The event was amazing! We are receiving such great feedback and our dealer network is feeling more energized than ever. Jon was a huge hit and had the audience dying in laughter, while at the same time, viciously taking notes in their journals. I cannot tell you how easy he was to work with not just onsite, but prior to the event as well. He was such a breath of fresh air and was the perfect fit for our program. I hope to use him again for more events to come!
One of INC's Top 100 Leadership Speakers, New York Times Bestselling Author of Soundtracks, Finish and Do Over
All It Takes Is a Goal: The 3-step Plan to Ditch Regret and Tap into Your Massive Potential
by Jon Acuff
Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset
by Jon Acuff
When Jon Acuff's book Soundtracks, came out, one reaction surprised him. Parents across the country all said the same thing: "Do you have a version for teenagers? If I knew how to change my mindset when I was that age, my entire life would have been different." Why did they say that? Because truth grows like compound interest. Saving money when you're young has a bigger impact than it does when you save in your 40s. A single new soundtrack--Acuff's phrase for a repetitive thought--believed when you're 14 or 18 can change your whole life in the same way. In response, Acuff tagged his two daughters to help him create an honest, actionable guide to mindset for teenagers.
Your thoughts can work for you or against you, but the good news is you get a choice. The even better news is when you're young, your entire world is made of new. You're a movie that's barely started, a notebook with blank pages to fill, a song that hasn't hit the chorus. You have your whole life ahead of you. When you learn to create new thoughts, those thoughts lead to actions, and those actions lead to new results. Are you ready to tap into the superpower of mindset? Just hit play.
by Jon Acuff
Overthinking isn't a personality trait. It's the sneakiest form of fear.
It steals time, creativity, and goals. It's the most expensive, least productive thing companies invest in without even knowing it. And it's an epidemic. When New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff changed his life by transforming his overthinking, he wondered if other people might benefit from what he discovered. He commissioned a research study to ask 10,000 people if they struggle with overthinking too, and 99.5 percent said, "Yes!"
The good news is that in Soundtracks, Acuff offers a proven plan to change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower.
When we don't control our thoughts, our thoughts control us. If our days are full of broken soundtracks, thoughts are our worst enemy, holding us back from the things we really want. But the solution to overthinking isn't to stop thinking. The solution is running our brains with better soundtracks. Once we learn how to choose our soundtracks, thoughts become our best friend, propelling us toward our goals.
If you want to tap into the surprising power of overthinking and give your dreams more time and creativity, learn how to DJ the soundtracks that define you. If you can worry, you can wonder. If you can doubt, you can dominate. If you can spin, you can soar.
by Jon Acuff
From New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff, a book for those who want relief from always starting and never being done.
Jon Acuff, sought-after speaker and consultant, is the friend who always gives you great advice. With his self-depricating humor and charm, he has won over hundreds of thousands of followers, who come to him for both encouragement and a kick in the pants. Now, after showing you how to reboot your career in his New York Times bestseller Do Over, Acuff shows chronic starters how to actually finish their goals in an age of bottomless distractions and endless opportunities.
Acuff knows the reason why many writers’ novels go unfinished–it’s the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January, and empty by the end of the month, and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It’s not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can’t do something perfectly they won’t do it at all. If you’re going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism.
Drawing on his popular 30 Days of Hustle course, Acuff teaches readers to short-circuit perfectionism and make it through to the end of a task. Whether it’s by “choosing what to bomb” or “cutting a goal in half,” he shows readers how to move past “the day after perfect,” get focused, and–finally- finish.
Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck
by Jon Acuff
It took me sixteen years to write this book. That breaks down to a brisk twelve words per day. But it wasn’t the writing that took so long. . . . It was the working.
I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty:
You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you’ve had it since day one.
Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another.
Now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account™. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over—whether you’re twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You’ll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You’ll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you’ve always wanted!
Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account™ protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you’ll eventually face at least one of these major transitions:
• You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
• You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.
• You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos.
• You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.
It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don’t wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.
A consultant, public speaker and best-selling author describes how to make career changes and to avoid feeling trapped in the wrong job by changing the way workers view their skills, relationships and work ethics through the use of a Career Savings Account.
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Investing in the 4 Things that Every Great Business Needs to Navigate Change
The rate of change gets faster and faster each day. Technology is changing, ask the Flipcam and Blockbuster. Careers are changing, ask graphic designers who seemingly overnight had to learn how to design for a new online medium. Whole industries are changing, ask the hoteliers who suddenly find one million new competitors via the room-renting app Airbnb. Value systems are changing, ask millennials, 45% of which care more about workplace flexibility than salary.
