FREEMAN INSTITUTE® -- "Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy"®

Severn, MD

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How does your business stand out?

MOST REQUESTED TOPIC: "Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!" BIO: JoelSpeaksRealGood dot com CALL: 410..991..9718 -- Let's talk... I never use "off-the-shelf" training. It's much more exciting for everyone to customize training by asking to interview at least 2-3 people -- prior to the event -- to get a better sense of what I will present to the group. Each presentation centers around the implementation of the mission and vision of every organization I work with. I am curious about many things, which has informed what I am passionate about: Leadership. Black History. Rosetta Stone history. Archaeology. The psyche of professional athletes. Real-world problem solving. Conflict resolution. Travel. Entrepreneurship. Emotional intelligence. Comparative religions. Cross cultural competence. And so much more... ...It's what one learns after he/she thinks they know it all that really counts. With travels to well over 55 countries, I have learned much from the people I have met and worked with in those countries. MBTI: ENFP DISC: I/D Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 Themes: Positivity | Strategic | Self-Assurance | Connectedness | Belief

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

* Helping to solve problem situations for organizations. * Enhancing creativity, productivity and purposeful communication. * Providing skills and tools for better customer service (both internal and external). * Watching the "lights go on" in people's eyes. * Travel. * Meeting new people. * Helping teams communicate better. * Cross-cultural relationships.
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Severn, MD 21144

