Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and speaker who considers himself a professional reminder-er and permission granter. He is also a husband, dad, Batman fan, Star Wars watcher, retro T-shirt wearer, and avid eater of sugar-laden cereal. Jason is the author of five books, including Penguins Can’t Fly +39 Other Rules That Don’t Exist. Through his inspirational thought leadership and humorous anecdotes, his mission is to demonstrate how the secrets of childhood are timeless.
He works with all kinds of organizations, sharing real-world strategies and practical ideas for driving innovation, preventing burnout, and achieving new levels of productivity. His content-rich programs are balanced with a refreshing mix of humor and emotion, serving as the perfect antidote for people who find themselves in a personal or professional rut.
For over 10 years and with over 500 organizations, he has been helping individuals realize Adultitis-free lives with less stress and more fun. His refreshing and relevant insights leave attendees encouraged, entertained, inspired and motivated to explore new opportunities and strengthen the team dynamic to achieve success and accomplish what was once thought impossible.
Jason is passionate about sharing his message that there is more to life than the hectic busyness, cynical lethargy and overwhelming stress that is typical of modern life. He believes that, left unchecked, Adultitis will eat productivity, teamwork and morale alive. He teaches that while it’s important to take our work seriously, we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, noting that people do their best work when they are having fun and are fully engaged.
In 2005, Jason and his wife Kim co-founded The Cure Adultitis Institute, a mission-based organization focused on the awareness and early detection of Adultitis. Through the website, artwork, books, speaking programs and other tools, they empower people to live fuller, richer lives in order to eradicate Adultitis.
Jason is recognized by the National Speakers Association as a Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP). This designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence. Only the top 10 percent of speakers in the world earn this credential. A CSP brings a proven track record of expertise and excellence. CSP’s are required to participate in ongoing education and held to the highest standards of the profession. They must maintain membership and subscribe to the NSA Code of Professional Ethics.Download Bio
Penguins Can’t Fly +39 Other Rules That Don’t Exist
Life is supposed to be fun. We knew this instinctively as kids, but somehow forgot on the way to adulthood. We got busy and overwhelmed, started valuing things that don’t matter, and learned to follow a ton of so-called rules:
- - Hate Mondays
- - Only celebrate when the calendar gives you permission
- - Don’t make a mess
- - Don’t play hookey
- - Hide your weirdness
- - Hide your wrinkles
- - Care what other people think
Following these rules is a terrific way to stress you out, sap your energy, and ensure a boring life. But there’s a better way. In this enlightening and beautiful full-color book, author and artist Jason Kotecki uncovers some of the most useless rules so you can shift perspective and start seeing the world with wonder once again.
It’s time to stop living by someone else’s rules. Your life is a story, and a short one at that. Discover what small but mighty actions you can take today to turn your life into the fun, adventurous and exciting story you deserve.
Escape Adulthood: 8 Secrets From Childhood for the Stressed-Out Grown-up
Do you ever have the urge to resign from being an adult? Are you burned out by the stresses that come with being a grown-up and wish you could be six again - far, far away from the mountains of paperwork and mortgage payments, credit card debt and computer crashes? Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, you're never going to be six again. But relief is within your grasp, because the secrets of childhood are timeless, and they're available to you right now, no matter how "grown-up" you may be. In this humorous and inspiring book, artist and speaker Jason Kotecki invites you to escape adulthood. He uncovers some of the values that come so easily to children, the ones many of us outgrew as we grew up. Filled with funny anecdotes, real-world examples, and practical advice, this book will help you to:
- - Break free from the stress of the fast-paced rat race to find real happiness.
- - Discover new opportunities to create financial success for yourself.
- - Become more energized and productive at home and at work.
- - Improve your health, decreasing your chances of heart disease and cancer.
- - Gain peace of mind about the things that worry you most.
- - Create a family dynamic that is more fun, loving, and supportive.
The Escape Plan: a 40-Day Plan to Annihilate Adultitis in Your Life
Adultitis is a silent epidemic that has been ignored for far too long. It's a disease that slowly erodes our inborn childlike spirit, killing our dreams, curiosity, faith, happiness, and hope. It stresses us out. It causes us to take ourselves too seriously. And in some extreme cases, it can cause smile amnesia. (Not fun.)
If you're ready to do something about your case of Adultitis, this is the book for you! It includes 40 step-by-step challenges designed to get you thinking and acting in a more childlike manner. You'll read how other people have solved each challenge, and keep a record of your own remarkable progress using the journal pages. We guarantee that you'll be stretched. You'll have fun. And that case of Adultitis? It'll be ancient history and you'll be well on your way to a happier, more exhilarating life.
