Alex Banayan

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  • The youngest bestselling business author in American history
  • Author of the #1 international bestseller The Third Door
  • Expert on exponential growth and high performance


Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by The New York Post as “a joy to read.” 

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, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30,” Banayan is his generation’s leading expert in high performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce,  Delta Airlines,  Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard, and Disney.

 

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  • Google
  • Disney
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Apple
  • Pfizer
  • Mastercard
  • IBM
  • Nike
  • Dell
  • Salesforce
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Exponential Growth Through the Third Door: How to Think Differently, Transform Your Business, and Achieve Your Most Important Goals

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it’s in our personal lives or careers, there are always 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 you ...

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it’s in our personal lives or careers, there are always 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 seven years researching and interviewing the most successful people on earth, bestselling author Alex Banayan’s widely-acclaimed Third Door™ framework can help any organization achieve its goals and radically accelerate its overall success.

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 become:

  • More resilient
  • More persistent
  • More committed to growth
  • And more capable of achieving your company’s biggest objectives

This wildly-entertaining keynote is packed with insights and lessons guaranteed to transform any organization to believe that, no matter what obstacles it’s facing... there’s always a way

Third Door Storytelling for Business Growth: How to re-energize your sales, marketing, and business development efforts using the 5 keys of radically compelling stories

So how do you command the attention of your customers, sales prospects, or industry at-large? And once your have their attention, how do you transform those customers intolifelong advocates for you and your business? After a decade of researching the world’s most successful leaders and organizations ...

So how do you command the attention of your customers, sales prospects, or industry at-large? And once your have their attention, how do you transform those customers 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 the DNA of 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 these five elements 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.

There's Always a Way: How to cultivate resilient, focused, and energized teams during uncertain times

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever before. 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 masterfull ...

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever before.

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 skills needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and dozens more of the world’s most innovative 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 difference 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 Third Door for Sales: How to Break Train and re-invigorate your sales team to find a way through any door.

  What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a sales team 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 ti ...

 

What happens when some of the hardest-to-reach people are your prospects? How does a sales team 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 sting of rejection can multiply until it becomes crippling.

After  seven years 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 more.

In this empowering keynote,Banayan encourages teams to deploy new approaches to establishing relationships with leads so that you're more than just another name in an inbox,from re-imagining prospect meetings to making a lasting impression. His presentation also sheds light on new frameworks to view rejections and failures,offering surprising insights on what to do next.

Audiences come away with practical tools to apply the Third DoorrMframework to their sales process,including:

  • Finding your "Inside Man"
  • Overcoming "The Flinch"
  • Utilizing "Borrowed Credibility"
  • The surprising science of cold emails

From Larry King's interviewing secrets that help warm up prospects to Quincy Jones' key to continued growth and success,this keynote is for any sales team serious about taking their results to the next  level

5 Millennial and Gen Z Trends That Will Impact the Next 30 Years of Your Business

What will the world of business look like thirty years from now? And how will the nuanced, and often misunderstood, habits of millennials and Gen Z shape your company’s growth? In this wildly insightful and mind-expanding presentation, bestselling author Alex Banayan dives deep into topics ranging f ...

What will the world of business look like thirty years from now? And how will the nuanced, and often misunderstood, habits of millennials and Gen Z shape your company’s growth?

In this wildly insightful and mind-expanding presentation, bestselling author Alex Banayan dives deep into topics ranging from the pervasiveness of artificial reality to the automation revolution.

Weaving in examples from an array of industries, Banayan shows us how the products millennial are obsessed with clue us in to the habits his generation will perpetuate over the coming decades. This keynote is packed with surprising lessons, including:

  • Why is the underlying thesis of Snapchat the most important indicator for what your employees most want from your company?
  • Why is Tesla’s long-term plan going to effect the day-to-day workplace culture of your organization?
  • What about Airbnb demonstrates the most concrete trend of what the spending and buying habits of millennials will look like over the coming decades?

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

 

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<p><span>Virtual Programming: Alex Banayan empowers teams in times of uncertainty </span></p>

Virtual Programming: Alex Banayan empowers teams in times of uncertainty 

The youngest bestselling business author in American history ALEX BANAYAN is delivering compelling virtual programming that focuses on perseverance, persistence, and business growth during times of uncertainty. Already sought-out to deliver virtual presentations at organizations ranging from Merrill Lynch to Vena Solutions, and with an at-home studio, Banayan is virtual-ready and uniquely positioned to deliver timely and engaging remarks that get teams inspired, thinking strategically, and ready to thrive in an uncertain future. As Andy Sieg, the president of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, raved: "The feedback about Alex Banayan's keynote has been off the charts. It was an outstanding event! Alex knocked it out of the park!Just one look at Banayan's instagram reveals how dynamic he is on camera, and the kind of actionable advice he delivers that keeps audiences raving. 

