Michael Bungay Stanier loves to speak to groups about increasing impact, improving employee focus and engagement, and helping people do more of the work that matters … and less of the other stuff.

You really seemed to get who we were. I loved the whole interactive part of it, the level of energy you were able to create but still pull us back in. We kept hearing comments that we hit it out of the park with the opening keynote.There were people talking about Bad Work, Good Work and Great Work in the remainder of the conference. It shaped conversations and became the thread that tied everything together.Rebecca Harris, CSAE

I’ve been developing business conferences for The Conference Board of Canada for over 10 years now during which time I’ve likely seen and heard close to two thousand speakers. I have no hesitation in saying you are one of the best I’ve ever seen. Your average rating of 4.9 out of 5 across both events confirms this judgement.John Brewer, Conference Board of Canada


What You Can Expect

  • Prompt response to all enquiries.
  • A keynote speech that addresses the needs of your audience.
  • Flexible options: A choice of conference keynotes (30-90 minutes), breakout sessions as well as half, full and multi-day programs are all available.
  • A thought-provoking and engaging keynote speech that will spark ideas and create real, actionable strategies.
  • Follow-up and feedback.

Speaker’s Bio

As a professional keynote speaker, Michael Bungay Stanier has shared his gift for provocative ideas, practical tools, and ways of creating positive behavior change with audiences on four continents.

Michael speaks regularly to businesses and organizations such as Google, IBM and AOL He is also a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences around the world, and has been a returning speaker for those of HRPAO (the largest HR conference in Canada), CSTD, International Coaching Federation, the OD Network, the International Association of Facilitators, and SHRM.

michael-bungay-stanierHis keynote speeches and training workshops infuse audiences with enthusiasm and excitement for what’s possible, helps them get unstuck and gets them going on the work that matters. His sessions always leave people with more enthusiasm, more insight, a greater sense of engagement and more practical tools to do something about it than when they started.

Michael’s book Do More Great Work was an Amazon.com best seller, with original contributions from renowned thought-leaders like Seth Godin, Michael Port and David Ulrich. He created End Malaria, a collection of essays on the topic of Great Work that has raised more than $300,000 for Malaria No More and reached #2 on Amazon.com. Michael is also the author of Get Unstuck & Get Going on the Stuff that Matters – a coaching tool that has been enthusiastically endorsed by leading business thinkers such as Peter Block and Anita Roddick and embraced by users around the world. Michael also created The Alchemy of Great Work, The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun and The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding – short internet movies that have been seen by well over a million people in at least 175 countries around the world.

As a consultant and facilitator, Michael Bungay Stanier regularly works with groups ranging from four to two hundred.


Watch a clip of Michael Bungay Stanier from February 24, 2011as he speaks about his book Do More Great Work. Michael was invited by Google to be part of their Authors@Google lecture series, which brings innovative authors to discuss topics capturing the intellectual zeitgeist of the day.

Michael’s Keynote Topics

Do More Great Work

People are busy. They’re overcommitted, overconnected and overwhelmed. They’re working hard, sure  … but are they having the impact that they (and you) want them to have?

What if people were able to work less hard, but have more impact? What if they were able to do more of the work that matters? What if they were able to do more Great Work?

This useful, provocative and highly interactive session is based on Michael’s best selling powerful strategic productivity tool and Amazon.com best-seller, Do More Great Work. 

The session is based on a simple but powerful model: Good Work vs Great Work. During the talk, participants work with that model and create new insights and strategies about how they spend their time, what really matters and how they can bring more focus, courage and resilience into the work they do.

Participants will leave not only with new insights and new energy but also with a plan to do something different right away.

This keynote is particularly effective as the opening keynote of a conference, as it provides a framework for participants to extract greater value from the rest of the conference.

The 5 Counterintuitive Truths Around Coaching

In most organizations there’s a lot of busy-ness going on. People are working hard, people are getting things done.

The only problem is that often enough they’re not working on the right things in the right way. Somehow being busy became more important than being focused.

This is not your typical keynote; it’s a challenging, sometimes provocative and highly interactive session where participants will actually seek to answer five essential questions. Working with the goal of creating more Great Work – work that has more impact, work that has more meaning – participants will have a chance to stop and think, find new focus on what really matters, and gain new insight as to the best way forward.

Participants leave not only with new insight and new direction about their own work, but also with a simple and powerful tool they can use to manage and influence others in their organization.

Both of these keynote can range between 60 minutes to half a day.

Praise for Michael Bungay Stanier

If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet.”
David Allen, Author of Getting Things Done

Do More Great Work is both inspiring and sublimely practical, a rare mix in a book. Michael has created a road map for all of us to find the great work in our lives, and to achieve it. There is a lot of power in the simplicity of this book. A must read.”
Leo Babauta, Author of Zen Habits & The Power of Less

Michael shows us how careers can be transformed from mindless mediocrity to work wanderlust where everyday is a joyous adventure of discovering meaning in what you do. He rewrites the old mantra of “hard work is fun” to “great work is fun”!”
Joyce Russell, President and COO, Adecco General Staffing USA

See What The Audience Thinks

Off the charts! Laughed so hard I cried. Excellent interaction.

Very personable & interactive. Great energy for start. Very practical.

Outstanding! So interactive, thought provoking.

Innovative. Nice opportunity to think of bigger picture in fun way.

Great way to kick off the conference – highly interactive.

Exceptional ice breaking session. Very simple, powerful and thought provoking.

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