Greg Roth is a dynamic keynote and workshop presenter, engaging audiences as large as 3500 and as intimate as a dozen. His sessions are always interactive, sometimes irreverent, off-the-cuff, and fun, drawing on his experience with communications teams, workplace consulting, government, sports journalism, pop culture, and the performing arts.

His talks feature a few common elements:

  • Perspectives from a diverse sampling of creative leaders he’s interviewed
  • Research from really smart people with multiple degrees
  • Analogies to everyday life, not just sports or the military
  • Highly visual multimedia presentations (no bullet points)
  • Humor, social commentary, interactive exercises
  • Crowd work and audience volunteers

Keynote Topics

Is your event looking for a new perspective on creative inspiration, teamwork, and presentation of new ideas? As an “idea enthusiast”, Greg regular speaks to creatives across industries, including creative directors, chief marketing officers, content marketers, innovation lab tam leaders, product developers, designers, engineers, and other really smart folks who make new things every day.

Here are Greg’s signature talks:

You’ve read the research, listened to the experts, and reviewed best practices and case studies. But now, you need to create something new. Where do you start? How can you avoid churning out the same old thing? Explore how developing a culture of small experiments—including challenging yourself and your team to create every day—can lead to better ideas, better teamwork, and more successful learning programs. Some of the world’s greatest inventions have happened by accident, science has achieved breakthroughs they weren’t looking for, and entrepreneurs have founded successful businesses with modest ideas. The Challenge Mindset is a way of improving teams, programs, and strategies through curiosity and learning.

Innovation, creativity, disruption, diversity, inclusion. We hear these terms all the time when talking about organizational “culture”, but what do they mean? And how can does a team or an organization improve the way it works? Organizations get the best work out of their people when they are truly idea-driven. But, to be a creative organization, you need to build a culture that encourages fresh thinking, supports new ideas, develops the ability to critique and improve ideas collaboratively, and can “negotiate” past roadblocks to solutions and results. Taken from interviews with chief creatives and innovation leaders, along with inside stories of new ideas, learn how to give your team and organization the best chances at succeeding anew.

Many organizations champion “innovation” as a goal, but too often their tactics stop simply at brainstorming and consensus-building, which lead to a culture of mediocre ideas. Most workplaces focus on conflict resolution, sacrificing to establish an innovative long-term quality of work for short-term safety. Turns out, innovative organizations with successful teams are able to highlight their diversity viewpoints and harness disagreement, dissent, and conflict. By encouraging productive arguments and critique, ideas can achieve “fitness”, while each team member’s voice is heard as they learn how to speak up and become “idea enthusiasts”.

Whether you are presenting to a group or in a one-on-one discussion, there is both an art and a science to persuasive communication. Your pitch, a mix of promise, position, and personality, requires knowledge of both sides of the craft. On the science side, learn to shift viewpoints through persuasive vocabulary, frameworking, “listener types”, and nonverbal communications to appeal to minds. On the art side, learn to use the powers of empathy, reflective, observation, and storytelling to appeal to hearts. Using both, build a plan of action for your ideas through preparation, timing, performance, and follow-up.


“The evaluation results for Greg’s 3-hour interactive session on pitching, persuasion, and presentation at our 2017 Annual Conference and Expo were exceptional. Our members were actively engaged throughout the session and we received quite a bit of positive and enthusiastic feedback. In fact, a number of attendees cited Greg’s session as the “best thing about Conference”. We would highly recommend Greg as a speaker and presenter to any group.”

Sharron Crawford Corle, MS,
Professional Development Director,
Meals on Wheels America

“Greg taught a public speaking course for a group of Realtors and staff in our company leadership development program. His talk was informative, clever, and interactive. I was impressed with his ability to pull awesomeness from even the shyest participant in the room. I had several of the participants approach me afterward to say how much they enjoyed and learned from this session.”

Stefanie Ainge Hahn, VP,
Coldwell Banker Hearthside

“I really wish we had more time with this class and instructor. This was such a valuable class and I just felt like we ran short of time. Greg took a complex strategy and engaged the team in a process of creative innovation. He is fantastic and the best choice for ending the week. IOM would do well to place Greg on the ‘come back’ list. This was the best class of the week.”

Compiled feedback, “Innovate or Die”,
Institute for Organization Management, July 2018

“Fabulous! I wish it ran longer. He was funny and relatable and inspiring.”
“Great material. Very useful.”
“Very informative! Loved all the examples!”

Compiled feedback,
INBOUND 2017 Annual Convention

“Greg presented to emerging leaders at our Annual Career Development Seminar and feedback was universally positive and enthusiastic. He started off with a surprise group activity and then delivered a very interactive, very conversational session on team collaboration and workplace dynamics. Attendees felt he offered great content, practical and actionable strategies, and struck a nice balance for different career levels. Some members felt it was the most valuable session of the day.”

Mark Leeman, Conference Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers (NCS)

“I’ve shared the podium with Greg on several occasions and he is always prepared, succinct, and added humor to his presentation which engaged the group and drove home the message.”

Patricia Kempthorne, Executive Director,
Twiga Foundation

“Greg did a great job of engaging the audience…idea enthusiasm works!”

Attendee, Florida Society of Association Executives, 2017 Annual Conference

“The only way this session could have been better was if it had more time.”

Attendee, Florida Association of Realtors, 2017 Annual Conference

“96% would retake a class with Greg Roth.”

Compiled feedback, Texas Association of Realtors 2017 Annual Conference

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