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Robin Crow’s flourishing career has spanned over four decades in one of the most competitive industries imaginable. The musician-turned-entrepreneur knows first-hand how to thrive in a field that’s changes from one night to the next.

Robin began to pursue his career in music while still a teenager. Although he experienced many pitfalls in an industry that can swallow people whole, his determination and passion always helped him to get back up on his feet and continue moving forward.

After being dropped by RCA, Robin turned his Tennessee home into a prospering recording complex, Dark Horse Recording, which now serves as recording studio to some of the biggest names in music including Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, and Taylor Swift. Inspired by his love of education, Robin later opened Dark Horse Institute, which features programs in music production and audio engineering. He serves as CEO of both companies.

Robin shares the valuable lessons he’s learned as an artist and businessman with over 200,000 people per year in person. His stories and ideas also reach readers worldwide through his various books on entrepreneurship, leadership, and personal growth.

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Robin Crow has forged a remarkable career on his journey from RCA recording artist to successful entrepreneur, and has built several world-class businesses from scratch. He is an acclaimed public speaker with a client list that is a who’s who of blue chip corporations and forward thinking organizations.

Robin doesn’t just talk business; he lives it. His company Dark Horse Recording, a four-studio complex and resort has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence in the recording industry. It is home to Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, Michael W. Smith, Jewel, Alison Krauss, and many others. Robin is also the Founder and CEO of the Dark Horse Institute for Audio Engineering, which began accepting students in December of 2009, and in 2012 will be expanding it’s campus.

Crow lectures widely on the implications of global issues and their effects on business sustainability. Leadership and Customer Service are always
the foundations from which his talks originate. He has given over 2200
presentations.

His newest book, Evolve or Die, reached #5 on the USA Today bestseller list. His other books include Rock Solid Leadership, and Jump and the Net will appear.

He loves hanging out with his four children, throwing large barbecues for his studio clients and friends, and spending as much time as possible in the Rocky Mountains.


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Small business owners are my favorite audience for this simple reason: besides being an author and a speaker, I am the CEO of 2 different businesses... therefore I experience the same day-to-day challenges, frustrations, and setbacks that my audience does. 

SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?   

CROW: The truth/no nonsense scoop on what it really takes to build a great team, engage your customers, and embrace change.

SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event?  How to you prepare for your speaking engagements?      

CROW: 6 weeks before an event I have a pre-conference call where I really dig down asking question to gain an understanding of what their business is all about, and what their challenges are. I always end our conversation by asking what their top 3 take-aways would be for their audience to leave with. 

When at all possible, I like to sit-in on various sessions the day before the event, so by the time I walk up on stage, I have the best possible sense of peoples concerns as well as their goals moving forward.

SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?   

CROW: One of my favorite memories was flying to Hong Kong to speak for AT&T.  After sound checking the night before, the sound crew (who couldn't speak a lick of English) shut down the entire production and was then 2 hours late the next morning.  Although AT&T brought along their own production people, no one could figure out how to turn on the unusual equipment, so we all had a first hand lesson on adapting to the circumstances we're presented with.  Once things got underway, it turned out to be a wonderful event. 

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

CROW: Small business owners are my favorite audience for this simple reason, besides being an author and a speaker, I am the CEO of 2 different businesses... therefore I experience the same day-to-day challenges, frustrations, and setbacks that my audience does.  Both of my businesses are quite successful and it gives me a great platform for helping people discover solutions to the business challenges they are facing. 

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to become a speaker?   

CROW: Since I was 17 I have been performing on stage as a musician and concert recording artist.  When I was 39 years old, I was dropped from RCA Records and I was preparing to venture into the business world.  It was at that same time that I discovered personal development, which made an enormous difference in the success of my first business venture Dark Horse Recording. 

Four years after opening our doors at DHR I wrote my first book, Jump And The Net Will Appear.  Using my past knowledge for landing recording contracts, I secured a book deal with New World Library who helped make my first book a best seller.  The first time I ever spoke was at the Orlando Convention Center at an Amway conference with 6,000 attendees.  I've been a keynote speaker ever since.

SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speeches do you enjoy the most and why?   

CROW: Evolve or Die (the title of one of my most recent books) seems to resonate with meeting planners.  There is not a single business owner or business executive who is not grappling with the need to consistently innovate and evolve.  

SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you've helped clients make?   

