Steve Rizzo Profile

Steve Rizzo is a personal development expert, comedian, motivational speaker and author known for his popular PBS special. As a comedian, he was chosen as a Showtime Comedy Allstar, sharing the stage with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Ellen DeGeneres. As a speaker, he was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977.

Steve has a captivating ability to engage audiences with laughter as he challenges them to shift their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity and new levels of success. He has become known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” urging audiences to never settle for less, because less… is just that.

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    Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster. You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude. He’s a personal development expert, comedian, motivational speaker, and author. His popular PBS special brought him into millions of homes. It’s no surprise that he’s been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon on fewer than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977.

    Perhaps one of Steve’s greatest achievements was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a comedian, being chosen as a SHOWTIME COMEDY ALLSTAR and sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres and many more giants of comedy.

    Of course the surprises don’t stop there. What was next for this funny guy in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the standing ovations as a stand-up comedian for maximum fulfillment, and well more standing ovations as a hall of fame speaker.
    Don’t let the laughter fool you!

    What Steve brings to the table is his captivating ability to engage the attendees with laughter as he challenges them to SHIFT their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity and new levels of success. As one of his clients once said, “Never has my group learned so much and laughed so hard in one sitting! Thanks for the ride!”

    Don’t settle for anything less than Steve Rizzo’s approach.
    Because anything less… is just that.

    Studies have shown that if people are having fun while they’re learning they will simply absorb more information. Do you know what that adds up to?

    Return on Investment!

    Steve Rizzo: Making a difference one group at a time!

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Steve Rizzo's Speech Descriptions

Steve’s “SHIFT” philosophy helps audiences to succeed by starting each day with an unstoppable attitude. His presentations are infused with comedy and full of motivation. He covers topics like how to discover greater enthusiasm and increased productivity, how to unlock the power of permanent change and a positive attitude, how to embrace change and how to acquire a healthy state of mind to deal with stress at work. All of Steve’s programs can be customized according to each group’s specific theme and needs.

These programs can be customized according to your groups theme and needs.

Steve can also combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

GET YOUR “SHIFT” TOGETHER--Start each day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed

Steve Rizzo engages the audience with laughter as he challenges each attendee to

  • SHIFT their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success, regardless of their circumstances.
  • Let Steve show your group what he learned about Success Strategies from his personal experiences with many comedy greats, celebrities and everyday heroes in his life
  • What were the 3 Success Qualities that catapulted Eddie Murphy to Super Stardom?
  • Why was Rodney Dangerfield so unhappy when he achieved so much?
  • How was Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed from the neck down, able to accomplish so much in the last 9 years of his life when the odds were so much against him?
  • Learn how Steve’s brother Michael, a 100% disabled Viet Nam War Vet, turned his life around to become the Ultimate Success Story.

In this program Steve will reveal the SHIFTING SECRETS of…

  • Shifting your focus and way of thinking to get the results you want
  • How to train yourself be resilient and motivated throughout the day; everyday
  • Enjoying yourself during the process of achieving your goals
  • Starting each day with an unstoppable Attitude to succeed
  • Why humor is “The Instant Mind Shift” and how to use it to nip negative thoughts in the bud before emotional havoc sets in.

Let Steve show your group how much power they have over every aspect of their business and lives, regardless of their circumstances!


This highly energetic and entertaining program unlocks the secrets to the power of permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. You can be sure that your group will be feeling fantastic and walking away more productive than ever, not just for a day, but for a lifetime. Learn why Steve is known by so many as the “Attitude Adjuster.”

“What you think is what you get.” -Steve Rizzo.

In this program you will gain the secrets of…

  • New ways of thinking that will transform obstacles into opportunities instantly
  • How to bring out the best in yourself and everyone around you
  • Learning the five steps towards your destiny
  • How to laugh off your fears and take control of your emotions
  • The number one way to achieve success and happiness


Sometimes it comes by way of choice and sometimes it is forced upon us by circumstances beyond our control. Either way, it is a part of life that is needed in order for us to grow to our full potential. Steve will show your group how to deal with one of our biggest fears in both the workplace and in our personal lives…CHANGE! Everyone will learn the skills needed to use any change to their advantage, creating greater success on all levels.

“Life is about growing, learning, and becoming. You cannot grow, learn, or become if you cannot embrace the changes in your life.” -Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of…

  • Winning ways of thinking that change obstacles into opportunities instantly
  • How to enjoy yourself during the process of change
  • Overcoming the fear associated with change
  • Using your sense of humor as a tool to grow with change
  • Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation


We spend most of our waking hours at our place of employment and much of our leisure time thinking about it. We can let the stress, fast pace, and challenges control our emotions or we can lighten up, have fun, and enjoy the process. It’s always a matter of choice! Acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication. Steve will show your group how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace, while enjoying the process.

“Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm.” - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of …

  • Acquiring the attitude you need to succeed
  • Using the power of choice to your advantage
  • Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation
  • Finding the laughter in between and during the tough times
  • How to maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress

Emcee Extraordinaire!

What do you get when you combine Steve Rizzo’s Hilarious Comedic Skills with his Captivating
Speaking Style?

The Perfect Emcee!

Entertaining! Engaging! Sincere! Personal!
And of course Hilarious!

Did you know that and Emcee can either make or break a conference?

Here’s what Steve Rizzo brings to the table.

    • From beginning to end Steve engages and fires up the audience with High energy
    • Talks to speakers and presenters before hand and customizes the entire event according to
      your needs, theme and vision
    • Introduces speakers and presenters with a high powered personal introduction
    • Personalizes the event by knowing the history of your group and implementing key
      words, phrases and names
    • Steve can deliver his Keynote Speech anytime throughout the conference

Steve is a Master at making each attendee feel Energized, Entertained, Motivated,
Appreciated and Just Plain Good About Themselves
Steve Rizzo Emcee Extraordinaire!

Don’t settle for anything less than Steve Rizzo’s Emcee Skills. Because anything less... is just

Want an After Dinner Winner

After a long day of break out sessions and high content
information, don’t you think your group deserves a Funny Motivational Speaker?

Some can make you Laugh. Others can give you Memorable Content. No one can give you both
with Equal Intensity like Steve Rizzo.

“Steve Rizzo is the After Dinner Winner!” Says Duncan Campbell III, CEO &
President of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association.

Steve Rizzo will WOW your group with his Hilarious Brand of Humor and deliver just enough
message that will take them to a better place in business and in life. Laugh and Learn with Steve Rizzo. He’s a Seriously Funny Guy!
Oh and one more thing. Don’t be surprised if your group calls you a Winner for choosing Steve.

Just tell Steve how much Humor and Message you want. Or perhaps you want all Humor.
Whatever you decide Steve will deliver

What People are Saying about Seeing Steve Speak

Rating Entries

    Well still today – I mean two years later – probably a month or two doesn′t go by where somebody doesn′t make some reference to when you appeared for us up there are the Ritz Carlton you know just making a comment about the humor being or some of those things so I mean you made a lasting impression on people and we will, in this organization we are going to have you back at some point in time in this organization.
    Mike Kruse, Vice President
    Heidtman Steel Products

    Your speach was not only outstanding but it captured everyone′s interest from the inception of the presentation right through to the end. You were funny, you brought some actual true-life points that were, that you experienced in your own personal life to a reality. And you just had the audience captivated from inception to completion of that presentation. So, out of all the events that I have put together on behalf of the hartford for this association, that evening in September based on your presentation was the most successful that we′ve ever had. So, my hat goes off to you for an outstanding presentation and your book is outstanding, I′ve read it and you were just you were right on and you captured everyones interest from the beginning to the end and im still getting rave reviews from some of our clients that that was the most enjoyable evening that they′ve attended on behalf of The Hartford, so thank you.
    Wayne Carpenter,Director of Client Relationships
    Hartford Life Insurance

    “…never in my 19 years of attending and coordinating similar meetings have I seen a speaker generate such enthusiasm. Part of the reason, of course, lies in your delivery – but good delivery without substance is what far too many speakers bring to a forum. Equally important – if not more so – was your message and the sincerity behind it.”
    Jim Wileman
    Allied International

    “Through your humor, personal experiences, expertise, and non traditional approach, you reinforced OIT’s commitment to improving the quality of life for its employees and increased our awareness of the importance and benefits of using humor in the workplace to improve quality of life for ourselves and the organization.”
    Jeffrey A. Singer
    Office of Information Technology
    Central Intelligence Agency

    “…It was clearly the most successful event that we have ever sponsored…thank you for your inspiring performance and I can assure you that we are looking forward to working with you again.”
    Mark Stolze
    Executive Director
    The National Children’s Cancer Society, Inc.

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Books by Steve Rizzo:
    Becoming A Humor Being: The Power To Choose A Better Way
    Through his own and other people′s stories, Steve Rizzo reveals how humor can affect our perceptions of challenging circumstances and life′s tragedies. He shows how humor can short circuit negative thoughts and emotions-before emotional and physical havoc can set in.

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