Olympic Motivational Keynote Speaker Devon Harris

Olympic Motivational Speaker Devon HarrisDevon Harris is the author of the motivational children’s book, Yes, I Can! And the semi-autobiographical motivational book, Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons From Cool Runnings. He is available for keynote presentations and interactive workshops for up to a full day throughout the US as well as internationally. Devon teaches people how to KEEP ON PUSHING in order to overcome the inevitable obstacles and live their best life.


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Three-time Jamaican Bobsled Team Olympian Devon Harris's message to "keep on pushing" inspires the rejected salesperson to rediscover his or her mojo, the stumped engineer to find a better solution, the overloaded executive to see a new path forward. Devon's real life story of perseverance and persistence combined with his powerful presence and persuasive ideas as a motivational keynote speaker have positively impacted thousands at Fortune 100 companies (including Microsoft, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Charles Schwab), non-profits, governmental organizations, schools, and universities. After hearing Devon's poignant, authentic and entertaining story, your audience too will say "Yes, I can!"… raising their games to higher and higher levels of achievement.

At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one's best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.

Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level.

Keynotes Described:

Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings - Coaching for Personal and Professional Success

Suitable for an opening keynote or closing presentation, this motivational program draws from the powerful experiences of the real life Jamaican Bobsled Team as immortalized in the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. This dynamic presentation is as poignant as it is light hearted. The audience will leave laughing, inspired and with a better understanding of what it takes to achieve the impossible.

The audience will learn how:

To defeat fear by taking action

To improve their self-image to increase their potential

To reframe failure

To persist by remaining fixated on their goals but flexible in their approach

The Power and Magic of Teamwork

This program addresses the powerful role teamwork plays in both your personal and professional life. A high level of team work has been responsible, in part, for a great home environment, miracle drugs, breakthrough technologies, Olympic medals, and conquests of space and sea because these teams have the ability to synergistically harness their members' talents and energy. As the Captain of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and a former Sandhurst-trained Captain in the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, inspire and direct a winning team and translates the challenges and triumphs of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team into easily applicable lessons for today’s managers and tomorrow’s leaders.

The audience will learn how:

A clear vision allows the team to remain motivated, become remarkably efficient and control the direction of change.

To identify their noble purpose-the far reaching benefits of the mundane things they do daily.

To transform their organization by growing their capacity to lead.

Through constant self-evaluation they ensure that they don’t become a victim of their own success.

Out of many; One: An Olympic Athlete's View of Diversity in the Workplace

A fresh look at how diversity in the workplace is not just a legal mandate or corporate ethic - it is fundamentally practical, and brings the best teams to the playing field. Devon brings a creative and inspiring look at how at work, as in the Olympics, what really matters is performance, attitude and teamwork. With humor and understanding that comes from living what he believes, Devon delivers a compelling message to groups of all sizes about how to be more bottom-line successful by embracing and applying the innate strengths of a diversity philosophy.

The audience will learn how:

A clear personal vision will supercede the associations and assumptions that society makes about you.

Attracting the best talent regardless of labels and creating an environment for them to perform at peak levels will allow the team to soar.

Differences when maintained and valued instead of discarded create a more fulfilling, powerful experience.

Keep On Pushing™: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence

Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to 'keep on pushing', how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon's presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. With humor and compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon inspires the audience to 'keep on pushing' - his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run.

The audience will learn how:

Investing some time to clarify both your personal and team vision will give them the edge and keep them motivated.

To embrace change.

To demonstrate faith in their teammates abilities and create a more synergistic environment.

To persist. Be relentless in finding the solutions to their challenges.



New York
New York
Yes, I Can! The Story Of the Jamaican Bobsled Team; Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons From Cool Runnings
12 years
14000
Sales meetings, incentive groups, Financial groups
Up to 60 minutes
Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings - Coaching for Personal and Professional Success; The Power and Magic of Teamwork; Out of Many; One: An Olympic Athlete's View of Diversity in the Workplace; Keep On Pushing™: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence
Half-day to Full day

Get In, Sit Down™: This half day to full day seminar is suitable for all levels. Through open discussions and team building exercises, participants will be entertained, educated and motivated. They will emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and thorough understanding of the techniques which they can draw upon in their work environment. They will be equipped with the essential tools necessary for them to truly function as an Olympic caliber team.

Keep On Pushing & Live Your Best Life This is a half day up to full day intense, interactive personal development seminar designed for people who want more out of life and are curious about to reach increasing levels of achievement. Participants will learn how to understand and set personal standards, pursue excellence, unleash their inner power, get out of their comfort zone, and bounce back from setbacks and adversity


Will travel Nationally and Internationally
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