Fun Is Good Seminar Set for Oct 15

PRESS RELEASE – Looking for that 2 p.m. pick-me-up? No need to turn to energy drinks. Can’t close that big deal, but feel you’re on the doorstep? The solution is closer than you think. Mike Veeck and the St. Paul Saints have the answer for you during their one-day Fun Is Good Seminar presented by Minnesota State University, Mankato at 7700 France located in Edina.

On Friday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. four respected and creative presenters will provide insight on how to light a fire under yourself and your co-workers through innovative and fun thinking. Saints owner and President Mike Veeck, author and innovator Allen Fahden, John King of Fallon Minneapolis, and Details Style Lab’s Brian Horst will offer helpful tips, hints and stories to help you create joy and passion in your workplace and career.

This is not your typical sales seminar, but then again when is anything the Saints do considered typical? This is an interactive, lively event that will get the blood flowing from your head to your toes. In previous years, participants have been asked to decorate boxes, create glasses from different materials and play with two-dollar bills, all leading to idea-generation and other useful techniques to help improve their approach to work.

“The only people who should be thinking inside a box these days are stiffs,” said Veeck. “It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and start changing the way you think and the way your customers think.”

From the board room to the mailroom, all employers and employees can benefit from the Seminar. Topics focus on how creativity and laughter can create a culture where people will want to work and customers will want to spend their money. Each of the four speakers brings a unique perspective and background to the one-day event. Topics addressed will lead to new ways of thinking about customer service, creativity, promotions and retail.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Saints have held the one-day Seminar. Veeck has also hosted four national Fun Is Good Seminars and Conferences, most recently in Fort Myers, FL in 2008.

Veeck, the man behind the “Fun is Good” mantra and author of the book “Fun Is Good: How to Create Joy and Passion in Your Workplace and Career,” has been an owner of the Saints since its inception in 1992 and has had his hands in numerous other minor league baseball teams including the Fort Myers (FL) Miracle, Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades and Charleston (SC) RiverDogs. His clubs continue to earn national media attention each year for their creative promotions, off-the-wall ideas and outstanding customer service.

Fahden, author of “Innovation on Demand,” uses humor and common sense to reinvent work for leaps in performance and fun. He helps people use their strengths, cuts meeting times by 50-80% with better results and bullet-proofs big new ideas before your culture can kill them. Fahden has spoken for 20 of the Top 100 companies in the world.

King, Chief Communications Officer of Fallon Minneapolis, helps insure that media, creative and digital are working well together and to remind us all that we’re really working for the idea. He will discuss the shift towards building ideas and away from buying messages plus the importance of brand generosity – giving as much as we take.

Horst started Details Salon in Highland Park and, in 2002, opened a second location in downtown St. Paul. In 2004, he decided that the lowertown St. Paul community needed a fun event. Music in Mears emerged with four free concerts. The event has grown to a 12-week concert and movie series that has run for seven years.

For $135 for an individual or $975 for a group of eight, attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, a great networking opportunity and seven continuing education contact hours from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The event will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato at 7700 France located in Edina. To register, contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or register online at https://secure.mnsu.edu/EventsConferences/index.aspx?Department=Ext.

Seminar support is provided by Seven Corners Printing and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

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