About Al

Al Pittampalli speaks frequently to groups like NASA, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente, Allstate, and more. He is a writer for Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and the author of Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World (Harper Business 2016) which was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as a book-of-the month. As a business consultant, he's helped organizations like Hertz, Boeing, IBM and more transform the way they think about leadership. His first book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting, was the most popular kindle book in the world during the week of its release and has been translated into five different languages. Al has been featured in NPR, Forbes, CBS and more. 


Speaking Video Clips

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The secret of successful modern leaders

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How to Make Better Decisions, Faster

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Speaking Topics 

The Modern Meeting: The New Rules of Workplace Collaboration.
The meeting has always been the way we communicate, collaborate, and decide on the pressing matters of the day. But now, in a world of e-mail, Slack, and instant messaging, what exactly is the modern meeting for? The answer may surprise you, and will fundamentally change how you lead, attend, and think about meetings. Based, in part, on Al’s first bestselling book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting, this keynote will give you will help audience members and their teams get more done. 

How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World.
What do the world’s most successful modern leaders, from Jeff Bezos to Admiral William McRaven to Christine Lagarde, have in common? The genuine willingness to change their minds. Rife with actionable advice, this keynote is perfect for a data-driven, results oriented audience.

The Psychology of Data Driven Leaders.
With more and more business leaders expected to make data-driven decisions, the obvious question comes up: what does it actually mean to be “data-driven.” In this talk, you’ll learn that the key to making accurate judgments with data is not about the technology but psychology. In the presence, of unfavorable data the most effective decision makers practice what I call “radical open-mindedness”.

How to Improve Performance By Asking for Brutally Honest Feedback.
What makes top performers in any company, field or industry so exceptional? In this conversation, we’ll learn the answer: a proactive willingness to seek out brutally honest feedback. But seeking out feedback takes a particular mindset and a rarely developed set of skills. This keynote will explain precisely what those skills are.


What People are Saying:

Our members were fascinated by Al’s unique insights into the meaning of persuasion. At the end of his talk, he was swarmed with members eager to learn more and spend a few more minutes with such an exciting thinker. It was difficult to tear them away, as no one wanted the event to end. It was truly an unforgettable night.
— Kay Sorin, IVY
Al Pittampalli is one of our favorite presenters. His fresh take on the skills needed to successful in a modern office community are invaluable. He presents his ideas with style, grace, and good humor. His content is excellent and very helpful. A true new voice in providing workplace/w
— Kate Klugston, Google
One of my favorite presentations this year. Persuadable is full of interesting insights, the observations seem counter-intuitive and yet are laid out in a compelling and completely rational way. It doesn’t hurt that Al is super charming, knowledgeable and a great speaker. I look forward to his future effort
— Amy Draves, Microsoft
It became clearly obvious the reasons why our members gave your presentation rave reviews. Members took home tangible ideas that they can use to improve their businesses. It showed in the survey responses that we received and the many positive comments that have followed since the confe
— Thomas Cohn, Decorative Hardware and Plumbing Association
Al Pittampalli’s presentation at our 49th International Conference on Fundraising was a forceful message about how we as leaders should use meetings to deliver organizational decisions and actions with the greatest impact. We’d have Al back in a heartbeat.
— Andrew Watt, Association of Fundraising Professionals

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