Creativity & Humor: Building the Foundation for Better Communications

by  Author Dave Schwensen

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This program is about the benefits of using creativity and humor as productive communication tools. Based on Dave's college course, comedy workshops and corporate training program, participants learn the benefits of good humor and how positive creative thoughts and observations about daily events and shared experiences can lead to productive (and entertaining!) conversations.

The goal is to remove communication barriers and promote interaction between students through fun and relatable conversations. Program includes worksheet, classroom participation and laughter.

** "I just wanted to follow up with an enthusiastic thank you for the communication tips, entertaining anecdotes and general positivity you shared today with our students. We thoroughly enjoyed your interactive presentation and appreciate how you effortlessly supported everything we teach them in our class. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and making the day brighter." - Sincerely, Niagara Falls High School (English 11/12)
** "The kids absolutely loved the time spent with you! Thank you for engaging them and peaking their interest!" - Altoona Area Junior High School 
** "The way Dave personalized his session was great and the students really enjoyed it." - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School

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About This Program


Multipoint: $225.00
Multipoint Premium: $200.00


45-60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Family & Consumer Science, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Professional Development, Writing Teamwork, Creativity

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will be happy to work with you if rescheduling is necessary and will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. Full fee will be charged to sites that cancel with less than 24 hours notice and will reschedule a date within two weeks that is convenient for both the purchaser and provider.

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Author Dave Schwensen

Vermilion, OH
United States

Dave is the author of six books and has designed and instructs courses in communications and presentations skills for Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University and others. He's a former talent coordinator and consultant for television and live events in Hollywood and New York City.

In addition to school and business training programs and keynotes, Dave is a nationally recognized comedy coach for The Improv Comedy Club. He is author of How To Be A Working Comic and Comedy FAQs And Answers, and includes humor and entertainment in all his programs. Yes, he really can be called the nutty professor!

Dave has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, Ohio Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Insidebiz.com Magazine and many others.

A pop culture historian and enthusiast, he is the author of The Beatles At Shea Stadium and The Beatles In Cleveland. Both Top 40 Best Sellers on Amazon.com, Dave is a featured author at Beatles conferences throughout the U.S. and presents programs on the 1960s and the impact of The Beatles to schools, organizations and lifelong learners. Both books were added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library & Archives.

For details about Beatles / pop culture video conferences and webinars visit www.BeatlesProgram.com.

Dave Schwensen

Program Details


1. This program begins with a humorous greeting / introduction.
2. We then discuss the difference between good humor, (positive), and bad humor, (negative).
3. Workbook exercise / class participation. Students explore what makes him/her laugh, a simple reason why for each, then picks from a list of terms that best describes his/her sense of humor. Terms used depend on age of students. Examples for younger students would include: thoughtful, silly, messy, etc... Older student examples would include: intelligent / cerebral, slapstick, sarcastic, etc...
4. We then discuss creative thinking using individual thoughts and opinions about common topics. Each person is unique and may have different thoughts and opinions about the same thing. Example: For some the glass is half full, for others half empty.
5. Workbook exercise / class participation. Follow workbook steps to develop short conversational story enhanced by creativity and humor about a common experience, (traveling to school that day). Students can present short conversational story to class. Number of participants depends on time restraints.


1. Recognize the benefits of creativity and humor as conversational tools.
2. Understand the difference between positive (good) humor and negative (bad) humor.
3. Identify ways to benefit from good humor.
4. Describe and indentify his/her personal sense of humor.
5. Use individual thoughts and observations creatively.
6. Develop a short conversational story based on a common event and enhance with creativity and humor.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

* Distinguish between safe and risky or harmful behaviors in relationships.
* Demonstrate ways to avoid and reduce threatening situations.
* Demonstrate strategies to manage stress.

* Describe how the behavior of family and peers affects interpersonal communication.
* Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants and feelings.
* Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others.
* Demonstrate communication skills to build and maintain healthy relationships.
* Demonstrate refusal and negotiation skills to enhance health.
* Analyze the possible causes of conflict among; youth in schools and communities.
* Demonstrate strategies to manage conflict in healthy ways.

Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purpose.

Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).