Scott Greenberg

Resilience, Leadership,Cancer Survivor & Peak Performance

Motivational Speaker Scott Greenberg has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with his unique blend of keynote presentations and workshops. Scott’s uncanny ability to connect with a variety of audiences and discuss universal messages about resilience, leadership and peak performance keep him in constant demand as an inspirational speaker. Presenting to over 60,000 people a year, Scott Greenberg’s diverse client list includes countless corporations, associations, government agencies, educational institutions and other groups wanting motivational speakers who both educate and entertain.

Scott's success as a keynote speaker was not by design. In fact, his original objective was to become a filmmaker, and after graduating from UCLA in 1992 with a degree in English/Creative Writing, he accepted a scholarship to attend NYU graduate film school. As the youngest student in the Masters program, Scott longed for a rich life experience to draw from in order to inspire his films. But as the adage goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”
Within one semester, doctors discovered a softball-sized tumor in Scott’s chest and diagnosed him with cancer. Scott left film school to spend the next year battling for his life.

As the grandson of a “Schindler’s List” holocaust survivor, Scott grew up hearing his grandparents’ stories of survival and developed a fascination for the area of human resilience. During his chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he kept a journal and noted the attitudes and behaviors of fellow patients. Why did some suffer and others thrive, regardless of their specific diagnosis? Would these same reasons also apply to people’s personal and professional lives? This curiosity would eventually become the basis for thousands of speeches.

Scott successfully beat the disease and immediately left for Hollywood to work in film production and screenplay analysis, and eventually landed a job with MGM Pictures. He went on to start his own successful screenplay consultancy for screenwriters called “The Scripts Works,” managing a staff of script analysts to provide feedback and networking opportunities for thousands of writers from all over the world.

After a television program called “Life Choices” did a segment on Scott as a cancer survivor, he was invited to be the keynote speaker at a leadership conference for teens. Having been inspired by motivational speakers when he was in high school, Scott jumped at the chance. Instead of focusing on cancer, Scott combined his knowledge of story telling with his interest in human resilience to create a motivational presentation discussing the more universal issues of personal power and overcoming adversity. The response was incredible, and further requests for Scott as an inspirational speaker poured in. Scott quickly realized he could still make a living as a storyteller, but now with an added element of helping others.

Scott left Hollywood and supplemented his new ambition with his scariest challenge yet– substitute teaching in Los Angeles high schools. (“The students loved me. I knew this because whenever they’d walk into the classroom and see me, they’d shout ‘ A sub – yes!’ ”) By confronting five new classes each day, Scott learned how to quickly connect with groups and used them to practice his material. If he could win over teenagers, he could reach anyone.

Many years and thousands of audiences later, Scott has proved this theory correct. Scott has spoken in 48 U.S. states as well as in Canana, Aruba, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia. He has presented to lawyers, realtors, sales executives, health care professionals, managers, athletes, customer service reps and other groups looking to achieve peak performance. Clients include Nike, the Wyndham Hotel Group, FEMA and the U.S. Air Force. (See his client list.) He is published in Chicken Soup for the College Soul and has written his own motivational leadership books, including the Jump Start Leadership Workbooks (Volumes 1 & 2), and The Sandbags & The Fire: How Leaders Cut Loose Their Hang-ups & Soar to Success.

Scott has guest lectured on public speaking at American Jewish University and has developed and/or facilitated leadership and peak performance programs for countless organizations. He’s led conferences for the Kiwanis International Key Leader Program, and helped develop the Teen Leadership Camp program for Rotary International, who honored Scott by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. 

In 2005 Scott built and currently owns an “Edible Arrangements” franchise in West Hollywood, CA, managing ten employees while still on the road speaking. His store regularly ranks among the top five grossing franchises in California. In 2010 his store won the Edible Arrangements “Best Customer Service” award (out of 972 franchises worldwide). The following year his store received “Manager of the Year.” He recently opened his second Edible Arrangements location in Hollywood.  

Scott still occasionally provides film and television script feedback for a number of working screenwriters. He’s appeared in radio and television commercials, independent film, and co-hosted a reality TV show pilot for Fox Television.

Along the way, he’s run a marathon, gotten married and become a proud father of two.
And while nothing can quite compare to his love of building sandcastles with his children, motivational speaking comes a close second. Scott’s passion for providing nuts and bolts advice to audiences is apparent the second he picks up a microphone. Poignant stories, hilarious anecdotes combined with practical, substantive messages always leave crowds buzzing with excitement.

