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Garrison Wynn

Garrison Wynn, CSP

Award-winning speaker and bestselling author renowned for his dynamic blend of ORIGINAL HUMOR, CUSTOMIZED CONTENT, and RESEARCH into what the most successful people have in common.

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Price range

  • $10,000 - $16,000
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Expert

  • Change
  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Retention / Hiring
  • Generational Issues
  • Humor
  • Leadership
  • Safety
  • Sales
  • Stress
  • Success
  • Sustainability: Organizational
  • Teamwork/Teambuilding
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Experience

  • Associations
  • Corporate
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Career

  • 24 Years
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  • About

    If you could have a no-fluff motivational speaker, high-energy original humor, and industry specific customized business content delivered in a single keynote, what value would that have for your organization?

    When you hire the right keynote speaker, your audience leaves energized, entertained, educated and alive with possibilities. Only a professional speaker with an entertainment background and dedication to research on what the top 1% do differently can energize and inspire your people to this level.

    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 and has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured in Forbes Magazine. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron, as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business, and went on to create and market products still being sold in 30 countries. 

    INSIGHT
    Known for his ability to connect with any audience, Garrison delivers powerful, original content built on breakthrough research that he customizes with specifics from your industry. His gruntwork-to-great background from ditch digging (we’re not kidding!) to executive leadership, with sales, marketing, safety, manufacturing, and showbiz in between means that no industry or work experience is beyond Garrison’s ability to identify with or apply insight to. He can reach the CEO and the janitor in the same audience with a consistent, relevant message. He personalizes programs to give audiences the relational and behavioral insights they’ll need if they want to influence and succeed.

    IMPACT
    Garrison delivers valuable tools your group can apply immediately. His down-to-earth, relatable style includes a strong mix of humor and realism that entertains as it educates. With TV and film credits to his name and six years as a touring professional stand-up comedian, Garrison expertly engages audiences, making his keynotes meaningful and memorable. Beyond the humor, he delivers high-impact, motivational programs that answer the big question that everyone wants to know: How do you get people to do what you want when you want?

    • Keynotes and breakout sessions are 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    • Programs are also available in half- and full-day versions.

    RESEARCH
    Wynn Solutions’ survey of 5,371 top-performing people of influence in multiple industries and professions, including financial, manufacturing, healthcare, education, government, travel, technology, transportation, food service and marketing.

    • Gallup (1 million employees and 80,000 managers surveyed over 25 years) and Evolve Performance Group (formerly of Gallup) solutions created from that data in 46 countries and 27 languages 
    • Accenture’s Global Management Study with leaders of 450 companies.

     

     

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  • Program

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational

    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 workforce 10 years from now, the benefits include improved performance and heightened accountability from the millennials who represent your company’s future.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational

    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.

    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

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    Turning Talent Into Performance

    This entertaining research-based keynote reveals how top performing leaders harness the power of their advantages. 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 difficult employees 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!

    Participants Will Learn:

    • How to be right without making people wrong
    • The truth about trust: Listening like a leader
    • Bad-for-business body language: How leaders betray their words
    • How to avoid robbing people of their uniqueness
    • How to get people to listen to you: Developing buy-in and loyalty
    • How to get highly creative/difficult people to agree with you
    • How to be more approachable and comfortable in your leadership role
    • Being the best vs. being consistently chosen: The truth about likable leadership styles
    • Managing expectations and emotions
    • Dealing with the resistance to change
    • How to repair relationship damage fast: Action creates opportunity
    • Understanding your contributions: The true value of what you do

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    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!

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    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 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. 

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    Available as a breakout session and in half-day and full-day versions
    In this entertaining, research-based session, Garrison Wynn combines practical, proven management and leadership solutions with findings from his survey of thousands of top-performing sales managers. The resulting program delivers powerful pointers designed to help sales managers amp up their influence in two crucial areas:

    • They’ll learn to manage and motivate their salespeople.
    • They’ll equip their salespeople with the tools they need to quickly establish trust and state the value of their service to customers.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    This high-energy, entertaining, motivational sales program is based on a study of 5,000 top performers in 21 industries who succeeded under difficult circumstances even when their competitors clearly had the edge. In anonymous interviews, these top performers divulged the specifics about what they did to succeed. This session looks at those factors and gives you a repeatable process to create your own advantages.

    Program Highlights

    • How to get people to buy in a challenging economy
    • Winning the deal against the entrenched competition
    • Selling to difficult people
    • Getting the sale when you’re the highest price in the market
    • How to win against larger, more established companies
    • How to get responses from busy decision makers
    • How to establish value in a commodities market
    • How to use your competitors’ advantages against them
    • Developing a repeatable selling process without reinventing yourself

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    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 motivatingmanaging 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.

