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Murray Banks combines his natural flair as a speaker with the skills of an experienced educator who has taught at every level from grade school to graduate school. He knows exactly what different types of audience need from his inspirational talks on leadership, achievement and change management and customizes them so that each one receives a pitch-perfect, interactive presentation.

A four-time National Championship Triathlon winner, Murray knows what it takes to succeed in sport and in life and has coached numerous teams, from those who won state championships to those who never won a game. During his career he was honored as Vermont's Teacher of the Year for Physical Education and the National Association, AAHPHRD, honored him with their Outstanding Educator Award. Having taught across the spectrum from a small rural school to a city school district to a major university, he still coaches youth sports.

Murray is a speaker who truly does live what he speaks about; he has the determination to have twice been among the top finishers at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii and at the age of 50, looking for a challenge to go alongside his successful speaking career, he won the Masters World Championship in cross-country skiing. Murray lives with his wife Jane in a beautiful home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, his sanctuary when he returns from his international speaking engagements and one that helps him to achieve the balance which he encourages so persuasively his audiences to find.

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Murray has been a speaker and trainer since 1984 creating a niche with custom tailored keynotes. While all speakers aspire to personalizing their presentations, Murray developed that skill as an educator, teaching at every level from grade school to graduate school! His ability to identify the needs of each student and zero in on best practices for their learning have served him well for researching an organization, reading his audience and creating an interactive presentation.

Murray was a passionate teacher. In 1982 he was honored as Vermont’s Teacher Of The Year for Physical Education and in 1983 received the Outstanding Educator Award from the national association, AAHPHRD. He taught in a city school district, a small rural school and a major university; coached teams that won state championships and teams that never won a game; and 40 years later is still coaching youth sports in his community.

At the same time he was achieving educational honors, Murray was winning his first of four National Championships in the Triathlon. He took a sabbatical in 1984 to train and race internationally, work on an advanced degree in educational leadership and co-author a textbook. Two times he has been one of the top finishers in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. This break from public education enabled Murray to blend two passions – racing at the highest levels and teaching outside the structure of a classroom. His audiences now get the best of both worlds… a dynamic, interactive teaching style and focused, world class mindset.

As his speaking career became more demanding, Murray retired from triathlons but kept his hand in athletics with ski racing. At age 50, racing the finest skiers from Europe and Scandinavia, Murray won the masters World Championship in cross-country skiing. Now in his early 60’s, he still competes among the top in his age division at the masters skiing world championships.

Murray has been married to Janie for 40 years and they live in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Their rustic post & beam home, nestled in the shadow of Mt Mansfield, is in stark contrast to Murray’s international travel schedule, but offers the balance he often incorporates into his presentations.

Janie and Murray have raised two sons who are elite mountain guides based in Chamonix, France and Crested Butte, Colorado. Jeff and Steve are among a handful of Americans with the IFMGA/UIAGM international guiding license so Murray enjoys ski mountaineering expeditions with them that often find their way into his presentations. The elements of risk, adaptability and toughness are natural connections to Murray’s message as organizations work through these tough economic times.

Successful speakers are skilled storytellers. Murray draws on his teaching skills, athletic success and business savvy to engage an audience and weave a message that is easily applicable to their own work and personal lives.


Murray Banks Speaker Videos Back to top

Demo Video


In his inspiring and frequently hilarious presentations, Murray Banks combines the extraordinary positivity which has made him a world champion in two different sports with the experiences of a lifetime as an educator to give audiences a new perspective: “It's exhausting," he says, “to teach to every child's special needs, but here's what I think: the best teachers in your school district have been differentiating their instructions ever since they started because that's all they know inherently; teach to the child, get each child to the level they can achieve."

Murray explains how you can influence others so that you can work better with them: “Let me explain, your persona is key to influencing those around you, could you imagine, working on the school board, being a teacher, having colleagues, friends, family… you need to be alive. Imagine working with someone who died but continued to show up for work for 10 years afterwards… How can you keep that fire alive?"


Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Murray Banks uses his skills as a world champion athlete and top-flight teacher to create memorable, interactive, inspiring and thought-provoking presentations for business leaders and for educators. A living example of how to achieve a near-perfect work/life balance, he shows how you can keep control of meetings, keep focus and so keep time for yourself while still achieving your goals.

Murray does not dictate how you should change–he leaves that to consultants–what he does is show you how you can adapt to change, how you can avoid “Psychosclerosis," the paralyzing fear that comes to people who are not ready for new ideas. He also equips his audience for tough times, showing how being optimistic and staying focused on performance can get you through anything.

