Communication Expert & Sailing Champion
Dean Brenner is a recognized expert on team and leadership communication in the 21st century who has coached and led professional and athletic teams his entire adult life, from Fortune 500 corporate board rooms to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Read More >
Alpha Graphics Annual Conference
Dean Brenner led the US Olympic Sailing Program for eight years, from 2004 through 2012, and served as team leader for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Teams. In this presentation Brenner shares thoughts and concepts on team building, leadership, and teamwork, all based on his experiences working with and leading a team of world-class athletes.
The 2012, the US Olympic Sailing Team entered the Olympic Games with great momentum and high expectations. Under Dean Brenner’s leadership, the team and the program had been on a steep growth curve for eight years. Yet, despite the high expectations, this team returned home from London with zero medals. This was the first time a US Olympic Sailing Team had failed to win any medals since 1936. In this presentation, Brenner will share thoughts and concepts on dealing with disappointment, and how to keep your team on track even when the results don’t meet expectations.
As a business culture, we spend enormous amounts of time and money teaching “leadership” skills, and all of that is valuable. But we rarely spend any time teaching people how to follow. In this presentation, Dean Brenner discusses the art of “followership,” and how being a better follower will not only strengthen your organization and your team, but will also make you a better leader.
Persuasion is at the heart of business success. The people who can articulate the point clearly, make their point quickly, and persuade their audience to think or act in a certain way, will have significant competitive advantage. In this presentation, Dean Brenner shares his concepts on how to communicate value more clearly and use your words and your actions to get the results you seek.
"I’ve worked with Dean and heard him speak many times. His messages on teambuilding, leadership, and effective communication are always clear, powerful, and highly motivating, and they have had a profound impact on me both as an Olympic athlete and as a business owner. Any event with Dean as a keynote will have a significant impact on everyone in the room."
"I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Dean Brenner speak on several occasions. He always gives practical and insightful advice on the challenges of building, leading, and motivating an organization. I’m always impressed by his clarity and by how much his words stay with me."
"Dean Brenner is an engaging and articulate keynote speaker who makes everyone in the room feel like they are having a one-on-one conversation with him. He has a great way of distilling the big issues of great communication down to their essence, so that when I walk out of the room after his talk, I feel like I know exactly what to do next."
"I’ve seen Dean Brenner speak on many occasions, as a keynote for corporate sponsors and in organizational meetings for our national sailing team. Dean’s message is always a wonderful combination of relevant, highly-focused information, given in a way that is easy to understand and execute. He works hard to meet his audience where they are, and give them information they can use quickly to be more effective. He’s authentic, energetic, always well-prepared, and he speaks directly to his audience in a warm and engaging way. For all these reasons, Dean’s messages always resonate and have an impact on his audience. Your time with Dean will be a highlight on your agenda."