"DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO DRIVE YOU CRAZY!"®
NBA seasons I served as player development mentor and
character coach to the Washington Bullets/Wizards team --
which gave me a unique inside perspective regarding team
chemistry, leadership, stress, change management, cultural
competency, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and
winning/losing at the pro level..."
sought-after conference speaker and
about dynamic, fun-filled excellence
with travels to 55+ countries
globally as a specialist in helping organizations unlock the
potential of their human capital
coach to executives
culture change specialist
trainer | Rosetta
Stone history expert
of numerous awards, citations and honors
to pro athletes | Award-winning
coach | Photographer
motivated by curiosity
an on-going love/hate relationship with technology
distracted and mesmerized by live music or street performers
husband and father
singer and extremely bad dancer
Born in Maine (1954) and raised in a small town (2,000)
in Alberta, Canada, Joel A. Freeman brings a rich reservoir
of personal experience blended with contagious enthusiasm,
clarity and down to earth humor to empower people from
diverse walks of life with improved communication skills and
"Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!"® is not
only the brand for his company, but also is the title of the
most requested seminar experience... with a book in the
Institute® (TFI), of which Dr. Freeman is
company with eight main arenas of expertise:
/ Seminar / Retreat Facilitation / Keynote Addresses
Executive Success Coaching
Critical Incident Debriefings
Black History Presentations
v. Entrepreneurship /
Business Intelligence and Creativity
Open Registration Seminar Events --
example: Hampton Roads, VA
vii. The Freeman Institute®
Rosetta Stone Replica Project
freeman publishing -- books, DVDs, films, ebooks,
magazines, graphic novels, etc.
Freeman participated in a Pan African Conference (Fall,
2002) addressing tribal warfare, AIDS and conflict
management, with well over 100 African Kings and Queens in
attendance (Benin, West Africa). Dr. Freeman is currently
working on several films including, African Kings: A
Journey Into The Past, Present and Future of African
A seasoned, well-traveled veteran, Joel has an impressive
list of satisfied clients ranging from the Prime Minister of
Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to the White House
Communications staff (WHCA), E! Entertainment
Television, Blacks In Government (BIG), NASA, Verizon, FBI,
GE, EMI Music Group, Ikea, NRC, CDC, YPO, National Security
Agency, NIH, Association of International Schools of Africa
(AISA), US Sentencing Commission, Billboard Music Group,
Black Public Relations Society, European Council of
International Schools (ECIS), many pro athletes and
executives around the globe.
Dr. Freeman's most popular seminar/presentation titles:
--------------- The Curiosity-Driven Life
-------------- Connecting Now With Later
Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence
Diversity: The Value of Mutual Respect
----------- All Stressed Out And Nobody To Choke!
---------- A White Man's Journey Into Black History
--------- When Strangling Someone Isn't An Option!
-------- Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!®
------- If Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand!®
------ Lessons From Blades of Grass in a Concrete Jungle
----- IGNITE (or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial Passion!
---- How Your Personality Impacts Your Personal Success!
--- Business Wisdom and Life Lessons from an NBA Chaplain
-- The Mysterious Rosetta Stone: Cracking the Code to Your
- Professional Bloodsuckers: Dealing With the People Who
Drain You of Your
Time, Energy and Patience
With well over a half a million copies in print,
Freeman’s seven books and three DVDs have received rave
reviews worldwide, endorsed by notables like Steve Forbes,
Bill Cosby, Julius (Dr. J) Erving, Cathy Hughes, Ben Carson,
Brian Tracy, Joe Frazier, Teri Woods, Ken Blanchard, Rich
DeVos, George Fraser, Pat Williams and Billy Graham -- books
published in 28 foreign translations:
1. RETURN TO GLORY®:
The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man
(book/audio book & film)
2. KINGDOM ZOOLOGY: Dealing With the Wolves, Serpents
and Swine in Your Life
3. LIVING WITH YOUR CONSCIENCE WITHOUT GOING CRAZY
When Life Isn't Fair:
Making Sense Out of Suffering
5. A White Man's Journey Into Black History® --
6. Professional Bloodsuckers: Dealing With the People Who
Drain You of Your Time,
Energy and Patience --
(26-minute video VHS)
7. Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!®
8. If Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand®
(book/workbook/audio book combination)
For 20 wonderful seasons Freeman served as veteran
mentor/chaplain for NBA’s Washington Bullets / Wizards
(78/79-97/98). Quite a number of pro athletes from basketball
and hockey to football and baseball have consulted with him
on a variety of personal and professional matters. He has
served as mentor to Sports World ('98-'04), an organization
with 13-15 ex-pro athletes who speak to close to a million
young people every year. Freeman is a Diplomate member of
the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA).
