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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. Garrison examines the challenges we face (from COVID-19 to communication breakdown) 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, researched-based, easily implemented, proven solutions that your people can use right away.
Easily Customized Segments Include:
• New people, new products and new approach
• COVID-19 (safety vs economics)
• Dealing with new leadership direction
• How to get "buy-in" on change quickly
• Working from home with no distractions
• Communication breakdown: overcoming silo-ism
• Nobody wants to be a "senior beginner"
• Embracing mergers and acquisitions
• Dealing with the resistance to change
• Technology changes and procedural shifts
• Change makes us better?
• Action and adaptability creates opportunity
Change is Mandatory… Stress is Optional!
Change is something we all have to deal with, but the stress that accompanies change is more of a 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 a 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.
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 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 of 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.
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.
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 the smartest people with the most information aren't always 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.
Frontline Supervisor Buy-in
It has long been known that frontline supervisors and foremen essentially run the day-to-day operations of an organization, but we often forget that their opinions and beliefs directly determine overall success. They carry such influence because people don’t really work for companies; they work for their direct supervisors. This hands-on (and gloves-off) customized, nonacademic session helps you get buy-in from those direct influencers by shifting their perspective toward creating a work culture that benefits them, their people, and the organization as whole.
The Inside Track To Rapport Building, Buying-Sign Intuition, And Clarity Of Value that Seal the Deal!
Drawing on 24 years of research and interviews with all the Fortune 500 firms, this program is rooted in rainmaker tactics that set the world’s top salespeople apart. The program teaches people to close and gives them the tools and confidence to be viewed as the customer’s valued resource. This is not sales theory as viewed from 30,000 feet or the science of selling. Instead, it focuses on the personal influence techniques of the world’s top producers in every industry. What motivates consistent closers to ask for the business? Any seller, from the eager newbie to the seen-it-all, hard-to-impress veteran, leaves with huge takeaways. This customized, entertaining, inspiring program creates the mindset necessary to get maximum impact from the tactics taught.
• Drive and embrace change
• Get buy-in and show value
• Attract and keep top talent
Innovation fuels this research-driven, highly entertaining session, customized to provide the influence tools you need to communicate value effectively. By session’s end, leaders, business developers and team members acquire the insight and strategy to create a sustainable, disruption-proof culture. Whether you’re riding a new trend or shaking off past challenges, you can create the kind of influence that not only drives change, it makes your organization attractive to customers and today’s top talent … so you never stop getting better!
Winning the Talent War
Keeping and Attracting Young Top Performers
People in their 20s don't want what their parents wanted from a job. Also, many Gen Y "potential employees" would rather work temporary jobs (through staffing companies) than commit to a company full time. This means there are far fewer people looking for jobs than anticipated. That means more jobs than job seekers (for the first time since this kind of data has been gathered) creating a "War" for top young talent. And they are not lining up for labor jobs (where you might get your hands dirty} even though they pay four times more than the job they took at the mall! They are also more likely to live at home and less likely to put up with a work environment that cramps their style. 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.
How to identify, attract, and retain a loyal workforce.
From developing a marketing campaign to attract the people you need to making sure they have a culture that makes them feel valued, this thoroughly researched program (Gallup, Harvard Review and Evolve Performance Group) gives you the tools to solve your labor problem and consistently improve employee performance.
Easily Customized Segments Include:
• The 3 reasons why Gen Y doesn't want to work for you and what you can do about it.
• How to quickly develop and maintain a culture that keeps and attracts top talent.
• Getting people to choose your organization when the competition can afford to offer higher pay.
• Making sure the employees you want to attract know you exist and branding your organization as a great place to work.
• How to create a social media and advertising campaign that shows why your company is a good fit for the people you want.
Author of The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary