Humorous Motivational Business Speaker, Generational
and Safety Expert, and Bestselling Author
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. Influence expert Garrison Wynn is known for his entertaining, customized and research driven programs. He provides keynotes and break out sessions for corporate events and association meetings that are drop dead funny, motivational and full of proven research results on what the most successful do differently.
For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. Garrison is known for his appeal to a wide variety of audiences by delivering serious, result-driven information with professionally honed humor. His entertaining and provocative delivery style combined with in-depth research and an innovative approach makes him a favorite with clients who want to move beyond the limitations of traditional “best practices” and set breakthrough objectives to achieve maximum success.
Garrison Wynn fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic, a guy who’s been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation.
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.
Customization and Virtual Keynotes
Garrison Wynn customizes each keynote program using research and pre-program planning for your event. From discussions with your superstars to surveying the top performers in your field, this process helps separate the so-called “good ideas” from what is working in your industry. Every program, that Garrison does can be done virtually. Working in multiple formats based on client need, to webcast programs shot in front of a small audience and broadcast to multiple locations, Garrison records in a webcast studio where he can do high-quality full body shot productions on par with network television.
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 post-quarantine to dealing with technology, growth and downsizing, this presentation helps leaders, employees and customers implement necessary changes with minimal resistance. Easily customized segments can include: How to get buy-in on change quickly. Why change if things are going well? Transitional awareness: How will your actions now affect you post-COVID-19? Avoiding anxiety-driven decisions and actions. #1 cause of stress: Knowing exactly what to do…but doing something else. How your belief system creates your experience. The technology struggle: Similarities first and differences second. Avoiding blame distribution: Working better together. How to be right without making people wrong. Creating your own resistance: Solving problems that solve problems.
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 tough economic circumstances) and shows how we can laugh at our problems while using them as catalysts for success. This research-based session covers a lot of ground and provides no-cost, easily implemented, proven solutions that your people can use right away. Easily customized segments can include: New people, new products and new approach. COVID-19 (safety vs. economics). Dealing with new leadership direction. Getting good results from difficult people. Working from home with no distractions. Embracing mergers and acquisitions. Dealing with the resistance to change. Technology changes and procedural shifts. Change makes us better? Action and adaptability create opportunity.
Value-Based 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 during and after the COVID-19 experience? This highly entertaining session backed by Evolve Performance Group/Pew research across 46 countries (and combined with over 70 years of Gallup survey data) shows that the thing people value most is feeling valuable! The session presents 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. Easily customized segments can include: Curing disengagement: Improving strengths that reduce weaknesses. How employee opinions create productivity. Communication breakdown: Overcoming silo-ism. Managing a remote workforce: Cohesion and motivation. Separating the data from the drama: Research vs. personal experience. Managing people for who they are (not who you wish they were). COVID-19 leadership: Balancing safety, expectations and leniency. The truth about employee turnover: The why and the how of retention. Making sure people see their input in your solutions. Nobody wants to be a “senior beginner”. What the most influential managers do differently
Influencing Safety: Creating a Culture of Buy-in
Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables, comply with COVIDSafe 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 more than just following the rules; it is about 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 and industry research 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. Easily customized segments can include: What the organizations with the best safety records have in common. The truth about PPE and what is working now: COVIDSafe and beyond. Social distancing does not mean reduced communication: Apart together. Engaged/valued employees are 43% safer and look out for each other. Safety vs. economics: The link between protection and productivity. The truth about trust: We are our brothers’ and sisters' keeper. Situational awareness: Being present in the moment. Making sure veterans are supportive of Gen Y and young employees respect experience. Making change work: Dealing with resistance. Staying motivated by motivating others to be safe. Getting people to believe (especially foremen/frontline Supervisors) and changing behaviors.
Garrison is simply a rock star! His ability to deliver a well-prepared message in a funny, interesting way and engage everyone in the room is unparalleled in his industry. His research and thought-provoking educational material will resonate with our organization for many years. You know you had a successful session when days later people start a discussion with "As Garrison said".
- | WELLS FARGO
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
Garrison Wynn rocked the house at our annual Americas meeting! He's extremely entertaining, insightful, educational and engaging. Our team of over 500 professionals didn't want the guy to leave the stage. He's simply that good. We've had many talented and impressive speakers at our meetings over the years, but Garrison ended up being at the top of our list. Do yourself a favor — get Garrison Wynn for your next meeting. You can thank me later.
- | UNITED AIRLINES
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your outstanding presentation at our conference last week. You were simply fantastic, hilarious and motivating. We've heard some pretty amazing feedback about you and I just wanted to share. Your name was definitely circulating after your departure and I was giving out your information like crazy. I actually still am! Just the other day, I got a call from one of our attorney's in Richmond, VA asking about you. He said "That guy could have his own TV show!" Another manager, here in my office, who is rather regiment in her management style, confessed to me that your presentation will definitely make her speak and act differently when it comes to handling her own employees. Who said Rome wasn't built in one day? Wow! You really made an impact.
- | FIDELITY