Gary Bradt

Gary Bradt

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Author, clinical psychologist, and change management expert

Dr. Gary Bradt is speaker and writer who helps individuals and organizations adapt to change faster and better.

Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book which has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. “Cheese” gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Gary’s extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter; delivering powerful tools that help them adapt to change faster and better.

Gary Bradt is uniquely qualified to deliver advice, counsel and strategies on leading change. He has spoken for clients all over the globe including IBM, American Express, eBay, FedEx, Proctor & Gamble, Prudential, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, VISA, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline, Capital One, and hundreds more.

As a speaker, what makes Gary Bradt special is his ability to engage audiences: his warmth, his humor, his content, his ability to get people to absorb his message and put it to use.  More than anything, Gary is genuine. His storytelling, examples and exercises are authentic and bring his principles to life in a way few other communicators can.

Because change happens in our personal lives too, Gary Bradt delivers a powerful message on that front.  He is a husband and father who learned to cope with one of the toughest challenges of all, a child’s chronic, life-threatening illness, and shares his personal narrative with audiences when appropriate.

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The To-Who List: How to Build and Maintain Crucial Relationships at Work and in Life

Almost everyone has a To-do list. But very few are as intentional about maintaining relationships as they are about getting things done. Introducing The To-Who ListÔ, a strategic and tactical tool to help you maintain relationships that matter most, whether they are customers, clients, mentors, peers, team members, family or friends. Business results are driven by relationships. You gain a competitive advantage by keeping yours strong. This keynote will show you how. Audiences will leave this thought provoking and inspiring presentation with their first ToWho List in hand, crafted by them during the course of the talk.

Practical takeaways from this presentation will include:

  • How the strength of your relationships at work defines the limits of your potential
  • How to use The ToWhoÔ list to stay in contact with key customers and stakeholders
  • How to use The ToWhoÔ List in your career planning process
  • How to seamlessly make building relationships a part of your daily routine
  • How to get everyone at work focused on establishing relationships with key stakeholders

Resilience: How to Lead in Changing Times

Life doesn’t always go as we wish. Plans get made only to be washed away by the tides of change. How can we adapt? What simple yet powerful tools can we employ? You have to stay resilient to win. In this practical and moving keynote, Gary shares what science says about resilience, and what he has learned from coping with the life-long challenge of a son born with a chronic health condition. We will examine business case studies of resilient and successful change leaders. Audiences will walk away from this presentation moved, inspired and empowered to climb every mountain and jump every hurdle that business and life and may throw their way.

Practical takeaways from this presentation include:

  • How to employ tools and techniques that help you adapt to change faster and better
  • How to develop your resiliency muscle
  • How to bounce back fast from failure
  • How practicing gratitude helps you become more resilient and lowers stress
  • How to find opportunity in every change you face

How to Stay Sane While You’re Going Like Crazy

Savvy consumers want everything faster, better and cheaper. Competitors spring out of garages seemingly overnight. And restless workers job-hop to find the meaning and flexibility they want. Throw in geographically dispersed teams working across time zones; an alphabet soup of generations with clashing values and priorities; and global geo-political upheaval, well, you have what Oliver Hardy of the classic comedic duo Laurel and Hardy used to call “another fine mess.”

Are you supposed to be leading others through the mess but feel like you are drowning in it instead? This keynote throws you a lifeline to help you out. Each ‘knot’ on the line if you will, is a leadership principle gleaned from Gary’s years helping executives manage themselves as they lead others through constant and rapid change.

Practical takeaways from this presentation include:

  • How to employ tools and techniques for managing stress
  • How to leverage the power of your team to get more things done
  • How to focus on what’s most important now
  • How to let go of negative thoughts that may weigh you down
  • How to keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs

Positive Psychology: Exploring Happiness at Work

Does happiness impact business results? Are happier employees more productive? Are some people more naturally happy than others? How can you create a happier environment for all? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this informative keynote based on the exploding research on positive psychology. We will explore what the research says about happiness at work, and how you can use this knowledge to create a more productive and innovative environment at work, and at home. And, we will explore what happiness means to different people and cultures where you may do business, and how their definition and sources of happiness may vary from yours.

Practical takeaways from this presentation will include:

  • How to understand the relationship between happiness and business success
  • How paying attention to the soft side of business produces hard results
  • How to increase your chances for happiness and the happiness of those around you
  • How to be happy in less than happy circumstances
  • How and why happiness is not always the answer

Mindfulness and Leadership: First Manage Yourself

If you can’t manage yourself, it is very hard to effectively lead others. Self-management means thinking before you speak. It means pausing before you act. It means controlling your emotions and not flying off the handle every time someone pushes one of your hot buttons. All this requires a degree of self-awareness and control that comes naturally to a few but must be learned by most. This keynote gives audiences the practical tools they need to stay positive and proactive no matter the circumstances or pressures they face.

Practical takeaways from this presentation will include:

  • How to utilize mindfulness to become a more intentional leader
  • How to listen better and deeper
  • How going slower can help you go faster
  • How to get your mind and emotions working together to achieve better results
  • How to lower stress and stay focused in high-pressure environments

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Gary was very down to earth and easy to work with. Our attendees enjoyed his use of his life experiences to highlight his topic of handling change and stress. Some of the exercises we were given made us dig deep inside and opened my eyes to my own thoughts and priorities. Gary was the most genuine keynote speaker we’ve ever had.

Saint Lukes

I hope you (finally) made it out of Hawaii and home safely. I just wanted to pass along my gratitude once again for coming out and addressing our group. The feedback has been tremendous, and everyone felt it was among the best keynotes we’ve ever had at our Convention. I shared with Larry’s wife some of your presentation comments and personal story and she was deeply touched by your message and how much Larry would have enjoyed listening to you (and sharing stories of watching your sons play hockey).
Again, thank you so much for your time and partnership in helping make this a fantastic event for our advisors and managers. If you’re ever in New York, I’d love to catch up for a cup of coffee.

Foresters Financial

I just wanted to pass along the feedback I have received the past 24 hours has been outstanding. One person after another has come up to me to tell me how moving your presentation was yesterday and many have your 10 points posted in their work space already. Thanks once again for your commitment and effort into learning our business and opportunities. It clearly showed during your presentation.
I would also add this:
We used Gary for leadership kick off meetings in consecutive years. He was such an overwhelming influence the first year we brought him back for a 2nd time. Gary’s message still resonates today throughout the organization. His ten points are referred to often and the one most often referred to is – “Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable”. He does an outstanding job preparing for his presentation and really learns your organization prior to delivering his presentation. He will always be in my top five presenters list!

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