Leadership Lessons from the Lifeguard Stand

Keynote Speaker on Resilience and Performance Strategies to Go the Distance.


Keynote Speaking & Workshops on Resilience

How do we successfully manage change?

Most people think the definition of resilience is the ability to bounce back from hardship. While this is certainly an important aspect of resilience, Adam Markel, resilience keynote speaker, believes that any singular definition ignores the complexity of this most crucial state of being. Yes, resilience enables you to bounce back from challenges … and end up even stronger. Being resilient makes you better able to effectively utilize change, create solutions, manage your energy and often, determine how situations will unfold in your life.

Resilience goes beyond bouncing back. It’s the ability to thrive – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – regardless of what may be happening in your environment.

– Adam Markel

Inspiring, Entertaining and Impactful

Keynote Speaker Adam Markel

Listed as one of Huffington Posts top speakers to see, Adam Markel is an in-demand resilience and reinvention expert, keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of PIVOT: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career & Life. Adam has redefined what it means to manage change, enroll your employees, grow your sales and lead from the heart.

He does this by infusing heart and energy into every event that he keynotes:

  • Heart: Uniting your group with more love and helping them find their best.
  • Energy: Opening your meeting with the energy of a human battery and closing with an impact your attendees will never forget.

Adam Markel’s extensive experience in both business and speaking on global stages translates into a powerful experience for any audience. He uniquely integrates self-development and business mastery to inspire, motivate and empower accelerated success. Adam tailors his speaking to meet the needs and goals of both the event organizers and audience. Adam’s keynotes are interactive, engaging, high energy and inspirational. He employs “accelerated learning techniques” while speaking, such as exercises, processes and suggestology, resulting in participants learning faster and retaining more of what they learn. Attendees gain skills, tools, strategies, and practices they can use when returning to their teams.

Adam in Action

Adam Markel’s Keynote Speaker Clips

From the LIVE to VIRTUAL stage: We’ve Got To Develop Resilience Before We Need It

Doing This for 10 Seconds Can Change Your Life! Adam Markel at TEDx South Lake Tahoe

Lifeguard Principle #1 – Got Your Back Culture

Lifeguard Principle #2 – 100% Engagement, Rowing Together

Adam Markel's Past Clients

Adam Markel's Keynote Speeches & Workshops on Resilience

As a resilience keynote speaker and expert, Adam helps individuals and businesses embrace change, execute disruption and cultivate work cultures of greater unity and resilience. Whether through keynotes, online workshops, one-on-one training or mentorships (available via ZOOM as well), there are many ways that Adam and his team can help you create an environment where high performance is the norm.

Adam has years of experience delivering his messages and training virtually as well. Regardless of the location and size of your team, Adam can bring them together and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in today’s marketplace.

These core talks have created positive ROI for individuals and businesses worldwide. When Adam Markel is your speaker, he tailors his talk to your specific event goals and audience.

Create High Performance Leadership Like a Lifeguard

With 18 years as a trial attorney and 9 years as the CEO of a large training and development company, Adam Markel has much to share with audiences about leadership and resilience. However, his greatest and most enduring lessons came from the 7 years he spent as a lifeguard on the beach in Long Island.

In this high energy talk, Adam will share what he calls the “Resilient Leadership Model” to help create high performance results — where team members are mentally, emotionally, and physically bought into the same mission. Adam helps his audiences understand that resilience is a lot more than endurance and that leadership means more than simply being in charge. His heart-centered leadership techniques help organizations understand how to nurture their teams so they can outlast the competition and go the distance.

Through a combination of audience participation and powerful stories straight out today’s headlines, Adam Markel shares:

  • How transparency creates trust — the most critical element in developing a high performing team.
  • How to hold team members accountable from a place of love versus judgment.
  • A game-changing feedback system to encourage more authentic, fast and effective communication.
  • Systems that encourage healthy risk-taking and create a got-your-back culture vs, a watch-your-back culture.

Use The P.I.V.O.T. Formula to Create a Culture of Resilience

Disruption is inevitable. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change – or clings to the status quo because of the perceived risk, your days may be numbered: 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business.

Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and its very survival.Our ability to reinvent and innovate – what Adam Markel refers to as “PIVOT-Ability” – is critical to business longevity. Pivoting requires vision, agility, resilience and the ability to utilize change to its fullest.

Through a combination of foundational principles, stories and interactive exercises, Adam Markel will help your team:

  • Embrace the law of small changes to increase productivity and operational longevity.
  • Leverage a 4-part Resilience Regeneration process to build top-down and bottom-up resilience into your organization.
  • Shift from an old paradigm success formula to one that encourages your team to reach new heights while learning from “great mistakes”.
  • Breakthrough the fear of change and challenge “status quo” results.

