Steven Kotler

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  • New York Times Bestselling Author
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Steven Kotler is a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning journalist and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective.  The author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, Bold, and The Future is Faster Than You Think, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. His bestselling books and research decode how scientific and technological breakthroughs are radically changing the world for both businesses and individuals, and how to stay ahead of the curve. Whether it’s an optimistic view of how technology and innovation can help us solve life’ s greatest challenges;  or how bold thinking can transform the way your organization problem solves;  or how science can help your team send performance through the roof; Kotler is a master storyteller who decodes our new world with enthusiasm and optimism to provide what the Wall Street Journal called “a manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns."

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An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption.

 

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Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Steven Kotler
  • Evanta
  • Young President's Organization
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Potomac Communications Strategies
  • Young Presidents’ Organization Southern 7 Chapter
  • ARCH Ventures
  • Google
  • Disney
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Miura Global
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The Future Is Faster Than You Think

Bestselling author and peak performance pioneer Steven Kotler reveals a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption.  Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experienc ...

Bestselling author and peak performance pioneer Steven Kotler reveals a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption. 

Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this insightful roadmap to our near future, Kotler sheds light on how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet?

Kotler probes the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives—transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance—taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it. He can tailor his talk to any industry, to reveal how to prepare for, and thrive, in tomorrow's tech future. 

The Art of Impossible

History teaches us that the impossible is a moving target, and every generation has a few tireless archers whose arrows fly true. In this eye-opening, inspiring, and refreshingly practical talk, bestselling author and pioneering peak performance thought leader Steven Kotler reveals how they did it, ...

History teaches us that the impossible is a moving target, and every generation has a few tireless archers whose arrows fly true. In this eye-opening, inspiring, and refreshingly practical talk, bestselling author and pioneering peak performance thought leader Steven Kotler reveals how they did it, and how you can too. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance and into his latest groundbreaking research, Kotler provides a practical playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable. Revealing actionable steps, tools, and strategies, for significantly amping up motivation, learning, creativity and flow, Kotler’s keynote serves as a riveting and informative how-to manual that will leave audiences emboldened to turn the seemingly impossible into reality.    

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<p>Virtual Programming: Steven Kotler on resiliency during a pandemic </p>

Virtual Programming: Steven Kotler on resiliency during a pandemic 

How can you future proof yourself and your organization even amid a pandemic? Tech guru and the New York Times bestselling author of The Future Is Faster Than You ThinkBold, and Abundance STEVEN KOTLER reveals the keys to resiliency, creativity, and peak performance amid these uncertain and challenging times. He's been sought-out for virtual conversations on "6 things you can do to perform in stressful times," lead a virtual panel on "Exponential Tech and Entrepreneurship Amidst Great Uncertainty," engaged in a virtual moderated conversation on "The future is faster than you think," and more. He provides actionable tips and bold inspiration that keep teams and individuals motivated and thinking outside of the box while working from home, and prepare teams to thrive amid disruptive, and unpredictable change. 

<p>Steven Kotler reveals the future of healthcare</p>

Steven Kotler reveals the future of healthcare

In his speeches, tech guru and New York Times bestselling author STEVEN KOTLER draws on the tremendous research and first-hand-experience from his book The Future is Faster Than You Think to provide tailored messages for every industry and audience. 

In diving into the future of healthcare, Kotler highlights the new and rapidly accelerating technologies that are impacting every aspect of the industry from the future of surgery to cellular medicine to DIY diagnostics. A huge point Kotler makes is on the digitization of healthcare, and how Big Tech will enter the healthcare space. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google will start to become healthcare providers, as is already becoming the case in the United Kingdom where Amazon has partnered with the National Health Service so that Alexa can accurately answer basic healthcare questions right in people's homes. Kotler also delves into how healthcare will move away from "sick care" (his term for how medicine currently treats once we've already fallen ill) to become predictive, preventive and personalized. Treatments will be based on your genome, what you’re eating, and your microbiome, so that we stop sicknesses from happening in the first place. Drugs will be designed, not for everybody, but for you. Kotler also touches on the "mashups" of industries-- places where entertainment and healthcare might come together, for example, and a video game may be designed to intentionally improve cognition. More about Kotler's healthcare predictions are outlined in this fascinating article from Fast Company and in this interview with Forbes 

Kotler has been covering advancements in healthcare for years, and penned a Forbes article "5 Medical Technologies Revolutionizing Healthcare", which predicted how things like AI and 3-D printing will come to affect the industry. In his talks he brings these findings to life, and also offers an actionable roadmap on how healthcare organizations can stay ahead of the curve rather than become blindsided by disruption. 

<p>Steven Kotler's The Future Is Faster Than You Think is a bestseller</p>

Steven Kotler's The Future Is Faster Than You Think is a bestseller

How future proof are you and your organization? If you want to feel confident in your answer you need STEVEN KOTLER at your next event. A tech guru and the New York Times bestselling author of Bold and Abundance, Kotler is behind the next must-read blueprint for our tech future: The Future Is Faster Than You Think (January 2020). Already a Wall Street Journal, Amazon, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestseller that has been named to Inc.'s "16 New Business Books You Need to Read in 2020" and "9 Must-Read Technology Books of 2020, The Future is Faster will guarantee you ace every question on Kotler's future-preparedness quiz.

