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Alex  Banayan

Alex Banayan

Bestselling Author of The Third Door, Millennial Thought Leader & Venture Capitalist


Alex Banayan is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America. His book The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Read More >

The day before his freshman-year final exams, Banayan hacked The Price is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most innovative leaders. Over the course of his unprecedented seven-year journey, Banayan interviewed Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more. 

Banayan has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30. He has contributed to Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch, and has been featured in major media including The Washington Post, Fortune, Businessweek, Billboard, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. 

An acclaimed keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney. Banayan’s keynotes have had far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a new way of thinking. The Third Door framework has helped individuals discover unconventional routes to achieve their biggest dreams and has aided Fortune 500 companies to take new approaches to sales, marketing, and exponential growth. 

Since the publication of The Third Door, Banayan has brought his message of possibility to millions of people in more than one hundred countries. At the core of Banayan’s mission is his belief that, “When you change what someone believes is possible, you change what becomes possible.” Read Less ^

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Exponential Success Through the Third Door: How to Think Different, Transform Your Business & Achieve Your Most Important Goals

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it’s in our personal lives or careers, there are always dozens of obstacles holding us back from achieving our biggest goals.  Read More >

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are certain mindsets and tools that can not only clear the obstacles on your path, but also add rocket fuel to your success. After spending seven years researching and interviewing the most successful people on earth, Alex Banayan’s widely- acclaimed Third Door framework can help any organization achieve its goals and radically accelerate their overall success. 

In his most popular keynote, Banayan takes audiences on an unprecedented adventure, from hacking The Price Is Right to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to the multi-year quest to learn from Bill Gates and Lady Gaga. Alongside the larger-than-life stories, Banayan takes the principles from his bestselling book The Third Door and pushes the ideas to a whole new level, making them practical and applicable for organizations of all sizes. 

This powerful presentation teaches you how to become: Read Less ^

  • More resilient
  • More persistent
  • More committed to growth
  • And more capable of achieving your company’s biggest objectives

Transforming Workplace Culture: How to Implement the 3 Foundational Skills That Massively Impact Your Business

Any organization committed to innovation and growth has to foster a workplace environment where employees are empowered to be creative, think boldly, and take calculated, strategic risks.  Read More >

Alex Banayan’s bestselling business book The Third Door masterfully decodes the most elusive and critical skills needed for any organization to achieve exponential success: risk-taking, courage, and persistence. After interviews with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Steve Wozniak, Larry King, and dozens more, Banayan uncovered that these are fundamental skills every organization needs—but most people don’t talk about—to achieve their biggest goals.

This keynote covers it all, with lessons including:  Read Less ^

  • How do you transform persistence from being an esoteric word to being a living, breathing part of your day-to-day culture? 
  • What are the unspoken dangers of over-persistence and how can you prevent them at your organization? 
  • Why is the opposite of success not failure—and how does that shift in mindset help your employees take more risks and grow exponentially? 
  • What’s the surprising difference between fearlessness and courage—and why does that critical difference lead to consistent breakthroughs in organizations of all sizes?

The 5 Millennial & Gen Z Trends That Will Impact the Next 30 Years of Your Business

What will the world of business look like thirty years from now? And how will the nuanced, and often misunderstood, habits of millennials and Gen Z shape your company’s growth?  Read More >

In this wildly insightful and mind-expanding presentation, bestselling author Alex Banayan dives deep into topics ranging from the pervasiveness of artificial reality to the automation revolution. 

Weaving in examples from an array of industries, Banayan shows us how the products millennial are obsessed with clue us in to the habits his generation will perpetuate over the coming decades.

This keynote is packed with surprising lessons, including: 

  • Why is the underlying thesis of Snapchat the most important indicator for what your employees most want from your company? 
  • Why is Tesla’s long-term plan going to effect the day-to-day workplace culture of your organization? 
  • What about Airbnb demonstrates the most concrete trend of what the spending and buying habits of millennials will look like over the coming decades? 

Whether you are a corporate executive looking to better understand your millennial employees or an investor searching for future market trends, Banayan’s keynote will provide you with the insights you want and the answers you need.  Read Less ^

The Third Door for Sales: How to Break Through Any Door

What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a sales team persevere through the inevitable onslaught of rejections?  Read More >

Sometimes sales pipelines feel like pipedreams. Often weeks and months are spent on a deal, only for it to fall through at the last minute. Over time, the sting of rejection can multiply until it becomes crippling. 

After seven years of learning from the most successful people on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan gained invaluable sales lessons from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and dozens more. 

In this empowering keynote, Banayan encourages teams to deploy new approaches to establishing relationships with leads so that you’re more than just another name in an inbox, from re-imagining prospect meetings to making a lasting impression. His presentation also sheds light on new frameworks to view rejections and failures, offering surprising insights on what to do next. 

Audiences come away with practical tools to apply the Third Door to their sales process, including:  Read Less ^

  • Finding your “Inside Man” 
  • Overcoming “The Flinch” 
  • Utilizing “Borrowed Credibility” 
  • The surprising science of cold emails

Third Door for Marketing: Decoding the Art of Storytelling for Business

The marketing world has more noise today than ever before. Companies can spend millions of dollars on campaigns that may go unheard just days later.  Read More >

Why do some marketing strategies fall flat while others captivate the attention of the world? How do you engineer stories so gripping that—no matter the ad spend—they’re capable of commanding attention and transforming listeners into customers? 

Bestselling author Alex Banayan spent seven years researching and interviewing the greatest marketers and storytellers of the past century, from Grammy-award winner Lady Gaga and poetry icon Maya Angelou to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Additionally, Banayan has delved deep into history—from philosopher Aristotle to author Joseph Campbell— decoding the time-tested elements of captivating storytelling. 

This practical, useful, and insightful keynote demystifies the most critical elements of storytelling, including: 

  • How do you use storytelling devices from Banayan’s trademark The Price Is Right story to add a sense of clarity to your campaign so your customers understand what value they get from your company? 
  • How do use the narrative structure from The Third Door to help you create a sense of intimacy and resonance between your brand and your customers? 
  • How can you use the intention-and-obstacle structure of Banayan’s page-turning writing style to command attention and instantly make your brand’s story more compelling? 

Banayan trains organizations of all sizes to be exponentially more equipped to craft successful marketing campaigns for years to come. For any organization desiring to radically increase their marketing success, this keynote gives you the answers you’ve been looking for. Read Less ^