Multiple award winning retired college professor, communication specialist, humorist and author, Juli Burney, M.A. makes an amazing connection with her audiences. She is able to entertain with the ability of a headlining comedian while either motivating or training with ease as a nationally recognized speaker. Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year for her ability to help improve people’s lives through humor and effective use of communication tools.

Recipient of the Toastmasters’ International Communication and Leadership Award, Juli has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada. She has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment for the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick. She has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs. Her humor is insightful, delightful, universal and enlightening on whichever topic she presents.

Juli has presented tailored workshops and speeches for thirty-five years to diverse audiences.  Her uniqueness is in her ability to reach individual audiences on a personal level with examples from relatable situations.  She is definitely a presenter that needs to be experience in person to truly appreciate her infectious attitude toward life, work and personal challenges.  Through Juli, one is able to discover one’s strengths, learn to celebrate our differences and find joy and purpose in life.

A QUOTE: “She is so likable, bright, quick and witty, has an original humor, has great timing, and on top of it all is very funny. She makes you think, and she makes you feel good.”

Keynotes: Different Perspectives Juli is able to apply this title to any presentation or workshop concerning Interpersonal Communication. This subject is adaptable to the needs of the organization and, of course, always available to humor. The topics that could be covered are listed below. Her presentation shows how each of us needs to own our communication and responses, as well as the skills necessary to be more effective communicators, thus being better business people . Topics discussed are verbal and nonverbal abilities, listening skills, personal space, perceptions, appropriate humor, and positive thinking.

Gender Benders This presentation contends specifically with gender communication and how to understand and avoid Common Communication Collisions. Juli is able to help us accept and appreciate our differences with good humor and teaches us that when approached in a positive manner, gender teams can accomplish amazing things.

You Are a Winner Everyone encourages us to have good self esteem, but HOW?!?!? With the growing pressures put upon the work-force today, it is important that your employees feel good about themselves. A happy employee is a productive employee. Being able to like and laugh at ourselves combats fatigue and alleviates burnout.

Staying Alive, Mentally or They Who Laugh, Last Often people have said there is no room for HUMOR in the workplace, however, having good humor means having a positive attitude toward situations. Everyone has a sense of humor, they just dont use it to their potential. It shows that you can remain cool under pressure and keep problems in perspective. Stress is a perception of an event. You may not be in control of the events happening around you, but you can control your response to those events. This is when a sense of humor is essential in the workplace.

Break the Pattern Patterns of negative thinking and negative communication can create inefficiency in our personal and professional lives. Learn how to change the negative patterns of communication. Why, its as easy as going on a diet (argh!). These are basic descriptions of presentations and workshops. All presentations are personalized for the audience involved. Topics can be rearranged and combined upon request. Or be creative, if you have some special information that needs a clever presentation, perhaps Juli can help you.

NEW TOPIC- For Healthcare Audiences

Just a Spoonful of Humor: Being a care giver is time consuming and at times quite challenging. Our attitude toward our tasks can make all the difference in the world to help us maintain our own lives in the midst of caring for others. Humor is the key to balance, and just a spoonful of humor can change everything. This presentation will share specific care giving examples, when a different perspective brought with humor improved both the patient’s and the care giver’s situation. Come and learn how to “lighten” the load.

After this session, participants will be able to recognize opportunities for appropriate humor as a healing technique, be able to set appropriate boundaries for themselves, while giving the best care to their patients and be aware of opportunities for attitude changes to improve care giving.

Topics: Interpersonal Communication (professional, personal, family), Nonverbal Communication (personal space, gestures and body language), Listening (skills, power & effectiveness), Perception (influences and recognition), Language (meanings and reactions), Understanding self- (image, esteem, confidence, feelings, sensitivity, and personal power), Persuasion Skills, Transactional Analysis, Life Positions, Values, Decision Making, Conflict Management, Assertiveness, Relational Communication, Gender Communication, Appropriate Humor in Interpersonal Communication, Humor in the Workplace, Positive Thinking, Teamwork. Emotional Intelligence