Some companies will get stuck. When the New York Times asked, “Why didn’t Kodak create Instagram?” they were commenting on how easy it is for even successful companies to get crushed by the waves of change. Other companies will thrive amidst the turbulence.
Change is upon us and depending on how you approach it, it can be either overwhelming or an opportunity. The key is to see it for what it really is, a Do Over, a chance to reset. And if you want to navigate a Do Over, the best leaders in the world, running small businesses to massive corporations, know it takes four investments: Relationships, Skills, Character and Hustle.
The good news is, your business and your employees already have everything they need to make the best of a Do Over.
In fact, you’ve had it for years.
Sound like marketing hype? It’s not.
You already have each of those four critical investments, now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way.
Why? Because your business is going to experience four real seasons of change:
You will hit a Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
You will experience a Bump, unexpectedly running into a difficult market, requiring strong relationships to survive.
You will make a Jump, requiring solid character to push through the chaos launching something new always stirs up.
You will get a surprise Opportunity you didn’t see coming, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.
The good news is there are only four types of change you will face as a company. The great news is that there are simple, practical ways to get the most out of each.
Change is coming for all of us.
Hustle and Empathy
Two Surprising Sides of Sales
Connectivity has changed selling in some wonderful, terrible ways.
On the one hand, you have access to more people and opportunities than ever before in the history of mankind.
On the other, free music, free apps and free content are teaching consumers to expect the world for free. Buyers can also price check products with one search, make a snap second decision based on one negative review and find a thousand of your competitors on Google.
How do you adapt to the new world of sales? How do you launch fresh services, grow existing accounts and develop new relationships with future clients?
The answer is surprisingly simple - you sell with hustle and empathy.
Empathy is understanding another person’s need and acting upon that knowledge. While simple , it requires intentionality, active listening and a plan of action.
Hustle is the application of your empathy. It is an act of focus, not frenzy. And concentrated hustle fills the needs of clients in an impactful way.
Two times New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff teaches his proven approach to selling. With humor and relevant cultural insight, Jon will transform your attendees’ views of selling and a give a fresh, new view of sales performance.
Pivot, Don’t Panic
The Four Investments Smart Teams Rely on During Uncertainty (Virtual Presentation)
Six months ago, “change” was something we all knew we’d need to deal with someday. It was just over the horizon. It was around the corner. We knew it would come, we just didn’t know when and we didn’t know how. Then the world got flipped upside down.
Change is no longer a topic of conversation for your team, it’s the norm. The new vocabulary. The new reality. The elephant isn’t hiding in the corner of the room now. The elephant is the entire room.
Every team will face a choice. Pivot or panic? The smart ones will lean into four different investments. They’ll double down on Skills, Character, Relationships and Hustle in intentional ways that bring clarity to chaos. They’ll refocus, rebuild, and relaunch to better serve their community. They’ll emerge with new tools and a new direction. Why? Because a crisis is a classroom. It’s an invitation to innovation you might not have planned for, but definitely need.
Join New York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff as he shares practical steps and inspiring insights to help your team navigate this brave new world.
We all get to make a choice. Every day our team members and our communities are counting on us to make the right one.
Pivot, don’t panic.
From Start to Finish
How to Give Yourself the Gift of Done.
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, 92% of resolutions fail. That’s a staggering number considering how important goals are to companies. You actually have a greater shot of getting into Julliard in New York City to be a ballerina than hitting your next sales goal.
Or your next budget reduction.
Or your next service rollout.
In every element of your work, goals matter. What if we could do some simple things to improve how often we finished what we started? What if we could complete the incomplete projects and tasks? What if we could get more done in a world of bottomless opportunities and endless distractions?
New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Acuff says you can. How does he know? Research, research and more research!
Jon suspected goal-completion was not luck or genetics. So, he commissioned a study with assistant professor Mike Peasley, PhD to test what it takes to turn a chronic starter into a consistent finisher. The research team analyzed 900 people over a six-month process as they worked on goals. The study resulted in a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller titled “Finish” and principles Acuff has taught to teams such as Walmart, FedEx and Nokia.
The good news is, you can learn to finish. It’s not a natural talent some people have and others do not. It can be taught.
Ever have an employee, team member or department almost finish something? Every wished you could complete more of the things you care about? It’s time to learn what it really takes!
Starting is fun, but the future belongs to finishers.
Amongst our highest rated speakers, Jon Acuff brought the perfect mix of application and humor to our event. He is a consummate professional, crafting his content to meet the needs of the organization and to deliver the strongest possible impact. If transformation is your goal, Jon is the perfect speaker to move your leaders towards deeper thinking and wider growth.
