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Motivational Safety Speaker Garrison Wynn

Influencing Safety

How do you move safety through your organization? How do you get buy-in? 

How do you get people to do what you want them to do regardless of the circumstances? 

safety team speaker client oxy

Months after our general managers' safety meeting, I continue to get calls from our folks who were in attendance asking if we can get Garrison Wynn to come back. Garrison's message, combined with his unique, upbeat and entertaining delivery, was the perfect combination to reach every person in that room. - OXY

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Garrison Wynn engaged and excited our audience! He mixes humor with real world experience and certainly can reach an audience. His Safety message was relevant to our company and industry and he does his homework not only on our company but on the audience as well. His message on leadership reached all levels and had them discussing leadership and safety. We all walked away with something that can be applied in our everyday business. Thanks! - Dyno Nobel, Inc.

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We asked Garrison to customize a one hour safety keynote for the 22 events we scheduled. He got rave reviews (at all 22 events)!  Alabama Power

Safety Program Descriptions


Engaged Safety

What the Most Successful Safety Leaders Do Differently

We hear the term “employee engagement” a lot these days. We also hear how recognition, goal alignment and a clear path to success can create it. But how can engagement produce a sustainable culture of safety as we strive for zero incidents? By leaders making their employees the "heroes" of safety.  

Drawing from Gallup research across 46 countries (research shows that engaged employees are 48% safer on the job than their disengaged counterparts), this highly informative and entertaining session reveals how skilled leaders at all levels create safety: They give employees what they value most—the feeling that they are valued. From this session, leaders acquire specific communication tools they can use to dramatically reduce resistance to change and to create a safer work environment. The impact of this program reaches far beyond the session itself, creating an emotional shift that fuels immediate implementation.


Influencing Safety

Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this entertaining, customized session is more than just a safe bet. It will get your people laughing, learning and motivated to create a culture of safety while maintaining productivity.

This program focuses on developing the personal influence to make things stick, whether you're helping leaders move change through their locations or getting workers to look out for each other on the job site. Garrison is authentic - a guy who's been there. He's a chemical plant explosion survivor who has developed environmental safety products still in use worldwide. He expertly fuses his experiences into key takeaways such as how to build the trust and relationships that make consistent safety a reality. He delivers those takeaways using a humorous approach that will have serious impact on your event.


Influencing Safety for All Generations

How to get total buy-in from everyone

Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this entertaining, customized presentation is more than just a safe bet. It will get you laughing, learning and motivated to create a culture of safety. With a focus on generational differences, the program explains why older employees get stuck in their ways and why younger people are more likely to snap a picture of a fire than run from it!


Customized Safety Leadership

The Truth About Awareness And Complacency 

Garrison's presentation can be tailored to focus on what's most important to your group. Motivation, safety, communication and success tools mixed the way you like it. Below are segments that can be used to build a customized 30-minute to 1hr session.

What really motivates people to be safe: The real truth about influence and belief systems

How to get people to listen to you

Engaged employees are safer and look out for each other

We are our brother’s and sisters's keeper: Awareness

Being present in the moment: Creating a safety culture

The truth about trust: Team building in action

Generational differences: Making sure veterans are supportive of Gen Y and young employees respect experience

Avoiding blame distribution: Working better together
Getting buy-in and changing behaviors

How to be right without making people wrong

Making change work: Dealing with resistance

Staying motivated by motivating others to be safe


Safety speaker Garrison Wynn absolutely hit a home run with the ESCS  Forum audience. He took the time to learn about the audience before his safety presentation which added a very personal feel. The audience said they could have listened to Garrison for another 90 minutes. The entire audience was so very captivated by his message and more importantly how he delivered it.   We look forward to recommending Garrison for future Nexen safety events.  Nexen

Safety Speaker Biography

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Safety speaker for gulf power

The response to your safety presentations has been overwhelmingly positive and I continue to receive comments and e-mails from all areas about how much they enjoyed your message. Without a doubt, you are the most powerful and entertaining safety speaker we have ever experienced!

Gulf Power

Safety speaker client shell

When asked, “What was your favorite safety session?”, hands down, in the United States, The Netherlands and Nigeria your safety keynote received the most votes. None of the other sessions came even close! Your session was high energy, humorous and gave very practical advice for Safety Managers on how they can be better leaders. Thanks for all your preparation in making sure that it hit the mark.