    Younger and older attendees will love this realistic high energy session. 

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    Success is more than being good at what you do; it’s about being consistently chosen to do it. This entertaining, customer service keynote will address several key behavioral practices that will separate the customer service your clients receive from that of your competition.

    We’ve all heard the importance of customer satisfaction and loyalty; but why is it that customers who spend the most money can be lured away by organizations that don’t appear to provide much service and have a higher price? This session provides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows that there really is more to customer service than just showing you care.

    Best practices, being able to master the skills of your job is very important. To be consistently chosen over the competition we must learn to move beyond best practices. Garrison will discuss the importance of making an impact that leaves a lasting impression on the customer in the first five seconds of the encounter.

    He will discuss the importance of not making the customer wrong. To move beyond best practices your employees must understand the importance of making the customer feel heard and feel that their wants and needs are important. Garrison helps people to understand why their products, services, or presentation styles – or those of their competitors – are selected.

    People don’t necessarily choose what’s best; they choose what they are most comfortable with. This program contains original research on managing expectations and emotions, understanding the importance of great body language, people skills and customer focused listening practices that proves there really is more to success than being the best.

    Key points in Garrison’s customer service keynote:

    • How to be right without making your customers wrong
    • The truth about trust: Gaining influence with difficult people
    • What customers really want: Solutions to well-defined problems
    • How to make customers feel important and heard in 30 seconds
    • How to get customers/clients to listen to you
    • What the most successful do differently: What 5000 top customer service providers have in common
    • Showing the value of your service

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    Building better relationships internally will improve your team’s ability to be consistently productive. – Garrison Wynn

    What makes working with others difficult? We’re afraid we’re not going to get what we want, or we’re going to lose what we already have.

    This funny, insightful teamwork presentation combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation and change, Garrison examines the challenges team members face in a difficult market, and shows how they can learn to use those challenges as a catalyst for future success.

    Team members acquire specific skills to recognize and manage difficult personality styles, dramatically improve communication skills, overcome fear, work well together in tough times and significantly improve interactions with others by building better relationships.

    Garrison will deliver a team-building and conflict management program that will create a culture of accountability without blame distribution. Team members will examine common points of resistance to working with other people and understand the personal benefits of adapting to a team-oriented approach, offering and accepting help, and learning to work well together to solve problems and meet critical deadlines.

    The following is an outline of the key points found in a typical team building presentation. Garrison will work with you to customize a program that meets the specific needs and desired outcomes of your group.

    Key objectives

    • Create and leverage long-term relationships
    • Create a team culture
    • Provide cutting-edge and basic communication skills
    • Gain a better understanding of how much control we have over our results

    Insights and understandings

    • How to be right without making people wrong
    • The truth about trust: Creating the foundation of communication
    • Listening like a leader

    Solutions and actions

    • How to avoid blame distribution: Accountability in action
    • How beliefs create experiences: The power of negative thinking
    • What is really important to us individually?
    • Defining our role in the solution

     

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Motivational

    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.

  • Review
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    “major bookstores. “Thank you again for helping make my sales conference so awesome. We have had many different speakers year after year, but none have gotten such rave reviews as you have. My sales managers are already asking for more Garrison next year! It was a pleasure working with you and I really appreciate the way you tied in your presentation to our business. You took the time to research and speak with my people, and it made a WORLD of difference! It is difficult to keep a group focused all day, but you did just that. Looking forward to having you present again in the very near future!”

    Morton's The Steakhouse
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    “Garrison was everything we asked for and more. Not only did he engage and energize the crowd; he got a standing ovation and connected with them on their level. He delivered a laughter-filled keynote address with a powerful message. I loved the way he spoke to every meaningful objective and brought new material that was relevant to the event. Fantastic! Couldn't be happier”

    American Express
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    “Your presentation to our team allowed us to produce some of the most successful and profitable years in the history of Caterpillar. The impacts of your work are still in force today. We would highly recommend Garrison Wynn to help any company make the necessary sales-focused transition that we have successfully made.”

    Caterpillar
major bookstores. “Thank you again for helping make my sales conference so awesome. We have had many different speakers year after year, but none have gotten such rave reviews as you have. My sales managers are already asking for more Garrison next year! It was a pleasure working with you and I really appreciate the way you tied in your presentation to our business. You took the time to research and speak with my people, and it made a WORLD of difference! It is difficult to keep a group focused all day, but you did just that. Looking forward to having you present again in the very near future!
Morton's The Steakhouse