Jay Acunzo | Innovation, Brand, Customers Expert | Best Work & Innovation Virtual Keynotes
Jay Acunzo is a globally touring keynote speaker, author of the book Break the Wheel, and a sought after podcast and docuseries host/producer. When he’s not traveling the world speaking (often virtually) or sharing innovation stories on a show (like his podcast, Unthinkable), From his early work at companies like Google and ESPN, and spanning 15+ years of public performance and creative projects, Jay has inspired and pushed others to question the status quo, find and share their voices, and make a difference with the work they create. Jay runs Marketing Showrunners, which provides insights and education for makers and marketers who want to find their voices and make a difference through refreshingly original podcasts and video series. Subscribers hail from organizations like Red Bull, Amazon Prime Video, the BBC, the New York Times, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Zendesk, Roku, Shopify, and thousands of small businesses and startups. SPEAKING: Jay is on the agenda to provide clarity. By reminding people “best practices” aren’t the goal, and showing them how to find the best approach for them, Jay serves attendees best as an opening or closing keynote. Jay gives attendees a filter to make better decisions in their unique situations. This means he can help them get the most from the great event that’s just starting … or know which insights from the event to use, and how, when they return to work. VIRTUAL KEYNOTES... Great keynotes have huge emotional and practical impact. The low-fi experience of talking heads on a webcam and static slides simply won’t cut it. Jay draws on his years creating highly produced podcasts and documentary series to customize his keynotes for the virtual medium. The power of a true keynote gets stripped away when moving online. Jay believes these elements must be added back proactively to turn a mundane webinar into an experience. POPULAR KEYNOTES [in-person & virtual keynotes available]: • Break the Wheel: Escaping Conventional Approaches to Become the Exception Customers Love Our world is overflowing with ideas and answers, available instantly, everywhere, from everyone. Yes, the dark side of the Information Age seems to be Advice Overload. But when everyone inside and outside your team has a million answers for what works best “in general,” the real question becomes: What works best for you? It feels like we’re caught on an endlessly spinning wheel of best practices, conventional wisdom, and trends we “have to” jump on. To do our best work, we need to break the wheel. In this fast-paced, inspiring talk, Jay Acunzo will hand attendees a sledgehammer. This talk takes attendees on a wild ride through Jay’s years of research, with hilarious but eye-opening stories of real businesses from diverse sectors who made the decision to break from best practices — only to do their best work ever. Finding best practices isn’t the goal. Finding the best approach for you is. Attendees will learn: 1. The hidden problems with “best practices” and the reasons end up average, not our best. 2. One transformative behavior teams and individuals can make to unlock greater innovation. 3. Six critical questions to ask to make better decisions, faster, when surrounded by too much information. • Innovation Impossible: How Incredible Teams Make Creativity a Habit, Not a Hail Mary When most teams hear the call to “innovate,” the work morphs into stress-induced, one-off attempts to be creative or juice the numbers. Teams try to “go big,” or trend-hop, or sprint all-out in a reactive, exhausting way. This is simply not sustainable. It would be so much easier if our everyday way of operating naturally led to creative breakthroughs. In this eye-opening, hilarious talk, Jay Acunzo helps attendees achieve what previously felt impossible: making innovation a habit. Using unexpected stories and powerful studies, Jay helps attendees understand why our tendency is to try and “go big” once in awhile, instead of evolve all the time. In the end, they’ll walk away with a framework for making every little thing they do add up to something huge. Creativity isn’t a substitute for the real work. It is the real work. Attendees will learn: 1. The cultural and behavioral forces that causes our once-successful innovations to grow stale. 2. A repeatable system to answer three crucial questions: WHAT needs changing? WHEN should we change? HOW should we change it? 3. The four traits innovative teams share. **For full information on Jay's services and bespoke options click to his website from this profile**
Virtual Keynote, Mid-Talk Moment
- Virtual Keynote Presentations
Connects to the Audience in a Real Way
The first thing I heard at the conclusion of Jay’s presentation was that attendees were looking at things from a different perspective. I can’t say enough about Jay’s presentation! He really knocked it out of the park. He connects to the audience in a real way, making it a conversation, not a speech. You feel involved and drawn into his stories.
Got the Party Started Right!
Jay got the party started right! The keynote set the right tone and the right energy for the conference and absolutely had the solid takeaways our attendees were there to receive. The fact that our attendees flocked to Jay's breakout session after the keynote says more about its success than I ever could.
Jay is a dynamic, engaging, and smart speaker who keeps the audience fascinated and wanting more. I invited Jay to speak at our CMO Confessions event, and he exceeded expectations! He delivered a clear message, included simple examples, and engaged the audience with great questions. The event sold out and the feedback was all 5 stars.