Royal Dutch Shell

Safety Clients

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Safety speaker Garrison Wynn was very funny, knowledgeable about safety, well prepared and articulate – and most importantly, he held the audience’s attention. Our members gave him outstanding reviews.  National Lime Association

Questions and Answers about Garrison’s Safety Presentation

Do you get an opportunity to speak with safety professionals/this particular community often, and if so, how do you tailor your conversation to that community?

Yes, I speak at about 100 events per year, and 20 percent of the time it’s to safety professionals or those leading and creating a safer direction in their organizations. Research I’ve done over the past 15 years shows that knowledge, experience and intelligence are somewhat irrelevant if you don’t have personal influence. To reduce the number of incidents within an organization, it takes more than really good ideas; it takes people buying into a repeatable culture of safety. Some of this research is the basis of my book The Real Truth about Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won’t Tell You, and How You Can Do It Anyway, which is now an best-seller. Of course, I make sure my delivery of that information is very entertaining. Comedy is truth, only faster!


I understand the title of your presentation is “Making the Most of Difficult Situations: Communicating Safety.” Without giving too much away with regard to what you plan to present, what are some highlights or key themes you’d like to get across?

“How to Get People to Do What You Want Them to Do” is the overall theme of influence. But segments will include:

  • Building trust in a minute or less
  • Everyone knows something you don’t
  • The foundation of influence (which anyone can master)
  • How to create safer behaviors by understanding the real reason people don’t want to change and learning how to reverse that mindset
  • Weird safety issues: Many people are hospitalized every year from eating Hot Pockets, which proves that we take risks when we value something else more than safety. (The fact that the thing we value in this case consistently turns out to be a Hot Pocket is as interesting as it is disturbing.) The word “hot” in the name of the product is apparently not enough to help reduce incidents. I’m sure the embarrassment alone reduces the recordables, which means the situation’s even worse than the statistics show.
  • Avoiding mixed messages like “Be safe – but not so safe that we can’t have a long lunch!” What’s the underlying message there?! “Keeping all your digits intact is a pretty good thing, but it can’t compare to grabbing a burger and a 10-minute nap”?
  • How to clearly explain the value of safety in 20 seconds
  • Standing up for safety policies and not letting your personal opinions confuse people about what they are supposed to do
  • Why some of the most talented people are so difficult to work with and what you can do about it
  • Dealing with people under 30 and making sure we are not creating a safety issue for them by bragging about how brave we were back in the day
  • How younger workers are different and how to motivate them (this includes your 22-year-old couch-dwelling son who plays video games for a living!)
  • Watching out for each other. Do we have the relationships in place that make us and those around us safer? The guy everyone dislikes is usually the last person saved if the plant goes up in flames!
  • You can’t lead by example if you’re a bad example.


There was also a reference to this being a “research-based” session. What research is this referring to? Any additional details you can provide or direct me toward?

Over 10 years, we anonymously surveyed 5,371 top performers regarding what makes them so successful. Many of them were safety professionals or people who work in hazardous industries. The research points to the power of influence and of making people feel valued.


What are the key tips/items you hope our readers/attendees will take away from your keynote?

  • How to make sure you have good relationships with people around you so they are looking out for you on the job
  • How to effectively hold people accountable for safety
  • How to clearly communicate a more powerful safety message that is more likely to get buy-in quickly
  • How to gain and maintain more personal influence
  • How to get people to see the value of safety and how to consistently show them your personal value as well
Safety Conference Client Chevron

Garrison was able to get through to our people like no one else. We thought we knew it all; we were wrong.


What top safety managers do that allow them to spread the message of safety through an organization.

Communicating safety through an organization is accomplished by looking at the truth about success. Effective safety procedures and behaviors are spread through an organization through the building of good relationships and safety awareness. Below are some highlights of what top safety teams do that allow them to spread the message of safety through an organization.


  • They know it is possible to do the job right and safely at the same time.
  • They get rid of poison employees who bad mouth safety.
  • They get people to buy into safety by making sure they know what is in it for them.
  • They know production quality and safety go hand-in-hand.
  • They make sure their people understand the difference between accountability and responsibility.
  • They help people create their own safety plans; people always support what they helped to create.
  • They respect their boss, and participate in the change process.
  • They know the key to safety is making sure people are aware of their surroundings.
  • They are present in the moment. The excuse “I was not thinking” is always false. Accidents happen when people are thinking, just not about the task at hand.
  • They are not afraid to ask questions.
  • They can clearly explain the safety procedures. Overcoming resistance to change and adapting to change are fueled by clear communications. When people are confused they are hesitant to act.
  • They remember the critical five rules to communicating safety.


