Professional Speaking

Jordan's interactive, passionate and intimate speaking style helps audiences meaningfully integrate new ideas.

Deeper connections through storytelling.

As a professional Strategic Storyteller, each year I guide thousands of people to create business messages with emotional resonance. For me, storytelling isn’t about fancy tricks or trendy branding, but a proven, authentic and deeply human structure for getting real people inspired by the future you’re helping them achieve.

As a speaker, my goal is to push my audience — not with pithy, self-serving one liners, but with well structured arguments, emotional depth, a high level of interaction and a genuine passion for helping others grow.

Listening to Jordan speak is an emotional rollercoaster.
He really understands how to present information so that it captures your attention and get it twisting around inside your brain.

Jordan has the unique ability to make a big room of strangers feel like old friends.

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High-Level Keynotes

Thank You For Being Human:
A Storyteller's Guide to the Future of Work in the Age of Automation

Leadership, Managing Millennials, Digital Strategy, Brand & Marketing

Best Audience: Corporate events, Associations, Annual Conferences, Sales Meetings, Leadership Events

A recent report from Oxford University predicted that nearly 50% of today’s jobs will have disappeared by 2034, including accountants, doctors, lawyers, teachers, bureaucrats, and financial analysts. These roles will be replaced by artificial intelligences that will analyze and compare reams of data, making decisions with higher accuracy and insight than possible by their human predecessors.

Many leading thinkers — such as Netscape founder and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen — suggest that, in the future, there will be just two categories of jobs: people who tell computers what to do, and people who do what computers tell them to do.

I suggest a third category: storytellers who help people cope.

In this compelling and unique keynote, Strategic Storyteller Jordan Bower sets the foundation for a visionary story about the future of business. Using fascinating examples from digital marketing paired with cutting-edge insights from behavioural neuroscience, Jordan helps attendees imagine the future of their work and develop an actionable plan for creating valuable and fulfilling work in the Age of Automation.

What You Will Learn

  • the terrifying truth about what digital media has done to our sense of trust;
  • how authentic storytelling naturally creates the type of connections that digital natives crave most;
  • how to create and tell an honest, professional and motivating story that helps you achieve practical business objectives.

The Art & Science of Strategic Storytelling

Brand & Marketing, Sales, Leadership, Managing Millennials, Culture

Best Audience: Corporate events, Associations, Annual Conferences, Sales Meetings, Leadership Events

Storytelling. You’ve heard of it. You know it’s important. But how do you do it in a professional context? And why does it work so well?

In this thoughtful and engaging keynote, Strategic Storyteller Jordan Bower lays out the art and the science of effective business storytelling. Drawing from case studies, videos, neuroscience and the cutting edge of digital media, Jordan stitches together a clear argument for how business people can integrate their own, personal and unique stories as a way of creating closeness with their co-workers and prospects — closeness that leads to better work, higher sales and greater satisfaction with work and life.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the science of storytelling, and how it is changing the way we work;
  • a new way of defining a story — not just as a piece of content, but as an emotional relationship between a storyteller and an audience;
  • how to find and tell a personal story in a sales, marketing or leadership context that create results.

Storytelling for Organizational Change:
Purpose-Driven Leadership in the World of Decentralized Communication

Culture, Leadership, Strategy, HR, People Management

Best Audience: Corporate events, Annual Conferences, Leadership Events

Once, organizational culture was articulated in the C-Suite and driven down through the organization. But in the world of decentralized communication, where every customer is a critic and every employee a potential dissenting voice, the traditional Mission, Vision, Values structure no longer applies.

Just ask Wells Fargo, who cite “What’s right for our Customers” as one of their corporate values.

In a world where the organizational story is told in real time, by everyone, organizational culture will bubble out from a bottom-up, purpose-driven approach to storytelling. In this world, executives will be distinguished by their ability to tell real stories — stories about where the organization has come from, where they are going and  the real, profound and honest lessons they learned along the way.