Make Purpose the Lifeline of Your Company Culture

Why do people vie to work with companies like Patagonia and Google? Because it is an opportunity for them to transform and grow; not just collect a paycheck. Today, the new currency of success is purpose. Did you know that 91% of consumers would switch for purpose-driven brands? Further, 79% of business leaders believe that an organization’s purpose is central to business success. And, millennials who have a strong connection to the purpose of their organization are 5.3x more likely to stay loyal to that company.

So what’s required? Adam Markel believes that prioritizing purpose and embracing a culture that rewards learning and self-responsibility will ultimately drive creativity, innovation and performance. Companies with a clear purpose have a powerful competitive advantage on many levels. Most importantly, the more engaged and connected employees are to their work, the less likely they will be to look for other employment and the more effectively they will perform in their current role.

In this highly engaging and experiential presentation, your attendees will learn:

  • The 4 principles of highly effective purpose-driven leadership.
  • A powerful framework to create an unstoppable and high-performing team.
  • How to utilize Codes of Honor and Feedback Loops to cultivate a culture of personal accountability and effective self-leadership.
  • Strategies to build employee trust, buy-in, and innovation.

Go From Hello to a Handshake in a New York Minute

We’ve all experienced the traditional model of sales, which is to always be closing. The fact is that high pressure tactics no longer work in today’s authenticity-driven marketplace. Rather than concentrate on simply closing deals, organizations and entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to open more relationships and to utilize connection and transparency to increase sales.

In this interactive and exercise-oriented talk, Adam Markel will help your attendees will explore:

  • Doubling sales through authentic relationship building using the Heart of Enrollment™ principles.
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of an outdated “closing” paradigm.
  • 5 steps to opening and maintaining long term buying relationships.
  • Customer care strategies that drive improved sales retention.

The 7 Keys to Speaking with Heart & Impact

In this interactive talk, your team will learn the skills required to become a dynamic, engaging and impactful speaker. Whether speaking to a group or one-on-one, the ability to clearly articulate your message and enroll 100% of your audience is one of the most essential skills required to grow and scale your business.

Successful business owners, executives and leaders are constantly using their communication skills to: Speak their business vision in a way that attracts and retains employees, team members and key executives, share their unique business story to attract investors, and promote their business and magnify its impact.

Adam Markel shares his signature processes and tools developed over decades to cultivate your most effective, influential and powerful voice, including:

  • The Closing the Gap mindset that builds rapport, enhances communication and dramatically increases sales results.
  • The science of Accelerated Learning to engage an audience of one or many, so they retain more of the information you share.
  • The art of Speaking from the Heart that results in a more authentic and powerful presentation.
  • How to create an impeccable context with your audience, including a corporate context that inspires employees, boosts engagement and retains top talent.
  • The 100% Enrollment technique to accelerate sales results and create greater connection with your audience.

Motivation In A Keynote Is Great. Tangible Tools & Takeaways Are Even Better

During his years as a transformational trainer in personal and business development, Adam learned the importance of the entire experience for the audience. Part of his Accelerated Learning approach is to provide attendees with anchors that reinforce key messages, as well as exercises that solidify takeaways and help participants integrate their learnings into real change they can take back to their teams.

One of the best ways to bring home a message for an audience is to make it personal. Audiences who take the Resilient Leader Assessment in advance are presented with their own resilience results, as well as strategies for handling their unique challenges and opportunities. Want to build your resilience so you too can show up at your 100%? Download Adam’s Resilience Kickstart Kit. Learn strategies and tips to build your and your team’s resilience, including Adam’s favorite practices, daily habits and must-know products. You’ll also receive regular updates to help keep resilience a priority.

Reframe, Reset and Regenerate.

1. Reframe

Perception is reality! Our ability to create meaning and our meaning-making capability empowers how we see everything. If we can acknowledge this power and harness it then we can make truly grounded decisions as leaders at work and in our personal lives. When adversity, conflict, challenge or disruption arises, here’s how reframing works… we must Pause, Ask and Choose. Pause to ground ourselves; Ask what the creative opportunity is based on the meaning we can extract from the situation; and Choose to move forward using all that we can learn from the events that have taken place. To do this means we can get out of our own way in finding and creating solutions. When we are equipped to reframe something and look at it differently, a world of new possibilities becomes our reality.

