Below is a ten-minute excerpt from a “motivational keynote address” I gave to 850 health coaches at a national convention in Orlando, Florida. I apologize for the grainy production.
The “dot in the middle” being referenced is part of the client’s corporate identity and is hanging in the background. Keep scrolling for more information about booking me for your corporate convention, association meeting, trade show, or special event.
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Thank you for the privilege of being considered as a speaker for your event. Naomi Rhode was the president of the National Speakers Association in 1993-94. Her theme was the “Privilege of the Platform.” I still carry her message in my heart. Hiring a speaker for your audience is an important decision.
Below in this FAQ format are some of the questions that may best help you assess our mutual fit. You’ll discover that my team and I work exceptionally hard to make working with us easy and rewarding. Making you a meeting planner hero is our goal.
What Is Your Topic?
May I push back and ask, What is your theme and need for a speaker? Every speech given is tailored to your needs. The central theme for my life’s work is On-Purpose®, knowing one’s purpose in life and aligning all life and work decision to it. The On-Purpose Person and The On-Purpose Business Person provide the basis of this life-giving and uplifting message.
Why America’s Chief Leadership Officer?
The Chief Leadership Officer is charged with positioning people and organizations to be leaders. This strategic role is tasked with building the organization through building the leadership and business capacity of its people so they are more aligned with the organizational purpose, strategy, objectives, and culture. I’ve been at this work for three decades.
Are you a motivational public speaker?
Yes, but in a manner one might not anticipate. With On-Purpose I’m attempting to cure the need for motivational speakers, extrinsic incentives. Purpose is inherently motivational so it all but eliminates the need for extrinsic motivational. A better description is the I’m a self-motivational speaker – inspiring audience members to discover their purpose and bring it to full xpression.
Like my rah-rah counterparts, I also employ powerful stories plus original on-purpose proverbs to stir and motivate the audience. So I’m a motivational speaker who evokes people to think more deeply about living at the intersection of their life and work. I aim to be entertaining, but not an entertainer, and to inspire audiences for sustainable growth, impact, and transformation … being on-purpose!
What are your categories of speaking?
I am experienced the following categories:
- Business Keynote “Motivational Speaker”
- Small Business/Entrepreneurship/Second Stage
- Sales Speaker
- Sales Management Training/General Agent Training
- Sales Coaching
- Sales Presentation
- Intermediate to Advanced Salespersons Training
- “Motivational Speaker” for Leadership
- Personal Leadership based on purpose, vision, mission, and values
- Leadership and Personal Growth
- Career Development and Strategy
- College/University “Motivational Speaker”
- College Keynote speaker
- Commencement speaker
- Business school/MBA speaker
- Student Leadership and Government/Fraternities and Sororities
- Alumni (business community) Outreach Speaker
- Christian Speaker
- Weekend retreats
- Marketplace ministries
- Healthcare Speaker
- Healthcare Professional and Patient Service
- Unleashing Your Super Hero
- Stress and Weight Loss
What are your topics?
As the author of The On-Purpose Person and The On-Purpose Business Person my topics relate to personal leadership, business growth, strategy for life and business, sales, life coaching, performance improvement, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Every speech I give is customized by title and topic to the audience. I have consistent themes and patterns, but not canned speeches.
Topics based upon the core topic of being on-purpose:
- Chief Leadership Officer, From CEO to CLO
- The American Dream 3.0, Becoming the Founder of Your Future
- Tough Sh!ft For Leaders, Clearing a Path to Mature Leading
- Nation of Leaders, Everyone Is a Leader
- On-Purpose Power, Overcoming 79% of Your Obstacles
- I Am in Business On-Purpose, Becoming the Leader of Your Business
- Hellegation, Breaking the Curse of the Smaller Business Owner
Where are you located?
The Orlando, Florida area. We’re home to one of the largest convention and visitors destinations in the world. When you’re looking for a speaker for your convention, meeting, trade show, or training event in the Orlando area, please contact us. Not only will you save on travel and accommodation expenses, but my speaker fees are lowest close to home.
What are your credentials?
Most obviously, I’m the author of two truly best-selling books. The On-Purpose Person has sold over 275,000 copies and The On-Purpose Business Person has sold over 30,000 copies. In addition, both books have multiple foreign translations. My MBA is from the Colgate Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia. My undergraduate degree in Business and Economics is from Lehigh University. At age nine I began my business career selling candy on the school bus. Five plus decades later, I’m still a businessman and entrepreneur. My career includes commercial real estate brokerage and development, consulting, and publishing.
Professional Member of the National Speakers Associations since 1992, Traveled from Hungary to Hawaii as a professional speaker.
OK, you’re an author, business advisor, and MBA, but can you perform from the platform?