What You Will Learn

  • the Art & Science of why Storytelling affects us on an emotional level;
  • how to create and tell an honest, professional and motivating story that helps you achieve practical business objectives;
  • how to discover a shared, authentic organizational story, and spread it through your company and out into the world.

The Mythological Workplace:
A New Direction for Diversity & Inclusion

Culture, Leadership, Strategy, HR, People Management

Best Audience: Corporate events, Annual Conferences, Leadership Events

Issues of gender and identity have grown beyond the portfolio of diversity & inclusion managers to become one of the most profound challenges facing modern managers. Companies as broad ranging as Airbnb and Budweiser have used their position on diversity in their marketing campaigns; companies like Uber and United have been punished by the marketplace for their lack of sensitivity and tact.

But what is the deeper problem? In this compelling and emotionally deep keynote, Strategic Storyteller Jordan Bower takes audiences beneath the data to travel a journey — a solo, 316 day walking trip between Canada and Mexico.  Along the way, audiences will explore the ancient conceit of initiation and ask profound questions about how renewing its importance in today’s workplaces can affect strategy, culture and organizational composition.

Through unique case studies, personal stories and uncommon intimacy, audiences will leave with a new perspective on how to address diversity & inclusion, as well as clear, actionable steps for what to do next.

What You Will Learn

  • the functional role that initiation has played to create alignment around a shared goal;
  • how to create and tell an honest, professional and mature leadership story that creates emotional alignment and motivation;
  • how to discover a shared, authentic organizational story, and spread it through your company and out into the world.

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Crafting Your Origin Story

The next generation of business leaders will rely on the personal stories of their past to chart the future of their organizations. Leaders like Steve Jobs, Brene Brown & Elon Musk are like modern day Superheroes, helping us understand their vision by relating emotionally to the experiences that informed their unique perspectives.

This breakout session walks participants through a step by step process for crafting their own origin story.

What You Will Learn

  • the basic art & science of Storytelling
  • the unique “inversion model” for creating more emotional engagement around your stories;
  • how to be personal without oversharing;
  • how to use your origin story to develop collaborative closeness with colleagues, to build followings on social media and to uncover deeper pain with sales prospects;

Crafting Your Vision Story

Supercharge the impact of your sales, marketing and leadership by creating your vision story: a clear, emotionally compelling and believable description of the future you’re trying to achieve. Vision stories help your customers, prospects and employees feel connected and aligned to your direction.

This breakout session walks participants through a step by step process for crafting their own vision story.

What You Will Learn

  • the basic art & science of Storytelling;
  • how to structure and deliver an effective vision story;
  • how to assess, discover and articulate your own vision story to maximize results.

Maximizing Creative Thinking at Work

The Age of Automation will require workers to constantly reinvent their jobs, or risk losing them. Creative thinkers are not born geniuses: they have learned specific skills and adopted specific behaviours that, over time, have improved the quality of their creative outputs. Redefining creativity from a one-time act to an ongoing process delivers higher engagement, stronger morale and better results.

In this breakout session, participants engage in an outside-the-box creative practice that will improve their delivery of creative thought.

What You Will Learn

  • how to create work environments that encourage creativity
  • addressing roadblocks to creativity
  • immediately applicable personal practices for improved creativity

Building Diverse Workplaces of the Future

Diversity is the future of workplace: diversity of gender, nationality, racial background, language skills, education level and personal experience. The secret to overcoming prejudice is story-sharing. By infusing intimacy into the weekly work cycle, organizations can better reap the benefits that come from diverse perspectives.

In this highly interactive session, participants will support each other in developing effective diversity strategies that can be immediately implemented into their work.

What You Will Learn

  • a compelling story-based model for individual and organizational transformation drawn from our DNA
  • how to overcome practical roadblocks to intimacy at work
  • confronting closed-mindedness and resistance: how to speak the truth

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Speaking - Jordan Bower