Bill Stainton

Bill is a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer; a highly sought-after keynote speaker; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert.

Not bad for a kid who grew up behind a dairy farm in the Amish countryside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Today Bill blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create riveting presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world. Focusing primarily on the areas of leadership, teamwork, and innovation, Bill calls upon his background as a comedy writer to customize each keynote to each individual client. (And, unlike some “leadership” speakers, Bill has actually led a successful team!)

So what’s his background? Well, for fifteen years, Bill was the executive producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show, Almost Live! (which also enjoyed a two and a half year run in national syndication on Comedy Central). Along the way, he won 29 Emmy Awards for his work as a producer, writer, and performer. He’s also written for HBO, NPR, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In addition, Bill has authored nine corporate training programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. His programs are currently being used by hundreds of organizations, from IBM and Boeing to Paramount Pictures and the CIA. (And yes, the fact that the CIA is actually using Bill’s training materials is a cause for worry!)

Bill is the author of The 5 Best Decisions the Beatles Ever Made: A Handbook for “Top of the Charts” Success, and a co-author of Humor Us: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter. As either the opening, closing, or luncheon speaker for your next event, Bill sees his responsibility to your audience as three-fold:

  • Give them something to think about
  • Give them something to laugh about
  • Give them a reason to say, “This is the best meeting ever!”