Rick Lewis - Entertainer Speaker Author
Rick Lewis /loo-is/
1 : Professional Misbehaver.
2 : World's Funniest Waiter.
3 : 49 year-old man on a 12 foot unicycle.
4. Author of "7 Rules You Were Born to Break."
Rick Lewis has been performing professionally since the age of eight, appearing in television commercials and a dinner theater production of the musical stage play, Mame.
Hooked by these early experiences in front of audiences Rick continued to work professionally as an actor, dancer, acrobat, and musical theater performer until he was in his early twenties. He then attended Webster University's renowned theater arts program. He left Webster to join the cast of a Broadway touring production of the hit musical Barnum, with which he traveled internationally for a nine-month period, playing in over 70 cities.
It was Rick's experience with Barnum that led him to build his own solo physical comedy act, incorporating his skills in theater and circus arts with his background in dance and athletics.
At the same time, a strong interest in personal growth led Rick to begin training as a personal development coach under the guidance of his own mentor. In time, he began to weave his comedic skills and growing experience as a personal growth trainer into a fully developed program that uses comedy and theater to help educate, motivate, and inspire individuals and groups to achieve greater clarity, professionalism, and satisfaction in their business and personal lives.
Rick's observations of human behavior in relationship to his experience with audiences from all industries and walks of life formed the basis of his latest book, "7 Rules You Were Born to Break," and is now the core focus of his corporate meeting presentations.
Rick has authored three books on personal growth and owns and manages Lighten Up Productions, Inc., the umbrella agency for the development and contracting of his own presentation work.
Rick currently lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and three children, traveling extensively throughout North America giving presentations for corporate events and conferences.
He has performed various versions of his routines at over 2,500 events and gatherings over a period of 30 years.
Individuals who break the 7 hidden rules and engage in Intelligent Misbehavior provide tangible value to the organizations they are members of. This is because the same practices that bring benefit to individuals also create growth in organizations.
When being authentic is supported in any organizational setting over the need to fit in, communication channels open while misunderstandings and conflict decrease.
When an organization's members are supported and encouraged take chances and engage reasonable risks rather than focusing on avoiding mistakes, innovation can occur.
When individuals are willing to ask for help, overcoming the rule of independence, then teamwork becomes a possibility within a group.
When the determination to achieve and reach goals is stronger than the need to remain comfortable, productivity results.
Workers who accept their significance within an organization bring accountability to their group and transcend the 5th rule, pretending we don't matter.
When building relationships is valued over the desire to force compliance from others and to stay in control, exceptional leadership emerges.
When leaders are willing to risk their approval rating instead of being run by the need to be popular, the integrity of the organization's vision can be preserved and realized.
Take AIM Follow-up Program
While Rick Lewis's presentations powerfully demonstrate the necessity for rule breaking in a way that will make a long-lasting impression on your guests, Rick's message doesn't stop there.
Any owner of Rick's book becomes eligible to make use of the Take AIM Training Program. Participants can register for the program right here at breakarule.com.
The Take AIM Program provides a 21-week online follow-up course, delivered to each individual by email, that further extends the practical benefits of Rick's presentation.
The program provides reminders of what has been learned, reinforces positive habits, inspires practice and helps the participant to integrate his or her insights into daily life.
Rick's book is the foundation of his presentation work. In it he reveals the 7 hidden rules that we have unconsciously agreed to obey as a culture and he also shows how these rules undermine our potential for excellence.
The 7 Rules You Were Born to Break are:
•Pretend You Don't Matter
•Stay in Control
Intelligent Misbehavior is the willingness to challenge these hidden rules in our culture that compromise individual and organizational excellence. The phrase is trademarked by Rick whose personal experience working with over one million people over a thirty year period led him to coin the term.
Rick's belief is that Actions of Intelligent Misbehavior (AIMs) must be practiced to overcome the influence of the 7 hidden rules.
A self-proclaimed professional misbehaver and accidental sociologist, Rick Lewis currently presents his unique combination of entertainment, social commentary, and practical guidance for change to corporations, associations and educational institutions across North America.
"Rick Lewis provided the most captivating, engaging and eye popping performance I have seen in my 30 years of conference presentations. Even more impressive was his deep insight into human behavior, the culture we align to, its blessings and its curse. Using excerpts from his book, “7 Rules You Were Born to Break” Rick broke down obstacles to taking risks, gave inspiration to “stand out”, to be you and be different; and even taught a few men how to stop and ask for directions when in need of help. I have read it through twice now and will borrow heavily from the work in my leadership journey. I am forever changed! Hire Rick and get the book. You will not be disappointed. You are missing out if you don't!"
- John C Miller
President & CEO
Taco Bueno Restaurants, LP
Rick's new book reveals the secrets of a professional misbehaver who turned his passion for mischief into a successful career as an internationally renowned entertainer.
In his rise from the streets as a juggler, jester and busker, to the banquet halls of the corporate elite as a headlining comedian, Rick Lewis faced the 7 hidden rules that oppose our fulfillment and success.
Lewis guides us through the silent shadows of our rule oriented society through his performing stories, illustrating with warmth, humor and passion the unwritten laws that disempower us and which we must break to claim our birthright to excellence.
Celebrities and a break-dancing dwarf, Santa Claus and CEOs, may never have shared a stage so equally as they do in Lewis's inspiring and remarkable tales.
7 Rules You Were Born to Break is an exploration of 7 rules we unconsciously obey and the power of breaking them.
From the top of his twelve-foot unicycle Lewis shows us how we can rise above mediocrity in our day to day lives and give our greatest hopes, aims and visions a fighting chance.