Duties involved team meetings before every home game,
counseling, studying with them, golfing, hanging out,
spending time together discussing top-of-mind issues,
helping new players and their wives feel welcome and a
part of a new team culture, keeping in touch with
their parents, and so much more. Absolute
confidentiality. Kind of a combined player development
assistant, empathic listener, kick-butt coach, mentor,
counselor, spiritual adviser, pastor and confidant.
Dr. Freeman wrote a tribute to former Bullet's
player, Manute Bol who died on June 19, 2010. Joel was also
interviewed in the well-reviewed film about Manute aired on TV
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World,
Dr. Freeman holds a master of science degree in the field of
counseling from Loyola College (Baltimore) and also a Ph.D.
in the same discipline. A number of his Ancient Egyptian
photographs have been published by McGraw-Hill, Teaching and
Learning, Rosh Gadol (Israeli science magazine for
kids), Nelson Educational, the Pharaoh's Curse video
game and utilized in countless educational settings.
As a State of Maryland Board certified professional
and behavioral analyst, he specializes in equipping
individuals with the tools to create proactive, motivated
personal and business environments. His initiatives in
government agencies, the corporate world, small businesses,
and nonprofit organizations have received exceptional
evaluations and references because of his articulate,
entertaining, and thought-provoking style of communication.
Dr. Freeman is the Founder of The Freeman Institute®
Foundation. -- Funds are being raised to donate a copy of a
number of resources, including the Return To Glory
film (and other resources) to prisons, jails, juvenile
detention facilities and schools in America. Recently the
award-wining film was translated into French, Portuguese and
Spanish. This translation work will permit the Foundation
to donate copies of the DVD across Africa, parts of Europe
and South America and the Caribbean. Future plans include
utilizing The Freeman Institute® Black History Collection to
set up Black History galleries in many major cities across
America and also in selected cities internationally.
Introducing Dr. Freeman at an event?
introductions include some of the following
Mentor/Chaplain for the NBA Washington
Bullets/Wizards for 20 seasons.
writer, with seven best-selling books...currently in 28 foreign translation
editions -- endorsed by the likes of Steve
Forbes, Julius Erving,
Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Cathy Hughes, Billy Graham, Brian Tracy and
- Co-created an
award-winning film, Return To Glory,
which has been translated into French,
Portuguese and Spanish.
- Owns a Black
History collection of over 3,000 genuine
documents & artifacts (oldest piece 1553).
- Creator of the
world's first full-size, 3-D replica of the
famous Rosetta Stone (used to crack the code
to hieroglyphics in 1822).
Multiculturally astute, with travels to well
over 50 countries around the world.
husband and father...married to Shirley, with
four grown children. Resides in Severn, MD.
- Off-key singer and
extremely bad dancer.
Dr. Freeman has been the recipient of numerous awards,
citations, and honors. An example of one is the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. "We Share The Dream" Award, with
Baltimore Mayor as keynote speaker and the Maryland Governor
as another honoree at the oldest annual MLK awards dinner
event (est. 1988) in the Baltimore/Washington region.