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25 Reviews
  • Tim O. Aug 8, 2017
    Dr. Freeman was very engaging and our audience of over 400 folks were following and participating in his presentation. Would recommend him for your next program.
  • O. R. May 26, 2017
    Very professional and friendly interaction! I was personally engaged during the seminar. I took copious amounts of notes. I really gained valuable insights from the session. Likewise, the other participating individuals were engaged and reported that the seminar was valuable in achieving its objective. He did his research well and was very effective in customizing the seminar to the needs of our organization. Thus, lending the session to be immediately relevant and practical. I highly recommend Dr. Freeman---he is truly a professional with vast knowledge base.
  • Janine D. Mar 14, 2017
    Conference Planners - Look No More!
    Dr. Joel Freeman was a joy to work with from the beginning of the planning, to the completed presentation! He was able to keep the attention of the audience the entire time! Some of their comments: o This presentation zeroed in on how to communicate and deal with different personalities and how to make the work place a better place. o Kept my attention. Very positive and informative. o He was one of my favorite speakers. o Really enjoyed Dr. Freeman. I learned a lot of new ideas and different ways to get along, deal and understand people. I would highly recommend Dr. Freeman to anyone looking for a charismatic, intelligent and substantive speaker!
  • Huda E. Feb 27, 2017
    Dr. Freeman was a great facilitator and consummate professional. We recommend him for your next event!
    Dr. Freeman clearly and engagingly presented a daylong seminar titled “Dealing with People Who Drive You Crazy” to our department. With catch lines such as “you have two ears and one mouth for a reason” and “If you want to go fast, go alone and if you want to go far, go together”. Dr. Freeman’s presentation offered new insights, kept the audience engaged and elicited laughter throughout. He helped us understand our personality type and why some people drive us crazy more than others. He analyzed the organization’s mission statement and even came up with a fun safari analogy for it. The most important takeaway engendered by Dr. Freeman was the creation of the department’s Good Citizenship criteria which has been signed by all the staff, who had appropriate opportunities to discuss and participate. Besides the knowledge gained, it was nice to come away with something concrete to keep the spirit of the retreat alive in the department. Dr. Freeman was a great facilitator and consummate professional. We recommend him for your next event!
  • Alissa W. Nov 21, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Informative and entertaining
    Joel came in for a brief presentation on working with people of different personalities. The discussion was very informative. He also did an excellent job of taking our new mission statement and really expounding on what it implies for every employee.
  • Brock A. Oct 19, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Rosetta Stone - Cracking the Code to Success
    Joel did an exceptional job speaking at our event. He intrigued the crowd with his vast knowledge of history and facts about the Rosetta Stone. More impressively, he was able to relate that story to tangible business practices as it relates to our Mission, Vision, Values and Challenges. Thank you, Joel.
  • Ami P. Sep 26, 2016
    Inspiring middle and high school students
    Joel did an amazing job presenting to our middle and high schools about Rachel's Challenge. His message of kindness and compassion was inspirational and a great way to kick-off our positive school culture initiative in these schools!
  • Alan K. Aug 12, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Dr Freeman is “dealing with people who drive you euphoric”. Joel presented at our company wide sales meeting, a captivating sales program of personality and behavioral styles. He was real, engaging and warmly received by the team. Joel fluidly adapted his presentation to the programming quirks the meeting presented and made the entire morning appear fully rehearsed and well produced. Most important though was the pay off. Dr. Freeman got into our heads and souls as he asked the important question, why we do what we do. Quietly, yet powerfully, he took us from “interesting” to “trembling”; from nodding our heads in agreement to wiping away a tear!
  • Carol Y. Jun 30, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel was very well received by our audience. They loved him and the information he shared was relevant to the audience. We would highly recommend him as a speaker!
  • Michael T. Dec 11, 2015
    I would like to thank Dr. Freeman for coming to my agency and giving an excellent presentation on "Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy At Work" Here are some feedback from the participants; I will use the task of treating people the way you would like to be treated. Great presenter - very engaging. The examples were easy to relate too. LONGER :) Dr. Freeman was great, it would be awesome if we could get more! This course would be beneficial in assisting all employees to better understand their coworkers and improve work relationships.
  • Rick F. Oct 15, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Dr. Joel spoke for our group yesterday, Finance Leaders Association of Philadelphia, and knocked the cover off of the ball. For an 8:00 am session in front of 30 CFO's, CPA's and other finance types, Joel delivered an upbeat passionate talk on how to help the audience better understand their personalities and the personalities of others in order to network effectively. Highly recommend Joel, miney well spent
  • Dana F. Aug 5, 2015
    Dr. Freeman was an exceptional addition to our team building retreat! His guidance in team discussion, personality assessment tool and interactive personal approach is actually guiding my department to developing new values and changing the entire way we think about each other and the team as a whole. Our team can't thank Dr. Freeman enough!
  • Linda M. Jun 5, 2015
    Dr. Freeman took the time to interview staff which enabled him to focus his talk on issues that were relatable to his audience. He was energetic, personable and interesting. Great speaker and I give him my highest recommendation!
  • La S. Jun 1, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel Freeman, CEO and President of The Freeman Institute, did a great job presenting "Dealing with People Who Drive You Crazy" at our agency lunch and learn session on May 5th. Mr. Freeman was engaging, enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable as he described a number of situations and reasons that people become annoyed by other people. Mr. Freeman then led the audience through a personality assessment tool, which further demonstrated the different perspectives that people have, why that is, and what people can do about it to reduce stress and frustration when dealing with people who drive you crazy. We highly recommend Mr. Freeman to other agencies and corporations who are looking for ways of improving communications and improving their own human situation at work.
  • Attillio Z. May 7, 2015
    This was a wonderful presentation offered by Dr. Freeman in a fun filled exciting venue. We are looking forward to him returning in the future to dive more deeply into the subject "How to Deal with People Who Drive You Crazy." We were remiss in not scheduling enough time for him to fully unpack the subject. We are excited to work with him again!
  • Tim D. May 7, 2015
    Dr. Freeman recently spoke to our entire Health Department staff providing us with both an entertaining and refreshing presentation style but the information presented was fresh and relevant to the myriad of professionals represented. His authenticity and heart for service toward others draws you in and makes his message resonate on both an intellectual and spiritual level. We look forward to having him back very soon.
  • Lan L. Mar 13, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Our leadership teams loved Dr. Freeman's presentation!
