Andy Janning

Andy Janning
Andy Janning, Organizational Development and End Terminal Debt Advocate

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Andy Janning is a nationally recognized expert in leadership, communication, and organizational development with over two decades of management and executive leadership experience.

During his 13-year tenure at FORUM Credit Union, starting as their Corporate Trainer and finishing as their Vice President of Organizational Development, Andy led the creation of hundreds of new learning and organizational development programs to support FORUM’s $700 million in asset growth. His expertise helped FORUM capture Best Places to Work in Indiana awards in 2008 and 2012, along with a Top Place to Work award in 2010 from the Indianapolis Star.

Andy has earned national accolades for overall employee development excellence from Training Magazine and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) named him the national Training Professional of the Year, and Training Magazine called him one of the Top Trainers in the world under the age of 40.

Andy has served as a featured keynote and breakout speaker at over 200 state and national events in the last decade, where his sessions regularly earn rave reviews and standing ovations.

He’s a trusted advisor to clients across the country, providing proven communication and conflict resolution training for experienced and emerging leaders while ensuring their talent development
efforts consistently hit the mark.

In 2021, he produced Side Effects, a groundbreaking 7-part documentary series for the National Credit Union Foundation about the financial crisis of cancer, one of the largest storytelling projects in financial services history.

In 2022, Andy created End Terminal Debt, a national advocacy project to convince every financial institution to forgive the debt they hold for every customer with terminal cancer — especially African-Americans, who have the highest death rate of all racial and ethnic groups for most cancers.

He’s the author of the books Heroes, Villains, and Drunk Old Men: A Love Story for Real Life and The Breast Cancer Portrait Project.

He’s also a voiceover artist, stage and radio actor, former crisis and suicide counselor, and bad golfer. His favorite work is serving is wife and daughters back home in Indiana.

Speaking Topics

Heroes, Villains, and Drunk old men | lessons for your journey 

You’re going eleventy-billion miles an hour each day, leading and serving others like a pro while trying to listen well, fight fair, resolve conflicts, build relationships, and be unbelievably awesome. But how do you do all that? How can you keep everybody in your personal and professional lives happy while not completely burning yourself out?

This session has the answers. It will share lessons from a former financial services executive, the most influential storytelling technique ever created, and a motley crew of (formerly) drunk old men.

You'll leave with practical skills that will help you build a company full of heroes, keep the villains at bay, and help you build a brighter future for everyone you serve at work and at home.

Cancer, Covid, and 2 Good Dogs | lessons from the worst best years of my life

When Andy’s wife Karla was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, he thought that would be the toughest test he and his family would ever face. But then the pandemic hit, along with another near-fatal health challenge, and that’s when he realized, things can always get worse.

The last 3.5 years have been hard in a way that few of us are built to deal with. How do you handle yourself with grace and poise when life keeps throwing you curveballs?

In this heartwarming, funny, and powerful keynote, Andy relates what he learned about navigating life when his world was turned inside out almost overnight. You’ll leave with practical lessons on building resilience, patience, empathy, and courage when the world stops making sense. Andy will share his secrets for gaining the wisdom to help you find peace during life’s trials…and maybe an urge to get yourself a couple good dogs of your own.

Round Table Truths | an exercise in ethical business behavior

You’ve been asked to make a short presentation at a business meeting. You’ll be presenting to a group of eight people you’ve never met. You enter the room and find the participants are already seated at a round table.

Where do you sit? Who you talk to? What assumptions do you make about each person at the table? Your answers can reveal a great deal about your business ethics. In fact, research featured in Harvard Business Review shows that at least 75% of managers and leaders harbor unconscious biases that can affect their business judgment.

These biases can damage your ability to make ethical decisions, retain superior talent, boost individual and team performance, and work effectively with others. See how you can bring these biases to light, and how you can reduce the flawed and unethical business decisions they cause.

Tips for Terrific Talking | talking terrors and powerful presentations

Most of us harbor a fear of public speaking that ranks right up there with insects, heights, and IRS audits. We’d do anything to avoid getting in front of a group and talking. After all, public speaking is best left to teachers, politicians, and famous folks, right?

Not really. We’re all “public speakers” to large and small audiences every day – to customers, potential customers, other employees, patients, even loved ones. How we speak to those people, and present ourselves and our message, goes a long way in determining the quality of our relationship with them.

The first part of the session, Talking Terrors, shows you how to send clear verbal and non-verbal messages through insights gleaned from a former president, a job fair, and even the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic.

The second part of the session, The GET REAL Guide to Powerful Presentations, shows you the seven steps that’ll help you deliver real presentations, to real audiences, that get real results.

Goggles, Fight Club, and One Evil Dentist | winning the burnout battle

Feeling stressed and burned out? You’re not alone. Stress is the most common cause of long-term absence for all workers, and U.S. businesses lose an estimated $300 billion a year due to stress, according to the American Psychological Association.

This honest and practical program, built on solid psychological research and life-tested stress management techniques, will help you:

  • Embrace the reality of burnout in not just your career but in the careers and lives of your colleagues,
  • Identify the three major factors that contribute to burnout, along with the dangers they pose to your career and clients, and
  • Immediately apply proven techniques to keep the burnout at bay and your career on track.

Love, L.E.A.R.N., and Wet Cats | the power of unconditional service

No matter where you work, your company is devoted to creating loyal customers, members, and employees. To fulfill that commitment through the years has meant that each employee has had to put someone else’s needs ahead of his or her own.

It’s that type of Unconditional Service – service without the expectation of reward, recognition, or repeat business – that fills your employees with lasting purpose.

The first half of this session will show how rare and heroic that level of service is, and how a few small changes in attitude can make it a lifelong habit.

In the second half, we’ll deal with the enemy of Unconditional Service: the “irate customer”, also known as a Wet Cat. These Wet Cats can easily turn each of us into difficult co-workers, make us want to tear Unconditional Service to shreds, and tempt us to leave the world of service behind.

A simple five-step method called L.E.A.R.N. can change all that, though, by helping employees identify the types of Wet Cats that strike the most fear in them, and practice the skills in a safe and fun environment.

Parables and Productivity | telling stories that change your company and you

For years, storytelling has been touted as the go-to technique for attracting and retaining members, and transforming organizational culture. But exactly how do you craft and share those stories for maximum impact?

Filled with practical insights and proven techniques, this session will show you exactly how to answer that question, and share 8 additional ones that will keep the story of your career moving in the right direction.

Speaking Topics

  • Heroes, Villains, and Drunk old men | lessons for your journey
  • Cancer, Covid, and 2 Good Dogs | lessons from the worst best years of my life
  • Round Table Truths | an exercise in ethical business behavior
  • Tips for Terrific Talking | talking terrors and powerful presentations
  • Goggles, Fight Club, and One Evil Dentist | winning the burnout battle
  • Love, L.E.A.R.N., and Wet Cats | the power of unconditional service
  • Parables and Productivity | telling stories that change your company and you