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Keynote Speaker Adam Markel

Listed as one of Huffington Posts top speakers to see, Adam Markel is an in-demand resilience and reinvention expert, keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of PIVOT: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career & Life. Adam has redefined what it means to manage change, enroll your employees, grow your sales and lead from the heart. He does this by infusing heart and energy into every event that he keynotes:

  • Heart: Uniting your group with more love and helping them find their best.
  • Energy: Opening your meeting with the energy of a human battery and closing with an impact your attendees will never forget.

Adam Markel’s extensive experience in both business and speaking on global stages translates into a powerful experience for any audience. He uniquely integrates self-development and business mastery to inspire, motivate and empower accelerated success. Adam tailors his speaking to meet the needs and goals of both the event organizers and audience. Adam’s keynotes are interactive, engaging, high energy and inspirational. He employs “accelerated learning techniques” while speaking, such as exercises, processes and suggestology, resulting in participants learning faster and retaining more of what they learn. Attendees gain skills, tools, strategies, and practices they can use when returning to their teams.

Adam Markel’s Keynote Speaker Clips

Keynote Topics

Solving for High Performance: Leadership Lessons from the Lifeguard Stand

Adam Markel’s Past Clients

Adam Markel’s Keynote Speaking Topics

These core talks have created positive ROI for individuals and businesses worldwide.
When Adam Markel is your speaker, he tailors his talk to your specific event goals and

Create High Performance Leadership Like A Lifeguard

With 18 years as a trial attorney and 9 years as the CEO of a large training and development company, Adam Markel has much to share with audiences about leadership and resilience. However, his greatest and most enduring lessons came from the 7 years he spent as a lifeguard on the beach in Long Island.

In this high energy talk, Adam will share what he calls the “Resilient Leadership Model” to help create high performance results — where team members are mentally, emotionally, and physically bought into the same mission. Adam helps his audiences understand that resilience is a lot more than endurance and that leadership means more than simply being in charge. His heart-centered leadership techniques help organizations understand how to nurture their teams so they can outlast the competition and go the distance.

Through a combination of audience participation and powerful stories straight out today’s headlines, Adam Markel shares:

  • How transparency creates trust — the most critical element in developing a high performing team.
  • How to hold team members accountable from a place of love versus judgment.
  • A game-changing feedback system to encourage more authentic, fast and effective communication.
  • Systems that encourage healthy risk-taking and create a got-your-back culture vs, a watch-your-back culture.

Use The P.I.V.O.T. Formula To Create A Culture Of Resilience

Disruption is inevitable. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change – or clings to the status quo because of the perceived risk, your days may be numbered: 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business.

Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and its very survival.Our ability to reinvent and innovate – what Adam Markel refers to as “PIVOT-Ability” – is critical to business longevity. Pivoting requires vision, agility, resilience and the ability to utilize change to its fullest.

Through a combination of foundational principles, stories and interactive exercises, Adam Markel will help your team:

  • Embrace the law of small changes to increase productivity and operational longevity.
  • Leverage a 4-part Resilience Regeneration process to build top-down and bottom-up resilience into your organization.
  • Shift from an old paradigm success formula to one that encourages your team to reach new heights while learning from “great mistakes”.
  • Breakthrough the fear of change and challenge “status quo” results.

Make Purpose The Lifeline Of Your Company Culture

Why do people vie to work with companies like Patagonia and Google? Because it is an opportunity for them to transform and grow; not just collect a paycheck. Today, the new currency of success is purpose. Did you know that 91% of consumers would switch for purpose-driven brands? Further, 79% of business leaders believe that an organization’s purpose is central to business success. And, millennials who have a strong connection to the purpose of their organization are 5.3x more likely to stay loyal to that company.

So what’s required? Adam Markel believes that prioritizing purpose and embracing a culture that rewards learning and self-responsibility will ultimately drive creativity, innovation and performance. Companies with a clear purpose have a powerful competitive advantage on many levels. Most importantly, the more engaged and connected employees are to their work, the less likely they will be to look for other employment and the more effectively they will perform in their current role.