Times have never been more challenging for teachers, and Murray as an educator himself knows just what the pressures are. He can give presentations for educators that focus on being the best teacher you can be every single day of term.

An honored educator and world champion athlete, Murray knows how to craft and deliver an engaging and motivational message. His unique and interactive style merges skills, inspiration and fun to create thought provoking presentations for business leaders.

Murray’s three signature topics connect work and leadership performance to focus, adaptability and life balance. Each can be custom tailored for a keynote or workshop session. His signature topics are easily customizable and include...

For Business Audiences:
(These presentations are also popular with and easily customizable for audiences at School Board Association and School Administrator conferences.)

PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE
Focus In Our Work, Balance In Our Lives

Working with focus and intensity, yet keeping our lives in balance is a subject that fascinates everyone and Murray delivers it with a medley of science, humor and inspiration. As he weaves your conference theme through his keynote, he will hit these key points…

  • The 10/90 RULE to keep meetings focused
  • Why pressure changes persona and persona affects communication style
  • How the physiology of food, fitness & fun offsets pressure and fatigue
  • What you focus on expands, so focus on the outcome you want

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing!”
”Who you are may be more important than what you know!”
“You can tell a lot about a person by what they take two at a time… pills or stairs!”

THE TROUBLE WITH THE FUTURE IS, IT’S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE!
Keeping Our Focus In Changing Times

In a world of change, most people prefer stability and consistency. So Murray presents a small dose of sympathy and leaves organizational change to the consultants… then presents five personal skills for being agile, resilient and adaptable. Change pushes people out of their comfort zone and Murray gives a skilled push with these key points…

  • Using the “Lava Lamp Philosophy” of continuous change
  • Know when to go to the “B.A.R.”
  • Implementing the “RICHTER SCALE OF STRESS” for perceived crisis
  • Using a Switching Skill for change-resistant colleagues
  • Preventing “Pyschosclerosis”

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“You can tell your susceptibility to Pyschosclerosis by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea!”
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those cannot learn, unlearn and relearn!”
“When you are finished changing, you are finished!”

TOUGH TIMES, TOUGH TEAMS
These are tough times and successful organizations need tough teams… colleagues who pull together, work hard, stay positive and are resilient. A challenging economy and uncertain future make it difficult to give our work teams the reassurance they need to stay focused, so our leadership skills will be critical to our success.

This isn’t the time for a walk through the theoretical wonderland. Murray provides practical, real world skills for being optimistic and staying focused on performance. This tough presentation inspires and energizes while providing four actionable skills for…

  • Turning problems to solutions with the 10/90 RULE
  • Preventing “G.G.” in tough times
  • Communicating a tough message in a positive framework
  • Keeping your focus when things don’t turn out as planned

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“When you are going through Hell… keep going!”
“Tenacity is easier when you have no choice!”
“If being good were easy, we’d all be champions.”

For Educators:

AT OUR BEST EVERY DAY
Engaging Our Students With Passion And Style

An outstanding educator is unique…. That wonderful blend of intellect, experience and style! But, high stakes testing, teacher accountability and student engagement are challenging the best of us. Teaching with focus and intensity, yet keeping our lives in balance is a subject that fascinates everyone and Murray delivers it with a medley of science, humor and inspiration. As he weaves your goals through his keynote, he will hit these key points…

  • The 10/90 RULE to keep classes and faculty meetings focused
  • Why pressure changes persona and persona affects teaching style
  • How the physiology of food, fitness & fun offsets pressure and fatigue
  • What you focus on expands, so focus on the outcome you want for your students


Murray Banks Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Murray Banks is a class act. He is exactly what I had expected from his videos. If you're looking for a professional speaker who can tailor to your event theme, he's the one for you. His humor and real-life stories kept the audience engaged throughout his key note. Great Job Murray!!"
    Supply Force
    (Engagement Arranged by Speaking.com)

    “Murray – You nailed it! I really thought the delivery and energy was perfect for our team. I couldn’t have written the script any better myself. Thanks again, it was exactly what we needed.”
    COO,
    Executive VP,
    PS Business Parks

    “Your message was clearly a homerun! We are very appreciative of how you used ‘Energy Systems Group’ not only at the beginning of your message, but throughout the presentation noting the importance of energy, passion, empathy and enthusiasm. Your use of humor and real life examples kept the audience fully in tune with your message of leadership.”
    Account Executive,
    Energy Systems Group

