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Member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Allen KleinThe Jollytologist® 
Keynote Speaker

Allen Klein
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Phone:  415-431-1913
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Problem #1
You need a speaker who will get and keep the audience laughing.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"It was evident that the whole assembly was enjoying your presentation by the frequent and sometimes continuous roars of laughter."

- L. B., president, Maryland School Food Service Association

Problem #2
Your audience needs some stress relief.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"It was fantastic to watch 400 people who work with dying patients on a daily basis leave their stresses under their chairs and walk out with smile on their faces." 

- S. H., Florida Hospice Symposium

Problem #3
You want a speaker who exceeds expectations.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"You were without a doubt the 'best speaker' at our conference. . . You far surpassed what I had hoped for."

- D. L., Program Chair Continuity of Care Association of CA

Problem #4
You want a speaker who gets great evaluations.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"Bravo! for a job well done. (You received) one of the highest ratings of any of the speakers at the convention"

- K. D., Meeting Director, Independent Community Bankers of MN

Problem #5
You want a speaker who will get the audience cheering.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

" all the years that I have worked here, I have never seen our faculty and staff give a speaker a standing ovation"

- J. A., Associate Dean of Planning Eastern New Mexico University

Problem #6
You want a speaker who is easy to work with

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"You are every meeting planners dream speaker."

- L. R., Director of Operations, Community Bankers Assn. of IN

Problem #7
You want a speaker whose message will be remembered long after the conference ends.

Bring in a Jollytologist®.

"You are probably the only speaker that we have continued to talk about
a year after the presentation. That's really saying something!!"

- S. B., Director of Operations, Community Bankers Assn. of OH

The Lighter Side of Change ©

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes and challenges in both the workplace and in life. With laughter (yuk, yuk), lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), participants will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to reduce stress and for dealing with not-so-funny stuff.

The Healing Power of Humor ©

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life, why humor can give a new perspective, and how to laugh at not-so-funny things.

Humor in the Workplace:
Lighten Your Work with Laughter ©

It has been said that 80% of illness is probably stress related. Through laughter, lecture and playful exercises, this inspirational and informational program gives participants a pocket full of FUN-raising work-related tools to help them be more productive as they laugh away those harmful stress situations.

The Courage to Laugh: Humor in Hospice Work ©

With heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates what George Bernard Shaw once said: "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

  •  humorous tools and tips for dealing with stress
  •  how to get and keep your perspective with humor
  •  why humor is one of your best coping tools
  •  techniques for a more playful lifestyle
  •  the five key letters for increasing your sense of humor


Allen Klein has presented humor programs in 48 out of the 50 states, as well as in Israel and Australia. Needless to say, this is a very partial sampling of his clients. ( *Denotes national or international conference )
Banking & Financial Industry:

American Express
Bank of California
Community Bankers of Georgia
Community Bankers of Ohio
* Independent Bankers Association of America
Independent Bankers Association of Texas
Independent Bankers Association of Minnesota
Mortgage Bankers Association
Wells Fargo Bank

Business Organizations:

American Water Works Association
Arizona Public Service Company
BellSouth, Inc.
Executive Secretaries Association
Gran Care, Inc.
Internal Revenue Service
Iowa Utility Association
Levi Strauss
* Marketing Research Association
Medstat Systems
Messenger Courier Association
Motorola Corporation
New England Resident Service Coordinators
Northern California Printing Industries
Option Care Inc.
Oregon Bar Association
Pacific Bell
Pacific Northwest Personnel Management Association
Professional Secretaries International
Service Masters
Southern California Gas Company
US West
United States Geological Survey

Food Industry:

* American Dietetic Association
* American School Food Service Association
* Dietary Managers Association
Iowa School Food Service Association
Louisiana Dietetic Association
Maryland School Food Service Association
Nevada School Food Service Association
Oregon School Food Service Association
Pennsylvania School Food Service Association
Tennessee Dietetic Association
Utah School Food Service Association
Washington School Food Service Association

Health & Well-Being Conferences:

* Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Fallon Health Care System
Health Services Corporation
Individual Case Management Association
* International Society for Humor Studies
Mental Health Association of Colorado
Missouri Rehabilitation Association
Montana Rehabilitation Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Wellness Association
North Dakota Human Services
North Dakota Rehabilitation Association
Oregon Society for Hospital Personnel
Pennsylvania Nurse Executives
Professional Society of Pharmacists
Radiological Technicians Conference
South Carolina Mental Health Association
University of Missouri Dental Hygienists
Visiting Nurses Association

Hospice Organizations:

Colorado Hospice Association
Delaware Hospice
Florida Hospice Symposium
Georgia Hospice Association
Indiana Hospice Association
Iowa Hospice Association
* National Hospice Organization
New Hampshire Hospice Organization
New Jersey Hospice Organization
New Mexico Hospice Organization
New York State Hospice Organization
Oklahoma Hospice Organization
Oregon Hospice Association
Texas Hospice Organization

Hospital Associations:

Arizona Hospital Association
Idaho Hospital Association
Illinois Hospital Association
Indiana Hospital Association
Iowa Hospital Association
Minnesota Hospital Association
Mississippi Hospital Association
New York Hospital Association
Tennessee Hospital Association
West Virginia Hospital Association

Hospitals & Medical Centers:

