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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander has transmitted his eloquent way of connecting with people from conducting famous symphonies, like the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, to inspiring audiences as a leadership speaker. Co-author of The Art of Possibility, Zander incorporates his breathtaking pianistic skills with his uplifting messages that teach leaders the “art of possibility.” His keynotes provide an experience that takes you through stories, music and concepts to provoke a radical shift in perception. This brilliant symphony conductor uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how your organization can come together as a team to unleash your full potential.

Mack Dryden

From humble beginnings as a blue-collar paper mill employee in Mississippi, Mack's path to becoming one of the top corporate comedians and humorous motivational speakers in the country was a circuitous one to say the least. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter, taught karate after earning a black belt, and finally made a career of his true love, making people laugh and having a positive impact on their lives. As a performer, he's appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as acting roles on many dramas like ABC’s The Guardian and JAG. As a writer, he's won a prestigious fiction-writing contest, and was handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC'S Politically Incorrect. He's a two-time cancer survivor who speaks at dozens of survival celebrations every year, and has also survived a harrowing stay in an African prison, not to mention “the sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front!" Instead of brooding about his misfortunes, he does the opposite and shares his goal-achieving secrets with hilarious, moving stories about the challenges he's overcome to reach his goals.

Roy Firestone

You cannot call Roy Firestone a typical sports speaker. His keynotes are collaborated with his talents as a singer and sports journalist to provide an entertaining and unforgettable performance. Roy has won seven prestigious Emmy® Awards spinning his own brand of magic with more than 5,000 men and women from the worlds of art, politics, and popular entertainment. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called Firestone, "the best interviewer I've ever seen. That's not the best interviewer in sports, that's the best interviewer period." Roy’s talents are not limited to being a thoughtful interviewer. His successful one man multi-media show has appeared from Las Vegas to corporate meetings and conventions all over the country. Roy moves, inspires and uplifts audiences with storytelling, music, spoken word narratives and inspiring life experiences.

Kevin Elko

Dr. Kevin Elko is the motivational Gatorade to the sports and corporate world who inspires breakthrough success by building it one brick at a time. He is a nationally renowned performance consultant, professional motivational speaker and author of two books: Nerves of Steel and The Pep Talk. Dr. Elko’s uplifting keynotes have quenched the motivational thirst of individuals and teams from the performance of collegiate and professional sports teams. His passion and desire to better every audience member’s life has created a craving for success that is undeniable once you leave.

Joel Zeff

As an improvisational humorist, Joel Zeff's interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational skits that reinforce Joel's central message: That organizations and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes if they want to increase long-term productivity and innovation. Joel expands on the teachings of his book, Make the Right Choice and trains employees on how to make the right choices to pursue a life with more creativity, passion, and productivity. Joel is an innovative and creativity speaker who gives you the chance of a lifetime to see your boss play a world famous rapper who has lost his ability to rhyme while the person who works at the desk next to you is delivering moment-to-moment sound effects. There is no doubt that Joel will make you laugh, but most importantly he will make you think.

Bob Davies

As a keynote speaker, author, trainer and coach, Bob Davies has drawn upon the lessons he has accumulated, from his humble childhood roots to his successful career as a college football coach, in order to develop a system for improving lives based on clarity, focus and accountability. Using his coaching background and academic studies, Bob has studied and formed systems around strategic planning, time accountability, tracking, and creating systems that enable individuals to tap into the highest level of their potential. Bob helps audiences implement these lessons both for themselves and for others as a system of specific declarations resulting in elite performance and the ability to achieve declared goals. By learning from Bob’s experience of overcoming fear, the audience will be able to identify and overcome the obstacles that presently stand in the way of success in sales and in life.

Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970's. As a player with the Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. Larry continues to work in the “public eye” as host and producer of the outdoor adventure series, “North to Alaska". Larry has a tremendous story to tell and backs it up with a warm sincere and motivational approach that will have listeners on the edge of their seats. Larry will speak about the game, the players, coaching and starring moments of a great career. His audiences delight in his humor and leave feeling that they have always known him. Larry is more than a retired football player; he is a legend. He will leave your group with a renewed confidence to strive for perfection in any endeavor.

