James Malinchak has delivered over 2,200 motivational presentations at conferences and meetings worldwide, and was named Consummate Speaker of the Year by Sharing Ideas professional speakers' magazine. He has appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and several hundred other publications.
James began his sales career right out of college as a stockbroker with a major Wall Street Investment Firm and was awarded Most Outstanding Performance (twice) and #1 in New Account Openings (twice). While in his twenties, James became a partner in a company that handled the investments for many famous entertainers, authors and professional athletes.
Currently, James owns three businesses, has authored eight books, and has read and researched over 1,500 books on personal and professional development. He is a Contributing Author to, and serves as Associate Editor for, the #1 New York Times Best-Selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul,® with his own personal stories published in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul. James is the Co-Author of the upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Athlete's Soul.
James mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message that "Empowers Audiences to Achieve Extraordinary Results!"
James Malinchak grew-up in Monessen, PA, a small steel-mill town near Pittsburgh, where he led his high school to it’s first-ever State Basketball Championship.
After being named First Team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American, he played college basketball at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he graduated with a business degree.
After a successful career as a stockbroker in Beverly Hills, CA, James pursued his passion and began traveling the world motivating teenagers to create and shape a successful future.
He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), was recently named a Consummate Speaker of the Year by Sharing Ideas professional speakers’ magazine, and was voted College Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities magazine and the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA).
James is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Teenagers Tips for Success, and aContributing Author to the New York Times Best-Sellers, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul. He has appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and on numerous national radio and TV talk shows.
What Educators say….
Outstanding presentation! Our 2,000 students were touched and entertained.”
— Don Clausen, Principal, Annandale H.S. (Annandale, VA)
“Excellent job of motivating the 3,500 teenagers! I have received many compliments on your program!”
— Polly Ha, Lt. Governor Div. 33, Key Club International
“You were dynamic! Out of the 56 students, 56 rated your talk excellent!”
— John Johnson, Principal, BellIntermediateSchool (Garden Grove, CA)
What students say:
“One of the BEST lectures I have heard that relates to my life!”
— Michael Dyblnis, age 16 (Los Angeles, CA)
“You are the BEST speaker I have ever heard!”
— Josh Dysart, age 12 (Lancaster, OH)
“I totally loved your talk and I am using your principles!”
— Carrie Spelchen, age 14 (Regina, Canada)
James Malinchak is recognized worldwide as one of the top speakers on the college circuit and was voted College Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities magazine and the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA). He has talked at over 700 colleges and conferences worldwide.
James was also named a Consummate Speaker of the Year by Sharing Ideas professional speakers’ magazine and was selected for inclusion in a new book, The World’s Best Professional Speakers-And Why!
James is the author of 10 books including the top-seller, From College to the Real World, and is co-author of the audio program How to Ace College and Land a Great Career. He has appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, numerous newspapers, and frequently writes articles for NACA’s Programming, AFA’s Perspectives and Campus Activities.
What college students say:
WOW! What a great speaker! Having you speak here was the BEST decision I ever made!"
— Tasha Smith, Student Senate President, WestShore Community College(Scottville, MI)
"Your performance was by far the BEST we've had on this campus in years!"— Calvin Harrold, Student Programming Council, AlbertsonsCollege of Idaho (Caldwell, ID)
"Outstanding talk! The student responses were spectacular and they want us to BRING YOU BACK!"
— Chad Rodgers, Graduate Assistant, OhioUniversity (Athens, OH)