Why You Should Hire Chris Bashinelli as a Keynote Speaker

Chris’s unique approach to “Global Citizenship” empowers attendees to restructure the way they view the world — beginning with themselves. Chris encourages each of us to realize our full potential, thereby becoming inspired members of our families, our organizations and ultimately our world.

If you’re looking for a thought leader that will engage your audience and empower them to think differently about their lives and their relationships, then “Bash” is your speaker. He reminds us how important it is to step outside of our comfort zones, be fearlessly honest and put others first.

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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen - presence, empathy and inspiration - then we can truly inspire those around us.

With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives - from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love - becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to “change the world”, but to “change ourselves”. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need in order to be happy right now.

From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection, does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions in order to grow. 

This keynote is about: 

  • Transformation: change your mind – change your world
  • How to be strong and productive members of the world
  • How to embody the qualities of a Global Citizen - presence, empathy and inspiration

Takeaways:

  • How to change your perspective to serve your team or clients better – click here for video
  • How to create connection and a feeling of belonging in your workplace – click here for video
  • Transform your current conditions for professional and personal growth

STEPS FROM THE STOOP - Cultivating Connection

In order to achieve real diversity and inclusion within our organization we must adopt a world view that equally values all generations, cultures and perspectives. Chris Bashinelli’s all-inclusive approach to relationship building has been cultivated for 30+ years, starting with his “Stoop” in the heart of Brooklyn, where his childhood friends shared a combined total of more than 13 nationalities. In this signature keynote, Chris drives home the ease of relationship building with a personal, yet universal method he’s applied everywhere from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia.

Audience members will learn the three essential steps from the “Stoop” which serve as the basis for profound personal transformation and deep connection with others - Awareness, Acceptance, and Courage! These steps enable people to strengthen their relationship with themselves, co-workers, family, friends – and even those with whom we have no seeming connection - be it a 600 pound Japanese Sumo Wrestler or our next-door neighbor. When we make that human connection and move people from the category of “them” to “us”, anything is possible.

There’s never been a more important time to richly hone the relationships that transform lives, bridge gaps, connect generations, and empowers our life experience. By opening our world view we are far more powerful than we could ever be on our own - be it the exchange of tribal knowledge between an experienced team member and a social media-savvy young employee, or the shared core values of an Oklahoma farmer and a Mongolian herdsmen.

What's surprising is that our ability to authentically connect with our clients and friends has very little to do with them, and almost everything to do with our perspective. We see the world not as it is, but as we are. The great news is that means we have the power to deepen our relationships with others at any moment, all we have to do is shift our perspective! Building better relationships doesn’t necessarily mean knowing perfectly how to bow, shake hands, or say hello in every culture, it simply means bringing an open and accepting mindset to all of our interactions.

This message hits home for so many who reach back to remember their own beginnings and recognize the foundational wisdom in creating life-long connections. Bring the transformational lessons of the “Stoop” to your next audience.

This keynote is about: 

  • Cultivating connection by valuing all generations, cultures and perspectives
  • A relationship building method universally tested - from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia

Takeaways:

 


START AT STEP “Z” – Stepping into What's Possible

What is your Step “Z”, the goal you feel will truly bring your life meaning? It could be a new client, a new partner, or a new home. What if you could arrive at that destination before you even begin the journey? We tend to be so fixated on our goal that we forget to examine how we are viewing ourselves. We feel that if our circumstances were different our goal would be attainable. In reality, we can only go as far as our shadow will let us - it’s not the circumstances that have to change, but us.

Bash walks attendees through the scientific method for recognizing and reducing their most limiting beliefs, thereby opening the doorway to a whole new world. With total clarity, he emphasizes that the swiftest way to get from where you are, to where you want to be, is to be there first - on the inside. The best way to get from Step “A” to Step “Z” is to Start at Step “Z”. It may seem counterintuitive, but your best chance at achieving your goal is to imagine it is already accomplished. Step firmly with faith into the shoes you were meant to fill - and live, breathe, work and act from that place.

From moderating a major United Nations event in Brazil at 23 years old with no prior experience, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia when nearly all funding had been pulled one month before production, Bash shows how when we change our mind, we can change our world. The key to creating success lies not in getting what we want, but in realizing that we already have everything we need to live a life of great meaning. When we connect our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others, and have unwavering faith in our potential, we will find the inspiration necessary to reach our Step “Z”.

This keynote is about: 

  • How to connect our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others
  • Creating an unwavering faith in our own potential
  • Achieving the goal you feel will truly bring your life meaning - your Step “Z”

Takeaways:

  • Learn the scientific method for recognizing and reducing your most limiting beliefs
  • Finding the confidence to make decisions - click here for video
  • How to achieve goals through visualization - click here for video
The 3 Qualities of Global Citizens
Our differences can be our greatest strength
Turn Challenges into Accomplishments
Profile Video
Confidence and Making Your Vision Happen
Bridging the Gap

About Chris

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary. The focus: How can we change the world? The day he returned from Tanzania, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was in that moment he realized there was nothing he could do to change the world, meaning, there was nothing he could do to control circumstances outside of himself. Ultimately, the only person we ever have control over is ourselves. This realization became the impetus for Chris’s life mission, that when we ‘Change our mind’, we ‘Change our world’.

