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John  Coyle

John Coyle

Olympic Speed Skater & Design Thinking Expert


John “Kairos" Coyle is a true polymath: a champion athlete (Olympic medalist in speedskating, top-15 world-ranked cyclist), a widely-read intellectual (with an engineering and design degree from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg), a seasoned executive (former head of customer experience and innovation for a Fortune 500 firm), an NBC sports analyst, a 3 time TedX speaker, a professor and award winning author of two books, and a world-leading expert in the fields of innovation, design thinking, strengths, flow, resiliency, and “chronoception” - the neuroscience and psychology of time-perception. Ask him how to design “endless summers..." Read More >

Superseding these achievements is John’s mastery of the art of storytelling. John frames his talks through the lens of the Hero’s Journey (or “monomyth”) while elegantly mixing-in data-driven frameworks based on the latest research and science. John has been fortunate to cultivate as friends and mentors experts like Steven Kotler, David Kelley, David Eagleman, Daniel Coyle, Moran Cerf, Chip Conley and others who have contributed to his books, articles and talks. John is able to emotionally grip his audiences from the opening words and yet leave them empowered with actionable steps and changes. John's hair raising tales from his multiple walks in life, examined through the lens of neuroscience, technology and psychology have created raving fans all around the world (check out his 75+ LinkedIn recommendations). In the year before COVID John was a lead keynote speaker in more than 15 countries across the globe including UAE, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Canada and dozens of cities and states in the USA.

John’s key (and repeat) clients have become a who’s who of successful enterprises including Google, Cisco, Stanford, IDEO, American Airlines, Optum, Kellogg, Allstate, PwC, McDonalds, Coke, Pepsi and the Dubai and Jordanian Royal Families. John has been known to bring the super-hot chilies he cultivates to client engagements for impromptu tastings, and may arrive to engagements via unorthodox transport mechanism to increase the adventure factor - plane, train, car, bike, onewheel, motorcycle or, lately, a recreational vehicle. With the onset of CO-19 John decided to sell most of his belongings and his home to travel around the country in a luxurious RV. Perhaps, if you bring him in to speak, he will drive by and invite you in for a super-hot chili tasting.

John is currently at-large somewhere in the southwest of the USA in his RV and hard at work on his 3rd book Counterclockwise: Designing Endless Summers. This book will be a prescriptive guide on how to slow, stop, and reverse the perceived acceleration of time that most adults feel, and experience the endless summers of youth again. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Is There Time?

TEDx: How to Design Moments That Help You Live (Almost) Forever

The Brain Science of Stress and Performance

How to Design Endless Summers: Time Expansion Explained

Speech Topics

Strengths 2.0: Applying Design Thinking to Individual & Team Strengths & Weaknesses

Through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use innovation approaches to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to solve old problems in new ways and achieve breakthrough results.

Resiliency 2.0: Applying Design Thinking to Stress & Resiliency

Instead of trying to manage or reduce stress or get work-life balance back, learn how to perform better under greater stress (and enjoy it)! Explore a new model of resiliency, one where proactive challenges are designed to build capacity for ever greater performance under pressure, while learning the latest neuroscience of recovery. Change your relationship with stress by using the 3R method - Reduce, Recover and Reframe.

How to Sell a Service: The Neuroscience of Time Perception and How to Make Moments that Matter

Neuroscientists have made dramatic progress in understanding memory creation. Recent advances show us that our ability to stand out, to be remembered, to be recalled, to win the sale is directly correlated to the kinds of memories generated within the brains of your partners, clients, or customers. What if you could design the kinds of interactions, experiences, and memories that would lead to being the last recall or “first call?”

Time 2.0: Applying Design Thinking to the Human Experience of Time

Our days are filled with experiences and memories, some stored and retained and some not. What creates a memorable memory? What is the nature of the relationship between memory and time perception? How do we measure the true value of our time? This unique, mind-bending talk delivers breakthrough ideas on how to rethink your relationship with time and design time-stopping experiences for yourself, your loved ones and your customers. 

Leadership 2.0: Innovation Leadership Development Series

From an empowering primer on leadership mindsets that are necessary to drive innovation, to more advanced topics such as:

1.    Design Thinking overview and activation
2.    Ideation best practices and ideation session to solve a problem specific to your organization
3.    Innovation Antibodies (victim vs. creator)
4.    Innovation Culture Kryptonite (knower mindset vs. learner mindset)
5.    How (not) to create a culture of innovation, and more.

The Hero’s Journey: The Essential Role of Storytelling in Leadership & Business

Is leadership bred or born? What if, for most, it is neither? What if a large subset of great leaders, influencers, and change-makers throughout human history shared only one highly learnable trait: the ability to tell powerful stories? Explore Joseph Campbell’s construct of the Hero’s Journey or “monomyth" through the lens of business and leadership. In the process learn the 8 step process on how to architect the business and customer stories that lead to legendary outcomes.

Life 2.0: Innovating The Human Experience

John takes his Design Thinking and innovation expertise, leveraged by dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and applies it to the human experience. Step by step, John applies creative destruction to our standard operating procedures related to strengths, resiliency and time, and reframes a new approach to innovate your life.