There’s An Adult In My Soup
This book contains recipes for cooking up the life of your dreams and tips for keeping the adult out of your soup. The ingredients aren’t included, but don’t worry—you already have everything you need. The essays within are short and easily digestible but contain witty and wise advice from two thought leaders in the area of life balance and stress management. This enjoyable read is packed with over 50 illustrations, making it a perfect gift for people looking for short bursts of inspiration or who are not normally "book people.”
Just You Wait
Kim and Jason Kotecki had spent eight years building a business to help people be more childlike in order to create lives with less stress and more fun. They traveled around the country educating audiences about Adultitis and sharing ways to eradicate it from their lives. Many people were receptive to the message, but there were plenty of skeptics, too. “Just wait until you have kids,” they’d say. “Then you’ll be singing a different tune. Kids are the cause of Adultitis.”
Eventually, the duo discovered that they would in fact be blessed by a child. Determined to see if their Adultitis-fighting principles would still work for them as parents, they decided to keep secret journals. Every week for the entire first year of parenthood, they each recorded their thoughts, fears, failures, and successes. What resulted was a deeply honest, humorous, and insightful look at the ups and downs of being new parents.
Every unvarnished journal entry has been collected in this book. Parents of all sorts – and especially first-timers – will enjoy following along with Kim and Jason on their journey into parenthood and will be left strengthened, inspired, and hopeful that children may not be the cause of Adultitis after all.
#Notarule: The Art of Winning at Business and Life by Breaking Rules That Don’t Exist The business world is moving faster than ever and the only constant is change. What worked yesterday probably won’t work tomorrow. In order to survive — and thrive — in this environment, we need to see the world with new eyes and identify the old ways of thinking that are holding us back. In this light-hearted but hard-hitting program, Jason works with participants to uncover and annihilate these so-called rules that don’t exist. He’ll reveal some surprising principles from childhood that provide a powerful competitive advantage, foster breakthrough levels of innovation and profitability, and accomplish what was once thought impossible. Thanks to his uncommon combination of humor and pragmatism, this program provides an impressive array of inspiring and practical takeaways. With fresh perspective that is free from stale corporate lingo and business buzzwords, Jason will share several commonly held rules that don’t exist. By the end, the audience will be armed with tools for getting better at identifying rules that don’t exist, and tactics for breaking them with confidence.
Adultitis Strikes Back: How to Find Balance, Beat Burnout, and Work Happy This program serves as a great follow-up program to “Curing Adultitis” for clients who loved Jason and want to have him back with different content. It provides just enough “review” for people who’ve never experienced one of Jason’s programs, but the bulk of this presentation features new stories and insights. As always, Jason carefully chooses his images, anecdotes and actionable steps to match the tone and objectives of your specific event.
Superheroes, Star Wars & Cinema: A Geek’s Guide to Fighting Adultitis at Work and Home Jason uncovers the evil scheme that Adultitis has to disrupt your productivity, health, and happiness. This wildly creative and practical program features a variety of pop culture references and memorable movie moments interspersed between Jason’s trademark humorous storytelling in order to deliver down-to-earth strategies for managing stress, building productive teams, and unleashing your inner superhero.
Curing Adultitis: Your Prescription for Less Stress and More Success Adultitis is an epidemic that is coming hard after us every single day. It can infiltrate even the best working environments, producing stress and instigating burnout. Left unchecked, Adultitis will eat your productivity, teamwork, and morale alive. Surrender need not be an option, however. In this light-hearted but hard-hitting program, Jason will arm your people with the fresh perspective they need to reclaim their passion and create a better harmony between work and home. He provides witty observations, humorous anecdotes, and real-world techniques that will entertain and inspire the audience to live a richer, more balanced life. They’ll learn easy, practical tips for bringing more fun and less stress to the job at hand, contributing to a workplace that’s more enjoyable and engaging for employees AND the people they serve. Adultitis may be a formidable foe, but Jason can help you annihilate it.
Jason’s message is as relevant for a boardroom of executives as it is for an auditorium filled with educators. That being said, he has a vast palette of artwork, stories, and action items that he draws from in order to create a customized message specially tailored for each audience. Truly, Jason never gives the same speech twice.
Although we will work with you to develop the best program for your event based on your unique theme, terminology, and daily challenges, here are some examples of how Jason tailors his message for a few specific types of audiences that regularly hire him:
Business / Corporate At business meetings, Jason tends to gear his program toward improving employee engagement and helping attendees to achieve breakthrough levels of innovation, while providing concrete strategies for creating a more positive, productive, cohesive work environment.
Healthcare For healthcare professionals, Jason places a special emphasis on dealing with compassion fatigue, creating a stronger team dynamic with colleagues, and specific tips for increasing patient satisfaction.