Alex is the bestselling author of The Third Door, which chronicles his seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and includes insights from Banayan's interviews with the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

<p>Alex Banayan receives unprecedented rave reviews </p>

Alex Banayan receives unprecedented rave reviews 

The youngest bestselling business author in American history ALEX BANAYAN received an unprecedented rave review after an event with Merrill Lynch. Financial groups don't typically go on the record with keynote speaker reviews, but Merrill Lynch President Andy Sieg was so blown away by Alex, that he made an exception: "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, Merrill Lynch) Banayan also inspired the following tweet from the CMO of Mastercard Raja Rajamannar after his keynote there: "Thank you ‪@AlexBanayan ! The team loved your engaging presentation and had much fun and a lot of good take-aways! Great job!!

Banayan's extreme candor passion, and connection with his audience allow transformative experiences to happen. Banayan's Third Door Framework-- based on his bestselling book The Third Door-- helps people see opportunity where others see obstacle. He's spoken at Disney, Google, Nike, IBM, Salesforce, Snapchat, and more, and his keynotes have far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a new way of thinking. 

<p>Audience-members crowd fund tuition at remarkable Alex Banayan keynote event </p>

Audience-members crowd fund tuition at remarkable Alex Banayan keynote event 

An incredible thing happened at ALEX BANAYAN's recent keynote, and it's truly a story worth sharing. Alex was addressing 2,500 Dutch Bros employees at a company-wide event, when a young woman named Amanda stood up during the Q&A. She shared that she wasn't sure if she should finish college or not, because she'd just received an email from her school's financial aid office that they were cancelling one of her grants. Breaking down in tears, Amanda revealed she needed $5,000 in order to finish her studies, or risk going into even more debt. Alex offered his audience-member support, saying that together, everyone in the arena would figure this out.

And then the unexpected happened...

The audience began chanting "Venmo... Venmo... VENMO!" A different Dutch Bros employee said that if everyone sent Amanda a few dollars, they could crowd fund her financial aid.By the time Alex's keynote finished an hour later, Amanda had received hundreds of payments all with messages of love and encouragement. She'd raised a total of $6,411.

The moving story was picked up by popular outlet NowThis (and shared in a Tweet that's been liked and shared over 3K times) and local news outlets.

As Alex shared in his Twitter re-telling: "This is proof that there are a lot of good people in this world. It’s proof that random miracles happen through the kindness of complete strangers. And it’s proof that sometimes, what you thought was one of the worst moments in your life, can turn out to be the best."

Alex's extreme openness, passion, and connection with his audience allow transformative experiences like this to happen. Alex is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America, and his Third Door Framework-- based on his bestselling book The Third Door-- helps people see opportunity where others see obstacle. He's spoken at Disney, Google, Nike, IBM, Salesforce, Snapchat, and more, and as this story clearly demonstrates, his keynotes have far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a new way of thinking. 

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<p>Alex Banayan wows healthcare audiences</p>

Alex Banayan wows healthcare audiences

ALEX BANAYAN's is the youngest bestselling business author in American history, and he's been receiving rave reviews with healthcare groups nationwide, such as: 

  • "Alex Banayan’s keynote truly cracks the code and provides the transformational edge needed to succeed in today’s business environment. Any healthcare organization that wants to achieve exponential growth and reach their biggest goals needs to implement the principles contained in The Third Door today."- Kaiser Permanente
  • “Alex Banayan spoke to three hundred St. Charles leaders and we found that because of the turbulent and ever-changing health care landscape we are currently facing, his message of open-mindedness and finding creative ways to solve problems really resonated.”- St. Charles Health System

Banayan's story is unbelievable: he dropped out of college and spent seven years interviewing the world’s most successful people-- Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, and dozens more-- in order to better understand exponential success. Through the experience, he learned how to infuse organizations and teams with resilience and adaptability, and how to turn obstacle into opportunity. His work and lessons culminated in his bestseller, The Third Door, which offers a framework and mindset that-- as the St. Charles exec said-- perfectly matches the demands of the health care sector.