Anthony Galie

An author, business speaker and trainer, Anthony Galie is a psychotherapist who reaches audiences through his motivational talks. His program is geared to defy logic because that is what stands in most people’s way. In the last 27 years, Anthony has trained thousands of business people to get and stay focused on their goals with simple, practical, hands-on techniques that work! Each participant will be shown how to focus on daily, monthly and long term production goals and given the tools with which to accomplish them. As a motivational speaker he is able to give his audience an experience that they will be able to reference to for years to come.

Ken Dychtwald

Dr. Ken Dychtwald is North America’s expert on lifestyle, marketing, and workforce implications of the age wave. He has over 35 years of experience as a psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. His customized innovative solutions for any business fertilized their expansion in their field. Ken has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity. His ability to blend cutting-edge social science and marketing brings a unique look at business to his audiences.

Clyde Fessler

If you are looking for someone to rev up your engine and motivate you then Clyde Fessler is your man! As former Vice President of Business Development for Harley-Davidson, Clyde played an integral part in the company’s dramatic turnaround on being the last remaining motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S., on the verge of bankruptcy, to competing against global giants in the marketplace. Fessler and his team of creative hands-on people turned their company into a Fortune-500 success story through their use of unique strategies, clever positioning, hard work, and passion. Now a motivational speaker, Clyde’s powerful presentations capture audiences, ignites their passion and may even excite them to become a Harley-Davidson rider!

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

John Foley

John Foley knows first-hand what it means to take high performance and excellence to an extreme level. John delivers an actionable framework for high performance that combines the unique experience as lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels with a master's degree in strategic management from Stanford School of Business. John founded the Glad to Be Here Foundation which has impacted 100 charities and donated 1 million dollars helping thousands of lives globally. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John's keynote presentations leave audiences with just one question: How good do you want to be?

Barbara Corcoran

As a motivational and business speaker, Barbara Corcoran inspires her audience by leading them through her life and experiences. Barbara began her career when she left her waitressing job to start her own real estate company and in twenty-five years Barbara turned that company into a five-billion-dollar business. Barbara then moved on to create her own television production and business consulting company, Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is now the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show and CNBC and writes weekly real estate column for the Daily News and monthly columns for MORE Magazine and Redbook. Barbara’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude brings a refreshing approach to her motivational talks, which leaves the audience at the edge of their seats.

Mitch Gaylord

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its gold medal victory. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mitch went on to create Gold Medal Fitness, LLC and the "Melt it OFF! with Mitch" workout program, which has been on-air for the last four years. Through this project, he personally motivated, trained, and inspired over 100 people to achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching them to "Embrace their Greatness." Mitch has been motivating and inspiring audiences worldwide for over 26 years; he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, associations, and students across the country. Mitch's personal mission is to inspire others to greatness through his presentations and products.

Seth Davis

Seth Davis is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and bestselling author who has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts on college basketball. He is currently a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, and contributor to SI.com where he writes his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column during college basketball season. Since 2004, Seth has served as an on-air analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball. Seth is also the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wooden: A Coach’s Life, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball. Seth draws upon his own experiences to provide audiences with a heartfelt and humorous motivational message on what it takes to become successful.

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Dick Hoyt

This is not your typical motivational experience when you have Team Hoyt as your keynote. The father son duo of Dick and Rick has transformed the lives of many. They tell their compelling story of how they have completed over 1,000 athletic events around the world while fighting the challenges they faced with Rick’s disabilities. Rick was born as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, but his spirit and mind have always been strong. Rick’s father, Dick travels the country with him to speak for corporate and community events to educate them about disability awareness and to promote their inspiring motto: “Yes You Can.” After hearing their motivational seminars you will walk away with a greater desire to achieve.

Amanda Gore

As a keynote speaker for over 25 years, organizations and individuals hire Amanda Gore to help people reconnect to what really matters- the energy and emotional layers that drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in business and life. Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change. People who are happy at work make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged. Amanda uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence to help businesses achieve the results they need to align with their goals.

Tim Sanders

Wireless communication transformed the way our world operates today, and through the quality, marketing, and sales expertise of Tim Sanders--once we were exposed to it we haven’t been able to put it down. Tim is the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds, founder of research firm Deeper Media Incorporated, and author of four books including the global best seller Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. He is such a unique leadership speaker that rather than call him a speaker, Time Magazine referred to him as "a public consultant" – someone who uses keynotes as a means to elicit changed behavior in his audiences. Tim achieves this through his rare hybrid of business expert, motivational speaker, and people expert.

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