Top safety people deal with change and face reality: Culture change is possible! It has worked for others and it can work for you and your people. Remember safety and changing safety procedures are not the problem, resistance to this reality is.


A safety problem is one thing that is better to have heard about than experienced.

Safety speaker client shell

I want to express our sincere appreciation for being part of our Shell Oil Products US “Health and Safety Day-2004” at the Shell Learning Center. We appreciated your preparation and planning to deliver the goods that we had expected and discussed. The presentations were engaging, entertaining, motivational and balanced with good substance for take-away utilization. Both safety awareness presentations supported our conference theme centered on the delivery of results. Again, thank you for your participation and energy in making the day a big success. We look forward to working with you in the future when opportunities arise.    Shell Oil Products US

Safety Program Accountability Synopsis

What does safety accountability mean?
It means that you are held accountable for safety results. Your safety and the safety of your people are key components of your productivity.

Who is held accountable for safety?
Everyone should be held accountable for safety.

Why is this person the one that should be held accountable for safety?
OSHA says it’s the law; a supervisor can get sued for safety negligence. You have a moral responsibility as well. We should look out for others whenever possible.

How do you hold someone accountable for safety?
One way is in writing; accountability is in our corporate policies. We can also outline someone’s accountability verbally; we can clearly explain accountability and avoid blame distribution. Also, if you are willing to hold yourself accountable first, it becomes much easier to create accountability in others.

When do you hold someone accountable for safety?
All the time: when he or she first sets foot on the property or job site, before any incidents occur.

How do you get people to accept accountability for safety? 
You have to develop a why, to get them to excel in safety by choice because they want to, not because they have to. If you have built relationships on a strong foundation of trust and communication, you can dramatically improve people’s acceptance of accountability.

A series of conversations need to take place. This is not an overnight process. However, the first conversation may start like this:

“Our company is trying to achieve zero injuries and accidents; do you think that is possible?” Remember, what comes out of their mouth means more to them than what comes out of your mouth in this situation. Get them talking about how they can effect safety results.

How do you get people to realize that they are responsible for all of the people under their direction?

By getting them to understand the difference between accountability and responsibility. Accountability is when someone makes you accountable for the results, and responsibility is the act of agreeing to be accountable. Put another way, accountability is something someone places on you, and responsibility is something you willingly take on.

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The Real Truth About Loyalty

In the end, if you’re close by, easy to deal with and willing to make the sacrifices, you’ll be surrounded by those who are not likely to ever leave your side. In the business world, that means your employees are likely to stay with you and perform at the highest level. And in your personal life, it means that your kids will be high achievers who are going to live in your house until they’re 30!

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Safety Goes Sci-fi

According to Evolve Performance Group, 9 out of 10 engaged employees say that safety is a top priority every day while only two in 10 actively disengaged employees can say the same thing. Modern successful safety cultures are based in facts. People who feel valued, value safety and each other. The takeaway from these numbers cannot be overestimated.

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Why Not You?

The truth is without good relationships communication suffers; without engaged employees, awareness is lost; and, without generations supporting each other, information isn’t passed down. In the long-term, the culture doesn’t improve and may, in fact, deteriorate.  

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Why your best people have the worst safety practices – and how to fix it

The only thing that makes your safety leadership look more ineffective than having your worst people screw up your safety record is having your best people do it.


Why Being Prepared Is Better Than Being Smart

The Hurricane Don’t List: safety tips from two generations of survivors   They say experience is important, but do we really need to learn our greatest lessons about safety at the point of failure? Although I appreciate the guy who blew himself up instructing me how not to blow myself up, I also want to hear about the person…


The Dangerous Truth About Safety

Safety leaders need personal influence skills so they can consistently engage employees. If you don’t know how to get people to believe, it doesn’t matter what you say.

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Safety Is Not a Goal; It’s a Lifestyle

Let’s liberate ourselves from the BS. Many of us who try to make the safety programs work at our organizations are not dedicated safety professionals. We have what is commonly referred to as “a real job.” This is not meant to be offensive to trained and highly skilled safety folks, for whom safety is indeed…

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The Real Truth About Safety: Creating a Culture of Buy In

How do safety leaders and managers create a culture of safety? Knowing that safety is important is clearly not enough to create (or even put a dent in creating) a culture of safety and  incident-free environments. We have heard the messages “Safety First,” “Target Zero” and, as a very dedicated guy in rural Louisiana explained…