Stoyan YankovProductivity & Performance coach
If I were to meet my 16-year-old self today, he probably wouldn’t believe the course my life has taken. He might not even know what being a Productivity & Performance Coach and a Global Keynote Speaker is! (Some of you might not know even now).
I grew up in a small town in Bulgaria (Sliven), studying in a high school of math, driven to become a professional in the financial industry. I moved to another city (Varna) to do my bachelor’s degree in finance. Never would I have imagined the journey that was ahead of me. I decided to leave Bulgaria and go to do a master’s degree in finance in Denmark. My dream was to become a Wall Street banker. But all my free time, I would spend on my hobby: making films, organizing a film festival, and immersing myself in the world of cinema.
Once I graduated I decided I will focus fully on making a career from my passion. So I became a movie and video producer and after working for various positions and co-founded a video production company, helping businesses to grow through
The Filmmaker Within
Before I knew it, I had gained invaluable experience as a producer having worked on over 500 productions with both local European talents and the Hollywood industry veterans. My films were gaining recognition and had won various awards on over 50 international stages.
That’s when it hit me: life IS like a movie! And since I was born and raised in a family of teachers, I had this strong belief that if you are good at something, you should pass it along to others. In the meantime, I began to purposefully devote my time to personal development, attending workshops, coaching training, and working on my speaking skills.
Productivity & Performance coach
My first public speech was called “Life is Like a Movie”, and after a while, it became “You Are the Hero of Your Movie”. It was that look in the eyes people got when I coached them that made me realize: a 1-hour speech can completely change a person’s life!
This epiphany revolutionized my outlook on what I was doing, and from that moment on, I knew this was what I wanted to do full time! I closed my video production company and started working on my biggest passion – Productivity and Performance, helping organizations and individuals thrive by building solid productivity foundations.
Global Speaker & Author
Over the years, I have realized that many companies don’t pay attention consistently to building the fundamentals of a strong culture in their teams. To change that, together with Cristobal Alonso (CEO at Startup Wise Guys), I’ve developed the PERFORM Methodology: a proven system of tools and strategies designed to help organizations to build strong teams. We’ve interviewed over 50 successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders, and personally coached many more.
In 2021, we published our book including some of the key learnings in a practical and simple system. Today, the PERFORM methodology has been applied successfully by hundreds of companies across the globe.
Looking back, I am very grateful for all the things that have happened to me and all the people I’ve met along the way. It got me to where I am today, sharing my story with you. Now, I’ll be excited to be your partner in your own journey, and help you get the most out of your potential, too!