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096: Gary Ware, Jeff Harry, and Stefan Bramble: A Seriously Fun Business Conversation About Play

Can we have a serious business conversation about play? About fun and job? Compassion and accountability? Vulnerability and authenticity? Business culture and leadership? Absolutely. Three previous guests – Gary Ware, Jeff Harry, and Stefan Bramble – return and I try to manage the chaos. This is one of my favorite episodes and I think you’ll love it too. Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world!

After you listen, please share with others. And let me know your most important takeaway or a-ha moment from this conversation. Email me at [email protected] or tweet to @brocedwards.



Gary Ware, Strategic Play Consultant

Gary Ware, the Founder of Breakthrough Play is one of the most sought-after Corporate Facilitators with nearly a decade of experience a performer in improv theatre. He assists teams with unlocking creativity, confidence, and sparks collaboration with experiential methods proven to drive peak performance.
Gary spent a decade in the corporate world and originally pursued improv to master public speaking. He quickly discovered that combining improv and play could be a powerful solution to achieve various business challenges. Naturally, he created workshops for his team and other executives in his network to deepen relationships and improve creativity. Gary became obsessed on learning how to use play as a transformational tool and as a result, happily transitioned from marketing to pursue facilitation full time in the Spring of 2018.
When Gary isn’t leading workshops and keynote speaking, you can find him learning magic or off an adventure with his wife Courtney and son Garrett.

Connect with Gary:

Twitter: @BreakthruPlay



Jeff Harry, Positive Psychology Coach, Speaker, Play Wizard

Jeff Harry shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing.  Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. His play work has been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN. While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it’s when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens.  Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.  Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.
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Stefan Bramble, Director of Brazen, Facilitator, and Fun Guy

Who is this Stefan Guy?

The youngest son of 4 boys, Stefan has been learning to manipulate people’s emotions from before he could walk. As a student he developed a keen interest in drama, comedy, science, phycology and superheros. This combination of course lead him to graduate Monash university with a degree in performing arts and a grad dip in education, where he went on to teach bored kids how to actually get excited about their education. The double edged sword of this work meant that he became excited about his own education and went back to uni and did a proper acting degree at the VCA (it’s like Sydney’s NIDA but cooler and not as famous). This began his obsession/addiction to clown, he has done a lot of weird things following that rabbit down a hole. On graduating he discovered that being an actor alone kind of sucks. However, luck shone on him and an old friend from his teaching degree gave him a job working with at risk and disengaged young people across Australia. This changed his life. During four years he worked closely with refugee groups, school refusers, corporate Australia, indigenous communities, people with disabilities, the young, the old and a partridge in a pear tree. Now he gets to take all this learning and help people be people around other people – be that as a leader, a manager, a speaker, a networker, a lover, a daughter, a dad or just some guy.

What is Brazen?

Coming from a basis in communication, public speaking and leadership, we aim to create groups that are connected, dynamic and compassionate. We want to help create workplaces and organisations that allow people to be fully them and bring that themness to serve the needs of the group and the outcomes they are striving to achieve. We are always engaging. We provoke thought. We are genuine. We are always in discovery.

We are new and looking for opportunities to continue the exploration with other humans who believe that we are all better when we can authentically connect to others.


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Photo credit: Fox & Florals Media

Theme music: Just a Little by award winning indie pop band Shadow of Whales.

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