Keynote Speaker:
Motivational Keynote


Milo Shapiro The Improv Guy!     


With the most interactive keynotes you'll ever find!


Three eye-opening programs,
each completely different in form and purpose:

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HOME PAGE Keynote Speaker Menu Program #1:
We Gotta Fail...To Succeed!
Program #2:
IMPROVfessionals' Top Tens
Program #3:
Public Speaking: Get A's, Not Zzzzzzz's
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"We Gotta  Fail...To Succeed!"


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The most playful, interactive keynote on the market...

featuring all of your attendees playing improv games with the leader!  The keynote that's a teambuilder in the process!

A fun speech with valuable lessons!  Milo's solo presentation brings focus to what failure really means to each of us, answering:

  • How can we create an environment where it is 
    safe to let innovation thrive?

  • How can we minimize the negative effects of failure so we are more free to take calculated risks?  

  • How can we stop curtailing ourselves such that we (and the groups we support) get to capitalize on our brilliance


Using stories that include: 

  how I got DMV to take an innovative approach to a big problem

  Mom's cooking safaris

  how failure paid off in the Women's Rights movement

...Milo ties together life lessons in a way that will make you laugh and learn. 

Then comes the interactive improv fun where everyone gets to play along! 

Depending upon the length of the presentation, Milo leads the whole group in between one and four of his interactive improv games, including a couple of Failure GamesThese exciting, playful exercises, which can be done from the participants seats, are designed to create challenges we cannot win to see how we handle the process of trying.

And it is within the trying, not the succeeding, that learning takes place here.  In this case, it is also where the fun lies!  The games also show how we can expand our creativity and interpersonal communication skills through play.  Time permitting, the act even ends with a thoughtful song.

       "If you don't fail now and again,
    it's a sign you're playing it safe."
- Woody Allen

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"The message was right on target!" - Minolta 

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Testimonials on
Milo's Most-Requested Solo Keynote:

"We Gotta Fail...To SUCCEED!"


previously called "You Gotta Fail...To SUCCEED!"
and also  "Who Has Fun With Failure?"


(You can read their entire letter by clicking on the company's name)


Wellpoint (Blue Cross)
Health Care

"...Your message really inspired [attendees] to take risks on new ideas without fearing failure."


"...The message was right on and interactive delivery..."

Southwest Airlines

"The raves continue...the value of appropriately taken risk and dealing with the feelings around it."


"...An excellent speaker...made his points quite effectively...incorporating material that was directly relevant and obviously customized for my team, which was much appreciated."


Hilton Hotels

"At a pretty early hour, you had my people laughing and tapping into creativity...ready to be at their best for the challenges of the conference."

Wells Fargo

[letter not available, but can be a phone reference]

California Highway Patrol
"The points you raised in the speech had a lot of us nodding as we remembered these simple truths that are so easy to forget when we get busy."

Young Marines of America

"Such a hit!  People were texting me during the speaker after you to say how much fun they had with your
'We Gotta Fail…To Succeed!'" 

Meeting Professionals International
of Orange County

"...You are truly a speaker who can educate, captivate, and motivate an audience...the little guy with big energy!"

Professional Convention
Management Association
"Milo took two hours we needed to fill at a joint meeting we held with IAEE (the International Association of Events and Exhibits) and turned them into an unforgettable event that delighted the attendees."

(recent event; letter pending)
(recent event; letter pending)


Social Security Administration

"Milo was funny, entertaining, and relevant."

Institute of Internal Auditors

...internal auditors are a tough crowd to please.  even those with flights to catch stayed right to the end of your program, they were laughing and playing.  The time just flew by... "

Big Blue Bus
Mass Transit System for
the City of Santa Monica

"...[your ideas] will make our adjustment to upcoming changes much easier for our team!"

Dolphin Imaging
"With 700 people coming, we needed something that would wake them up, get them laughing, and energize them for the days ahead.  Mission accomplished with Milo!"

Project Management Institute
"...100% positive [attendee] responses to the statement:
 'I appreciated our professional society offering a topic of personal development as a change of pace.'"

KaiserPermanente HealthCare Organization

(Recommendation not available.)

Electrical Lighting Services)

"The 'We Gotta Fail…To Succeed!' speech won the group over and TEAMprovising did just what I hoped it would.  I can still feel a healthier vibe between people a month later! 
Less us vs. them
more us with them

American Society of Training and

"...I heard over and over that this was one of the best speeches we've ever hosted."

(the international professional
society of spine surgeons)

"By the time we got to doing interactive work with you, you’d planted an important seed for the day:  We cannot be fixated on success in everything that we do or we will never grow personally or professionally."

Association for Woman In Science
" many simple and effective ways to change thought and much laughter"

Employee Involvement Assoc - Nat'l Conf.

"...Our planning committee was unanimous in saying: Milo provided such a good ending to our conference."


Imperial County Office of Education


"We want our people to feel safe to experiment toward new successes for us and your speech planted seeds for everyone to know we back them in this."

Cal State San Marcos


"I have never laughed so hard.  It was great to interact with others in our division."

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

"Our conference was successful due in great part to your participation.  Thank you for sharing your time, talent, and energy."

Chapman University

"Your presentation fit perfectly into our discussion of 'Contemporary Issues In Teams'."

National Assoc. of Catering Executives

"An excellent ice breaker for people to get to know each other."

UCSD Graduate School of International Relations

"Milo broke the ice...Bottom line - Milo has a passion for making people enjoy learning.  Without hesitation, I would recommend him."

Imperial Valley
Board of Realtors


"I loved the audible 'oh's and chuckles when people caught themselves falling into their old habits during the games"

International Association of Administrative Professionals

"What a great way to lift the energy in our professional community...I'd be surprised if you didn't get referral business from several of the attendees."



National Management Association

"[Milo] demonstrates how you can have fun and still get the point across...I recommend Milo to other businesses, organizations, and NMA chapters."

San Diego Education Consortium

"...true inspiration to an organization seeking ideas and activities that are both refreshing and invigorating."


Southern California School Nutrition Association

"Your presentation was both meaningful and humorous. 
Exactly what we needed."

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

"Milo got the room moving and interacting with one far the best keynote speaker we have had in years."

Other letters and clients for this program include:


Center for Financial Training - Nat'l Conf.

The International Special Events Society

San Diego Chamber of Commerce

San Diego Disc Jockey Association


Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Assoc.

Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Assoc.

San Diego Accounting Day

American Society of Training &
     Development (Int'l Conference)

Int'l Slurry Surfacing Association

Housing Commission - City of San Diego
    (repeat client)

Int'l Soc. for Performance Improvement


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