"Changing The World One Story at a Time"
Dan is the primary contributing author to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and author of twenty of his own best selling books, including the life changing business management book, “Best or Right.” Dan’s story “Puppies for Sale" was made into a film at Paramount Studios starring the late Jack Lemmon. As a master storyteller, Dan has been published in more than 30 million books in 30 languages worldwide!|
Dan’s inspiring life includes fighting his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career, flying in fighter jets twice the speed of sound, carrying the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games and speaking for Fortune 500 companies, NASA, Super Bowl champions, Mayo Clinic, the United Nations and to our combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Programs and brief descriptions:
(Taking It To The Next Level)
We’re told to think outside the lines, to think outside the box. What if the answers are still in the box? Most complicate their lives and never fulfill their destiny because they think it’s the responsibility of their community and their job to make life exciting and meaningful. They hate their jobs, are “half empty” to themselves and only look forward to Friday instead of Monday. They think they are paid by the hour, when in reality they are paid for the value they bring to that hour. They think success and happiness are found outside themselves, instead of within. Consequently, most come to meetings in search of new answers when what we need are the right answers. It’s tough to get right answers from wrong questions. Therefore, to take it to the next level personally and professionally, we should ask, “What is possible? Can we exceed potential or do we just misjudge it? Answers to the right questions are already inside your organization. They are inside of you. When we believe if best is possible, good is not good enough and that personal success is never final, we seek wisdom, inspiration and direction from the best coaches and books. Herein lies the purpose of a meeting and the need for a great speaker who will take your heart to places the mind can never go!
Under this topic Dan teaches:
Dan’s hilarious quick wit and powerful inspirational stories will stir your people to look inward for solutions, exercise more passion, creativity and imagination, lead, overcome obstacles, focus clearly under pressure and excel where they thought they couldn’t even compete! Your people won’t leave the meeting with another assignment. They already have enough to do! However, they will leave empowered with internal intensity, reenergized to dig deeper inside themselves with revitalized strength to do whatever it takes to succeed. Not because it is expected by others, but because it is demanded of themselves!
(Building A Winning Team)
There are professional sports teams with rosters crammed full of the highest paid “best” players in the league and they still lose. The headline after the U.S. basketball “Dream Team” lost at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, simply read, “680 Million Dollars Couldn’t Win Us A Gold Medal!” Why? To win, we need more than the “best” players – we need the “right” people. Obviously, it’s not all about team – teams lose! Whoever said “It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,” probably lost. Companies with the best people in their industry are going bankrupt as you read this and they are a team. Why? They coach results instead of behavior. They compete against their “plan” instead of against themselves and their competition. They focus on profits instead of people.
They say there is no “I” in team, but teams lose – it’s about winning and WINNING has two “I’s” in it: Independent Individual Preparation – a commitment to six C’s: Character, Confidence, Consistency, Change, Clarity of Cause and Creating Chemistry; and Interdependent Collaboration, a commitment to the final two C’s: to Cooperate and Contribute.™ Of course it’s about team – Together Everyone Achieves More, but the teams that win have the most “I-players” on them. “Best” players possess and practice three to five of the “C’s.” “Right” players live and breathe all eight of them!
Under this topic Dan teaches:
Your people will leave Dan’s speech with a greater sense of unity, fueled by a deeper conviction to trust and be trusted. They will realize that it’s not enough to have the “will” to win. Everybody wants to win. They must have the will to “prepare” to win and never get complacent. Preparation is about transforming from “best” to “right” and becoming an MVP “I” player on your team.
(Changing From Continuous Improvement to Rapid Growth)
Were you born flawed and ill-equipped, and expected to spend your life “putting in” what was “left out” at birth? No. Nothing is missing. The goal is to improve and become more of who you already are! J. Paul Getty said, “In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.” Eric Hoffer said, “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” If we refuse to change we become obsolete.
Change is painful, but pain is a signal to grow, not to suffer. Once we learn the lesson the pain is teaching us, the pain goes away. Change from the outside-in is reactive which creates pressure. However, change from the inside-out is proactive which creates power - power to adapt, knowing that it’s not what happens, but what we do with what happens that makes or breaks us; power to focus, knowing we will not have regrets for things we did, we will only have regrets for things we did not do.
Under this topic Dan teaches:
Your people will leave Dan’s speech knowing that “continuous improvement” is obsolete. “Rapid Growth” is the most important 21st century key to stability and success in any business and comes more from recognition of people than from a money raise. Recognition of your people begins to make a difference only when they begin to recognize themselves and realize what motivates them. Dan will challenge your people to answer for themselves: Why should I improve? What’s in it for me? Will it make me feel important and fulfilled? What must I do to make people around me better so I help the team win? With Dan’s inspiration and their newly found ownership of these personal answers, the resulting positive behavior of your people is likely to be a permanent lifestyle improvement rather than another self-development fad you tried out that failed within weeks. Client Testimonials:
"We have had Dan Clark speak for our company over five times to all of our divisions. We’ve even had Dan speak for an international customer event in Rome, Italy. No one is better than Dan! His amazing ability to take his audience on an emotional roller coaster ride and customize his remarks around our needs is unmatched by any speaker in the industry. We’ve laughed and cried at every speech."
-- Georgia Pacific
"Thank you for your inspiring message to our agents and agency management. Your ability to incorporate specific information regarding our company and its initiatives was invaluable and helped drive your motivational message points home. I have never seen our people so enthused, which was clearly evidenced in the long standing ovation you received! "
-- State Farm Insurance Company
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