Garrison Wynn

  • No-Fluff Motivation
  • High-Energy Humor, and Customized, Industry-Specific Business Content 
  • Fortune 500 leader 

 

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 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. He is the author of 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.  In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries

 

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Communication Skills, Customer Service, Generation X, Leadership, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Peak Performance, Safety, Sales

  • Travels From:

    Texas

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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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 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. He is the author of 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.  In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries

 

Making the Most of Difficult Situations:
Changing Markets, Changing Times

This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation and change to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. Professional keynote speaker and business relationship expert Garrison Wynn 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.

Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions 

The Truth About Success:
Being the Best vs. Being Consistently Chosen

Success is more than being good at what you do; it's about being consistently chosen to do it. Garrison helps people to understand why their products, services or leadership styles or those of their competitors are selected. People don't necessarily choose what's best; they choose what they are most comfortable with, whether it's the best or not. 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.

Available in Sales, Leadership and Customer Service versions 

Getting Great Results:
Turning Talent Into Performance

In this keynote, results from the largest management survey ever conducted are combined with real-life management and leadership solutions to get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn 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.

Available in Leadership and Management versions 

Generations Working Better Together  

This extremely informative, entertaining, solutions-based session 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 ways of 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. 

The Real Truth About Success:
What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won't Tell You

A decade of Wynn Solutions research reveals what makes owners and managers of top-performing businesses so effective – and 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. Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantage – whether it's cosmetic, leadership communication, personality, resources or access to privileged information.

Top performers rarely acknowledge this because it tends to make their success sound less impressive or undeserved. Prepare to laugh and learn as Garrison leads program segments that include:

  • Lies about success – and why we believe them
  • From interview to confession: The research
  • Why would anybody want to be in a fair fight?
  • Create your own advantage in leadership and business development
  • The Truth About Success™
  • Being the best vs. being consistently chosen
  • Action and adaptability create opportunity
  • Establish a repeatable process for success 

How to Win an Unfair Fight:
Influencing People You Have No Authority Over

A great idea rarely wins out on its own merit. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from people who really know how to influence. This enlightening, research-based session delves into the human condition, revealing that the true key to influence is not intelligence or logic, but an understanding of what people really value. Through a collaborative toolkit, this program delivers the tips and strategies you need to make people see the value of your ideas so you're well positioned to gain agreement. Program segments include:

Gaining an understanding of what people really value and how that impacts agreement

  • Developing strategic advocates and create your own personal "influence upward" plan
  • How to get people to agree with you
  • Why some people disagree with everything, and what you can do about it
  • How to get people to listen to your ideas
  • Managing your boss: How to help your supervisor make your job easier
  • How to gain more influence from any position in your organization
  • Reading between the lines: Learning how to adjust your approach
  • How to hold people more accountable on projects without conflict
  • How to make sure your input is seen as consistently valuable to others
  • Creating a repeatable process for agreement: Making the tools work well 

Influence in Action:
How to Consistently Hold People Accountable

Great ideas are rarely good enough to get people to take action.  Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from leaders who really know how to influence. This high-impact, research-based session focuses on revealing the true key to accountability: not intelligence or strategy, but an understanding of what makes people feel valuable.  In this entertaining, interactive and sometimes brutally honest session, Garrison shows executives how to create a culture of accountability, even among employees at different performance levels. You’ll learn how to push your average and low performers to reach a higher level and how to hold ego-driven top performers accountable without causing them (or you) to lose the will to live.

Vice President, Marketing

"Garrison had our group engaged from the kickoff of our meeting! Garrison launched our annual business meeting with a bang! He incorporated our "Game On" football theme perfectly and researched our industry to come up with some innovative ideas on how to bring timely data to his presentation. Not only was he extremely entertaining, but he hit every key message we discussed during our introductory call. And as many of our publishers told me after his session "That was a home run!" Even though our theme was football. ;-) Garrison connected with the group and understood the difficulties and challenges our publishers deal with on a daily basis. Garrison's sense of humor played such a crucial role to kickoff the conference on a positive note. We tried to make the conference motivational, educational and of course fun! Garrison exceeded our expectations and was a highlight of our annual business conference. Thanks again Garrison!"

Chem-Dry

"He was fantastic! Perfect choice for day 3. Very funny, very energetic delivery and some great messages. Got great feedback about him from franchisees. We not only went 3 for 3 but I'd say they were all home runs! Thanks for your help on the speakers. It was a key and very positive component of our convention!"

ICMI

Garrison was awesome! Our attendees loved meeting him and could relate very well to him. Thank you for the recommendation.

AIM Management's Financial Institution Division

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.

American Express

Our conference attendees enjoyed not only your message, but also the humorous and real life way in which it was delivered. The ratings you received on our Exit Survey were all “Excellent!” We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Delphi Corporation

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.

Frank P. Breazeale III, Regional Sales and Training Officer, Smith Barney

Rave reviews would be an understatement, you are one of the best keynote speakers we have ever had at Smith Barney. I really appreciate your preprogram research and funny to-the-point delivery. Let's try to match schedules for multiple dates next year. Thank you for all that you did for us.

Separating The Data From The Drama
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It's easy to say that "Life is about how we react to the things that happen to us!" 

But when the new software is actually causing people to lose the will to live and even your tech-savvy 22-year-old dude (and this guy is very much a dude) says things like, "basically... this program is like ...actually a conspiracy to gangster my happiness".  It has to be the fault of someone else or some outside source (the software), that has caused the stress...right? 

The truth is that at some point we have reacted and adapted better to things that were much more difficult than this non-chronological, tutorialess, glitchy, new system designed by ________ (please insert a more politically correct and less profane phrase than what I had in mind here). 

So it's really what we believe about something that is the issue, not what we are actually experiencing in the moment. And, the more people who validate the belief (agree that this really sucks and is the biggest problem you have), the more likely you are to get stressed and make an overactive decision...with a hammer! 

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Adulting in the Workplace Are you prepared to parent your young new hires?
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Is 20 the new 12? I talked to young guy at the airport who felt his first business trip went pretty well. His real problem, he said, was that he had gum in his phone! He explained that as he was telling his mom how awesome the trip was, he blew a huge bubblegum bubble that burst on his iPhone screen. As chatty I am, and having just consumed a triple espresso that had my brain firing on all cylinders, I was oddly at a loss for words.

 

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Does Workplace Diversity Impact Team Performance?
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Garrison Wynn is a business speaker who helps audiences go from being great at a skill to understanding how it helps them in their career fields. “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered," he says. "Decision making doesn’t work that way.” 

In this article, Garrison discusses diversity in the workplace and using diversity to boost employee workplace performance.

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Change is Mandatory...Stress is Optional
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When the pain of what you are going through becomes greater than the fear of change, you change … but I recommend you avoid most of the pain, embrace the change and adjust.

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How To Be An Extremely Influential Presenter
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Whether you are a CEO, a professional motivational speaker, a corporate trainer, or a mom trying to get your teenager to pay attention (good luck with that), you need high-impact presentation skills. Your message, regardless of its content, needs the most effective delivery system it can get.

We’ve all suffered from boring, dry, sometimes annoying talks that contained good content … but not quite good enough to interrupt the thoughts of suicide that might mercifully shorten our exposure to a horrible speaker. Our research of more than 5,000 top performers showed that outstanding presentation skills were a key factor in their influence. We also noticed that people with superior presentation skills were more likely to get promoted even if they lacked other seemingly sought-after qualities. It seems that having value is not as valuable as explaining it well.

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