Strengthening traditional academic models with proven business success strategies, Garrison Wynn, author of “The Real Truth about Success” delivers research results from what the top 1% in 5,321 organizations and 21 industries (including school systems, universities and education associations) do that make them so successful.


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Fulton County School District

Funny and relevant! As the keynote at our annual event, he had a big job and delivered beyond our expectations. Garrison was able to keep the crowd laughing the whole time while giving great nuggets that really connected (being the son of a school teacher was great and what it meant to his mother was both funny and heartwarming). The feedback was excellent and we would love to have him back for a 3rd time!

Margaret White,
Executive Director of Strategy

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American Association of School Personnel Administrators

Garrison Wynn gave an excellent presentation that included tools our members can take back to their districts and use. His keynote was timely, informative and entertaining. We loved the energy he brought to the conference!

Sandy Wachter, CMP
Director of Meetings and Events

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Tri-State Association of School Business Officials

Garrison did an amazing job as the speaker at our event. Understanding how the school system works and his research with school superintendents and business managers made his presentation hit home! Also, he was very funny, inspiring and left us with an uplifting message.

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Mountain Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Garrison’s keynote was extraordinarily effective and our staff is still talking about it. His insights into human behavior and how to be more influential were well received. Garrison's engaging style of delivery and willingness to frame a message in the context of our strategic theme made the message resonate.

Troy Lange
Executive Director

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Harris County Department of Education

Garrison's understanding of internal and external communication skills is some of the best we have ever encountered (researched, fun and easy to implement). The team building has improved our ability to build relationships and move forward with our mission of effectiveness. We highly recommend his services.

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PA Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA) Conference

Garrison brought great energy and excitement to kick off our conference! Our attendees got to laugh, learn, and think about how the work they do in schools has such a broad impact on both staff and students.

Flip Steinour
Assistant Executive Director

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Garrison was a HUGE hit with our audience!! I hope to get to work together in the future and have him speak again for an ISRD event.

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Eastern Florida State College

Garrison’s presentation style, simply put, is remarkable. His ability to use humor allowed the inherent message of the importance of needing to adjust and adapt to change, a much more understandable and palatable endeavor. His ability to engage the audience is a testimonial to his talents. We have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the faculty- many chiding their take-aways from his talk; appreciation for the presentation; and the enjoyment of listening to Garrison’s performance. We would, without reservation, highly recommend Garrison to speak at your college or organization.

Wayne S. Stein, Psy.D.
Dean, Academic Excellence and Support

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Big 12 Development Conference, Baylor University 

Probably the toughest gig is the 8:45 AM motivational speech to kick off an educational conference. You really did a good job to keep everyone laughing; they were all paying attention and wanted to hear what you had to say next. I have received numerous positive comments about your Keynote Address.

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University of Houston

Garrison your program was outstanding! You received exceptional reviews from our discerning faculty. Delivering a strong message with great take-away information in a very humorous manner was exactly what we needed.


New Jersey Association of School Business Officials

You ended our conference on a very positive, upbeat, and entertaining note.

Education Speaker’s Communication Strategy:Open minds start with open channels

Schools are much more than workplaces, but that doesn’t keep office-style interactions out of the environment. Sometimes egos or cultures clash among co-workers, and knowing parameters for handling conflicts is important to every member of the team.

In Wynn’s research, he has discovered time and again how our assumptions shape our relationships. These self-limiting thoughts can narrow our vision and reduce the impact of the knowledge and experience we pass along.

People who make others feel heard are trusted quickly. Those who can’t even pretend to listen may struggle indefinitely and wind up having little influence. One of the keys to success as a communicator is being present in the moment. Is every member of your team really focused on how others feel and think? How easy is it to get caught up in a single world-view?

Wynn understands that open lines of communication often require establishing some sort of process for airing opinions and sharing ideas. But it’s not that hard to motivate your team to share. Once that wall falls, your organization can reap the benefits of a shared vision established on common ground.


Garrison Wynn’s keynote descriptions and speaker outlines for educational conferences, academic conferences and teacher conferences.