  • Lance H. Feb 4, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    This is the PMIWDC review of Dr. Joel Freeman's presentation “Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy” delivered on 01/20/2015 at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel. Of the 275 attendees, there were 155 responses to our survey. Speaker Rating (5 point scale) --------------------------------------- Speaker's Delivery: 4.70 Value/Appropriateness of the Topic: 4.63 Additionally, here are comments relevant to Joel's presentation: ------------------------------------------------------ - Great Presentation - He needs more time to talk. - Speaker is very animated - certainly kept me awake but also hard to follow his point at 8:07 pm. Lots of graphs, not much explanations on influencing different people. - Excellent speaker - Exceptional! Well done! - Speaker effectiveness off the chart! No suggestion- Amazing! Best speech in a while! - Please bring Mr. Freeman back each year. - Great speaker and topic! - Not really my style of speaker. It was too "informercialish" in beginning but better about 15 min in when we got to the "meat." My feedback as the event coordinator: ------------------------------------------------------ Joel was exceptionally easy to work with. He was flexible in tailoring his presentation to our member's needs. His visual were legible for the large ballroom. He communicated frequently with our team and showed great interest in the engagement.
  • Judy K. Jan 26, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel provided a customized presentation in Richmond, Virginia to a group of CEO's and high level executives. It was a small intimate group of 12. The reviews were somewhat mixed with the group with overall positive reactions. Joel was very interactive and engaged the group thoroughly. I believe the members took away a positive experience that some will utilize the tools that Joel shared within their organization. There are many profiling/behavioral assessment tools out there and Joel's tool added dimension and another assessment tool. A couple of members felt the presentation was not high level enough and therefore the average rating. Overall, I personally (as the Executive Director) would highly recommend Joel.
  • Bill P. Dec 2, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel presented to our staff of about 60 employees at one of our semi-annual off-site communication meetings. He was very effective in utilizing humorous scenarios to convey a positive and uplifting message. We had asked him to keep the presentation to 45 minutes; I believe we would have benefited more with additional time, as is his standard duration.
  • Emily K. Nov 16, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
  • Don G. Oct 26, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    We hired Joel to conduct a workshop on personality types and understanding how to deal with each personality type to create a productive and harmonious work environment. Joel was extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator. Everyone in our group was very impressed with his presentation and we would love to have him back again. Don G. National Counterterrorism Center
  • Samuel O. Jul 30, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Dr Joel is incredibly talented, worked within my budget and gave me the best service. He is a great motivational speaker, I thank God for meeting him. Everybody in his training class was happy and highly motivated. His training session was rated the best of my 7days program by my group from Nigeria. He is awesome, I would love to work with again and again.
  • Jim C. May 7, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel spent time preparing prior to the meeting which sets him above the rest with cookie cutter info....We were very impressed with the feedback we received from the team! I would use him again.
  • Donilee A. Sep 9, 2013
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Joel did a great job and delivered just what our staff needed. He taylored his PD with personal information about our company/program which resonated with the staff. Staff members stated they would like to see him provide additional training for us in the future.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
THUMBTACK SPECIAL: Since you are within driving distance, I do not have to travel on another plane and do not have to stay in another hotel. To someone who has traveled to 50+ countries around the world, that is music to my ears. International travel is not as alluring as it once was when I was younger. This is why I am available here at Thumbtack for your event. I hope this makes sense to you. Let me be frank. The reason I did not list my fee for your event is because I have an agent in Nashville and I am rather embarrassed by what he charges for my services. I can guarantee that it is far more than what's in your budget. I have a clause in my agreement with him that permits me to deal directly with you...and not have to send you to my agent. But for Thumbtack, I am making myself available to organizations who normally would not be able to afford my services. I am a trusting soul. Tell me about the purpose of your organization, the "take-aways" you want from your event, your budget and your objectives. I leverage my talents to help with my Foundation. Whatever funds you provide will be put toward projects I am passionate about through my Foundation. That makes my agent happy and also allows me to say, "The more you are able to pay, the happier it makes me."
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Let's talk...410..991..9718
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am learning all the time. I read widely on all types of topics. I also attend seminars and workshops periodically to sharpen my skills. "It's what you learn after you think you know it all that really counts." MBTI: ENFP ------------ DISC: I/D ---------- Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 Themes: Positivity | Strategic | Self-Assurance | Connectedness | Belief
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I served as mentor/chaplain for the NBA Washington Bullets/Wizards for 20 seasons. Schools, companies, government agencies, churches, and community-based organizations all started calling me to come and speak. That's what launched my company. As organizations requested different topics, I was forced to become a student of each topic. The rest is history...
What types of customers have you worked with?
Keynote. Breakout sessions during a conference. Lecture. Motivational. Helping them develop a Code of Conduct. Executive coaching. Critical Incident Debriefing. Helping them develop a Diversity initiative. Helping them develop a mentoring program. --------------------------------------------------- ARENAS OF EXPERTISE: Staff Development. Leadership. Diversity. Teamwork. Entrepreneurial Creativity. Brainstorming. Change Management. Black History. Executive Coaching. Stress Management. Emotional Intelligence. Anger Management. Sales. Cross-Cultural Competence. Conference Keynote Addresses...
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Here is what one of my recent Thumbtack clients said: "Joel did a great job and delivered just what our staff needed. He taylored his presentation with personal information about our company/program which resonated with the staff. Staff members stated they would like to see him provide additional training for us in the future...."
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
"Chemistry, timing and fit are all needed to create a win/win/win result." I agree with this statement made by George Fraser. Video clips, bio, references and conversations over the phone all help to provide the kind of picture you need to determine if there is the right chemistry and the right fit. I will need to know why you are calling for my services at this time. Is your call a proactive move or is it in reaction to something crazy that has happened within your organization? It does not matter which it is, but knowing what has sponsored your request for my services at this time will help me better serve your organizations real needs.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Clients tend to focus on the time for the event and tend to think that's all they are paying for. Little do most clients understand is that I am giving up an entire day to do a 1-2 hour event for them. CUSTOMIZATION: I refuse to pull something off the shelf for an event. I always seek to customize each event to each audience. That takes extra time and energy. Couple that with time spent in preparation, drive time (to and from the event), gas, tolls, wear and tear on the's far more than what meets the eye. Not complaining. Merely educating. I LOVE what I do and it shows...