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Acting Up – Keynote

Our life is our own show.  It is our own unique performance and creation.  We never play just one role. We play many at work and in our personal lives. In our work a day world we don’t often take the time to ask the deep questions about motivation and intention. Our lives are acting on us, instead of us acting out our lives. That is why the discovery of what Bill calls and defines as the ‘authentic self’ is so critical. Without knowing who we are, we can never be fully in charge of who we will become.

In the Acting Up keynote, Bill explores some of the neuroscience of self and the current discussions of mind, brain and body consciousness. His ideas about the nature of ‘mask’ and the characters we play everyday, consciously and unconsciously, help the audience start to see that they too are playing roles and significant roles at that. He helps the audience see how the roles they play intersect and impact one another. He stresses the importance of understanding, not just how you see yourself, but also how you are seen by those around you.

In Acting up, Bill explores strategies for ‘acting up’ to our better selves and playing the roles we want to play the way we know we want to play them. He discusses the value of friends and the need for safe “rehearsal space’ as we try out our various ‘character revisions.’ He shows how character is created through challenge and failure and the important truth of “the Watcher” which operates in all our lives. And the importance of understanding there is a distance between action and reaction. This is a fun and insightful keynote that is among Bill’s most personal and heartfelt offerings. Bill often says, “I’ve truly lived this one! My whole life has been an experiment in trying to Act Up and not just act out.”

Listen to Bill speak on “Acting Up”.


The keynote can be paired with Bill’s Acting Up – The Workshop that builds on the ideas shared in the keynote and introduces strategies on how to make them work practically and immediately in your own work and life. The length of this workshop is fully customizable to client needs.

Bill is also pleased to offer his book “Acting Up: Lessons from the Theatre of Life” for those wishing to go more deeply into a search for their own authentic self.


“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success – Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

 I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York