“We don’t want a Speaker for our holiday party, we want someone to make us laugh, do entertainment, no business talk…just fun!”
Loud and clear, this client wanted what we call in showbiz “The Show”.
Oddly, I said yes, and we booked the date for December.
When I say, “oddly”, perhaps you don’t know what that means!
Well, it has been a few years since I have accepted what I deem as “Show Dates”.
Doing “The Show” has physically and emotionally beaten me up since 2000, almost permanently damaging my vocal cords by 2012.
I have done (maybe) 1 special show per year in the past half decade.
But over the last 2.5 months, as I’ve stared at a ceiling fan in my bedroom and considered my life’s work, while dealing with a debilitating injury, I have made a few new choices that have big changes coming in my life and career.
Doing my Show again is one of those.
Since 2016 I have essentially turned away every single show request in favor of only SPEECH opportunities.
It has been a harsh rebrand, as many former clients wanted the “Make Us Laugh ONLY Jason”, vs. the “Make Us Think, Leave Us Inspired, Educate Us, AND Make Us Laugh Jason.”
Funny enough, I do all of those things in every presentation, labeled Speech or Show, whether you realize it or not.
Your attendees go away having laughed their guts out while growing their hearts in Grinch-epic proportions… if that’s what they needed.
The Event Planner needs the laughs, the music, the entertainment. I get it. And that’s what I’m doing once again.
Here’s what I’ve come to – Jason The Keynote Speaker is finally fully established after what I might label one of the worst transitionary experiences someone can endure.
I’ll spare you the details and the stories of literally millions of dollars I have lost in turning away full fee show opportunities in order to speak for next to nothing as I established The Promise and Jason The Keynote Speaker.
Eventually people got the picture. I lost most of my clientele. I slowly but surely created a new following as Jason The Keynote Speaker, and now make better fees than I ever did as Jason The Entertainer doing The Show.
Why would I bring this back, you ask? Fair question.
The WHY was driven by the How, which I’ll explain below, but the main WHY is:
The Promise is a full entertainment experience – I just couldn’t figure out HOW to deliver it that way. In my mind it had to be a Keynote Speech, but I always wanted it to go both ways.
WHY this matters is that I HAD TO BELIEVE IT FOR MYSELF, and I had to lose my own physical capability to see what I still had left to deliver.
I have written quite a bit about how my leg injury has been a divine kick to the knee…this is part of that gift for my being injured into complete immobilization, and I finally formulated in my mind, while lying in bed recovering, how The Show is The Promise is The Show.
What this means is that Jason The Entertainer doing The Show is back!
I have figured out how to offer my best material in Show form, while not compromising a few things that made my performance of The Show impossible:
- I still keep my voice – that was the main reason for my transition to Speaker
- I still share the stories that matter, in high comedy fashion
- I have graduated from the “physicality performer” relying on my body to make the sale of the Show and comedy – obviously, if you follow my journey, you may realize that breaking my leg had a great part in helping me come to this post
- Within the Entertainment, Comedy & Music is the message I’ve always brought along anyway, and yet it doesn’t feel like I’m sharing a message, it’s just the overarching story of a great performance
- The costumes are out – those from the video have been retired as well – most were lost on airplanes through the years (yet I don’t have any newer footage of myself doing the show without them), so please bear with me for a moment while I figure things out, but costumes aren’t a part of this anymore!
My friend, I am blown away by the realization of my own progression as much as everyone else that has wondered where Jason The Entertainer has been.
What’s amazing is that I recently had someone come up to me and say, “You’re Jason Hewlett, The Author!”
I was floored.
I asked how they knew I was an Author. They had received my book from a leader who insisted they read, “The Promise To The One”.
As we spoke I was astounded by all this person recalled about my book, how it made them feel, and how they saw me in their mind’s eye.
I offered, “Well, it would be great for you to attend one of my speeches or shows in the future…”
To which the person said, “What do you mean?”
I said, “As you know, I perform at events and it would be fun to have you see the comedy, music, and other things I referred to in the book.”
The person said, “I was just hoping to read the next books you’re going to write, I didn’t even realize you’re a performer, even though you wrote that, I see you as the best author I’ve ever read and want more books from you.”
A small tear fell from my eye.
Jason The Author! I love that this person could read my entire book, all about my entertainment journey, and only wanted more of my writing! Unreal. That is what I want in the future as well.
But right now, Jason The Entertainer returns. The Show is Back and it’s amazing. It is my Greatest Hits over 20+ years of standing ovation performances.
In the past 2 weeks I have done this show multiple times as a trial run, once in Vegas, once out of the country, a few times in my home state, all to rave reviews.
Standing Ovations and shouts of Encore, along with requests of returning in the future.
The Show is back!
Please tell your peers, your event planners, your meeting professional friends. Holiday parties are starting to book up since word got out.
And if they only know me as Jason The Keynote Speaker, or Jason The Author, please tell them, “If you thought that was good, you should see Jason The Entertainer do The Show!”
Making & Keeping New Promises.
Living My Promise.
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
- Speaker Hall of Fame * Award-Winning Entertainer * Promise Legacy Project Coach
- World’s Only Keynote Speaker utilizing entertainment, musical impressions, and comedy to Create Legendary Leadership through the Power of Commitment
- Author of “The Promise To The One”