Keynote Speaking by James Clear

Keynote speaker James Clear at the 2010 St. Gallen Symposium.

Keynote Speaker on How Habits Shape Our Success

  • James shows audiences how to achieve almost any organizational or personal goal by adopting the right habits, the right way.
  • His speeches break down the link between proven science and real-world performance in a way that audiences can easily understand and actually use.
  • James' books and articles are read by millions of people each year and more than 350,000 people subscribe to his weekly email newsletter. Influencers who read his work include entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, country star LeAnn Rimes, NFL head coach Jim Caldwell, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.
  • James is dedicated to professionalism and making this process as easy and painless as possible for event planners. (See what people who've worked with James have to say.)

On This Page

  1. Official Speaker Biography
  2. Five Popular Keynote Speech Topics
  3. Testimonials and Praise
  4. Keynote Speaking Availability
  5. Keynote Speaker Request Form

Official Speaker Biography

“James made a strong connection with the audience and left them with actionable steps for improving their businesses and their lives. His talk on building better habits, driving behavior change, and improving performance wowed the crowd of startup founders, consultants, and venture capitalists.”
—Nir Eyal, host of The Habit Summit at Stanford University

James Clear writes about the hidden forces that shape high performance. He has an exceptional talent for making any goal feel achievable by breaking down the link between proven science and real-world performance in a way that audiences can easily understand and actually use.

James is known for his ability to take the complex and make it simple. He distills behavioral science into clear, actionable, and often effortless strategies that unlock dramatic transformations and breakthrough performances.

Whether he is discussing the hidden forces that shape our habits, the surprising science behind what actually motivates us, or the invisible engines that accelerate creativity and innovation, James shows audiences how to achieve almost any organizational or personal goal by adopting the right habits, the right way.

His fascinating keynotes provide the tools that every individual or organization needs to reach higher, break through obstacles and significantly improve performance at work and in life.

Contact: To contact James Clear, please fill out this speaker request form.

James Clear speaking at Hacking Happiness 2014 in London.

 Five Popular Keynote Speech Topics

Hi there, I'm James Clear. Now that we have the official biography out of the way, let me share a few additional details with you in my own words.

First, thank you for thinking of me for your event. My goal is to be the easiest, most professional speaker you have ever worked with. I want this experience to be as painless for you as possible. I know there are many great speakers out there, and I'm honored to be considered among your many options.

Second, let me share a bit about the topics I cover in my speeches.

  • My work first became popular because of my articles on how to build better habits and improve human performance.
  • My books and articles are read by millions of people each year and more than 350,000 people subscribe to my weekly email newsletter.
  • Some of the influencers who read my work include entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, country star LeAnn Rimes, NFL head coach Jim Caldwell, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.

Gradually, I have honed the topics I write about each week into compelling speech topics.

No matter where I am presenting, I always customize the program for each audience, but the topics mentioned below form the backbone of my message. They are the ideas that companies and organizations ask me to speak about most frequently. I'm happy to discuss how we can use these topics to develop a program that meets your needs.

You can read the summaries of each speech topic below.

1. 
The Surprising Power of Small Habits

Small habits can make a big difference, but only under certain conditions.

In this talk, James Clear will explain why the margin between good and great is slimmer than ever before and how you can make tiny changes that unlock massive success. His practical framework will break down the proven science of how habits work and explain how every person can stick to good habits and break bad ones.

Using inspiring examples of individuals and teams that have achieved extraordinary goals like winning the Tour de France, capturing 60 percent of market share, or losing 100 pounds, James shows how any goal can be achieved by adopting the right habits in the right way.

2. How to Lead in an Uncertain World

We are living in an era full of unknowns. We live in a world of rapidly changing uncertainty, but we still need to get things done. We have to take full ownership of our situation rather than blaming unpredictable conditions.

In a world that shifts rapidly beneath our feet, the fundamentals of human performance provide a solid layer of bedrock to stand on. In this talk, James Clear will take you on a tour of the powerful and unchanging forces that have shaped our habits and performance for thousands of years.

We may not know what the tactics of the future will look like, but we can understand the fundamental forces that drive them.

3. Goals Are Overrated. Execution Is Everything.

In a world where information and ideas are easy to access, execution is what makes the difference between success and mediocrity.

Great companies, teams, and leaders execute on the things that matter, when it matters most. They don’t merely set goals, they build systems. In this highly motivational talk, James Clear explains why the real bottleneck of progress is our daily habits and the system we have for making them happen.

This powerful presentation will show you, step-by-step, how to build the systems you need to get the results you want.

4. The Five Invisible Engines That Accelerate Innovation

Innovation rarely happens the way we think it does.

We hire creative experts, go through creative brainstorming exercises, and try to hack our way to an innovative breakthrough. Beneath these surface level efforts are five invisible engines that either accelerate or slow our creative thinking and innovative ideas.

Using brilliant examples from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, James Clear shows audiences how to harness the power of the five engines of innovation and make sure they are working for you rather than against you.

5. How to Make Motivation Last

The old way of motivating people is broken.

