Rob Schiffmann is an award-winning Corporate Emcee, with twenty years of experience hosting meetings in such varied industries as banking, bio-tech, pharma, retail, food/beverage and many more.
Rob is the director and star of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, a nationally-touring musical comedy improvisation show and spent many years as the star and director of Chicago City Limits, New York City’s longest running comedy show. Rob’s improvisational and musical background allows him to bring a level of interactivity to your meeting that will keep your audience consistently engaged through content-driven material that can either be pre-written or made up on the spot.
Whether Rob is improvising songs with your audience or writing and recording parody or original songs to underscore the content from an executive presentation, Rob’s understanding of the corporate environment allows him to be versatile without ever crossing boundaries.
Rob may be opening your meeting, providing fun interactive segues, creating songs and games for interstitial moments, introducing your speakers, hosting your live broadcast or interviewing your executives. Whatever Rob is doing, you can be sure he is helping to deliver your messages, make your people shine and make your meeting one that will be remembered for years to come!
Rob is a 3-time MAC award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), and hosted meetings internationally for many different corporations including Big Lots, Lenovo, Crayola, Merck, Folgers, Microsoft, Solvay, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Bank of America, Ortho Women’s Health, BMW, DuPont, Genentech, Pepsi, Dannon and many more. Rob will bring his quick wit and charm to your meeting to help you to have a memorable experience. Rob will make your meeting more fun and more effective.
The Power to Pivot: Mistakes are Gifts!
Life rarely goes as planned. Things go awry and as hard as you try to stay on the path you have laid out, you will invariably be diverted: the powerpoint on your presentation will go out; your deadline is tomorrow instead of a week from tomorrow; you only have five minutes with a stakeholder when you thought you had fifteen! These are the moments in which we all throw our hands up in frustration, we panic and/or we freeze! However, there IS another way!
Rob Schiffmann can show you the path towards presence and acceptance in these moments and show you how you can turn these “mistakes” into gifts. This interactive keynote will have audience members on their feet and armed with the ‘Power to Pivot’. Through the use of interactive exercises, professional and personal examples, the audience will walk away with the understanding that some of the world’s greatest successes have come when constraint has given rise to ingenuity.
Topics covered included in the interactive keynote: staying in the moment, listening actively and harnessing the power to accept and build upon the unexpected. You will listen, you will laugh and you will learn to truly live in the moment!
Host and Emcee
Rob is the artistic director / producer and a cast member of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, which will be tours nationally to 30-40 cities a year. Rob was a cast member / director / teacher / music director for Chicago City Limits for 17 years. Rob has improvised on The Daily Download and The CBS Early Show. Rob studied at Chicago City Limits and the Upright Citizens Brigade.
The winner of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News New York) Award for Best Improv Coach, Rob has performed all over the world as a comedian / improvisor, most recently in London, Mexico and Guatemala. His talents range from expert interviews to interactive game shows to hilarious impromptu songs about audience members, accompanying himself on guitar or piano.
“Rob Schiffmann is the magic that pulls together every component of our national event. He’s fun, funny, easy to work with, and incredibly talented!” — Jeremy Ball, Director of Events for Big Lots
“Rob is easy to work with and understands the nuances of working on corporate shows. His versatility creates good value for clients looking to add some creativity and humor to general sessions or some fun to awards.” — Mary Reynolds, Creative Director / Producer, Image Media
“I have worked with Rob as a Producer, Director, Writer and Performer and would not hesitate to work with him again in any of those roles … or new ones as needs arise. He is a talented professional who should be given every consideration.”– Greg Triggs, Creative Director at Disney
“I had the pleasure of sharing the main stage with Rob while hosting Lenovo’s premier channel partner event. Rob was a hit! He brought a different aspect to what has historically been a very popular event for Lenovo. We showed some comedic flair and brought new creativity based on his influence and work. I would absolutely recommend Rob for work in the future”. — Sammy Kinlaw, former CEO of Lenovo, current VP, Worldwide Channel & OEM Sales, Lexmark