My Story

Having toured nationally for 20-plus years on the comedy club and corporate circuit, performing with the likes of Martin Short, Jim Gaffigan and John Oliver, I now pull back the curtain on digital distraction, helping busy people unplug.

Through keynotes and breakout sessions my blend of insight and humor educates audiences on digital-balance practices so that they, not their devices, are controlling their attentions and, ultimately, their days.   

My insights, borne from my own screen-struggle story, has inspired audiences at conferences and business meetings across the continent. Some of my clients include the National Recreation and Park Association, Premera Health, BASF, the New York State Correction and Youth Services Association, IMA Financial Group, the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association and the Arizona Society of Association Executives, to name a few.   


Digital Balance: Seize the Day Over Seizing the Phone

We can all agree that our electronic devices are amazing. But therein lies the problem – they’re too amazing. We can’t remove our eyes from our screens. Consequently, instead of doing, we’re viewing, being reactive rather than proactive, all at the unpardonable expense of family, careers, goals, aspirations and even health.
I, through my own screen-distraction story, deliver a motivating and highly entertaining presentation that educates on how to incorporate some digital balance practices into our daily lives so that we, ultimately, are controlling our devices rather than having our devices control us.  
Main Take-Away Points for Audiences:
  • Heightened awareness on how constant digital distraction is affecting us, especially our kids, both mentally and physically.
  • Understanding that digital balance is not about throwing away our devices, but about throwing away our ability to be present, in the moment, which is life’s magic time when we’re getting things done. 
  • Tips, that apply to both work and home, on how to curb screen-checking compulsions.

Experience Famine: Too Much Viewing, Not Enough Doing

Experiences are what color our lives with authenticity, identity and perspective.  They are what bond us through a shared occurrence.  And they are what help us mash the carpe diem pedal to the floor. But experiences, in today’s screen-obsessed world, are being replaced by digital diversions that promote sedentary lifestyles, making us more content to view rather than do.  
I, through my own screen-distraction story, deliver an impactful and highly entertaining presentation that helps audiences understand what we’re up against in getting individuals off their screens, pursuing life-affirming experiences rather than likes and shares.
Main Take-Away Points for Audiences:
  • The ability to differentiate the power of a first-hand experience versus “experiencing” it on a screen.   
  • Grasp how experiences (doing) incorporate the use of all five senses, carrying stronger growth potential, as compared to learning something (viewing) on a screen that only employs two senses. 
  • Comprehend how the lure of our electronic devices inhibits stepping out of our comfort zones and pursuing experiences. 
  • Tips, that apply to work and home, on how to staunch screen-checking compulsions. 

Embracing Inconvenience

This presentation inspires audiences to unplug, step outside and embrace inconvenience. Too often, especially in today’s world of screen-induced conveniences, we’re finding it more difficult to escape our comfort zones, relying on the usual dodges – too cold, too hot, too early, too late, too far, too daunting, too old, too young, no WiFi –  to keep us sitting, viewing rather than doing, going through the motions and treating life like a cheap approximation.  
I, through my own screen-struggle story that belied my outdoor-centric lifestyle deep in the Colorado Rockies, remind audiences that on the backside of an inconvenience lies a memory, an experience, a possible once-in-a-lifetime moment that enriches our days and colors our lives.
Main Take-Away Points for Audiences:
  • Grasp how cell phones are appropriately named by the manner in which they easily keep us locked in our comfort zones.
  • Understanding, through studies and research, on the benefits, mental and physical, of unplugging and getting outside.
  • Insight on how to better utilize our 5-9 hours, our non-working time, pushing our comfort zone boundaries.
  • The realization that just about every five-star memory in our own lives begins as an inconvenience, a departure from their comfort zones. 
  • Tips on how to curb screen checking compulsions.

Digital Distraction – Productivity’s Kryptonite

The inability to work while at work is a major complaint with employees. The need to respond to emails and instant messages is constant. Even when away from work. This in turn leads to frustration, and ultimately, burnout.

This presentation addresses digital distraction in general and initiatives offices can take in improving workplace digital practices.

Main Take-Away Points for Audiences:
    • Examples of companies and even countries addressing employee burnout issues through digital moderation policies and law.
    • Studies and research that reveal how constant digital connection at work, including the blurring of work/life boundaries, is affecting productivity and contributing to the growing problem of staff burnout.
    • Practices offices can implement to curb digital distraction frustrations with staff.

What People Are Saying…

“We thoroughly enjoyed Jeff as our Keynote Speaker for the Alaska Recreation and Park Association. He brought energy, humor, and very relevant information; perfect for our association! I would recommend Jeff for any audience, any venue, any profession: people need to hear his message!””

Michael Bork, Conference Chair, 2019 ARPA Annual Conference

“On behalf of the entire CCCEAC board, thank you so much for the awesome presentation!  We were laughing as we learned all about the red flags of digital addiction.  I wish we had an extra half an hour with you so that we could’ve heard more!”

Katherine Helms – Chair of the Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council (California)

““Jeff was our closing keynote speaker at our big client summit this year.  After a long day of technical information his presentation hit home with the attendees on digital distractions and his humor really was a great way to end the day”


Peter Sustr – IMA Financial Group’s 2022 Innovation Insights Summit

“Jeff’s closing General Session presentation was one of the reasons the participants called this year’s Symposium, one of the best ever. Jeff is a true talent!”

New York State Corrections and Youth Services Association

“Excellent presenter – please bring him back next year!”…”Funny, entertaining speaker, leaving me wanting to hear more.”…Funny, fun and informative!”

Appalachian Mountain Club Summit

“I’ve been to many presentations over the years through work but Jeff’s stood out to me more than most.”

Adam Graber – Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association

“Jeff was a fun, dynamic speaker who brought humor and an impactful message to our lineup of speakers. He drew a packed room and definitely left attendees asking for more.”

Christine Dean – Northern New England Recreation & Parks Conference

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