Cal Fussman


About Cal Fussman - NYT Best-selling Author & Writer-at-Large for Esquire Magazine:

Cal Fussman is a New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned interviewer, keynote speaker, podcast host and corporate storytelling consultant. His keynotes and interactive workshops are derived from decades of interviewing hundreds of the world’s most extraordinary people: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jack Welch, Kobe Bryant, Robert Deniro... the list goes on. Cal teaches his interview style to inspire individuals to take a fresh look at how they conduct business through storytelling, communication and the fundamental idea that Changing your Questions can Change Your Life.

You can close more sales, lead a stronger team, and even repair personal challenges all through the frame of intriguing questions. Cal enriches each keynote with exuberant stories while driving home key takeaways that his audience members have taken back to the office - and their personal lives - for tangible improvements.

Over the past year, Cal has delivered keynotes at dozens of companies, including General Motors, Pixar, Twitter, Apple Music, Snapchat, Samsung, Facebook, Turner Broadcasting, Vans, Lululemon; colleges like UCLA and Georgetown; and at conferences as far as South Africa and Kenya. After Cal spoke at Facebook, Chris Sanders in Global Marketing Solutions said: “We literally have people using the term, ‘Cal Question.’ He has become a part of our culture.”

As a writer for Esquire, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine over the years, Cal has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with the icons who’ve shaped the last half-century of world history.

Born in Brooklyn, Fussman spent ten straight years traveling the world, swimming over 18-foot tiger sharks, rolling around with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and searching for gold in the Amazon. He boxed against then-undefeated world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, won a James Beard award and served as sommelier atop of the World Trade Center.

He now lives with his wife—whom he met while on his quest to discover the world’s most beautiful beach—and his three children in Los Angeles, where he spends every morning eating breakfast with Larry King.

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What Cal Fussman Talks About:

Great Questions That Great Leaders Ask
To lead effectively, asking the right questions is your best answer. With knowledge now democratized across an entire company, the most important tool your team can implement is a question culture. In this keynote, legendary interviewer Cal Fussman shares the powerful lessons he’s learned from greatest leaders of the past half century. Filled with engaging stories and thought provoking ideas, Cal revisits his time with icons such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Jack Welch, Jeff Bezos, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Debra Lee, and many more to share their wisdom with you.

Cornerstones of Teamwork from John Wooden, Kobe Bryant and Simone Biles
As a young journalist, Cal Fussman was in the locker room before the Steelers won their third Super Bowl ring, and over the following three decades, he would conduct probing interviews with hundreds of the world’s icons, and dozens of the most accomplished sports figures in history. From these conversations, Cal identified a common thread that exceptional teams employ in their success and how you can incorporate that into any team you join or lead. In this keynote, Fussman engages his audience with lessons he learned from John Wooden, Kobe Bryant, Simone Biles and several others about teamwork, collaboration, and victory. 

What I Learned, and What You Can Learn too, from Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Donald Trump and Countless Others
For the past three decades, Cal Fussman has interviewed hundreds of the most influential individuals of the past half century. In this session, he takes you through the powerful tools that brought each one his or her success, and engaging stories of his time with them that will keep the audience on the edge of their seat.

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