CROW: Almost daily I receive emails from attendees sharing some of the actions they have taken after hearing one of my presentations.  They'll tell me how they were inspired to step up and take more risks realizing how critical that is in order to evolve and prosper.  They'll also tell me how they finally developed the courage to clean house and bring on the right people in order to build a more effective and passionate team.  


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Robin Crow: Speech and Performance


Robin speaks on the dangers of becoming so preoccupied with details that we ignore the biggest challenges in front of us. He illustrates this with the true story of one of the deadliest airplane accidents in U.S. history, the 1972 crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401, in which the entire crew became so focused on fixing a landing equipment indicator light that they forgot about piloting the aircraft.

“Too often too many business leaders allow themselves to get distracted from mission critical function and end up focusing on trivial problems,” Robin summarizes. “In other words in many businesses today, no one’s flying the plane.”

Speech and Performance



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Seasoned entrepreneur Robin Crow brings passion, artistry, and strategy to the world of business. The philosophies and tools he implemented to turn his life around from penniless musician to successful entrepreneur can be adapted to any sector. As a businessman himself, Robin understands the frustrations and challenges his audience is facing and is able to effectively show them how to build an A+ team, strengthen customer relations, and turn challenges into opportunities.

Evolve or Die

Businesses that adapt to change the fastest are the ones most likely to prosper. In this presentation, Crow shares the three mission-critical functions that will dramatically increase the ability to revitalize a business. In this high energy keynote, Crow lays out a series of proven tools and real-world techniques to help attendees successfully navigate a business to long-term sustainability and greater profitability. In this session, attendees will learn:

· How to re-energize drive and commitment

· Recognize inherent resources and strengths

· Enjoy and inspire greater confidence, passion and drive to succeed

· How to achieve crystal-clear focus and direction

· The three keys to creating a culture of passion with both colleagues and clients

Big Ideas for Small Business Growth: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

The 21st century will reward top performers who are committed to delivering a superior product and creating added value for their customers. With a business landscape that is changing every day, leaders need every competitive advantage possible to be consistently successful. This breakout session is excellent for any entrepreneur who is ready to taking his or her company to the “next level.” There’s no abstract theories here, only street-smart advice from someone who has spent decades in the trenches. In this highly interactive session, Crow will share critical factors for achieving sustained growth, and in a dynamic two-way conversation, Crow offers practical solutions to meet the challenges his audience is facing right now. In this breakout session, attendees will learn:

· Three strategies to help them stay one step ahead of the competition

· How to stay focused on growth and profitability in an environment of chaos

· How to eliminate time and productivity wasters, enabling consistent focus on mission-critical functions

· The four keys to a culture of innovation

· How to adapt to a changing global economy

Rock Solid Leadership

Leadership has nothing to do with a title, and it can’t be awarded or appointed; it must be earned. Leadership is about taking responsibility. In this keynote, Crow shares with audiences the 10 fundamentals critical to becoming an effective leader, and how they can be applied in any situation. Crow draws on tools and strategies he has used for decades to lead his company, Dark Horse Recording, to extraordinary sustained profitability.

The Power of Service

The difference between businesses that thrive and ones that struggle to stay alive is found in how well their customers are served. This presentation helps attendees learn how to expand resources, maximize efforts, and inspire a team to consistently put great service into practice. In this keynote, Crow presents real-life examples of how great companies—including his own, Dark Horse Recording—have applied these principles as the gold standard in service.



Robin Crow Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Robin, your keynote performance at our DBIA National Conference was superb! The music following each motivational piece was a restful way to reflect on the message. The feedback from our membership has been extremely positive. Since I was the Conference Planning Committee Chair, I have been receiving personal kudos as well. Thanks for making me look good, Robin."
Rex D. Huffman
President, Gibbs & Register, Inc.

"While I expected a great performance I didn′t expect you to steal the show! You were fantastic. Your presentation was the exact balance of entertainment, education and energy that I was looking for. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping make the NAPMA World Conference our best convention ever!"
John Graden
CEO, National Association of Professional Martial Arts

"You were great! We have received a tremendous amount of positive comments from our attendees. I really liked your compelling motivational message and your virtuoso guitar playing. As you know we have had many brand name speakers and acts at our conference over the years, but your presentation was fresh, unexpected and our attendees loved it."
Fabrizio Mancini
President, Parker College of Chiropractic.