    "I want to thank you for getting our annual conference off to such a terrific start! When this happens, it carries the remainder of the event. Our members were so happy with this year’s conference, I had to use cold packs on my back for two days to get the swelling down from being patted so often!!!"
    Executive Director,
    COSA

    “Thank you Murray for your outstanding presentation at our meeting in Las Vegas. So many of the attendees came up to me before departure and said that you were the best speaker they had heard at any conference, any time!”
    Vice President,
    Citigroup

    “DMV is still abuzz after your dynamic presentations. Not only was your presentation fun and enlightening, it also was chock full of specific references to our agency. Our staff was impressed with your knowledge of DMV and your ability to weave our special characteristics into your presentations.”
    Commissioner,
    DMV,
    Commonwealth of Virginia

    “WOW! What a fabulous job you did!!! Thank you so much…for sharing yourself and your wisdom with us all! It was just the perfect way to start the day!!! I will enthusiastically share your name with my fellow state association Executive Directors across the country! From a quick look at the evaluations, everyone felt just as I did.”
    Executive Director,
    VRPA

    “We have been inundated with e-mails from our managers who said how much they enjoyed the presentation and how nice it was to learn things that they could actually apply on the job and use in their personal lives. Murray, you did an excellent job customizing your presentation to OMM. Your prep work truly showed in the final product. I want you to know that I have already used the Richter Scale of Stress and the 10/90 rule last night and today. Thanks so much for a wonderful presentation.”
    Conference Planning Chairperson,
    N.Y.S. DFAJ

    “Bam! Bam! Bam! That is the recent sound of the hammer hitting the nail on the head! What a great start to our summer conference! There were so many complimentary remarks passed along to me and the sponsor of the keynote had many people stop by their both to thank them.”
    Washington Principals Association

    “Murray, You were just awesome! Thank you so much for starting off our convention with such a bang. Our members loved you and the kids were in such awe. The extra time you spent with those students meant so much to them.“
    Director of Conferences,
    Colorado Association of School Boards

    “Your closing keynote was right on target and was by far the highest rated closing speaker we have ever had! Thank you for understanding our needs, working closely with me, and for your great sense of humor!”
    Ohio School Improvement Institute

    “What a great session! I really enjoyed listening to you this morning. Thank you so much for bringing your words of wisdom and humor to us. I am new to the department but my background is teacher/elementary principal. If your session didn’t energize all of them today, they have no business being in the profession.”
    School Improvement Consultant,
    Iowa Dept of Education

    “I especially appreciated all of the personal touches that you included in your presentation. This is out of the ordinary for many speakers and it made such a difference to our leadership team.”
    Pasadena I.S.D.

    “Your message couldn’t have been better tailored for our group of 1,200 faculty and staff. The glowing feedback hasn’t stopped pouring in! I think you’ll be glad to know that while your humor was greatly appreciated, your message was also clearly communicated. Staff have called the morning “the best opening day ever.” Your energy, enthusiasm, and genuine positive attitude concerning all of our learners was a pleasure to share. Thank you, from all of us!”
    Assistant Director of HR,
    Chester County Intermediate Unit

    Partial Client List:

    Teva Pharmaceuticals
    Maxwell Systems Users Conference
    Siemens Corporation
    Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals
    3M Corporation
    American Express Users Conference
    Citi Corp
    Syniverse Technologies Users Conference
    Bank of America
    5th 3rd Bank
    Boeing Aerospace
    McGraw Hill Publishing
    Deloitte of Canada
    Armstrong World Industries
    BASF Corporation
    LEGOS, Inc
    Aetna Insurance
    Bristol Myers Squibb
    B.F. Goodrich Aerospace
    AT&T
    BankNorth
    MTL Insurance
    Bell Atlantic
    Allstate Insurance
    Wirtz Corporation
    National Life Group
    Sylvan Learning Systems
    South Shore Hospital System
    Florida Healthcare Association
    NY Healthcare Association
    Marriott Hotels
    Georgia Bankers Association
    Consumer Energy Corp
    Oregon Bankers Association
    Computer Guidance Corp
    State Farm Insurance
    UC San Diego Medical Center
    Texas Banks Association
    GE Healthcare Users Conference
    Pennsylvania Bankers Association




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    "Murray Banks is a class act. He is exactly what I had expected from his videos. If you're looking for a professional speaker who can tailor to your event theme, he's the one for you. His humor and real-life stories kept the audience engaged throughout his key note. Great Job Murray!!"
    Supply Force
    (Engagement Arranged by Speaking.com)