2. Reset

Given the types of disruptions we face almost everyday it is possible to find ourselves lost or in the weeds. Sometimes we even make mistakes! The GPS on our phone is programmed to find a new path to almost any destination without judging us for making a wrong turn in the first place. The ability to get to our goals requires that we “recalculate” and “redirect” from time to time. Our research is clear that the ability to reset ourselves at various times of the day, without criticism, elevates our capacity to move toward our desired outcomes and perform at our best in  the process.

3. Regenerate

Recovery is critical to building resilience. How can we thrive when we’re functioning at, say, 70% of our capacity? Regenerating our mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual battery increases our staying power and performance. Our research found that the best athletes in the world have one thing in common with the highest achievers in business — rituals for recharging themselves in each of the 4 MEPS realms. Organizations perform better when their leaders are both an example of resilience and a promoter of it’s benefits  to those around them.

There are not many success stories that don’t involve healthy resilience. Cultivating your resilience is a skill in business and life that is truly game-changing. In fact, it is now recognized that more than intelligence and talent, resilience is the single most important trait required to succeed in today’s highly complex market.

"3-Whistle" Resilience Principles

Adam’s discovered that being resilient is of life and death importance to lifeguards and other first responders. What isn’t widely known or talked about is how to utilize adversity as a catalyst for growth. Over the course of 30 years Adam learned that Resilience is the ability to experience setbacks or failures and use them to create momentum. In other words Resilience isn’t about bouncing-back, it’s about Bouncing-Forward. In working with leaders and businesses all around the globe, as well in analyzing hundreds of organizational and individual case studies and research, Adam has discovered that the three most important markers of resilience are our ability to:

Who Will Benefit From Adam Markel's Message?

Corporate Audiences

Corporations must innovate or die. The keys to innovation lay within a corporation’s ability to effectively creating a clear vision, motivating employees through purpose-driven leadership, and successfully utilizing the principles of change management.


A solid foundation is critical to the success of every aspiring and current business owner. The PIVOT process provides entrepreneurs with a roadmap and tools to create a strong and thriving business and lifestyle; one that is congruent with their goals and the markets they serve.

Career Services Professionals

Economics, technology innovation, changing worker demographics and definitions of value and success have shifted the landscape of the job market. Adam presents tools and strategies that career placement professionals can use to arm their clients with the skills to handle and adapt to what is ahead. Ultimately, this better serves their corporate clients by ensuring a better employee fit and reducing the impact of the expensive terrible T’s: Turnover and Toxicity, having a direct hit on their bottom line.

Anyone Serious About Growth & Maximizing Their Potential

PIVOT is a framework for recognizing and maximizing your true potential. Whether your goal is a flourishing business, optimizing your career and lifestyle, or stepping up your contribution to the world, the PIVOT principles are the tools you want.

Testimonials: Adam Markel as a Speaker

Adam was a perfect choice for our all employee meeting this year. His message of resilience couldn’t have been more relevant. His energy was engaging, his passion palpable, and his message gave our team members the boost they needed to move through the balance of the year positively and confidently.”

Dana Traci, CHRO

It was an absolute pleasure to have Adam on our program! He was wonderful! It was a very powerful message and presentation! We all loved him.

Nina Badalova
Lead Manager, Elite Advisor Group

Words cannot fully express the depth of my gratitude. Adam’s presentation was exciting, informative and memorable. The staff was very engaged and are raving about it. Thanks for making our experience with you pleasurable.

Patrick D. Ebri, PhD, FACHE, SPHR
Vice President, Chief Engagement Officer

We are 2 weeks post meeting and the energy remains high. People are speaking about the meeting as transformative…that was our goal…notably your ending!!

Adam is a high energy and dynamic speaker that kept our managers and team engaged with an impactful message that far surpassed our expectations.

If you want to transform the lives within your organization, Adam is a guy who can help make it happen.

Adam’s session with us was terrific – compelling, high-energy and thought-provoking. Folks really got into it and told us later how much they appreciated the interactivity. Three weeks later, I’m still hearing ‘thank you’ from our members!

Adam’s talk about leadership and resilience provided a great foundation for the conference, inspiring attendees to engage in a productive and interactive learning experience. His high energy presentation was insightful, relevant and reinforced our key messages and goals.

Everyone really enjoyed Adam’s engaging keynote! The energy he imbibed lasted well into the event, nearly doubling the engagement over past meetings! Our group is historically very quiet and somewhat introverted; I was impressed with how much participation he inspired.

Adam’s words were extremely impactful and his resilient leadership message was the ideal way to end our conference activities.

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