Yes, believe it or not, 80s pop culture and particularly the great movies that defined the decade can teach us a lot about our workplace, our business, our careers and our lives.
Chris combines 20 plus years of marketing experience in a variety of industries with global brands and ad agencies with his unmatched passion for all things 80s to bring a fun, informative, relatable, interactive and unique presentation to your group.
When you book Chris to speak at your event, the audience will learn, laugh and discover valuable lessons that they can bring back to their organization.
Chris can even customize the lessons to your needs or theme and include movies that fit your business, workplace or classroom.
Below are just a few of the workplace culture categories and lessons from 80s pop culture that he can integrate into presentations:
Learn how Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High taught us two very valuable lessons for the culture in our workplace: (1) That it is ok to say “I don’t know”; and (2) How to avoid the “bogus” tag for your workplace culture; See how we can turn the old adage of work-life balance for ourselves into a righteous and selfless act - a la Ferris Bueller; Find out what Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid taught us about how to manage our stress in the workplace; Learn what the Ghostbusters taught us about embracing risk; See how E.T. taught us about social responsibility; and many more workplace culture lessons.
Learn how two greasers - Johnny Cade and Ponyboy from The Outsiders - teach us about the importance of keeping our moral and ethical leadership compass intact; See how Prince Akeem from Coming To America can teach us the difference between earned and unearned leadership; Learn the distinct difference between those that rule and those that lead through the actions of the musical and pop culture icon, Prince; see how Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop taught us the importance of protecting your team; and many more leadership lessons.
Hear how Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) from Trading Places teaches us the difference between confidence and arrogance; See how a high school teacher named John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society, shows us the difference between words and action as well as how to look at things from a different perspective; Learn how each character from The Breakfast Club can teach us about individuality and to just be you; Find out how John McClean (Bruce Willis) in Die Hard teaches us about the best way to face challenges; Hear what an iconic musician that loved the color purple taught us about encouragement and sharing the stage; Listen to what Field of Dreams can teach us about embracing your illogical side and so many more!
See how lovable knucklehead, Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation, teaches us the importance of knowing your audience; Learn how Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride taught us about message and brand consistency; Find out how Del Griffith from Planes, Trains and Automobiles taught us that every great company needs a great salesperson; See how Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything shows us how to create a unique and memorable brand; and more marketing, sales and communications lessons.
See how two characters from The Goonies (Chunk and Sloth) teach us the importance of inclusion in the workplace; See how The Frog Brothers from The Lost Boys teach us that problem solvers don’t come in a one size fits all package; Learn how a goofy greenskeeper from Caddyshack taught us the importance of expanding our workplace circle of trust; Find out how five kids stuck in Saturday detention in The Breakfast Club taught us how to appreciate, embrace and value each other’s differences; and more workplace inclusion lessons.
"Like it was totally rad dude!
Chris presented a abridged version of “What the 80’s can teach us about business” (due to time constraints) during our annual Learning Festival in June 2020 to a virtual crowd of about 200 attendees. It was amazing as his use of 80’s icons blended with his energetic and enthusiastic delivery made for an extremely effective presentation.
I would work with Chris Clews anytime and look forward to introducing him to a larger crowd for future Visa events."
Thank you Chris!
- John Knauff
Director, Visa University Marketing Learning