As the Executive Producer and Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Chris has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. Chris’s adventures are a means to inspire viewers to step with courage into the direction of their fears. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

As an internationally-recognized speaker, Chris has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder, to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. He lectures to thousands of people on a yearly basis, everywhere from Fortune 500 companies, to prisons, offering the simple message that when we change internally, our world actually changes around us.

Chris Bashinelli Speaker Reviews and Testimonials

Learn why Chris Bashinelli is one of the most engaging and inspirational leadership keynote speakers in the world. Read what those who have brought Chris to their stage have said about the experience.

Chris Bashinelli has got to be one of the best speakers we’ve ever had on our stage.

Chris Bashinelli has got to be one of the best speakers we’ve ever had on our stage. His energy and inspiration to help people become global citizens and understand what that means, was absolutely phenomenal. Thank-you, Chris!

Susan Armstrong, Corporate Meetings Manager, VISIT Florida

Authentic, engaging, and energetic presentation.

Bash offered a very authentic, engaging, and energetic presentation for our conference attendees. He brought many of his valuable life experiences to the table, and though all proved very different, they revolved around one common theme- breaking down barriers and finding a common ground with whomever you engage. Attendees left feeling exhilarated, taking with them many of the principles Bash illustrated back to their local institutions.

Jake Parks, The Institute of Internal Auditors

One of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.

Chris made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. He was one of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.

Geoff Ballott, The Wyndam Hotel Group
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Chris Bashinelli Introduction

Are you ready to embark on an international adventure and discover what it means to become a Global Citizen?

Chris Bashinelli, also known as “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career, including an appearance on the HBO hit television series, The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti as Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel.

Bash has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, and has spoken around the world, from multi-million dollar corporations to the United Nations General
Assembly Hall. He is an Eagle Scout and a National Geographic Explorer.

Bash has lived with nomads in Mongolia, farmed for tea on the hillsides of China, and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history.

Please help me welcome, Chris Bashinelli!

Chris Bashinelli Technical Requirements – for Live Events

Chris asks for the following equipment to be provided:

  • Main Computer to run the slides – Chris will also bring his Macbook Pro Mid-2015 as a backup.
  • Wireless headset Microphone (wireless lapel) hooked into the sound system
  • Handheld mics – Please have 2 handheld microphones positioned downstage
    right if possible. These may be used during the presentation.
  • Timer – an Ipad or basic timer counting UP from zero. If this is not possible, a simple clock will work. Please position downstage right.
  • Clicker – Chris is happy to use his clicker.
  • LCD Projector
  • Large screen – as large as the room will allow
  • Audio/Sound with sound patch to presenter’s laptop
  • 2 room temperature water bottles on stage
  • Greenroom to set up (if possible)

Chris is happy to run his presentation from his Macbook Pro that contains

  • HDMI and Thunderbolt output
  • AV CHECK: Chris asks for 30-45 minutes total for rehearsal.
  • SLIDES AND VIDEO: Chris’s presentation runs off PowerPoint and includes both images and videos, all embedded into the presentation. The videos should be set to “play automatically”. If they do not play automatically, you may have to drop the files back into the presentation.

 

Chris Bashinelli Technical Requirements – for Virtual Events

Client’s Requests

Chris’s virtual presentation will be hosted on the client’s existing meeting platform. The client will create and host the meeting, and distribute the invite to the attendees. Chris works with any meeting platform of the client’s choosing.

Zoom Suggestions:

Please make sure people are allowed to “comment” during the presentation. Encourage attendees to keep their cameras on during the presentation. Chris may switch to gallery view from his side, to see reactions. In any case, please ensure attendees cameras are turned on during the Q&A, which generally happens right after the program.

BASH’S PARTNER PRODUCTION STUDIO

Clients have the option to request Bash’s partner studio in NYC Space – The partner production space is a dedicated production studio.

  • Backdrop – Clients can choose from colored back drops, or green screen.
  • Playback – We are able to show “picture in picture” and include client logo.
  • Camera – We use a dedicated 4k camera to film Chris for the audience.
  • Monitor – Chris has a separate monitor in the studio to see the audience.
  • Microphones – We have several lapels and boom mics in the space.
  • Lighting – The space includes several soft box for lighting.
  • Computers – We have one main computer as well as several backups.
  • Producer – This space also includes a dedicated producer for the show.

BASH’S HOME STUDIO

Bash uses the following equipment in his home studio setup

  • Laptop – Macbook Pro mid-2015
  • Audio – Sennheiser G4 wireless system
  • Camera – Logitech Brio HD camera
  • Lights – Bash has all necessary LED lights for presentations at any time of day.

Rehearsal

We suggest an AV check 1-2 hours prior to the start of the program. We will log into your Zoom account to make sure all is running smooth – and then stay live until shortly before the presentation. We will mute our video and audio until Chris is introduced.

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