Murray Banks

Murray Banks

World Class Triathlon Athlete, Inspirational Speaker
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Quality 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

    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”

    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 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
  • Why Book Murray Banks?

  • An honored educator and world champion skiing and triathlon athlete, he knows how to craft and deliver a focused and engaging message.

  • Murray delivers his presentation with a medley of science, humor and inspiration and connects leadership and performance to life balance.

  • He provides practical, actionable skills for being optimistic and staying focused on performance and turning problems into solutions.

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    Murray Banks 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 lives in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. His 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.

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

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    “Your presentation at our recent Burnin’ Rubber sales meeting was fantastic! I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews and wanted to let you know that the following day when we played the video clip of you speaking, you received a second standing ovation! Your message was right on target and many people even incorporated some of your messages into their presentations the next day!”

    “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.”
    --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.”
    --Energy Systems Group

    “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

    “THANK YOU for the inspiring, not to mention humorous, presentation you gave last week. Since then, I’ve received numerous phone calls from the managers expressing their gratitude (which is not something they routinely do, by the way). They were very appreciative that you took the time to learn about the unique issues and challenges they face and pleased that they were given concrete skills and strategies they could immediately apply.”
    --Office of the Court Administrator, Vermont

    “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.”

    “We loved how you adapted highlights from our yearbook into your presentation to really focus on our people and company. Thank you for making us laugh and teaching us how to welcome challenge, think creatively and keep our balance in times of change and stress. My colleagues echo my accolades: the response has been nothing less than enthusiastic. This was one of the best yet and your program was paramount in setting the tone of the day.”
    --Long Fence, Inc

    “I have only been in the office for 45 minutes and have had 3 conversations about YOU – my business office absolutely loved your presentation! I would also like to let you know that I reviewed the surveys and you scored “5″ on every survey (5 being the best possible). That is awesome and that says so much about what and how you present. We want you back next year!”
    --Utel Inc

    “Thank you for the outstanding job you did. Your message was right on target with our objectives and it was really impressive the way you wove statements from our top executives in the morning into your presentation. It made everything more relevant. Your use of humor and real-life examples made learning very enjoyable and many people commented on how much your advice carried over from the workplace to their personal lives.”
    --Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals