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Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE

Off Balance On Purpose

Dan Thurmon is the perfect choice to kickoff or close a conference, as he delivers both an essential message and a show-stopping performance. Dan enables franchisees and franchisors to see past their current obstacles, reconnect to their passion for their business, and initiate changes to become more successful.  Specifically, they will learn how to utilize systems, manage focus, inspire teams, and align personal and professional efforts for maximum results.  They will also have a fantastic time while they learn! After his presentation, your franchisees will be recommitted to the success of their business and empowered by strategies to embrace uncertainty and create their own success.

Dan Thurmon’s 2018 Speaker Reel

Travels From:

Snellville, GA

Fee Range:

From $17,500

Favorite Food:

Sushi & Thai Cuisine

Dan Thurmon's Bio

Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of presentations worldwide. Dan helps organizations and individuals implement actions plans and move confidently through transitions.

He began his performance career at eleven years old, crafting a one-man-show incorporating comedy, juggling and acrobatics. This enabled him to, at a very early age, develop a strong work ethic and learn fundamental lessons about performance excellence. Dan graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and Management. He has also extensively studied Personal Development and developed a unique methodology he teaches to audiences and clients.

A recent inductee to the prestigious “Speakers Hall of Fame,” Dan Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner. He incorporates his lifelong performance skills to create high impact events. His programs have educated and uplifted Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and even the troops on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dan’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Also, we should go beyond the pursuit of “success” and enhance our life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.

Headshot of Franchise Business Keynote Speaker, Dan Thurmon

Partial Client List:

  • Arby’s
  • Bright Horizons
  • Carvel
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cinnabon
  • Denny’s
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • H&R Block
  • McDonald’s
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Sally Beauty
  • Senior Helpers
  • Sonic
  • Taco Bell
  • The Little Gym
  • Tim Hortons
  • Dan Thurman was an exceptional speaker – a powerful choice to kick off our conference. He took the time to understand our business and frame his message for maximum impact. Dan’s presentation was high-energy and engaging, and the feedback has been outstanding. From franchise owners to coaches and sales associates, our global audience left empowered to initiate positive change in their personal and professional lives.

    David M. Carney, President & COO Orangetheory Fitness
  • Dan Thurmon did an outstanding job as our keynote speaker for this year’s annual franchise convention. He was the perfect choice for a late afternoon spot – a time that can be tricky to really engage and inspire franchisees – and he was able to hit a solid home run for our group! Our franchisees responded with a roaring standing ovation and we heard snippets of Dan’s message being repeated in the hallways following his session. Dan was exceptionally well prepared, understood our brand, our culture, and our desired outcomes. Logistically he was extremely easy to work with and very ‘low-maintenance’ all the way around. I have booked a lot of speakers over the years and Dan ranks as one the best!

    Gloria Stock-Mickelson, Director of Training & Education Travel Leaders
  • Dan was incredible!!!! The managers, staff and Owner Operators couldn’t stop talking about the session. I was looking for learning and motivation in an environment that would not be boring. Dan delivered exactly that. The juggling, unicycle, acrobatics and the handstand on the podium were all tied to the learning. It was a home run!

    Jim Mulcahy, Training Director McDonald's
  • We have restaurants in 33 countries around the world and we host a Global Conference every two years. Our most recent conference was last October and Dan Thurmon presented a keynote to our group of over 300. I can't tell you how incredible this gentleman is. I've been around a number of years and have heard presentations from some of the most noted speakers, experts, and leaders in the country and I was overwhelmed by Dan's keynote. He combined feats of physical daring while delivering the most incredible...on target message of how to manage what is really important in your business as well as personal life. His presentation was spot on the money and would have been outstanding even if he gave it without his 'props'...I won't give away his secrets but I personally guarantee he will have your team, audience, crowd etc on their feet and moved to action. If you want to motivate, inform, educate, entertain and deliver a presentation that your team will not forget and will talk about for many years..by all means, pick Dan to 'deliver the difference' for you. Our franchisees, vendors, company management and support teams still fondly recall his message and method.

    Ken Myers, President Romacorp, Inc.
  • After hiring you three times, I manage to still find tremendous nuggets of wisdom to take away from your exhilarating presentations.

    Reed A. Lynn, VP of Sales, North America WILD Flavors, Inc.
  • Dan, I was so impressed with your attention to detail, listening skills during our times together and final presentation. You hit a home run with us! I believe the reason you did such a fantastic job was your personal desire to get to know what we really wanted from you. Your ability to weave what you learned during our meetings and your trip with one of our consultants in the field really helped build up your credibility with our field staff. You had a perfect balance between entertainment and education.

    Mark G. Moraitakis, Sr. Director, Hospitality and Service Design Chick-fil-A®
  • The power behind your motivating speech helped our field force to make sure about the importance of attitude, take commitment with action and how looking up is superior to looking down!

    Elaine M. Acosta, District Sales Manager GlaxoSmithKline
  • Dan Thurmon has, for more than ten years, worked with our teams, executives and clients to help them become more successful and productive on the job while continuing to grow personally. His approach to “life balance” is reality-based and extraordinarily effective. In addition to offering great ideas and a fresh perspective, Dan presents himself as an inspirational model – someone with a deep appreciation for what it takes to nurture all aspects of life and a talent for making it irresistible. He truly is a force of nature imparting energy and insight to all he touches.

    Dick Wilde, CMO Deloitte
  • Just a note of appreciation for the outstanding job you did keynoting our Nebraska Career Education Conference. The teachers and administrators loved the presentation. It received the highest marks on the conference evaluation of any speaker we had. Your combination of entertainment, humor and a powerful message was the perfect blend for our audience. We have had entertaining speakers in the past, but none with a message as powerful as yours. Living off-balance on purpose was exactly what they needed to hear. The depth of content supported by examples you shared and your athletic ability related well to the audience. Again, thanks for the opportunity to work with you. We look forward to future engagements.

    Richard Katt, State Director Nebraska Career Education

Dan Thurmon's Keynotes

Beyond Balance - How Work Life Integration Leads to Fulfillment

Everyone seems to recognize the difficulty of “balancing” the demands of work with the complexities of life. And yet, the present approach to addressing this challenge is entirely inadequate. In pursuit of “balance,” we are selling short our best efforts, burdening ourselves with guilt, and exhausting our energy. What we need is a new approach and an ongoing effort to infuse “life” in the workplace.

In this empowering program, Dan provides a new model for viewing work objectives not as separate or competing with life, but as a vital and connected component. He will provide practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally.

Benefits to the Organization

The results of these efforts are significant. Work/life integration fosters excellence, innovation, and loyalty among employees. For that reason, this keynote becomes the catalyst for an ongoing and transformational conversation and plan of action.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Manage their energy and time more effectively.
  • Improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • Understand that “Perfect Balance” is an unachievable goal.
  • Adopt an Off Balance On Purpose approach as a realistic and empowering alternative.
  • Name the Five Spheres of “Complete Success.”
  • Utilize “Lifelines” to integrate the aspects of life.
  • Have supportive and appropriate conversations with their peers about life outside the workplace.
Perform-ability - How to Be Your Best When it Matters Most

Throughout your life and career, you’ve been told to “always be at your best because every moment counts.” While this may sound like good advice, it isn’t really possible, or all that effective. And the truth is: Some moments count much more than others. For that reason, you must learn to be your best when it matters the most.

Dan helps an audience member achieve a breakthrough moment!

Dan will explain why some individuals are excellent in practice yet fail under pressure and why others seem to naturally rise to handle critical moments with ease and excellence. This isn’t an innate talent. It is an ability that can be learned and mastered. Dan calls this “Perform-Ability.”

The key to being able to “perform,” or deliver excellence when it matters the most, is to prepare properly and understand the mindset and methods of top performers. Dan will teach and demonstrates these elements in his signature high-impact style. Audiences will leave the session energized and ready to tackle their challenges with new tools.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • See themselves as performers, capable of delivering excellent results under pressure.
  • Understand the three aspects of an effective performance.
  • Clarify what they are trying to achieve.
  • Develop strategies to succeed.
  • Recognize critical moments and rise to the occasion.
  • Adopt the mindset and methods of peak performers.
  • Commit to ongoing learning and disciplines to aid their efforts.

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