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 and inspirational 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 on topics such as leadership, collaboration, and strategies for success. Harnessing his creative talents, he authored 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 Read More >
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Motivational Speaker Garrison Wynn
It doesn't matter how skilled you are or how much value you offer if no one wants what you have. Leadership, change management, sales, customer service, marketing, and safety all have one thing in common: they require a specific level of personal influence to be sustainably successful. This customized keynote session combines humorous storytelling with serious takeaways that will bring all the elements of your conference together for maximum impact.
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 engagement produce a sustainable culture of safety as we strive for zero incidents? Drawing from Gallup research across 46 countries, this highly entertaining session reveals how skilled leaders at all levels create safety: They give employees what they value most—the feeling that they are valued. From this session, leaders acquire specific communication tools they can use to dramatically reduce resistance to change and to create a safer work environment. The impact of this program reaches far beyond the session itself, creating an emotional shift that fuels immediate implementation.
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. Read More >
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. Read Less ^
Prepare to laugh and learn as decades of Garrison Wynn’s research reveals what makes owners and managers of top-performing businesses so effective—it’s not what you’d expect! If you enter this keynote session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior products, you’d better read the title again. Read More >
Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantages—whether they’re cosmetic or based in leadership communication, personality, resources, or access to privileged information. Speaker Garrison Wynn will reveal the ins and outs of getting the job and advancing in it. Read Less ^
Success is more than being good at what you do: it’s about being consistently chosen to do it. Motivational speaker Garrison Wynn helps people understand why their products, services, or leadership styles (or those of their competitors) are selected. People don’t necessarily choose what’s best—they often choose what they are most comfortable with, whether it’s the best or not. Read More >
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 keynote provides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows there really is more to success than being the best. Read Less ^
This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. Speaker Wynn 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, proven solutions that your people can use right away.
In this keynote, Garrison Wynn presents results from the largest management survey ever conducted and combines them with real-life management and leadership solutions to help you get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. He will teach participants 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.
In this extremely informative, entertaining, solutions-based session, speaker Garrison Wynn 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 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.
"Rave reviews would be an understatement; you are one of the best speakers we have ever had at Smith Barney. I really appreciate your pre-program research and funny to-the-point delivery. Thank you for all that you did for us."
"Funny, fast and entertaining. I was shocked at how much information I received from just the 30 or 45 minutes that Garrison spoke. His energy level was way up there and the stories tied it all together! After 30 years in Subway he was one of the top three I have ever seen. Thanks again for being part of our team."
"Garrison is simply a rock star! His ability to deliver a well-prepared message in a funny, interesting way and engage everyone in the room is unparalleled in his industry. His research and thought-provoking educational material will resonate with our organization for many years. You know you had a successful session when days later people start a discussion with ‘As Garrison said…’"
"You were simply an overwhelming hit! Your presentation hit home with the audience in a very personal and introspective way. Your comments will be remembered for many years to come. When I summarized the conference and mentioned your name, the crowd broke out into a hellacious round of applause."
"As an event coordinator you have a great responsibility to select speakers that will hit a home run with your audience. We were looking for two things: humor and an impactful message. Our customers were in informational meetings all day and we brought Garrison on board to lighten the mood and hit our customers with the most important message of our conference: ‘Why Does a Customer Pick You?’ Garrison did a great job researching our customers and making every topic he touched on relatable. His humor was right on and his message was powerful. Selecting speakers for conferences can be an inexact science. Save yourself the time and effort and hire Garrison."
"I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work prior to and at our conference last week. You were even more of a hit than I had hoped! My expectations were met, and exceeded. The time you spent with our team researching our needs and learning about our business challenges definitely paid off. Our audience all feel you had a good understanding of our business challenges, and were darn funny at the same time. Your presentation was the perfect mix of a serious business based message, along with a very funny and engaging delivery. The professionalism and efficiency of you and your team made my life easier. As a host of the conference, I had plenty to worry about, so it was nice to know you were well prepared and your team was available if I needed anything. I hope to have an opportunity to work with you and your team again in the future. This was truly an enjoyable experience."
"We have used Garrison fifteen times already this year, with terrific results. His funny, interactive approach keeps the group focused, and his "dealing with difficult people" segment, among others, was particularly effective. Garrison helps us provide excellent value-added training to our customers."
"I just wanted to thank you again for the fine job you did communicating the importance of Safety here at Lake Charles. You were excellent. I have heard numerous comments from attendees on how much they enjoyed it. PPG looks forward to continued work with you in the future."
"I am not one that will usually write a letter to someone that I have heard speak, but you have changed that. I recently had the great pleasure to have had the opportunity to hear you speak at our annual sales rally held this year in Reno Nevada. Your dynamic delivery kept me alert, and involved. It was a very rewarding experience for me and is the reason for this letter. Your keynote address is inspiring, funny and one of the most entertaining I’ve ever heard. Your use of humor mixed with your real life experiences kept all that attended glued to your every word. It was a great session and beautifully presented. I have received numerous comments from attendees and they seem to agree that it was one of the best ever! Receiving a standing ovation from this group, that is quite a compliment. Thank you for sharing your time, your knowledge and your sense of humor."
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