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Eric Termuende


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Future of Work Expert

Eric Termuende is the co-founder of NoW of Work, helping leaders build incredible teams and tomorrow’s greatest places to work. His one-degree shift methodology enables leaders to build trust, remove friction, and create a culture of experimentation. Having worked with and studied the greatest places to work in the world, Eric will leave attendees with memorable stories, and a refreshingly unique take on leadership, culture, and the future of work.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars

Using the latest technologies, Eric will give your audience a presentation that is customized, modifiable, and exceeds expectations. Whether you’re looking for a fireside chat from the home office with an interactive Q+A, or a well-produced hour in Eric’s newly built studio, there is a setup that can fit your needs.

The future of work isn’t a destination, it is a mindset. In Eric’s virtual sessions, he’ll talk about trust, belonging, psychological safety, and building a workplace (remote or in the office) that people want to be a part of, that drives performance, and creates a positive environment for everyone.

All of Eric’s virtual keynotes will come with free, downloadable worksheets and review documents for the audience, and give attendees an opportunity to contribute to the material in an interactive session. 

One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work
The future of work may look wildly different depending on industry, size, and location but the one thing all great leaders do is build a deep sense of trust, respect, and safety across their team. The question is: how do they do it?
In this completely tailored, engaging, and takeaway-loaded presentation, workplace expert Eric Termuende shares what years of research, stories, and insights uncover about the one-degree shifts leaders use to remove friction, improve communication, and innovate. From Domino’s Pizza to the British Cycling Team, discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes builds tomorrow’s greatest places to work.

In this presentation, leaders will learn the secret of a one-degree shift to:

  • Reduce friction and build trust.
  • Work more effectively with a smaller team.
  • Build a culture of innovation.
  • Understand your role in creating a ‘greatest place to work’.
  • Discover what cilantro teaches us about strong workplace culture.
Leading Remote Teams: Maintaining Engagement, Productivity, and Happiness
Having studied some of the world’s best companies and surveyed thousands of employees, workplace expert and bestselling author Eric Termuende knows that those who lead remote teams do three things effectively: They communicate well, reduce friction, and are highly empathetic. With the world changing at a break-neck pace, there are key steps we can take today to ensure that we’re mitigating burnout and getting the most out of our teams whether working remotely or together in the office.
In this fully customized, insightful, and takeaway-filled keynote, Eric Termuende shares leadership stories from the Cleveland Browns to Chicago’s Holy Cross Hospital to uncover what makes for an incredible workplace experience. Building stronger remote teams requires a deeper understanding of how we use our time, connect with our people, and tie recognition back to our values. While the future is anything but certain, the actions we take today are sure to prepare us for whatever the world throws our way.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to build a deeper sense of trust with your remote team.
  • The three golden rules of recognition.
  • Where a stronger foundation of belonging resides and how to access it.
  • The research-backed correlation between recognition and engagement.
  • How leaders can take ownership of company culture remotely.
Can You Make It? What a Race Across Europe Fuelled By RedBull Teaches Us About Leadership and Building Thriving Teams
300 people on 100 teams with 7 days to get from London to Berlin. The catch? No communication with anyone outside your team, no currency or credit cards, no pre-arranged accommodation and no pre-arranged transportation – only 24 cans of RedBull. Would we make it? And what would it teach us about leading and cultivating an incredible team?
In this highly entertaining, always surprising keynote, hear from Eric Termuende as he takes you on his harrowing escapade across Europe. Learn how his team overcame new languages, new modes of transportation, and navigated their way across an unfamiliar continent before crossing the finish line and completing the journey of a lifetime.
Leadership and team development doesn’t just happen in the office. A remarkable story with unforgettable lessons may be exactly what your leaders need to be energized, engaged, and equipped with a new set of tools to lead their team.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to reduce friction across your team.
  • What the difference between forced innovation and chosen innovation is and how to execute.
  • Why choosing the road less travelled is more effective than the highway.
  • How empathy, trust, and experimentation breed success.
  • How to empower the team to rise to any challenge.
  • Why failure almost always leads to success.
  • How to travel 2,013 miles across a continent you’ve never been to before without
    anything to trade other than a few cans of a caffeinated sugar drink.
The Great Comeback: Building a Thriving Culture in a Post-COVID World

The countdown is on and the days are numbered until we’re back in the office again and it’s “business as usual”. Or is it? With five years of change happening in the past two months, there is no “normal” to go back to anymore, and the responsibility to create a culture of safety, experimentation, and belonging is more important now than ever before.

In this interactive presentation, Eric will walk the  audience through how, in a post-COVID world, we can create a new normal together, foster cultures of experimentation, and build an intentional future for our organizations and teams.

Key Takeaways:

  • A clear framework and model to build a more intentional future.
  • How to build a deeper sense of trust across teams.
  • The two types of culture innovation and how to focus on getting ahead.
  • The one question we need to ask our team to build deeper, more meaningful relationships.
  • Where culture really lives and how we can leverage the past weeks of remote working.
Winning the Talent War: 3 Unorthodox Rules to Elevate Recruiting, Retention, Performance, and Organizational Success

In today’s job market, where good candidates have an increasing amount of options available to them, how is it that organizations can stand out from the competition to attract and retain top talent? Gone are the days when a 250-300 word job description will do the work for us. Today, we must change the story we tell to attract (and keep) the best of the best.

