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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.


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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. Motivational speaker and business relationship expert, Garrison Wynn, 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.
Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions

The Truth About Success
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 aren′t the smartest people with the most information always in charge or number one in their field? This keynote provides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows that there really is more to success than being the best.
Available in Sales, Leadership and Customer Service versions

Getting Great Results Turning Talent Into Performance
In this keynote, results from the largest management survey ever conducted are combined with real-life management and leadership solutions to get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn to manage their ego-driven top producers, how to listen like leaders and make their people feel heard, how to hire for talent and turn it into top performance, how to create a culture of excellence with their most promising people, and how to help their low performers to fight their way to the middle.
Available in Leadership and Management versions

Generations Working Better Together
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 motivating, managing 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.

The Real Truth About Success:
What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won′t Tell You

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 products, you′d better read the title again. Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantage – whether it′s cosmetic, leadership communication, personality, resources or access to privileged information.

Top performers rarely acknowledge this because it tends to make their success sound less impressive or undeserved. Prepare to laugh and learn as Garrison leads program segments that include:

  • Lies about success – and why we believe them
  • From interview to confession: The research
  • Why would anybody want to be in a fair fight?
  • Create your own advantage in leadership and business development
  • The Truth About Success™
  • Being the best vs. being consistently chosen
  • Action and adaptability create opportunity
  • Establish a repeatable process for success

How to Win an Unfair Fight:
Influencing People You Have No Authority Over

A great idea rarely wins out on its own merit. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from people who really know how to influence. This enlightening, research-based session delves into the human condition, revealing that the true key to influence is not intelligence or logic, but an understanding of what people really value. Through a collaborative toolkit, this program delivers the tips and strategies you need to make people see the value of your ideas so you′re well positioned to gain agreement. Program segments include:

  • Gaining an understanding of what people really value and how that impacts agreement
  • Developing strategic advocates and create your own personal "influence upward" plan
  • How to get people to agree with you
  • Why some people disagree with everything, and what you can do about it
  • How to get people to listen to your ideas
  • Managing your boss: How to help your supervisor make your job easier
  • How to gain more influence from any position in your organization
  • Reading between the lines: Learning how to adjust your approach
  • How to hold people more accountable on projects without conflict
  • How to make sure your input is seen as consistently valuable to others
  • Creating a repeatable process for agreement: Making the tools work well

Influence in Action:
How to Consistently Hold People Accountable

Great ideas are rarely good enough to get people to take action. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from leaders who really know how to influence. This high-impact, research-based session focuses on revealing the true key to accountability: not intelligence or strategy, but an understanding of what makes people feel valuable. In this entertaining, interactive and sometimes brutally honest session, Garrison shows executives how to create a culture of accountability, even among employees at different performance levels. You’ll learn how to push your average and low performers to reach a higher level and how to hold ego-driven top performers accountable without causing them (or you) to lose the will to live.



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"Your ability to deliver strong, customized content and to be so funny at the same time is unmatched. We have received excellent feedback for the 20+ keynotes you have delivered at conventions across the country."
AIM Investments

"Garrison got more laughs than Jay Leno and David Letterman combined."
The Houston Chronicle

"Garrison was able to get through to our people like no one else. We thought we knew it all; we were wrong."
Chevron Texaco

Rave reviews would be and understatement, you are one of the best speakers we have ever had at Smith Barney. I really appreciate your preprogram research and funny to-the-point delivery. Let’s try to match schedules for multiple dates next year. Thank you for all that you did for us.
Frank P. Breazeale, III Regional Sales and Training Officer, Smith Barney

Your presentation to the APICS group on 11/6 was beyond excellent! I truly enjoyed your presentation and found it extremely informative. It is among the best I have ever seen - and I spent 27 years in the telecom industry and took 5-10 days of training each year!
Joan Robbins, PMP Technical Project Manager, Global Infrastructure Technology Process Planning Organization, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Corporation

I am thrilled to have been able to attend 2 of your presentations. They were interesting, funny, thought-provoking and educational. Your skill and talent as a professional speaker is evident. Your thoughts and ideas are concise and insightful. Thank you so much for presenting for my organization. You met and exceeded all of our expectations.
Randi Klein, CPIM, C.P.M. Alpha Wire Company

Garrison did a fantastic job! We had to split our group in half and he did two one-hour programs back to back. He delivered "very customized" programs the same way with equal impact. We shot video of the sessions and sent them to be viewed by a location in Phoenix that could not attend our event. They gave the same great feed back as the groups that attended the live presentation.
Steve Malfitano, National Sales Director, USAA

Garrison, your presentation was terrific! The entire team took something away!
Richard Kase, CEO, Cypress Health Care

Excellent! Mixing humor with serious topics and talking with the audience instead of to the audience, kept everyone involved.
Conoco-Phillips




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"Your ability to deliver strong, customized content and to be so funny at the same time is unmatched. We have received excellent feedback for the 20+ keynotes you have delivered at conventions across the country."
AIM Investments

"Garrison got more laughs than Jay Leno and David Letterman combined."
The Houston Chronicle

"Garrison was able to get through to our people like no one else. We thought we knew it all; we were wrong."
Chevron Texaco

