Meeting Planners2018-08-08T16:01:29+00:00

Craig Harrison…
Your Partner in Success

Because it’s not about me… it’s about your results

A Message To You, From Craig

As a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach, I pride myself on the ability to partner with my clients: to listen, analyze, plan and collaborate with them for success. The same applies to my commitment to meeting professionals: I partner with you from conception to completion, to create the optimal learning experience for your audience. I don’t just show up to collect a check!

I’ve produced my own educational and trade show conferences so I am sensitive to budgets, timetables, pacing, professionalism and the entirety of the experience you are creating. I’ve helped meeting professionals design and deliver memorable conferences, conventions and other special events (curator for GIZMOLOGY day of technology) using innovative formats (Open Space, TED Talks, Pecha Kuchas, World Cafe) and unique venues (ex. Green Gulch Farm Zen Retreat Center, Western Aerospace Museum, and USS Hornet aircraft carrier).

It’s my great pleasure to support you in planning and executing the best possible event.

When you hire Craig… What’s In The Package?

I am skilled at brainstorming conference or event themes and titles with you, leveraging different meeting formats and layouts to optimize the learning environment (can you say Feng Shui?) as we blend entertainment with education in sometimes challenging meeting environments. My programs are interactive by nature, as I am adept at leading fun ice-breakers and participatory interludes, often can interview participants and always respond to events in the room in real-time. My improv training and flexibility allow me to make mid-course corrections (per your instructions) when timetables are blown or weather alters the lineup and more (or less!) is needed from me onsite. I am service-oriented and strive to help meeting professionals achieve overall success.

My typical programs blend humor, wisdom, the use of personal and often traditional stories, along with aspects of gamification, to provide variety and change of pace for today’s demanding audiences. My keynotes, breakouts, training programs and facilitation style creates group success and celebrates attendees who become active participants in their own learning.

As the photos below attest, I makes learning fun and easy!

While onsite I am often asked to deliver awards, moderate a panel, facilitate group discussions, coach non-speakers or executives on their upcoming presentations privately, interview VIPs or assist in other ways.

Some clients ask for related articles of mine in advance to promote the upcoming program, or afterward to keep the flame alive and follow-up on the achievements of the program. Other aftercare may include bonus webinars after the event or other follow-up activities like contests with rewards.  (Examples: attendees submitting tag lines, personal mission statements or haiku 3-line poems of 17 syllables on a topic to demonstrate their learning and put lessons into action.)

As a longtime leader and 20-year member within the National Speakers Association I am steeped in its ethical code of conduct and have extensive experience speaking to diverse audiences domestically and around the world. I am inclusive, respectful and positive and the results speak for themselves.

I look forward to partnering with you to deliver a powerful, meaningful, memorable and magical program!

Craig Harrison

When You Hire Craig Harrison…
What’s In the Package?

  • A Commitment to Excellence

    From the moment you call Craig he partners with you to create the best possible experience for your audience. What’s the right program? Craig has several presentations in the areas of Customer Experience, Communication, and Storytelling, and is able to customize his presentations to your audiences.

  • A Sincere Focus on the Needs of the Audience

    With your help, Craig will identify what your audience needs, and customize accordingly. With your permission Craig may pre-survey sample audience members, and ideally will meet with you, and key players related to the engagement, whether managers or employees.

  • Advanced PR

    Craig provides you with all the information you need to promote, advertise and inform others of his appearance. Sample articles, quotes from other clients, photos and even sound clips can set the stage for his appearance. Craig can contribute items to pre-event newsletters, printed programs, and communiques.

  • Day of the Event

    Craig is available to arrive early and stay beyond his presentation, give interviews, pose for photos, present awards, and recognize others. Often, if giving a keynote, Craig can arrange with you to give an additional plenary or breakout session later in the day.

  • Follow-Up

    By providing Craig with candid feedback he can make sure that your needs are met, and insure he delivered to your expectations. Craig requests feedback from all his engagements.

  • Building A Relationship

    Craig seeks your continuing business, whether through speaking, training, consulting, coaching or small group motivational presentations. He wishes to partner in your success, helping you Express Your Excellence!

Pre-Program Questionnaire
Craig's Bio
Photos of Craig
A/V Requirements

I’ve worked with many speakers in my planning career, both for non-profit and for-profit conferences. Craig was one of the most enjoyable to work with, and he consistently creates a seamless experience for me, as the person hiring him! He has such a positive attitude, which helps to combat my planning stress. Craig is extremely organized by providing multiple topics to speak about and producing helpful handouts for attendees. Our audience values the knowledge he has to share, whether he’s doing a training, workshop, or panel. We look forward to having Craig back for a number of different topics, from realizing the benefits of improv to becoming a professional speaker.

Stephanie Chow | Regional Services Manager, West Region at OneCause

Craig was proactive in creating the most successful event for all concerned. He was dedicated, enthusiastic and creative in approach. . .a pleasure to work with.

Kent Lindeman | Executive Director, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) of Northern California

Craig’s ability to listen to our needs and customize insured his presentation succeeded. His interactive teambuilding activities got our entire staff energized about our mission.Craig’s follow through was impeccable as well. Great job!

Patricia Stansbury | CEO, Stansbury Staffing, past president, Northern California chapter of Human Resources Assoc. (NCHRA)

Craig Harrison is one of the nicest, hardest working, generous, and supportive speakers, trainers, and authors I have ever met. We have worked on projects for the National Speakers Association, local and national, and Toastmasters International. He has my 100% endorsement.

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE | Speaker Hall of Fame, Cavett award recipient

I’ve worked with Craig twice and he is the consummate professional. He is detailed oriented, has great follow-up, delivers exactly what he promises, is easy to work with, an articulate communicator, a nice person, and he does it all with a GREAT sense of humor. He is dedicated and determined to teach the art and science of humor, comedy, laughter, improv and more. He is an excellent resource on thinking/writing humorously and delivering/punching up material with humor.

Robert Strong | Chief Magic Officer, Producer of Amazing Events, TEDx San Francisco Speaker, Trade Show Expert, & Professional Host/MC

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