Garrison Wynn

  • Motivational Business Expert with Comedic Approach
  • Delivers Customized, Industry-Specific Business Content 
  • Fortune 500 Sales 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, Generations, Leadership, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Peak Performance, Safety, Sales

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    Texas

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    $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.

 

The Real Truth About Success 
What The Most Influential Do Differently And Why They Won't Tell You

Prepare to laugh and learn as 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 strategy, you'd better read the title again. Standout success in a challenging economy often comes from personal advantage, whether it's perceived value, personality, leadership-style, communication skills, abundant resources, or access to privileged information. This entertaining session takes a realistic look at the influence you'll need to make sure your knowledge and hard work deliver the results you want.

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

This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with motivation and change management to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. 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, research-based solutions that your people can use right away. 

Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions.

This entertaining research-based session shows you how to gain agreement without manipulation and create clear, unified actions so you can quickly dissolve conflicts.You'll find out how to make sure people value your opinion and quickly turn disputes into workable collaborations.

In Demand
How To Make Sure People See Your Value

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.

Essential Leadership
Making Employee Engagement Actually Happen

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 an individual positively influence the opinions his or her employees and coworkers have about their job? This highly entertaining session, backed by Evolve Performance Group research across 46 countries (and combined with over 70 years of Gallup survey data) shows that the thing people value most is feeling valuable! It gives the specific communication tools that anyone can use to dramatically reduce resistance to change, difficult behavior and employee turnover. The impact of this program reaches far beyond the session itself, creating an emotional shift that fuels immediate implementation.

Dissolving Conflicts
Separating The Data From The Drama

Success is almost always about working well with others to get the best possible result. The issue is not everyone agrees on what's important, and it becomes difficult to separate fact from fiction. Also, some people are so set-in-their-ways that they see everything through a filter of distrust. Or worse, things get overly dramatic and can develop into a "blame distribution" environment that affects morale and productivity.
This entertaining research-based session shows you how to gain agreement without manipulation and create clear, unified actions so you can quickly dissolve conflicts.You'll find out how to make sure people value your opinion and quickly turn disputes into workable collaborations.

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

When relating to younger crowds, people love to say “I was young once.” The truth is, “No, you weren’t!”—at least not in a way that compares with today’s youth. You were young whenever that was, which is not now. And younger workers, you might occasionally hear about your attitude of entitlement, as though you somehow did this to yourself!

Despite the friction that can arise when generations misunderstand each other, intergenerational teams are simply better at getting the job done. Grounded in behavioral research, this entertaining session reveals how and why this is so.

Segments include:

  • real tolerance (true acceptance), 
  • understanding each generation’s peculiarities and; 
  • how each generation’s contributions heighten a team’s success factor. 

A multigenerational audience will be amused, enlightened and, best of all, equipped with solutions that make an immediate positive impact. Available in leadership and team versions.

The Heroes Of Zero
What The Most Successful Safety Leaders Do Differently

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.

What The Most Influential Leaders Do Differently

This insightful keynote session delivers the specific actions that attract, create and retain top talent. Based on new research about the origins of outstanding performance and laced with Garrison’s trademark professional-grade humor - this program is high on content and low on boredom.

Millennial Loyalty
Keeping And Attracting Top Young Talent

People in their 20s don't want what their parents wanted from a job. They are also more likely to live at home and less likely to put up with a work environment that cramps their style. What a shift in mindset! Attracting the young people needed to replace your retiring workforce (and making sure they stay long enough to make a difference) is crucial for your organization's future. This entertaining yet heavily researched program shows business owners, leaders and managers how to adapt their organization into a company young people want to work for and how to establish a culture they do not want to leave. Besides actually having a work force 10 years from now, the benefits include improved performance and heightened accountability from the millennials who represent your company's future.

Inclusion + Tolerance = Success
Creating A Diverse Culture That Drives Performance

Having a culture that includes and supports all people is more than just a moral obligation. It is a critical and commonly overlooked ingredient for success. An alloy is stronger and has more applications than something made of just one material, and research shows the same is true for high-performance teams. This entertaining session (heavily supported by research from Gallup, MIT and Rutgers) shows that tolerance leads to awareness and understanding that creates long-term value. From attracting top young talent with a culture they'll support to fostering the diversity of thought that is the foundation of creativity, this high-energy program is a great kickoff keynote or closing session for your Inclusion and Diversity Conference.

The Real Truth About Success:
What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won't Tell You
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Be prepared to laugh and learn as this research-based keynote reveals how top performers harness the power of their advantages, even when the odds are not in their favor. Business relationship expert and Amazon.com bestselling author Garrison Wynn delivers a high-impact program that answers two monumental questions: How do you get people to do what you want them to do? And how can you get better results from the challenging people you encounter along the way? With an emphasis on what you can actually walk out of the session with and achieve tomorrow; this program shows you how to weather the perfect storm while still looking really good in a raincoat!

Available in motivation, leadership, customer service and sales versions.

Change Is Mandatory...Stress Is Optional

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. 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.  

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. 

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.

Influencing Safety

Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this entertaining, customized session is more than just a safe bet. It will get your people laughing, learning and motivated to create a culture of safety while maintaining productivity. This program focuses on developing the personal influence to make things stick, whether you're helping leaders move change through their locations or getting workers to look out for each other on the job site. Garrison is authentic - a guy who's been there. He's a chemical plant explosion survivor who has developed environmental safety products still in use worldwide. He expertly fuses his experiences into key takeaways such as how to build the trust and relationships that make consistent safety a reality. He delivers those takeaways using a humorous approach that will have a serious impact on your event.

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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