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Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation
Raised on a farm near Madison, John Sweeney attained a BBA from Saint Norbert College in Wisconsin and, upon graduation, excelled in corporate real estate as a tenant representative. Despite his success, John left the corporate world to become a full time actor and improviser in 1993. Since then, he has performed more than 1,500 shows for the Brave New Workshop (BNW) in Minneapolis and Second City Communications in Chicago. In 1997, John and wife Jenni Lilledahl purchased the BNW from founder Dudley Riggs. Now, in the role of executive producer and owner, he leads the nation's oldest satirical theater.
As a keynote speaker and trainer, John has presented to hundreds of corporations, including clients like Yahoo!, Visa, Microsoft, US Bancorp, and Carlson Companies. He was named one of the "40 under 40" to watch by the Twin Cities business community and has been featured in Executive Traveler, Forbes, How magazine, and a variety of publications. John is also the author of two books, Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation and The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors.