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Jan McInnis - The Work Lady. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jan McInnis Jan McInnis

CEO | The Work Lady


unique keynotes on using humor in business



Jan has spent the past 18+ years as a professional speaker, comedian, and comedy writer. She has spoken to thousands of organizations, such from the Mayo Clinic to the Federal Reserve banks and more. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for her clean humor. She is author of “Finding The Funny Fast: How To Create Quick Humor To Connect With Clients, Coworkers And Crowds.”

Industry Expertise (3)

Health Care - Providers



Areas of Expertise (4)

Master of Ceremonies

Humor in the Workplace


Humor writing

Accomplishments (3)

Featured in the Wall Street Journal (professional)

I was featured in the WSJ in an article for my clean humor titled Comedy Comes Clean.

Featured Washington Post (professional)

I was featured in the Washington Post for my clean comedy writing. In his column, Gene Weingarten challenged several of us to write clean punchlines to his suggestive set-ups (a girl from Nantucket. . ).

Written for the Tonight Show monlogue (professional)

I've sold material to the Tonight Show monologue with Jay Leno. . very fun!

Education (1)

Virginia Tech: BA Communications, Minor Psychology, Communictions

Affiliations (1)

  • Alumni Virginia Tech! go Hokies!

Testimonials (4)

c s, conference chair | health care group

“Jan McInnis was the keynote speaker at our recent conference in Anaheim. She did a fantastic job! Her jokes were great and her sense of humor resonated with the audience. Not only did we laugh heartily, but we gained insight into how to use humor to improve communication, particularly in the workplace. As the organization president and conference host, I was also pleased that Jan was punctual, professional and organized. I heartily recommend Jan and would enjoy having her present to our organization again in the future.”

H S , conference chair | financial client

“Thanks for helping to end our conference on a high note! Your message was uplifting and put everyone in a good mood for the rest of the day. All comments about your performance were positive, and the conference committee received accolades for having you there with us. We look forward to having you again at a future conference!”

T N, conference president | HR client

“After listening to Jan McInnis' keynote speech to our group of Human Resources professionals, I can unequivocally state she was the right person for the job. She blended humor into some very serious topics during these times of great financial stress to local governments in the State of Florida. Excellent job, Jan.”

j e, executive director | educational client

“Your presentation was a huge success with our membership. You received very high marks from our members in attendance. Our members would highly recommend your presentation “Finding the Funny in Communications.” While having a GREAT time, they left with what they saw as some great pointers for working more effectively with different publics. Great concepts! Again, please accept our appreciation for a great opportunity to learn.”

Sample Talks (1)

Finding the Funny in Change

Change causes fear, tension and miscommunication. In this popular keynote, Jan shows how to diffuse tension instantly, kick off tough conversations and facilitate communications through using humor. These practical tips, infused with plenty of Jan’s humor, will have your group walking away laughing and learning how to handle, and even embrace, change. And you’ll also learn about the connection between humor and health through the latest research.



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