Elevating Your Level of Loyalty

Reducing employee turnover and job dissatisfaction

The majority of anonymous employee surveys show that most workers do not feel valued, heard, or supported in ways that will keep them in their current job long term. In a recent anonymous survey of younger workers (ages 22–35), an unprecedented 70% indicated they would consider leaving their job in 2023! Survey results show a big drop in loyalty that many employers find alarming.

This highly focused, entertaining session shows leaders and influencers at all levels how to consistently create a sustainable culture of loyalty. This is not the view from 30,000 feet; it’s a high-energy, direct connection to the tools and tactics that are dramatically improving employee retention right now.

  • Making sure your people feel valued and supported daily
  • How to be right without making people wrong
  • Forensic listening: Listening to those who have not felt heard in the past
  • Eliminating quiet quitting by improving the employee experience
  • Making work worth it: Fix the job, not just the worker
  • Managing expectations and emotions
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Change Is Mandatory…Stress Is Optional

Action and adaptability create opportunity

Change is something we all have to deal with, but the stress that accompanies change is more of a choice. In this heavily researched session, Garrison applies his signature humor to a very serious topic.

This fun, comprehensive program offers tools and tips for getting through a big change with very little stress. More importantly, it creates an emotional shift for attendees as they see how much control they have over how change affects them. This session also shows attendees how stress is more about what we believe than it is about what is actually happening.

From embracing big transitions in technology to dealing with curriculum changes, student poverty, COVID and family factors, this presentation helps superintendents, principles, and teachers implement necessary changes with minimal resistance.

  • Curing disengagement
  • How to get "buy-in" on change quickly
  • Resignations and retirements: retention and recruiting
  • Working from home with no distractions
  • Social distance...not emotional distance: overcoming silo-ism
  • Managing mental health: what the most successful do differently
  • COVID induced worry: separating the data from the drama
  • Dealing with resistance to change
  • Change is easy… you go first!
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Generations Working Better Together

This extremely informative, entertaining, solutions-based session explores why younger and older people don't see eye to eye, and what to do about it in the workplace. From pointers on motivating, managing and retaining younger employees to ways of preventing older managers from losing their minds, this research-based program shows it's possible for baby boomers and Gen X and Y employees to work well together.

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Beyond Knowledge

What the Most Influential Educators Have in Common

Give students the knowledge and they’ll pass the exam, the course, the grade. But teach them to think, and you’ve equipped them with a powerful tool to carry them through life. The best educators share one strong belief: We don’t want to just transfer our ideas to students; we want to enable them to generate their own ideas and solutions.

This entertaining, insightful keynote examines the need to strike that tricky balance between teaching so students make the grade and teaching so they make it in life. Faculty and administrators must be on the same page in these challenging times regarding what that balance looks like and how it fits into the group mission. To get there, they’ll need the kind of influence it takes to get buy-in from busy peers, as well as the attention of time-pressed, socially stressed students.

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Educational Change Leadership

Budget cuts, resignations/retirements,COVID and unstable class sizes are just some of things educators face these days. Adapting to necessary changes is a challenge for administrators, principals and teachers. Garrison Wynn (the son of a 35 year veteran schoolteacher and a product of the public school system) has more than two decades of experience helping weather ground-shaking transitions in education. He brings a research-driven, results-oriented approach to strategies for change management.

Accepting the necessity of change is a critical ingredient of any transition. All members of an organization must understand that all institutions must adapt and change before any progress can be made implementing new strategies.

But even in the best circumstances, our natural reaction to change is resistance. Wynn finds there’s no better way to minimize resistance to change than to ensure everyone gets involved, from those responsible for implementing a change to those affected by it. When people feel they are valued participants in planning and implementing a new course of action, they are more likely to follow it through.

Knowledge is not necessarily power and processes aren’t the key to success. Real solutions are much simpler. They are based on learning to minimize what you do poorly and a sharpening focus on what you do well.

Any member of an educational team can help motivate his or her peers, but research shows that leadership influence and involvement is the greatest contributor to success during any change. If people don’t know “what” the change is and “why” it’s here, then “how” to implement a policy shift or new strategy is a moot point. Leaders during a transition must back their words with behaviors and actions that support change.This session focuses on educators using the tactics that are working right now to move change forward and make sure everyone feels valued along the way.

