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Phil Callaway

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Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, health care workers, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, Phil is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational humor books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Phil is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Lou Pierce, Chair and Divisional Vice President of Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table says, "Phil not only had our audience energized, I was on the verge of calling 911 for a shipment of respirators to combat a severe outbreak of hysterical laughter syndrome. But the true medicine came in the form of gentle tugs on our heartstrings as Phil artfully painted word pictures of joyfully experiencing life."

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Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Phil is an award-winning author and speaker, loved worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers"¦Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. His writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!)His list of accomplishments also includes shutting off the TV to listen to his children's questions (twice), taking out the garbage without being told (once), and convincing his high school sweetheart to marry him (once).Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Callaway is a popular speaker for corporations, conferences, camps, and marriage retreats. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. Phil's writings have won more than a dozen international awards. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Callaway is editor of Servant magazine, which he helped start in 1989 with the goal of encouraging, edifying, and educating readers. A general interest magazine, Servant is now read in more than 100 countries.

Many in the health care industry draw on Phil's humorous look at the tough times of life. "Phil went over so well"“even beyond my best expectations!” says the Alzheimer Society Program Director. “The room was filled with laughter and Ah Ha moments as he communicated with warmth and openness about assisting his parents throughout their Alzheimer journey." "Pure joy!" raves the Canadian Cancer Society. “People were still talking about Phil's address for the rest of the weekend.” Says the President of the Association of Nurses in Oncology, "I laughed and laughed and then I thought and thought about all the things Phil said. I loved the presentation. Phil has a rare energy in the face of tough realities. Inspiring!" “Phil's talk at the annual Dealing with Grief Conference was the best and most amazing presentation for self-care & great laughter that I have ever heard,” says Bev Berg, of the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Phil's words enrich 100 audiences a year. Whether it's an unforgettable talk for a corporation, educators, government, or a church, he custom designs his presentation to suit the client's needs.From Holland College: "Phil was the first of three keynotes for our conference. It was a terrific way to start and the incessant laughter of the entire audience energized the group for the serious matters to come. Feedback was, without exception, extremely positive." Mike Matheny, Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals calls Phil transparent and real. “I haven't laughed like that in a long time.” Laurel Buckingham of Moncton Wesleyan says, "We have had some of the most outstanding communicators in the world here, however we consider Phil to be the best. The powerful truth was not lost in the humor but was driven home by it.”

A syndicated columnist, Phil Callaway has published hundreds of articles two dozen languages. He lives in Alberta, Canada with Ramona, his wife of thirty years. They have three grown children.

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Slowing Down In a Speeded-up World

Too often the demands of life bring stress, fracture families, and steal the joy we were intended to experience. With practical insight and generous laughter, Callaway teaches 6 practical secrets to balancing your life, your work, and your family. Presented to corporations, leadership teams, and workshops, attendees have dubbed this motivational talk "inspiring," and "life changing."

Raising Your Kids Without Raising Your Blood-Pressure

This hilarious presentation traces the joys of parenting from the early daze through toddlerhood and on into the white knuckle teenager years! Laugh with award-winning storyteller Phil Callaway as you learn practical parenting solutions, and are reminded of the lessons even our children teach us when we listen. Brimming with hope, this talk inspires confidence in listeners, and hope that even at the worst of times, the best is coming. "I am better equipped to pray for my children now," says Betty Dunn of Oregon, "and I am filled with hope. Thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed."

How Do You Spell Success?

Popular at corporate events, this talk inspires listeners to turn obstacles into opportunities, learn from failure, ignite their passion, and discover a time-proven formula for true success that will lead to fulfilling work and outrageous joy. "You have no idea how this has improved things in our company," writes one CEO (a repeat customer). "The stories not only amused us, they touched our hearts. We walked away with a new perspective on life, with a sense of the impact we can have on others, and knowing that someone gets what we do and values us. In the end we were brought to tears by Phil's stories of love, compassion, and loss."

Couples' Night Out
Three C's to a Fabulous Marriage

Marriage is no laughing matter. Until now! Popular across the country at Valentine's and all-year round, Phil offers practical insight from "a husband in progress" about sticking together during tough times, communicating when your husband appears to be deaf, and discovering a faith that changes everything. One warning: People have fallen off chairs laughing during this performance. Better yet, they have laughed until the tears come, as they are reminded of the lasting legacy of a godly marriage, and the keys to staying committed even when our world is falling apart.

TEACHERS' CONFERENCES

Phil has spoken at educators' conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. Topics include...

Finding Hope For Crazy Kids

If you've ever felt like letting the air out of the tires of one (or three) of the kids in your classroom, you'll be inspired and relieved to hear the advice of the Phil, the Founder of ADHD. Be inspired by the example of others who have turned the little challenges in their classrooms into great assets. Discover sneaky techniques only ADHD kids understand, and leave brimming with hope.

Learning to Laugh Again

Education can be serious business. Deadlines. Decisions. Children. So let international best-selling author and humorist Phil Callaway help you discover how to bring laughter to life and to the classroom. Educators from Canada to Hong Kong have loved this practical workshop. With stories and informal interaction, you'll discover secrets for relieving stress, how to chase the stuff that lasts, and how to live life with a permanent grin. You'll receive handouts for note-taking, but better yet, you'll receive a 90-minute vacation and an unforgettable experience. One Edmonton teacher said, "I expected to laugh, but I didn't expect to cry. This session reminded me why I do what I do and how I can do it so much better." Don't forget to bring your funnybone!

Making Life Rich Without Spending Money

With gentle wit and wisdom, Callaway shares 5 fascinating characteristics of truly rich people—characteristics that have nothing to do with money and everything to do with real wealth. You'll nod your head knowingly and sometimes laugh out loud as you're reminded that the best things in life are not things, after all. New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado says, "Need a shot of sunlight on a cloudy day? This guy's for you." Author Chris Fabry says, "This is like playing in Holy Sand. You're having so much fun, you don't realize how much has gone into your shoes and is sticking to your life."

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