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Robin Crow's speaking fee starts in range: $10,000 to $15,000
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. In addition, Robin is also a successful author, his best-selling books include Evolve or Die, Rock Solid Leadership, and Jump and the Net Will Appear.
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 2,200
His 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.
Why Book Robin Crow?
Respected business leader… founder of three diverse companies, all of which have become leaders in their fields.
Business veteran… keynotes reflect hard-won, first-hand, bone crunching experience from 30 years in the trenches. No abstract theories here.
Powerful speaker… presentations are drawn from personal experience focusing on the challenges you’re going through right here, right now.
Master motivator… has directly impacted the lives of millions through personal and media appearances (over 2,200 presentations).
Successful author… has published seven books (two are best sellers) and three audio programs.
Proven track record… has given thousands of presentations to some of the most influential companies in the world.
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.”
CEO, Entrepreneur and High-Octane Speaker. Robins book, "Evolve or Die" hit the USA TODAY Best-Seller list at #5 and is a jumping off point for his talks on Leadership, Service, and Change.
He is the founder of the world-famous Dark Horse Recording, home of recordings from Taylor Swift to Neil Diamond.
He also started Dark Horse Institute, an audio engineering and music business school located in Nashville, which has been re-shaping the educational landscape with a unique accelerated learning process in an affordable, experiential learning environment.
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
Turn Uncertainty and Change into a Customer Revolution.
In a world of growing uncertainty, change is headed your way. The choice is yours—you can be disrupted or the disruptor. The needs and habits of your customers are changing every day, and with those changes come the opportunity to evolve. Your future successes will be in direct proportion to how you adapt and anticipate change. This is why it’s so important that you rethink, reinvent and reimagine the way you serve your customers. In this presentation Robin clearly demonstrates how your attendees can become constant innovators able to adapt and embrace change.
This interactive presentation is titled after Robin’s USA Today Best Selling Book of the same name. Robin will show you how to turn disruption into advantage by anticipating the changes facing your industry.
As the founder and CEO of three companies, all of which are customer-driven, Robin has experienced first hand what it takes to adapt and reinvent in order to stay relevant. When the music industry was going through a period of massive disruption due to the digital download revolution and evolving computer technology, almost every major recording complex was forced into bankruptcy. Music distributors such as Tower Records had to shut their doors for good. Robin knew that in order to survive they were going to have to evolve, or suffer the consequence. So he began concentrating on service over technology, on creating amazing experiences for each client who recorded at Dark Horse. That journey of evolution begin over twenty years ago and today Dark Horse Recording is most one of the most successful studio complexes in the world.
In this keynote Robin will present you with actionable steps you can take immediately to adapt to the ever-changing needs of your customers. Unless you want your business to go the way of the dinosaur, it’s time to Evolve Or Die!
It's Time To Be Extraordinary
Step Outside Convention To Amaze, Engage, and Wow Your Customers.
At this very moment your customers are being lured away by competitors. So what are you going to do about it? In order to give your customers an extraordinary experience, you must choose to be extraordinary! You may have the edge right now, but do you have what it takes to stay sharp? Navigating your way to prosperity and profitability can be a tricky business. It requires that you continually refine your skills as a high performer and as an effective leader. This keynote will inspire you to make the course corrections and self-optimizations needed to surpass your own limitations.
For decades Robin has led his three companies to sustained success by cultivating intense loyalty with his clients. In this presentation he will give you actionable strategies and takeaways that can be implemented immediately to wow your customers and accelerate the growth of your business. He will show you what works, what doesn’t, and why.
This program is a powerful way to get everyone from upper management to frontline employees inspired and focused on adding value to your organization and creating greater customer loyalty than you ever imagined.
· Becoming extraordinary is a choice.
· Committing to be the best is a choice.
· Pampering your customers is a choice.
If you’re ready to step up and accept nothing less than THE BEST for your customers, then It’s Time To Be Extraordinary.
How to Ignite Your Creative Genius.
What if you could tap into your own creative genius with absolute certainty that no matter what occurs you will thrive and prosper? If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, this keynote is perfect for you.
The path to success is peppered with landmines of every shape and size. In order to successfully navigate these obstacles you must be persistent, resilient, thoughtful, committed to excellence, disciplined, and enthusiastic. You must be decisive, purposeful, optimistic and responsible. You must surround yourself with brilliance and inspire your team by creating a culture of affirmation and passion. This program will serve as a powerful launching pad, giving you the clarity and confidence to discover your unique strengths, and then go out and achieve greatness.
In this keynote you will learn a step-by-step process that will help you identify and break through barriers that might be holding you back both personally and professionally. You will start to engage your natural talents with endeavors that will spark your imagination and passion. Going through this process will reap tremendous, life-changing rewards. You will discover how you can step outside convention and discover your true potential. That’s the beginning of your Intelligence Revolution!
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 3 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.
Robin’s clients include Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Matchbox Twenty, Tim McGraw, Ashley Judd, Alice in Chains, Carrie Underwood and countless others.
He has delivered over 2200 keynote speeches and is the author of seven books including USA Today bestseller Evolve or Die.
“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 GradenCEO, 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.
“Robin’s keynote presentation at the Cordage Institute’s Annual 2016 Conference was absolutely outstanding! The content was timely, relevant, and compelling, plus, his delivery style was fresh and unique ….”Peter M. LanceExecutive Director, Cordage Institute
“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
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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
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.
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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