Why should you choose Andy to speak at your next event?
Dynamic and Compelling Presentations
Keynotes & Cultural Immersions
Dr. Andy Erlich has dedicated his life to building bridges between people. Since 1979, his dynamic keynotes and cultural immersions have inspired audiences across the globe to embrace the power and creativity of change, welcome and support human differences, and experience the rich rewards that come with recognizing and celebrating human diversity.
The insights, exercises and tools that Andy brings to his speaking engagements are drawn from his more than 30-year career as a clinical psychologist and his in-depth research and real-world experiences exploring cross-cultural communications, organizational development and motivational analysis.
Every engagement is unique, designed to address each organization’s particular markets, business challenges and organizational needs.
Freeing the Giant
How can we overcome our personal limitations? What holds us back from realizing our dreams?
In this engagement, Dr. Andy Erlich tells the moving story of his uncle, Jacob Reuben Erlich, who, at 8 foot 6, was among the tallest men in the world. Best known by his stage name, Jack Earle, he would overcome crippling shyness, depression, temporary blindness and the physical challenges of a giant’s frame to earn widespread acclaim as a silent film star, circus performer, artist, poet, vaudevillian and business executive.
Attendees will learn important lessons about resilience, emotional intelligence and diversity and discover how they can harness their own creativity, power and inner strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges in their personal and professional lives. They will come away knowing how to:
The keynote consists of a multimedia presentation that includes archival photos and video clips, circus memorabilia, music, magic and humor.
The training session expands on the keynote by incorporating creative expression and role-playing exercises that are customized and relevant to each audience.
This engagement is ideal for everyone who recognizes that despite their limitations, they have a giant of unexpressed ability, creativity and strength within them.
Not only the
Tallest Man in the World...
Jake Erlich was a multitalented man. Andy’s Uncle Jake—the hero of his moving “Freeing the Giant” keynote—is the artist behind these paintings and photographs.
Who was Jake Erlich?
It’s hard to imagine Jake’s gargantuan size, but these striking photos and video from his life help to illustrate that.
Life in the Circus
Below are some of the beautiful vintage flyers from Jake’s time with the Ringling Brothers’ Circus.