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Cracking the code of success

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Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third
Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of
exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been
translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by The New York
Post as “a joy to read.”

The day before his freshman-year final exams, Banayan hacked The Price is Right, won a
sailboat, sold it, and used the money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most
innovative leaders. Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan interviewed
Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica
Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30,”
Banayan is his generation’s leading expert in high performance and personal development,
having been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox
News, and NBC News.

A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to
business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple,
Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard
and Disney. Banayan’s keynotes have had far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a
new way of thinking. The Third Door™ framework has helped individuals discover
unconventional routes to achieve their biggest dreams and has aided Fortune 500
companies to take new approaches to sales, marketing, and exponential growth.

Since the publication of The Third Door, Banayan has brought his message of possibility to
millions of people in more than one hundred countries. At the core of Banayan’s mission is
his belief that, “When you change what someone believes is possible, you change what
becomes possible.”

Talking Points

EXPONENTIAL SUCCESS THROUGH THE THIRD DOOR: How to think different, transform your business and achieve your most important goals.

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 on your path, but also add rocket fuel to your success. After spending seven years researching and interviewing the most successful people on earth, Alex Banayan’s widely- acclaimed Third Door framework can help any organization achieve its goals and radically accelerate their overall success.

In his most popular 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 the larger-than-life stories, Banayan takes the principles from his bestselling book The Third Door and pushes the ideas to a whole new level, making them practical and applicable for organizations of all sizes.

This powerful presentation teaches you how to become
- More resilient
- More persistent
- More committed to growth
- And more capable of achieving your company’s biggest objectives


What will the world of business look like thirty years from now? And how will the nuanced, and often misunderstood, habits of millennials and Gen Z shape your company’s growth?

In this wildly insightful and mind-expanding presentation, bestselling author Alex Banayan dives deep into topics ranging from the pervasiveness of artificial reality to the automation revolution.

Weaving in examples from an array of industries, Banayan shows us how the products millennial are obsessed with clue us in to the habits his generation will perpetuate over the coming decades. This keynote is packed with surprising lessons, including:

- Why is the underlying thesis of Snapchat the most important indicator for what your employees most want
from your company?
- Why is Tesla’s long-term plan going to effect the day-to-day workplace culture of your organization?
- What about Airbnb demonstrates the most concrete trend of what the spending and buying habits of
millennials will look like over the coming decades?

Whether you are a corporate executive looking to better understand your millennial employees or an investor searching for future market trends, Banayan’s keynote will provide you with the insights you want and the answers you need.

THE THIRD DOOR FOR SALES: How to break through any door

What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a sales team 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 sting of rejection can multiply until it becomes crippling.

After seven years of learning from the most successful people on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan gained invaluable sales lessons from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and dozens more.

In this empowering keynote, Banayan encourages teams to deploy new approaches to establishing relationships with leads so that you’re more than just another name in an inbox, from re-imagining prospect meetings to making a lasting impression. His presentation also sheds light on new frameworks to view rejections and failures, offering surprising insights on what to do next.

Audiences come away with practical tools to apply the Third Door to their sales process, including:

- Finding your “Inside Man”
- Overcoming “The Flinch”
- Utilizing “Borrowed Credibility”
- The surprising science of cold emails

TRANSFORMING WORKPLACE CULTURE: How to implement the 3 foundational skills that massively impact your business

Any organization committed to innovation and growth has to foster a workplace environment where employees are empowered to be creative, think boldly, and take calculated, strategic risks.

Alex Banayan’s bestselling business book The Third Door masterfully decodes the most elusive and critical skills needed for any organization to achieve exponential success: risk-taking, courage, and persistence. After interviews with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Steve Wozniak, Larry King, and dozens more, Banayan uncovered that these are fundamental skills every organization needs-but most people don’t talk about-to achieve their biggest goals.

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?

THE THIRD DOOR FOR MARKETING: Decoding the art of storytelling for business

The marketing world has more noise today than ever before. Companies can spend millions of dollars on campaigns that may go unheard just days later.

Why do some marketing strategies fall flat while others captivate the attention of the world? How do you engineer stories so gripping that-no matter the ad spend-they’re capable of commanding attention and transforming listeners into customers?

Bestselling author Alex Banayan spent seven years researching and interviewing the greatest marketers and storytellers of the past century, from Grammy-award winner Lady Gaga and poetry icon Maya Angelou to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Additionally, Banayan has delved deep into history-from philosopher Aristotle to author Joseph Campbell- decoding the time-tested elements of captivating storytelling.

This practical, useful, and insightful keynote demystifies the most critical elements of storytelling, including:

- How do you use storytelling devices from Banayan’s trademark The Price Is Right story to add a sense of
clarity to your campaign so your customers understand what value they get from your company?
- How do use the narrative structure from The Third Door to help you create a sense of intimacy and
resonance between your brand and your customers?
- How can you use the intention-and-obstacle structure of Banayan’s page-turning writing style to command
attention and instantly make your brand’s story more compelling?

Banayan trains organizations of all sizes to be exponentially more equipped to craft successful marketing campaigns for years to come. For any organization desiring to radically increase their marketing success, this keynote gives you the answers you’ve been looking for.

“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.” IBM

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.


“Alex Banayan is an unbelievable storyteller. He is thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic. Banayan represents the voice of entrepreneurship, the power of hustle, and the energy of unlimited potential.”


"Alex Banayan's keynote and Q&A was one of the best our organization has ever had. It had people buzzing for months. Alex is a speaker with inspiring passion, unbelievable stories, and immensely practical lessons."

Harvard Ventures

The feedback about Alex Banayan's keynote has been off the charts. It was an outstanding event! Alex knocked it out of the park!

Merrill Lynch

The speech was absolutely a home run. And it changed my life.


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


Banayan is one of the most professional and polished speakers I’ve worked with. And his talk couldn’t have gone better. His stories were enthralling, his insights were incredibly tangible, and his message was spot on.


Banayan’s keynote kicked-off our event perfectly! His charismatic personality draws you in, and then his insights and stories prove to be both immensely entertaining and deeply emotional. Whether you work in sales or marketing, every department will find tremendous value in Banayan’s keynote. On top of that, we then decided to gift copies of The Third Door to our top clients, and they all loved it. Once you start reading the book, you can't stop. The keynote coupled with the book is magic.

Delta Airline

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


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.

Comcast NBCUniversal

Standing ovation! Banayan’s keynote was electric. He has a way of deeply connecting with the audience in a way I’ve never seen before. 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.

The Powerful U Conference

The Third Door is a favorite book of many employees in our company, so having Banayan speak at our headquarters was an amazing experience. The keynote was both down to earth and kept everyone wanting more. Banayan also stuck around after to meet and connect with each and every person. Having Banayan speak at our company was a giant success and employees ask, to this day, when we can have him back.

Innovative Solution

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.

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.


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

Reed Exhibition

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 speaking events I’ve planned at Ford, Banayan’s was one of the best.


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 open-mindedness and finding creative ways to solve problems really resonated.

St. Charles Health System
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