 

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    Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Peak Performance

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    California

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Scott Greenberg

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Motivational Speaker Scott Greenberg has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with his unique blend of keynote presentations and workshops. Scott’s uncanny ability to connect with a variety of audiences and discuss universal messages about resilience, leadership and peak performance keep him in constant demand as an inspirational speaker. Presenting to over 60,000 people a year, Scott Greenberg’s diverse client list includes countless corporations, associations, government agencies, educational institutions and other groups wanting motivational speakers who both educate and entertain.

Scott's success as a keynote speaker was not by design. In fact, his original objective was to become a filmmaker, and after graduating from UCLA in 1992 with a degree in English/Creative Writing, he accepted a scholarship to attend NYU graduate film school. As the youngest student in the Masters program, Scott longed for a rich life experience to draw from in order to inspire his films. But as the adage goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”
Within one semester, doctors discovered a softball-sized tumor in Scott’s chest and diagnosed him with cancer. Scott left film school to spend the next year battling for his life.

As the grandson of a “Schindler’s List” holocaust survivor, Scott grew up hearing his grandparents’ stories of survival and developed a fascination for the area of human resilience. During his chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he kept a journal and noted the attitudes and behaviors of fellow patients. Why did some suffer and others thrive, regardless of their specific diagnosis? Would these same reasons also apply to people’s personal and professional lives? This curiosity would eventually become the basis for thousands of speeches.

Scott successfully beat the disease and immediately left for Hollywood to work in film production and screenplay analysis, and eventually landed a job with MGM Pictures. He went on to start his own successful screenplay consultancy for screenwriters called “The Scripts Works,” managing a staff of script analysts to provide feedback and networking opportunities for thousands of writers from all over the world.

After a television program called “Life Choices” did a segment on Scott as a cancer survivor, he was invited to be the keynote speaker at a leadership conference for teens. Having been inspired by motivational speakers when he was in high school, Scott jumped at the chance. Instead of focusing on cancer, Scott combined his knowledge of story telling with his interest in human resilience to create a motivational presentation discussing the more universal issues of personal power and overcoming adversity. The response was incredible, and further requests for Scott as an inspirational speaker poured in. Scott quickly realized he could still make a living as a storyteller, but now with an added element of helping others.

Scott left Hollywood and supplemented his new ambition with his scariest challenge yet– substitute teaching in Los Angeles high schools. (“The students loved me. I knew this because whenever they’d walk into the classroom and see me, they’d shout ‘ A sub – yes!’ ”) By confronting five new classes each day, Scott learned how to quickly connect with groups and used them to practice his material. If he could win over teenagers, he could reach anyone.

Many years and thousands of audiences later, Scott has proved this theory correct. Scott has spoken in 48 U.S. states as well as in Canana, Aruba, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia. He has presented to lawyers, realtors, sales executives, health care professionals, managers, athletes, customer service reps and other groups looking to achieve peak performance. Clients include Nike, the Wyndham Hotel Group, FEMA and the U.S. Air Force. (See his client list.) He is published in Chicken Soup for the College Soul and has written his own motivational leadership books, including the Jump Start Leadership Workbooks (Volumes 1 & 2), and The Sandbags & The Fire: How Leaders Cut Loose Their Hang-ups & Soar to Success.

Scott has guest lectured on public speaking at American Jewish University and has developed and/or facilitated leadership and peak performance programs for countless organizations. He’s led conferences for the Kiwanis International Key Leader Program, and helped develop the Teen Leadership Camp program for Rotary International, who honored Scott by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. 

In 2005 Scott built and currently owns an “Edible Arrangements” franchise in West Hollywood, CA, managing ten employees while still on the road speaking. His store regularly ranks among the top five grossing franchises in California. In 2010 his store won the Edible Arrangements “Best Customer Service” award (out of 972 franchises worldwide). The following year his store received “Manager of the Year.” He recently opened his second Edible Arrangements location in Hollywood.  

Scott still occasionally provides film and television script feedback for a number of working screenwriters. He’s appeared in radio and television commercials, independent film, and co-hosted a reality TV show pilot for Fox Television.

Along the way, he’s run a marathon, gotten married and become a proud father of two.
And while nothing can quite compare to his love of building sandcastles with his children, motivational speaking comes a close second. Scott’s passion for providing nuts and bolts advice to audiences is apparent the second he picks up a microphone. Poignant stories, hilarious anecdotes combined with practical, substantive messages always leave crowds buzzing with excitement.

 

Internal Mastery, External Results: Mastering the Business Leaders Mindset
Most business leaders immerse themselves in operations, hoping if they work hard enough on marketing, management and systems, their business will grow. What they don’t consider are the internal factors — their own thoughts, beliefs and emotions that permeate every aspect of what they do. Ultimately, business leaders must be disciplined and mentally resilient to achieve long-term results. As both a professional business speaker and award-winning franchise business owner, Scott will show your group how to free their brain of mental distractions so they can better focus on serving their customers and growing their business.

