Rob Peck

Motivational Humorist/Former Professional Juggler and Comedian.


Corporate, Healthcare/Medical


Change, Creativity, Humor, Life Balance, Sales, Teamwork/Teambuilding

Full Bio

A recipient of the International Jugglers Association's  Excellence in Education award, Rob's moving presentations defy convention and gravity. From Harvard to Hewlett Packard, his customized speeches and seminars have raised morale, reinvigorated commitment, and reinforced the power of collaborative problem solving.

Rob is an active member of both the New England Speakers Association and the National Speakers Association. However, his highly original approach to keynote speaking is largely the result of a rather unique educational background. After graduating the University Of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa) and doing post-graduate studies at Harvard and The Sorbonne University in Paris, France, Rob went on to do advanced training at the Antic Arts Academy in Canton, Me. (founded by 4 former Ringling Brothers Clown College "professors" including MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Michael Moschen).

 After a 20 year career as a touring performing artist- including a long running one man show, commissioned by and performed at the Smithsonian Institute, as well as feature slots on cable and network television programs such as Donahue, Evening Magazine, CNBC and Amazing America, Rob turned in his clown nose and took up public speaking with a passion.

Rob is the C.E.A. (Creative Education Advocate) of ZESTWORKS- a speaking, training and consulting firm whose core mission is to make content come alive by linking lessons with laughter. Rob's guiding principle is that high spirits mean low attrition. His unique and innovative keynotes like "Keeping All The Balls In The Air" or "Laugh & Learn, Think Long Term" combine enduring truths with mesmerizing circus skills, and inspire participants to substantively improve inter-departmental communication by reframing the question "How smart are you?" to "How are you smart?"

When he is not on the platform, Rob regularly conducts in-house creativity seminars, designs stress management training programs, facilitates retreats, and has served as a spirit in the workplace consultant for numerous companies and institutions. ZESTWORK's team-building trainings, like "Playing For Keeps" or "All Work & No Play.... NO WAY!!" let leaders and staff experience first hand how humor can help companies retain, rather than constantly retrain, key personnel. From Harvard to Hewlett Packard, ZESTWORKS' creatively customized programs have sparked the fresh thinking and fertile collaborations that help leaders and teams stay focused, stay flexible, and stay together in a high trust winning organization.

As a speaker, trainer or consultant, Rob Peck's literal and figurative understanding of "juggling" has helped thousands of multi-tasking professionals rediscover a life-balance, which frees them to have less stress and more zest at work.... and at home.

KEEPING ALL THE BALLS IN THE AIR: How To Cope With Constant Change.... And Still Stay Sane!
Busy professionals are increasingly challenged to juggle multiple responsibilities. But "All work and no play..." NO WAY! A healthy life balance combines a spirit of fun with a sense of purpose that brings out the best in people. Managers who know how to respond creatively to unforeseen challenges model a resourcefulness that rubs off. People don't glaze over, call in sick, or jump ship when they are in a cooperative learning environment that supports creative risk-taking and rewards fun-spirited, fresh thinking. Good morale fuels the resiliency and resourcefulness to recognize that difficulties can either obstruct or instruct. It's our choice. We can constantly complain, or we can constructively reframe…. and have less stress, and more zest!

The Link Between Innovative Ideas And Improved Performance
Effective innovation strengthens team chemistry; lifts energy levels, lowers burnout, reduces attrition, increases motivation, and raises performance. (Other than that I don't feel strongly about it!) The path to truly exceptional products and services has 4 compass points: imagination, empathy, resourcefulness, & resilience. Nothing helps us bounce back quicker than a good laugh. Laughter is like leavening.... it helps heavy spirits rise! Having and honing a good sense of humor also heightens our capacity to envision ourselves in another's shoes- and strengthens our ability to respond to problems with "Plan B's" that are both artful and adaptable. Each of which results in more creative solutions and more loyal customers,

A light-hearted look at adult learning styles and communication models
Discover that your ability to “catch on” depends on your willingness to let go of old self-limiting definitions. Through frequent audience participation and topical references, Rob provides a humorous overview of different learning styles, illustrating convincingly why emotional intelligence is the key to “people smart” communication. Participants leave with brighter spirits, broader perspectives, and a common sense approach to enhancing departmental and inter-divisional collaborations by learning to reframe the basic assessment question - "How smart are you?" to a more inclusive "How are you smart?"

PLAYING FOR KEEPS…. How Humor In The Workplace Helps Companies Consistently Retain Rather Than Constantly Retrain
Using a variety of Circus Arts, Improv, and Theatre games, this training is playful … with a purpose. High spirits mean low attrition. Through a variety of low-risk, high-energy group challenges, participants experience first hand the pay off for replacing overly serious outlooks with relaxed, confidence-building and team-bonding, creative collaborations. After each activity, they are asked to reflect upon what they learned from their experience that's applicable to their job responsibilities. This and each subsequent debrief elicits a list of action steps that lead to better camaraderie, improved workplace morale, and enhanced individual productivity. Throughout this program, special attention is given to how playful laughter defuses stress and sparks flexible thinking and innovative problem solving. Developing a good sense of humor helps us hang tough in hard times. Participants learn fresh, fun-spirited ways to recharge their creative battery, experience a renewed sense of connection with their colleagues, and come away determined to make shared laughter a daily rite

JUGGLING... or How To Concentrate On 16 Things At Once.... And Survive!
Like to be less stressed and perform with more zest? Give yourself a right-brain break in your left-brain day. Experience a light and uplifting object lesson in life balance. Discover how to combine concentration and relaxation by learning to juggle in slow motion... literally, with neon-colored nylon scarves. Relevant analogies and universal principles (ie. multi-tasking, flexible thinking, tolerance of... and learning from "dropping the ball") help participants discover first hand how to simultaneously stay focused and stay flexible. Clearly spelled out, easy to learn techniques make this a great morale booster, tension buster, and confidence builder … tangibly reinforcing the payoffs for persistence, teamwork, and imagination. In sum, a playful way to loosen up, lighten up, and liven up!

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