Garrison Wynn Profile

  • Garrison Wynn is a top business keynote speaker, youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history, and best-selling author.

  • His greatest strength is a magnetic live performance that keeps him in high demand.

  • His down-to-earth, relatable style includes a strong mix of humor and realism that entertains as it educates.
  • 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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    This fast-paced, entertaining keynote creates an emotional shift for attendees as they see how much control they have over how change affects them. It also shows that stress is more about what we believe than it is about what is happening. It gives specific communication tools that anyone can use to dramatically reduce resistance to change, anxiety, employee turnover, and difficult behavior. From market challenges, employee engagement issues and just embracing everyday work and life problems, this research-based program takes a fun look at a very serious topic.

    Easily Customized Segments Include:
    - Curing disengagement
    - How to get “buy-in” on change quickly
    - Nobody wants to be a “senior beginner”
    - Reducing stress and increasing focus
    - Keeping and attracting employees
    - Managing emotions: separating the data from the drama
    - Dealing with the resistance to change
    - Change is easy… you go first!


    Reducing employee turnover and job dissatisfaction

    This highly focused, entertaining session shows leaders and influencers at all levels how to consistently create a sustainable culture of loyalty. This is not the view from 30,000 feet; it’s a high-energy, direct connection to the tools and tactics that are dramatically improving employee retention right now.

    This program is a fun “experience” designed to provide you with actionable ideas and solutions that will assist in driving a sustainable culture that will help your organization to achieve its goals by keeping and attracting the people you need to succeed.

    - Making sure your people feel valued and supported daily
    - The foundations of loyalty
    - Forensic listening: Listening to those who have not felt heard in the past
    - Eliminating quiet quitting by improving the employee experience
    - Making work worth it: Fix the job, not just the worker
    - Creating a common agenda


    Action and Adaptability Create Opportunity

    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 post-COVID-19 issues to communication breakdown) 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, researched-based, easily implemented, proven solutions that your people can use right away.

    Easily Customized Segments Include:

    - How to be right without making other people wrong
    - New people, new products and new approach
    - Dealing with new leadership direction
    - How to get “buy-in” on change quickly
    - Communication breakdown: overcoming silo-ism
    - Embracing mergers and acquisitions
    - Dealing with difficult people
    - Technology changes and procedural shifts
    - Never stop getting better


    How to Get Total Buy-in From Everyone

    This upbeat, entertaining program explains why many older employees can be stuck in their ways, and why some younger workers are more likely to snap a picture of a fire than run from it! From how to influence and effectively motivate Gen Y & Z workers, to making sure your veterans pass on their knowledge and stay focused as they head toward retirement, this program shows how all generations can look-out for each other (and are actually much more effective together because of their differences). This fun informative session (backed by the latest research and employee survey data) focuses on how generations can blend their contributions to create a more successful future.


    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 of his or her employees and coworkers about their job? This highly entertaining session, backed by thousands of up-to-date anonymous employee surveys in multiple industries (and combined with over 30 years of Gallup research data), shows that the thing people value most is feeling valuable! This session shows how the most successful leaders quickly engage workers/team members in a way that improves business performance and the overall employee experience. The impact of this program reaches far beyond the session itself, creating an emotional shift that fuels immediate implementation.


    Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables, 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 developing the personal influence to make things stick. Whether you're helping leaders move change (get buy-in) through their locations, dealing with generational based issues or getting workers to look-out for each other on the job site, this fun research-based session is the right choice. Garrison is authentic - a guy who's been there. He's a chemical plant explosion survivor (not injured) who has developed safety products still in use worldwide. He expertly fuses his experiences into key takeaways such as how to build the trust and relationships that make an effective safety culture a consistent reality. He delivers those takeaways using a humorous approach that will have a serious impact on your event.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Garrison Speak

    Rating Entries

    “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.

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    Books by Garrison Wynn:

      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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