Riaz reminds us all that empathy is a core business skill and that every conversation we have with peers, team members and customers can change outcomes and positively impact our relationships and business. Not only did Riaz inspire our participants with ideas, he empowered them to change their approach to interactions with others. He is easy to work with, well-prepared and customized his content to meet the challenges of our unique participants and their challenges in the current marketplace.
Riaz Meghji is a human connection expert and bestselling author of the book "Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships". His insights have been featured in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Financial Post.
He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television hosting experience; he has interviewed experts on current affairs, sports, entertainment, politics, and business.
Riaz has hosted for Citytv's Breakfast Television, MTV Canada, TEDxVancouver, CTV News, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a natural storyteller with a proven ability to conduct engaging, in-depth conversations across various disciplines.
Off-camera, Riaz dedicates himself to philanthropy and causes he cares about including Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Covenant House. He holds a degree in business from Simon Fraser University and studied leadership communication at Harvard Extension School and the Canadian Management Centre.
He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife Lori and son Nico.
Featured Keynote Programs
HUMAN CONNECTION & LEADERSHIP
Every Conversation Counts: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships
Long before the era of ‘quiet quitting,’ loneliness was a social pandemic in our society. In an age of polarization, disconnection, and shallow substitutes for real relationships, every leader needs to know how to build and maintain meaningful relationships with clients and teams alike in our hybrid reality.
With years of experience interviewing established leaders in business, entertainment and innovation, audiences will gain the following insights:
Spark real, authentic conversations to make meaningful connections, personally and professionally
Earn trust and build inclusive cultures, as you listen without distraction and make your small talk bigger
De-escalate conflict and collaborate effectively by leading with assertive empathy
Craft and tell compelling stories that will motivate your audience to take action
Explore the questions that create breakthrough moments in any conversation
This engaging experience is a candid and far-ranging look at how creative conversations can help you reinvent yourself, re-energize your teams, and further develop your business.
Relationships First: How to Use Authentic Connection to Grow Sales
It’s no wonder that sales often get a bad rap. In a world of dwindling authentic connections, it’s easy to see sales as the least authentic interaction of all. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
By transforming the way they and their teams interact with customers, sales leaders can forge more human connections that lead to dramatically improved sales outcomes.
Start from a place of empathy to develop a deeper understanding of your customer base
Earn trust by listening without distraction, making more meaningful small talk, and practicing assertive empathy
Craft compelling stories that activate passion in your customers— and tell those stories in a compelling way
Explore the key questions that lead to breakthrough conversations with customers
This captivating talk goes beyond sales tactics to explore Riaz’s lifetime of work creating authentic connections, sharing key principles to turn sales into an art and discipline of crafting real relationships and experiences — not just transactions.
Riaz was a superb choice as keynote speaker for our hotel leadership conference! His message about authentic connection was timely and meaningful, and our attendees raved about his session. The hospitality business, and really every business, is about people! Riaz's tips for transcending small talk to get to extraordinary relationships were inspiring and practical for our attendees, both at work and in their personal lives
Having heard Riaz speak twice now, I took many insights away to apply to both my professional and personal lives. If you have not had the honour of hearing Riaz speak or read his book, please do it. The topic of connecting with impact and purpose and the power of reflecting on your most important conversation you have ever had, as well as the ones you have not yet had is life changing.
Many of us are still on a high - your presentation was truly refreshing, inspiring, and motivating! It was above and beyond what we had hoped for. Thank you for being such an authentic and engaging speaker and storyteller, and providing important guidance on human connection that we, as an organization, can all reflect on. You have helped set a positive and hopeful tone as we say goodbye to a difficult but successful two years and welcome the first year of our new, four-year strategic plan.
Riaz kicked off 3 days of keynote speakers in the most perfect way. From his presentation to his continuous engagement with our Brooks Team, Riaz is a force for positivity in this world, and there is no doubt in my mind that he has made a lasting impact on all of us that got the opportunity to hear him speak.
Riaz provided dedicated and customized coaching to our hosts from beginning right through to the very end. He played to each of their strengths and provided these leaders with a simple framework to be able to fulfill their role of hosts in a way that was authentic to them. The result was tremendous. All our hosts were able to effectively tell their stories and connect to the audience in a way that was impactful
If I had to describe his session it would be GAME-CHANGING. It struck a chord not just with me but with the entire audience, inspiring us to pause and think about how we can elevate our human connections as leaders and also as individuals and then translate that into business impact. I absolutely recommend this keynote as it has application for all industries and all departments
Practical. Meaningful. Moving. Riaz's thought-provoking keynote at our Power of Connection conference was one of our highest rated sessions. He brought to life the realities of loneliness and the power we each have to create authentic human connection, especially in the exhausting and distracted world we live in. His vulnerability motivated our leaders to explore how we can cultivate collaborative relationships and build a more connected culture
Riaz Meghji’s talk, Every Conversation Counts, was perhaps the most inspiring and impactful session at our recent virtual leadership conference — practical, meaningful, and motivating. Riaz has packaged a powerful message for leaders to put to work in everyday conversations. Thank you Riaz!