    “Murray – You nailed it! I really thought the delivery and energy was perfect for our team. I couldn’t have written the script any better myself. Thanks again, it was exactly what we needed.”
    COO,
    Executive VP,
    PS Business Parks

    “Your message was clearly a homerun! We are very appreciative of how you used ‘Energy Systems Group’ not only at the beginning of your message, but throughout the presentation noting the importance of energy, passion, empathy and enthusiasm. Your use of humor and real life examples kept the audience fully in tune with your message of leadership.”
    Account Executive,
    Energy Systems Group

    "I want to thank you for getting our annual conference off to such a terrific start! When this happens, it carries the remainder of the event. Our members were so happy with this year’s conference, I had to use cold packs on my back for two days to get the swelling down from being patted so often!!!"
    Executive Director,
    COSA

    “Thank you Murray for your outstanding presentation at our meeting in Las Vegas. So many of the attendees came up to me before departure and said that you were the best speaker they had heard at any conference, any time!”
    Vice President,
    Citigroup

    “DMV is still abuzz after your dynamic presentations. Not only was your presentation fun and enlightening, it also was chock full of specific references to our agency. Our staff was impressed with your knowledge of DMV and your ability to weave our special characteristics into your presentations.”
    Commissioner,
    DMV,
    Commonwealth of Virginia

    “WOW! What a fabulous job you did!!! Thank you so much…for sharing yourself and your wisdom with us all! It was just the perfect way to start the day!!! I will enthusiastically share your name with my fellow state association Executive Directors across the country! From a quick look at the evaluations, everyone felt just as I did.”
    Executive Director,
    VRPA

    “We have been inundated with e-mails from our managers who said how much they enjoyed the presentation and how nice it was to learn things that they could actually apply on the job and use in their personal lives. Murray, you did an excellent job customizing your presentation to OMM. Your prep work truly showed in the final product. I want you to know that I have already used the Richter Scale of Stress and the 10/90 rule last night and today. Thanks so much for a wonderful presentation.”
    Conference Planning Chairperson,
    N.Y.S. DFAJ

    “Bam! Bam! Bam! That is the recent sound of the hammer hitting the nail on the head! What a great start to our summer conference! There were so many complimentary remarks passed along to me and the sponsor of the keynote had many people stop by their both to thank them.”
    Washington Principals Association

    “Murray, You were just awesome! Thank you so much for starting off our convention with such a bang. Our members loved you and the kids were in such awe. The extra time you spent with those students meant so much to them.“
    Director of Conferences,
    Colorado Association of School Boards

    “Your closing keynote was right on target and was by far the highest rated closing speaker we have ever had! Thank you for understanding our needs, working closely with me, and for your great sense of humor!”
    Ohio School Improvement Institute

    “What a great session! I really enjoyed listening to you this morning. Thank you so much for bringing your words of wisdom and humor to us. I am new to the department but my background is teacher/elementary principal. If your session didn’t energize all of them today, they have no business being in the profession.”
    School Improvement Consultant,
    Iowa Dept of Education

    “I especially appreciated all of the personal touches that you included in your presentation. This is out of the ordinary for many speakers and it made such a difference to our leadership team.”
    Pasadena I.S.D.

    “Your message couldn’t have been better tailored for our group of 1,200 faculty and staff. The glowing feedback hasn’t stopped pouring in! I think you’ll be glad to know that while your humor was greatly appreciated, your message was also clearly communicated. Staff have called the morning “the best opening day ever.” Your energy, enthusiasm, and genuine positive attitude concerning all of our learners was a pleasure to share. Thank you, from all of us!”
    Assistant Director of HR,
    Chester County Intermediate Unit

    Partial Client List:

    Teva Pharmaceuticals
    Maxwell Systems Users Conference
    Siemens Corporation
    Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals
    3M Corporation
    American Express Users Conference
    Citi Corp
    Syniverse Technologies Users Conference
    Bank of America
    5th 3rd Bank
    Boeing Aerospace
    McGraw Hill Publishing
    Deloitte of Canada
    Armstrong World Industries
    BASF Corporation
    LEGOS, Inc
    Aetna Insurance
    Bristol Myers Squibb
    B.F. Goodrich Aerospace
    AT&T
    BankNorth
    MTL Insurance
    Bell Atlantic
    Allstate Insurance
    Wirtz Corporation
    National Life Group
    Sylvan Learning Systems
    South Shore Hospital System
    Florida Healthcare Association
    NY Healthcare Association
    Marriott Hotels
    Georgia Bankers Association
    Consumer Energy Corp
    Oregon Bankers Association
    Computer Guidance Corp
    State Farm Insurance
    UC San Diego Medical Center
    Texas Banks Association
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An honored educator and world champion athlete, Murray knows how to craft and deliver an engaging and motivational message. His unique and interactive style merges skills, inspiration and fun to create thought provoking presentations for business leaders.

