Education Speaker Garrison Wynn

From strengthening traditional academic models to creating new pathways with proven success strategies, Garrison Wynn delivers research based results from what the top 5,321 organizations and 21 industries (including school systems, universities and education associations) do that make them so successful.

Play Video

Funny and relevant! As the keynote at our annual event, he had a big job and delivered beyond our expectations. Garrison was able to keep the crowd laughing the whole time while giving great nuggets that really connected (being the son of a school teacher was great and what it meant to his mother was both funny and heartwarming). The feedback was excellent and we would love to have him back for a 3rd time!

Margaret White,
Executive Director of Strategy

Garrison Wynn gave an excellent presentation that included tools our members can take back to their districts and use. His keynote was timely, informative and entertaining. We loved the energy he brought to the conference!

Sandy Wachter, CMP
Director of Meetings and Events

Garrison did an amazing job as the speaking at our event. Understanding how the school system works and his research with school superintendents and business managers made his presentation hit home! Also, he was very funny, inspiring and left us with an uplifting message.

Ollie Jakob

Garrison’s keynote was extraordinarily effective and our staff is still talking about it. His insights into human behavior and how to be more influential were well received. Garrison’s engaging style of delivery and willingness to frame a message in the context of our strategic theme made the message resonate.

Troy Lange
Executive Director

Garrison’s understanding of internal and external communication skills is some of the best we have ever encountered (researched, fun and easy to implement). The teambuilding has improved our ability to build relationships and move forward with our mission of effectiveness. We highly recommend his services.


Garrison brought great energy and excitement to kick off our conference! Our attendees got to laugh, learn, and think about how the work they do in schools has such a broad impact on both staff and students.

Flip Steinour
Assistant Executive Director

Garrison was a HUGE hit with our audience!! I hope to get to work together in the future and have him speak again for an ISRD event.


Garrison’s presentation style, simply put, is remarkable. His ability to use humor allowed the inherent message of the importance of needing to adjust and adapt to change, a much more understandable and palatable endeavor. His ability to engage the audience is a testimonial to his talents. We have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the faculty- many chiding their take-aways from his talk; appreciation for the presentation; and the enjoyment of listening to Garrison’s performance. We would, without reservation, highly recommend Garrison to speak at your college or organization.

Wayne S. Stein, Psy.D.
Dean, Academic Excellence and Support

Probably the toughest gig is the 8:45 AM motivational speech to kick off an educational conference. You really did a good job to keep everyone laughing; they were all paying attention and wanted to hear what you had to say next. I have received numerous positive comments about your Keynote Address.


Garrison your program was outstanding! You received exceptional reviews from our discerning faculty. Delivering a strong message with great take-away information in a very humorous manner was exactly what we needed.


You ended our conference on a very positive, upbeat, and entertaining note.


It was a pleasure having you at LBUSD. Our event was a total success, thanks to you!

AWESOME, entertaining with very high energy and you kept everyone’s attention with good

data to back up your points. Also, our senior team thought you were great.

Long Beach Unified School District

Education Speaker’s Communication Strategy: Open minds start with open channels

Schools are much more than workplaces, but that doesn’t keep office-style interactions out of the environment. Sometimes egos or cultures clash among co-workers, and knowing parameters for handling conflicts is important to every member of the team.

In Wynn’s research, he has discovered time and again how our assumptions shape our relationships. These self-limiting thoughts can narrow our vision and reduce the impact of the knowledge and experience we pass along.

People who make others feel heard are trusted quickly. Those who can’t even pretend to listen may struggle indefinitely and wind up having little influence. One of the keys to success as a communicator is being present in the moment. Is every member of your team really focused on how others feel and think? How easy is it to get caught up in a single world-view?

Wynn understands that open lines of communication often require establishing some sort of process for airing opinions and sharing ideas. But it’s not that hard to motivate your team to share. Once that wall falls, your organization can reap the benefits of a shared vision established on common ground.


Inquire About Pricing And Availability


Influencing Education


How do you get people to buy-into change quickly and stay flexible? 

Change is not an epiphany, idea or plan…it’s an action.

Action and adaptability create opportunity!


Garrison Wynn’s keynote descriptions and speaker outlines for educational conferences, academic conferences and teacher conferences.

Action and adaptability create opportunity

Change Is Mandatory…Stress Is Optional

Change is something we all have to deal with, but the stress that accompanies change is more of a choice. In this heavily researched session, Garrison applies his signature humor to a very serious topic.  This fun, comprehensive program offers tools and tips for getting through a big change with much less stress. More importantly, it creates an emotional shift for attendees as they see how much control they have over how change affects them.

This session also shows attendees how stress is more about what we believe than it is about what is actually happening.  From embracing big transitions in technology to dealing with curriculum changes, student poverty, teacher shortages and family factors, this presentation helps superintendents,  principles, and teachers implement necessary changes with minimal resistance.

