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Keynote and consultant for Fortune 1000 clients looking to unlock courage in their stories, business and cultures.

Global keynote speaker. Bestselling author. Courage Sherpa.

In 2019, Ryan Berman sparked the courage movement that set out to reinvent businesses by galvanizing people, inspiring leaders, and celebrating courageous action in life and business.

Since then, this movement has continued to gain momentum around the country as Ryan has shared his methods with the leaders at Google, Snapchat, charity: water, Logitech, Pledge 1% and many others.

On a larger level beyond marketing, we are witnessing a clarity epidemic before our very eyes, causing catastrophic levels of paralysis that is stymieing growth and splintering cultures. That lack of corporate action is creating internal politics, negativity and, quite often, mass turn over.

But Ryan believes being courageous is our ultimate competitive advantage. If 95% of our competition is stuck in freeze or flight and we can train our teams to be in that 5% that learns how to fight, then this is a liberating differentiator from the rest of the competitive pack.

He envisions a world where courageous leaders are creating courageous cultures. Those courageous cultures are accepting of courageous ideas and innovation. In essence, any willing being, business or brand can return on courage. And when you do, you’ll feel it permeating in your people, products and corporate purpose. The only way to properly goal set is to have the skill set working in tandem with the right mind set; that’s the power of courage.

Virtual Business Event Keynote Speaking

Ryan Berman, resilience expert and author of Best-selling book Return On Courage, offers speaking engagements via virtual conferences and interactive webinars when your organization or audience is dispersed geographically or working under stay-at-home conditions. Virtual conferences provide an opportunity to reach a greater number of participants, allow two-way sharing of information in real-time and can expand the potential for on-demand participation. Whether you’re looking to create-a-change in yourself or team, Ryan is one of the most sought after presenters who can offer a media-rich experience to create courageous change.

Audiences consider Ryan a top-rated speaker who is confident, entertaining and motivational. He is usually the top speaker at any event and earns standing ovations from attendees at his live appearances. Ryan is a must-see speaker for your event, both in person and virtual event, who will transform your teams and employees with his courageous outlook on their personal and professional lives.

Benefits of Virtual Speaking Events

Virtual business keynote events and virtual presentations provide an opportunity to reach a greater number of participants online compared to in-person events that involve travel and meeting space limitations.

Virtual business events can replicate in-person engagement among participants and keynote speakers, and even increase direct interaction, through the use of interactive presentations, polls, live chat, Q&A, surveys, networking, social media and more.

Virtual conferences and keynote speeches can be recorded for later on-demand participation, which can extend the useful life of the virtual event and enable participation by people who may not have participated in the live conference event.

Keynote Address and Speaking Topics

Ryan will tailor his speaking topics to deliver the best keynote message that is matched to your organization’s event planning objectives. Feel free to reach out to Ryan by email or use the website form to set up a call with him to design his presentation and prepare his best keynote for your audience. A sample of his keynote speeches and speaking topics appears below.

COURAGE SETS YOU FREE. Courage unshackles you from the pack; it separates you from stuck, risk-averse companies. Courage is never prejudiced; It’s willingly open for any opportunistic gender, race, or ethnicity. Courage is a team sport. There’s an our in courage for a reason. Courage can be learned. So long as you are open to the training. Courage has a role in your daily life. It is for you and can be your ultimate X-factor. Above all, courage gets it done. It stretches budgets further. And propels you forward, faster.


Fifty-two percent of the Fortune 500 companies from the year 2000 are now extinct. In less than two decades, more than half of the brands that were on the Fortune 500 list in 2000 no longer exist. The Business Apocalypse has caused the demise of many once-thriving corporations. Companies we used to adore like Toys “R” Us, Tower Records, Pets.com, Blockbuster, and Kodak are no more. Four Truths of the Business Apocalypse: 1. Companies are perishing at an alarming rate; 2. We are afraid of change; 3. What got you here won’t keep you here; 4. You need time, but you don’t have time.


Courage as a concept is wildly misunderstood, and you can’t truly understand what courage is without first understanding what courage isn’t. Myth #1: Courage describes other people; Myth #2: Courage is jumping out of a plane sans parachute; Myth #3: Courage is a risky solo journey; Myth #4: Courage is impulsive; Myth #5: Courage can’t be taught; Myth #6: Courage doesn’t have a role in your daily life. Here lies our first problem: Almost no one is up for voluntarily doing something that takes courage, because we associate it with fear.


IS IT CONCEIVABLE to make something that’s scary less terrifying? Can we create a mechanism that takes the risk out of taking risks? Are we capable of crafting a formula that transforms making a courageous decision into a seemingly regular one? Knowledge, faith, and action are the matchstick, tinder, and wood that work together to form the fire that is courage. The sum of these parts—and it must include all of them—makes up courage.