"While I expected a great performance I didn′t expect you to steal the show! You were fantastic. Your presentation was the exact balance of entertainment, education and energy that I was looking for. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping make the NAPMA World Conference our best convention ever!"
John Graden
CEO, National Association of Professional Martial Arts

"To simply say “Great Job,” Excellent” or “Home Run” seems rather trite. You were absolutely outstanding. You touched thousands of lives and you met all the facets of our mission statement. You helped create an environment that caused our meeting to be Unbelievable!"
Mark Jones
Million Dollar Round Table

Partial Client List:

  • Amerisourcebergen
  • Arizona High Tech Institute
  • Baylor University
  • CECO Building Systems
  • Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association
  • Collegiate Business Plan Competition
  • Colorado Association of Realtors
  • Country Financial
  • Crown Council
  • Crown Enterprises International
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • Donald W. Reynolds Governor′s Cup
  • Dynetech
  • Freed-Hardeman University
  • Freedom Builders International
  • Ft. Lewis College
  • Furman University
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Harding University
  • Home Care Marketing Resource Group
  • Illinois Association of Realtors
  • Intel
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals
  • Investment Recovery Association
  • Johnson & Associates
  • Lenovo US
  • Massage Envy
  • Meadow and Associates Inc.
  • Mega Book Marketing University
  • Mercedes Independent School District (Texas)
  • Meridian Enterprises Corporation
  • Microsoft
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Full List Available Upon Request




Exclusive Interview with Robin Crow

The most important attribute that anyone at any level must have… is the ability to get things done. That means planning, prioritizing, and then taking action. It’s that simple.
In this interview, Robin Crow discusses:

  • Some of the main opportunities for business growth.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs about growing a business.
  • How to adapt to change.

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    "Robin, your keynote performance at our DBIA National Conference was superb! The music following each motivational piece was a restful way to reflect on the message. The feedback from our membership has been extremely positive. Since I was the Conference Planning Committee Chair, I have been receiving personal kudos as well. Thanks for making me look good, Robin."
    Rex D. Huffman
    President, Gibbs & Register, Inc.

    "While I expected a great performance I didn′t expect you to steal the show! You were fantastic. Your presentation was the exact balance of entertainment, education and energy that I was looking for. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping make the NAPMA World Conference our best convention ever!"
    John Graden
    CEO, National Association of Professional Martial Arts

    "You were great! We have received a tremendous amount of positive comments from our attendees. I really liked your compelling motivational message and your virtuoso guitar playing. As you know we have had many brand name speakers and acts at our conference over the years, but your presentation was fresh, unexpected and our attendees loved it."
    Fabrizio Mancini
    President, Parker College of Chiropractic.

    "While I expected a great performance I didn′t expect you to steal the show! You were fantastic. Your presentation was the exact balance of entertainment, education and energy that I was looking for. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping make the NAPMA World Conference our best convention ever!"
    John Graden
    CEO, National Association of Professional Martial Arts

    "To simply say “Great Job,” Excellent” or “Home Run” seems rather trite. You were absolutely outstanding. You touched thousands of lives and you met all the facets of our mission statement. You helped create an environment that caused our meeting to be Unbelievable!"
    Mark Jones
    Million Dollar Round Table

    Partial Client List:

    • Amerisourcebergen
    • Arizona High Tech Institute
    • Baylor University
    • CECO Building Systems
    • Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association
    • Collegiate Business Plan Competition
    • Colorado Association of Realtors
    • Country Financial
    • Crown Council
    • Crown Enterprises International
    • Design-Build Institute of America
    • Donald W. Reynolds Governor′s Cup
    • Dynetech
    • Freed-Hardeman University
    • Freedom Builders International
    • Ft. Lewis College
    • Furman University
    • Guilford Technical Community College
    • Harding University
    • Home Care Marketing Resource Group
    • Illinois Association of Realtors
    • Intel
    • International Association of Administrative Professionals
    • Investment Recovery Association
    • Johnson & Associates
    • Lenovo US
    • Massage Envy
    • Meadow and Associates Inc.
    • Mega Book Marketing University
    • Mercedes Independent School District (Texas)
    • Meridian Enterprises Corporation
    • Microsoft
    • Middle Tennessee State University
    • Million Dollar Roundtable
    • Full List Available Upon Request


    Evolve or Die: Seven Steps to Rethink the Way You Do Business
    Bring positive change and attain the highest levels of success

