Steve Rizzo is a motivational mechanic who tunes and tweaks each member of his audience to succeed at their full potential. Through the guise of humor, Steve teaches the methods for improving opportunities and provides the skills your group needs to get to a better place at work and in life. A place that brings greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success!
A True Teacher. A Seriously Funny Guy!
Once upon a time, Steve Rizzo was told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college. And having been saddled with the dubious high school honer of being voted “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or a hall of fame speaker and trainer. Years of negativity had led him 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.”
Steve went 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 comedian, sharing the stage withJerry Seinfeld,Rodney Dangerfield,Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Of course the surprises don’t stop there. What was next for this funny guy in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the standing ovations as a stand-up comedian for maximum fulfillment, and well more standing ovations as a hall of fame speaker, teacher and author.
Steve has spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve is own definition of success. Luckily for audiences across the country and around the world 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’s a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world.”
■Bestselling author of The Writer’s Digest Award winning Book “ Becoming A Humor Being“
■Special appearances include: Showtime Special, Evening at the Improv, The Comedy Channel, andFox TV- Comic Strip Live
■A consultant on MSNBC and Oprah and Friends Radio network
■Check Steve Rizzo out on YouTube
■Creator and Executive Producer of his own PBS Special
■Speakers Hall of Fame Inductee
■Educational background: B.A. in English and Education, with Honors
■M.A. in Theater Arts
1) The Atti-Tools for Success
2) Don’t Just Accept Change, Embrace It
3) Why Not Enjoy The Process
4) RIZZOS HEROES Leadership Secrets From Near and Far
5) Drilling For Optimism (For Today’s Challenging Times)
6) Stand Up New York Style