  •  Curing disengagement
  •  How to get “buy-in” on change quickly
  •  Resignations and retirements: retention and recruiting
  •  Dealing with difficult student and parents: What’s working right now
  •  Managing mental health: what the most successful do differently
  •  Social media induced worry: separating the data from the drama
  •  Dealing with resistance to change
  •  Change is easy… you go first!

Educational Influence

Generations Working Better Together

This extremely informative, entertaining, solutions-based session explores why younger and older people don’t see eye to eye. From dealing with coworkers and parents of a different generation to handling the entitled behavior of the students without losing your mind, this research-based program shows it’s possible for baby boomers and Gen Z, X and Y individuals to work well together in an educational environment.

Challenge – Motivate – Educate

Educational Change Leadership

Budget cuts, resignations/retirements,COVID and unstable class sizes are just some of things educators face these days. Adapting to necessary changes is a challenge for administrators, principals and teachers. Garrison Wynn (the son of a 35 year veteran schoolteacher and a product of the public school system) has more than two decades of experience helping weather ground-shaking transitions in education. He brings a research-driven, results-oriented approach to strategies for change management.

Accepting the necessity of change is a critical ingredient of any transition. All members of an organization must understand that all institutions must adapt and change before any progress can be made implementing new strategies.

But even in the best circumstances, our natural reaction to change is resistance. Wynn finds there’s no better way to minimize resistance to change than to ensure everyone gets involved, from those responsible for implementing a change to those affected by it. When people feel they are valued participants in planning and implementing a new course of action, they are more likely to follow it through.

Knowledge is not necessarily power and processes aren’t the key to success. Real solutions are much simpler. They are based on learning to minimize what you do poorly and a sharpening focus on what you do well.

Any member of an educational team can help motivate his or her peers, but research shows that leadership influence and involvement is the greatest contributor to success during any change. If people don’t know “what” the change is and “why” it’s here, then “how” to implement a policy shift or new strategy is a moot point. Leaders during a transition must back their words with behaviors and actions that support change.This session focuses on educators using the tactics that are working right now to move change forward and make sure everyone feels valued along the way.

Lead – Motivate – Educate

Creating a Culture of Loyalty

Reducing employee turnover and job dissatisfaction

This highly focused, entertaining session shows leaders and influencers at all levels how to consistently create a sustainable culture of loyalty. This is not the view from 30,000 feet; it’s a high-energy, direct connection to the tools and tactics that are dramatically improving employee retention right now.

This program is a fun “experience” designed to provide you with actionable ideas and solutions that will assist in driving a sustainable culture that will help your organization to achieve its goals by keeping and attracting the people you need to succeed.

  • Making sure your people feel valued and supported daily
  • How to be right without making people wrong
  • Forensic listening: Listening to those who have not felt heard in the past
  • Eliminating quiet quitting by improving the employee experience
  • Making work worth it: Fix the job, not just the worker
  • Managing expectations and emotions

How to Think Together When We All Think Differently

Cultural Diversity

Garrison Wynn’s seen it all in his travels, from global companies looking to improve internal and external relationships to organizations just trying to get people to be more tolerant of each other’s ideas and beliefs. Getting your team members on the same page can be a daunting task. In the educational arena, it’s downright critical to maintaining a productive environment with diverse workforces.

Wynn’s perspectives on fostering tolerance and idea-sharing cover a wide range of topics, including:

Understanding intellectual prejudice: Contempt prior to investigation

How to become more open to new ideas outside of your own culture

Cultural communication issues: Origins, issues and solutions

Specifics: Customized for the cultures involved (example: How Americans interpret European communication styles and customs)

How a lack of intellectual diversity reduces productivity

Dealing with culturally based agendas: A repeatable process for gaining agreement

Working better together: Adjusting our approach when necessary

Research-based communication and diversity solutions

What does success look like? Defining the outcomes we are trying to achieve

Embracing Change Starts at The Top

Leadership Strategies For Educators

This research-based entertaining program focuses on the difference between managing people and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident contributors. People need to know their contribution to an institution’s success. It is the baseline of effective leadership and the key to productivity to inspire commitment to the mission and let educators know they are essential to the entire school’s success.

How can you instill a climate of ownership so that everyone feels accountable and responsible for success? How can you motivate your team to focus on the goal rather than themselves? How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition?

Great leadership requires developing a shared vision that everyone can get behind. The result is a more productive and efficient workplace with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive environment.

Educational Speaker Clients

Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers

Region 4 Education Service Center

U.S. Education Corporation

Texas A&M University

Rice University

Clemson University

Boston University

Sam Houston State University

The University of Houston

Michigan State University

Occidental College

The University of Texas

Bakersfield College Foundation

Florida Association of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges

Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M Turbomachinery Laboratory

Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children

Tyler Independent School District

Houston Independent School District

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Mountain BOCES

Medina Valley School District

Why Choose Garrison Wynn For Your Next Conference For Educators?


When you hire the right speaker, your audience leaves energized, entertained, educated and alive with possibilities.