    Robin Crow has years of experience working in the trenches as an entrepreneur and business owner. Now he has put all that work at your disposal with his unique Seven Step Challenge. Presented as a call to action, Evolve or Die delivers optimistic solutions to become better than you were yesterday and realize abundance at every level for personal and professional growth. The method teaches

    • Exceed expectations
    • Gets things done
    • 100% accountability
    • Commit to continual improvement
    • Boundless optimism
    • Environmental responsibility
    • Make a difference

    Whether you′re the CEO or cleaning the CEO′s office, by following the author′s program you′ll be able to regain control, refocus, and bring positive change to attain the highest levels of success.
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      Jump and the Net Will Appear: Discovering the Art of Achievement and the Rhythm of Success

      At 40, musician Robin Crow had a broken spirit, an empty bank account, and a family to support. After 20 years he had succeeded as a recording artist, but a grueling tour schedule had taken its toll. This is the story of how Crow turned his life around; now his studio, Dark Horse Recording, has attracted such stars as Faith Hill, Amy Grant, and Dolly Parton. Through his journey from musician to successful entrepreneur, this book shares the strategies that helped Crow achieve his goals. He shows readers how to take risks and overcome self-limiting beliefs, demonstrating that by focusing on dreams, anything is possible.

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    Evolve or Die

    Businesses that adapt to change the fastest are the ones most likely to prosper. In this presentation, Crow shares the three mission-critical functions that will dramatically increase the ability to revitalize a business. In this high energy keynote, Crow lays out a series of proven tools and real-world techniques to help attendees successfully navigate a business to long-term sustainability and greater profitability. In this session, attendees will learn:

    · How to re-energize drive and commitment

    · Recognize inherent resources and strengths

    · Enjoy and inspire greater confidence, passion and drive to succeed

    · How to achieve crystal-clear focus and direction

    · The three keys to creating a culture of passion with both colleagues and clients

    Big Ideas for Small Business Growth: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

    The 21st century will reward top performers who are committed to delivering a superior product and creating added value for their customers. With a business landscape that is changing every day, leaders need every competitive advantage possible to be consistently successful. This breakout session is excellent for any entrepreneur who is ready to taking his or her company to the “next level.” There’s no abstract theories here, only street-smart advice from someone who has spent decades in the trenches. In this highly interactive session, Crow will share critical factors for achieving sustained growth, and in a dynamic two-way conversation, Crow offers practical solutions to meet the challenges his audience is facing right now. In this breakout session, attendees will learn:

    · Three strategies to help them stay one step ahead of the competition

    · How to stay focused on growth and profitability in an environment of chaos

    · How to eliminate time and productivity wasters, enabling consistent focus on mission-critical functions

    · The four keys to a culture of innovation

    · How to adapt to a changing global economy

    Rock Solid Leadership

    Leadership has nothing to do with a title, and it can’t be awarded or appointed; it must be earned. Leadership is about taking responsibility. In this keynote, Crow shares with audiences the 10 fundamentals critical to becoming an effective leader, and how they can be applied in any situation. Crow draws on tools and strategies he has used for decades to lead his company, Dark Horse Recording, to extraordinary sustained profitability.

    The Power of Service

    The difference between businesses that thrive and ones that struggle to stay alive is found in how well their customers are served. This presentation helps attendees learn how to expand resources, maximize efforts, and inspire a team to consistently put great service into practice. In this keynote, Crow presents real-life examples of how great companies—including his own, Dark Horse Recording—have applied these principles as the gold standard in service.



    Robin Crow: Speech and Performance


    Robin speaks on the dangers of becoming so preoccupied with details that we ignore the biggest challenges in front of us. He illustrates this with the true story of one of the deadliest airplane accidents in U.S. history, the 1972 crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401, in which the entire crew became so focused on fixing a landing equipment indicator light that they forgot about piloting the aircraft.

    “Too often too many business leaders allow themselves to get distracted from mission critical function and end up focusing on trivial problems,” Robin summarizes. “In other words in many businesses today, no one’s flying the plane.”

    Speech and Performance



    Key Advice for Entrepreneurs from Robin Crow

    By Robin Crow

    Robin Crow has forged a remarkable career on his journey from RCA recording artist to successful entrepreneur, and has built several world-class businesses from scratch. His company Dark Horse Recording, a four-studio complex and resort has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence in the recording industry. It is home to Faith Hill, ... more

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