Like you, author and speaker on joy-centered success, Dave Caperton, has his highs and lows. “The goal,” he says, “is not to reject reality, but instead to first, manage your perceptions so that you can distinguish between what is life and death and what isn’t and then to make joy your default mode so that you can get back to it quickly when inevitable setbacks happen.” That is the message he has delivered to over 750 top organizations in business, education and healthcare across North America since 1999, helping them to improve their culture and service to the customers and communities they serve. “Joyfulness,” he explains, “isn’t living in denial of the negatives, it’s living in defiance of them!” Blending solid research with lots of humor, audiences are fully engaged, entertained and energized to make simple choices that will make intentional joy part of their success strategy because, although joyful people aren’t always happy, they are committed to finding and creating joy as part of their mission. They don’t waste energy whining and they use response choices like humor to get back to joy quickly when life sometimes knocks them back. Dave has 20-plus years of real-world experience speaking, coaching, consulting and writing about the benefits of a joyful mindset in a business context including how to unleash innovation, strengthen health, increase engagement, super-charge learning, and provide legendary service and leadership while eliminating stress and conflict. Dave has been an award-winning educator, an entrepreneur and business-owner, a performance consultant, as well as a stand-up comedian and a comedy writer, Dave’s original approach fuses entertaining stories, in-depth research and proven learning strategies so that his programs inspire laughter, demolish barriers between groups and open pathways to build trust and to move from transaction-based to relationship-driven success. His entertaining conversations about joy and connection provide a new vocabulary and concrete actions to solve people problems, and to build a bridge between where you are now and where you want to be. Clients and audiences value his programs because they provide a motivational experience that is highly interactive, energizing, and wildly funny. Unlike many humorous speakers, though, Dave’s programs are always infused with relevance and transformative takeaways to provide lasting value throughout your event and beyond. Dave’s talks have been requested and lauded by such iconic organizations as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, The Cleveland Clinic, True Value Hardware, NBC Comcast, the FAA and hundreds of other top associations and organizations. Dave is the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he describes not as a how-to but a why-to book for realizing greater happiness, health, and joyful laughter both at work and at home. Dave currently serves on the board of two charitable foundations: The New Life Foundation which addresses quality-of-life needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries and The American Pie Party Foundation which uses the power of humor to raise funds for cancer research.