To achieve courage, you must be knowledgeable, have faith, and take action. This new definition of courage leads us to our working definition of a Courage Brand: A Courage Brand willingly addresses its business fears by gathering enough knowledge, building faith, and taking swift action. The four principles of competent and courageous decision-making are: 1. Talent; 2. Team; 3. Tenacity; 4. Training. The only way to properly goal set is to have the skill set working in tandem with the right mindset; that is the power of courage.


The Central Courage System combats the realities of the skeptical freeze or flight response that we are wired with. Once the training is fulfilled, your Central Courage System will help you make quick, calculated, and courageous decisions with your employees. The Central Courage System is a process that your team can repeatedly turn to for guidance. Once it has been established and implemented, you can lead with your system’s values, purpose, and point of view. Central Courage System comes at a cost, which can be quantified as a five-step process, easily summed up as P.R.I.C.E: Prioritize. Rally. Identify. Commit. Execute.


There’s a noticeable deficiency of courage in the business world. It is absent from business models, boardrooms, company cultures, and mission statements. Courage has, in fact, gone out of style and out of practice—and many businesses are far worse for it. Indeed, unlocking courage, when truly embraced and understood, can be your competitive advantage and ultimate X factor.


Seven unwavering traits of courage brands are: 1. Courage Brands are unapologetic in who they are; 2. Courage Brands put a “rally cry in their why;” 3. Courage Brands inject a sense of urgency into a sensible plan; 4. Courage Brands lead with the brand’s creature versus the product features; 5. Courage Brands create passionate Believers; 6. Courage Brands narrowcast to advocates who broadcast to the rest of the world; 7. Courage Brands address business fears head-on.


Return on Courage is the return a business, being, or brand gets from tapping into and activating their courage. Look to maximize your return on investment with a Return on Courage. Setting yourself up to maximize your Return on Courage is adhering to the five steps of P.R.I.C.E. to successfully establish your Central Courage System. To set up your Central Courage System is to set up your process for success. Businesses cannot be courageous. Only the people inside a business hold the potential to create a Courage Brand.

Work With Ryan

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RECENT APPEARANCES

CEREAL PARTNERS WORLDWIDE
JUNE 11, 2020
WELK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
MARCH 18, 2020
HSMAI NYC KEYNOTE
JANUARY 22, 2020
PETER BREGMAN LEADERSHIP PODCAST
JUNE 8, 2020
SANDAG
MARCH 12, 2020
CHARITY : WATER
DECEMBER 10, 2019
COURAGEOUS ACTION CHATS
MAY 27, 2020
GES EVENTS
FEBRUARY 19, 2020
RALLY FWD VIRTUAL SUMMIT
DECEMBER 4th, 2019
QUALCOMM
(Virtual)
MAY 20, 2020
MENTORBOX
FEBRUARY 14, 2020
HARRAH’S COURAGE BOOTCAMP
DECEMBER 3, 2019

Eric Ryan

“Ryan is right! The difference between mediocrity and greatness or failure and success is one simple ingredient: courage. Ryan provides a playbook to realize our true potential.”

– Eric Ryan, Method Soap, Founder

Jennifer Zudonyi

“Ryan’s passion for courage and for brands is infectious. He, as he believes brand should, lives and breathes the mission and values he has defined for himself.”

– Jennifer Zudonyi, Major League Baseball, Sr. Brand Marketing

Mike Jaquet

“Working with Ryan and his team was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my 25 year career.”

– Mike Jaquet, US Ski & Snowboard, CMO

Nicole Ayers

“Ryan’s book, Return On Courage, is not only the rally cry that businesses need to stay relevant into today’s rapidly changing environment, but it also provides a road map that leads to action.”

– Nicole Ayers, General Mills, head of innovation cereal team

Ryan Thompson

“Ryan challenges conventional thinking. He is also fun and engaging. I find that when we collaborate there are great outcomes as he listens yet provides insightful feedback. His sense of humor translates into all areas of his life, and that is a quality more of us need.”

– Ryan Thompson, Caesars Entertainment, SVP Global Hospitality Marketing

Bill Warren

“Over my 17 year career with P&G, I’ve had personal experience working with numerous creative agencies, but there was something clearly different with Ryan’s team. He is an inspirational leader who truly knows how to think outside the box.”

– Bill Warren, P&G, Pampers

Evan Jones

“Ryan is an exceptionally talented creative strategist. He has a unique ability to connect with consumers, clients and business partners on a personal level.”

– Evan Jones, Fender, CMO

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