Education In audiences comprised of educators, Jason focuses on common challenges they share, helping to revitalize their passion for making a difference amidst the burden to do more with less while navigating the ever-evolving landscape of changing curriculum and regulatory requirements.
“In order to innovate you have to break some rules. And if you want to have a great life, you need to create a widely diversified portfolio of unforgettable memories. Jason Kotecki will help you do both.” –Daniel Burrus, Author of The New York Times best seller, Flash Foresight
“Never pass up the opportunity to see one of Jason’s presentations - it’s transformative! It was fresh, fun and the perfect combination of empowerment and entertainment. Based on the survey feedback from our attendees, they would agree. I liked the fun, DO-try-this-at-home examples sprinkled throughout his program. Rather than a theoretical how-to list to fighting Adultitis, these time-tested, successful ideas were just what I (and several attendees) needed to get our creative juices flowing again. I wouldn’t change a thing. The combination of Jason’s delivery, supporting visuals, sense of humor and audience involvement techniques made for an incredible experience. It’s been a pleasure working with you and from all that I’ve seen and heard, Jason’s program definitely exceeded all expectations.” --Kristin Zurovitch, Director of Marketing, Sonic Foundry
“Jason is the buzz of our company! We have heard that his presentation was the best that we have brought in. It was outstanding, fun and motivating! The staff said they could have listened to him all day! They are already talking about things to do at work and with their family to bring fun back. They are energized! Thank you. You are doing great things!!” --Lauren Nordeen, Executive Director, Wyoming Child and Family Development, Inc.
“All of our participants ranked Jason’s presentation as their favorite part of our conference!!! It was very engaging and exactly what we were looking for. I felt Jason prepared well to speak to this group! I would recommend Jason to all other groups, especially in Healthcare!” --Jody Weisse, Care Manager Healthcare Conference
“Jason’s presentation was very well balanced with humor and great, workable ideas for bringing balance into your life. He’s funny, approachable and presents great content in a program that ebbs and flows naturally.” - —Terry Estness, Executive Director, Municipal Treasurers Association
“It was the perfect ‘mental break’ that everyone needed and a good reminder of what’s really important.” --Amanda Francis, The Douglas Stewart Company
“I thought it was refreshingly humorous and very pragmatic. I loved his use of artwork/visuals. Jason shared everyday things we can do to ‘cure’ Adultitis. Thank you!” --Liza Taylor, Occupational Health Nurse, Baxter Corporation
“It was perfect! We have never had such overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding a keynote before, and I’ve been involved in the conference for 10 years. Many said it was the best in all the years they’ve attended the conference. It was a pleasure working with you both and I’m sure we’ll have Jason back in the future.” --Barb Willier, Conference Coordinator, Capital Area Association for the Education of Young Children
“Jason totally delivered! His presentation was very well received by our audience. They enjoyed his presentation. It was lighthearted and easy to listen to. He had fun pictures and good stories that really enlightened the crowd. Attendees were discussing the speech and the message even the next day–and they were applying it to their lives, insisting that as adults we look back to our youthfulness to find the joy in the simple things to ultimately enjoy life on a higher level. I would like to share my high satisfaction for working with Jason and Kim from start to finish. Great crew! I would encourage any company/organization/person to consider having him speak for their event–especially if they are looking for a positive message that really sits well with and enlightens those that are dealing with high-stress situations.” —Kalyn Lewis, Customer Programs & Media Relations Coordinator, Esker User Conference
“If you want to motivate your staff, help them fight stress and work together as a team – bring Jason to your agency today! We love it!!” --Brenda Poteete, Executive Director, Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities, CA
“Jason was fantastic! Real world observations, some that you know, some that you have not thought about, all things you need to consider while navigating LIFE. It was uplifting, thoughtful, and funny. I felt it was well rounded and I did not walk away ‘wanting’ any more, other than more in general because it was great! Definitely see his presentation when you have the opportunity.” --Christie L. Dando, CMPE, President- Elect and Program Chair, MMGMA: Michigan Medical Group Managers Association
“I would absolutely recommend Jason. I thought he was fantastic! His presentation was just the right mix of funny, quirky, heartfelt and touching. I sat in the audience with our attendees to gauge their reaction, and found myself caught up in the momentum of the presentation. I loved the personal stories about your children and about things that you two have done together to laugh more, it resonated with me and our audience. Jason had the difficult task of being the final speaker on the longest day of our conference. Attendees are exhausted, and we always try to find someone to end the day who can make them laugh AND make them really think about their lives. Jason accomplished both! Thank you!” --Jennifer Battista, Communications Director, Pennsylvania Homecare Association