Dr. Freeman is a popular speaker on the topic of Black
History, speaking at Blacks In Government, NASA, Department
of Justice, NIH, Verizon, ICE, Frostburg State University, Walter Reed Medical Center, AISA (Association of
International Schools of Africa), SSA, FBI, ASALH (Assoc. for the
Study of African American Life & History), Baltimore City
Community College, Los Alamos National
Laboratory and many other organizations around the world. On
certain occasions, Freeman will bring 20-30 pieces of the TFI Black History
Collection when invited to speak on the intriguing topic, "A
White Man's Journey Into Black History"®.
Freeman collects and studies vintage handwritten
letters and first edition books, especially from the 16th
century all the way to mid 20th century. He's a big fan of
primary source material. Dr. Freeman has cobbled together an article
"Confessions of a Budding Truthcentrist."
In it he seeks to provide an even-handed definition and
critique of both Afrocentrism & Eurocentrism.
In 1980, Dr. Freeman initiated the idea for The
Shepherd’s Guide, a comprehensive directory of
values-centered businesses in Baltimore. Today, under the
guidance of Doug Scheidt (owner and president), 3.5 million
copies of The Shepherd’s Guide are distributed
annually. With more than 30,000 advertisers represented, the
directories are now available for free in 125 different
cities across the U.S.A., Canada and Puerto Rico. For a
number of years Dr. Freeman served as business mentor and
chaplain to the franchisees of The Shepherd’s Guide.
Ever the educational entrepreneur, Dr. Freeman has
developed a number of models of the famous Rosetta
Stone, including a
stunning full-size, museum-quality 3-D replica, a "lost wax"
fine art bronze, a 3-D digital holographic image, etc.
Dr. Freeman officially
launched the Rosetta Stone replica project at the Library of
Congress (DC) in 2009, with his popular presentation, "The
Mysterious Rosetta Stone" A Code-Crackin' International
Treasure." Freeman has presented on that same topic at
the National Security Agency (NSA) and other entities. There
are many organizational wisdom lessons to be learned by your
group about cracking the codes to: collaboration,
leadership, team work, conflict resolution, cultural
competency, creativity and productivity. He also has
developed a short film, "Rosetta Stone: Replicating a
As the Editor-in-Chief of the 32-page everyday matters®
magazine, Freeman has developed a unique model designed
to strengthen families by addressing felt-need issues like
child rearing, emotional intelligence, dealing with aging
parent, cyberbullying, etc. -- along with compelling
interviews with such notables as Dr. Ben Carson. The goal is
to create regional distribution pockets with this free
magazine throughout North America and the rest of the
Dr. Freeman is the host of "The Entrepreneurial
Connection" -- a set of 72 free radio 5-minute programs
being picked up by radio networks around the world. As a
member of the Association for the Promotion of Campus
Activities (APCA) Dr. Freeman loves doing presentations on
college campuses on various topics: the entrepreneurial
journey, leadership, multicultural competency, emotional
intelligence in corporate life, and more.
Freeman has been quoted or written about in many
articles and periodicals including: Washington Times,
Diversity, Inc., JobWeek,
Nation News (Barbados), Atlanta Constitution-Journal, New
York Times, York Daily Record, Washington Post, Baltimore
Sun, The Guardian (Nigeria), NBA News and many others.
Dr. Freeman has special interest in the archaeology,
history and geography of the land of Israel and surrounding
countries in the Middle East. His depth of knowledge of that
region of the world permits him to function periodically as
a guide for groups traveling to that area.
A student of human behavior, Joel gets great delight out
of watching "the lights go on" as people of all shapes,
sizes, and colors increase the quality of their
understanding about themselves and others.
Dr. Freeman is a man with a big heart and of varied interests...with a number
of arenas of expertise. Some have called him a renaissance
man. To the casual observer it may seem that he is scattered
all over the place with many projects. Ten miles wide,
three inches deep. His close friends know that he has a
strategic purpose for everything he does. In fact there are no more than two degrees
of separation between any two projects that have inspired his
is a bulldog with a smile. He only starts projects that
are worth finishing. And then he finishes them...even if it
takes longer than previously anticipated -- inspiring others
to take advantage of the developed resources. He has said, "I
love working on big ideas and once I have purposed to take on
a project, I am willing to hear ten thousand
no's to hear that one yes." As a social
entrepreneur, Freeman believes in doing good while
doing well. Freeman goes on to state, "And it's
also a lot of fun accomplishing, with God's help, what
others have said couldn't be done."
