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Jay Papasan is a bestselling author that serves as vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the worlds largest real estate company. He is also vice president of KellerINK, co-owner of Keller Capital, and co-owner, alongside his wife Wendy, of Papasan Properties Group with Keller Williams Realty in Austin, Texas.

He was born and raised in Memphis, TN. After attending the University of Memphis he spent several years working abroad in Paris before attending New York University’s graduate writing program. Upon graduating he found work at HarperCollins Publishers, where he helped piece together such bestselling books as Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips and Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm.

After moving to Austin, Jay joined Keller Williams Realty International, and in 2003 he co-authored The Millionaire Real Estate Agent alongside Gary Keller and Dave Jenks. The resounding success of the book, which focused on the systems, models and tactics used by the nation’s top real estate sales agents, brought him his first experience as an acclaimed author when the book became a national bestseller in 2004. Having landed on a formula for providing insight and easy to follow strategies for success, the group maintained their momentum and strung together a series of books that found their way on to numerous bestselling lists, including those found on The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.

The books he’s helped craft have collectively sold over 8 million copies. His most recent work with Gary Keller on The ONE Thing has sold over half a million copies worldwide and garnered more than 350 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s hardcover business list.

Speaking on The ONE Thing

Through his keynote, Jay shares the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results – it’s about doing the right thing, instead of attempting everything. Backed by years of research, he’ll show how working from a clear sense of priority elevates results and alleviates stress. Jay’s goal is for his audience to leave with a newfound sense of clarity on their true priorities in all areas of their lives.

As a successful business owner, author and an engaged family man, Jay truly lives the message in his book, bringing an authenticity to the stage not often found on the speaking circuit. He speaks from personal experience and has a genuine passion for helping people lead more productive and fulfilling lives, while removing the stress from their hectic everyday routines. His message resonates with everyone from stay-at-home parents to C-level executives. For video highlights of Jay’s events click here.


“Jay is a dynamic, well-spoken, articulate speaker who asks the audience a vital question and keeps them engaged. ‘What’s the one thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?’ As an attendee, Jay’s speaking style and message kept me focused on how the only thing that stands between me and my goals is the ability to dismiss all else and focus on ‘the one thing.’ A fantastic lesson for executives and leaders looking for extraordinary results.”

A Leading Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Corporation

The One Thing is the One Message every business person needs to hear. Jay Papasan and Gary Keller have found a simple strategy for cutting through the noise and getting to what’s most important for you. When we thrive we feel alive and The One Thing can help you get there!”

National Training Consultant
CUTCO Cutlery

“Jay Papasan delivers every time! Out of close to 100 speakers at our event he was rated #1. Not only do our people walk away with tremendous, applicable value, but they consistently comment on Jay’s ability to relate with them on a level like many other speakers are unable to get to. He does his homework and makes sure he is ready to deliver every time.”

Sales Consultant
Vector Marketing

“In a world of relentless and competing priorities, Jay Papasan and The One Thing represent the quintessential solution for achieving real success. Calling out the lies that often mislead and derail us, Jay identifies researched based solutions that provide exceptional clarity on the elements needed to achieve long-lasting results. Leaders looking for a definitive, clear, and attainable path for achieving exceptional results will benefit greatly by embracing The One Thing. “

Doran Duffin
Director, Leadership Development
Kaiser Permanente

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Having co-authored the book on leveraging social media in real estate – you’d have to imagine that Jay is active online through a variety of social media venues. You can keep up with Jay here: