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.

Clients Include:

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Senior Helpers
  • H&R Block

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Speaker 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.

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Travels From: Snellville, GA

  Fee Range: From $17,500

“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 Franchise Group

Program Information

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.

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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Sample Client List

  • Arby’s
  • Bright Horizons
  • Carvel
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cinnabon
  • Denny’s
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • H&R Block
  • McDonalds
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • RTM Restaurant Group
  • Sally Beauty
  • Senior Helpers
  • Sonic
  • Taco Bell
  • The Little Gym
  • Tim Hortons