Service 360: Rounding Up Customers Through a Culture of Service 
In a competitive environment, great customer service is the most important and most controllable means to distinguish your business. Your ability to quickly connect to customers and cultivate relationships is crucial. That means creating an entire culture of service, where franchisees not only serve paying clients, but colleagues, vendors and anyone with whom they have professional contact.

In this entertaining, informative program, Business Speaker Scott Greenberg will discuss “servant leadership” and show you how to create a culture of service that benefits customers, vendors and employees alike. Scott will help franchisees find more meaning in their work and pride in themselves in their contributions to others. He’ll explain how to create “connection points” to make each contact a unique, pleasant experience for customers and employees.

Managing Like Michelangelo: Sculpting Employees into Magnificent Works of Art
Sculptors don’t create their art as much as they chip away at everything that hides it. To bring out the best in your employees, franchisees and managers must free them of insecurity, self-doubt and the bad habits that inhibit their potential. In addition to his work as a longtime motivational speaker, Scott has led scores of employees and managers in his own businesses and identified the most common blocks that hold people back. He’ll show managers how to free employees of these and other self-defeating behaviors so they live and perform at their best.

Whether you’re offering a product or service, your organization is in the hands of your employees. Investing time in their development is key to your success. And while many leaders really know their operation, they don’t know how to motivate employees. This program will discuss ways to select and empower employees to achieve maximum performance with minimal supervision.

Sculptors don’t create their art as much as they chip away at everything that hides it. To bring out the best in others, leaders must free them of insecurity, self-doubt and the bad habits that inhibit their potential. In addition to his work as a longtime motivational speaker, Scott has led scores of employees and managers in his own businesses and identified the most common blocks that hold people back. Scott will show you how to manage with “emotional intelligence,” enabling you to free others of self-defeating behaviors so they live and perform at their best.

Moving Employees from Mediocrity to Mastery
Whether you’re offering a product or service, your organization is in the hands of your employees. Investing time in their development is key to your success. And while many leaders really know their operation, they don’t know how to motivate employees. This program will discuss ways to select and empower employees to achieve maximum performance with minimal supervision.

In addition to Scott’s speaking programs and workshops, he can facilitate an enjoyable array of interactive exercises that will bond your group and stimulate conversation. This is a great way to enhance your organization’s internal communication and collaboration skills.

Survival of the Finest: Thriving During Times of Change & Adversity 
The phrase “Survival of the Fittest” doesn’t refer to those who are the strongest or smartest, but to those most adaptable to change. Scott Greenberg learned this the hard way. While a graduate film student at New York University, he was diagnosed with cancer. Inspired by his grandmother, a “Schindler’s List” holocaust survivor, he beat the disease and went on to run the Los Angeles Marathon.

In this program, Scott will outline critical survival skills that will enable your group members to thrive in any type of environment. They’ll learn ways to use internal mastery to cope with external challenges. Whether your group members are facing professional or personal challenges, this inspiring, content-rich program is filled with humor, stories and strategies that will leave them encouraged, empowered and focussed on their goals.
 
Like hot air balloons, all of us are engineered to soar to great heights. Unfortunately, we “sandbag” ourselves by doing things, thinking things and believing things that hold us down. We burden ourselves with insecurity, fear and negative self-talk. Rarely do we perform at our best – our true best.In this program, Scott will discuss our most common self-imposed sandbags and provide techniques for cutting them loose. He will then share nuts and bolts methods for maximizing one’s personal and professional performance, and for coaching others to do the same.

Scott Greenberg was a New York University film student when he was diagnosed with cancer.?He spent the next year battling for his life. Inspired by his grandmother, a “Schindler’s List” holocaust survivor, he conquered the disease and went on to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. Scott will give your group tools for managing adversity. They’ll learn how to use humor and mental discipline to access their full strength and keep problems in perspective. Group members will leave with renewed optimism and excitement for their lives. Scott uses a lot of humor and storytelling in his presentations, ensuring your members will have a great time while also hearing a substantive, inspiring message.

Boston University

“We couldn’t be happier with your presentation to our student-athlete population… Our young men and women left with the motivation to work past their own mental blocks and to take advantage of every experience and opportunity as a student athlete and person.”

Career and Community Leaders of America

“You relate so well to our members, as was shown by the standing ovations you received following your presentation. I would highly recommend you as a motivational speaker to the youth of our country.”

Global Franchise Group

“The response was phenomenal! Scott was both entertaining and informational… In a post conference survey, Scott received the highest rating of the day, a 5 rating out of 5.”
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