Wes Berry is an expert in delivering Keynote Speeches that are transformative in ways that leave attendees talking for years to come. He deliveries complex insights in simple lessons that resonate by delivering successful outcomes to anyone who hears them.
He built a remarkable international business with sales of over 750 MILLION DOLLARS, which operated in 130 countries worldwide.
WSJ & USA TODAY bestselling author
Wes is also the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY best-selling author of the book Big Things Have Small Beginnings, which focuses primarily on success and growth and is the first volume in his Life and Business Series his second volume, Be the Catalysts of Your Success, is in its final edit and will be released in the Fall of 2021.
With Wes, you get someone who has experienced more than his share of both setbacks and successes. That’s how truly successful people roll. Without risk, the reward is without meaning. Only by daring to roll the dice is a life worth living. Don’t get this wrong. It would help if you took the easy wins too, and no one should be reckless, but it sure is true that you learn more from setbacks than easy wins. And if you want to grow and reach greater heights, you must keep learning.
CATALYSTS OF SUCCESS
Motivation – Mindset – Leadership – Growth – Teamwork – Integrity – Core Competency – Diversity – Change
Delivered in three formats a one-hour keynote, a two-day workshop, or a four-day complete program. The Keynote can be delivered as an executive-type brief, luncheon, or dinner and can cover all Catalysts or focused on one or more individual Catalysts. The two-day workshop is a condensed version of the four-day full workshop and generally covers all Catalysts. The following are brief glimpses into the content of these presentations.
THE POSITIVE SIDE OF GOLF (Motivation) – Lee Trevino, one of the all-time great golfers, used to say, “Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.” Of course, Trevino, who won more than his fair share of golf tournaments, didn’t have to worry much about coming up short. But still, that sense of desperation and having everything to lose can be a compelling motivator. However, there are many other ways to be motivated and motivate others that are touched on in this presentation.
ICE CREAM THERAPY (Mindset) – Alice asked the Cheshire Cat which way to go. He responded that it depends on where you want to end up. She said she did not know, and the cat said, “Then it doesn’t matter which direction you take!” Being a positive person requires a conscious decision. If not, you’ll find yourself following the crowd of negative people. And exposure to negative thoughts attracts negative outcomes, conversely positive thoughts, well, attract positive outcomes. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” When my mindset slips onto that negative path, you’ll find me remembering an awkward lesson I learned while in line at a Dairy Queen.
ICONS OF SUCCESS (Leadership) – In 2006, the Ford Motor Company was in trouble. On the brink of bankruptcy, this iconic American brand was on the ropes. Declining car sales had led to a financial crisis within the company, and the public perception of the quality of Ford automobiles had plummeted. Something needed to change—but first, they needed to find the right person to guide the company. From Ford Motor Company’s Alan Mulally and Lord Horatio Nelson on the high seas to Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, true visionaries are the ones who do the impossible and make it look easy.
THE RITZ EXPERIENCE (Growth) – There’s a saying in the business world: If you’re not growing, you’re dying. And you know what? It’s absolutely true. Not to sound overdramatic, but the fact is a company that’s not growing isn’t just standing still—in business, that’s as good as having one foot in the proverbial grave. In 1898, hotelier César Ritz and his business partner/chef, Auguste Escoffier, opened a hotel in the Place Vendrôme. Ritz and Escoffier had run other hotels before opening the Ritz, such as London’s renowned Savoy Hotel. However, after leaving the Savoy under a cloud, Ritz followed the advice of his favorite customers and began what would become the standard for all future luxury hotels.
TY COBB, BABE RUTH, AND SO ON (Teamwork) – In the 1987 movie The Untouchables, there’s a scene where notorious gangster Al Capone, played by the legendary Robert De Niro, has gathered several of his associates together for a private banquet. With everyone seated around a large round table, Capone begins a speech comparing business to baseball. Capone, a semi-pro ballplayer before turning to a life of crime, emphasized the importance of teamwork over the individual. “Sunny day, stands are full of fans, and what does the player have to say? I’m going out there for myself,” says Capone. “But I get nowhere unless the team wins.” Team building is a big part of success whether you’re the head of an organized crime syndicate or running a multinational corporation.
THE RIGHT STUFF (Integrity) – NASA, America’s Space Program in the 1960s was necessary grounded in technical and physical integrity. And that integrity was tested by the events of January 27, 1967; Apollo 1 was running through a launch rehearsal at the NASA complex at Cape Kennedy. The mission was planned to launch on February 21, 1967. This would be the first flight of the Apollo Program, which would eventually land the first men on the Moon. Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger B. Chaffee were the astronauts selected for this mission. After some of the most intensive selection, conditioning, and training that humanity has ever devised, these three men were considered the “Best of the Best.” Yet, these three men were burned to death because of a failure in the integrity of NASA’s engineering.
THE TWO STEVES (Core Competency) – When it comes to American success stories, the two Steves at Apple probably rank pretty high on your list. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple, Inc. was a garage in 1976, selling computer kits to hobbyists for $50 apiece. By 1980, Apple went public, and Jobs and Wozniak became millionaires. Today, 45 years after Apple began, Jobs and Wozniak are considered pioneers of personal computing. If you find yourself asking how Jobs and Wozniak were able to turn Apple into such a huge success so quickly, you’re not alone. People worldwide have been studying these two, trying to unlock the secret of their success. But in reality, it’s not all that complicated. They just knew what their strengths were, and they played to them. They understood their core competencies.
MONEYBALL (Change) – Billy Bean is the main character in Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball, made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt. It is a very entertaining story on many levels; however, to me, the key lesson is how Bean’s disruptive or unconventional leadership style evolved. His willingness to disrupt produced one of the most completive teams in baseball with one of the lowest budgets. The small market Oakland A’s with a $40 million payroll could compete against the New York Yankees with its $126 million payrolls. The culture of an enterprise is the responsibility of leadership. And without a culture of honesty and a willingness to innovate, the difficult times will overwhelm any hope of success.
GET ON BOARD (Inclusion) – It’s always easier to embrace something like diversity or inclusion when benefits are clear. To begin with, inclusion is a fairness issue, and having a fair corporate culture is simply the right thing to do. However, different perspectives also mean a greater variety of ideas which leads to greater innovation. The culture of an enterprise is enhanced, which will help you attract more talented individuals. Improved community and customer relations will add to these benefits. Besides, it is just fair play and simply the right thing to do. It will also contribute to an improved reputation for your business. And all of this will result in a more successful company. Isn’t it nice when doing the right thing is also the best thing to do?
Wes built a significant international business with sales of over 750 MILLION DOLLARS that operated in 130 countries worldwide. He is also the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY best-selling author of the book Big Things Have Small Beginnings, which focuses primarily on success and growth.
Wes is a veteran speaker and broadcaster with over 30 years of experience; however, Wes Berry is much more than that. He has been on the frontlines of business as someone who took a small failing flower shop and built a substantial international company. He has also served on the Boards of an Educational Foundation, Community Youth Assistance, and Henry Ford Hospital. Berry currently serves on the Board of Trustees for a nine-figure Foundation. His many honors include the NAACP’s business person of the year.
He’s an exciting addition to any conference, industry trade show, or annual event. His extensive business, motivational, and community service acumen has availed him as an expert for many venues, including appearances on several talk shows. His many media appearances include NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Entrepreneur and Time magazines, Fox News, Neil Cavuto, Geraldo Rivera, and John Stossel, to name a just few.
His friendly, engaging, and humorous style makes him an outstanding keynote speaker, presenter, emcee, or facilitator. Let him know your goals, and he’ll custom tailor his presentation to deliver the SIZZLE.
Married for 30+ years, he has four adult sons and spends his leisure time, either with his English Bulldog or golfing.
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