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Don Armstrong    

Cancer Survivor, Advocate & Author of "Finish YOUR Race"

Don Armstrong’s primary motivation to write and speak evolved from his life-changing battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a blood cancer. Since his healing and recovery, Don has found purpose in teaching individuals, corporations, and organizations to finish their race in all areas of life, both personally and professionally, with courage, confidence, and grace.

Don is passionate and genuine in his presentations. When he speaks to a group, he connects with the crowd in a real and meaningful way. His goal is to inspire, motivate, and encourage participants. He will teach them how to keep a positive mindset while overcoming obstacles and improve communication by dealing with negativity.

No one is safe from adversity, but whether it’s a cancer diagnosis or a non-life-threatening event, Don furnishes sound strategies on how to set your organization up to successfully overcome it. Occasionally, we all need a reminder on how to see beyond our obstacles…

Speech Topics

1The Power of Action - One Step is All it Takes

We all face the challenges (adversities) of life daily. Overcoming these adversities (at times on a daily basis) is paramount to success. If you are not careful, you can become paralyzed when dealing with adversity, big or small. In this empowering talk, you will learn how to see beyond obstacles and how to respond to adversity. Don shares his impactful life story that highlights the importance of attitude in the process of overcoming whatever is thrown at you, and why one step of action is the fuel to start and finish strong.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be empowered to better overcome everyday adversities.
  • The right attitude can create better outcomes.
  • Find the opportunities in every situation.
  • Choose to take action to create positive results.
  • Embrace and nurture relationships at work & home > Importance of Relationships
  • Create moments in life that make an impact on the lives of others.

2Effective Team (Servant) Leadership – Leading from the Back

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of leadership. Leaders succeed with all types of education, personalities, experiences, and approaches. Effective leaders build trust and collaboration with their team members. In this presentation, you will learn how to develop a loyal, high-producing team by making a few shifts or adjustments in your leadership style. It’s all about being an effective leader by leading from the back.

Key Takeaways include:

  • Importance of evaluating & understanding your leadership style
  • Key principles of "Team" (Servant Leadership)
  • How to tweak your leadership style to create better, more positive outcomes & successes within your organizations

How will the audience apply the skills & knowledge:

  • Motivate & inspire their team based on the mission, goals & values of the facility.
  • Assist the team to develop & perform on a consistent basis at the highest level possible
  • Increase team engagement & collaboration through leadership.
  • Find & develop the individual talent of team members to create optimum team outcome & performance.

3Empower Your Life (TEAM) & Create Your Legacy Using the 3 A’s: Adversity - Attitude - Action

Key Takeaways include:

  • How to respond to Adversity & the importance of attitude in the process
  • Why Action is the fuel to start & finish strong
  • The Power of Relationships in life & business

How will the audience apply the skills & knowledge:

  • Audience will be empowered to better overcome everyday adversities
  • They will learn how to use the right attitude to create better outcomes & find the opportunities in every situation
  • Taking action through choice to create positive results
  • Audience will be reminded to embrace relationships at work & home to create moments in their life which makes a difference in the lives of others
  • They will be able to work more cohesively w/ others by having the right attitude & being others focused

Finish YOUR Race: Find Your Why & Live Life with Clarity

Life is a race, a journey. You are constantly faced with adversities, challenges, or roadblocks. Often, you are on autopilot, and before you know it, six months, a year, or more has gone by. STOP!

Take time now to get clear on what you want your race to be today, tomorrow, and the next decade. This presentation will help you clarify your journey, understand the power of your choices, define or reconnect you to your WHY so you can finish your race strong. Take the first step towards creating a life filled with genuine happiness, joy & fulfillment.


The StoryField Podcast: The One with Don Armstrong and Three Simple Words that Changed His Life
The former golf course superintendent of one of America’s best golf courses- the Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas -- discusses his journey leading to working his dream job and the difficult years which followed. Don is on the other side of 5 rounds of chemo; 63 days in the hospital; and 150 consecutive days of doctor’s visits.

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