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Daryl Black delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes to drive meaningful outcomes worldwide. He is the perfect balance between energizing and practical; entertaining and result-focused; fun and impactful. As a keynote speaker, author, successful entrepreneur,  and well-respected musician, Daryl blends deep, real-world experience with a magnetic stage presence to help people and organizations thrive. Every talk is customized to drive the biggest possible impact, combining engaging stories, gorgeous visuals, and practical techniques that push audiences to jumpstart their creative energy and solve challenges in fresh, innovative ways.

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How you think determines your level of success. This presentation taken from Daryl's book will inspire participants and help them gain deep insight into changing their mindset and improving performance. Most companies and schools follow this formula: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. A decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work first actually fuels greater success second. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. Daryl explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications for reaping the WInning Mindset. You will learn:

  • How to create a Winning Outcome no matter what the situation.

  • How to overome challenges, cope with stress, eleminate anxiety

  • Overall persoanl transformation

  • New skills for productivity 

  • Establish team dynamics that foster creative thinking and risk taking

  • 5 proven steps of mental transformation



Be prepared to be amazed. Daryl Black, a jazz and classical pianist since age 9, credits a musical background for giving him a different way of looking at business.  In this stunning interactive presentation, a live musical performance by Daryl and his band is woven with stimulating dialogue.  You’ll actually hear, through their music, fresh ways to unleash your organization’s creative mojo.  In jazz, 99% of the notes are improvised; created in real-time.  Yet it’s the structure of a jazz combo – not the inherent talent of individual musicians – that allows for such breathtaking creative expression.  In today’s business landscape of dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and ruthless competition, we can no longer just play the notes on the written page.  You will learn powerful lessons inspired by jazz musicians (a/k/a “real-time innovators”) to help you:

  • Develop your own ability to improvise, no matter what job title you hold

  • Establish team dynamics that foster creative thinking and risk taking

  • Uncover fresh approaches to previously unchallenged assumptions

  • Break free from traditional thinking and uncover vast new possibilities

  • Learn 5 secret techniques used by jazz musicians to foster creativity, which can easily be adapted to your own organization

  • Expand your ability to deal with ambiguity and recover from setbacks


THE TRUTH ABOUT SUCCESS: What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won't Tell You

Daryl reveals what makes owners and managers of top-performing businesses so effective – and it's not what you'd expect! If you enter this keynote session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior products, you'd better read the title again. Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantage – whether it's cosmetic, leadership communication, personality, resources or access to privileged information.

Top performers rarely acknowledge this because it tends to make their success sound less impressive or undeserved. Prepare to laugh and learn as Daryl leads program segments that include:

  • Lies about success – and why we believe them

  • From interview to confession: The research

  • Why would anybody want to be in a fair fight?

  • Create your own advantage in leadership and business development

  • The Truth About Success

  •  Being the best vs. being consistently chosen

  • Action and adaptability create opportunity

  • Establish a repeatable process for success


10 Things I Learned from Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian

In this humorous and intelligent keynote Daryl shares his journey and experience on FOX's Hit TV Show, "The X Factor", his time with the judges, and the life prinicipels he learned in the process.  Daryl delivers concrete priniciples of living that he has gleaned from Simon Cowell and popular Reality Star Kim Kardashian. He patterns out the top ten steps that will help anyone overcome challenges and create a catlyst for long-lasting success.

Managing Change and Crisis

This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation and change to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. Professional keynote speaker and business relationship expert Daryl Black examines the challenges we face and shows how we can laugh at our problems while using them as catalysts for success. This session covers a lot of ground and provides no-cost, easily implemented, proven solutions that your people can use right away.

Available in Motivational, Sales and Management versions


The Truth About Success:Being the Best vs. Being Consistently Chosen

Success is more than being good at what you do; it's about being consistently chosen to do it. Daryl helps people to understand why their products, services or leadership styles or those of their competitors are selected. People don't necessarily choose what's best; they choose what they are most comfortable with, whether it's the best or not. We've all heard the importance of best practices and superior knowledge, so why aren't the smartest people with the most information always in charge or number one in their field? This keynote provides original research on managing expectations and emotions and shows there really is more to success than being the best.

Available in Sales, Leadership and Customer Service versions


Getting Great Results:Turning Talent Into Performance

In this keynote Daryl shares how real-life management and leadership solutions get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn how to manage their ego-driven top producers, how to listen like leaders and make their people feel heard, how to hire for talent and turn it into top performance, how to create a culture of excellence with their most promising people and how to help their low performers fight their way to the middle.

Available in Leadership and Management versions


How to Win an Unfair Fight: Influencing People You Have No Authority Over

A great idea rarely wins out on its own merit. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from people who really know how to influence. This enlightening, research-based session delves into the human condition, revealing that the true key to influence is not intelligence or logic, but an understanding of what people really value. Through a collaborative toolkit, this program delivers the tips and strategies you need to make people see the value of your ideas so you're well positioned to gain agreement. Program segments include:

     *Gaining an understanding of what people really value and how that impacts agreement

     *Developing strategic advocates and create your own personal "influence upward" plan

     *How to get people to agree with you

     *Why some people disagree with everything, and what you can do about it

     *How to get people to listen to your ideas

     *Managing your boss: How to help your supervisor make your job easier

     *How to gain more influence from any position in your organization

     *Reading between the lines: Learning how to adjust your approach

     *How to hold people more accountable on projects without conflict

     *How to make sure your input is seen as consistently valuable to others

     *Creating a repeatable process for agreement: Making the tools work well


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