"We survey our attendees and one of the questions we ask is, "Who was your favorite speaker / what was your favorite session?" The overwhelming response was Jon Acuff! I've worked with countless speakers over the years and I want to sincerely tell you that Jon is one of the best. From the pre-event marketing videos and the podcast episode to the content delivery, humor and relevance - it was truly outstanding. I would recommend Jon to anyone.
Jon is a dynamic speaker who showed immense empathy for our audience. We had folks show up from more than 15 different countries, staying up late and waking in the middle of the night to benefit from his expertise. He connected with folks individually, and made the principles of finishing and overcoming overthinking accessible to all. Folks have been buzzing about the session ever since.
If you're looking for a keynote speaker look no further. Jon's virtual keynote absolutely blew us away! We weren't quite sure what we were getting ourselves into by booking a keynote for our virtual conference. Would the energy be the same? Would the jokes land? Would it feel as impactful as having someone live? If you book Jon Acuff, the answer is a resounding YES. Jon's talk not only provided solid takeaways and insights, but it was also entertaining, engaging and memorable
Jon, a big fat THANK YOU for rockin' the house for my VIP backstage virtual event! I am amazed at how sentence after sentence, topic after topic, you struck a relevant chord. My computer monitor is quickly being populated with Jon'isms" I've written on post-it notes and the follow-up comments from attendees are on fire!
Jon, we told our team that you were going to hit a homerun and you delivered (Babe Ruth style). Thank you for asking us great questions and taking our insight and making it practical, personal, and fun for our leaders. The energy in the room is buzzing as our team talks through the questions you inspired us with. We can't say thank you enough. Great job!
Like many companies in 2020/2021, we had to change our annual sales meeting to a virtual format with over 1200 attendees. Jon was very gracious with his time and did several prep calls with our team to customize his message to resonate with our sellers. His message was simple, impactful and fun and we had very positive feedback from our teams across North America.
Our company kick-off was forced into a virtual setting due to the pandemic but that didn't take away from the impact that Jon was able to bring to our team of 500+ employees. His setup was professional and his delivery still packed a punch, expertly weaving in our core company goals and strategies that were top of mind for our organization. Hiring him definitely elevated our event.
Jon was definitely the highlight of the meeting and people are STILL talking about it! I actually need to watch his virtual presentation again, I felt like I was giggling so much I missed some of his great, witty punches.
Jon's presentation, "Pivot, Don't Panic: The Four Investments Smart Teams Rely on During Uncertainty" gave our members tools to improve their leadership, enhance their business, and leverage the opportunities that exist beyond the crisis.
In the middle of a challenging season, Jon did a virtual event for our team that provided encouragement, clarity and actionable next steps we could all take. I told him after, 'I never looked at you once during your presentation because I was so engaged taking notes from the content.'
The feedback for Jon's virtual event is pouring in, and quite literally, is the best we have received. WE ALL LOVED IT ALL! We loved the set-up. We loved the content. We loved the delivery and, of course, we all REALLY loved Jon. He definitely made a positive impact and I can see from the feedback that people were moved to try new things. The connection over video was OUTSTANDING! It felt like he was talking right to each person individually.
We asked Jon Acuff to talk directly to our team to supply them with the tools to overcome these mental obstacles in our new virtual world. The call was incredible. In my team debrief a week after our call with Jon, it was astounding to hear all the different tips, techniques, and tools that resonated with each individual in an hour-long call, equipped with Q&A with Jon. We are so grateful for his time and for his ability to truly listen to the needs of the team in the pre-prep meeting
In the midst of uncertain times, it's important that teams have a clear vision about the best way to move forward. That's exactly what Jon Acuff provided for our student athletes. He brought incredible energy, real world advice and a relevant message that greatly encouraged our team. If you have a team or organization that needs a boost, I highly recommend Jon!
'Pivot, Don't Panic' was the perfect topic for what we're going through right now. It was informative, inspiring and a whole lot of fun. You can also tell Jon has spent years on camera because he brought the same energy, enthusiasm and presence to the virtual event as he would a live event. I received numerous messages from advisors, managing directors and members that appreciated his keynote. If you have a virtual event on your calendar, make sure you add Jon Acuff to the lineup!
Thrivent has booked Jon to speak for years so we were confident that he'd knock it out of the park even on a virtual event. From pre-meeting prep to having a dedicated studio for a high quality experience to interactive engagement with our viewers, every detail was flawless. If you have a team you want to encourage, a customer group you want to inspire or work force you want to support with a hilarious, helpful message, book Jon for a digital event!
