Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Best Selling Author, Award-Winning Athlete, Master Motivator and Authority on Human Potential

Speaker Categories: Overcoming Obstacles | Motivational Business | Human Resources | Change Management | Team Building | Change Management | Corporate Culture | Headliners, Motivation | Inspirational

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Best Selling Author, Award-Winning Athlete, Master Motivator and Authority on Human Potential

Dan Clark is CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, an internationally recognized Speaker, Songwriter/ Recording Artist and New York Times Best Selling Author.  

Books and Publications

Dan is the primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of twenty of his own books, including the highly acclaimed, Forgotten Fundamentals and the inspirational Puppies for Sale which was made into a film at Paramount Studios starring Jack Lemmon. As a master storyteller, Dan has been published in more than 30 million books in 30 languages worldwide! His latest book, The Art of Significance: Acheiving the Level Beyond Success, was released March 2013.

Early Career

Dan’s speaking career began when he fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career.  Sixteen doctors told him he would not recover, but recover he did! A model of optimism and strength, Dan Clark’s powerful story of triumph over adversity will change the way you look at the world.

Since then, Dan has been the keynote speaker at the United Nations World Congress and has conducted UN leadership training in Europe, Asia and throughout the former Soviet Union.  He has flown in fighter jets twice the speed of sound, raced automobiles in Germany, carried the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games and has spoken for over half of the Fortune 500 companies, NASA, Super Bowl champions, Mayo Clinic, Million Dollar Round Table and to our combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan’s inspirational story has been featured on over 500 TV and radio shows, in Entrepreneur Magazine and as the feature article in Mayo Clinic Magazine.

Motivational Speaker

In the last 25 years, Dan has spoken to over 4,000 audiences, to more than 3½ million people, in all 50 states and 35 countries. In 2005 Dan was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame!  Achievers North America and Achievers Europe named Dan one of the Top Ten Speakers in the World!  Dan is one of the most in demand speakers in America and recognized expert on Change, Teambuilding, Leadership, Peak Performance and Growth.

In addition to speaking and writing, Dan serves on the International Board of Governors of Operation Smile and on the National Advisory Board for OK Kids Charities.

Areas of Expertise: Change Management, Human Resources & The Workforce, Team Building, Change Managing, Corporate Culture, Inspiring Lives, Motivation for Business, and Overcoming Obstacles.

The Answers Are Still in the Box (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: · Self is not discovered, self is created. · The only place from which a person can grow is where he or she is. We must go where they are physically and emotionally. Only there can we gently invite them to improve. This not only applies to leading, managing and coaching your organization, it also applies to ourselves....· Pressure is not something that is naturally there. It’s created when you question your own ability. When you know what you can do, there is never any question. · When you identify yourself in terms of what you do instead of who you are, you become a human doing instead of a human being – unacceptable if real success is what you seek. The goal isn’t having fame, it’s being whole. . There is no such thing as a financial crisis, only an idea crisis. Ideas create income.

Best or Right? (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: · When you put a hard to catch horse in the same field with an easy to catch horse, you usually end up with two hard to catch horses. When you put a sick child in the same room with a healthy child, you usually end up with two sick children. To be great, you need to hang out with the disciplined, healthy, great ones! It’s not what you do, but who you do it with! · If you are not training and pushing yourself to your ultimate capacity and potential as a human being, someone else, somewhere else, is. When you meet him, he will win.· · When a world champion boxer loses to a weaker opponent, it’s because he started thinking of himself as THE competition. He started playing not-to-lose instead of playing to win. What the champ failed to realize is that once the fight starts, he no longer holds the title. He has put it up for grabs and must fight to win it back. Market share is a daily battle for everyone on a business team – customer service is not a department, it’s a philosophical way of life – sales is everybody’s business! We must never forget what it took to get on top and what is required to stay there.

You Can't Quit, It's a League Rule! (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: · No matter what your past has been you have a spotless future. · If you’re “burned out” it means that once-upon-a-time you were lit! A broken clock is right twice a day – never give up on anybody, especially yourself! · We must focus on purposes instead of just setting goals, for long term vision is what keeps us from being frustrated by short term failure. · When your horse dies, dismount! · Crisis does not make or break the man or woman. It just reveals the true character within... If we’re not failing a few times, it means we’re not pushing ourselves hard enough. What we have been in the past does not make us who we are today. What we hope to become in the future makes us who we are today.

  • The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success
    The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success Purchase Book
  • Forgotten Fundamentals: The Answers Are in the Box
    Forgotten Fundamentals: The Answers Are in the Box Purchase Book
  •    Puppies For Sale and Other Inspirational Tales
    Puppies For Sale and Other Inspirational Tales Purchase Book
  • Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories for College Students
    Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories for College Students Purchase Book

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  • The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success
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  • Forgotten Fundamentals: The Answers Are in the Box
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  • "As an event planner for 15 years, I have hired over 150 of the biggest names in professional speaking. Dan Clark stands out among them. Dan is so prepared he will customize his message to meet your newest needs - even the day of his speech; so flexible he will easily deal with any sudden on-site changes in time and staging; so full of life and incredible experiences he will captivate your crowd. Dan Clark is clearly one of the TOP TEN SPEAKERS IN THE WORLD!"

    Les Hewitt, Achievers Canada, & Co-founder Achievers Europe
  • "On behalf of the 1,200 people in attendance at your opening general session presentation, we thank you for the laughs, the stories, the tears and the powerful information you shared. The spontaneous standing ovation you received at the conclusion of your speech is an indication of how well you were received. IBM will most certainly use you again and again. We recommend you to audiences everywhere!"

    IBM North America Sales Centers
  • "On behalf of the United States Air Force Academy faculty, staff, and cadets, thank you for your participation in our 9th Annual National Character and Leadership Symposium. Your presentation was incredibly well received by all attendees and provided tangible, insightful lessons for us all. Strong, positive role models for these young men and women have a tremendous impact on their maturation and character development. Your comments are certain to remain in the forefront of their thoughts throughout their careers. Your participation played a key role in heightening their awareness concerning the critical importance of Undaunted Leadership. We do hope you will consider returning next year."

    Headquarters, United States Air Force Academy
  • "With his quick wit and inspirational stories, Dan always exceeds your expectations and turns your ordinary meeting into an extraordinary event!"

    Amy Hawkins, Georgia Pacific
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