Recently, Kotler has been sought-out for interviews with Fast Company on Facebook Live on how quickly the future is moving; Yahoo Finance! on the next ten years of rapid technological disruption; Cheddar TV on the rise and risks of technological innovation; ForbesPsychology TodayThrive Global, and moreKotler tailors his talk to any industry, shedding light on what retail, transportation, insurance, etc. will look like in the next ten years and providing actionable takeaways that leave your audience inspired, informed, and prepared for what's next.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to Disney to Morgan Stanley, Kotler provides an indispensable roadmap that reveals how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies-- from AI and virtual reality, to 3D-printing and global gigabit networks-- will converge to impact both our daily lives and society as a whole, and what you and your organization need to do to ensue you reap tremendous opportunity ahead. His talks are as indispensable as they are gripping, and garner rave reviews such as: 

  • "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation)
  • "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.'" (Evanta)
  • "Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly." (Superhero You Conference)

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<p>Steven Kotler shows impossible has a formula at the Nordic Business Forum </p>

Steven Kotler shows impossible has a formula at the Nordic Business Forum 

Bestselling author STEVEN KOTLER is fascinated by the concept of peak performance. As Executive Director at the Flow Research Collective, he works to help people and organizations maximize their potential, their work output, and their success. “I’m interested in extreme innovation,” he told the audience of 8,000 business executives at the Nordic Business Forum, “and what it takes to do the impossible,” because, “impossible has a formula.” Delivering a keynote entitled "Climbing Mount Bold: How Organizations Can Level Up Their Game Like Never Before," Kotler shed light on how we have entered an era of unprecedented and exponential growth and how organizations must adopt exponential thinking and harness new technologies to thrive. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance, Kotler revealed how organizations can take advantage of new research and resources, and provided a playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable.Recently sought-out for his insights into how the coming era of technological innovation will also spark exponential creativity in a fascinating article in Forbes, Kotler also engaged in in-depth interviews at the business forum. Kotler kept audience members tweeting actionable insights and praise such as: "I felt really inspired by ’s tips of climbing a mountain of exponential growth!";  "Thanks  for your good energy at the  stage."; "Loved speech about ."

<p>Steven Kotler reveals the science of maximizing human potential at Google</p>

Steven Kotler reveals the science of maximizing human potential at Google

New York Times bestselling author and international pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLER was sought-out to deliver a keynote on "The Science of Maximizing Human Potential" at Talks at Google. A deep dive into the science of peak performance, Kotler's talk reveals revolutionary insights into human brain and how this knowledge is revolutionizing our ability to tackle huge challenges, innovate like never before, and generate surprising shortcuts for enhancing creativity and performance. Full of practical tips on how to apply the latest research, Kotler takes audiences behind the pages of his latest bestseller Stealing Fire, elected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book, and leaves them with the tools they need to level-up their game. Kotler consistently earns rave reviews each of his engagements, such as: "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Great delivery of Information'; 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.' (Evanta); "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation).

<p>Steven Kotler’s <em>Stealing Fire</em> named top business book every entrepreneur should read</p>

Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book every entrepreneur should read

Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to Inc. Magazine, New York Times bestselling author and peak performance guru STEVEN KOTLER's Stealing Fire helps individuals and companies do just that. Included as #1 in Inc.’s list of “9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read,” Stealing Fire is a revolutionary work that reveals how people can send productivity and creativity through the roof, and produce their best work when it matters most. The book was also selected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book by strategy+business, where it was hailed as “the clear standout, ” “clearly written,” “brilliant,” and “the rare management book that really makes you think.” Kotler shares the groundbreaking research and action-packed takeaways from his book with audiences worldwide. Sought-out to speak at the Nordic Business Forum, Evanta’s Global CISO Executive Summit, the Young President’s Organization and more, Kotler regularly receives rave reviews such as:Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.” (The Superhero You Conference). With all of the uncertainty in today’s business environment—from the accelerated impact of technology and globalization, to potential changes to trade and economic policy—powerful business insights from Kotler provide a one-stop-shop for how to stay at the top of your game and outperform the competition.

 

<p>Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica</p>

Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica

Delivering a keynote to Young President’s Organization members and their family in Costa Rica, New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLER left the packed audience riveted. Sharing key insights from his book Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, Kotler revealed how to see the world through a lens of abundance, and how to harness innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and more to create powerful, meaningful change. As the Chapter Administrator said: “Steven’s presentation was a huge success, and members and their families are still raving about this amazing opportunity. We received a 9.44 score on our evaluation and a 9.44 speaker rating (both out of 10). 100% of the members, spouses and YNG’s that completed the evaluation would recommend Steven a speaker to other chapters or their organizations. Overall, a fantastic event.” Consistently heralded for his “cutting-edge and utterly engaging” (Superhero You Conference) and “right on target” (YPO Southern 7 Chapter) keynotes, Kotler is frequently sought-out for his revolutionary and instantly implementable insights on how to maximize performance in work and life. Having recently made headlines in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and more thanks to the pioneering research behind his latest bestseller, Stealing Fire, Kotler remains the leading voice on how to send innovation, creativity and productivity through the roof.

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Biography

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance.

His book Stealing Fire was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. It documents an underground revolution in peak performance that is rapidly going mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar economy and forcing us to rethink how we lead more satisfying, productive and meaningful lives.

This work was preceded by two books about technology, Tomorrowland, which is about those maverick innovators who transformed science-fiction ideas into science fact technology, and, Bold, which was called a “visionary roadmap for change,” by president Bill Clinton and spent many months atop both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

His previous book, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on the New York Times bestseller lists in the sports, science, psychology, and business categories simultaneously. In Rise, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Just as Rise explores the upper limits of individual possibility, his book, Abundance, explores the upper limits of societal possibility, breaking down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious “Best Book of the Year” lists.

A Small, Furry Prayer—Steven’s book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his bestselling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.

Steven’s work have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on human performance, disruptive technology and radical innovation.

Steven is also the co-founder of Creating Equilibrium, a conference/concert/innovation accelerator focused on solving critical environmental challenges, and, alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice care/special needs care dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.