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Ross Shafer      

Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Comedian, TV Host & Bestselling Author

Ross Shafer has the most peculiar background of any speaker on change. He has authored nine business books yet also won international stand-up comedy competitions.

Shafer’s earned six TV Emmys as a network talk and game show host yet credits his ability to resell bicycles at age 13. He flipped cars at 15 and flipped homes at 18. After college at 21, he started buying and selling companies. When you understand that he’s always stoked a burning pursuit of excellence through change, it all makes sense.

Since his early teens, Ross Shafer has been obsessed with understanding “Who succeeds? Who fails? And Why?” His confidence flourished when he discovered that there were specific blueprints for success in every job and every industry. That understanding led to his noteworthy achievements in business, television broadcasting, book writing, professional speaking (CPAE) and even stand-up comedy. His wildly diverse career choices have allowed Ross to communicate complex ideas with great fun - and an “everyman” quality.

Today, he coaches leaders and teams on how to cross-pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits, and the motivation of workforces during mergers and acquisitions. His clients include 73 of the Fortune 100…as well as a broad array of associations. What most people don’t know is that Ross may have sparked the rise of the entertainment cooking channels when he wrote a funny bestselling book, Cook Like a Stud (38 recipes men can prepare in the garage using their own tools). Not bad for a guy who played college football (pre-concussion-era helmets) and who still aspires to get his hair right.

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Ross Shafer: Ultimate MC

Are You Relevant? 12 Reasons Smart Organizations Thrive in Any Economy


Finally, Ross is a popular favorite for hosting custom game shows. Not only do these formats lend themselves to imparting important training information about your company (in a fun way), they also encourage participation of the entire audience. Ask us how Ross and his game partners at (Game Show America) can create a custom “TV” show for you.


Ross is adept at handling back-to-back breakout sessions that may feature a myriad of presenters. He has hosted such luminaries as President George Herbert Walker Bush, Jack Welch, Colin Powell, Bob Dole, James Carville, Larry Bossidy, Tom Peters, Marcus Buckingham, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to name a few. Since many high profile presenters are more comfortable being interviewed by a “pro,” Ross is able to show the utmost respect from the opening introduction throughout the Q & A - yet he doesn’t shy away from the probing questions your people want answered.


Ross hosts a select number of multi-day events for his high-end clients each year.

Because Ross is a trained talk and game show host (helmed over 1,000 network broadcasts) he is the perfect choice for moderating your executive panel discussions and complex award banquets. Ross will keep the programs lively and on task; drawing on his vast experience and lightening wit to navigate (and rescue) even the most unpredictable situations.

The Ultimate Emcee

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Nobody Moved Your Cheese

High energy and hilarious keynote - perfect for setting the opening tone or the closing message for your conference. From small town pet shop Emmy award winning TV renowned business author and speaker, Ross is a fierce proponent of taking personal responsibility (and being accountable) for what happens in your professional and personal life.

The Urgent Company - Urgency in Business

Short attention spans, ubiquitous broadband and over 1-Billion smart devices have not only changed the pace of disseminating information, but it has allowed our time-starved society to expect their every desire to be within grasp, “On-Demand.”

  • Clients, customers, and suppliers expect on-demand answers, same day delivery, and overnight results.
  • Stakeholders want executives who can respond to shifting market conditions at the speed of text.
  • Team members yearn for their achievements to be recognized more quickly...and more often. Or, as you know, they have no compunction about bolting to an empathetic competitor.
  • Social media can marshal a virtual army of friends (or foes) who can either enhance (or destroy) your company’s reputation; sometimes within minutes.

Grab More Market Share

How To Wrangle Market Share From Lazy Competitors

The world’s top economists are predicting a dismal 1-2% average growth through 2015. So, the only way to grow your organization is to take market share away from your lazy competitors. Ross can show you how progressive companies are getting 15-25% growth; even when their available market is stagnant or declining.

How to Stay Relevant in Business

We all saw globally-recognized brands shrink or die during the recession. Conversely, we witnessed young, nimble companies swoop in to dominate market share.

Could that happen to you? Ross dissects the reasons for the staggering success stories—and he pinpoints the warning signs that were ignored by those who failed.

Remaining Relevant (to your customers and team members) is the ONLY way to substantially grow your organization during a recovery. If you’re relevant, you can take market share away from your competition. But it won’t be easy. You will have to accelerate your “A” Game to earn that market share. And, you will have to re-double your efforts to retain the base you already have. ??Ross unveils inspiring case studies that span the landscape of retail, manufacturing, B2B, construction, and healthcare. He describes what it will take for your organization to reap incredible rewards during “The Recovery.”

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