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Shane  Snow

Shane Snow

Journalist, Geek, Bestselling author & Cofounder of Contently

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Traveling from:
New York
Shane Snow

Shane Snow

Journalist, Geek, Bestselling author & Cofounder of Contently

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Traveling from:
New York

Why Book

    Biography

    “The next Gladwell.” That’s what fans and critics from Forbes to The L.A. Times are calling innovation expert and keynote speaker Shane Snow, the bestselling author of SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. An award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, Snow has been declared a “Wunderkind” by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details Magazine, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ.

    Snow is the Chief Creative Officer of Contently, a technology company he co-founded in 2010 with the mission of creating a better media world. Contently has helped more than 50,000 freelance journalists build better careers, and provides publishing tools and creative talent for Fortune 500 companies from American Express to GE to Coca-Cola. Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Time and many more. He’s been named one of Forbes and Inc.’s “30 Under 30,” BusinessInsider’s “Coolest People In Tech,” Folio’s “15 Under 30 Magazine Innovators,” a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a recipient of Columbia University’s 2014 Innovator Award “for furthering the cause of journalism.”

    In his inspiring keynote presentations, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, distilling patterns from years of studying rapidly successful companies and people in a dynamic style that’s been described as “Good to Great meets MacGyver.” Through gripping stories and thought-provoking research, he offers fresh insight related to personal development, organizational growth, innovation, change management and resilience. Takeaways include why some groups are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time while others fall by the wayside, how to beat roadblocks and plateaus in business and life, and how to approach creative problem solving through what psychologists call “lateral thinking.”

    The BBC says that Snow’s ideas, “could change your life,” and Maxim Magazine adds, “Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he’s daring you to do it.”

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    Programs

    DREAM TEAMS AND THE SCIENCE OF BREAKTHROUGH COLLABORATION

    This brilliant and entertaining keynote performance will change the way you think about people, progress, and collaboration.

    Shane Snow takes audiences on a rollicking adventure, revealing the secrets of the world’s most successful teams and coalitions in history.

    You’ll learn about the surprising factor behind most failed mergers and marriages; how a certain method of fighting is more useful than brainstorming; how leveraging “cognitive diversity” helps groups outmatch competitors; the science of becoming open-minded—and the outsize effect it has on group success; and the counter-intuitive truths about becoming better team players ourselves.

     

    BOOK THIS KEYNOTE IF YOU’RE AIMING TO:

    • Create high functioning, hyper efficient, and highly effective teams

    • Deal with people more effectively, saving time and solving problems in more innovative ways

    • Debate smarter, influence better, and help your team get the most out of those around them

    • Help your team get “diversity” right—and learn to leverage differences instead of keeping diversity superficial

    • Turn conflict into fuel for progress—neutralizing negativity, minimizing ego, and learning how to harness “cognitive friction”

    • Inspire people to develop intellectual humility, the #1 skill that will set apart innovators, leaders, and workers in tomorrow’s workplace

    THE STORYTELLING EDGE

    In this fast-paced keynote, Snow shares the secrets to powerful storytelling, with compelling (and often hilarious) stories and behind-the-scenes insights from his award-winning content company and hit book The Storytelling Edge.

    With his signature blend of dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow shows not only how each member of the audience can use storytelling to supercharge their jobs, but how stories work at a neurological level, and how our organizations can harness their power to build relationships, make people care, and spur change.

    BOOK THIS KEYNOTE IF YOU’RE AIMING TO:

    • Teach your audience the brain-science of stories, and the key elements of world-class storytelling

    • Help your organization master the art of storytelling for marketing, branding, or recruiting

    • Help your group to leverage the power of stories for building relationships—and to use storytelling more effectively in their everyday work

    • Kick off a conference or offsite with energizing and actionable food-for-thought

    SMARTCUTS: LATERAL THINKING FOR ACCELERATING INNOVATION & THINKING DIFFERENTLY

    Breakthrough innovation happens when we rethink conventional wisdom. But how do you train yourself—or your organization—to think differently? How do you foster an environment where it’s safe to do so, where innovation can thrive without destroying your business?

    How do the world’s most clever companies manage to not only endure change, but harness it to climb to new heights? How do rocket makers and children’s hospitals stay alive in the face of market shifts and competitive challenges? What can established businesses learn from revolutionaries, crazy geniuses, and crackpot comedians to help manage changes big and small?

    In this clever and surprising keynote, Snow debunks myths of success, shares unforgettable research and stories, and fires audiences up to 11. You will never think the same.

    BOOK THIS KEYNOTE IF YOU’RE AIMING TO:

    • Inspire intrapreneurship, and spur your audience to think differently about their current challenges

    • Get your group to work more innovatively—and to get the naysayers on board with new ideas

    • Teach your audience a framework for breakthrough problem solving

    • Kick off a conference or offsite by getting people in a more open-minded place or close out a conference with a bang!

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