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Paul Epstein

Paul Epstein is a former NFL & NBA executive, 2-time bestselling author, and keynote speaker who focuses on closing the Confidence Gap to create transformative business change.

Meet Paul Epstein

Paul Epstein is a sports executive known for his large impact on the NFL & NBA. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking on the Confidence Gap, decision-making, purpose, and sales. Paul Epstein is available to be hired for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Paul Epstein’s fees.

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The Confidence Gap

The average adult makes 35,000 decisions in a day. ‍In today’s climate of uncertainty, those decisions lead to record-breaking anxiety, paralyzing indecision, and exhaustion.

But not everybody is plagued by these challenges. What separates the people finding success, from those who are struggling?

‍The Confidence Gap.‍

85% of leaders LACK CONFIDENCE in their people.

76% of people LACK CONFIDENCE in their leaders.

85% of people LACK CONFIDENCE in themselves.

Yet some still thrive while others fail. Some leaders transform their people for the better, while others cause their best people to look for an exit.

Paul will show you how to close your confidence gap.

Bestselling Author

Paul Epstein is a former high-level executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams and the bestselling author of The Power of Playing Offense and Better Decisions Faster.

In fact, Mel Robbins had this to say about Better Decisions Faster:

“Paul has created the ultimate guide to confidence and courage — one decision at a time.”

In 2022, he was named one of SUCCESS Magazine’s Top Thought Leaders Who Get Results alongside Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Mel Robbins. His work has been regularly featured on ESPN, NBC, Fox Business, and USA Today.

Success in Sport

During his 15-year pro sports career, Paul left a trail of outstanding accomplishments. In the NBA, he increased his team’s revenue from 28th in the league to 2nd. In the NFL’s league office, he broke every premium sales revenue metric in Super Bowl history. He also opened a billion-dollar stadium. Lastly, he founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy, where he was known as the “Why Coach.”

Hire Paul Epstein

As an award-winning keynote speaker, Paul’s impact is massive. He also provides leadership development and culture transformation programs for companies and teams including Amazon, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers, NASA, Zoom, the Dallas Cowboys, and more.

Additionally, he’s the founder of the Win Monday community, an elite personal and professional development network, and host of the Win Monday podcast, where he interviews high-profile guests who reveal their secrets of confidence and work-life mastery. When he’s not on stage as a global keynote speaker, Paul puts his insights into daily practice, serving as senior advisor for the Why Institute.

Next up? Paul would love to bring his insights to your organization.

How to Hire Paul Epstein

Find out how to hire Paul Epstein to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Paul Epstein’s availability and cost. When hiring Paul Epstein for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Paul Epstein is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Paul Epstein booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Paul Epstein Booking Price

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Key Audience Takeaways

Power of Playing Offense in Defensive Environments

How to Lead with Courage while Navigating Uncertainty

Global upheaval, unrelenting change, and economic uncertainty have everyone playing defense.

But what if you had a playbook for playing offense? You could CONFIDENTLY pursue and achieve meaningful goals while everyone else is sheltering in place.

This is exactly what Paul delivers in this flagship keynote. Inspired by his bestselling book, The Power of Playing Offense, and his 15 years of leading teams in the NFL & NBA, every audience member will walk away with the 5-Pillar Playing Offense Framework curated for universal insights and actionable takeaways to implement in any industry or organization.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the keys to attracting, engaging, and retaining talent with confidence.
  • Inspire your team to leverage purpose as a driver of commitment and performance.
  • Learn to build an environment of intrinsic motivation.
  • Cultivate a culture of grit and resilience to endure any climate.
  • Understand the best and ‘next practices’ of trust building, empathy, and belonging.
  • Know what the greatest leaders do, and how to scale these behaviors across organizations.


How to Make Better Decisions Faster

Unshakable Confidence when you Need it Most

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

In this keynote, Paul reveals the streamlined 3-Step Process he’s used to turn around major sports franchises from the locker room to the boardroom. Avoid decision traps, move forward clear and CONFIDENT, 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 a strategy, making hiring, firing, and promotion decisions, choosing what to spend your time on, and making 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.

Key Takeaways

  • Flip fear and uncertainty into clarity and confidence.
  • Empower leaders and talent to become highly decisive, aware, and intentional in their actions.
  • Acquire an operating framework designed for speed, efficiency, and winning time back.
  • Learn a simple, holistic method to promote personal and professional well-being.
  • Build high-trust teams through heightened authenticity and collaboration.
  • Leave with a playbook where everybody knows what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to.