Rave reviews would be and understatement, you are one of the best speakers we have ever had at Smith Barney. I really appreciate your preprogram research and funny to-the-point delivery. Let’s try to match schedules for multiple dates next year. Thank you for all that you did for us.
Frank P. Breazeale, III Regional Sales and Training Officer, Smith Barney

Your presentation to the APICS group on 11/6 was beyond excellent! I truly enjoyed your presentation and found it extremely informative. It is among the best I have ever seen - and I spent 27 years in the telecom industry and took 5-10 days of training each year!
Joan Robbins, PMP Technical Project Manager, Global Infrastructure Technology Process Planning Organization, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Corporation

I am thrilled to have been able to attend 2 of your presentations. They were interesting, funny, thought-provoking and educational. Your skill and talent as a professional speaker is evident. Your thoughts and ideas are concise and insightful. Thank you so much for presenting for my organization. You met and exceeded all of our expectations.
Randi Klein, CPIM, C.P.M. Alpha Wire Company

Garrison did a fantastic job! We had to split our group in half and he did two one-hour programs back to back. He delivered "very customized" programs the same way with equal impact. We shot video of the sessions and sent them to be viewed by a location in Phoenix that could not attend our event. They gave the same great feed back as the groups that attended the live presentation.
Steve Malfitano, National Sales Director, USAA

Garrison, your presentation was terrific! The entire team took something away!
Richard Kase, CEO, Cypress Health Care

Excellent! Mixing humor with serious topics and talking with the audience instead of to the audience, kept everyone involved.
Conoco-Phillips


    The Real Truth about Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won′t Tell You, and How You Can Do It Anyway!
    "Everyone is looking for the real in whatever they endeavor. Garrison Wynn went out looking for real answers to real success challenges—and he found them. If you want them, get this book real fast!" —Jeffrey Gitomer, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Little Red Book of Selling

    Life and business aren’t fair, which is good. If they were, you couldn’tseize the unfair advantage.Think about it. Is your CEO the smartestperson in the company? Is the head of yourdepartment more driven than you? Does theleading company in your industry make thebest products? Probably not. They all have onething in common, though: They’re on top ofthe pile because they discovered and exploitedtheir unfair advantage—and with the help of business expert and motivational dynamo Garrison Wynn, you can do the same.

    The Real Truth about Success is the culminationof ten years’ worth of interviews with morethan 5,000 top performers in their fields. During the process, Wynn discovered thatbetter brains, a positive attitude, and superiorall-around quality rarely drive true success. Rather, the most successful people inthe world leverage their unique, distinctivequalities—whatever they may be—to propelthemselves to the front of the line.
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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. Motivational speaker and business relationship expert, Garrison Wynn, 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.
Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions

The Truth About Success
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 aren′t the smartest people with the most information always in charge or number one in their field? This keynote provides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows that there really is more to success than being the best.
Available in Sales, Leadership and Customer Service versions

Getting Great Results Turning Talent Into Performance
In this keynote, results from the largest management survey ever conducted are combined with real-life management and leadership solutions to get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn to manage their ego-driven top producers, how to listen like leaders and make their people feel heard, how to hire for talent and turn it into top performance, how to create a culture of excellence with their most promising people, and how to help their low performers to fight their way to the middle.
Available in Leadership and Management versions

Generations Working Better Together
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 motivating, managing 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.

The Real Truth About Success:
What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won′t Tell You

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 products, you′d better read the title again. Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantage – whether it′s cosmetic, leadership communication, personality, resources or access to privileged information.

Top performers rarely acknowledge this because it tends to make their success sound less impressive or undeserved. Prepare to laugh and learn as Garrison leads program segments that include:

  • Lies about success – and why we believe them
  • From interview to confession: The research
  • Why would anybody want to be in a fair fight?
  • Create your own advantage in leadership and business development
  • The Truth About Success™
  • Being the best vs. being consistently chosen
  • Action and adaptability create opportunity
  • Establish a repeatable process for success

How to Win an Unfair Fight:
Influencing People You Have No Authority Over

A great idea rarely wins out on its own merit. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from people who really know how to influence. This enlightening, research-based session delves into the human condition, revealing that the true key to influence is not intelligence or logic, but an understanding of what people really value. Through a collaborative toolkit, this program delivers the tips and strategies you need to make people see the value of your ideas so you′re well positioned to gain agreement. Program segments include:

  • Gaining an understanding of what people really value and how that impacts agreement
  • Developing strategic advocates and create your own personal "influence upward" plan
  • How to get people to agree with you
  • Why some people disagree with everything, and what you can do about it
  • How to get people to listen to your ideas
  • Managing your boss: How to help your supervisor make your job easier
  • How to gain more influence from any position in your organization
  • Reading between the lines: Learning how to adjust your approach
  • How to hold people more accountable on projects without conflict
  • How to make sure your input is seen as consistently valuable to others
  • Creating a repeatable process for agreement: Making the tools work well

Influence in Action:
How to Consistently Hold People Accountable

Great ideas are rarely good enough to get people to take action. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from leaders who really know how to influence. This high-impact, research-based session focuses on revealing the true key to accountability: not intelligence or strategy, but an understanding of what makes people feel valuable. In this entertaining, interactive and sometimes brutally honest session, Garrison shows executives how to create a culture of accountability, even among employees at different performance levels. You’ll learn how to push your average and low performers to reach a higher level and how to hold ego-driven top performers accountable without causing them (or you) to lose the will to live.


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