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Vince Poscente      

Former Olympic Speed Skier, Leadership & Sales Expert, Best-Selling Author

Vince Poscente is a motivational keynote speaker and author on the topic of peak performance, overcoming adversity, and sustaining resiliency in a competitive landscape. Prior to this he was the VP of Marketing at International Investment Properties after an award winning sales career.

Poscente’s greatest strengths are in the areas of communication, focus and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that help clients overcome adversity and sustain resiliency. His most recent project involved a 29 day, virtual coaching intensive designed to help athletes, entrepreneurs and/or sales people clarify their vision, commit to that vision, execute a winning consistent strategy, perform with confidence and control peak performance with specific routines.

Of note, after his B.A. at University of Alberta (with a passion for sports marketing), Poscente went onto being the Executive Director of the Alberta Luge Association and liaison with the host broadcaster for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Then he decided he wanted to be an Olympian. Poscente went from recreational skier to the Olympics in four years. He became a five time Canadian record holder, ranked 10th in the world and into the Speed Skiing gold medal round of the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. Poscente placed 15th skiing at national record of 135 mph. After his sales and executive leadership experience, he went onto speaking, consulting and writing.

In his most recent career Poscente has become a New York Times bestselling author (writing seven books to date), inductee into the Speaker Halls of Fame (in Canada and the USA), a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and adventurer leading and climbing in the Himalayas. He is the founder of the Heroes Climb initiative (climbing and naming mountains after every day heroes).

In 22 years of consulting and speaking, his clients include, FedEx, IBM, HP, Cisco, Hyatt Hotels, American Airlines, US Bank, Merrill Lynch, John Hancock, National Association of Realtors, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Enterprise Rent a Car, McDonalds, Century 21, Bell And Howell, Canon, Intel, Oracle and State Farm. He has lectured at MIT, SMU, Texas A&M and University of Texas.

Poscente has been married for over 20 years to a wonderful woman/serial entrepreneur, lives in Dallas and is father to three amazingly talented kids. His musician son, entrepreneurial/actress daughter and youngest, who is a dancer extraordinaire all attended leading arts magnet schools. In Poscente’s spare time, he plays recreation league hockey on two teams.

Speech Topics


Full Speed Ahead "Do What the Competition is Not Willing to Do"

FULL SPEED AHEAD is a motivational keynote speech based on the NY Times bestseller, The Age of Speed and international phenomenon, The Ant and the Elephant (endorsed by LeBron James in Sport Illustrated) plus Vince's extraordinary story about reaching the Olympic Games in just four years while skiing at 135 mph (described as he stands on a chair)...

Whether your audience is in sales or leadership, they are a unique collection of high performing individuals, with considerable expectations, facing a cascade of opportunity. This is coupled with a world of hard-driving, personal accountability along with the search for life balance. New York Times bestselling author, Olympic competitor and award-winning salesperson, Vince Poscente, delivers a wildly entertaining, thought-provoking and substantive insight on how people can thrive in a high performing or competitive landscape. Vince went from recreational skier to the Olympic games in just four years. Skiing at 135 mph on skis, he shares a remarkable formula about:

  • Clarity of Purpose
  • The Process of Commitment
  • Consistent Effort in a Demanding Environment
  • Building Confidence Despite a Cascade of Change
  • Control Routines to Optimize Outcomes

Giving leaders and/or their salespeople a collective experience allows a conference fulcrum for better execution and higher profits. Vince Poscente has profoundly affected countless conference attendees as they explore internal motivation and their own future potential.

The Winner's Mindset "To be a winning franchisee, be Aligned, Agile and Adaptable"

In the franchise world, The Winner’s Mindset points to one thing: Do what the competition is not willing to do. How? Imagine these franchisee takeaways:

  • Align with the entire company rather than a “wait and see” approach.
  • Embrace rapid change with Agility rather than resistance.
  • Adapt by owning 100% of every solution - as a team.

