Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experiences as a Top-Performing Sale Professional and Leader. As the former Chief Strategy Officer for the McCann Worldgroup Advertising Agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a Keynote Speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best Keynote Speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions Magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gatges, Colin Powell, and Mike Ditka.
Ryan Estis delivers keynote speeches, course and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate Business Performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing Corporate Culture, Communication, Collaboration, Leadership, Sales and Brand Experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected Business Environment.
Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Libery Mutual, Darden Resturants, Goodyear, The Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SMARTBRIEF on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist.
Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on Business Performance. His writing has been featured in SMARTBRIEF, Business News Network, CRN, Crain’s Business, Workforce Management Magazine, HR Times, Yahoo Business, SHRM Publications, and Staffing Management Magazine.
Ryan Estis is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys down time with family and friends, practicing yoga and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.
PASSION ON PURPOSE
Turning Corporate Culture Into a Competitive Advantage
This keynote reviews how to cultivate a high-engagement, high-performance work culture. As we prepare for the next growth cycle in business, leaders need to understand the needs and expectations of the modern workforce. Ryan pushes back on conventional thinking with new research and case studies from category-leading companies that succeed at maximizing human potential and elevating performance.
To win in today’s market, you need a healthy organization: tuned-in employees, authentic leadership, open communication and trust. Leaders are called to cultivate the kind of workplace where people come first and performance and profit follow.
Most organizations leave too many opportunities on the table and waste a huge amount of their people’s potential. This keynote offers practical advice to help you reverse that trend.
After this keynote, audiences and organizations will understands what it takes to elevate engagement, unleash human potential and compete to win in the new world of work.
NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP
Managing Breakthrough Performance in the New Economy
This keynote prepares leaders to thrive in today’s increasingly connected, competitive business environment. Ryan challenges conventional leadership practices and explores progressive techniques and technology that pace with the evolving needs of today’s knowledge worker.
As our workforce and customers evolve, the approach to effective leadership also needs to transform. Traditional command and control leadership is giving way to a more connected, collaborative and flexible approach to managing people and performance.
This interactive keynote delivers new ideas, information and actionable insights that leaders can leverage immediately to drive productivity and performance.
The outcome of this keynote will be leaders who are prepared to capture employee commitment, elevate productivity and performance and drive business growth.
THE BRAND EXPERIENCE
Accelerating Business Growth Through Remarkable Experiences
This keynote focuses on how you can elevate the relationships you have with your most important stakeholders: your customers. Ryan teaches organizations how to create remarkable experiences and earn customers for life.
Customer expectations have changed. For buyers, an alternative choice is usually just a click away. Today, customers want an experience, and the best brands step up and deliver, consistently. This keynote examines how category-leading companies start with their people, aligning employees around a common mission and empowering them to create memorable customer experiences.
Ryan explores current trends and shares standout customer stories from his portfolio of case studies. He will demonstrate how technology and social connectedness are influencing consumers’ thinking and changing the way we engage with a brand. He helps participants shift their thinking and emerge with new ideas about both customer and employee relationships that will impact the business.
The outcome of this keynote will be an audience prepared to capture employee commitment and customer loyalty to drive business growth.
This program is approved for HRCI Strategic recertification credits. This interactive training examines the new opportunity for human resources to make a high-impact contribution to the organization. Ryan explores data, trends and the latest thinking on how we work. He highlights what's needed for HR to deliver talent strategy, workforce readiness and business performance. As we prepare for new evolutions in the business landscape and workforce, our approach to human capital management has to transform. In this training, Ryan focuses on the evolving role of HR and introduces new techniques and technology that pace with evolving work and management trends. This training will help HR professionals rethink their role and their opportunity to impact business performance and growth. This program is approved for HRCI strategic management credit and available as a keynote or half-day workshop.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER SUPERHERO
Keys to Achieving Breakthrough Performance
This keynote helps attendees tap into their deep reservoir of potential and unleash their unique capability into the world. Ryan helps people see new opportunity through techniques that remove the barriers of fear, doubt and uncertainty that threaten to inhibit performance.
This important message introduces key insights about productivity and performance. Ryan coaches the audience through embracing change to achieve more meaning, mastery and momentum in their work life. He introduces several real-life superheroes, examples of the incredible results you can expect when you embrace your own potential.
The keynote serves as a call to action for those who are looking for fulfillment from their work and are determined to achieve their full potential. Participants will emerge better prepared to become their very best and achieve their next big, breakthrough moment.
The outcome of this keynote will be an audience inspired to take action and become the very best version of themselves.
ROCK STAR SELLING
Selling Value in the New Economy
This high-impact keynote examines the dramatic evolution in professional sales. Ryan, a former chief sales officer, dissects how the best sales organizations are meeting the expectations of more sophisticated and demanding customers.
This keynote can easily align with an existing sales methodology and demonstrates how an entirely new set of sales competencies are required to compete and win business in complex and competitive sales engagements. Ryan explores proven habits of today’s top producers. He challenges conventional sales wisdom and offers the audience practical ideas they can immediately leverage to drive business growth.
