Keith Ferrazzi is the world’s foremost expert in professional relationship development. He has transformed the lives and careers of clients and readers worldwide, bringing 20 years of research and experience to the art and science of business relationship development. His signature focus on success through relationships – a deeply energizing passion – has fueled his own incredible rise to prominence. Both Forbes and Inc. have called him one of the world's most "connected" individuals.
Ferrazzi has won a place as one of the top thought leaders in American business. His first book, "Never Eat Alone," redefined networking today. His #1 NY Times bestseller "Who’s Got Your Back" focuses on lifeline relationships, a narrow category of deep, trusting peer relationships that disproportionately affect our careers and well-being. Ferrazzi has been named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, one of the top "40 Under 40" business leaders by Crain's Business, and one of the most creative Americans in Who's Really Who.
Ferrazzi moves audiences to action and has been enthusiastically recognized as one the world’s most dynamic, engaging speakers. He has received accolades from an impressively diverse list of listeners: Meryll Lynch, Goldman Sachs , Microsoft, the United Nations, Facebook, the World Economic Forum, Kraft, GM, Century 21, AT&T, and Aon, to name a few. Ferrazzi is a frequent contributor to CNN and CNBC, and has been a guest on Larry King Live and Today Show. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc., Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
Ferrazzi grew up in Latrobe, PA, where his father was a steelworker and his mother a cleaning lady. He and his entire family worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools – and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School – imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships as the cornerstone of success.
As founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research-based consulting and training company, Ferrazzi provides corporate leaders with strategic consulting and training to improve sales, performance, and team cohesion, with an emphasis on personal transformation. Ferrazzi launched his career as the youngest Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500 at Deloitte Consulting, and was also CMO at Starwood Hotels and CEO at YaYa Media.
Ferrazzi’s foundation, Greenlight Giving, engages collaborative action to bring together visionary leaders to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Greenlight Giving leverages developments in relationship science from Ferrazzi Greenlight’s Research institute to change lives through programs including Serve & Grow - bringing sustainable changes to Guatemala, Words 2 Life - helping kids in the foster care system to develop a network of positive mentors and role models through music, and CollegeCONNECT - teaching students techniques and skills to develop meaningful, lasting, and mutually beneficial relationships.
- Challenge Talk
- Relationships for Revenue Growth
- Collaboration for Team Success
- Improving the Customer Experience by Transforming Managers into Trusted Advisors
- New Rules for the Virtual Workplace: Managing Virtual Meetings, Teams, and Employees
Marketing, Business, Branding, Relationships, Networking, Success, Performance, Communication, Leadership, Management
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“Wow! I was amazed by the impact that Keith had on our group at our annual meeting. He was able to take a group of already tight-knit individuals and help them to better the relationships that they have with one another. I have already seen our members start to apply Keith’s principles in with their teams and clients.” - Corporate Event Marketing Assn (CEMA)
"Keith was the perfect opening keynote speaker at our conference. His energy woke up the room and got the Summit off to a sizzling start. You could see the audience perk up and hang on Keith's every word. His anecdotes from his years as chief marketing officer really resonated with this particular audience. People were inspired and energized by Keith's presentation. In a day which also featured keynotes from Mark Cuban and CNN's Anderson Cooper, Keith was the conference's most talked about speaker." - CNN International (International Advertising Assn) (IAA)
"Keith's message was extremely empowering and insightful. He's ability to clearly communicate the strategies and practices critical for building deeper, more personal relationships provided our members a roadmap that will allow them develop meaningful relationships long after the conference. His messages on personal branding and individual currency helped our members shift their current perceptions about their profession on both a micro and macro level." - Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP)
"Your (Keith)'s speech was by and large the most discussed event at our conference! Your zeal and your enthusiasm was not only seen but felt throughout the entire audience. Your insight on how to turn an ordinary conference, a meeting, or any other type of corporate event into an opportunity to foster deep personal relationships provided our members with a refreshing new outlook that will forever change the way they conduct business. Your concepts of transparency and vulnerability allowed our members to immediately connect and interact with one another a level I thought was never possible. I still am receiving emails to this day recognizing the impact Keith’s message has had on both their professional and personal lives!” - Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
We could not have chose a better way to kick off our conference than opening with Keith. He energized the audience, increased the level of engagement and connection among attendees, and provided important learnings that carried over through the balance of the conference. In fact, a number of other keynote and workshop speakers referred back to Keith's presentation. The feedback we have received since the conference has been outstanding, with Keith and his plenary noted as highlights. – Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association