We don’t need another inspirational speech where motivation fades within minutes of walking out the door. This talk offers something different.

James Clear methodically explains the science of how to get yourself or others motivated in the first place and how to stay motivated for the long-run. Rather than experiencing a temporary high and immediately slipping back into old routines, audience members will enjoy a series of “a-ha” moments that help them reframe the way they motivate themselves and others on a daily basis.

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to motivate yourself or how to motivate a team, this talk gives you the skills and knowledge you need to sustain motivation for good.

Contact: To contact James Clear, please fill out this speaker request form.

Testimonials and Praise

Dan Sommer hired James Clear as a keynote speaker.

Dan Sommer

CEO of Trilogy Education Services

“James delivered a compelling presentation about habit change and personal productivity that will influence how our students stretch themselves to pursue new opportunities. His work is clear and actionable in a way that breaks down some of the most challenging barriers that we all have to overcome. I would highly recommend James as a transformative thought leader to any organization seeking to accomplish great things.”

–Dan Sommer

Laura Blanchard

North America Training Manager at lululemon athletica

“James did a great job teaching and facilitating a conversation with our group about habits. There was a great balance between learning something new and recommendations on how to explore it more on your own or incorporate a new way to approach a change you want to make a goal to achieve. James is a strong, confident facilitator and his message was easily understood by the audience. It was a great experience and our team got a lot of valuable ideas from the time spent.”

–Laura Blanchard

Jayson Gaignard hired James Clear as a keynote speaker.

Jayson Gaignard

Founder of Mastermind Talks and Board Member of Entrepreneurs' Organization

“Mastermind Talks is an invite-only event for high-level executives, CEOs, and startup founders. It’s a demanding and intelligent audience. I was lucky enough to have James lead a roundtable session at our event, and to date it has not only been our most attended roundtable, but the highest rated by our audience as well.

I am blessed to be in the position where I have access to a deep pool of some of the most well-known thought leaders of our time. When it comes to habits, James is the first expert that comes to mind. I would have James back at our event in a heartbeat. I can’t recommend working with him enough.”

–Jayson Gaignard

Ray Hennessey and Entrepreneur Magazine hired James Clear as a keynote speaker.

Ray Hennessey

Former Editorial Director of Entrepreneur.com

“We have worked with James at least five times. Honestly, when we first hired him as a speaker I didn’t expect to hear much feedback about him after the conference simply because we had so many other high profile speakers on stage. However, after each event I have heard more positive feedback about James and his ideas than anyone else we put on stage.

James has a relaxed presence that feels relatable and down-to-earth. By the time he gets two minutes into his presentation, he has completely won the audience over. At one point, during a question and answer session in Miami, FL, the crowd actually burst into applause after one of his answers. We are excited to work with James more in the future. Time after time, he does not disappoint.”

–Ray Hennessey

Julie Ball

Leadership Development Program Director at lululemon athletica

“Simply put, James’ work on Developing Better Habits is a call to action. He provides tangible, simple, and powerful practices that leave you no choice but to get into action with developing and maintaining the habits that matter most in your life.”

–Julie Ball

Nir Eyal hired James Clear as a keynote speaker.

Nir Eyal

Best-selling author and host of the Habit Summit at Stanford University

“James delivered the closing keynote at the 2015 Habit Summit at Stanford University and I’m delighted to say he far exceeded my expectations.

James made a strong connection with the audience and left them with actionable steps for improving their businesses and their lives. His talk on building better habits, driving behavior change, and improving performance wowed the crowd of startup founders, consultants, and venture capitalists. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to bring James in to speak to our audience.”

–Nir Eyal

Sebastian Marshall hired James Clear as the closing keynote speaker for his GiveGetWin Tour.

Sebastian Marshall

Executive Director CPNC/GiveGetWin

“On four years of the GiveGetWin Tour, we've had top performers from all walks of life — and James Clear was one of the finest of them all. He's well-read in all of the current science of the day, and yet, he never loses sight of what it's all about — the audience. His talk was masterfully crisp, building great narrative tension and having people on the edge of their seats, until finally ending incredibly satisfyingly and with takeaways the audience could use immediately to improve their lives.

He's incredibly prepared and polished, a consummate professional, incredibly inspirational, and a pleasure to work with. Highly, highly recommended. Please do feel free to contact me if you have any further questions; I'm happy to unconditionally recommend James if you're looking for someone to raise the performance bar of your event or organization.”

–Sebastian Marshall

Contact: To contact James Clear, please fill out this speaker request form.

Keynote Speaking Availability

James Clear is available for keynote speaking engagements around the world. Previous keynote engagements include events like The Habit Summit at Stanford University, Google's Campus in London, E360 in New York City, and Stretch Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

Here is a quick look at upcoming availability:

May 30, 2017 – Jun 05, 2017 BOOKED
Jun 06, 2017 – Jun 12, 2017 BOOKED
Jun 13, 2017 – Jun 19, 2017 BOOKED

Future dates are available for booking now. To submit a speaking request, please fill out the form below.

Keynote Speaker Request Form

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