Rick Lewis Professional Misbehaver


    As You're Dining

    Imagine your guests sitting down for lunch or dinner as their server approaches the table to refresh the water glass. Filling the glass to the absolute brim from a height of two-and-a-half feet, your guest is asked, “Is that enough water for you?” by a completely straight-faced waiter.

    Imagine the same waiter returning to the table throughout the meal and becoming more eccentric with each visit.

    In this first segment of his presentation Rick plays the role of an utterly inept server who breaks every rule of normal and expected behavior.

    By the end of the meal your guests have leaned to the left or right at least a dozen times to whisper to the person sitting next to them, “Did you just see what I saw?”

    The result?

    Your guests connect with each other and they also begin a journey of awareness into how the unspoken rules of our culture shape our lives.

    Suddenly an announcement is made by the hotel management. They have asked the new waiter to come forward and apologize for his behavior.

    After the Meal

    Nervously arriving on stage, the waiter stammers for words, but he is interrupted by a broadcast of show tunes over the loudspeakers. He is taken over by the mood of the music. As he sheds his uniform, the bright jersey of Rick the entertainer is revealed.

    Your audience will finally realize that the waiter is actually their headline act.

    Rick uses his training as a performer and comedian to captivate and delight your guests. A master of audience participation, Rick gets your crowd completely involved in his circus stunts and comedy routines.

    As he balances objects, juggles and mounts a unicycle that is 12 feet tall, your audience gets the laughs and a powerful message at the same time.

    Breaking the right rules is essential for organizational excellence.

    The audience are participants in Rick's message before it even begins.

    By the end of his comedy show Rick has the undivided attention of your audience.

    Concluding Keynote

    Once the stage show has concluded Rick will transition into his speaking presentation.

    The theme of excellence is approached from a refreshing perspective.

    Intelligent misbehavior is the foundation of personal and organizational success.

    As a professional misbehaver and author of "7 Rules You Were Born to Break", Rick will share his unique approach that ensures both individual and organizational excellence.

    Prior to the event Rick will conference with your group to understand your meeting objectives and tailor his speaking element to focus on the rule your organization could most benefit from breaking.

    Rick Lewis provides a keynote-experience that uses world-class entertainment and fun to drive home a practical and powerful message.

    Breaking the right rules is essential for excellence.

    Rick's presentation is a stand-alone product that will inspire your audience to take positive action in their own lives and in your organization.

    For groups wishing to maximize return on their presentation investment, Rick's book is a low-cost value add that will guide attendees to sustained change.


    Rick's new book reveals the secrets of a professional misbehaver who turned his passion for mischief into a successful career as an internationally renowned entertainer.

    In his rise from the streets as a juggler, jester and busker, to the banquet halls of the corporate elite as a headlining comedian, Rick Lewis faced the 7 hidden rules that oppose our fulfillment and success.

    Lewis guides us through the silent shadows of our rule oriented society through his performing stories, illustrating with warmth, humor and passion the unwritten laws that disempower us and which we must break to claim our birthright to excellence.

    Celebrities and a break-dancing dwarf, Santa Claus and CEOs, may never have shared a stage so equally as they do in Lewis's inspiring and remarkable tales.

    7 Rules You Were Born to Break is an exploration of 7 rules we unconsciously obey and the power of breaking them.

    From the top of his twelve-foot unicycle Lewis shows us how we can rise above mediocrity in our day to day lives and give our greatest hopes, aims and visions a fighting chance.

    Intelligent Misbehavior

    Rick's book is the foundation of his presentation work. In it he reveals the 7 hidden rules that we have unconsciously agreed to obey as a culture and he also shows how these rules undermine our potential for excellence.

    Intelligent Misbehavior is the willingness to challenge these hidden rules in our culture that compromise individual and organizational excellence. The phrase is trademarked by Rick whose personal experience working with over one million people over a thirty year period led him to coin the term.

    Rick's belief is that Actions of Intelligent Misbehavior (AIMs) must be practiced to overcome the influence of the 7 hidden rules.

    A self-proclaimed professional misbehaver and accidental sociologist, Rick Lewis currently presents his unique combination of entertainment, social commentary, and practical guidance for change to corporations, associations and educational institutions across North America.

    The 7 Rules You Were Born to Break are:

    • Be Normal
    • Avoid Mistakes
    • Be Independent
    • Stay Comfortable
    • Pretend You Don't Matter
    • Stay in Control
    • Be Popular

    Speaking Topics

    Individuals who break the 7 hidden rules and engage in Intelligent Misbehavior provide tangible value to the organizations they are members of. This is because the same practices that bring benefit to individuals also create growth in organizations.


    When being authentic is supported in any organizational setting over the need to fit in, communication channels open while misunderstandings and conflict decrease.


    When an organization’s members are supported and encouraged to take chances and engage reasonable risks rather than focusing on avoiding mistakes, innovation can occur.


    When individuals are willing to ask for help, overcoming the rule of independence, then teamwork becomes a possibility within a group.


    When the determination to achieve and reach goals is stronger than the need to remain comfortable, productivity results.


    Workers who accept their significance within an organization bring accountability to their group and transcend the 5th rule, pretending we don't matter.


    When building relationships is valued over the desire to force compliance from others and to stay in control, exceptional leadership emerges.


    When leaders are willing to risk their approval rating instead of being run by the need to be popular, the integrity of the organization’s vision can be preserved and realized.