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Tony Brigmon, keynote speaker

Tony Brigmon

    • Former Face of Southwest Airlines culture as their official "Ambassador of FUN"
    • One of the 1st to Pioneer the Positive Culture Movement in Corporate America
    • Top 10 Speaker for Meetings & Conventions Magazine
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Tony Brigmon, Ambassador of FUN: Keynote Speaker

Tony Brigmon, Ambassador of FUN: Keynote Speaker

Tony Brigmon Speaker Biography

Tony Brigmon is a party animal. He’s been known to stay up well past nine o’clock drinking root beer and telling G-rated jokes. Sure, the neighbors complain, but that doesn’t stop him. Because Tony is serious about having fun. Serious fun, with serious results.

As a result of his questionable spelling skills, Tony learned at an early age that his name spelled backward is “YNOT.” As in, “YNOT take a closer look at his book?” Or “YNOT smile when you should be crying?”

Tony was a Southwest Airlines “Insider” and the former “face” of their renowned culture as their official “Ambassador of Fun” in the 1980’s. At Southwest Airlines, “fun” was the power of “positivity” that helped catapult a small carrier into a force that changed the airline industry.

Today, Tony is a popular speaker, emcee, and author of The FUNomenal™ Workplace. (FUNomenal™ is pronounced the same as phenomenal but it’s a lot more FUN.)

Former CEO of Southwest Airlines Howard Putnam says: “Tony has a gift for blending fun and capturing ideas in a manner that sticks for audiences.” Tony’s friends say that no one should have so much fun while sober. Tony’s wife said she has had about all cheerfulness she can stand.

“Fun” transformed this author’s work and life. YNOT discover if the serious power of fun can transform the next 30 seconds of your day or 30 years of your life?

Energizing People & Culture With The Positive Power Of FUN!

Tony Brigmon is serious about having fun. Serious fun with serious results. As a result of his questionable spelling skills, Tony learned at an early age that his name spelled backward is “YNOT.”

As in, “YNOT” learn how to use “fun” to get more done and bring out the best in everyone? “Fun” was the power of “positivity” that helped catapult a small carrier into a force that changed the airline industry.

The FUNomenal™ Workplace presentation (live and virtual) is built upon the foundation of the 3-E‘s (Energize-Engage-Enrich) and the 3-Views (PreView. HereView. ReView) Learn how these FUNOMENAL best practices make you funomenal, too, and irresistibly attractive in your communication with others. Yes, you can do this!

Eight Proven Resilience Principles To Help You Not Just Survive But Prevail Through Any Challenge!

“Herb Kelleher knew that if people are bound by love, are empowered to do the right thing, have the freedom to be themselves, follow the Golden Rule, work hard, have fun, remain humble — then they would be prepared to not just survive, but prevail through any challenge.” – Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines CEO

Based on Tony’s first-hand observations of eight proven Resilience Principles in play at Southwest Airlines that helped catapult a small carrier into a force that changed the airline industry, Tony shows how any organization can adopt and adapt them to prevail through any challenge today.

How To Use The Power Of FUN To Enliven The Mind For The Best Of Times!

Tony Brigmon is serious about FUN!

As the former Ambassador of FUN for the highly successful Southwest Airlines, Tony saw first-hand how “Fun” was the power of “positivity” that helped catapult a small carrier into a force that changed the airline industry!

In this delightfully entertaining presentation, Tony shares how to improve brain health and brain power through the power of FUN. Studies show when you make time for fun or play, everything else goes better in your day — you are 31% more productive, 37% more persuasive in communication, and 19% faster and more accurate diagnosing problems so you can deal with them more effectively. Participants will learn how to use Tony’s signature S.M.I.L.E. Positivity Best Practices (Smile Stories, Smile Pictures, Smile Quotes, Smile Songs, and Smile Deeds) to enliven the mind for the best of times!

How To Lead Self, Lead Others, And Lead The Business

Tony shares his personal observations of “Team Dream – Dream Team” leadership behaviors modeled by the Co-founder of Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher. Tony teaches leaders how to create a fun, profitable work environment where employees/teams are internally energized to do their best, work with each other productively, and in a positive environment that’s good for employees, leaders, and customers.

Fun was serious business at Southwest because Fun creates serious results, and that is what Tony teaches leaders.

Learn leadership best-practices from Southwest Airlines to raise the bar on your own leadership competencies, your own management skills, and the positive tone you set as a leader. Work with and better inspire your employees to greater levels of performance to create leaders who lead by creating seriously fun and effective collaboration between you and employees and teams using proven Positivity Best Practices!

In A High-Performance Team Environment

This is what they did at Southwest, they created a culture where people were in a “state of positive” (which is how Tony Brigmon defines “fun”) so each person could apply their unique abilities to be more creative/innovative with team members, customers, or problems that came up. That positive mindset allowed their people to come up with better ways of doing things faster than the competition. And, that mindset allowed them to handle the negatives better and get through them more quickly than who they competed against.

At Southwest “fun” was “positivity at work” that produced real results. Tony was a key driver for Southwest’s culture and would leverage off his experience there to engage the group, helped to get their buy-in and receptivity for this, and show them how to better create that environment themselves and with each other (where creativity and innovation can really develop and be fostered – individually and in a high-performance team environment).

All of Tony’s programs are delivered on the wings of engaging stories, interactive fun, proven positivity best practices, and corporate-friendly humor.

Other Topics Include:

A Check-Up From The Neck-Up! (Attitude & Employee Engagement)

The Power Of Positivity To Boost Happiness And Manage Stress! (Stress Management)

How To Talk So People Will Listen, Listen So People Will Talk, And Cultivate Enriching Relationships! (Communication)

Your Have Fun, Get-Er-Done Culture Of Success! (Culture)

The Preview. The Here-View. The Review (Productivity) 

Nothing Changes Until Something Changes (Change)

The CARE Principle!

Team Dream - Dream Team Teamwork

If You Don't Know S.A.L.E.S. You Don't Know Sales

Safety Slide Or Safety Pride?

High-Road Ethics Or Low-Road Consequences?

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