<p>Alex Banayan is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America</p>

Alex Banayan is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America

Author and powerhouse keynote speaker ALEX BANAYAN is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America. His story is unbelievable: Alex dropped out of college in order to interview the world’s most successful people. He spent seven-years researching exponential success and ended up interviewing Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, and dozens more. Alex didn’t think the hard part would be getting in the room with those people; he thought it would be actually having the money to travel and do it. So in order to raise the money, he hacked The Price Is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and then used the funds to travel the world to interview the most innovative leaders on earth. Through that process, he learned his own lessons of what it really takes to get in the room. Most people think that life just has the First Door and the Second Door. But there’s actually a Third Door. And Alex realized that every single one of those successful people took the Third Door to launch their careers. It’s that framework that’s become the nationally bestselling book The Third Door, making Alex the only bestselling business author under 30 in America. Alex has keynoted business conferences and presented to corporate leadership teams around the world, receiving standing ovations at Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Disney, and more. Audiences walk away buzzing, feeling inspired and empowered. Their perception of what’s possible is completely transformed. They’ll feel that no matter the obstacles they face, there’s always a way. The CEO of Intuit said that, “The speech was absolutely a home run. And it changed my life.

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<p>Alex Banayan delivers life-changing keynote at Intuit Quickbooks Connect</p>

Alex Banayan delivers life-changing keynote at Intuit Quickbooks Connect

ALEX BANAYAN is the only nationally bestselling business author under 30 in America, and he's leaving audiences raving every time he speaks. His book The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and Banayan has presented his Third Door framework to some of the most elite organizations in the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney. At the Intuit Quickbooks conference, Banayan delivered a keynote for an audience of 4,000 business owners and entrepreneurs, garnering the highest rating of any speaker in attendance. Simply put: Banayan is polished, wildly entertaining, and he leaves every audience buzzing and ready to transform the way they work. As Intuit CEO Brad Smith said, "The speech was absolutely a home run. And it changed my life." Tweets from audience members were similarly effusive, such as: "WOW! I have never seen a speaker connect so well with the audience. @AlexBanayan is connecting deeply and personally not just with a tribe but with thousands of individuals #qbconnect"; "Still in awe that this magical & inspiring speaker @AlexBanayan stood right next to me delivering part of his keynote at #QBConnect"; "Thank you for signing your book, but mostly for your genuine and heartfelt time. You lit up my life!Banayan custom-tailors his message to every organization, so he is able to deliver keynotes that are authentic, substantive, impactful, and reflect his genuine commitment to audience connection.

<p>Alex Banayan's Third Door is named the #1 Top Career Book by Forbes </p>

Alex Banayan's Third Door is named the #1 Top Career Book by Forbes 

Millennial thought-leader and Forbes "30 Under 30" ALEX BANAYAN's national bestseller The Third Door was named the #1 "Top Career Books" by Forbes.  Also an instant Amazon bestseller upon its release and named to Business Insider's "15 best business books to read this summer," The Third Door is an unprecedented adventure that takes readers behind the scenes and into one-on-one exclusive interviews with the world’s most successful people—including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Lady Gaga, Stephen Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Pitbull, Steve Wozniak and more— revealing how titans of their industry launched their careers and found successAs the Forbes article raves: "The book reads like a movie as Banayan voyages from his college dorm room to interview these icons and discover what led to their success. The only thing better than the insightful lessons in this book are the stories that tie the narrative together... It’s not surprising that the book debuted as a national bestseller. Whether you’re searching for a new job, starting your own business, or looking to add extra fuel to your current career, this book is a powerful and massively enjoyable way to do just that." Also praised in The New York Post as "finally, a graduation book worth reading,"The Third Door is receiving rave reviews as Banayan has been sought-out by ForbesMoney Magazine, Entrepreneur, BillboardCNBC, and more to reveal what he learned from his seven years interviewing the world's top business leaders and industry moguls. Just like his book, Banayan's keynotes are chock-full of compelling and practical lessons. He's received rave reviews from some of the world's most elite companies such as: "Alex Banayan is an unbelievable storyteller. He is thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic. Banayan represents the voice of entrepreneurship, the power of hustle, and the energy of unlimited potential" (APPLE) and "When Alex Banayan spoke at my department's corporate off-site, his energy was contagious, his story was inspiring, and his ideas were key to helping push and inspire my team’s leadership. If you're looking for someone with insight and passion, then Alex Banayan is your man" (Nike).

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ALEX BANAYAN is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by The New York Post as “a joy to read. 

The day before his freshman-year final exams, Banayan hacked The Price is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most innovative leaders. Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan interviewed Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30,” Banayan is his generation’s leading expert in high performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News.

A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard and Disney. Banayan’s keynotes have had far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a new way of thinking. The Third Door™ framework has helped individuals discover unconventional routes to achieve their biggest dreams and has aided Fortune 500 companies to take new approaches to sales, marketing, and exponential growth.

Since the publication of The Third Door, Banayan has brought his message of possibility to millions of people in more than one hundred countries. At the core of Banayan’s mission is his belief that, “When you change what someone believes is possible, you change what becomes possible"