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Alex Banayan

Bestselling Author, The Third Door; Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30

Alex Banayan is the #1 international best-selling author of The Third Door: The Mindset of Success. Over twelve years of research on exponential growth and peak performance, he interviewed Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, and many others highly successful individuals. Banayan is now one of the most honed and reliable keynote speakers in America, having a decade of experience presenting to Apple, Nike, Google, IBM, Mastercard, Disney, and other large companies.

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We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. At times it can feel like there are 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 twelve years researching and interviewing the most innovative leaders, 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 a culture of bold thinking
• Instill the mindset of persistence
• Fuel growth, no matter the external economic environment
• Become more capable of achieving your company’s biggest objectives

This wildly-entertaining keynote is packed with insights and lessons guaranteed to supercharge your mindset—to the point where growth becomes inevitable.

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever. 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 insights needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviewing 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 distinction 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 DoorTM 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.


Alex Banayan is the youngest best-selling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to decode the definitive mindset of growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into twenty languages.

Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan’s research led him to interview the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Pitbull, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and others.

Banayan is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan presents the Third Door framework regularly to corporate leadership teams around the globe, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Bank of America, Mastercard, and Disney.


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

Andy Sieg, President at Merrill Lynch


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.

Megan Green, Head of Google Play Business Development at Google


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.

Laurie H. Allred, Head of Y@DCPI at Disney


Alex Banayan’s keynote was entertaining, informative, and most of all, memorable. Thousands of our team members were in the audience and Banayan’s storytelling made it feel like we were all sitting down with him, one on one, as he spoke directly to each of us. It was exactly the kind of engaging keynote we were looking for.

Mike Miedler, CEO of Century 21 Real Estate


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.

Jesse Stollak, Vice President of Football Marketing at Nike


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

Brad Smith, CEO at Intuit


As a keynote speaker for our employee retention series, Alex Banayan brought a perfect mix of lively stories and practical exercises for some of our most tenured colleagues. Banayan’s keynote was able to strike the rare balance of entertaining, informative, and useful—which is exactly what we needed.

Courtney Loomis, Director of Employee Events at Salesforce


Alex Banayan is an unbelievable storyteller! His keynote was thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic. Banayan represents the energy of unlimited potential.

Arturo Nunez, Head of ALAC Marketing at Apple


Alex Banayan was the closing keynote at our top advisor summit and his message of ambition, growth, and perseverance were phenomenal! It was everything I was looking for and more.

Frederick E. Yates, Corporate Vice President of New York Life


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.

Sevan Leipziger, Senior Head of SAE Entertainment Sales at Delta Airlines


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.

James Purpura, Founder of The Powerful U Conference

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