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Dan Clark          

CEO & Contributor, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Dan Clark is President/CEO of the international communications and high-performance consulting firm, Clark Success Systems. He is also a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning athlete, professor, adventurer, journalist, gold-record songwriter and recording artist, philanthropist, and one of the most sought after speakers on the platform today. Achievers North America and Achievers Europe unanimously named Clark one of the Top Ten Speakers in the World, and, in 2005, he was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for his mastery in seven areas of speaking excellence: originality of material; uniqueness of style; experience; delivery technique; client and peer image; reputation and professional integrity; and ability to relate to an audience.

Described as “a master motivator with an extraordinary intellect,” Clark is leading an international movement to teach organizations how to transform themselves from being successful to having significance. While others preach, “think outside the box,” Clark asks, “what if the answers are still in the box?” While successful individuals seek change from the outside in, have an obsession with what’s impressive, focus on fame and fortune, and get what they want, Clark teaches that individuals and organizations who achieve significance seek to become more of who they already are, have an obsession with what’s important, focus on purposes instead of just setting goals, and want what they get.

Having fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his American football career, Clark’s unique and comprehensive understanding of how to get from where we are to where we want to be ignited a desire in him to share his revolutionary insights with the world.

Clark has had the honor of presenting his ideas at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to the general assembly of the United Nations World Congress, to the senior leadership of the United States military, and to US/Coalition combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. He has spoken to over 4,500 audiences, in all 50 states, in 50 countries, having been invited to share his innovative and counter-intuitive views on significance, leadership, resiliency, increasing productivity, building team unity, and exceeding internal and external customer expectations with many of the world’s most significant organizations including Apple, NASA, Honeywell, Marriott Hotels, Delta Airlines, Troon Golf, and the Mayo Clinic.

As a prolific writer, Clark is a New York Times best-selling author of 20 books, and a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, where he has been published in more than 40 million books in 40 languages worldwide. His story “Puppies for Sale” was made into an award-winning film at Paramount Studios starring Jack Lemmon.

As an adventurer, Clark has soared to the edge of space in a U2 Spy Plane, flown fighter jets with the Air Force Thunderbirds, flown over Baghdad at 100 feet, and 100 mph in a Black Hawk helicopter, raced automobiles at Nurburgring, raced dog sleds in the arctic (spending the night in an igloo at 60 degrees below zero), won an America’s Cup Class sailboat race in the Pacific, and carried the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games.

Also a philanthropic patriot, Clark serves on the International Board of Governors of Operation Smile, and with the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force on his National Civic Leaders Board.

Speech Topics

Change – The Hard Is What Makes It Great

If change was easy, everybody would do it. 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. Change from the inside-out is proactive which creates power. Finding the opportunity in change reveals there is never a financial crisis, only an idea crisis. When we get our idea and attitude right, our abilities will catch up. Creating change is important. For we will not have regrets for things we did, we will only have regrets for things we did not do.

Increasing Productivity – Taking It To The Next Level

We’re told to think outside the lines, think outside the box. What if the answers are still in the box? Most come to conventions in search of new answers when what we need are the right answers. None of us can exceed our potential, we just misjudge it. We can only exceed expectations. When we believe if best is possible, good is not good enough and realize it’s what we do when leadership is not around that makes us champions, we reach our full potential and “Take It To The Next Level” – not because it is expected by others, but because it is demanded by ourselves!

Managing Relationships – Million Dollar Habits

(In Downsizing or Mergers & Acquisitions, Dan will mesh the remaining personalities into one organization).

The only place from which a person can grow is where he or she is. We must go where they are physically an emotionally. Only there can we invite them to grow. Herein lies the secret to World Class Leadership, Management, Sales and Customer Service. If price is the issue, it means the presentation was weak and the relationship needs nurturing. Sales is everybody’s business: Customer Service is not a department, it’s an attitudinal habit. We must focus on purposes instead of just setting goals.

Team Building – Just Win Baby

Teams lose, winning teams don’t. Whoever said “It’s not about whether you win or lose that counts. . .” probably lost. Companies go bankrupt every day and they are a team. They coach results instead of behavior. They compete against their “Plan” instead of against their competition. No one on the team can confuse Activity with Accomplishment. Winning has two “I’s” in it: Independent Individual Preparation and Interdependent Collaboration. The teams that win have the most “I-players” on them.

Living A High Performance Life: The Answers Are In The Box!

We're told to think outside the lines, to think outside the box. But 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 in programs and processes outside themselves, instead of within.

Consequently, most come to meetings in search of new answers when what we need are the right answers. Right answers have always been right, correct and true, in every industry, and in both our personal and professional lives, or we can't call them right. And right answers can only come from the right questions.

In this high energy, motivational, humorous yet high content presentation, Dan asks four provocative questions and delivers four powerful solutions that will take your people to the next level and bring your desired results. Therefore, as a quantifying template to bundle the take away value, Dan builds a four cornerstone box as the container wherein you can put all the facts and feelings of your meeting, take it home, and immediately implement it into your life. The Four Cornerstones are the four "secrets" posed as four questions:

  • Cornerstone One: Will You Change Or Stretch?

  • Cornerstone Two: Why Should You Stretch? Once we answer why, figuring out the how-to becomes obvious.

  • Cornerstone Three: How Do You Stretch?

  • Cornerstone Four: When Do You Stretch?

Pure Motivation: Taking It to the Next Level

It is not enough to say, "I will do my best." We must succeed at doing that which is necessary. It is critical, therefore, that we get a regular "check up from the neck up" and laugh, think, feel, and re-energize. Research shows that we learn more, remember more, commit to more, and are more willingly accept the challenges of change when we are entertained!

Building a Winning Team: Dominating the Competition

It's not all about team—teams lose! It's about winning! Are you working with a group that is confusing activity with accomplishment and realizing that the popular concept of "turning me to we" is not improving your organizational performance? Maybe it's time to work with someone who has actually played on, coached, and worked with championship teams. Dan Clark loves to share the "Ten Commitments" required to identify, attract, develop, and retain winners, as well as teach others how to continue winning as a unified, well-oiled machine!

Closing Sales & Creating Customer Delight: Perfecting the Law of Attraction

Wealth flows through you, not to you! If price and money become the focus of conversation, it means the presentation is weak and the relationship is nonexistent. Anybody can make a presentation. Anyone can serve a customer. Top of the Table professionals have taught Dan Clark that to close a deal and generate repeat and referral business, our relationships must connect both on and off task, with the knowledge that everybody likes to buy, nobody wants to be sold, and everybody likes to do business with a winner!

Life Changing Leadership: Transforming from Successful to Significant

What if great is not good enough? Great is not always best—it's only ever relevant, depending on what we compare it against. If you could get your hands on the Twelve Highest Laws of the Universe that only game-changing leaders and extreme achievers live by, would you be interested?

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