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Alex
Banayan

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Alex Banayan is the author of The Third Door, which chronicles his five-year quest tracking down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, Steve Wozniak, Jessica Alba, Larry King, and dozens more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers.

Banayan has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and been featured in major media including Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, and CBS News.

An acclaimed keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world including Apple, Nike, IBM, Dell, MTV, Harvard, and countless others.

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HOW TO DREAM BIGGER, ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, AND TAKE THE THIRD DOOR

40 minute speech + 20 minute Q&A

Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is the author of the highly anticipated business book, The Third Door, which chronicles his journey tracking down the world's most successful people to uncover how they launched their careers. Over the course of his seven-year quest, Banayan sat down with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Maya Angelou, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, Steve Wozniak-and had remarkable run-ins with Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many more. After exclusive interviews and years of extensive research, Banayan uncovered the single trait every one of these leaders has in common: they all took the Third Door.

In Banayan’s most popular keynote, he takes the audience on an astonishing journey that leaves listeners inspired, empowered, and most importantly, transformed. Packed with practical business lessons-from Bill Gates’ negotiating secrets to Pitbull’s key to continued growth and reinvention-Banayan’s keynote changes the way organizations achieve their goals.

BILL GATES, WARREN BUFFETT, AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT: DECODING THE ART OF RISK TAKING

60 minute speech

Drawing from his three most popular stories-his wild quest to interview Bill Gates, how he hacked Warren Buffett’s shareholders meeting, and how he funded his book by winning the iconic game show The Price Is Right-Banayan distills the three keys any organization can use to take better and smarter risks, which is essential to organizational growth.
In this widely celebrated keynote, Banayan’s framework will transform your view of risk taking from it being the enemy-to it being a friend. No matter your age, and no matter your stage, risk taking is the key to growth, innovation, and achievement-and we all need a better relationship with it. Banayan’s keynote shows us how.

THE 5 MILLENNIAL TRENDS THAT WILL TRANSFORM THE NEXT 30 YEARS OF BUSINESS

40 minute speech + 20 minute Q&A
What will the world of business look like thirty years from now? And how will the nuanced, and often misunderstood, habits of millenials shape your company’s growth?

Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and “world’s youngest venture capitalist” Alex Banayan has the answers. In this wildly insightful and mind-expanding presentation, Banayan expounds on topics ranging from the pervasiveness of artificial reality to the automation revolution. Weaving in examples from Snapchat to Tesla, Banayan shows us how the products millenials are obsessed with clue us in to the habits his generation will perpetuate over the coming decades.

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

RISK TAKING, INNOVATION, AND INVENTING THE FUTURE

2 - 3 hour workshop

Geared toward organizations that are focused on growth and innovation, this workshop hones in on the frameworks, mindsets, and practical tools that enable bigger thinking and bolder decisions. Organizations don’t innovate on their own-individuals in that organization need to make specific and concerted choices to make it happen. In this interactive session, Banayan helps groups rewire their relationships with risk to create greater opportunity in their careers Pulling from his experience in Silicon Valley and his interviews with iconic innovators ranging from Bill Gates to Dean Kamen, Banayan teaches groups how to make risk taking and innovation part of everyone’s job description.

FINDING YOUR THIRD DOOR

1 - 2 hour workshop

In Banayan’s most personal workshop, he guides groups to delve deep within themselves in order to dream bigger dreams, prioritize their desires, and map out a clear path to achieving those goals. Drawing on the examples of Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, and Bill Gates, each attendee will walk away with a powerful blueprint to radically transform their careers.

MASTERING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING

2 - 3 hour workshop

Powerful storytelling has the ability to captivate audiences and transform your business. Whether your organization wants to breathe new life into your brand, super charge a product launch, or equip employees with a skill that elevates all aspects of their jobs, this workshop teaches you how. Drawing from Aristotle’s Poetics, Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and from Banayan’s exclusive interviews with icons including Maya Angelou and Larry King, this workshop dives deep into the anatomy of emotional storytelling to help you change the way your organisation strategizes, communicates, and perhaps most importantly, sees itself.
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Business

  • Mastering Leadership

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
  • Connection & Storytelling
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“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
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