The Leader’s Guide to Producing Under Pressure
How To Be Your Best — When It Matters Most!
Why do some people choke in high-pressure situations, while others excel? And, more importantly, how can you become the one who excels?
For 15 years, multiple Emmy Award winning Executive Producer and keynote speaker Bill Stainton produced under pressure — literally. As the Executive Producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live!, Bill and his team had to produce exceptional results — on demand — week after week after week. No excuses. Each week, when the clock hit 11:30pm, they had to go on the air in front of a million people with a new show. Not a second early. Not a second late. And their jobs depended on the outcome.
As leaders, your attendees face high-pressure situations as well. How can you help them rise to the top when it matters most?
Let them learn from the best. Let them learn from someone who’s been there. Let them learn from Bill Stainton.
Bill Stainton is a 29-time Emmy Award winning Executive Producer and respected leader in the Seattle business community. He is a regular contributor to Seattle Business magazine, and his expertise has been cited by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Bill has also authored nine business training video programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. His programs have been used by many organizations, from IBM and Boeing to Paramount Pictures and the CIA. (And yes, the fact that the CIA is actually using Bill’s training materials is a cause for worry!)
Not bad for a kid who grew up behind a dairy farm in the Amish countryside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
For fifteen years, Bill was the Executive Producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show, Almost Live! (which also enjoyed a two and a half year run in national syndication on Comedy Central). Along the way, he led his team to more than 100 Emmy Awards as he became a sought after Innovation Driver, working with companies such as Nike, Microsoft’s Small Business Summit, Godiva and Harley-Davidson. Bill’s leadership gave birth to such personal success stories as Joel McHale, star of NBC’s Community and E’s The Soup; Academy Award nominee Bob Nelson; and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Bill led his team to more than 100 Emmy Awards and 10 straight years of #1 ratings. Today he helps leaders achieve those kinds of results–in their world and with their teams. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno. This combination of experience creates riveting presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world. Focusing primarily on the areas of leadership, teamwork, and innovation, Bill calls upon his background as a comedy writer to customize each keynote to each individual client. (He’s also written for HBO, NPR, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno…And, unlike some “leadership” speakers, Bill has actually led a successful team!)
When Bill’s not working with, or speaking for, clients around the world, he enjoys scuba diving, flying airplanes, and irritating blues club bands by continually asking to sit in on drums or keyboards. Occasionally they say yes.
Bill is the author of The 5 Best Decisions the Beatles Ever Made: A Handbook for “Top of the Charts” Success, The Executive Producer, and Lead Like the Beatles: How Four Young Men Reinvented And Dominated An Industry…and How You Can Too! As the opening, closing, or luncheon speaker for your next event, Bill sees his responsibility to your audience as four-fold: