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Kevin Daley      

Harlem Globetrotter Legend, Author of "1 plus one = TEN: The Secret LEADERSHIP Formula Only ELITE Leaders Know"

Meet Kevin Daley aka "Special K", a transformative motivational speaker and inspirational leader whose life story is a beacon of hope, resilience, and triumph. Born in Panama City, Panama, Daley moved to the United States at the tender age of 13, overcoming language barriers and cultural differences. His journey from a young immigrant to becoming one of the greatest Harlem Globetrotters of all time epitomizes perseverance and determination.

Daley’s passion for basketball earned him a full scholarship to the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he showcased his exceptional skills for two seasons before transferring to NAIA powerhouse Azusa Pacific University. Here, he achieved All-American status and went on to represent Panama in international basketball tournaments, spending six memorable years as a member of the Panamanian National basketball team.

At the pinnacle of his basketball career, Daley served as the captain and leader of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters for ten years, earning the nickname "Special K." His charismatic presence and extraordinary talent made him a fan favorite worldwide, leading to features in hundreds of international publications and TV shows. Daley also had the honor of playing the double for Michael Jordan in Gatorade's number-one commercial of all time, earning accolades from Michael Jordan himself.

Beyond the basketball court, Daley has evolved into a renowned speaker and author, inspiring organizations, associations, and senior-level executives worldwide with his powerful message of overcoming adversity and achieving success, no matter the circumstances. He has penned award-winning books, including his autobiography "I Never Stopped Smiling" and the leadership masterpiece "1 Plus One = 10."

Daley’s impact as a speaker is profound. He possesses a unique ability to connect with his audience, engaging them with his compelling storytelling and infectious energy. His talks are not just inspirational but are also transformative, empowering individuals to take control of their lives and mindset to achieve success. Daley’s interactive and dynamic speaking style resonates with diverse audiences, leaving them motivated, enlightened, and equipped with practical tools for personal and professional growth.

Daley’s impact is global, having traveled to over 100 countries and delivering inspirational messages in both Spanish and English. He has been recognized by the US House of Representatives and the State of California for his commendable work in the community and continues to explore new avenues to spread his message, most recently starring in "Sweetwater," a film based on the life of Nat Clifton, the first African American signed to an NBA contract.

Speech Topics


Mastering Mindset: Unlock Your Potential

In this illuminating presentation, Kevin will delve deep into the essence of a triumphant mindset, sharing invaluable insights, strategies, and practical tools to cultivate resilience, positivity, and self-empowerment. He will unravel the intricacies of effective leadership, team synergy, and personal growth, drawing parallels from his experiences as a leader and captain of the Harlem Globetrotters and his evolution into a dynamic speaker and author. Kevin will cover the significance of setting and achieving goals, taking control of one’s life, and fostering a mindset conducive to success and fulfillment.

What Will the Audience Learn?

  • The Power of a Positive Mindset:
  • Understand the transformative impact of a positive mindset on overcoming adversities and achieving success.

Strategies for Developing Resilience:

  • Learn actionable strategies to build resilience and navigate through life’s challenges effectively.

Leadership and Team Building:

  • Gain insights into effective leadership and team-building principles to achieve collective success.

Personal Growth and Empowerment:

  • Discover practical tools and insights for personal development and empowerment to achieve your fullest potential.

Interactive Learning and Engagement:

  • Engage in an interactive learning experience with Kevin’s dynamic presentation style, compelling storytelling, and infectious energy, leaving the session feeling motivated, enlightened, and inspired.

Leading with S.M.I.L.E.S.: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

In this enlightening presentation, Kevin will dissect each component of his S.M.I.L.E.S. Leadership Formula only elite leaders know—Synergize, Motivate, Impact, Lead, Empower, and Smile—providing the audience with actionable strategies and insights to enhance communication, include key team members in vision-building, create a positive impact, inspire greatness, and ensure a joyful journey to success. Kevin’s dynamic and interactive presentation style, coupled with his profound insights and practical tools, promises an engaging and transformative learning experience for all attendees.

What Will the Audience Learn?

  • Articulation of Critical Communication Techniques:
  • Discover the essential communication strategies employed by high-performing leaders and teams to foster understanding and cooperation.

Inclusive Vision Building:

  • Learn how to involve key team members in shaping the vision, making it a shared goal and enhancing collective commitment and effort.

Creating Positive Impact:

  • Understand the principles of making a meaningful difference in life and business, contributing to individual and organizational growth.

Inspiring Leadership:

  • Gain insights into being a leader who inspires greatness in others, fostering an environment where each member can thrive and contribute their best.

Joyful Journey to Success:

  • Explore how to ensure that your team enjoys the journey to success, enhancing satisfaction and performance.

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