Purpose in Action: Scaling Championship Culture

How Authenticity Drives Alignment and Belonging

Every company has a purpose. The challenge is not in identifying it, it’s in bringing it to life…through daily, scaleable action. This keynote exists to ensure that your team’s collective and individual purpose is the cultural foundation of everything you do. It represents who you are, what you stand for, and how you show up—all in one.

Once optimized for action, purpose can be the strongest unifier we have. It is a 365 driver of performance and engagement, a magnet for recruiting, the glue of retention, the soul of leadership, and the DNA of WHY we do what we do. Ultimately, it’s how we scale championship culture – with CONFIDENCE.

Paul is an expert at putting purpose in action, once known as the “WHY Coach” of the San Francisco 49ers and now senior advisor for the WHY Institute, he became fixated on not allowing a WHY or purpose to stay a distant North Star. Instead, he got obsessed with applying it on Monday morning, one decision and action at a time.

Paul trains these principles to organizations worldwide, all in the spirit of WINNING MONDAY with purpose.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to align and connect organizational to individual purpose.
  • Hear the latest research on the ROI of Purpose and how it ties to confidence and performance.
  • Engage with activities to apply purpose to daily decisions, behaviors, and actions.
  • Understand how to scale purpose across teams, organizations, and micro-cultures.
  • Learn how purpose can elevate the mental, social, and emotional well-being of your team.
  • Leave with the habits and rituals required to make purpose in action “stick.”


Closing the Confidence Gap in Sales

The Mindset and Game Plan Required to WIN

Sales is the lifeblood of every organization. Without it, there is no business to operate, people to employ, purpose to fulfill, or impact to ignite in the market.  

‍CONFIDENCE is what makes it all possible.

Paul realized how confidence can be the ultimate competitive advantage in sales. This keynote unpacks exactly how he broke the all-time Super Bowl revenue record and transformed cellar-dwelling NBA teams from 28th in league revenue to 2nd.

The lessons and insights are industry-agnostic and universally applicable.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the best practices of elite performers and how they separate from the pack.
  • Identify the confidence gaps that get in the way of optimal and sustainable performance.
  • Discover the secrets and tactics of overcoming adversity and navigating uncertainty.
  • Leave with a toolkit to maximize confidence and achieve breakthrough performance immediately.

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Better Decisions Faster: Unshakable Confidence When You Need It Most
Make better decisions faster with the Head + Heart = Hands Equation.The average adult makes more than 35,000 decisions in a day. Most are mundane, but there are a handful that separate businesses that boom or bust, careers that succeed or fail, relationships that make it or don’t, and lives of happiness or hopelessness.These most valuable decisions (MVDs) represent the gap between a green-light life and a red-light life.In more than fifteen years as an NFL and NBA executive, Paul Epstein saw firsthand how, when faced with such an overwhelming number of decisions, even elite performers can rush to bad judgments or become paralyzed by indecision.In Better Decisions Faster, he draws from the green-light wisdom of Fortune 500 CEOs, Olympians, Shark Tank entrepreneurs, world-record holders, Ivy League professors, and Navy SEALs to reveal a revolutionary new system for maximally efficient and confident decision-making.The solve is the Head + Heart = Hands Equation. Head (mindset) + Heart (authenticity) = Hands (action). This taps into the three most primal and powerful aspects of our humanity to tackle such MVDs as:» Strategy: A or B?» Job: stay or go?» Deal: do it or don’t?You’re just moments away from making these decisions better, faster, and with unshakable confidence. The playbook is in your hands.
The Power of Playing Offense- A Leader's Playbook for Personal and Team Transformation Book Cover


The Power of Playing Offense: A Leader's Playbook for Personal and Team Transformation

Paul Epstein successfully steered business teams that executed billion-dollar NFL campaigns, broke Super Bowl revenue records, and generated league-leading sales results for cellar-dwelling NBA clubs. He then served as a consultant for the largest brands in business and sports. But after experiencing his own personal and career transformation, Epstein embarked on a mission to tackle a crisis of leadership. Now, in The Power of Playing Offense, Epstein invites you to meet him at the 50 and get real about taking a people-first approach that elevates purpose, performance, and impact.As the “Why Coach” inside the San Francisco 49ers front office, one question kept Epstein up at night: Who is coaching the coaches? He noticed a crucial gap in the development of leaders: they were expected to lead others before they learned to lead themselves. In an effort to fill this gap in the market, Epstein curated this interactive playbook—and its corresponding website—for influencers and leaders like you, with more than 50 activities, tools, and strategies you can implement on Monday morning.The Power of Playing Offense will help you level up your leadership and transform your team from paycheck driven to purpose driven, from adversity to achievement, from disengaged to inspired, and from success to significance

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