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Tim Sanders

Former Yahoo Chief Solutions Officer & People-Centric Business Expert

Former Yahoo chief solutions officer and best-selling author Tim Sanders is one of the top-rated leadership keynote speakers on the lecture circuit. His keynotes at conferences and corporate meetings offer actionable insights on leadership development, sales, collaboration, and corporate culture. He’s passionate about motivating audiences to move to action. Tim’s mission is twofold: lead professionals to deepen all their relationships through generosity and then, expand their collaborative webs to solve their toughest challenges.

Nevada, Las Vegas, USA


Unleash Innovation with Disruptive Collaboration
Innovation starts with the motivation to think outside of the box, but only comes to life when you courageously work across the lines of your organization. During his tenure as a senior executive and Board member, Sanders has studied leaders that practice what he terms ‘disruptive collaboration,’ a problem-solving style that leverages surprising alliances along the fault-lines of a company. He’ll reveal how the biggest leaps and turnarounds in history came from ‘collisions of thought,’ not safe work in our silos of excellence. Tim’s eye-opening keynote will deliver actionable insights and tools that will boost productivity, drive agility and lead to breakthrough business outcomes.

Audiences will learn:
• How to Leverage the Power of Multiple Perspectives to Solve Problems Faster
• How to Bring Collaborative Partners Online Quickly to Unleash Innovation
• How to Bring Multiple Stakeholder Needs From “Me-to-We” in a Collaborative Project

Leading With Love
What are some of the top challenges facing today’s leaders? Employee engagement and customer retention. Here’s what we know: Competition for our best people and most profitable customers is coming from every direction, disrupting our businesses. What can we do to cement strong relationships and stand out from the crowd? Lead with love. In his New York Times bestselling book, Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence People, Tim Sanders explains that “love is the most powerful force in the business world, and we show it by sharing our knowledge, networks and compassion to promote success in other people.” In this inspiring keynote, he’ll combine compelling research, case studies and actionable takeaways that will move your audience to action.

Key Takeaways Include:
• Three ways to become a student of the game, and then later, a trusted advisor to others who are grappling with change.
• How to supercharge your networking skills by asking different questions … starting at this conference!
• How to put compassion at the center of key business decisions, from talent management to customer experience.

Emotional Talent: The Final Frontier Of Leadership Development
In a business world where disruption is a constant and competition is fierce, emotional intelligence (EQ) is just as important to a leader’s success as on-the-job experience and education (IQ). As leaders invest time sharpening their EQ to become more resilient and relationship-oriented, they develop what bestselling author Tim Sanders calls Emotional Talent. Tim reveals how emotional talent expands our influence, bringing out the best in others. What sets Tim apart from other EQ experts is his high level of pre-event research and keynote customization to align his keynote to the organization’s greatest challenges.

Key Takeaways Include:
• A blueprint to emotional talent development: self-awareness, self-leadership, social awareness and relationship management.
• How to leverage employee experience design to develop a strong emotional value proposition that attracts & retains talent.
• How to decode people’s emotions with 90% accuracy. Sanders will reveal the 7 Faces of Emotion, which can make you the smartest leader in the room.

Become an Essential Partner and Grow Your Business
Are you a ‘good option’ or an ‘essential partner’ to your clients? It’s a question that could make or break your book of business next year. Your competition is swinging for the fences, while disruptive innovations chip away at your client base. To succeed in this new landscape, you need to deliver ‘ridiculous’ levels of added value – becoming essential to work with. Sanders has studied client loyalty over the last decade, decoding what it takes to make the leap from optional to essential: Be a sounding board, a fountain of knowledge and a connector of dots. In this game-changing keynote, he will deliver actionable advice and tools that will help sales and professional service providers improve their skill set, drive business continuity and grow their business.

Audiences Learn:
• How to move beyond product knowledge and deeply understand your client’s unmet needs.
• How to become a trusted mentor to your clients by challenging and empowering them.
• Five questions and one statement that will supercharge your perceived listening skills.


Executive Soundview | Top 30 Business Books

  • Tim Sanders is the only speaker we have invited back in 14 years of running our convention. Simple reason – he delivers! His presentations are informative and inspiring – our delegates don`t just listen; they take notes. Tim never stops at the presentation. He then goes and works the tables at lunch, hands out his cards and says please e-mail me. He always responds. This guy is probably the best value motivational business speaker on the circuit!

    - Yorkshire International Business Convention
  • Tim took the time to get to know our organization, our business and the goals we wanted to achieve, and the results showed. If you're looking to refresh your approach to sales, Tim brings the winning edge. From networking to injecting creativity in the sales process, our sales team tripled their contacts and delivered a +28% YOY revenue gain for a recording setting sales year!

    - SVP Sales, Jumpstart Automotive
  • Hearing Tim Sanders speak is a game-changer for your business. He taught us about the value of building diverse teams and how important it is to build strong internal and external relationships long before these relationships are needed.

    - President, Society for Marketing Professional Services
  • You set the perfect tone for the conference. I heard from many, many attendees that your message resonated on several levels. You did what we asked ‘in spades’ and made us look good. What more could a meeting planner ask for?

    - Managing Director, AAA Travel
  • Would rate you as one of the best speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Your willingness to spend time tailoring the presentation and talking to members prior to the conference was most appreciated. I wish all the speakers I work with could be as generous and caring about the outcome of their efforts as you are.

    - Senior Director, SOCAP International

Summary Profile

His background is economics, psychology and debate, giving him a rare blend of stories and science to move audiences to action. Time Magazine called him a “Public Consultant” because of his extensive pre-keynote research and highly customized advice points for groups.  For over a dozen conferences and meetings, he’s the top-rated speaker in its history. Tim has valuable experience in cutting-edge businesses, sales and marketing. He’s weathered the quality movement as well as the dotcom crash and emerged with precious insight.  Sanders worked at early stage Southwestern Bell Mobile systems at the beginning of the U.S. cellular phone industry. He applied his expertise of quality, marketing and sales to help launch one of the most important industries of our time – wireless communications for the masses.

Tim is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Love Is The Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends.  His second book, The Likeability Factor was featured in major media from USA Today to the New York Times.  His latest book, Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence is an Inc. Magazine business bestseller.