Alex Banayan

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The Youngest Bestselling Business Author in American History, Author of #1 International Bestseller The Third Door, Expert on Exponential Growth and High Performance

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3 Video(s) By This Presenter

Alex Banayan- Overcoming Fear and Taking the Third Door
Keynote Speaking Reel
How To Cultivate Perseverance & Persistence

7 Programs By This Presenter

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it’s in our personal lives or careers, there are always dozens of obstacles holding us back from achieving our biggest goals. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are certain mindsets and tools that can not only clear the obstacles along your path, but can also add rocket fuel to your success.
After spending ten years researching and interviewing the most innovative leaders on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan’s widely-acclaimed Third DoorTM framework can help any organization achieve its goals and radically accelerate its overall growth.
In this riveting keynote, Banayan takes audiences on an unprecedented adventure, from hacking The Price is Right to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to the multi-year quest to learn from Bill Gates and Lady Gaga. Alongside these larger-than- life stories, Banayan takes the principles from his bestselling book The Third Door and pushes them to a whole new level, making them practical and applicable for organizations of all sizes.

This powerful presentation teaches you how to:

• Cultivate perseverance
• Become more persistent
• Fuel growth, no matter the external economic environment
• And become more capable of achieving your company’s
biggest objectives

This wildly entertaining keynote is packed with insights and lessons guaranteed to transform any organization to believe that, no matter what obstacles it’s facing… there’s always a way.

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever before. It has never been more critical to an organization’s survival for teams to cultivate a DNA of resiliency, perseverance, and solution-orientated problem solving.
In this empowering keynote, bestselling author Alex Banayan masterfully decodes the most critical and elusive skills needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and dozens more of the world’s most iconic leaders, Banayan uncovered that there are fundamental skills that every organization needs—but that most people don’t talk about—to achieve their biggest goals during disruptive times.

This keynote covers it all, with lessons including:

• How do you transform persistence from being an esoteric word to being
a living, breathing part of your day-to-day culture?
• What are the unspoken dangers of over-persistence and how can you prevent them at your organization?
• Why is the opposite of success not failure—and how does that shift in mindset help your employees take more risks and grow exponentially?
• What’s the surprising difference between fearlessness and courage— and why does that critical difference lead to consistent breakthroughs in
organizations of all sizes?

If you care about elevating your business—if you care about your employees being more resilient, more courageous, and more capable of making smart, innovative decisions—this keynote is what you’ve been waiting for.

The world has never been noisier. How do you command the attention of your customers, sales prospects, strategic partners, or industry at-large? Once you have their attention, how do you transform those stakeholders into lifelong advocates for you and your business?

After a decade of researching the world’s most successful leaders and organizations, bestselling author Alex Banayan uncovered what the single most underrated skill is that can radically boost the growth of any company’s sales, marketing, or business development efforts. The secret is storytelling—but not just any kind. Banayan’s research led him to decode the keys to remarkably compelling, gripping, and emotional storytelling that can be used by businesses of all sizes to supercharge their goals. This is a specific, teachable skill set that can transform prospects into blue-chip clients and customers into evangelists, and can inject an entirely new sense of possibility into your company culture.

Drawing from his years of research and the international success of The Third Door’s unique narrative style, Banayan distills in this keynote how anyone in your organization—from C-suite executives to your newest team members—can use the five elements of Banayan’s V.I.S.T.A. Storytelling Framework to transform your business. Because at the end of the day, everything in life and business comes down to a story. And it’s time your organization uses that to its advantage.

What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a salesperson or financial advisor persevere through the inevitable onslaught of rejections? Sometimes sales pipelines feel like pipedreams. Often weeks and months are spent on a deal, only for it to fall through at the last minute. Over time, the fear of rejection can multiply until it becomes crippling.

After a decade of learning directly from the most successful entrepreneurs on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan gained invaluable sales lessons from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and dozens of others. His presentation sheds light on new frameworks to view rejections and fear, offering surprising insights on how to accelerate your growth.

Audiences come away with practical tools to apply the Third Door™ framework to their careers, including:

• The three-step “Rejection Inspection” tool

• How to transform your relationship with fear with a practical exercise your attendees can begin doing immediately

• How to bounce back, faster and better, toward the next opportunity

• How to understand the “Fear Tree” and see its roots so it no longer has a hold on you

• How to upgrade your mindset to achieve sustainable, long-term growth

With high-level personal development tools and hard-hitting career tactics, this keynote is packed with the resources you need to unleash the unlimited potential you know your team contains.

In this interactive workshop, bestselling author Alex Banayan guides your audience through easy-to-implement exercises that are derived from his twelve years of research on high performance and success. Banayan presents practical tools that garner on-the-spot results within each individual, along with take-home exercises your audience can utilize after the event to continue cultivating growth, both personally and professionally.

These tools help your audience get unstuck, rediscover what makes them come alive, and find clarity on some of the biggest obstacles they are bound to face as they navigate their paths to achieving their biggest goals, no matter what stage they are in their careers. If instilling a sustainable and consistent mindset of growth within your attendees is a priority, then this workshop is for you.

This is the most interactive of all the workshops. This workshop produces dramatic results in real-time. Banayan not only teaches your audience his proprietary V.I.S.T.A. Storytelling Framework that can be used at any level of your organization, but he also guides your group through an interactive exercise where your audience walks away with brand new, rewritten stories. This goes beyond telling stories for marketing or advertising—this is about elevating your team’s ability to tell emotionally compelling narratives.

Participants will radically improve their approach to the most critical components of top-line growth, ranging from sales and client communications, to executive leadership and investor relations, to human resources and company culture. This experience brings your event to new heights—not only changing the way audience members see themselves and their colleagues, but most important, changing the way they’re able to fuel your organization’s growth for years to come.

