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Where should you go to get a good nap? Quite often the best naps happen when you’re listening to a so-called motivational keynote speaker. Sad and true. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

My primary goal as a speaker is to engage, to interact, entertain and draw you in. No speechifying here! I’ll allow you the time, space and framework to play and create.

Along the way you’ll learn how to harness your creative power through the art of songwriting.

How it Works

96% percent of four-year-olds demonstrate high levels of creativity. Yet only 10% of adults consider themselves creative. You are still highly creative. But you may have forgotten how to tap into that part of your skill set.

Why should you care? Well, every time you solve a problem you’re engaged in a creative process. 

During my session, we’ll solve a problem together to better understand where ideas come from. This is a fun, musical journey as we work through a challenge and find success. We’ll explore and succeed in nurturing inspiration. You’ll practice ideation and tap into your creative strengths by collectively creating a song. You’ll leave with tips and take aways.

Will it Work for You?
  • Group sizes range from 50 to 5,000.
  • Agenda times range from 60 minutes to 2 hours.
  • This program works well for most organizations including companies, associations, educational institutions and non-profits.

Client Success Stories

Innovation delivered…
An outside-the-box keynote presentation about creativity that had our creative juices flowing in a matter of minutes. He encouraged us to do something different to gain new ideas, reminded us there is no such thing as a bad idea and taught us to not be married to our ideas. We all came away with ways to think about our work and our lives in a very different way.
Katie Rogers, Emdeon, MPI Director of Monthly Meetings
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About Billy Kirsch

I’ve written Grammy and Emmy nominated songs. I’ve won Country Music Association awards and written numerous hit songs; but there’s nothing I love more than helping groups experience the joy of magic some musical magic.

I hate to throw around the term, motivational keynote speaker, too much. It’s a tired out phrase that doesn’t always deliver. But I know from experience that after these sessions, people tell me they’re energized and have renewed passion for their ability to engage with work challenges by bringing creativity to the process.

I approach every speaking presentation wide eyed and enthused. I’m thankful for the privilege to share what I know about creativity and to see the joy people feel when they realize they’re still creative. Most impactful is the application of creativity in business life and the connections people begin to make during these sessions.

A Speaking Presentation To Access Creativity

Whether it’s writing a hit song or reworking a client intake sheet, the basic approach to problem solving and creativity can be broken down into steps that demystify the process.

As a keynote speaker my motivation is to show you the value of play. To entice you to take chances and dive down rabbit holes. The first step is to create time to do this. I’ll help you reframe your old concept of ROI and to think of the concept of ROInspiration® instead.

Return on inspiration is a concept that encourages you to put aside time to search for new solutions, to investigate and experiment. Time spent on innovative pursuits doesn’t promise immediate return. But it’s well proven that over time return on inspiration yields return on investment.

  • During our session, you’ll work with others to create a shared story through music and song.
  • You’ll experience the power of positive brainstorming; learn how to generate more ideas and how to make your ideas become reality.
  • You’ll think for yourself and you’ll also work collaboratively, turning a blank canvas into a finished song.
  • I’ll leave you with practical tips and real experience that will allow you to bring creative confidence back to your life.

Innovation is never guaranteed. But without experimentation, it’s guaranteed you will never achieve innovation.

A Keynote Speaker Should Offer Solutions

You’re searching for an engaging motivational keynote speaker. But do you know why? How do we motivate and make it meaningful? 

Context, clarity and actions steps are important. I enjoy the research I do for every client engagement. This enables me to provide context and relevance throughout your presentation. I’ll develop a list of questions, prompts actually. These prompts will get conversation going around themes that matter to you. We can write a song about anything and it alway works. Focusing on themes relevant to your audience increases buy-in. It also increases the power of the take-away which is your original song.

I create a problem by bringing in a black canvas, a/k/a an empty lyric sheet. After my program introduction, I become an active collaborator with everyone in the room. 

1) We’ll discover a challenge, learn how to tackle it and achieve success by creating a great song. During the speaking session, you will experience how to think outside the box and gain confidence in your creative abilities. You won’t be thinking about these skills, you’ll simply be living them. This is experiential learning at its best and it’s genuinely fun!

2) You’ll leave the session with a practical guide to apply what you’ve experienced. 

Here’s a sample guide to get you thinking –

  • Create play time – Make time at least once a week to think about a challenge, be it a problem or creative project. Book time with yourself to daydream a bit. Don’t evaluate your progress but consider it progress if you just show up to do this. Keep your creative ideas or your play time musings in one place so you can re-visit what you’ve done over a period of time. It will give you confidence to continue when you’re not inspired. This will remind you that everyone is creative, including yourself.
  • Imitate, emulate and then create – Do research. Picasso wisely said, “good artists copy, great artists steal.” In other words, don’t try to create in a vacuum. Learn about what others in your area of expertise are doing. Look for those ‘why didn’t I think of that’ inspirations. Combine this external input into your own style and you’ll find yourself feeling creative.
  • Don’t judge yourself quickly – And don’t take it too hard if your ideas and proposed solutions don’t work. When you face failure use that input to re-combine your ideas into better solutions. If you’re dejected remember Thomas Edison’s attitude, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”
  • Share your creative projects with others – It’s natural to be excited about new things. In fact, it’s a very basic human attribute.