Huffpost LIVE Show Host, Former Monk Turned Mega-Media Influencer and Innovative Filmmaker
Jay Shetty is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Think Like a Monk. He is on a mission to share the timeless wisdom of the world in an accessible, relevant and practical way. He has produced over 400 viral videos which have surpassed more than 7 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked as the #1 Health podcast in the world. He was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for being a game changer in the world of media and has won both the Streamy and Shorty Awards for Best Health and Wellness Creator of the Year.
After meeting a monk at the age of 18, Jay sought to redefine personal success. He was inspired by a life of service, impact and passion as opposed to money, fame and power. After graduating with a first-class BSc (Hons) Degree in Behavioral Science from Cass Business School, he turned down lucrative job offers from prestigious companies, moved to India and lived as a monk. He traded his suits for robes, shaved his head, slept on the floor and lived out of a gym locker. Jay meditated for 4-8 hours a day and studied ancient philosophy. Half the day was spent on personal growth and the other on help others. This included everything from personal and collective meditation, study and reflection to teaching and philanthropy. For three years, Jay helped build sustainable villages, food programs distributing over one million meals per day and coached millennials throughout India and Europe.
Jay received a proposal from his guru who believed he could share what he had learnt if he left the path. Jay moved back to London with his parents, in massive debt with no recognizable skills on his resume. Fortunately, his friends, now working for the largest organizations in the world yet experiencing tremendous stress and pressure, invited Jay to coach them on wellbeing, purpose and mindfulness. Jay began sharing his experiences as a monk in the world’s largest corporations including EY and Nasdaq.
Driven by a desire to share his learnings with as many people as possible, he re-engaged with the world and dove head first into learning about the tools and techniques that might allow knowledge to spread as fast as entertainment. He joined Accenture, helping them build their digital division while learning about the forces shaping the new digital landscape. He quickly became their #1 social media influencer, in a company of 400,000 people. Along the way, he advised over 150 executives on their personal brands, which provided a very broad base with which to test theories. He leveraged his findings to launch his own Facebook page in 2016, which exploded.
Jay’s videos were spotted by Arianna Huffington, who asked him to create a series for HuffPost. His first four videos hit over 50 million views – the highest HuffPost had ever received. Arianna invited Jay to New York to be a Senior Host & Producer for HuffPost Live where he created #FollowTheReader. The Facebook Live Daily Talk Show, featuring authors and life changing ideas, became #1 for audience engagement – with themes that include passion, purpose, mindfulness, resilience, failure and communication. He has also collaborated with Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen Digital to produce content centered on purposeful living.
These days, Jay continues to expand his brand through his viral video agency, group coaching & workshops with his 37+ million followers. His first book, Think Like a Monk, is an effortless guide on how ANYONE can be courageous, compassionate and determined in our fast-paced, stressed out and disconnected world.
How to Find Your Purpose in The Workplace
One of the top challenges for executives is raising employee engagement, and for good reason. Engagement is on the decline across the world, and that spells trouble for business leaders everywhere. Today, employees are genuinely searching for meaning, purpose and fulfillment in the workplace. When each person deeply understands how they fit into the bigger picture they become more motivated to align with the company's goals. With an emphasis on work-life integration, Jay understands that a separation of the two can create more stress, inevitably trickling into personal interactions. Jay guides participants into personal awareness and an understanding of their responsibility to co-create a meaningful trajectory.
Why Connected Thinkers Will Rule the Future
We've lived in times ruled by lawyers, doctors and bankers. We've moved onto a time ruled by coders, engineers, analysts and mathematicians for the Internet. The challenge that faces individuals today is to be a connected thinker. People who can bring together mindfulness, with modern psychology, trending technology and use it for social impact will see limitless possibility where others do not. Steve Jobs made calligraphy relevant to computers. Mark Zuckerberg visited an ashram in India so that he could reinforce the importance of what he and his company was trying to do. They see what others can't see. They perceive the invisible connections. Because it's what you don't see that makes what you see today possible. The best innovators expose themselves to a broad set of human experiences; experiences that literally kick-start the creative process. The key to thinking differently is perceiving things differently. To perceive things differently, you must be exposed to divergent ideas, places and people. This forces your brain to make connections it otherwise might miss.
Personal Online Brand
The question today is, if you don't have an online brand, do you even exist? Every employee today can be a brand ambassador; every director needs to be a voice. We no longer live in a B2B world but a H2H, human to human world where people want to do business with people. The online world allows you to connect with clients, customers and colleagues in a truly unique way.
A 75-year Harvard study found that the key to a fulfilling life can be unearthed through good relationships. And, the key to good relationships is good communication. Jay will share insights from timeless wisdom and modern behavioral science – illustrating how to form long term relationships and how to build trust from day one. He'll explain why conflict should not be avoided and how to master the art of communication.
Self-Care For Service
We live in a guest first environment. This allows us to make a difference and impact in the lives of others. But to do this at an optimal level, we need to invest in ourselves. We need to take care of our moods, emotions, feelings and bodies. This keynote will provide the simple tools and insights that people can implement from day one. This includes powerful breathing techniques for remaining calm under pressure, communication insights for a positive work environment and the hidden keys to guest satisfaction and experience. This session will focus on how to bring your best energy to the workplace. Everything from workplace conversations to guest interactions are based on energy. If our energy is not positive, uplifting and empowering, it is challenging to work in any environment.
Digital Innovation – Preparing Your Mindset for the Future
What got us here, won't get us there. More and more people are worried about robots taking their jobs, the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning pose real threats to our careers and companies. How can companies redefine their mindset for the new world? What skills need to be prioritized, enhanced and focused on and what we could let go of?