Human Explorer, Business and Science Journalist, and Bestselling Author of Dream Teams, Smartcuts, & The Storytelling Edge

Shane Snow

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Shane Snow speaks globally on the topics of teamwork, storytelling, innovation, and thinking differently—customizing his keynotes to audiences' challenges and opportunities.

Award-winning journalist and innovator Shane Snow has helped expose gun traffickers and gender discrimination, eaten only ice cream for weeks in the name of science, and helped thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of individuals work better through his bestselling books Smartcuts, The Storytelling Edge, and Dream Teams.

A dynamic storyteller and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Snow has been declared a “Wunderkind” by The New York Times, a “Maverick” by Details, and his work praised as “Insanely addicting” by GQ. He’s consistently rated the top speaker at global conferences and private events—with an uncanny ability to get people to drop their phones (unless it’s to tweet about their minds being blown), leaving audiences with new ways to approach problems and teamwork. After hearing Snow speak, people never look at work the same way again.

Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, Fast Company, The Washington Post, and Time. He’s a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts, an exclusive club co-founded by Benjamin Franklin to enrich society through ideas and action; a recipient of Columbia University’s prestigious Innovator Award, for furthering the cause of journalism; and the co-founder of the technology firm Contently, which has been repeatedly named to Inc. and Deloitte’s lists of fastest growing private companies, and Crain’s and Ad Age’s best places to work in America.

In his entertaining and provocative keynote presentations, Snow shatters common wisdom through gripping stories and surprising research on innovation and human behavior. The BBC says that his ideas, “could change your life,” and Maxim adds, “Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he’s daring you to do it.” 

 

  • 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 AND HOW TO TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU WORK AND DO BUSINESS

    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 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

Shane. Is. Amazing. We are so grateful to have had him as part of our show. His presentation to our employee audience was extremely well-received. Then, he took the time to fine-tune it even more for our client audience! Such a delightful, professional person. We are all in love, and hope that our paths will cross again very soon. Thanks for all of your help coordinating his successful adventure with us. Could not have asked for a better crew to work with!  

—SVP, Marketing, Experticity

He was amazing! Our attendees LOVED him. One attendee said he changed her life, if that tells you how well he did. And he was a delight to work with which makes my job even better!  

—National Association of Federal Credit Unions

He was excellent!! Our team loved him and left inspired. The talk was engaging and memorable. Thank you!!

—HR Business Partner, YouTube

Shane was fantastic! His process to prepare for our meeting was both thorough and flexible. Shane's focus on adapting the content to connect with our business was critical and helped land key messages. As for the presentation, our audience was immediately hooked and shared phenomenal feedback for Shane. Thank you again for sharing your perspective with us and delivering an engaging keynote.

—Director, CMO Planning & Operations, Verizon

Shane did a wonderful job. So many people said he inspired them…Sincerely enjoyed both his presentation and getting to know him while he was onsite.  

—Outdoor Advertising Association of America

Shane was tasked with creating a virtual program that was elevated from the typical webinar format. What he delivered was a Price is Right style virtual game show that explored the science of breakthrough teamwork. It made for the perfect mix of entertainment, poignant takeaways, and inspiration. His ability to mix fun and serious questions, while exploring complex topics in simplified and understandable ways, provided the attendees with an unique and effective learning experience in an enjoyable format.  

—President, Organization Development Network of New York

Absolutely loved the virtual keynote. I've had a chance to circle back with most members of the team. You are wonderful! Thank you so much. You've given us a new vocabulary, new ideas, and a framework for challenging ourselves to tackle a different way of working and interacting. Stay tuned--we have work to do.

—EVP, Merck & Co.

Ringing, shining reviews were heard all around! I don't think that they could have loved him more. They were literally coming over to me before he was finished with jaws dropped. We have never had a speaker integrate so much feedback and information from a call. They literally felt like he crafted it just for them and couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you so much!  

—Event Producer, VMware

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