Murray’s three signature topics connect work and leadership performance to focus, adaptability and life balance. Each can be custom tailored for a keynote or workshop session. His signature topics are easily customizable and include...

For Business Audiences:
(These presentations are also popular with and easily customizable for audiences at School Board Association and School Administrator conferences.)

PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE
Focus In Our Work, Balance In Our Lives

Working with focus and intensity, yet keeping our lives in balance is a subject that fascinates everyone and Murray delivers it with a medley of science, humor and inspiration. As he weaves your conference theme through his keynote, he will hit these key points…

  • The 10/90 RULE to keep meetings focused
  • Why pressure changes persona and persona affects communication style
  • How the physiology of food, fitness & fun offsets pressure and fatigue
  • What you focus on expands, so focus on the outcome you want

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing!”
”Who you are may be more important than what you know!”
“You can tell a lot about a person by what they take two at a time… pills or stairs!”

THE TROUBLE WITH THE FUTURE IS, IT’S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE!
Keeping Our Focus In Changing Times

In a world of change, most people prefer stability and consistency. So Murray presents a small dose of sympathy and leaves organizational change to the consultants… then presents five personal skills for being agile, resilient and adaptable. Change pushes people out of their comfort zone and Murray gives a skilled push with these key points…

  • Using the “Lava Lamp Philosophy” of continuous change
  • Know when to go to the “B.A.R.”
  • Implementing the “RICHTER SCALE OF STRESS” for perceived crisis
  • Using a Switching Skill for change-resistant colleagues
  • Preventing “Pyschosclerosis”

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“You can tell your susceptibility to Pyschosclerosis by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea!”
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those cannot learn, unlearn and relearn!”
“When you are finished changing, you are finished!”

TOUGH TIMES, TOUGH TEAMS
These are tough times and successful organizations need tough teams… colleagues who pull together, work hard, stay positive and are resilient. A challenging economy and uncertain future make it difficult to give our work teams the reassurance they need to stay focused, so our leadership skills will be critical to our success.

This isn’t the time for a walk through the theoretical wonderland. Murray provides practical, real world skills for being optimistic and staying focused on performance. This tough presentation inspires and energizes while providing four actionable skills for…

  • Turning problems to solutions with the 10/90 RULE
  • Preventing “G.G.” in tough times
  • Communicating a tough message in a positive framework
  • Keeping your focus when things don’t turn out as planned

Quotes you will likely hear in this presentation…

“When you are going through Hell… keep going!”
“Tenacity is easier when you have no choice!”
“If being good were easy, we’d all be champions.”

For Educators:

AT OUR BEST EVERY DAY
Engaging Our Students With Passion And Style

An outstanding educator is unique…. That wonderful blend of intellect, experience and style! But, high stakes testing, teacher accountability and student engagement are challenging the best of us. Teaching with focus and intensity, yet keeping our lives in balance is a subject that fascinates everyone and Murray delivers it with a medley of science, humor and inspiration. As he weaves your goals through his keynote, he will hit these key points…

  • The 10/90 RULE to keep classes and faculty meetings focused
  • Why pressure changes persona and persona affects teaching style
  • How the physiology of food, fitness & fun offsets pressure and fatigue
  • What you focus on expands, so focus on the outcome you want for your students


Demo Video


In his inspiring and frequently hilarious presentations, Murray Banks combines the extraordinary positivity which has made him a world champion in two different sports with the experiences of a lifetime as an educator to give audiences a new perspective: “It's exhausting," he says, “to teach to every child's special needs, but here's what I think: the best teachers in your school district have been differentiating their instructions ever since they started because that's all they know inherently; teach to the child, get each child to the level they can achieve."

Murray explains how you can influence others so that you can work better with them: “Let me explain, your persona is key to influencing those around you, could you imagine, working on the school board, being a teacher, having colleagues, friends, family… you need to be alive. Imagine working with someone who died but continued to show up for work for 10 years afterwards… How can you keep that fire alive?"