Need a speaker who can wake you up? With laugh-ins, workshops, keynotes and articles, Pat Snyder, a life coach, humor columnist, and certified laughter leader, keeps things moving with her happy secrets of using humor and laughter to stimulate creativity and life balance at home and at work.

For a decade, her humor column Balancing Act has disclosed the challenges in her own overbooked life during the years she was practicing law and taking care of a busy and sometimes ailing family. The column, which appears in a chain of 22 weekly papers in the Columbus, Ohio area, where she lives, is now also available to subscribers online, on the air and to print media outside the Columbus area.

These tales from the trenches, as well as fun tips for taking control, take center stage in her first book, The Dog Ate My Planner : Tales And Tips From An Overbooked Life, which was released in September 2009.

Pat offers workshops, speeches and laugh-ins, to help others laugh their way through life’s obstacles and find time for joy in their lives. She tailors special stress relief programs for busy professionals, sandwich generation caregivers and anyone else with too much on their plates.

She invites web visitors to contribute their own tales and survival tips on her blog, The Dog Journal.


Pat In Business Week

January 3rd, 2012

Pat’s coaching career has shown up in a trend story posted by Business Week, about women launching post-retirement careers. (Click on headline for article).

Pat Receives Literacy Award

November 1st, 2011

The Altrusa International of Columbus Club has honored Pat with its 2011 Literacy Award for her writing, including her column “Balancing Act” that has appeared in suburban newspapers around Columbus since 1999 and her book, The Dog Ate My Planner.


Pat's Latest Column

Flu Worries Take Center Stage

February 9th, 2018

Until last month, I mostly worried about earthquakes, tsunamis and getting nuked by North Korea. They were splendid prompts for worry since they fall in my specialty area – things I can’t control.

But now, with the flu epidemic going full tilt, I have shifted focus. Natural and political disasters have taken a back seat to the new random terror: H3N2.


Speeches & Workshops

Pat offers a choice of two- to four-hour interactive workshops on humor-related topics. Sign up for a workshop and learn how to write funny, or control stress and spark creativity through humor. Also, check out her speech topics.


Certified Laughter Leader Activities

Laughter for Lawyers, Laughter for Caregivers and Laughter for Birthdays and Retirement Parties are three of Pat’s offerings as a certified laughter leader through the World Laughter Tour. The video below shows a recent laughter session at St. Brendan's Church in Hilliard.

Learn more about Laughter Sessions.