Travels from California, USA
Speaker fees start at: $5,000 to $10,000
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!!
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.
Experience the synergy of teamwork firsthand. The following teambuilding programs can be presented as a keynote address or in a workshop format.
Experiential Team-Building Modules
These team building programs are available only in a workshop format.
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.
Improvisation at Work
Using the fundamentals of improvisational theater, these experiential programs help participants deal with creativity, flexibility and the challenge of change.
These presentations are customized for health care providers and are available in both keynote and workshop formats.
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.
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.
“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 ManagerShakey’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
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)
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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