George Gilbert has many years experience as a professional public speaker. He started out as a stand-up comedian and segued his comedy into motivational humor after using humor to overcome challenges in his personal and professional life experiences. George speaks about the importance of humor in business, the role humor plays in the work place and the benefits of laughter in life. His unique and entertaining presentations emphasize team-building, customer service, and wellness. He gets his message across through fun and humor. George formed Originally Speaking™ to combine his public speaking skills along with his business and writing skills to bring presentations on the importance of humor to businesses and professional organizations. Whether you need a 45 minute keynote or after-dinner speaker, a 90 minute break-out session or a full-day or half-day workshop/seminar, George’s presentations involve the audience. He does his homework. He researches the organization that he is speaking to and delivers content appropriate to their agenda. George Gilbert delivers entertaining, dynamic, and informative speeches on the importance and benefits of laughter in various areas of our lives. He spreads his message about humor across the country.
In 2001, “due to his professionalism and outstanding achievements in public speaking,” he was awarded the title of Accredited Speaker, becoming only the 50th person in the world to achieve this designation. George’s show business background gives him a commanding stage presence. His parents were regarded as one of the funniest comedy/variety acts of their time. George started out by performing stand-up comedy at the age of twelve at the Disneyland Hotel. He then went on to entertain at comedy clubs, conventions, and for various business organizations. After graduating from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, George segued his comedy into public speaking.
George’s mission is to provide information and inspiration to corporations and professional organizations by demonstrating, in an entertaining format, how humor can benefit their businesses and lives.
For over forty years, George’s mother and father, Tulara Lee and George Gilbert, Sr., were considered one of the funniest comedy/variety acts of their time. They appeared with Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Jimmy Durante. They toured with Frank Sinatra, Xavior Cugat and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, among others. Their act was featured in the Warner Brothers’ movie The Daughter Of Rosie O’Grady. They also appeared many times on The Ed Sullivan Show.