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Curtis A. Zimmerman      

Both as a speaker and as an author, Curtis has impacted millions of people throughout the nation with his life changing messages and award winning programs.

 Speaking to groups large and small, his goal is to educate people to be character driven leaders who make ethical decisions, handle conflict creatively and take responsibility for their actions. His unique combination of humor, personal stories and interactive activities impact an audience like no other. Curtis Zimmerman started his entrepreneurial career at the age of 12, marketing and self-managing himself as a mime and juggler. Curtis incorporates the skills he gained from over twenty years in the entertainment business into his powerful and far-reaching programs, cleverly balancing the connection between education and entertainment. A native of Los Angeles, California Zimmerman worked as an entertainer for more than eight years at Universal Studios- Hollywood, Knott's Berry farm, and others. For two years he was a headliner for Carnival and Regency Cruise Lines. Curtis is the author of I believe…what do you believe?, Keys To Success in College and Life,and a contributing author to Leadership's Greatest Hits".


Most recently Curtis was honored with the prestigious 2005 National Leadership Award for outstanding service from United States Congressman Tom Reynolds. His other awards include: Universal Studios Entertainer of the Year, and a nomination by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities for National Speaker of the Year! Curtis currently resides in the greater Cincinnati area with his wife and three children.

Speech Topics

Living Life at Performance Level

This nationally recognized keynote transforms organizations by inspiring individuals to live their life at a higher level of performance. Living Life at Performance Level Ô is a dynamic, experiential program which hands participants tools to ignite their ultimate potential.

Curtis engages his audiences with juggling, “Simon Says”, and fire eating, utilizing his performance expertise to demonstrate his key concepts and make his message memorable. His 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry inspires the metaphor for Living Life at Performance Level.

Key Concepts:

Be The Director Create a life of relevance and accountability.

Write Your Script Take risks, fail successfully and unleash limitations by focusing on new scripts not just re-reading old ones.

Define Your Character Make character-driven decisions.

Cast Your Show Wisely Choose positive influences and cut out those which bring you down. Be a star in others’ lives.

Be A Star In Your Life Be a leader, be responsible, be authentic, and be a catalyst for change.

Empowered individuals build cohesive, productive companies with forward momentum and Living Life at Performance Level will transform perspective to create lasting outcomes.

Living Life at Performance Level All Day

Have you tried incentives, rewards, and even positive thinking programs to then achieve only temporary results? Interested in a better work atmosphere, more effective business communication, a higher level of productivity (not to mention self-empowered individuals)?

Curtis expands his nationally recognized keynote Living Life at Performance Level™, into a full-day workshop that will optimize the cultural dynamic of your organization. He custom tailors his program to your individual company, department or division to reinforce a strategic direction or tackle a particular challenge. Curtis is a master facilitator creating a workshop environment that provides the momentum needed to transfer the skills and lessons learned straight to the day-to-day business environment.

The workshop adds depth in all areas of the keynote, plus:

  • interactive leadership training
  • building cohesive teams
  • challenges of multi-tasking
  • power of delegation
  • cultivation of thorough and effective communication
  • power, siloing and our comfort zones

Living Life at Performance Level provides the tools and confidence to empower, challenge, and change you and your company.

The Magic of Leadership

This workshop allows individuals to identify and take ownership of their leadership “magic” while challenging them to cultivate new skills. They will learn to develop their leadership skills regardless of what role they play within an organization.

Curtis shows that “the magic we possess only works when we give it away” helping individuals to:

  • Determine what type of leader they are
  • Modify behavior for optimal performance
  • Recognize moments of leadership
  • Understand the responsibilities incumbent upon successful leaders
  • Hone intuition and self-awareness

Speak! At Performance Level

Maximize your speaking potential and benefit from Curtis’ 25 years of experience as a stage performer and speaker. Having done literally thousands of presentations across the U.S. and the world, Curtis will give the participants the tips, techniques, and instructions to improve their business presentation skills.

Curtis will help individuals to:

  • Be more comfortable speaking in front of an audience
  • Polish your speaking skills
  • Incorporate interactivity into your presentation
  • Build stage presence
  • Impact an audience

Performance Level Teams

Curtis adeptly leads groups through a series of proven exercises that stress essential components of leadership and management. This workshop requires each participant to be accountable while also relying on others to achieve overall success.

Curtis will:

  • Turn passive listeners into active participants
  • Offer proven strategies to put into immediate practice
  • Activate accountability
  • Improve communication
  • Build cohesive, effective teams

Writing New Scripts- how our beliefs lead us

Recognizing what we believe and how we came to those beliefs, we grow to better understand ourselves and the world around us; and this is the starting gate to realizing our potential. It is our beliefs that guide us, motivate us, create the scripts we live by, and help make our decisions everyday.

Examining what we believe and why we believe it will help individuals to

  • Write new life scripts
  • Be more productive at work and at home
  • Fulfill their goals and dreams
  • Effect growth and change in an organization
  • Live a life filled with passion and purpose

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