Chad J. Willett (SAG/AFTRA/MA) is a motivational speaker, author of "Smash the Box" and creative expert. Chad jolts organizations and individuals, assisting them with their creativity which allows for a competitive advantage over one's competition. He bridges the gap between the arts, and business, to help audiences maximize their creative potential.
His book “Smash the Box” SMASHES the way books are written: pages are out of order, no table of contents, no page numbers etc. The foundation of “Smash the Box” is taking acting principles Willett learned from seven years as a working actor in Los Angeles and as a student at the University of Kentucky to smash the proverbial box so many find themselves in with work and life.
Keynote addresses include (for a complete list please visit Chad's website):
Keynote address: "SMASH THE BOX"
Goal: Unleashing creativity
Don't just think outside the proverbial box… SMASH it! This entertaining and thought provoking keynote address allows your audience to see and experience the importance of creativity in the workplace. Audiences will discover the 4 walls of their mental box and learn 4 ways to SMASH them to innovate, inspire and create a culture of innovation for your group.
The four walls of the mental box include:
3-Dimensional Listening (Judgment)- Getting the focus off of us and onto someone or something else.
Ruining the Take (Perfection)-Allowing ourselves to be wrong, make mistakes and fail fast as a means of entering a creative space.
The "Yes And" Technique (Fear)- Saying “Yes” to opportunities as a means of keeping the creative process open and alive.
Stream of Consciousness Technique (Negativity)- Changing our inner dialogue from negative to positive.
*Keynotes includes video (Chad in “She's All That” acting alongside Paul Walker) along with pre-selected music opening and closing the address.
Keynote address: "EYES OF A LEADER"
Goal: Uncovering the leader within
Think like a leader! Look like a leader! Act like a leader! Eyes of a Leader is an interactive keynote address that includes inspirational stories on creative leadership, humor and creative exercises. It addresses the physical and mental aspects of creative leadership in regards to the thoughts we generate, our physicality and the decisions we make while in the moment. EYES OF A LEADER challenges the inner critic, the suppression of emotions and the concept of rigid and stoic leadership by injecting creativity into your leadership practices.
Think like a leader- Inner dialogue- Silencing one's inner critic.
Look like a leader- Posture- Having proper posture allows one to own one's space and command attention.
Act like a leader– Spontaneous- Improvising within a set of constraints is the true definition of creative leadership.
Keynotes are customized which include a pre-program survey and a conference call to discuss your groups objectives and history
"You had the audience engaged in your presentation. We were pleased with our session—great panelists and a lot of questions from the participants. " Janet Boston/ Indiana Chamber of Commerce
"His "Smash the Box" program provided us with several techniques to get out of the box and be open to opportunities for creativity/new ideas. This interactive program was fantastic. Chad is an amazing speaker with a fantastic program." Tammy Pierce/ West Carrollton Schools
"Chad was very professional and received a lot of praise from my peers, and superiors who attended the meeting. Wonderful presentation that resonated with all of us." Alex Bork/ Nationwide Insurance
"Chad is not only a great actor, speaker, and effective communicator but he is extremely professional and dedicated to his craft." Veronica N. Farris/ Cardinal Health
"He was really engaging and delivered an inspiring and useful message. I really think we will see the long term value from his framework." John Williamson/ Direct Energy
"Your engaging performance received rave reviews for both the quality of the delivery and value of the information. Your Techniques we can all easily leverage in our roles as business leaders. Bravo!" K.C./ Healthcare Businesswomen's Association of Ohio
***Recent clients include:
Ball State University, Bayer Healthcare, Zane State University, Discover Card, Nationwide Insurance, Grange Insurance, Centric Consulting, Direct Energy, ITT Technical Institute, Slippery Rock University, Cardinal Health, Procter & Gamble, ECOT & more.
Chad (MA/BA/SAG) spent 7 years in L.A. working as a professional actor and was featured in the hit film “She's All That” with Paul Walker. On the corporate side he has worked for 3 Fortune 500 companies which include Manpower Professional, ITT Technical Institute & Washington Post. Currently, he resides in Columbus, Ohio where he operates his acting studio.