With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He wrote the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, coauthored the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle and has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to create and market products still being sold in 30 countries.
Expert on Corporate Culture, Sales Training & Business Motivation
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured Forbes and Inc. Magazines. In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.
Innovation fuels this research-driven, highly entertaining session, customized to provide the influence tools you need to communicate value effectively. By session’s end, leaders, business developers and team members acquire the insight and strategy to create a sustainable, disruption-proof culture. Whether you’re riding a new trend or shaking off past challenges, you can create the kind of influence that not only drives change, it makes your organization attractive to customers and today’s top talent … so you never stop getting better!
Prepare to laugh and learn as a decade of Wynn Solutions research reveals what makes owners and managers of top-performing businesses so effective – and it’s not what you’d expect! If you enter this keynote session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior strategy, you’d better read the title again. Standout success in a challenging economy often comes from personal advantage, whether it’s perceived value, personality, leadership-style, communication skills, abundant resources, or access to privileged information. This entertaining session takes a realistic look at the influence you’ll need to make sure your knowledge and hard work deliver the results you want.
Be prepared to laugh and learn as this research-based keynote reveals how top performers harness the power of their advantages, even when the odds are not in their favor. Business relationship expert and Amazon.com bestselling author Garrison Wynn delivers a high-impact program that answers two monumental questions: How do you get people to do what you want them to do? And how can you get better results from the challenging people you encounter along the way? With an emphasis on what you can actually walk out of the session with and achieve tomorrow; this program shows you how to weather the perfect storm while still looking really good in a raincoat!
We hear the term “employee engagement” a lot these days; we also hear how recognition, goal alignment and a clear path to success can create it. But how can an individual positively influence the opinions his or her employees and coworkers have about their job? This highly entertaining session, backed by Evolve Performance Group research across 46 countries (and combined with over 70 years of Gallup survey data) shows that the thing people value most is feeling valuable! It gives the specific communication tools that anyone can use to dramatically reduce resistance to change, difficult behavior and employee turnover. The impact of this program reaches far beyond the session itself, creating an emotional shift that fuels immediate implementation.
Success is almost always about working well with others to get the best possible result. The issue is not everyone agrees on what’s important, and it becomes difficult to separate fact from fiction. Also, some people are so set-in-their-ways that they see everything through a filter of distrust. Or worse, things get overly dramatic and can develop into a “blame distribution” environment that affects morale and productivity.
This entertaining research-based session shows you how to gain agreement without manipulation and create clear, unified actions so you can quickly dissolve conflicts.You’ll find out how to make sure people value your opinion and quickly turn disputes into workable collaborations.
This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with motivation and change management to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. Garrison examines the challenges we face and shows how we can laugh at our problems while using them as catalysts for success. This session covers a lot of ground and provides no-cost, easily implemented, research-based solutions that your people can use right away.
Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions.
This insightful keynote session delivers the specific actions that attract, create and retain top talent. Based on new research about the origins of outstanding performance and laced with Garrison’s trademark professional-grade humor—this program is high on content and low on boredom.
People in their 20s don’t want what their parents wanted from a job. They are also more likely to live at home and less likely to put up with a work environment that cramps their style. What a shift in mindset! Attracting the young people needed to replace your retiring workforce (and making sure they stay long enough to make a difference) is crucial for your organization’s future. This entertaining yet heavily researched program shows business owners, leaders and managers how to adapt their organization into a company young people want to work for and how to establish a culture they do not want to leave. Besides actually having a work force 10 years from now, the benefits include improved performance and heightened accountability from the millennials who represent your company’s future.
Having a culture that includes and supports all people is more than just a moral obligation. It is a critical and commonly overlooked ingredient for success. An alloy is stronger and has more applications than something made of just one material, and research shows the same is true for high-performance teams. This entertaining session (heavily supported by research from Gallup, MIT and Rutgers) shows that tolerance leads to awareness and understanding that creates long-term value. From attracting top young talent with a culture they’ll support to fostering the diversity of thought that is the foundation of creativity, this high-energy program is a great kickoff keynote or closing session for your Inclusion and Diversity Conference.
Change is something we all have to deal with, but the stress that accompanies change is more of choice. In this heavily researched session, Garrison applies his signature humor to a very serious topic. This fun, comprehensive program offers tools and tips for getting through big change with very little stress. More importantly, it creates an emotional shift for attendees as they see how much control they have over how change affects them. This session also shows attendees how stress is more about what we believe than it is about what is actually happening. From embracing big transitions in technology to dealing with growth or downsizing, this presentation helps leaders, employees and customers implement necessary changes with minimal resistance.
Success is more than being good at what you do; it’s about being consistently chosen to do it. Garrison helps people to understand why their products, services or leadership styles or those of their competitors are selected. People don’t necessarily choose what’s best; they choose what they are most comfortable with, whether it’s the best or not. We’ve all heard the importance of best practices and superior knowledge, so why aren’t the smartest people with the most information always in charge or number one in their field? This keynoteprovides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows there really is more to success than being the best.
Available in Sales, Leadership and Customer Service versions
In this keynote, results from the largest management survey ever conducted are combined with real-life management and leadership solutions to get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn how to manage their ego-driven top producers, how to listen like leaders and make their people feel heard, how to hire for talent and turn it into top performance, how to create a culture of excellence with their most promising people and how to help their low performers fight their way to the middle.
Available in Leadership and Management versions
This extremely informative, entertaining, solutions-based session explores why younger and older people don’t see eye to eye, and what to do about it in the workplace. From pointers on motivating, managing and retaining younger employees to ways of preventing older managers from losing their minds, this research-based program shows it’s possible for baby boomers and Gen X and Y employees to work well together.
A great idea rarely wins out on its own merit. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from people who really know how to influence. This enlightening, research-based session delves into the human condition, revealing that the true key to influence is not intelligence or logic, but an understanding of what people really value. Through a collaborative toolkit, this program delivers the tips and strategies you need to make people see the value of your ideas so you’re well positioned to gain agreement.
Program segments include:
- Developing strategic advocates and create your own personal “influence upward” plan
- How to get people to agree with you
- Why some people disagree with everything, and what you can do about it
- How to get people to listen to your ideas
- Managing your boss: How to help your supervisor make your job easier
- How to gain more influence from any position in your organization
- Reading between the lines: Learning how to adjust your approach
- How to hold people more accountable on projects without conflict
- How to make sure your input is seen as consistently valuable to others
- Creating a repeatable process for agreement: Making the tools work well
- Gaining an understanding of what people really value and how that impacts agreement
Great ideas are rarely good enough to get people to take action. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from leaders who really know how to influence. This high-impact, research-based session focuses on revealing the true key to accountability: not intelligence or strategy, but an understanding of what makes people feel valuable. In this entertaining, interactive and sometimes brutally honest session, Garrison shows executives how to create a culture of accountability, even among employees at different performance levels. You’ll learn how to push your average and low performers to reach a higher level and how to hold ego-driven top performers accountable without causing them (or you) to lose the will to live.
Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this entertaining, customized session is more than just a safe bet. It will get your people laughing, learning and motivated to create a culture of safety while maintaining productivity. This program focuses on developing the personal influence to make things stick, whether you’re helping leaders move change through their locations or getting workers to look out for each other on the job site. Garrison is authentic – a guy who’s been there. He’s a chemical plant explosion survivor who has developed environmental safety products still in use worldwide. He expertly fuses his experiences into key takeaways such as how to build the trust and relationships that make consistent safety a reality. He delivers those takeaways using a humorous approach that will have serious impact on your event.