Culture Consultant

Meet John Garrett

JOHN GARRETT

Culture Consultant on a Mission to Shatter the Stereotype​

Hi, I’m John and I’m proof that CPA’s can be funny. Really funny. I know that when it comes to corporate events, getting serious results doesn’t have to be so serious. I also know that a corporate speaker should partner with you to make sure the entire event is a success, which means making the event about your organization. Not about me. And I know that’s exactly what I do.

John Garrett is a nationally recognized speaker and emcee who draws on his condition as a recovering Big Four CPA to deliver messages that hit home with corporate audiences. This professional member of the National Speakers Association is on a mission to shatter the definition of “stereotypical professional” and in the meantime, show organizations how to create a stronger culture that increases engagement and reduces turnover.

John has performed for leading companies ranging from “Big Four” accounting firms to banks and technology companies to professional associations seeking an outside-of-the-box way to engage their audiences.​

“Getting serious results
doesn’t have to be so serious.”

RECOVERING CPA

Recognizing how consumed people are in their jobs, the hilarity of everyday Corporate America and how humor transforms the morale and camaraderie of those around him, John left his cubicle to perform at corporate events across the country.

CORPORATE COMEDIAN

John’s clean, customized performances and observations of everyday Corporate America help teams break down barriers, foster unity, and strengthen bonds.

HITTING THE ROAD

With over 2,000 performances, he consistently gets rave reviews from conference planners and firm leaders alike for their lasting impact on the attendees.

What John Does

John partners with you to make your work culture better. He combines his research with his real-world experiences to help you build a culture that attracts and retains talent and clients. And he helps you stay connected even when working remotely.

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How John Can Help You

Keynote Speaker

John’s mission is to create stronger coworker connections and client relationships by encouraging your team members to become engaged and to stand out – by giving them permission to have the confidence to be a green apple in the bin of “boring” red apples. Learn more about his message.

Corporate Comedy

Be the office hero! Rescue your team from the expected and bring John in to deliver a new take on corporate team building. Like you, John grew tired of traditional team building events with their “trust-falls”, corny “ice-breakers” and messages from a speaker who hadn’t worked a single day in a cubicle. See him in action.

Game Show Host

Engaged audiences are happy audiences. John can lead an interactive game show involving members of your group that always prompts big laughs. He works with you before the event to customize the game specifically for your audience. Learn more about his game shows.

Master of Ceremonies

Protect your investment. You’ve spent a lot of time and money planning an event or conference, so why not hire a professional to partner with you to make sure the entire event runs smoothly? And he can weave in his comedy and game show, too! Find out more.

John, by the Numbers…

2,107

Stage Appearances

41

States Performed In

369

Podcasts Recorded

575,012

Air Miles Flown

John’s Background

John was born and raised in a military family, so he grew up living in five states and overseas. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as trombone player in the marching band. John currently lives in Denver, and really enjoys ice cream and college football — especially at the same time.

He received his Certified Public Accountant Certificate from the State of Illinois after sending in 6 UPC symbols from his favorite cereal boxes. As a former CPA, Senior Financial Analyst and Business Development Director, John’s experience ranges from being an integral team member for his Big Four Firm’s largest financial services client to helping launch a startup company. No matter where he went John was that adorably obnoxious guy, too easily distracted from general ledger reports and more interested in amusing his co-workers—a good thing for his colleagues, not so much for his manager. His real world experience makes it very easy for John to relate to corporate audiences. Having been an employee in the audience of many corporate events, John knows how to deliver a presentation your team will be excited to hear.
 
Recognizing how consumed people are in their jobs, the hilarity of everyday Corporate America and how humor transforms the morale and camaraderie of those around him, John left his cubicle to perform at corporate events across the country. Since then, John has performed for leading companies ranging from “Big Four” accounting firms to banks and technology companies to professional associations seeking an outside-of-the-box way to engage their audiences.
 
 Tracks from his debut album, “Outside the Box,” can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, featured in the New York Times, seen in concert with Train, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals. 

Some of John's Corporate Clients

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