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Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

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Speaker Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness, and preparing for the future of work, Ryan was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, and Mike Ditka. +

Ryan delivers all of his offerings with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. He focuses on emerging trends influencing corporate culture, communication, collaboration, leadership, sales, and brand experience, and helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

In his consulting work, Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies; a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board; and a certified Human Capital Strategist.

Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. His writing has been featured in SmartBrief, Business News Network, CRN, Crain’s Business, Workforce Management Magazine, HR Professional magazine, HR Times, Yahoo Business, SHRM publications and Staffing Management magazine. --

Topics & Categories
  • Business Management & Strategy
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Communication
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Customer Service & Loyalty
  • Employee Engagement
  • Future of Work
  • Future Trends
  • Generational Issues
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Performance & Productivity
  • Sales & Service
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • Virtual Presentations

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Sell Your Way Forward: Driving Sales Growth in the New Economy +

You can grow a business in any economy, however, attacking this defining moment in the short term and capturing the opportunity will require a resilient mindset, shift in go to market strategy and a compelling value proposition. The time is now!

During this interactive, virtual experience Ryan Estis will leverage both his proprietary research and personal experience growing a business through crisis and uncertainty. Ryan will review lessons learned and provide very specific and actionable insight producers can leverage right now to create more qualified opportunities and drive sales growth.

This customized, interactive, virtual experience will reveal the exact playbook Ryan used to grow his own business 10 consecutive years which has proven to provide a distinct competitive advantaged to thousands of sales professionals across categories, inside the world’s best brands. Every producer participating will receive a complimentary copy of our eBook, Adapt & Thrive.

Get ready to thrive in this next normal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Pivot back to a performance mindset
  • Cultivate emotional resilience amid uncertainty
  • Stay in the “learning lane” to achieve breakthroughs
  • Win with an emphasis on “total client experience”
  • Solidify your value proposition and engagement to meet customers where they are
  • Pre-call plan and conduct your own “growth audit”
  • A game plan for capturing opportunity and accelerating growth right now  --

Lead Your Way Forward: Resilient Leadership for the New Economy +

For an entire generation of business leaders the actions they take now and in the months ahead will define them and their companies. Navigating this defining moment in the short term and preparing to capture opportunity in the long term will require a healthy mindset, critical decision making and strong relationships.

During this interactive, virtual experience Ryan Estis will leverage both his proprietary research and personal experience leading a business through crisis and uncertainty.  Ryan will review lessons learned and provide very specific and actionable insight participants can leverage to respond to the short-term challenges and create momentum to capitalize over time.

This customized, interactive, virtual experience will provide leaders the continuing education they need to thrive in this next normal, and every leader participating will receive a complimentary copy of our eBook, Adapt & Thrive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Downturn psychology and the window of opportunity
  • The character traits of a “Futuremaker” & making the future happen
  • Coaching mindset and emotional resilience amid uncertainty
  • Drivers of engagement and emotional commitment
  • Keys to effective leadership communication during a crisis
  • True North leadership questions that create impact --

Passion on Purpose: Turning Corporate Culture into a Competitive Advantage +

This keynote reviews how to cultivate a high-engagement, high-performance work culture. As we prepare for the next growth cycle in business, leaders need to understand the needs and expectations of the modern workforce. Ryan pushes back on conventional thinking with new research and case studies from category-leading companies that succeed at maximizing human potential and elevating performance.  +

To win in today's market, you need a healthy organization: tuned-in employees, authentic leadership, open communication and trust. Leaders are called to cultivate the kind of workplace where people come first and performance and profit follow.

Most organizations leave too many opportunities on the table and waste a huge amount of their people’s potential. This keynote offers practical advice to help you reverse that trend.

After this keynote, audiences and organizations will understands what it takes to elevate engagement, unleash human potential and compete to win in the new world of work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Embrace change in the new economy;
  • Learn from global workforce trends and forecasting from our research portfolio;
  • Building high trust, high value relationships;
  • Connect employees to a shared vision and set of values;
  • Effectively use emerging technology to improve communication, culture and work life.  --

The Brand Experience: Accelerating Business Growth Through Remarkable Experiences +

This keynote focuses on how you can elevate the relationships you have with your most important stakeholders: your customers. Ryan teaches organizations how to create remarkable experiences and earn customers for life.

Customer expectations have changed. For buyers, an alternative choice is usually just a click away. Today, customers want an experience, and the best brands step up and deliver, consistently. This keynote examines how category-leading companies start with their people, aligning employees around a common mission and empowering them to create memorable customer experiences.

Ryan explores current trends and shares standout customer stories from his portfolio of case studies. He will demonstrate how technology and social connectedness are influencing consumers’ thinking and changing the way we engage with a brand. He helps participants shift their thinking and emerge with new ideas about both customer and employee relationships that will impact the business.

The outcome of this keynote will be an audience prepared to capture employee commitment and customer loyalty to drive business growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn global workforce trends from our research portfolio;
  • Understand how to capture your unique How Advantage;
  • Explore what it means to be a chief experience officer;
  • Examine the importance of brand evangelism;
  • Understand the impact of social connections and technology on the brand experience.  --

Adapt & Thrive: Preparing To Win In A 2025 World +

This keynote presentation will prepare entrepreneurs and business owners to thrive in today’s increasingly connected, competitive business environment. Ryan challenges conventional business growth practices and explores progressive techniques and technology that pace with the evolving needs of today’s entrepreneur.

We are navigating a landscape with unprecedented disruption, elevated customer expectations and constant change. Our proprietary research proves that traditional leadership practices are giving way to a more connected, collaborative and flexible approach to managing people and business performance.