In this highly engaging and experiential presentation, your attendees will learn:

  • The 4 principles of highly effective purpose-driven leadership.
  • A powerful framework to create an unstoppable and high-performing team.
  • How to utilize Codes of Honor and Feedback Loops to cultivate a culture of personal accountability and effective self-leadership.
  • Strategies to build employee trust, buy-in, and innovation.

Go From Hello To A Handshake In A New York Minute

We’ve all experienced the traditional model of sales, which is to always be closing. The fact is that high pressure tactics no longer work in today’s authenticity-driven marketplace. Rather than concentrate on simply closing deals, organizations and entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity open more relationships and to utilize connection and transparency to increase sales.

In this interactive and exercise-oriented talk, Adam Markel will help your attendees will explore:

  • Doubling sales through authentic relationship building using the Heart of Enrollment™ principles.
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of an outdated “closing” paradigm.
  • 5 steps to opening and maintaining long term buying relationships.
  • Customer care strategies that drive improved sales retention.

The 7 Keys to Speaking with Heart & Impact

In this interactive talk, your team will learn the skills required to become a dynamic, engaging and impactful speaker. Whether speaking to a group or one-on-one, the ability to clearly articulate your message and enroll 100% of your audience is one of the most essential skills required to grow and scale your business.

Successful business owners, executives and leaders are constantly using their communication skills to: Speak their business vision in a way that attracts and retains employees, team members and key executives, share their unique business story to attract investors, and promote their business and magnify its impact.

Adam Markel shares his signature processes and tools developed over decades to cultivate your most effective, influential and powerful voice, including:

  • The Closing the Gap mindset that builds rapport, enhances communication and dramatically increases sales results.
  • The science of Accelerated Learning to engage an audience of one or many, so they retain more of the information you share.
  • The art of Speaking from the Heart that results in a more authentic and powerful presentation.
  • How to create an impeccable context with your audience, including a corporate context that inspires employees, boosts engagement and retains top talent.
  • The 100% Enrollment technique to accelerate sales results and create greater connection with your audience.

Who Will Benefit From Adam Markel’s Message

Corporate Audiences

Corporations must innovate or die. The keys to innovation lay within a corporation’s ability to effectively creating a clear vision, motivating employees through purpose-driven leadership, and successfully utilizing the principles of change management.


A solid foundation is critical to the success of every aspiring and current business owner. The PIVOT process provides entrepreneurs with a roadmap and tools to create a strong and thriving business and lifestyle; one that is congruent with their goals and the markets they serve.

Career Services Professionals

Economics, technology innovation, changing worker demographics and definitions of value and success have shifted the landscape of the job market. Adam presents tools and strategies that career placement professionals can use to arm their clients with the skills to handle and adapt to what is ahead. Ultimately, this better serves their corporate clients by ensuring a better employee fit and reducing the impact of the expensive terrible T’s: Turnover and Toxicity, having a direct hit on their bottom line.

Anyone Serious About Growth & Maximizing Their Potential

PIVOT is a framework for recognizing and maximizing your true potential. Whether your goal is a flourishing business, optimizing your career and lifestyle, or stepping up your contribution to the world, the PIVOT principles are the tools you want.

Testimonials: Adam Markel as a Speaker

We are 2 weeks post meeting and the energy remains high. People are speaking about the meeting as transformative…that was our goal…notably your ending!!

Adam is a high energy and dynamic speaker that kept our managers and team engaged with an impactful message that far surpassed our expectations.

If you want to transform the lives within your organization, Adam is a guy who can help make it happen.

Adam’s session with us was terrific – compelling, high-energy and thought-provoking. Folks really got into it and told us later how much they appreciated the interactivity. Three weeks later, I’m still hearing ‘thank you’ from our members!

Adam’s talk about leadership and resilience provided a great foundation for the conference, inspiring attendees to engage in a productive and interactive learning experience. His high energy presentation was insightful, relevant and reinforced our key messages and goals.

Everyone really enjoyed Adam’s engaging keynote! The energy he imbibed lasted well into the event, nearly doubling the engagement over past meetings! Our group is historically very quiet and somewhat introverted; I was impressed with how much participation he inspired.

Adam’s words were extremely impactful and his resilient leadership message was the ideal way to end our conference activities.

Book Adam As Your Speaker

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