Desi Payne

Desi INSPIRES and EQUIPS audiences who work with negative people to better manage their stress.

Expert on

  • Humor
  • Stress
  • Leadership – Mid Level Managers
  • Leadership – Entry Level
  • Difficult People
  • Motivation

Fee Range


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If you want your audience to still be talking weeks and months after Desi’s keynote, then you will want to book Desi Payne!  Desi is flexible and so easy to work with.

She equips her audience with the strategies they need to work with negative and difficult people or manage stress.  As an award-winning entertainer and speaker, she uses humor, illusions, and storytelling to keep the audience engaged.

Desi is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer and Nick Vujicic Certified Speaker.     She is a frequent guest on the lifestyle show, Hello Iowa! on WHO-TV 13.  

FUN FACT: She recently won third place on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Showcasing nearly 30 years of knowledge as a business owner (4 businesses), entrepreneur, educator, author,  healthcare patient advocate, customer service and leadership trainer, her expertise will motivate your team.

*Desi’s most requested session, Do You Work with the Living Dead?,  teaches CPR for your attitude if you get infected with the “virus” of negativity.

* If you want to kick-off or end your event with laughter, The Incredible Power of Laughter keynote will not only teach you the benefits of laughter, but teach you how to be more resilient in life. 

*Give Me Some Chocolate…I’m Stressed! will teach you strategies to manage stress to make you more productive in the workplace.

*Her session, The Magic of Connecting for Leaders equips you with principles to make vital influences with your employees.

Desi is the author of Do You Work with the Living Dead? and Give Me Some Chocolate…I’m Stressed!  Her on-line course, Manage Stress without Losing Your Mind, has helped many people learn how to either manage or eliminate the stress in their life.




60-90 Minutes Long

 This program is perfect for:

  • Teams struggling with negativity in the workplace
  • People with a bad attitude
  • Employees who act lifeless on the job

 The audience will leave learning:

  • About different workplace “zombies”
  • How to perform CPR on lifeless attitudes
  • How to work with lifeless and negative people
  • Strategies to use with negative people

*MOST REQUESTED SESSION* (Also called “CPR for Your Attitude”)

 Do you work with people who drag their feet into work, growl and murmur, give blank stares, aren’t engaged with their work, or poison other co-workers with their negativity? Or could you possibly be infected with this epidemic, and you don’t know it? Desi will equip you with strategies to work with negative people and manage stress.

Teddy Roosevelt said, “The most important ingredient for the formula for success is how to get along with other people.” This program emphasizes how important it is to get along with other people and to take your own daily attitude pulse. The results of adjusting attitudes for team members: Boost morale, positive customer service, promote teamwork, increase productivity, increase retention, and create a more positive work environment.


60-Minute Keynote or 2-Hour or Full-Day Workshop

 This program is perfect for:

  • Employees dealing with stress (that’s about everybody!)
  • Senior management

 The audience will leave with:

  • Strategies to reduce, manage, or eliminate stress
  • Learn how stress affects our minds and bodies
  • “Stress Test” results
  • Learn the “3-L” Strategy (Lifestyle Changes, Let Go, Laugh)
  • Learn how to become more resilient in life
  • Knowing the consequences of not dealing with stress 
  • Make an action plan to manage stress

Stress effects your attitude in a big way. Nobody is immune to stress. It affects your health, personal life, and professional life.  You will learn to be intentional about taking care of the stress that is robbing you of your happiness and joy.  This is a very educational and FUN session.  Can be a keynote or half day workshop.  You will learn to manage stress so that you can adjust your attitude!



45-60 minute Keynote

 This program is perfect for:

*  Conference kick offs, closers, banquets, and after-lunch events

 The audience will leave understanding:

  • The benefits of laughter 
  • Why laughter will make you resilient
  • How laughter can boost morale & teamwork
  • How laughter can make you more creative
  • How laughter will help you progress in life 

Kick off your conference with enthusiasm and fun with Desi Payne! Laughter has incredible power. It will reduce stress hormones, change your attitude, strengthen teams, boost your immune system, and improve your looks, just to name a few of its amazing benefits. During this keynote, you will laugh and learn how laughter will help you become more resilient during tough times. As a breast cancer survivor and 3rd place winner on America’s Funniest Home Videos in 2022, Desi understands the incredible power of laughter.



Format: 2-hour Breakout Session

 This program is perfect for:

  • Leaders
  • Senior Management

 The audience will leave with:

  • The value of connecting with others
  • The value of valuing others
  • Why leaders MUST make connections
  • Secrets to connecting 

Truly connecting with people requires more than just being a good communicator. Good leaders know how to build a bridge to others by cultivating relationships – that is the foundation to becoming a great leader. Based on best-selling author John Maxwell’s book, Everyone Communicates Few Connect, participants will learn the magic of connecting.  As a John Maxwell leadership trainer, I will help show you as a leader why it’s so important to make the right connections with people.



Format: 1-3 hour workshop

This is perfect for:

*Senior Management

*Leadership Teams

*Employees of any company or organization

Many times we don’t get along with other people because we don’t understand that we are all wired differently.  If we understand that we all work a different pace, think different, and function different, we will work better with other team members.  DISC personality traits show us why we are different.  This session will show you your strong and weak traits which will help you be a success on your job and communicate more effectively.  A very fun and helpful workshop to create better teamwork and adjust attitudes to be more positive.



60 Minute Keynote or Breakout Session
 A 3-D movie is bigger than life on the screen, and objects become so real. Like the movie, your dreams and aspirations can become bigger than life and real, too. You will be inspired by this program and encouraged to put your dream to the test and bring it to life. When failure is staring you in the face, learn to overcome those roadblocks and obstacles. You will leave thinking and dreaming big and get your 3D glasses!

 This program is perfect for:


*Anyone who wants more out of life

*Anyone who needs inspiration to accomplish their dreams

 The audience will learn:

  • What all dreams require
  • How to live in 3D: Dare to Dream Big, Do It Now, Don’t Give Up
  • How to fail forward
  • How to be more resilient in life

A 3-D movie is bigger than life on the screen, and objects become so real.  Like the movie, your dreams and aspirations can become bigger than life and real, too.  You will be inspired by this program and encouraged to put your dream to the test and bring it to life.  When failure is staring you in the face, learn to overcome those roadblocks and obstacles.  You will leave thinking and dreaming big!