It would be impossible for me to give Jon a higher level of endorsement. Over the past 10 years Jon has presented to our groups on 7 occasions and has been our highest rated presenter each time. I have zero hesitation in giving you my highest level of assurances that Jon have incredible impact on your event.
Akamai's Marketing and Sales Leadership teams are still buzzing about Jon's talks. It's a testament to not only his obvious talent with humor and impactful storytelling in front of a crowd, but how he was willing to listen and adapt the content to what the teams needed to hear.
We would bring Jon Acuff back to Walmart anytime. He not only has executive presence, but he has lived the role & responsibilities. His ability to talk to any level is incredible. He is professional, honest and human. He inspired our team and made the difference.
We spend an entire year curating a collection of speakers, artists and visionaries for STORY conference. Every moment is meticulously planned and every speaker is the best at what they do. They come from some of the world's leading brands and organizations, like Nike, Google, Apple, Disney and more. This year, Jon was the top-rated speaker from the audience surveys. Book him, and you'll see why!
Whether you are a CEO, manager, or new employee, Jon's message resonates with you. His engaging, practical, and entertaining presentation inspired professionals at all levels to set and pursue goals that they could actually accomplish. Not only did our audience of 400+ organizations learn how to improve their work, but they also had fun while doing it.
As a healthcare company, we're no stranger to rapid change, but it's important to clearly communicate to the company about how we will adapt. Jon Acuff was an exceptional keynote speaker who took the challenge to address this issue head-on by articulating how to navigate disruption and use it as positive momentum. His presentation was equal parts educational, motivational and funny, keeping the crowd engaged for 60 minutes
Jon has an amazing way of keeping you laughing all the while throwing truth bombs right at you! His talks are always, motivating, challenging and spot on!
If you're looking for a speaker who really cares and will go the "extra mile", I highly recommend Jon Acuff. He really takes the time to understand the audience that he is speaking to, not only where they are but where they want to be in 6 months, a year, or a career. Jon immediately connects with his audience, seamlessly storytelling his way through reality, research and real-life ways to take action.
Jon spoke to a group of players working to build their professional skills and identify areas of interest outside of football. The principles Jon focused on were relevant, motivational, and enlightening for the group. Jon is also very relatable in his content and delivery and approachable while engaging in follow up questions and conversations. Ultimately, he helped set the stage for the players to succeed in their off-season pursuits.
From the time Jon Acuff hit the stage until long after he departed from Northwestern, there was an electrifying buzz across campus. As one of the most gifted communicators we have ever brought to our campus, Acuff is truly 2nd to none
"Hustle is an act of focus, not frenzy" was just one of the messages Jon left the EMC Finance leadership with this week. Jon spoke directly into the challenges our managers are facing at a time when we need it the most. His energy, encouragement, and insight was the perfect way to wrap a week on inspired leadership.
Jon Acuff was brilliant and engaging. Our employees absolutely loved the talk. We didn't have any negative feedback and in our survey actually 100% of employees agreed it was value use of their time which was more than any speaker we had that week.
We recently featured Jon at our company's first major customer meeting in 8 years. He infused energy and humor with his well-crafted message. And that message of overcoming fear and inertia in the face of change was completely on point with our customers.
We have heard nothing but positive feedback from our students . . . they really responded well to him! fit perfectly into the current "Vocational Emergence" theme we are emphasizing in our co-curricular programming.
Jon is one of the best speakers that I've had the privilege to work with. Everyone walked away with principles that can be applied to their work life and extend to their personal lives as well. All around, a great experience.
Whirlpool Corporation strives to bring excellent development opportunities to our members. We found all of Jon's content to be relevant and insightful, often incorporating examples and references specific to our group.
The human desire for a greater purpose and to chase one's dream is often a heavy subject, but Jon Acuff inspires audiences and shares achieving your dream as not a chasing of the wind, but as an attainable goal for anyone willing to put forth the effort.
Jon understood our company and how our culture worked. He integrated this into his keynote flawlessly. He did a great job of reeling the audience in from the start. He even took personal experiences with his pets and family to further relate to our staff.
Jon Acuff is a beast; he delivered a powerful and extremely relevant message to our team!
Who knew that an educational session on social media for small businesses could be that fun? I lost count of the numerous requests that I had from attendees asking to bring him back. If you're looking for a speaker who truly understands small business.
As a business owner (and a marketing professional), it's rare to find someone who 'gets it'--and more. Getting Jon's consulting for some particular challenges I was facing was like inhaling a breath of fresh, easy air. Highly recommend that you hire him!
I was inspired by Jon's talk and invited him to speak to my class of seniors at Vanderbilt. Three students have already written me to say how relevant and applicable Jon's comments and advice were as they think about graduating and marketing themselves.