Devon Harris | International Motivational Keynote Speaker
From Olympic Gardens to the Olympic Games
As an original member of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team and captain of the 1992 and 1998 teams; 3-time Olympian, Devon Harris achieved his grand dream. His current dream is to inspire others to achieve theirs. Tapping the same energy, determination and skills that enabled him to bobsled with the best in the world, Devon, as an international motivational keynote speaker is now sparking audiences of all ages to dream big and take their “game” to the next level. At the heart of his message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one’s best life. Whether he is speaking at corporate events, or just interacting one on one, his mission is the same—to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives. His relevant, customized content along with his irrepressible energy and humor, make Devon Harris one of the most in-demand motivational conference keynote speakers in the world. His unique life experiences allow him to deliver a powerful, poignant message that is authentic, entertaining and yet highly inspirational. Devon speaks to your heart, mind and soul and has a message that will be remembered. His “keep On Pushing message is uplifting and empowering and fills the audience with an optimistic can do attitude that is lasting. As one of Devon’s many pleased clients said: “Devon’s message, “Keep On Pushing” resonated with our audience from both a business and personal perspective. He did his homework interweaving the core principles of our organization throughout his talk. Devon is not only very personable but accommodating, spending time before and after his presentation with our attendees. The positive feedback we received was off the charts. Devon was the highlight of our event with many attendees approaching me to simply thank me for having him. One of the top speakers we have ever had.” Meeting planners love working with Devon Harris. “Working with you was a breeze – your grasp of our company, our culture and our business, and the ease in which you worked with the production group and emcee, all resulted in accolades, not just for you, but for me as well. You are generous in spirit and in heart and the time you gave us off-stage was immeasurable. Just about every attendee has a ‘Devon’ story – you managed to leave them begging for more.” As an international motivational speaker, Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon Harris because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level. Devon Harris’ fascinating personal story combined with his captivating speaking ability move audiences to be more introspective. They leave more focused on their own goals and dreams; clinging to a renewed sense that they can attain higher levels of personal achievement. Devon is truly an inspirational speaker. His presentations are introduced with inspiring clips from Disney’s Cool Runnings, and actual footage of Devon and the Jamaica Bobsled Team at the Winter Olympics. TOPICS: *Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings - Coaching for Personal and Professional Success* In this program Devon Harris skillfully weaves the real life improbable inspirational story of the Jamaica bobsled team with the entertaining portrayal of the Disney blockbuster Cool Runnings. He highlights some of the powerful life lessons he and his teammates learned along the way – lessons the audience can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives. Suitable as an opening or closing keynote. The audience will learn how: > To conquer fear through courage > To use the extraordinary power of visualization to achieve success > To build self esteem and confidence and reach your goals > To define success on your own termsTo persist in the face of insurmountable odds __________________ *The Power and Magic of Teamwork* In this inspiring message, Devon draws on his personal experiences as the Captain of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and a former Sandhurst-trained Captain in the Jamaica Defence Force, to show how working collaboratively facilitates success personally and professionally as well as collectively as a group. The key ingredients from Devon’s perspective are: defining and owning a clear vision, empowering leadership, a process of self-evaluation and persistence. Using humor, engaging stories and powerful insights, Devon easily translates the challenges and triumphs of being in the military and competing in the Olympics into easily applicable lessons and insights that will inspire your team to perform at peak levels. Suitable as an opening or closing keynote. The audience will learn how: > A clear vision allows the team to remain motivated, become remarkably efficient and control the direction of change. > To identify their noble purpose-the far reaching benefits of the mundane things they do daily. > To transform their organization by growing their capacity to lead. > To use the process of self-evaluation to help them move towards the full potential __________________ *Out of many; One: An Olympic Athlete's View of Diversity in the Workplace* A fresh look at how diversity in the workplace is not just a legal mandate or corporate ethic – it is fundamentally practical, and brings the best teams to the international playing field. Devon Harris brings a creative and inspiring look at how at work, as in the Olympics, what really matters is performance, attitude and teamwork. With humor and understanding that comes from living what he believes, Devon delivers a compelling inspirational message to groups of all sizes about how to be more bottom-line successful by embracing and applying the innate strengths of a diversity philosophy. Suitable as an opening or closing keynote. The audience will learn how: > A clear personal vision will exceed the associations and assumptions that society makes about you. > Attracting the best talent regardless of labels and creating an environment for them to perform at peak levels will allow the team to soar. > Differences when maintained and valued instead of discarded create a more fulfilling, powerful experience. __________________ *Keep On PushingTM: An Olympic Athlete’s Message of Persistence* Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to ‘keep on pushing’, how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon’s presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. Entertaining, motivational, with humor, compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon Harris inspires the audience to ‘keep on pushing’ – his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run. Suitable as an opening or closing keynote. The audience will learn how: > Investing some time to clarify both your personal and team vision will give them the edge and keep them motivated. > To embrace change.To demonstrate faith in their teammates abilities and create a more synergistic environment.To persist. > Be relentless in finding the solutions to their challenges.
- Opening and closing keynotes
- Breakout sessions
- Workshops and Seminars
- Master of Ceremony
Your presentation was exciting, motivating...
Your presentation was exciting, motivating, captivating and your delivery was flawless. It set the stage for the rest of the day; enabling an open environment to discuss, to plan and to strategize together as one team. It was also commendable that you researched our conference and customized your story to fit within our theme of “Take Back Control.
He has inspired us to “Keep on Pushing!”
Devon was entertaining and motivational. He customized his presentation to meet the needs and vision of our school district. He has inspired us to “Keep on Pushing!”
Our attendees really appreciated hearing Devon’s story.
Our attendees really appreciated hearing Devon’s story. He took a personal interest in our event and was willing to customize his remarks to fit our audience, spending time getting to know our attendees and our organization better.