Alta Bates Hospital, CA
Anderson Memorial Hospital, SC
Ball Memorial Hospital, IN
Beaumont Hospital, TX
Brookwood Medical Center, AL
Children's Hospital, CA, PA & TN
Florida Hospital, FL
Franklin Hospital, ME
Holy Spirit Hospital, PA
Immanuel Medical Center, IA
Kaiser-Permanente Hospitals, CA
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, KS
Lincoln General Hospital, NE
Marquette General Hospital, MI
McKee Medical Center, CO
Mercy Health Center, IA
Miami Valley Hospital, OH
Mid-Columbia Medical Center, OR
Newnan Hospital, GA
Ouachita Hospital, AR
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, KY
Rehabilitation Hospital, HI
Sentara Hampton Hospital, VA
St. Alexius Hospital, ND
St. Anthony's Medical Center, MO
St. Joseph's Hospitals, CA, CO, WA
St. Mary's Hospitals, CA, GA, IL, WV
Tucson Medical Center, AZ

Long-Term Care:

* American Health Care Association
* Assisted Living Association, Australia
Arkansas Nursing Home Association
California Assn. for Health Services at Home
California Association of Health Facilities
Central Mississippi Health Care at Home
Connecticut Chapter Health Care Administrators
Hillhaven Corporation
Home Care Association of New York State
Illinois Health Care Association
Iowa Health Care Association
Mississippi Regional Home Health Care
Missouri Health Care Association
Montana Health Care Association
Nebraska Health Care Association
New Jersey Health Care Association
North Carolina Health Care Association
Oregon Health Care Association
Oregon Homes for the Aging
Pennsylvania Non-profit Homes for the Aging
South Dakota Health Care Association
Texas Health Care Association
Utah Health Care Association
Washington Health Care Association
West Virginia Health Care Association


California Council for Adult Education
Cal Poly University
Cal State Bakersfield & Sacramento
Cornell University Wellness Program
Columbia State Community College
College of Marin
Eastern New Mexico University
Hayward Unified School District
Johnson County Community College
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Slippery Rock University
Sonoma State University

Volunteer Organizations:

* American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems
Council on Auxiliaries, Georgia Hospital Association
Hawaii Network of Volunteers
Hospice Volunteer Managers Association
Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries
Tennessee Hospital Association Council on Volunteers

Women's Conferences:

American Association of University Women
Bay Area Women's Conference
Central California Women's Conference
Central Dupage Hospital Women's Conference
Fresno Women's Network
Miami Women's Health Center
Professional Women's Network
Women's Forum

Cancer Related Organizations:

American Cancer Society
American Society of Radiological Technicians
Cancer Conference, NM
Cancers Survivor's Day
* National Cancer Survivorship Conference
North Bay Cancer Center
North Idaho Cancer Center
UCSD Cancer Center, Thrivers Network


(a very small sampling)

"The best workshop I ever attended."

"I wish I could have brought the entire office!"

"Can't get much better than this"

"This was the most useful presentation of the conference."

"A wonderful new perspective for stressful work situations."

"Fantastic and fun."

"There should be more programs like this."

"By far the best session I have ever attended for personal and
professional growth!"

"Excellent-my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!"

"Can we do this again next year??!!"

"Interesting, informative and excellent speaker."

"Dynamic, energetic and funny. A true joy to listen to."

"Great reminder not to take life so seriously and to find humor in
troubling times! Thanks!"

"This was a fabulous presentation. Kudos to the Speaker Committee!"

"Had a headache getting off the plane, felt great after the talk"

"We came 200 miles to attend this presentation-it was worth every mile!"

"A program that can be used throughout life, home and work."

"Excellent, excellent, excellent!"

"Let's invite Mr. Klein again."


"RAVE REVIEWS!!! That's what our evaluations read from over 650 attendees. The halls are buzzing with laughter after employees participated in your presentation."

-J. G., Program Chair St. Marys Health Center
Jefferson City, MO

" Allen Klein is a MUST in the hospice world... Even more rewarding was to witness our members departing the hotel after a three-day conference, still talking about the "Best closing keynote HPCAM has ever had."

-RSF, meeting planner
Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Michigan

"It has been a month since Allen Klein's training. I still hear ‘thank you’ from team members for impacting their lives in such a positive way. I highly recommend considering adding Allen for your staff and community events."

-A.M., administrator, Heartland Hospice
Santa Rosa, CA

"I have been involved with adult education for nearly 20 years, and can honestly say I have never heard so many positive comments about a speaker and program."

-J.R., Education Coordinator St. Francis Medical Centerz
Grand Island, NE.

"It is seldom we have a repeat speaker appear at our Convention but letters and phone calls regarding your presentation convinced the planning committee we must invite you back."

-D.H., Director of Education California Association of Hospitals
Sacramento, CA

"Allen Klein obviously has the background to teach the profound power of laughter, humor, and play."

-O.Carl Simonton, M.D. Author of Getting Well Again

"You did it again!" Four talks, 450 satisfied people! I enjoyed your presentation four times over, and found something new each time."

-C.C., Educational Consultant Immanuel Medical Center
Omaha, NE

"Allen Klein is such an expert speaker that he can teach audiences both how to live laughing as well as die laughing."

-William M. Bucholz, M.D. Oncologist
Los Altos, CA

"Allen Klein holds the keys to a treasure chest of humor and reminds us that laughter is the best medicine."

-Carl Hammerschlag, M.D. Author of The Dancing Healers

"You received honor roll grades! Mostly A's and even a few A+'s."

-C.R., Director of Education Oregon Health Care Association
Portland, OR

"I'm so proud of him."

-Allen's mother
Lake Worth, FL.


Write: Allen Klein
1034 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: 415-431-1913
Email click here


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