Through years of extensive research and practical experience, Eric Termuende has developed a systematic approach to winning the talent war. In this keynote presentation, Eric takes reveals three counterintuitive and extremely powerful steps to boosting performance, beating back competitive threats, and driving long-term shareholder value.

Key Takeaways:
• How to increase the retention of top performers, while having low-performers self-select out of the organization.
• Techniques to differentiate your story to new candidates and existing team members.
• A radically new framework for recruiting the best candidates for your organization.

Building a Thriving Community to Future-Proof Your Company Three key shifts to build something more meaningful and successful than ‘team’

Having surveyed and interviewed thousands of people across North America, Eric Termuende discovered that a team doesn’t always equate to success- the community does. Gone are the days when we could simply attract people solely based on what they can do and the experience they have. Competition is too fierce and employees need to be a part of something bigger than a group of people that share a common skillset; they need to share values, a similar way of working, and have a sense of community that many teams miss.

Key Takeaways:
• A new approach to telling your story in a way that speaks to the right candidates.
• How to identify the skills, competencies, and character traits of today’s workforce.
• A framework for building and nurturing a community where people thrive, together.

Audience reviews:

  • Wow, just WOW. Safe to say that was the best virtual presentation we’ve done yet, and not just for this event! The comments section definitely showcased that. Thank you very much for that incredible presentation. - Senior Conference Producer, Key Media
  • We had the opportunity to bring Eric in as the keynote speaker for our annual strategic planning workshop with all of our Senior Leaders. Eric did an excellent job of helping us understand and connect the links between strategy and culture with some “one degree shifts” in our thinking about people and process. This slight change in our thinking was a great catalyst for the subsequent discussions as we built out our strategies for the coming year. - VP Human Resources, Toyota Material Handling
  • Eric delivered a session to over 100 attendees at our virtual session on public speaking and presentation skills and blew our group away! He was the most captive speaker we’ve had and there was intention behind his entire presentation, whether that included where he sat, what was behind him, how he looked directly at the camera, how he personalized the content even with a large group and so much more. Given the topic, we even got a behind the scenes tour of his virtual presentation setup which was so impressive and thought out. Everyone felt engaged and connected throughout the session, almost feeling like we were with Eric in real life. - Director of Community, League of Innovators
  • His charismatic energy was electrifying and contagious. He gave us a great insight on where retail is headed and what we need to be successful. The managers’ feedback was exceptionally positive. They were left inspired and enlightened.

    - VP of Retail Operations, INDOCHINO
  • Eric delivered a high energy, engaging and informative keynote that left our people leaders inspired, informed and committed to shifting 1 degree... Eric has a gift for deep listening, challenging the status quo and confidently sharing his stories with humility, humor at a world class standard.

    - Senior Manager of People & Culture, Arc'teryx
  • I found Eric to be a highly credible, engaging and relevant speaker that connects with all levels of leadership. Eric’s insights are well articulated and provide examples and ideas that are critical to an organization looking to improve engagement and retain the right talent.

    - Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Services, Keyera Corp
  • Eric was absolutely fantastic this morning. He was incredibly well received, so much so that, at least in my 20 or so years attending this conference, I've never seen so many questions asked of a presenter. Thank you so much for your help in setting this all up. Our expectations of an energetic, interesting and engaging keynote speaker were definitely exceeded.

    - Incoming Executive VP and Workshop Chair, Canadian Property Tax Association (National Office)
  • Eric did an excellent job of communicating to our membership where our workforce is headed and what we needed to do to accommodate trends in the workplace. His use of visuals and presentation style made a complex topic manageable for our audience. He is a captivating presenter and prompted a lot of discussion.

    - Director of Communications, Alberta Forest Products Association
  • Eric is a passionate speaker and his messages transcend generations. He connects easily with Millennial and Gen-Y audiences, as well as the other 3 generations in the workplace. He’s funny, professional and on point, either in prepared remarks or in informal discussion.

    - Director of Marketing & Communications, Calgary Chamber
  • What a world it would be if we viewed people as "human beings, not humandoings"! He's spoken at several of our conferences, and has become a favourite among our delegates. Engaging, smart, to the point and very relevant.

    - Senior Conference & Marketing Director, Informa Canada

Speaker Biography

Eric Termuende believes that if he can help make people’s lives better at work; he can make people’s lives better outside of it. His presentations go beyond diversity and inclusion to help audiences understand people and patterns in order to optimize the workplace. 

Prior to NoW of Work, Eric co-founded DRYVER Group, a consultancy focused on the attraction and retention of top talent. Here he co-developed a tool that quantifies workplace culture. Eric and his team helped pinpoint strengths and opportunities in an organization to optimize culture, improve attraction, and mitigate poor retention numbers. Believing that collaboration is a key to success, Eric has helped develop a partnership network in Canada to emphasize the importance of teamwork and the delivery of great work.

Eric has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Thrive Global, the Huffington Post and many others prominent media organizations. He has been recognized as one of only ‘100 emerging innovators under 35’ globally by American Express and sat as Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He is a former Canadian G20 YEA Delegate, representing Canada in Sydney in 2014, and was a former ‘Global Shaper’ with the World Economic Forum. 

Eric brings forward timely data and insight with compelling visuals to motivate audiences towards future success. He is dynamitic, passionate, charismatic informative and has spoken at events ranging from leadership and development to success and happiness, education and innovation, and the future or work and workplace culture.