This interactive keynote will deliver new ideas and actionable insights that attendees can leverage immediately to jumpstart innovation, elevate performance and improve profitable growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the “Futuremaker” mindset required to embrace and lead change.
  • Discover four actionable insights from our research for progressive small business owners.
  • Develop understanding on the evolution and opportunity associated with elevated customer expectations.
  • Hear case studies on how progressive small businesses are proving disruptive and preparing to win in a 2025 world.
  • Walk way with an action plan to address the most critical next steps in your business performance and growth. --

Unleash Your Inner Superhero: Keys to Achieving Breakthrough Performance +

This keynote helps attendees tap into their deep reservoir of potential and unleash their unique capability into the world. Ryan helps people see new opportunity through techniques that remove the barriers of fear, doubt and uncertainty that threaten to inhibit performance.

This important message introduces key insights about productivity and performance. Ryan coaches the audience through embracing change to achieve more meaning, mastery and momentum in their work life. He introduces several real-life superheroes, examples of the incredible results you can expect when you embrace your own potential.

The keynote serves as a call to action for those who are looking for fulfillment from their work and are determined to achieve their full potential. Participants will emerge better prepared to become their very best and achieve their next big, breakthrough moment.

The outcome of this keynote will be an audience inspired to take action and become the very best version of themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to leverage change as a catalyst for growth and success;
  • Discover transformation techniques designed to unleash peak performance and become your very best;
  • Find out the keys to building high-trust, high-value relationships;
  • Explore the superhero ethos: "Be humble. Stay hungry. Always hustle." --

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What Clients are Saying

I’ve worked in sales leadership in the sports industry for almost 15 years and Ryan Estis was the most dynamic, energetic and relevant keynote I have ever seen.  His presentation resonated with sales managers at every level of our business, everyone took practical examples back to their teams to install immediately.  The NBA is looking forward to working with Ryan again and again.



I’ve worked in sales leadership in the sports industry for almost 15 years and Ryan Estis was the most dynamic, energetic and relevant keynote I have ever seen.  His presentation resonated with sales managers at every level of our business, everyone took practical examples back to their teams to install immediately.  The NBA is looking forward to working with Ryan again and again.


Thank you, I told others and will tell everyone reading along you were the best speaker we had in my 7 years of attendance hands down.

–Caldwell Banker Commercial

The team was buzzing today. They were all so complimentary of you and are ready to put to action the tools you provided. You have quite a gift and I’m thankful that you were able to spend time with my team today! You rocked it.


Ryan Estis is absolutely one of our favorite conference speakers.  He has been a keynote for us two years in a row and regardless of whether he was scheduled at the end of day two or the beginning of day one (we have a three day event), Ryan showed up with dynamic energy and super compelling content. He is very engaging with relevant stories that connect the audience on an emotional level. He has talked about leadership, customer service and brand experience (great stories around this one!), and core values – customized for our audience members who are independent pharmacy owners.  I would say you certainly cannot go wrong with Ryan Estis on your speaking agenda.  Please let me know if you would like any other specific feedback – as you can see, we at PDS are huge Ryan fans!

–Pharmacy Development Services

Your were AWESOME at the session on Wednesday at AHRMM. I could have listened to you all day and you were spot on. I currently work at HealthTrust and do hope we can have you speak at our annual meeting or one of our meetings. Great work on employee engagement!!! You really inspired me so much! I do communicate with my team, but have my first weekly email ready to send tomorrow to talk about my meeting at AHRMM, our accomplishments, and other information. Such a great idea. Thanks again!!

–Association for Healthcare Materials Management

I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at SilkRoad Connection’s conference last week. I gotta tell you, your one hour presentation was life changing. My hats off to you for being able to grab and keep the audience. Here’s to changing lives – one at a time. I hope and pray for all the best for you — and may you continue to meet many Lily’s in your journeys ahead.

–SilkRoad User Conference

I thought Ryan was just terrific. He was fresh and had great specifics to back up what he was saying. Those stories resonate more than just a list of buzz words.  Clearly he was a professional speaker and for the caliber of audience our chapter is – it was perfect. I can imagine he was more than we “usually” spend, but so worth it. And geez – with attendance like that – we can afford to spend more once in a while (I hope). Honestly, so worth my time to be there for him alone – besides all the good friends and networking. He hit a HOMERUN.


First and foremost THANK YOU for delivering exactly what this audience needed. You not only engaged out client audience, but my MassMutual senior leadership team and colleagues all complemented your content and delivery and I feel they too all had a great “experience” to take away with them.  One of the most challenging, yet rewarding parts of my job is trying to find a keynote speaker that will not only deliver something of value, but do so in an energetic way with such integrity and enthusiasm.  I was actually sitting on my couch one February day, snowed in when I found you on the internet and the rest was history.  Thank YOU for actually delivering something that my senior leadership trusts in ME to bring to our events!

–Mass Mutual

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and inspiration at our closing session of the SHRM Conference today.  It was an outstanding ending to two jam-packed days.  Your knowledge, sincerity and authenticity shone through in a way that elevated everything that you said.  Specifically, I appreciated your admonition to make a “TAN” plan, and the suggestion is keeping me from rushing back to home and work today.  Instead, I am going to find a quiet place to think, process what I learned, marinate with some ideas that have come up for me, and make my own TAN plan to guide my actions in the coming weeks. Thank you for the ways you have inspired me today.  It was the perfect ending to the conference. Go have a lovely time with your mother, and be sure to tell her that you KNOW you impacted lives and changed the world today!



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