Utilizing the multiplication principle, his
whole purpose and motivation is to reach millions in
this generation with win/win, high-impact, relevant
resources and educational/inspirational projects that
are multicultural-friendly, easy to duplicate, and are
A number of years ago, Joel promised his children that
when they reach 15 each one could go anywhere in the world
with him. Feel free to read about these trips and view some
pictures. Freeman says, No matter where I travel, the
human experience is similar and familiar. Parents want their
children to receive a good education and marry a fine match.
People of all nations yearn for the same things: economic
independence, safety, housing, basic human rights and a
greater purpose for their lives."
| TRAVELS: Dr.
Freeman has traveled to 50+ countries around the world.
Here are the top international travel experiences of
Freeman's life so far (in no particular order): 1. Great Pyramid at the Giza Plaza in Cairo and Fort
Rashid (where Rosetta Stone was found by Lt. Pierre
Bouchard) 2. Three-day safari at the Masai Mara Game
Preserve in Western Kenya -- unbelievable
experience! (twice) 3. Northeast Thailand.
Montrose Jazz Festival, Switzerland. 5. Paul's
Prison and Catacombs in Rome, Italy...plus
Venice, Naples, Pisa and Turin. 6. Hiking
throughout the Qumran Caves and ruins of
Jericho, and then swimming (floating) in the
Dead Sea, Israel. 7. Red Square, Moscow.
Berlin Wall, Germany. 9. Budapest, Hungary.
10. Pyramids of Mexico. 11. "Fire-n-Ice" Iceland and
the Blue Lagoon. 12. Beaches of Barbados.
13. David Livingstone's home site, Botswana.
14. Badagry (Nigeria) slave port and also slave
ports in Benin, Ghana, Togo, Mombasa (Kenya) and
other similar sites. 15. DMZ, South Korea. 16. Scuba
diving off the Great Barrier Reef, Australia -- Ayer's
Rock and other sites in the Land of Oz. 17. Isle
of Krk, Yugoslavia. 18. Around the coast of Northern Ireland.
Nazi Concentration Camp in Lublin, Poland. 20. Gliding through the jungle on a
zip line, Belize. 21. Panning for gold in northern Maine. 22. Beaches of Dominican Republic. 23. Sifting
through some of the archaeological debris at the Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation in Israel. 24.
Fishing for salmon in Alaska & British Columbia,
or fishing for northern pike in Alberta...or
just plain fishing.
25. Banging drums on a lazy summer Sunday
afternoon in the Woodstock, NY town square with
about 50 others...some old time hippies. 26. Hanging out with the family at home. 27.
White water rafting for 15 kilometers of
rough rapids & waterfalls in the Dominican
65 years of marriage, Dr. Freeman's parents (Katherine, 90 and
Arthur, 91) passed from this life into eternity only 33 days apart (in early
2009). Joel has cobbled together a tribute site to honor them
both. You are about to
meet two incredible people. Joel, his brother (Steve)
and two sisters (Nancy and Beth) have pledged to continue the
legacy of their parents with integrity, generosity,
perseverance and with extravagant gratitude to God.
Dr. Freeman has special
interest in the archaeology, history, geography and
topography of the land of Israel and surrounding countries
in the Middle East. His depth of knowledge of that region of
the world permits him to function annually (every March) as a guide for
groups traveling to that area.
Of added interest, Freeman's grandfather (on his
mother's side), Gerhard Schroeder, was the Volost Secretary
of the White Army during the Russian Revolution.
A student of human
behavior, Joel gets great delight out of watching
"the lights go on" as people of all shapes,
sizes, and hues increase the quality of their
understanding about themselves and others.
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