Dan Thurmon

Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker., Workplace Performance Expert, and Acrobat
Atlanta, Georgia

What Dan is Passionate About

Off Balance On Purpose: Leading Others Through Change 

If your team is afraid to embrace change–they NEED this keynote experience.

Facing change is a real problem in many organizations. The energy suffers, productivity goes down and even the best team members can feel stuck. Change can lead to declines in performance just when you need your team the most.

Dan helps teams shift their mindset from fear of change to embracing it and seeing it as an opportunity to lead, grow, and transform.

In his powerful keynote, Dan excites his audience with an interactive performance while giving his audience permission to have a multi-dimensional view of success that incorporates quality health, strong relationships, and meaningful contributions all while leaning into uncertainty with authority and confidence.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will:

• Take ownership of their responsibility and results.
• Expand their capacity and acceptance of change.
• More from “response mode” to “strategic action.”
• Harness their unique strengths and abilities.
• Leverage purpose to propel performance.
• Transform their concept of what’s “uncomfortable.”

Safe Danger: Respect Risk. Accept Responsibility. 

Safety principles your employees will not only remember but apply.

Drawing on his background as a professional performer, acrobat and juggler of dangerous implements, Dan Thurmon knows firsthand the importance of Safe Danger.

Lower incidents of accidents and create a Safe Danger mindset.

While other safety presentations rely on the perspective of an academic, trainer or accident victim, Dan speaks to your employees from the perspective of a high performer with certain, very real risks.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will:

• Understand the most common precursors to accidents.
• Lower the number of incidents at your company by staying ahead of risks.
• Increase the focus and mindfulness of employees.
• Adopt a company-wide Safe Danger mindset.


How to be your best when it matters most.

In this keynote, peak performance speaker Dan Thurmon explores the reasons why some individuals fail under pressure, and why others seem to naturally rise to handle critical moments with ease and excellence.

Here’s a hint: It isn’t an innate talent. It’s an ability that can be learned and mastered. Dan calls it “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 doesn’t just explain this – he demonstrates these concepts in his signature high-impact style and performance elements.

Audiences leave this unforgettable session armed with new tools and the enthusiasm to tackle their biggest challenges and, they’ll have a fantastic time!

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will:

• 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, and develop strategies to succeed.
• Recognize critical moments and how to rise to the occasion.
• Adopt the mindset and methods of peak performers.
• Commit to ongoing learning and disciplines to aid their efforts.

Total Wellness 

Adopt a sustainable approach to performance by taking care of YOU.

The competition to attract, retain, and empower top talent is increasingly driving awareness and commitment of a holistic approach to the workforce. You cannot expect their “professional best” unless you enable their “personal growth.” And that requires attention to total wellness.

In this keynote, corporate wellness speaker Dan Thurmon explains the relationship between employee wellness and corporate success. But it’s his signature high-impact style that drives his message home. Your team benefits from a corporate wellness program delivered by a world-class speaker who actually lives what he teaches.

Audiences leave inspired and empowered to improve their personal wellness. They also become more committed to their team and company, because of a commitment and culture that truly values THEM.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will:

• Understand the effects of stress on personal and work success.
• Recognize the importance of taking care of all aspects of their health.
• Develop strategies to manage stress.
• Adopt a positive mindset and methods for success.
• Commit to ongoing learning, self-respect, and self-discipline.

The Rythm of Success 

Get top performance from your team through strengthened communication

The Rhythm Of Successis a thrilling team presentation that illustrates the value of relationships in business and in life. After all, achieving “success” is not a solo performance. We rely on others for support, input, and accountability. To be our best, we need to learn the most effective way to partner with others.

Dan Thurmon teams up with his performance partner (and best friend since high school), Philip Solomon, to deliver this unique, transformational program. They combine live percussion, great music, thrilling stunts, and a healthy dose of audience involvement to illustrate the vital characteristics of successful teams.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will:

• Develop more effective communication, collaboration, and trust in your organization.
• Partner effectively, especially when the pressure is on.
• Resolve conflicts and repair damaged relationships.
• Use tools and motivation to take on new challenges together.
• Create rewarding experiences for team members and clients.

High-Performance Sales 

Improve your sales performance and bottom line results.

Sales is a performance – the process of establishing authority, and leading your customer through an experience that demonstrates empathy, develops interest, and earns loyalty. It’s not about persuading them to your perspective, but rather demonstrating that you understand theirs.

Because sales conversations happen in real, compressed time frames, and every encounter is critical and unique. Sales professionals must be committed to elevating every sales experience. With each encounter, or “performance,” there are three – the one you plan, the one you do, and the one you should have done (and learn from).

In this exciting keynote, Dan helps sales pros become intentional about all three stages. He also reveals performance secrets to improve engagement and bottom line results.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will learn:

• How to differentiate your approach from competitors to stand apart and above the rest.
• How to manage your customers’ expectations and ensure that you deliver more than they anticipate.
• How focusing on value and uniqueness transcends objections about price.
• How to leverage your most powerful asset – your brand – for greatest results.
• Why telling stories is far more effective than imparting benefits.
• How to break through external barriers and self-imposed limitations.

Why You Need Dan

Dan Thurmon isn’t just a world-renowned Hall of Fame keynote speaker. He’s also an author, entrepreneur, workplace performance expert, fitness advocate, and acrobat who practices what he preaches! Known for delivering powerful, customized, opening and closing keynotes in jaw-dropping style, Dan uses every bit of his passion and ability to educate and inspire his audiences. The results and experiences are unlike anything any other speaker can offer. Dan is the founder and President of Motivation Works, Inc, a company that helps leaders and their organizations move confidently through change and transformation, so they become, achieve, and contribute MORE. His clients include Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Marriott, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, State Farm, and Walmart.

Dan is an expert speaker and performer. He’s delivered thousands of presentations across six continents for audiences including world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and even troops on the front lines of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame — and is one of fewer than 200 living speakers to have received this honor.

He is also a writer and content producer. He’s authored two books: Success in Action and Off Balance On Purpose. Along with his speeches and books, Dan produces an ongoing, weekly video-coaching series and podcast in which he shares leadership principles and life-enhancement strategies in under three minutes.

Dan and his teenage daughter, Maggie, have become social media sensations on TikTok. Several of their videos have been viewed more than 30 million times, and their personal channel has well over a million subscribers. Maggie and Dan’s creative and enthusiastic content resonates strongly with an audience that spans the world. In his 50s, Dan continues to train and perform advanced acrobatics, and enjoys hobbies such as golf, mountain unicycling and the flying trapeze.

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Why You Will Love Dan

Dan was incredible! The managers, staff and owner operators couldn’t stop talking about the session. The juggling, unicycle, acrobatics and the handstand on the podium were all tied to the learning. It was a home run!

Jim Mulcahy
Traning Director, McDonald's

Dan was the perfect end to a very successful day. I’m still getting positive feedback on your message four weeks later!

John Nyland
Managing Partner, IBM

You took the issues, challenges, everyday stresses and strains of our plant and turned them into part of an educational but entertaining action-packed message.

Jack L. Murphy
GM of Beijing, Johnson Controls Inc.

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.


Mark G. Moraitakas

Dan Thurmon was, by far, the highest rated aspect of our conference, based on attendee survey results. His presentation was inspirational, energetic, and captivating.

Scott Frymire
Activant Solutions


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