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Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE

Improve what matters most

A teacher of peak performance, an author of impactful books and presentations, and a lifelong student of success, happiness, and achievement, Dan Thurmon is on a mission. To encourage attendees’ uniqueness and contributions. To discover a sense of purpose and greatness. To have meaning at work, and in their lives.

At an early age, Dan learned the power of performance, on stage and in the various parts of our life. When he was eleven years old, he encountered a mentor who taught him some amazing physical skills, but also gave him a channel for his bountiful energy. He quickly excelled as a variety artist, comedy entertainer, and entrepreneur. Even in his high school years, the connection between business awareness, high level service, and self-improvement became evident and fascinating.

Graduating with honors, his entertainment business paid for his business degree at the University of Georgia. He applied the lessons in sales, management, and marketing to his entrepreneurial ventures in real time.

Since that critical pivot of life and work, he has worked with organizations around the world, in every spectrum of business: Fortune 500 companies. Startups. Associations across hundreds of industries. Troops on the front lines. Students, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Through his presentations and workshops, Dan helps these organizations to accelerate improvement, facilitate true breakthroughs and enable and encourage greatness.

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Inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and a member of the illustrious Speakers Roundtable, Dan also served as President of the National Speakers Association, leading their CEO, staff and 3,500 world-wide members in a profound transformation.

Dan believes deeply that the right words, presented in the right way, at the right time, can change everything. His lifelong study of language and presentation skills have enabled a mastery of landing the critical idea that will shift an individual…or an organization. His opening presentations enable more productive and transformational meetings. Or as a closer, he provides a call to action that elevates the experience and the ROI of a meeting investment.

Organizational change happens when people make breakthroughs. Dan’s presentations help organizations to become more of who they strive to be. When that happens, people become better. Companies become better. And the world becomes better.

Keynotes
Award Winning Off Balance On Purpose Presentations

Important note: Every presentation Dan delivers is personalized to specifically address the audience, client objectives, and desired outcomes. Often, based upon pre-conference conversations, Dan will create a “synthesized” program, pulling relevant themes and segments from his experience and body of work. The end result is always an experience that is guaranteed to be exactly on target.

Perform-ability
How to Be your Best when it Matters Most

Throughout your life and career, you’ve been told to “always be at your best because every moment counts.” While this may sound like good advice, it isn’t really possible, or all that effective. And the truth is: Some moments count much more than others. For that reason, you must learn to be your best when it matters the most.

Dan helps an audience member achieve a breakthrough moment!

Dan will explain why some individuals are excellent in practice yet fail under pressure and why others seem to naturally rise to handle critical moments with ease and excellence. This isn’t an innate talent. It is an ability that can be learned and mastered. Dan calls this “Perform-Ability.”

The key to being able to “perform,” or deliver excellence when it matters the most, is to prepare properly and understand the mindset and methods of top performers. Dan will teach and demonstrates these elements in his signature high-impact style. Audiences will leave the session energized and ready to tackle their challenges with new tools.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

See themselves as performers, capable of delivering excellent results under pressure.
Understand the three aspects of an effective performance.
Clarify what they are trying to achieve.
Develop strategies to succeed.
Recognize critical moments and rise to the occasion.
Adopt the mindset and methods of peak performers.
Commit to ongoing learning and disciplines to aid their efforts.

Beyond Balance
How Work Life Integration Leads to Fulfillment

Everyone seems to recognize the difficulty of “balancing” the demands of work with the complexities of life. And yet, the present approach to addressing this challenge is entirely inadequate. In pursuit of “balance,” we are selling short our best efforts, burdening ourselves with guilt, and exhausting our energy. What we need is a new approach and an ongoing effort to infuse “life” in the workplace.

In this empowering program, Dan provides a new model for viewing work objectives not as separate or competing with life, but as a vital and connected component. He will provide practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally.

Benefits to the Organization

The results of these efforts are significant. Work/life integration fosters excellence, innovation, and loyalty among employees. For that reason, this keynote becomes the catalyst for an ongoing and transformational conversation and plan of action.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

Manage their energy and time more effectively.
Improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
Understand that “Perfect Balance” is an unachievable goal.
Adopt an Off Balance On Purpose approach as a realistic and empowering alternative.
Name the Five Spheres of “Complete Success.”
Utilize “Lifelines” to integrate the aspects of life.
Have supportive and appropriate conversations with their peers about life outside the workplace.

SAFE Danger
Respect Risk. Accept Responsibility.

It may seem counter-intuitive to learn about safety from someone who performs back flips from chairs, balances on moving objects, and juggles axes. But, upon closer examination, it makes absolute sense. All jobs and endeavors contain elements of risk. Dan will demonstrate how, by adopting the right approach, you can effectively eliminate the worst-case scenarios and ensure a long and healthy career.

High performers, specifically those who must embrace certain, very real risks in order to succeed, must be ultra aware of their environments. They must develop complete mastery of their skills. They must also learn how to avoid or minimize the most risky aspects.

What we are looking for is not just a one-time “stunt,” but rather a sustainable career. And longevity requires a different mindset and level of discipline.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be better equipped to:

Think ahead and anticipate surprises.
Adopt routines to ensure safe practices.
Focus on the task and do one thing at a time.
Avoid the “DROPs” – Distractions, Rushing, Omitting Steps, and Panic.
Learn to “fail safely.”
Embrace continuous learning, regular practice, and daily disciplines.

Travels from: Atlanta, GA