Fortunately, I’ve always been in leadership positions and in front of a crowd. Despite being an introvert/extrovert I’m comfortable on stage. I joined the National Speakers Association in 1993 at the urging of my friend, Glenna Salsbury, and have been a professional member since. The education and affiliation allows me to hone my craft.
How do you go above and beyond to help the meeting planner?
A sincere appreciation for the investment you are making to gather your people sets the foundation. As a businessman I understand the financial investment and what’s on the line for your organization when holding an event. Your theme informs my work along with extensive research on your company plus interviews of select people.
If you’ve perused this site, you’ll see that I produce On-Purpose Minutes for personal leadership and On-Purpose Business Minutes for business leadership. To help you promote your event, I can produce two to four “Minutes” in advance of your event to prepare and sell your audience on being in attendance. Additional “Minutes” can be produced as follow-up to reinforce the theme of your event and my message. I show up at the event to work by investing myself in your event and people.
Every engagement is tailored to the audience, company, and industry at hand. Not one to “show and go,” I consider it a privilege to meet and greet your participants, to sign books, and to answer their questions face-to-face if that is appropriate for your event. Let’s figure out how I can add value to your event from the stage and beyond.
Finally, as a professional speaker, I’ve learned that you have lots more to do for your meeting than worrying about pampering a speaker. I take care of myself getting to your venue and am generally low maintenance.
On-Purpose seems to be a spiritual message. Is it appropriate for the workplace?
Mind, body, and spirit is neither news nor a risky conversation. Employee and customer engagement is ultimately a matter of making a whole person, heart connection. The spirit of a person can be ignored, but it cannot be denied and I respectfully go there. Any organization that seeks to strengthen employee, customer, and shareholder ties inevitably seeks to engage with the heart of the person. The On-Purpose message may be one of the most skillful and apropos manners for universally addressing the spirit of the person while honoring the diversity of perspectives and faiths.
What audiences most appreciate the On-Purpose message?
Place me in front of people who have responsibilities and decisions affecting their lives and business plus the lives of their clients, customers, employees, and team. If their financial reward is tied to their personal performance, then all the better. This includes entrepreneurs, CEOs, presidents, C-suite executives, professionals, small business owners, salespersons, financial advisors, distributors, consultants, insurance agents, and other trusted advisors.
The On-Purpose message is ideal for members of Associations, Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, and Economic Development Agencies. I shine with business persons. Business schools and MBA programs are also ideal audiences.
Do you have industry specializations?
No. My specialty is people who lead or want to lead. Industry is not an issue.
As a business advisor doing business design, strategy, and planning for 30 years, I’ve worked in diverse industries. Part of my preparation for any speaking engagement is to do extensive industry and client research so the audience hears language from their culture and conditions.
Book me for private and public companies. You’ll win with me speaking in not-for-profit organizations such as associations, healthcare, churches, ministries, and Chambers of Commerce.
Government workers and staff tend to be more heavily constrained on the job so I tend to direct those speaking requests for this sector to my peers.
Do you speak any other languages?
No. Having married a girl from South Carolina, I am fluent in understanding most U.S. southern dialects. Growing up in the Pittsburgh, PA suburbs, I can communicate in Pittsburghese, sea yo’uns guiys later. Yes, I remain a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Do you do keynote speeches and workshops?
Yes, I do both and then some. I have full-day programs and even three-day programs. From your perspective know that the program can expand or contract to fit your schedule—even at the last minute.
What is your platform style?
“Authentic, inspiring, intelligent, good humored, and engaging” are the qualities most often attributed to me by my peers, clients, and audiences. As an optimistic person, I have a comfortable, easy delivery that mixes light and spontaneous humor with a life-changing message and stories that are designed to be uplifting and honoring. Nothing is canned; however, the content is consistently rooted in knowing one’s purpose and bringing it to expression, being on-purpose. Hey, I invented and trademarked the term!
What are your fees?
Fees are based upon travel from Orlando, FL and increase with distance traveled, program length, and audience. Expenses are additional. Generally, my fees start in the mid-four figures locally and escalate into the low five figures. Please contact our office at 407.657.6000 so we can do a work-up on your specific needs.
Kevin W. McCarthy is the author of The On-Purpose Person and The On-Purpose Business Person. He is the world’s leading authority on being on-purpose—living meaningfully at the integration of life and work. More than just an author, Kevin is a natural leader in business and civic endeavors. His goal with audiences is to stir their hearts, advance their thinking, and inspire them to action. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, the CEO of On-Purpose Partners, and a highly respected business advisor for start-up, small, and middle market organizations, and an executive coach to CEOs, Executive Directors, and Company Presidents.
Authentic, inspiring, good-humored, and engaging are the qualities most often attributed to this thought leader by his peers, clients, and audiences. He has traveled from Hungary to Hawaii since 1992 inspiring audiences as he carries the message of being on-purpose into the hearts, minds, and lives of people. To book Kevin as your keynote or public speaker, please call our office at 407.657.6000.