For 25 years, Olympian and NY Times bestselling author, Vince Poscente has been helping franchises accelerate growth with ALIGNMENT, AGILITY, and ADAPTABILITY. The franchise world has experienced more technological change and generation disruption than many industries. It is time to stop the overwhelm and have everyone adopt the Winner’s Mindset.

Vince’s keynotes have the following Advantages:

  • Alignment with the company system.
  • Leverage franchise tools, processes, and brand messaging.
  • Use the Emotional Quotient to align the culture
  • Agility in your local market.
  • Do what the competition is not willing to do.
  • Target local market advantages.
  • Adaptability for optimum franchisee output.
  • Utilize the knowledge from your event.
  • Put conference ideas into action.

Vince takes the Winner’s Mindset from his Olympian background and couples it with over two decades of research on peak performance in the franchise world. When you experience his electrifying energy and fun-loving style, you will know why he is one of the youngest inductees in the Speaker Hall of Fame with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Zig Ziglar, and Og Mandino. While he provides hands-on, goal attaining tools that are immediately useful for franchisees, his edge-of-seat motivating stories are complete with 135 mph ski videos and heart-pumping music! Vince delivers?take-action-today inspiration that put him on the Who’s Who of Franchise Growth experts.

Takeaway One - Alignment.

  • Create an Emotional Buzz for team momentum.
  • Implement “Do what the competition is not willing to do.”
  • Takeaway Two - Agility.

  • Work smart in real-time.

  • Become nimble leaders.
  • Work past any obstacle as a team.
  • Takeaway Three - Adaptability.

  • Own the solution.

  • Use the Accountability Pivot.

Vince Poscente uses his background as an Olympian and Expedition Leader in the Himalayas to address a franchise’s two main concerns: Excellence in a competitive landscape and resilience on the path to new heights. Vince’s fun and energetic style is coupled with insights from his New York Times bestselling books on leadership for the self. For 25 years, Vince has helped franchise leaders do what the competition is not willing to do.

Radical Safety "Safety cultures flourish and incidents go down with the neuroscience of safety at work."

Vince Poscente specializes in helping safety-conscious cultures improve risk performance through neuroscience and entertaining storytelling. His Radical Safety program is backed by years of leading climbing expeditions in the Himalayas (14 years, zero-incident), as a skier the Olympics, NY Times bestselling author and risk-aware partnerships with safety culture leaders around the world.

Build upon a safety mindset and deliver risk-aware results with a Radical Safety keynote.

Conventional safety keynotes offer inspiration to do things differently. A Radical Safety keynote, by Vince Poscente, explains how in a fun and experiential way. The formula your audience will learn is based on three decades of research on how ‘mind-set’ is established and sustained. When people change their minds, they change their behavior, for good.

Vince Poscente knows that everyone can be the architect of their truth. Change your truth around safety and you can change the organization’s safety culture. Vince is part neuroscience explorer, comedian, and a master storyteller. His goal is to have your audience members experience a safety presentation they will remember for life.

Please note, when you choose the Radical Safety presentation, be sure to choose between a purely motivational keynote, insights packed with practical safety mindset tools, entertaining stories... or both motivation and practical safety-culture tools in one power-packed talk.

Find Your Buzz "Do what the competition is not willing to do."

"Find your BUZZ and you've found your TRUE WHY!" Vince's motivational keynote speech for network marketing professionals has been delivered around the world for Direct Sales audiences wanting a high energy, humor and an inspiring message around accelerated goal setting. This "recreational skier to Olympics in four years story" has been Vince's most requested speech over the last twenty years. It revolves around the three key elements of "big goals fast":

  • Alignment starts with each of us having an "emotional buzz" surrounding the goals in front of us.
  • Agility is facilitated when we "do what the competition is not willing to do."
  • Aerodynamics is all about efficiency and eliminating things that cause drag (such as fear and interruptions).

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