Financial

    Satisfied Clients Include:

    AARP
    American Building Maintenance Industries
    American Society of Landscape Architects
    American Society for Training & Development
    AT&T
    Automotive Training Managers Council
    Avis
    Bank of America
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield
    Bones Society
    Carborundum
    Dunn & Bradstreet
    Dupont
    Eduquest
    Fluke Corporation
    Food Marketing Institute
    Frame Technology
    GTE
    General Foods
    Hallmark
    Hughes Communications
    IBM
    Internal Revenue Service
    International City Management Association
    ITT Sheraton
    Kaiser Permanente
    Squibb Diagnostics
    Sutter Health
    Tandem Computers
    Taubman Companies
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce
    Voluntary Hospitals of America
    Wherehouse Entertainment
    Wilsons′ Suede & Leather
    Young President′s Organization
    Zenith Data Systems

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    Dogs Don′t Bite when a Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You about Living a Happy Life

    Dogs know how to relax.
    They forgive and forget.
    And they scratch where it itches.
    They really know how to live...

    Every dog lover knows that man′s best friend is sincere and loyal and knows how to have fun-and that dogs are wonderful creatures who have no difficulty showing their love openly.

    Dogs Don′t Bite When a Growl Will Do is an insightful, engaging, and witty guide to the collective wisdom of man′s constant companions-and illustrates the human benefits of becoming a little more canine. Author Biography: Matt Weinstein is the founder of Playfair Inc., an international management consulting company. Called "The Master of Playfulness" by People magazine, he has been honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of "21 Speakers for the 21st Century." He is the author of Managing to Have Fun.

    Luke Barber is the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor of philosophy at Richmond College in Dallas, Texas, and the co-author with Matt Weinstein of Work Like Your Dog.

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    Gently Down the Stream: 4 Unforgettable Keys to Success

    Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream...
    The popular round song now becomes the key to success, as it embodies the primary principles for job fulfillment: work hard, go with the flow, have fun, and create a personal vision. Reinforcing personal and professional values Weinstein (dubbed the "Master of Playfulness" by People) and Barber′s simple revolutionary program is already working wonders with organizations and individuals.

    About the Author: Matt Weinstein is the founder of the management consulting company, Playfair, Inc., and a Successful Meetings magazine "21 Speakers for the 21st Century." He was inducted into the "Speakers Hall of Fame" by the National Speakers Association.

    Luke Barber, a professor of philosophy at Kichland College in Dallas, TX, is the coauthor, with Matt Weinstein, of Dogs Don′t Bite When a Growl Will Do and Work Like Your Dog.

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Breakthrough Team Building: Turning Work Into Play
All of us have learned the basic principles of team building the same way – through playing childhood games together with our friends. Then, when we are all grown up, we are asked to join a new kind of "team" – we get a job! In the workplace we are asked to be part of a team – but the only team building models we know are those we have haphazardly learned during childhood play.

Managing to Have Fun
This hands-on Keynote teaches the skills of "Managing To Have Fun." For the past thirty 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.

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, Matt Weinstein recounts the inside story of the highly-secretive Madoff fund.


Matt Weinstein: How To Have More Fun In Your Life


Matt Weinstein talks about the importance of balancing life, work, and fun. "How many times have you heard someone say, 'Oh man I've been working like a dog and my boss is working me like a dog!' But the question is: you ever take a moment to notice how your dog does spend his day?" David elaborates. "Dogs don't seem to know the difference between work and play. Everything is new and fresh and like they're seeing it for the first time."

Matt asks a question that many in the workforce have probably thought about. "Wouldn't it be great if you could walk in to work first thing in the morning, and the people you work with would be that excited to see you?"

TEDx Talk