Gregory Offner is a multi-talented individual, with a passion for entertaining and educating others. His keynotes, workshops, and corporate consulting engagements help the world's leading organizations create high-performing, highly fulfilled leaders.
Prior to this work, Gregory led global sales and marketing efforts for several Fortune 100 organizations; brokered complex Risk Management and Insurance programs for large commercial organizations; and drove process improvement initiatives as a certified Lean Six Sigma practitioner. But during that time, Gregory lived a double life. By day, he was a suit and tie-wearing professional; but under the cover of night, Gregory was better known as "Junior" - a world-renowned professional dueling pianist.
As an entertainer, Gregory has performed on stages of every size; for audiences of every size; on 5 continents. His ability to integrate that fun and energy into his programming (yes, he often uses a piano on stage) transforms his program from a keynote speech into a keynote experience.
Gregory's work as a keynote speaker, coach, and workshop facilitator fills a void that most organizations leave in their training programming: soft skill development.
Gregory has always been passionate about soft skills, interviewing over 1,000 senior executives about purpose, and analyzing the onboarding, training, and development programs of 43 companies before the age of 30. He was fascinated by the performance differences between organizations that prioritized soft skill training and those that focused primarily on hard, job-specific skill development.
Most recently, Gregory has spent over 2 months in total silence as a result of multiple surgeries needed to repair and rebuild his vocal cords...an experience that nearly left him mute; and which ignited the critical spark needed to transform his work from a “personal curiosity” to a “professional mission” - to help individuals and organizations transform their business by transforming the people within it.
Through a mix of speaking, audience participation, and a little dueling piano bar magic sprinkled in, Gregory reveals the insights and tools you need to accelerate your growth, amplify creativity, and deliver a performance that leaves your audience (clients, stakeholders, or employees) cheering for an encore.
Tip Jar Culture: Transform your Organization using 3 Secrets from a Piano Bar
Today, the world feels different. No industry is immune to the current workforce crisis of turnover and disengagement. It seems like entitlement is at an all-time high, and engagement is at an all-time low. But what most leaders see as problems with workforce culture are actually just symptoms of the real problem: the employment experience.
In this unforgettable keynote former dueling pianist and award-winning speaker, Gregory Offner will demonstrate 3 principles of engagement, found in a Piano Bar, which create experiences people want to engage with again and again. Then, he'll unpack his research & stories of real-world organizations that've applied these principles to business and produced award-winning results. Attendees will leave inspired and excited to put these principles into action and create a Tip Jar Culture™️ in their own organizations.
- Understanding of the 3 principles of repeatable engagement.
- A Framework to apply each principle in their own business/organization.
- Explore what tomorrow's talent expects from their workplace experience.
- Learn what employees really think when they hear the words engagement & retention.
Dueling with Disruption: Simple Shifts that produce Significant Results
You may know that 70% of corporate change initiatives fail, but do you know why? To create a sound we only need two elements: a source of agitation and a source of vibration. To create an organizational culture that thrives in and embraces disruption we also need two elements. In this captivating keynote, Gregory uses examples from the world of business and music to reveal the key to creating successful disruptions. Using principles of psychology and behavioral economics, Gregory helps the audience explore their own approaches to change, and explains why most attempts to make sustaining changes fall flat.
- Discover how to ignite the change resilience that lies within, and simplify dealing with disruption.
- Learn the two critical ingredients needed to create and sustain disruption.
- Articulate the definition of disruption, and how it applies to organizational and individual change.
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