Jenny Herrick: Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Author

aka - All Kidding Aside
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Who is Jenny Herrick?
  • A popular presenter who enthusiastically shares life-changing reasons why laughter is key to a healthier, happier life.
  • A dynamic woman who can laugh at her own imperfections (and knows very well that if SHE doesn't, someone else will)!
  • An accomplished keynote speaker primed to kick off or close your special event with a rock-solid message that will literally change your life and that of your audience

Jenny's expertise, comfortable presentation style and life-changing message will provide you and your audience with an uplifting, memorable experience. As a nationally recognized motivational speaker, Jenny offers fast-paced humorous presentations peppered with personal anecdotes and real-life experiences.

Three life-changing experiences key to Jenny's outlook, which she shares freely with her audiences, are:
1. Losing her first husband at age 27 and having to raise two young, rambunctious sons on her own;
2. Traveling to China in 2000 as a member of a Fun Medicine Delegation of clowns led by Dr. Patch Adams, spreading smiles and joy to hospices, orphanages and healthcare facilities;
3. In 2001, only nine weeks after 9/11, joining fellow clowns at Ground Zero in New York City to provide "mirth aid" to rescue teams and recovery workers.

Currently, you will find Jenny passionately sharing her deep-felt message around the globe with her unprecedented level of energy, passion, insight and fun.

Jenny will show you that humor gives us a different perspective on our problems and, as comedian Bill Cosby is fond of saying, "If you can laugh at it, you can survive it."


  • A registered nurse who graduated from the Lutheran School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa, a looooooooooong time ago and 25 years later earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa.
  • A former psychiatric nurse ("I felt right at home!"), obstetrical nurse, educator in a community college and traveling nurse consultant who has studied the topic of health and humor extensively.
  • A member of the National Speakers Association, recognized as Distinguished Toastmaster in 1995.
  • Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Clown College and manager of the Caring Clown Troupe at a local hospital.
  • Charter member of the Womens Ecommerce Association, International.
  • Nominee for the Women of Excellence award in the "Women Striving to Make a Difference" category.
  • Founder and president of All Kidding Aside, an organization designed to inspire and motivate others to realize the value of humor.
  • A self-published author of her autobiography "You Laugh, I'll Drive," which takes readers on a wild, uplifting ride into how she learned to laugh, in spite of life's speed bumps, detours and head-on collisions; and "Laugh Your Lips Off!", a side-splitting collection of some of Jenny's favorite jokes, stories and anecdotes.
  • Contributing author in the book, "Conversations on Health & Wellness" with Dr. John Gray, best-selling author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus."
  • The perfect speaker for your next special event!


National Speakers Association
International Speakers Network
Applied Association for Therapeutic Humor
National Association for Self-Esteem
International Clowns of America
Certified Laughter Leaders - World Laughter Tour
God's Giggle Gang
Omaha's Wild Clowndum
Secret Society of Happy People
Sioux City Sillies
St. Luke's Caring Clown Troupe

Toastmasters International
Women's Ecommerce Association International (WECAI)

Jenny Herrick

Jenny Herrick


Jenny in China

Jenny and the Nun


National Speakers Association
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