This session is only available to groups of thirty attendees or fewer, and is strongly advised to be used only with executive leadership, select upper management, or a top-priority team. To be coupled with the Exponential Growth keynote, this highly dynamic session creates the space to create an actionable strategy for the upcoming quarter or fiscal year of your organization.

This session turns the principles of the Third Door™ framework into tangible plans specific to your organization’s goals. Each strategy session is tailored for the specific needs and goals of each organization. By the end of the Executive Growth Strategy Session, your team members will not only see new pathways and approaches to achieve your most critical business objectives, but they will also be infused with an energy of possibility, perseverance, and enthusiasm for the rest of your fiscal year.


“The speech was an absolute home run. And it changed my life.”

— Intuit

“After Banayan’s keynote at Disney, we sent out a survey to all the attendees. I must say, it was the feedback we’ve ever received from any speaker. Hands down.”

— Disney

“When Alex Banayan spoke at my department’s off-site, his energy was contagious, his stories were inspiring, and his ideas pushed my team’s leadership. If you’re looking for someone with insight and passion, then Banayan is your man.”

— Nike

“It was a fantastic keynote! The team is still talking about Alex’s presentation and using his take-aways and repeating his quotes left- and-right. Alex’s speech was one of our company’s favorites by far, and possibly the best Q&A we’ve ever seen.”

— Director of Corporate Affairs, Monster Energy Drinks

“Standing ovation! Banayan’s keynote was electric. He has a way of deeply connecting with the audience. He is a master speaker who makes you feel like you are with him every step along the way. Alex was so powerful on stage that we hired him again the next year.”

— Founder, The Powerful U Conference

“Banayan followed Valerie Jarrett and Arianna Huffington to
keynote the Snapchat Women’s Group, and there was standing
room only. He captivated the crowd, and then answered questions from the audience with candor and insight. Everyone left the session feeling inspired and even more equipped to succeed. Ten out of ten!”

— Head of Curated Stories, Snapchat

“For business leaders who want to inject entrepreneurial grit into
their culture—Alex Banayan is whom you’re looking for. His keynote was packed with hard-research, enthralling stories, and insights that created a real buzz and gave actionable steps to both employees and startup community members.”

— Head of Entrepreneurial Engagement, Comcast NBCUniversal

“Alex Banayan was the best speaker we’ve ever had. He brought
a whole new element to our leadership offsite, unleashing the
energy of our team in a way I’ve never seen before. His messages
resonated deeply with our team, enabling us to continue to grow in
the midst of uncertain times. I can’t recommend him enough.”

— Senior Director, Red Hat

“Alex Banayan spoke to three hundred St. Charles leaders and we
found that because of the turbulent and ever-changing health care
landscape we are currently facing, his message of finding creative
ways to solve problems really resonated.”

— CEO, St. Charles Health System

“We’ve received so many positive responses from my team after Alex Banayan’s keynote! It was the right blend of inspirational and practical—all wrapped up in entertaining and funny stories. From the lessons about success/failure to the 30-Day Challenge, it was an incredible, engaging hour.”

— President of Content Marketing, Hulu

“Banayan’s keynote and Q&A was one of the best our organization
ever had.”

— President, Harvard Ventures

“Alex Banayan’s speech was the most talked about keynote of the
day—with true inspiration and solid takeaways, wrapped in Alex’s
signature laugh-out-loud storytelling. Banayan is a grand slam for any business event.”

— Learning Chair, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) New York City

“Alex Banayan is one of the most collaborative, inquisitive, and
thoughtful people I’ve crossed paths with. I’m fortunate to know him and I admire his natural ability to inspire and motivate others.”

— Global Lead, Education Communications, Dell

“Alex Banayan was absolutely fantastic! His energy and confidence knows no bounds. He got the whole audience engaged and interacting!”

— Event Manager, Reed Exhibitions

“Since Alex Banayan spoke to my sales team six months ago, it’s
hard to quantify how many new customer meetings we’ve set up
where my salespeople have used the Third Door framework! We
finished the year on top and grew our business to the second largest in the company in recurring revenue terms. Thank you, Alex! I can’t wait to have you back to give another keynote to the team again!”

— Vice President of Sales, Tanium

“Banayan’s storytelling is some of the best I’ve ever seen. His keynote deeply resonated with every department in our company.
Just remarkable.”

— CEO, Life is Good

“Alex Banayan’s keynote truly cracks the code and provides the
transformational edge needed to succeed in today’s business
environment. Any healthcare organization that wants to achieve
exponential growth and reach their biggest goals needs to implement the principles contained in The Third Door today.”

— Organizational Development Leader, Kaiser Permanente

“As the host and keynote speaker of our annual IBM Amplify conference, Alex Banayan’s passion was exactly what we needed to energize our corporation at such a pivotal time in our transformation.”

— Marketing Manager, IBM

“Banayan’s keynote was remarkable–his underlying message of bringing your dreams to reality through grit and a ‘yes, and’ attitude really resonated with our employees around the world.
He has a masterful way of bringing the audience along for a journey that encourages them to think about how to work and play differently moving forward. Out of all the events I’ve planned at Ford, Banayan’s was one of the best.”

— Head of Executive Communications, Ford
“Thought-provoking, practical, and engaging. Alex Banayan’s keynote opened our minds, moving us to a place of authenticity and growth.”
— Director of HR at The World Bank

“Alex is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Not only can he tailor his
discussion for your specific event, but his stories on success and failure will hit home for any audience. Would highly recommend!”

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