Playing Offense in Defensive Environments


How to Lead with Courage and Inspire Confidence

Paul is an expert at inspiring audiences to life impacting and purposeful change, starting by Winning Monday.  
Knowing the economic winter we’re in, how do we lead with confidence and courage to play offense in highly defensive environments? How do we make better decisions faster to overcome the stress and anxiety at our most paralyzing forks in the road?  How do shift our WHY from a distantNorth into a 365 operating system that creates camaraderie and connectionwithin any team?  ‍
WARNING: No sugar highs allowed. Keynotes are merely the starting point. Expect a 365 action plan to follow.
“When I speak to 1,000 people and 20 wait to talk after, I love all 1,000…I do it for the 20.”
- Paul epstein

Most Requested Keynote Topics

Playing Offense in Defensive Environments
(For Leaders, Sales, and HR)
How to Make Better Decisions Faster
(For Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Decision-Makers)
Building a WHY-Centered Culture
(For Organizations, Teams, and Leaders)

How to Make Better Decisions Faster

Unshakable Confidence when you Need it Most

Even the most elite performers can rush to bad judgements, become paralyzed by indecision, or get worn down by decision fatigue.

In this keynote, Paul reveals the streamlined three-step process he’s used to turn around major sports franchises — from the locker room to the boardroom. Avoid decision traps, move confidently towards your goals, and make the best out of your MVDs: Most Valuable Decisions.

Discover the secrets to always making the right call when it comes to:

🚥 Picking Strategy A or Strategy B
🚥 Choosing who (and when) to hire, fire, or promote
🚥 Deciding whether to spend your time on X, Y, or Z
🚥 Moving forward with a deal or hitting the eject button

The secret? The Head-Heart-Hands equation: a simple and repeatable process that taps into the power of our three most basic human tools for making better decisions faster.

Keynote Outcomes

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Impact Begins Pre-Stage
Transformation Continues Post-Stage

Paul’s deliverables include much more than a keynote. You’ll also receive a pre-engagement plan and post-engagement follow-up customized to your needs for maximum impact.

What’s included:


From pre-calls to build relationships and partnership, to co-promoting your event, to tailored action items specific to your goals, he’s ALL IN.

Event Date

Paul’s keynote will inspire, educate, and transform, providing transformational mindset shifts and tactical ways to Win Monday and beyond.

Within Days Post Event

Event attendees will receive custom action items so key takeaways are implemented. Includes a personalized Confidence Quiz and Toolkit.

Within a Month Post Event

Debriefing call on best practices to maintain momentum, community, and engagement for the 365 days to come.

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"Paul’s keynote touched our head, heart, and hands. The mindset shifts were transformational, our hearts are now our competitive difference, and our hands are inspired to action.  His ability to teach others to win one day, one decision, and one action at a time drives IMMEDIATE ROI in a way that's unparalleled in our industry!"

Greg Kish
Head of Revenue, SoFi Stadium

"When talent wins, you win.  As a leader, some of the biggest decisions we make is selecting the right talent.  Imagine you could make those decisions better and faster.  Thanks to Paul, you're now holding the guide to attract extraordinary talent, be an extraordinary leader, and build an extraordinary team, one decision at a time."

Dee Ann Turner
Former VP of Talent, Chick-fil-A, bestselling author

“Having made some pretty significant decisions in life, what has always been lacking is a "go-to" playbook that entire teams and organizations could align and rally around.  A proven guide to make better decisions faster, together.  Thanks to Paul Epstein, you're now holding the playbook."

Howard Behar
Former President, Starbucks Coffee, bestselling author

8 Reasons to Book Paul


Is it a Green Light?

Paul’s message is all about finding the moment where your head (mindset), your heart (passion), and your hands (action) meet.

When all three are in alignment, it’s like a green light telling you to go.

Does Paul’s mindset align with your vision?

Does his passion mirror your own?

Are you ready to take action?

If the answer’s yes, it’s time to follow that green light.

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This keynote is for you if...

You are growing weary of the never-ending battles of finding, engaging, and retaining talent.  Learn the keys to create an environment where people know they belong, can thrive, and will stay, because they matter.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reconnect fragmented and hybrid workforces to rally around a spirit of camaraderie, empathy, and trust

  • Elevate the level of adaptability and agility so your culture can persevere and endure any climate

  • Learn how purpose can galvanize your organization to greater passion, positivity, and happiness in the day-to-day

  • From partners to tourists to prisoners, learn to lead challenging teams through highly volatile times

Most Requested Topics

This keynote is for you if...

You are driven to compete in today’s relentless market.  Grit, agility, and a resilient mindset are the table stakes. Learn from a 15-year NBA and NFL sales leader, who has walked through the same fires.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover how purpose can be the igniter of performance, productivity, and courage

  • Grow customer relationships from transactional to transformational, through one simple rule

  • Acquire a framework to build trust and earn loyalty from your team, clients, and key stakeholders

  • From firefighting to FIRED UP – energize your locker room to show up committed to a standard of excellence

This keynote is for you if...

You believe elite performance happens when people don’t need to be held accountable, they hold themselves accountable.  That’s the power of intrinsic motivation, carrots and sticks no longer required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the four cornerstones of intrinsically motivated teams, a case study from the San Francisco 49ers Academy, where you will be challenged by four critical questions:

    • Does your team believe deeply in the game they’re playing?

    • Are their fingerprints on the blueprint you’re asking them to execute?

    • Are people better when they go home than when they showed up that day?

    • Are people making a difference, that matters to them?

  • The answer to these questions should be HELL YES.  This keynote will deliver just that.

Customized For YOU

These keynotes are just the starting point.  
To maximize the impact, let’s customize your experience TOGETHER!

We'll talk through...

  • Biggest challenges and pain points

  • Most sought-after goals

  • Current state to future state shifts and transformations

  • How you want every audience member to think, feel, and do

  • What an 11 out of 10 looks like

Ready to meet Paul at the 50?

Most Requested Topics

This keynote is for you if...

You believe decisions and actions dictate the quality of our results.  What if you had a fail-proof equation that leads to more clear, confident, consistent, and purposeful outcomes?  This is it.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the business and life benefits of conquering our mindset and igniting our passion so we can achieve inner success

  • Discover how you and your team can get unstuck and drive toward greater levels of happiness and fulfillment

  • Understand how you can leverage green, yellow, and red lights at every critical decision-making juncture

  • Walk away with a proven playbook of core values to lead the business, career, and life you want, ON PURPOSE

This keynote is for you if...

You subscribe to the platinum rule where you treat others as they want to be treated by speaking to their WHY.  The impact: an organization where people get clear, stand out, and play bigger—at scale.

Learning Outcomes

  • Drive greater awareness so you and your team appreciate how you think and WHY each of you do what you do

  • Learn to communicate WHY to WHY to enhance the identity, empathy, and relationships within your team

  • Through the power of WHY, you can most effectively leverage each person’s strengths, gifts and talents

  • Construct a holistic game plan where your collective WHY’s provide clarity on how the entire team puzzle of purpose and impact fit together

Customized For YOU

These keynotes are just the starting point.  
To maximize the impact, let’s customize your experience TOGETHER!

We'll talk through...

  • Biggest challenges and pain points

  • Most sought-after goals

  • Current state to future state shifts and transformations

  • How you want every audience member to think, feel, and do

  • What an 11 out of 10 looks like

Ready to meet Paul at the 50?