“One of the most fun speakers we’ve ever had.” goodLife

Testimonials from my last event with AATH:

“This was the BEST Keynote I have been to in a long time – maybe ever. Charlie was a very good speaker and was able to really tell his story with good examples and visuals… This was really just fantastic.”

“This was great. Using play and humor to combat anxiety. I bought the book. I do workshops on stress management and I can incorporate these strategies.”

“Play is free work, play is medicine, and play creates wealth. Everyone in the world was once a child. Reaffirms what I share with my veterans all the time. Play and laughter are the best medicine.”

“Charlie demonstrated some really great play ideas, and I found his insights helpful in working on managing stress and burnout for counselors with compassion fatigue. His ideas for play were very good.”


Here’s what we did at my last event:

Tournament style Rock Paper Scissors. Always a crowd pleaser (learned this from improv). #aath winner was Carol! 💥

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What People Are Saying:

JoshM“Charlie delivers a message that resonates with everyone. I’ve personally made adjustments to my life after hearing him speak, and many of my coworkers at Tesla are starting to do the same. It’s been a privilege to share the stage with him at The Pentagon, Fort Hood, TEDx Santo Domingo, and more events to come.” – Josh Mantz, Tesla


JoshM“Charlie is one of the most fun speakers we’ve ever had. He’s full of practical ideas, great stories, and so easy to relate to. By the end of his speech, he had all 80 attendees on their feet, playing Rock Paper Scissors with each other. After a long day of sitting and quietly taking notes, it was so refreshing to see the room full of energy and laughter.” – Krisstina Wise, goodLife Companies


FreddyG“I’ve hosted 18 TEDx events around the world, and was lucky enough to have Charlie at our TEDx Santo Domingo event. He is an amazing human being and a true expert at making work happier and less stressful through play. I would have Charlie back in the Dominican Republic in a heartbeat. I can’t recommend him enough.” – Freddy Ginebra, TEDx Santo Domingo


Jason“When I think of speakers who have changed my life and business, Charlie Hoehn is the first one that comes to mind. Before I saw Charlie speak I was successful on paper, but privately overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Apparently Charlie had been there too and gave amazing tips for using play, fun, and intentionality to get back to loving life again. Today, thanks to Charlie’s training, I host non-traditional meetings that my clients LOVE. More importantly, I’m easier on myself, I feel like I can control my anxiety, and I enjoy my work – and life – much more. Charlie gets my highest recommendation as a speaker and trainer. He is not to be missed.” – Jason Connell, Ignited Leadership


Vijay“Charlie does something few people have the courage to do: shine a spotlight on a topic that so many of us suffer from and don’t want to admit is a problem. Overwork, social isolation, and burnout are issues that ring true for the majority of people in today’s society, and Charlie’s message in support of play acts as a constant reminder that we don’t have to live that way. I’ve personally seen that integrating play into a daily routine is critical in the startup world, and that it acts as the foundation to the kind of outside-of-the-box thinking that sparks the innovation necessary for disruptive change.” – Vijay Thakkar, Words With Friends


cameron“I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s message to have more fun. He combined research and heartfelt storytelling into a highly relatable presentation. He is a wonderful resource to the field of mental wellness and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution. I only wish more of our members could have attended.” – Cameron Vann, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program


PhilRandazzo1“When we approached Charlie to speak to a group of Veterans, there was no hesitation in his acceptance, and boy did he knock it out of the park! His message was spot on and the audience was truly engaged. We hope his schedule will allow him to speak at all of our future events!” – Phil Randazzo, American Dream U


“Charlie has a unique ability to capture any type of audience and get them to think outside of the box – including innovative hackers and entrepreneurs that never turn off. Instead of the typical internet tycoon, VC, or over-worked startup founder, I wanted to bring in someone with a fresh, philosophical perspective. Even though he was the only one speaking, he had a conversation with every single person in the room. And that influential conversation continued well after he left. It’s very rare to find someone who’s able to give advice to an anonymous audience like they would to their best friend. And that’s what makes Charlie’s talks that much more powerful – you’ll see the tangible effects instantly.” – Anjali Kundra, Startup Weekend


Conley“Charlie’s philosophy changed both my personal and work life as I began to integrate play and creative thinking. Instead of having drinks with friends on the weekend, I’d arrange a workout at my local CrossFit gym. And with work, I introduced the idea of walking meetings to get out from behind my desk and explore the neighborhood. Thanks to Charlie, I’m simply having more fun with my life, and it’s allowing me to be the best-version of myself as a husband, employee, and friend.” – Eric Conley, Marathon Oil


Schelzi“One of Charlie’s greatest strengths is giving people permission: to play, to have fun, to enjoy life. It’s way too easy to get sucked into the day-to-day seriousness of adulthood and feel guilty about playing. But as Charlie makes abundantly clear, we need play. It’s vital not just for our mental health, but it also enhances the quality and creativity of our work. Play is for anyone looking to get an edge, reduce their stress, strengthen their relationships, optimize their health, and create a life of fulfillment, happiness, and success. And there is no better teacher than Charlie.” – Chris Schelzi, Coin and Cloak


Botsch“Charlie is one of the most engaging and passionate speakers that I have ever heard. The joy that he gets from helping everyone from VC’s to overworked college students is contagious. He grabs you right from the beginning with a genuine desire to make your life fun again and keeps that same energy the entire time he is speaking. He is truly one of a kind with his message. Taking the simple suggestions he makes will immediately help anyone find the happiness they have been missing.” – Joseph Botsch

About Charlie Hoehn

  • Keynote Speaker at The Pentagon, Fort Hood, Carnegie Mellon, TEDx events.
  • Author of Play It Away, Play for a Living, and Recession Proof Graduate.
  • Head of Podcast and Video for Book In A Box.
  • Former Director of Special Projects for Tim Ferriss.

Speaking Availability

In order to best serve event planners and their audiences, I only commit to one (1) speaking engagement per month.

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