Connections through Hobbies with John Garrett

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This episode, we talk with John Garrett. John is a professional corporate comedian and MC. He is also a former/recovering big 4 CPA. He uses this episode to explain how your hobby can be used to differentiate yourself in your market. And quite frankly, how it makes you more human to your prospects and clients. John gives specifics about how hobbies can be connection points, build stronger relationships and make you feel more comfortable, not just in your own skin but even more appealing to your clients. Welcome to Episode 65 of Grow My Accounting Practice!

Our Guest 

John Garrett Friday, November 2, 2007. Garrett is a stand-up comedian who jokes about being an accountant. (Photo by Danese Kenon/The Indianapolis Star)

John Garrett is a nationally recognized corporate comedian and emcee who draws on his condition as a recovering Big Four CPA to deliver messages that hit home with corporate audiences. This professional member of the National Speakers Association is on a mission to strengthen teams.

John’s clean, customized performances and observations of everyday Corporate America help teams break down barriers, foster unity, and strengthen bonds. With over 1,800 performances, he consistently gets rave reviews from teams and company leaders alike for their lasting impact on employee morale and team building.

Recognizing how consumed people are in their jobs, the hilarity of everyday Corporate America and how humor transforms the morale and camaraderie of those around him, John left his cubicle to perform at corporate events across the country. Since then, John has performed for leading companies ranging from “Big Four” accounting firms to banks and technology companies to professional associations seeking an outside-of-the-box way to engage their audiences.

Tracks from his debut album, “Outside the Box,” can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, featured in the New York Times, seen in concert with Train, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.

The Accountant

He received his Certified Public Accountant Certificate from the State of Illinois after sending in 6 UPC symbols from his favorite cereal boxes. As a former CPA, Senior Financial Analyst and Business Development Director, John’s experience ranges from being an integral team member for his Big Four Firm’s largest financial services client to helping launch a startup company. No matter where he went John was that adorably obnoxious guy, too easily distracted from general ledger reports and more interested in amusing his co-workers—a good thing for his colleagues, not so much for his manager. His real world experience makes it very easy for John to relate to corporate audiences. Having been an employee in the audience of many corporate events, John knows how to deliver a presentation your team will be excited to hear.

The Person

John was born and raised in a military family, so he grew up living in five states and overseas. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as trombone player in the marching band. John currently lives in New York City with his wife and another 8 million people. He really enjoys ice cream and college football, especially at the same time.

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