was a world-renowned dueling pianist who just happened to also have a 15 year career leading sales and marketing efforts for some of the worlds largest companies.
Then, tragedy struck.
Doctors handed Gregory two options: lose the ability to speak forever, or undergo a vocal surgery that would require a complicated and lengthy recovery; effectively halting both his sales and music career.
But Gregory soon learned that this first procedure was only the beginning.
Five years and 15 surgeries later, Gregory transformed both his voice and his life.
Today, as an award-winning keynote performer, Gregory helps organizations and the people within them shape cultures of highly fulfilled, high-performing people.
He discovered his perspectives on navigating change, and his passion for creating experiences that 'rock' could serve, inspire, and delight audiences around the world.
The use of music in his programs (as a metaphor for engagement and resilience) connects with audiences in a deep and unforgettable performance; leaving them refreshed and equipped with skills to reframe obstacles as opportunities.
His programs have broad appeal, and can be customized to suit events with a diverse mix of roles and responsibilities in the audience, as well as for audiences composed mainly of leaders.
Organizations who Trust Gregory Include
Gregory Offner is a multi-talented individual, with a passion for entertaining and educating others.
His keynotes, workshops, and corporate consulting engagements help the worlds leading organizations create high performing, highly fulfilled leaders.
Prior to this work, Greg led global sales and marketing efforts for several Fortune 100 organizations; brokered complex Risk Management and Insurance programs for large commercial organizations; and drove process improvement initiatives as a certified Lean Six Sigma practitioner.
But during that time, Greg lived a double life.
By day, he was a suit and tie wearing professional; but under the cover of night Greg was better known as "Junior" - a world renowned professional dueling pianist.
As an entertainer, Greg has performed on stages of every size; for audiences of every size; on 5 continents. His ability to integrate that fun and energy into his programming (yes, he often uses a piano on stage) transforms his program from a keynote speech into a keynote experience.
Greg's work as a keynote speaker, coach, and workshop facilitator fills a void that most organizations leave in their training programming: soft skill development.
Greg has always been passionate about soft skills, analyzing the onboarding, training, and development programs of 43 companies before the age of 30. He was fascinated by the performance differences between organizations which prioritized soft skill training and those who focused primarily on hard, job-specific skill development.
Most recently, Greg has spent over 2 months in total silence as a result of multiple surgeries needed to repair and rebuild his vocal cords...an experience that nearly left him mute; and which ignited the critical spark needed to transform his work from a “personal curiosity” to a “professional mission” - to help individuals and organizations identify the one change that can change everything.
Through a mix of speaking, audience participation, and a little dueling piano bar magic sprinkled in, Greg reveals the insights and tools you need to accelerate your growth, amplify creativity, and deliver a performance that leaves your audience (clients, stakeholders, or employees) cheering for an encore.
Greg's Professional Designations and Certifications Include: