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Joe Hirsch delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes for virtual and live events that help others think, laugh and learn something new.

Through his internationally recognized work and research,  Joe blends deep, real-world experience with a magnetic stage presence to help teams and leaders thrive. Every talk is customized to drive the biggest possible impact, combining engaging stories, gorgeous visuals, and practical techniques that push audiences to rethink their assumptions about feedback and solve leadership and communication challenges in fresh, innovative ways.



 Feedforward, Not Feedback: The Power of Performance Partnerships

There are few things more difficult than giving feedback. Judgment, anger, disappointment, pain – without a dependable strategy, these deeply-felt emotions can complicate the workplace and even disrupt business practices. But to move from fear to growth, leaders need a new mindset and message.

In this entertaining and evidence-based talk, leaders at all levels will make the leap towards “feedforward” – a powerful shift in how we think about the performance and potential of others.

Packed with actionable insights and real takeaway value, this talk will give you the tools to form a new feedback mindset that eliminates conflict and builds every team’s capacity to communicate with greater authenticity, agency and accountability – helping you strengthen the way your team works and learns together.

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  • Gain actionable insights behind the neuroscience of giving and receiving quality feedback.
  • Develop practical tools to recognize and develop the full potential of employees.
  • Master time-efficient strategies that enable rapid-cycle coaching conversations.
  • Leverage cost-effective, sustainable methods for implementing and monitoring feedback.
From Helpless to Wholeness: A Team-Centered Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

As the emotional toll of the pandemic deepens, organizations must prioritize the health and wellbeing of employees. Too often, employers respond with a patchwork system that compartmentalizes mental health concerns without addressing their underlying causes: isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety. Effective mental health management requires a holistic approach that empowers individuals to address these concerns with greater connection, compassion and communication.

In this interactive and evidence-based training, you’ll gain practical and powerful tools to help others manage their mental health and wellbeing. Drawing on life-enhancing principles of positive psychology, you’ll learn how the three R’s – reflection, reframing and reaching out – allow others to gain perspective and control through self-guided and team-based support. Learn proven practices that create wholeness and happiness while activating the brain’s resilience-building capabilities. Adopt “right now” strategies to destigmatize mental health and provide workable solutions that let employees create harmony in their personal and professional lives.

From learning how to spot warning signs to developing closer relationships while working remotely, this training offers a comprehensive plan for building support channels, managing stress, strengthening bonds, boosting optimism and maintaining emotional health – creating the kind of resilient, compassionate and productive workplaces where everyone thrives.

  • Develop an integrated, proactive approach to dealing with workplace stress, anxiety and loneliness.
  • Create a job-embedded support network to increase connection and caring.
  • Provide powerful, research-supported resources that promote self-care and wholeness.
Silo Breakers:  Make Connection Your Competitive Advantage

Why do some companies sit on the leading edge of innovation while others sit on the sidelines? The secret isn’t how they work – it’s what they share. Innovation thrives when ideas flow through networked connections – the breaking of silos that create unwanted friction and competition at work. And unless teams learn how to collaborate freely and fearlessly, they’re likely to fall behind. 

This talk offers an interactive and evidence-based look at how sales-driven organizations can thrive as “silo breakers” – first, by understanding how silos form, then by taking research-driven steps to overcome them. Learn relevant and “right now” strategies that foster collaboration and information sharing among specialized teams. Master the mindsets and methods that deepen connections to customers, partners, vendors, and open resources. Future-proof your organization by creating knowledge cascades that preserve institutional memory and set the conditions for expansive growth.

Collaboration is more than just connected work – it’s the result of shared purpose. This talk will help your organization master the art and science of collaboration to gain an innovative edge that enhances the products it supports and people it serves.

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  • Shift your culture from knowledge “hoarders” to knowledge “brokers.”
  • Master evidence-based tools for effective teaming, collaboration and communication/feedback.
  • Remove the bottlenecks that strangle innovative and integrated practices.
  • Build a workplace culture marked by high-trust relationships.
Managing Change With a Coach Approach 

As recent events have shown, the only constant in work is change. That’s when the most successful leaders respond with a coach approach – the set of messages and methods that help others thrive in the face of uncertainty.

This interactive and evidence-based talk demonstrates how leaders can put high-performance coaching to work for the benefit of their entire organization.  Using proven, practical models, you’ll learn how to navigate change as a change agent. Create high-trust, authentic relationships between leaders and team members. Communicate with clarity and compassion. Develop practices that promote positive, lasting improvement.

From sharing critical feedback to building trust and improving teamwork, this talk will inform and inspire you to drive powerful outcomes across your organization and  help others manage change by discovering the best versions of themselves.

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  • Learn how to instill a coaching mindset throughout your organization.
  • Master proven techniques that foster collaboration, communication, and clarity.
  • Develop high-impact communication strategies for delivering effective feedback that is developmental, not judgmental.


  • ZERO DRAMA. No outrageous demands. No diva-like requests. You’ll get a professional who’s accommodating and by your side, every step of the way.
  • CUSTOM CRAFTED. Instead of serving up canned talks,  I take time to get to know your organization, understand its needs, and work with you to make sure that my presentation delivers what you want and expect. Don’t be surprised if I drop by one of your stores, call centers or treatment facilities to spend time with front-line employees!
  • REAL TAKEAWAY VALUE. My talks are focused on one thing: Impact. Your audience will get actionable solutions and strategies that make an immediate difference in their beliefs and behaviors.
  • SCIENCE-BASED. I’m a PhD with a common touch.  Instead of fluff, you get real data, leading-edge research, and best practices — packaged and presented in terms people understand.