Author, Speaker, Humorist
Ron began his career by working with people at the end of their lives as a home care social worker at Hospice of Northern Virginia (now Capital Caring). After several years, he was hired as Manager of Counseling Services where he ultimately supervised 26 staff that included social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors. He worked hard to create a thriving department while at the same time creating an environment in which his staff had fun
Finally, Ron served as Director of Quality Service, a senior management position. After being trained at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he developed and managed the first quality improvement and customer service program for Hospice of Northern Virginia. This program was instrumental in training staff in customer service and preparing the organization for regulatory certification.
Ron is funny. Period.
But he also knows about the mechanics of humor. For instance: Funny + Audience = Laughter.
Ron has been studying and teaching about the benefits of humor since 1984. He believes that there is more to humor than a punchline and that when coupled with a foundation of excellence, humor can help us manage stress, reduce conflict, become more creative, improve problem solving, and ultimately achieve a higher level of productivity and contentment in life and work. He not only teaches this concept, his funny presentations demonstrate it.
Ron has been speaking professionally since 1996 and has spoken to more than 140,000 people in over 1000 organizations. He was also the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association. He delivers programs for all types of organizations but has significant experience with healthcare, education, government, and other non-profit organizations.
Ron is the author of three books:
•Do it Well. Make it Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between
•Is Your Glass Laugh Full? Some Thoughts on Seeing the Humor in Life
•My Kneecap Seems Too Loose: 365 Random Thoughts to Inspire Deeply Shallow Thinking.
He is a contributing author for: Humor Me and Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul II and writes a blog for the Huffington Post.
Ron commits 1/4 of his time to volunteer service. He has served on a number of boards and committees and contributed significantly to the following organizations:
•National Speakers Association (2012-2013 National President)
•Rotary International, Herndon, VA Club
•National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
•Vienna Presbyterian Church
•The Art Gliner Center for Humor Studies
•The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
•The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic
Do it Well. Make it Fun.
Based on his most recent book, this funny yet practical presentation shows you how to change your perspective in life and work so that you can Manage Stress, Communicate More Effectively, and Improve your Work Environment.
Managing to be A Great (And Fun) Leader
This presentation is designed for supervisors, managers, and leaders to show them how to discover the necessary skills, values, and communication practices that will create a workplace culture in which excellence and fun can coexist.
If Not Now, When?
Making the Most of Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your Work
This program is a perfect follow up presentation to Do it Well, Make it Fun and gives participants an understanding of how to continually seek personal and professional development in the way they handle themselves, their relationships and their work.