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Alex  Banayan

Alex Banayan

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

Alex Banayan

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


Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to decode the definitive mindset of growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into twenty languages.

Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan’s research led him to interview the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Pitbull, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and others.

Banayan is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan presents the Third Door framework regularly to corporate leadership teams around the globe, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Bank of America, Mastercard, and Disney.

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The Mindset of Exponential Growth: How to Transform Your Thinking, Take the Third Door, and 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.

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

In this riveting 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 these larger-thanlife stories, Banayan takes the principles from his bestselling book The Third Door and pushes them to a whole new level, making them practical and applicable for organizations of all sizes. This powerful presentation teaches you how to:

  • Cultivate perseverance
  • Instill the mindset of persistence
  • Fuel growth, no matter the external economic environment
  • Become more capable of achieving your company’s biggest objectives

This wildly-entertaining keynote is packed with insights and lessons guaranteed to transform anyone to believe that, no matter what obstacles they’re facing... there’s always a way.

There’s Always a Way: How to cultivate Perseverance and Persistence During Uncertain Times

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever. It has never been more critical to an organization’s survival for teams to cultivate a DNA of resiliency, perseverance, and solution-orientated problem solving.

In this empowering keynote, bestselling author Alex Banayan masterfully decodes the most critical and elusive skills needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and dozens more of the world’s most iconic leaders, Banayan uncovered that there are fundamental skills that every organization needs—but that most people don’t talk about—to achieve their biggest goals during disruptive times. This keynote covers it all, with lessons including:

  • 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?

If you care about elevating your business—if you care about your employees being more resilient, more courageous, and more capable of making smart, innovative decisions—this keynote is what you’ve been waiting for.

V.I.S.T.A. Storytelling for Business Growth: How to Transform Your Organization Using the 5 Keys of Radically Compelling Stories

The world has never been noisier.

How do you command the attention of your customers, sales prospects, strategic partners, or industry at-large? Once you have their attention, how do you transform those stakeholders into lifelong advocates for you and your business?

After a decade of researching the world’s most successful leaders and organizations, bestselling author Alex Banayan uncovered what the single most underrated skill is that can radically boost the growth of any company’s sales, marketing, or business development efforts.

The secret is storytelling—but not just any kind. Banayan’s research led him to decode the keys to remarkably compelling, gripping, and emotional storytelling that can be used by businesses of all sizes to supercharge their goals. This is a specific, teachable skill set that can transform prospects into blue-chip clients and customers into evangelists, and can inject an entirely new sense of possibility into the DNA of your company culture.

Drawing from his years of research and the international success of The Third Door’s unique narrative style, Banayan distills in this keynote how anyone in your organization—from C-suite executives to your newest team members—can use the five elements of Banayan’s V.I.S.T.A. Storytelling Framework to transform your business.

Because at the end of the day, everything in life and business comes down to a story.

And it’s time your organization uses that to its advantage.

Overcoming Fear to Accelerate Growth: How to Retrain and Reinvigorate Your Team to Find a Way Through Any Door

What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a salesperson or financial advisor persevere through the inevitable onslaught of rejections? 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 fear of rejection can multiply until it becomes crippling.

After a decade of learning directly from the most successful entrepreneurs on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan gained invaluable sales lessons from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and dozens of others.

His presentation sheds light on new frameworks to view rejections and fear, offering surprising insights on how to accelerate your growth. Audiences come away with practical tools to apply the Third Door™ framework to their careers, including:

  • The three-step “Rejection Inspection” tool
  • How to transform your relationship with fear with a practical exercise your attendees can begin doing immediately
  • How to bounce back, faster and better, toward the next opportunity
  • How to understand the “Fear Tree” and see its roots so it no longer has a hold on you
  • How to upgrade your mindset to achieve sustainable, long-term growth

With high-level personal development tools and hard-hitting career tactics, this keynote is packed with the resources you need to unleash the unlimited potential you know your team contains.

Career Growth Workshop: Fuel Personal Growth by Instilling the Third Door Mindset

In this interactive workshop, bestselling author Alex Banayan guides your audience through easy-to-implement exercises that are derived from his ten years of research on high performance and success.

Banayan presents practical tools that garner on-the-spot results within each individual, along with take-home exercises your audience can utilize after the event to continue cultivating growth, both personally and professionally. These tools help your audience get unstuck, rediscover what makes them come alive, and find clarity on some of the biggest obstacles they are bound to face as they navigate their paths to achieving their biggest goals, no matter what stage they are in their careers.

If instilling a sustainable and consistent mindset of growth within your attendees is a priority, then this workshop is for you.

Storytelling for Business Growth Workshop: Accelerate Top-Line Growth Through Radically Compelling Stories

This is the most interactive of all the workshops. This workshop produces dramatic results in real-time. Banayan not only teaches your audience his proprietary V.I.S.T.A. Storytelling Framework that can be used at any level of your organization, but he also guides your group through an interactive exercise where your audience walks away with brand new, rewritten stories.

This goes beyond telling stories for marketing or advertising—this is about elevating your team’s ability to tell emotionally compelling narratives. Participants will radically improve their approach to the most critical components of top-line growth, ranging from sales and client communications, to executive leadership and investor relations, to human resources and company culture.

This experience brings your event to new heights—not only changing the way audience members see themselves and their colleagues, but most important, changing the way they’re able to fuel your organization’s growth for years to come.

Executive Growth Strategy Session: Turn the Lessons into a Tangible Plan of Action

This session is only available to groups of thirty attendees or fewer, and is strongly advised to be used only with executive leadership, select upper management, or a top-priority team. To be coupled with the Exponential Growth keynote, this highly dynamic session creates the space to create an actionable strategy for the upcoming quarter or fiscal year of your organization.

This session turns the principles of the Third Door framework into tangible plans specific to your organization’s goals. Each strategy session is tailored for the specific needs and goals of each organization.

By the end of the Executive Growth Strategy Session, your team members will not only see new pathways and approaches to achieve your most critical business objectives, but they will also be infused with an energy of possibility, perseverance, and enthusiasm for the rest of your fiscal year.