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Cultural Diversity

Garrison Wynn’s seen it all in his travels, from global companies looking to improve internal and external relationships to organizations just trying to get people to be more tolerant of each other’s ideas and beliefs. Getting your team members on the same page can be a daunting task. In the educational arena, it’s downright critical to maintaining a productive environment with diverse workforces.

Wynn’s perspectives on fostering tolerance and idea-sharing cover a wide range of topics, including:

Understanding intellectual prejudice: Contempt prior to investigation

How to become more open to new ideas outside of your own culture

Cultural communication issues: Origins, issues and solutions

Specifics: Customized for the cultures involved (example: How Americans interpret European communication styles and customs)

How a lack of intellectual diversity reduces productivity

Dealing with culturally based agendas: A repeatable process for gaining agreement

Working better together: Adjusting our approach when necessary

Research-based communication and diversity solutions

What does success look like? Defining the outcomes we are trying to achieve

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Leadership Strategies For Educators

This research-based entertaining program focuses on the difference between managing people and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident contributors. People need to know their contribution to an institution’s success. It is the baseline of effective leadership and the key to productivity to inspire commitment to the mission and let educators know they are essential to the entire school’s success.

How can you instill a climate of ownership so that everyone feels accountable and responsible for success? How can you motivate your team to focus on the goal rather than themselves? How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition?

Great leadership requires developing a shared vision that everyone can get behind. The result is a more productive and efficient workplace with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive environment.

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Complete List of Garrison's Programs

 Educational Speaker Clients

Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers

Region 4 Education Service Center

U.S. Education Corporation

Texas A&M University

Rice University

Clemson University

Boston University

Sam Houston State University

The University of Houston

Michigan State University

Occidental College

The University of Texas

Bakersfield College Foundation

Florida Association of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges

Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M Turbomachinery Laboratory

Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children

Tyler Independent School District,

Houston Independent School District,

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Mountain BOCES

Medina Valley School District

Why Choose Garrison Wynn For Your Next Conference For Educators?

When you hire the right speaker, your audience leaves energized, entertained, educated and alive with possibilities.

Garrison Wynn didn't major in business while attending Emory University in the 1980s, yet he found his knack for disarming his colleagues with humor served him perfectly in a corporate setting. After consulting during a number of stressful mergers and image overhauls for the likes of AT&T and Texaco, Wynn embarked on his own venture–serving as a speaker, trainer and advisor to organizations enduring changing times. He even served as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston.

His work led him to seek out top professionals across 323 organizations and 21 industries. He wanted to know what the top 1% do that makes them so successful. Armed with that knowledge, Wynn seeks to help execs and employees alike realize how to raise their personal bars. He's delivered his message in technical, educational, financial and industrial environments, as well as the entertainment industry. Experienced in working with both large and small organizations, Wynn is able to identify and synthesize organizational needs for quick, comprehensive change.

He begins by helping institutions reduce complex issues to simple and easily understandable forms so that organizations can tackle problems in stages. The goal is to establish winning solutions that endure long after Wynn has left the stage. The process involves engaging all of an organization's members to find techniques for combating the daily complications all institutions face.

Wynn's conducted workshops and seminars on building trust, getting results from difficult people, improving communications between men and women, and reducing the fear of failure in such diverse industries as hospitality, oil exploration, insurance and local government. He's also assisted small businesses to develop strategies for supporting business growth by resolving issues and implement techniques that allow professional and personal progress.

Virtual Program Options

As an experienced virtual presenter, Garrison can deliver any of his keynotes in multiple formats depending on your specific needs.

"Excellent talk! Enjoyed your sense of humor, energy, and the quick stories that drove the points home. You did a great job weaving in those Intel specific points!" - Intel 

"Great virtual presentation! We really like what Garrison said, and appreciate how pertinent the subject was to what we are living every day." - Ipsen Pharmaceuticals 

“Garrison’s animated and genuine style is perfect for virtual events!  - Molson Coors Beverage Company

"You were great! Some wonderful chat messages. You were fantastic as usual."   - National Rural Broadband Association

“The best delivery & message we have ever seen BAR NONE! We were enthralled every moment!” - Carrier Corporation

"THANK YOU!  We have gotten lots of great feedback and loved the Q & A discussion afterward. - Accenture

"Loved the energy!!! It went great! We have only heard positive feedback."  - World Sign Associates