Earning attention, opportunity and partnership with today’s customer requires a sophisticated sales strategy. Ryan inspires sales organizations to work toward a new seller competency with a focus on category expertise and consultative skills.
The outcome of this keynote will be a sales organization more prepared to compete and win business in competitive and complex sales engagements.
Young Entrepreneurs event participant
"Ryan - I was at the YE event last week. Your speech was great. I love the 'adapt or die" message. I'm an old millennial, 34, but a lot of what you said about us is true, although I do feel very distanced from younger millennials. Anyway, thank you for your speech, you lit a fire under my ___!"
“Fantastic job! The keynote was worth the standing ovation. Your takeaways will take us it to the next level.”
“He killed it. Everyone I’ve spoken to said total homerun!”
Advanced Healthcare, SC
"It was a pleasure to have Ryan Estis as a featured Speaker at our Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Association of Healthcare Recruiters Conference. Ryan's presentation on Employment Branding was extraordinarily successful, rating the equivalent of a perfect "10" from our participants—a very tough audience. His unparalleled understanding of the subject matter— and style of engaging the audience through interactive exercises, humor and dynamic exuberance—is just plain brilliant.
“20 years from now I will be telling the next generation how this presentation changed my life. Thanks isn’t enough.”
"We engaged Ryan to keynote our conference because we knew he would bring high energy and set the tone for a great conference; he far exceeded our expectations. I have been involved in our conference for 5 years and never had I heard such a buzz that lasted throughout the day and beyond. Not only as a conference organizer did I find Ryan’s energy empowering, but as an HR professional, I still find myself revisiting Ryan’s message and applying it to my daily work life. Thank you Ryan for delivering on your promise; you told me you would bring it, and you did. We would be happy to have you back again!”
Busy is the New Fine
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You run into a friend in line at the coffee shop. You ask how they’re doing. Five years ago, I can bet their response would have been “fine!” Today? Everyone’s “busy!”
No matter who I talk to, everyone struggles with feeling busy. As we’ve become more connected, we’ve also found ourselves time-poor, tapped out, and being asked to do more with less. So, how do we as employees, leaders, community members, spouses, parents and friends maximize the efficiency in every 24 hours while still leading a balanced, happy, healthy life?
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Finding Momentum in the New Year
Thursday, January 16, 2014
me to his “January Attack Plan.” It was a system designed to create extreme velocity at the beginning of the year, with momentum he could ride toward bigger results and expanding opportunities as the year progressed. He put his plan into place months before the holiday shutdown, giving himself plenty of time for rest at the end of the year while still aggressively launching in January.
I routinely take extended down time at the end of the year. December is the right month to do it and at the close of 2011, I opted for a big break. I was grateful for the rest and decided to ease my way back into the action in January 2012. Predictably, the year got off to a slow start. I was fine with the slow beginning since I knew I could make it up during the second half of the year. However, counting on a come-from-behind victory is never a great game plan.
We had a breakout year in 2013, and I believe that our own version of the “January Attack Plan” was the catalyst. I started my event calendar last year on January 3. We’ve stepped it up again to start 2014 and I am confident that we’re well-positioned to have another big year (and accommodate a modified summer schedules that will include plenty of time for fun in the sun). In Minnesota, it makes a whole lot of sense to double down on the work during the winter months. Hustling for a head start early in the year also beats playing catch-up all day long.
I am helping three sales organizations kick off their 2014 this week and I’ll spend time during each event working through exactly how to create momentum to start the sales year properly, even if an attack plan wasn’t already in place.
How did you start your Monday morning?
I know there are different schools of thought around how to best start a day like Monday, January 6. Some people will be coming off a long, well-deserved break and will begin the process of getting organized, digging out, settling in and easing back into the daily grind.
Other people will be in the groove and firing at capacity before their 7:00 am breakfast meeting ends.
As you start your new-year work week, think about your daily routine. The routines and rituals we embrace can jump-start momentum, which is so often the catalyst for meaningful results. Resolutions are great, but our daily routines and rituals are the key to making them a reality. I’ll be giving my daily routine frequent inspection in 2014. I’ve seen first-hand that bigger, better, breakthrough results can happen just by making small adjustments in your routine and backing it up with a framework that supports consistent execution.
Today, I’ll be with a room full of top producers who want to achieve more in 2014. A good start matters. A great system with the right routines and consistent execution will turn the momentum into more.
Welcome to the New Year!
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Managing Mystique: How Ritz-Carlton Delivers Amazing Customer Service
Friday, October 25, 2013
I was in St. Thomas earlier this year keynoting a client incentive trip for Top Producers. Tough gig, I know. I actually arrived a couple days early for a little R&R with my girlfriend. During a day on the beach we decided to rent standup paddle boards for a little fun in the sun. It was my first paddle board experience and from my perspective, it’s harder than it looks. Seconds into standing I lost my balance and down I went, kissing my sunglasses goodbye.
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