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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.
The Empathy Advantage: Hard Truths About Soft Skills

Leading with empathy is more than just a soft skill – it’s a critical business objective. From effectively managing teams to growing and retaining talent, today’s leaders need a robust understanding of how coaching can broaden and build the strengths of everyone around them, starting with a deep appreciation of the role empathy plays in elevating the performance and potential of every team member.

This entertaining and evidence-based talk will help leaders at all levels master the art and science of performance coaching. Master the mindsets and methods that create high-trust, authentic relationships between leaders and team members. Learn proven strategies that foster empathy in the workplace. Create healthier and happier workplace dynamics by leading with greater intention and attention.

From sharing critical feedback to building trust and better teamwork, this talk offers deep insights into how emerging and experienced leaders alike can become more empathetic leaders by adopting a “coach approach” for better communication, talent development, and business success across the entire organization.

  • Learn how to instill a coaching mindset throughout your organization.
  • Master proven techniques to enhance attention, improve listening, and establish presence.
  • Develop high-impact communication strategies for delivering effective feedback that develops each employee’s full potential.
Silo Breakers:  Why Connection Is Your Competitive Advantage

Why do some organizations sit on the leading edge of innovation while others sit on the sidelines? The secret isn’t what they know – it’s what they share. Innovation thrives when teams tear down the silos that create friction and make connection their competitive advantage.

This talk offers an entertaining and evidence-based look at how companies thrive as “silo breakers” – first, by understanding how silos form, then by taking the necessary steps to overcome them. Learn relevant and research-based strategies that foster collaboration and information sharing. Master the mindsets and methods that deepen connections to customers, partners, vendors, and open resources. Future-proof your organization by tapping your company’s “team genius” to solve the challenges of today and the unseen opportunities of tomorrow. Packed with silo-breaking examples and strategies, this talk will help leaders at all levels rally their entire team to deliver exceptional customer engagement and experience.

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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 of high-trust, authentic 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.