Keynote Topics

That are Motivational, Comedic, and Good for you

Understanding Mental Health: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny

The negative stigma surrounding mental illness leads to more unnecessary suffering for the one in five working Canadians dealing with mental health conditions. And the stress and isolation of COVID-19 has led to higher rates of burnout and presenteeism. It’s time to talk but discussing mental health doesn’t have to be heavy or burdensome.

Comedian and Bell Let’s Talk ambassador Jessica Holmes breaks down the stigma by using heart and humour to share her experience with depression. She weaves comedy, characters, and music to bring understanding and hope to a serious subject, describing how she went from successful entertainer who opened for Oprah Winfrey to couch potato who slept more than the cat!

Holmes shares the lessons she wrote about in her heartwarmingly funny book Depression The Comedy to motivate your team to prioritize their well-being. Your team will learn:

  • Where to begin if they or someone they know is struggling.
  • How a small shift in perspective can increase their fulfillment and happiness at work.
  • Simple, achievable steps to improve mental health.
  • That no one is alone, and we’re all entitled to a sense of well-being.

Holmes’ story, which has a deeply happy ending, leaves your team with a better understanding of mental illness, more empathy and understanding for those suffering with it, and that wonderful feeling you get from belly laughs.

Bring on the Joy! Building Resilience and Engagement in Times of Change

Years of flux and uncertainty have left people burnt out and many are still grappling with disconnection. It’s more important now than ever to foster a sense of well-being and engagement in the workplace.

Comedian and Bell Let’s Talk ambassador Jessica Holmes presents a moving, funny, and energetic talk that encourages positive mental health and reengages your sense of purpose. Drawing on inspiration from her own journey through depression, Holmes shares how she reconnected with her love of life and work, drawing parallels with this new chance we all have to thrive after setback.

Holmes’ call to action combines comedy with inspiration from the field of positive psychology. She delivers insights into:

  • Simple, sustainable steps to improve mental health.
  • Shifting perspective to increase fulfillment and happiness at work.
  • Moving forward with empathy for yourself and others (one of the most important parts of a successful team!).
  • Renewing your sense of purpose and energy by engaging with your values.
  • Reigniting your creativity.

This talk honours the courage it has taken to come this far and reconnects audiences with their greatest qualities to bring on personal and professional joy!

Power Laughs: Using Humour to Build Resilience

There’s no better way than humour to remind us we’re all in this together, so take a load off with some laughs! Stress is a part of life, especially with the triggers a pandemic brings, but we are more likely to live healthy, productive lives if we maintain our physical and emotional resilience. This touching, honest, and laugh-out-loud presentation offers simple, achievable steps to redirect our thoughts and take charge of our well-being.

Jessica Holmes proves that comedy is more than an entertainment form; and she teaches audiences how anyone can use comedy as a powerful filter, through which we can navigate, stressful situations, and power us to recover from setbacks, and face challenges more easily.

The 60-Minute Perspective Makeover: Proven Tips to Living an Awesome Life!

The secrets of success are the same no matter what business you’re in, and success begins with getting motivated. Inspiration and comedy unite in this 60-minute transformational presentation from “I should…” to “I will!”.

Energizing and funny, Jessica Holmes’ call to action combines her trademark character comedy with quirky anecdotes to deliver motivational insights into:

  • Finding greater meaning in your work.
  • Using positive psychology to be happier day to day.
  • Setting and reaching your goals.
  • Learning to laugh at life’s shortcomings.

Holmes gives quick, achievable “how to’s” about these topics and more, in a laugh-out-loud hour of fun. The audience receives introspective takeaways to guarantee that her presentation makes a meaningful impact.

Laugh away the stress & book Jess