Keynote Presentations

Disruption is something we have come to expect more and more. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change, or is married to the status quo because the cost of failure is perceived as too high, your days are probably numbered. In fact, 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business. Constant and never ending innovation is the key to sustainable success. Our ability to reinvent and innovate - what Adam refers to as “pivotability” – is critical to business longevity. Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and even its very survival. Through a combination of foundational principles, case studies, stories, and interactive exercises, Adam will initiate a conversation that helps your team understand:

  • How to enable your teams to not only embrace change, but utilize it effectively
  • What “out of the box” really means and what it requires to implement
  • How to build resilience into your organization for long-term growth
  • How to prevent toxicity and turnover by aligning company goals with employee fulfillment and growth
  • Create incentive systems that reward those that challenge “status quo” results

Why do people vie to work with Google and Zappos? Because it is an opportunity for them to be transformed and grow – not just be another worker bee. People want to be purpose driven in their work and don’t want to give up 60 hours a week without having something in it for them other than a paycheck. In today's competitive marketplace, the more engaged and connected employees are to their work, the less likely they will be looking for other employment and the more effectively they will perform in their current role. In this highly energetic and insightful presentation, Adam reveals:

  • Why typical employee engagement strategies are no longer effective
  • How leaders can cultivate employee trust, buy-in, and innovative expression
  • 5 steps to creating a team of self-responsible and intrinsically-motivated leaders
  • How to develop an unstoppable collaboration model
  • How to use healthy conflict to get 100% team buy-in
  • 3 key ingredients to developing organic accountability and integrity

The traditional model of sales is to “always be closing”, but the fact is that high pressure tactics no longer work in today’s sophisticated and competitive marketplace. Rather than concentrate on simply closing deals, organizations and entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to emphasize meaningful communications that effectively increase sales through strong word-of-mouth referrals, repeat business and building relationships. In this interactive and engaging talk, Adam will share:

  • 3 ways to double sales through authentic relationship building
  • How to break sales records using the Heart of Enrollment™ system
  • The keys to avoid the pitfalls of the outdated “closing” paradigm
  • 5 steps to open and maintain long term buying relationships
  • Customer care strategies that drive improved sales retention
  • Communication skills that reveal what your client and the market is craving

A great leader models what they teach and preach. They model through their actions, not through just their words or promises. When they don’t, their team won’t trust them and a lack of buy-in occurs - which can lead to dreaded turnover and toxicity. Too often, team members themselves abdicate opportunities for leadership by not owning results and self-accountability. An organization with a powerful “Leadership Quotient” is one in which the vast majority of team members are true leaders by modeling self- responsibility themselves. When they do, both leaders and team players become super performers. In this highly engaging and experiential presentation, Adam shares:

  • The 3 E’s to raising the standard of integrity in the workplace
  • How to raise the Leadership Quotient organization-wide
  • 5 steps to cultivating a culture of personal accountability and effective self-leadership
  • Creating and utilizing Codes of Honor to improve team performance
  • How to learn their MVP’s value and what drives them in their lives and work



Adam Markel

Meet Adam Markel

Adam Markel is a best-selling author, CEO, attorney, international speaker, entrepreneur, transformational trainer, program designer, and business leader who inspires, empowers and guides people to achieve massive and lasting personal and professional growth. A recognized expert in the integration of business and personal development, Adam has led programs for more than 100,000 people around the globe in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, finances, health, spirituality, and relationships.

After building a multi-million dollar law firm, Adam became CEO of one of the largest business and personal development training companies in the world, overseeing more than $100 million in sales. His unique expertise is in combining practical business tactics with accelerated learning strategies to embrace change, encourage innovation and increase sales for people and organizations worldwide. His latest book is the best-selling PIVOT: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life. He's admired for his refreshing, powerful, practical, and inspiring impact on entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and leaders.

Adam began his career teaching public school and went on to found a successful international seminar and performance development coaching company, a commercial real estate investment firm, a title insurance company and a multi-state law practice.


The unthinkable and impossible become logical and attainable when you listen to the inspirational messages Adam delivers. He’s a guy with big dreams for the world and the passionate personality to inspire to share in his dreams and to dream bigger themselves. If you want to transform the lives within your organization through personal development, Adam is a guy who can help make it happen.

Steve Olenski, Director of CMO Content & Strategy, Oracle

Having Adam Markel speak at Athena's Signature Series program to talk about Pivoting and Resilience as it applies to personal and career reinvention was perfect for members looking to reframe their thinking. Adam is an effective communicator with a defined delivery style that's highly engaging. Our members gained a great deal from Adam. I recommend Adam and his book for anyone looking to gain perspective on their life journey.

Cheryl K Goodman, Exec Director of Athena Founder, SoGloMo LLC

Hearing Adam Markel speak is a life changing experience. With so many voices in the realm of personal development, Adam's message stands out. His humor, heart centered caring about his audience, and his offering of real world tools for transition and transformation make him the best speaker I have ever encountered.

Vivian Nesbitt SAG/AFTRA, Sol Acting Academy & Host of Art of the Song heard nationwide in public radio

Adam is an engaging speaker with a very interesting and relevant message. Adam’s presence is that of a polished professional, with an authentic and relatable charisma. Audience members commented that his keynote was visionary.

Gerhard Gschwandtner, CEO, Selling Power

We enjoyed having Adam as the keynote speaker at our District Manager Engagement Conference. Adam’s talk provided a great foundation for the conference, inspiring attendees to engage in a productive learning experience throughout the week. His presentation was insightful, relevant, and reinforced our key messages and goals. The way Adam engaged our District Managers kept them invested, as well as ensured they got meaningful and actionable takeaways.

Jack in the Box, Leadership Team

Through the art of storytelling Adam delivers a powerful life changing message opening your eyes to the possibilities life can offer. I felt it was like having a conversation with a best friend. Through his journey and trials and tribulations you learn that achieving your dream is possible as long as you don't give up on the way, and there will be challenges - many speakers fail to mention that part. And Adam gifted us with his “21 day challenge” which I’m excited to do to keep my momentum going. It's time to Pivot!

David O., PIVOT Talk Attendee

Adam is awesome! The principles [he presents] are easy to understand, implement, and follow! I think everyone like me has wanted to make life changes but may have focused on "where do I start?" This talk has motivated me to get going and embrace change! Thank you Adam Markel. This talk and your book, PIVOT, has changed my life, attitude, and focus. WOW!!!

Amy S., PIVOT Talk Attendee

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