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Daniel Pink

"Daniel Pink's data-driven approach and energizing presence captured our employees' attention. Everyone found his talk both highly interesting and educational, with many piloting his ideas in their own work environments." Technology

A deep researcher and compelling communicator, Daniel Pink is one of the foremost business minds of our day. The New York Times best-selling author of To Sell Is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind, Pink’s latest work, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, explores the science of timing in our lives. By distilling cutting-edge research in psychology, biology, and economics, Pink presents a new paradigm of the opportune times for everything.

I used to believe that timing is everything. Now I believe that everything is timing.

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Pink’s award-winning books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time. By making the leading business research of our day accessible, Pink pushes audiences to consider their lives in a new light and unlocks the ways top performers flourish at home, at school, and at work.

An acclaimed expert, Pink’s articles appear in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wired. For the last six years, Thinkers50 has named him one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. After co-producing and hosting the popular show Crowd Control on National Geographic Television, he now speaks directly to over 170,000 subscribers of his online show “The Pinkcast,” where he shares actionable tips for working smarter and living better. Provocative and inspiring—Pink shares irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give audiences compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives and the tools to make organizations more effective.

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Daniel Pink’s Speech Topics

  • The New ABCs of Selling, Persuasion, and Influence

    “A-B-C,” Alec Baldwin tells a group of salesmen in the classic movie Glengarry Glen Ross. “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.”

    But bestselling author Daniel Pink says this steamroller approach has become a relic, because the sales world has changed more in the last 10 years than it did in the previous 100. Today, when buyers have just as much information as sellers – along with ample choices and the means to talk back – the rules have changed.

    In this entertaining and provocative presentation, Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and one of the top business thinkers in the world, will draw on cutting-edge social science and best practices from organizations around the world to reveal the new A-B-Cs of selling. Attunement (taking another perspective); Buoyancy (staying afloat in an ocean of rejection); and Clarity (identifying hidden problems and making sense of murky situations).

    Pink will show you:

    • Why caveat emptor (buyer beware) is giving way to caveat venditor (seller beware).
    • Five ways to frame messages to increase clarity and lead to action.
    • Why problem finding has become more important than problem solving.
    • Why questioning your abilities before a sales call is more effective than pumping yourself up.
    • Why the most effective salespeople are not extroverts.
    • Two principles that can move your sales from transactions to transcendence.
  • The Surprising Truth About Motivation

    What motivates people to do their best work? The question is central to leadership, strategy, and innovation, In this presentation, Daniel Pink, author of the international bestseller Drive, offers the answer.

    Tapping 50 years of research in behavioral science, Pink shows why many traditional rewards – including the “carrot and stick” method – fall short of their promise and sometimes even backfire. Using his research, Pink reveals a more effective motivational operating system, one that promotes enduring motivation through autonomy, mastery, and purpose – the fundamentally human desires to direct own lives, to make progress in work that matters and to contribute to a team.

    In this powerful and practical presentation, you will learn:

    • When bonuses are effective and when they fall flat.
    • Why money matters to employee motivation, but not the way you probably think.
    • Why the secret to employee engagement is less management.
    • How to replace formal performance reviews with smarter, faster, and better forms of feedback.
    • How to enlist the two types of purpose that science shows can dramatically boost performance.  
  • How to Make Time Your Ally, Not Your Enemy

    We've all heard that “timing is everything.” The trouble is, we don't know much about timing itself. Our business and professional lives present a never-ending stream of “when” decisions. But we make them based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, we believe, is an art.

    In this provocative and entertaining presentation, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a science – one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations.

    Drawing on a rich trove of research from dozens of fields, Pink will show:

    • How the hidden pattern of the day affects our analytic and creative capabilities – and how simple work rearrangements can improve our effectiveness.
    • Why breaks are more important than we realize and what the emerging science reveals about the kinds of breaks that are most restorative for the modern workplace.
    • Why reaching the midpoint of a project sometimes drags us down and other times fires us up – and how to tell the difference.
    • The four ways that endings shape our behavior and how to use endings to spark motivation, improve customer experiences, and deepen a sense of meaning and purpose in the workplace.
    • How groups synchronize in time – and how leaders can use the three rules of “synching fast and slow” to turbocharge team performance.

    Deeply researched, packed with takeaways, and tailored to each audience, Pink's presentation will leave you looking at your work, your organization, and maybe even your life, in fresh and invigorating ways.   

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink was an absolute pleasure. His presentation of ‘When’ was timely, current and most importantly actionable. Attendees really felt that they had concrete material to take away and apply immediately from the event. This was reflected in the great score of 9.2 out of 10 that the event registered from the members. We eagerly await Dan’s next project and plan to invite him back!

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink’s data-driven approach and energizing presence captured our employees’ attention. Everyone found his talk both highly interesting and educational, with many piloting his ideas in their own work environments.

Technology

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

I have had the opportunity to hear from many thought leaders and speakers, and Dan Pink was one of my favorites. His presentation felt very personal to our organization’s mission and I really appreciated his humor and preparation for the talk. He really made it feel like he was talking to each one of the audience members.

Technology

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink’s conversation with our global HR audience exceeded all our expectations! He was definitely a great choice as our opening keynote speaker. Dan was provocative, humorous and extremely insightful. Most of all, we enjoyed his humble and engaging leadership style. He left us all with a lot of practical, easy to implement ideas that we can start to apply in the business and with our teams right away. Dan will always be a friend of the Coca-Cola family, and we hope to be able to welcome him back to our campus again!

Food

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan was provocative, humorous and extremely insightful. Most of all, we enjoyed his humble and engaging leadership style.

Food

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink’s message was timely for our organization and the manner in which he delivered, combined with the active interaction of the engaged participants made it a very lively event.

Tobacco

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink was in a word FABULOUS! Thank you so much for everything. I look forward to working with you in the future when we bring other speakers to Illinois.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink’s presentation exceeded all expectations-he was fantastic! Everyone commented on how valuable and wonderful it was to have him as our Keynote Speaker.

Education Programs

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

One word…perfect! Dan Pink was super and so very gracious.

Education Programs

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink was fabulous! He was funny and motivating and taught some principles that were well-received by the audience.

Education Programs

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink was AMAZING! The audience was thrilled with his presentation and asked some great questions. He was a perfect speaker to be honest, was intelligent, concise, everything that you hope for as the meeting planner!

Education Programs

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Thank you so much for your keynote address! The audience loved it. They gave your address a 4.71 score which is stratospherically high. You really hit the mark and really made a difference.

Health Care

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Dan Pink’s powerful keynote set the perfect tone for the whole conference.

Health Care

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink did a wonderful job! He talked about relevant topics and the audience was extremely happy with taking time out of their schedules to hear what he had to say.

Health Care

What other organizations say about Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink’s presentation was great! He is a very skilled public speaker and had the audience engaged and interested during his entire presentation.

Universities & Colleges

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