That Steve Rizzo, PhD was a National Headline Comedian with opening acts like Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dennis Miller to name a few?
That Steve appeared on many network and cable TV shows and was voted a “Showtime Comedy All-Star”?
That he walked away from a flourishing stand-up career?
Why? To pursue his true Purpose and Passion.
After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve Rizzo didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian. Years of negativity had led Steve to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.
“Looking back,” says Steve, “I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door.”
After high school Steve would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Steve even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers.
Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve’s career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Of course, the surprises don’t stop there. What is the next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the two drink minimums and standing ovations for maximum fulfillment and well, more standing ovations. After walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker, Steve offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.
Steve’s quest to remove the boundaries that were keeping him from the life he truly desired has brought his work full circle and he now understands that all of his past experiences were necessary to prepare him for his true calling: To help people learn to be happy and successful no matter what their current circumstances are. “If they laugh while they learn,” says Steve, “then that’s just a bonus.”
Steve spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.
As Steve’s friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, “He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world.”
Steve customizes his message to fit your audience, whether it is a keynote speech, a high humor after dinner program, or an intense workshop (with humor, of course). His speaking presentations are a perfect fit for sales, customer service, leadership, education or any other business seeking greater performance and an infusion of enthusiasm!
How to Start Each Day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed Regardless of Your Circumstances
The word THIS in the title refers to you. How motivated are you on any given day? One of the biggest challenges we face today both professionally and personally is staying motivated and enthusiastic for more than just a few days. This one-of-a-kind presentation introduces Common Sense Success Strategies that will take you to a better place in business and in life. We go through the course of our lives and allow circumstances, events, situations and people to suck the energy right out of us. With the right strategies, we can bounce back, take control and forge ahead. MOTIVATE THIS is filled with Steve Rizzo’s distinctive brand of humor, insightful stories and mind-altering strategies that will elevate your overall degree of motivation, regardless of your circumstances. It’s an indispensable tool for maximizing your success and happiness.
You will learn…
The key to starting your day with an unstoppable attitude
The significance of the phrase “You Become What You Think About”
The spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm
The fuel that drives motivation
The importance of developing a set of “feel good” habits
GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER
How to Think, Laugh & Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business & in Life
This entertaining and content-rich program reveals the secrets of how to SHIFT your focus and way of thinking to create permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. Only the optimistic persevere, and Steve delivers the strategies necessary for tapping into the positive reserves that enable us not only to achieve our goals, but to enjoy the journey of life, both personally and professionally. Learn why Steve is affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster.”
In GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER, Steve will show your group how to…
SHIFT their way of thinking to get the results they want
Maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress
Enjoy themselves during the process of achieving their goals
Create lifelong habits for success and happiness in business and in life
DON’T JUST ACCEPT CHANGE, EMBRACE IT!
Many people have a difficult time with it, but in its inevitable process are the seeds of great growth. You just have to stop resisting long enough to plant them. Steve will show your group how to embrace one of the biggest challenges in both the workplace and in our personal lives…CHANGE. Discover the essential steps to surmounting change and achieving the success that lies on the other side.
In Don’t Just Accept Change, Embrace It!, you will learn the secrets of…
Being optimistic and eliminating negative self-talk
Enjoying yourself during the process of change
Overcoming the stress and fear associated with change
Using your “Humor Being” as a strategy to grow with change
Shifting your attitude to get the results you want
RIZZO’S LEADERSHIP SECRETS
True leaders inspire, motivate and lead the charge to success boldly, regardless of their circumstances. In this lively, engaging program, Steve shares inspiring stories of extraordinary people and the intangible secrets that define them as true leaders. This program is based on Steve’s exclusive interviews with C-level executives, industry leaders and everyday achievers. Laugh along with Steve while you learn how to lead so others will follow you anywhere.
In Rizzo’s Leadership Secrets, you will learn the secrets of…
Extraordinary leaders that inspire, intrigue and exhilarate
How to start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed
Winning ways of thinking that change obstacles into opportunities
Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation
What true leaders know that 99% of ordinary people don’t
All programs available as a keynote or half-day program and can be customized to your audience, event theme and target outcome.
“Just to let you know it is nearly impossible to get a standing ovation from our staff and you did it. You were in a difficult time slot as well, the closing morning after two nights of late night entertainment. The reviews for your presentation at both sessions were unbelievable. Here are a couple of quotes for you:
- “Never have I laughed so hard and learned so much – all at the same time, thank you.”
- “I didn’t realize how much I needed to laugh. It really felt good. Thanks so much for Steve Rizzo!
Steve, you were the perfect person for the challenge of entertaining and teaching our group. I thank you for your work and hope to see you again in the future”
Rene Ewing, Operations Coordinator/Event Planner, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
“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.”
Hartford Life Insurance
Steve, you message about keeping humor in your life really hit home with my attendees. From the first time you called me you were attentive and dedicated to meeting my needs and the needs of my group. Your ability to tailor your presentation to the hotel industry was highly effective. The simplicity of your presentation is you brilliance! Your message has left a lasting impression on our business. I know my team will now look at challenging and difficult situation with a more positive filter because of you. The Residence Inn by Marriott family can’t thank you enough!
Brian J. King, Brand Director Residence Inn by Marriott
“You’re one of my heros and I tell you this too on a personal note, your brother remains one of my heros. Wow. I cannot listen to that story without choking up and this is three or four years later. Wow. One of the most impactful stories I’ve ever heard and you tell it so well. Wow. I’ve never met the man but obviously you’re related by blood, you guys are my heros as well. Thank you for saying that but you know I have to tell you I really dont have a brother, I made that whole story up. I thank you so much, he is the biggest inspiration of my life. It’s just such a great story and I mean I wish I… and I’m so glad you take it places because it needs to be bottled up, people need to have that image of that finger raising up from the hospital bed because that itself is life, that is… You’re right, you’re right – he opitimizes the power of choice, the power of thoughts, the power of attitude, the power of humor, how all these things can help you to overcome the most the most extreme adverse times in your life.And if anybody has not read that story or heard you tell it they owe it to themselves to make sure that they do as soon as possible.”
Casella Waste Systems
“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.”
Heidtman Steel Products
Fun Entertainment Orlando for American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
National Association of School Music Dealers
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Asso
RFMA (Restaurant Facility Management Association)
TriMega Pruchasing Association
Nationwide Financial Network
Power and Communications Contractors of America
Beltone Electronics Corporation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Showcase
SIRVA/Allied Van Lines & North American Van Lines
Symetra Life Insurance Company
Auer Steel and Heating Supply Co.
HARDI (Heating a/c Refrigeration Distribution International)
Heidtman Steel Products