When you hire Dan Clark as your Keynote Speaker, you get a CEO of an international high performance communication and leadership development company; a New York Times Best Selling Author; a Hall of Fame Professional Speaker; a University Professor; an Extreme Adventurer; a Gold Record Songwriter; an Award Winning Athlete; and 2012 Utah Father of the Year, who has become the modern day Napoleon Hill, having interviewed the world’s most successful business gurus and champion athletes to share their secrets on what works and why.
As one of the most in-demand speakers on the planet, Dan delivers customized, cutting edge keynote speeches and transformational training programs to entry level employees, emerging leaders, seasoned executives, educational administrators and military Officers and NCOs.
In the last thirty years Dan has spoken in all 50 states, 61 countries, on 6 continents, to over 5500 audiences, to millions of people, to a ‘who’s who’ list of clients including 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, National Trade Associations, Million Dollar Round Table, Super Bowl Champions, NASA, U.S. and Foreign Government Agencies, and the United Nations. Dan has also had the honor of presenting his ideas at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to the general assembly of the United Nations World Congress in Hamburg Germany, to the senior leadership of the United States military, and to U.S./Coalition combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Southwest Asia, Europe, Korea and Africa.
Pattern of Peak Performance
Dan’s pursuit of excellence started when he battled a cancerous tumor at eight years of age, which inspired him to go on to star in a weekly television series on CBS called, ’47 Happiness Way,’ be the voice of a weekly cartoon ‘Dean,’ and as a teenager, become the state Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, Intermountain Moto-cross Champion, Intermountain Alpine Ski Racing Champion, and a highly recruited four sport letterman who had an invitation tryout with the Kansas City Royals MLB team, and accepted a full ride scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of Utah. In college Dan did some serious modeling and even landed a huge role in the NBC Movie of the Week “Time Machine”!
As a Sunkist All American Dan was a projected #1 draft choice into the NFL by the Oakland Raiders until he was forced to fight his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his American football career. While sixteen doctors over the course of fourteen months told Dan he would not recover, Dan became a student of motivational techniques and self-mastery, figured out the steps of resiliency, and perfected a transformational process of taking his life to the next level that led him to a 95% recovery.
Mentored by Zig Ziglar
Consequently, speaking requests poured in, which morphed into a fulltime ‘calling’ as Dan was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1982, was soon sponsored into the National Speakers Association by legendary motivational teacher Zig Ziglar, and quickly accelerated his professional development by earning the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) in 1987. To no one’s surprise, Dan was named one of the Top Ten Speakers In The World by Achievers Worldwide in 1999, was inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame in 2005, again was named one of the Top Ten Motivational Speakers In The World by eSpeakers in 2015, and in 2016, the Derek Sweeny Agency Worldwide named Dan one of the Top Ten Highest Rated Sales Speakers in the world!
As a motivational speaker Dan was invited into the Ronald Reagan white house to take Mrs. Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ program to all 50 states, where he conducted entertaining, educational and emotional all school assemblies at an average of three schools every day – fifteen per week, with an average of 2500 students per school, for 150 school days every year, addressing over 6 million teenagers between 1983 and 1989.
CPAE – National Speakers Hall of Fame
On July 11, 2005, Dan was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speakers Hall of Fame and received the prestigious “CPAE” – Council of Peers Award for Excellence. Since its inception in 1977, less than 250 professional or celebrity speakers have become Hall of Fame members including Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar, Earl Nightingale, Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Art Berg,, Chad Hymas, Keith Harrell and Jason Hewlett. Hall of Fame inductees are selected for their mastery in seven areas for speaking excellence: Originality of Material; Uniqueness of Style; Experience; Delivery Technique; Client and Peer Image; Reputation and Professional Integrity; and Ability to Relate to their Audiences.
CSP – Certified Speaking Professional
About 12 percent of the 5,000 + speakers worldwide, who belong to the 13 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation, currently hold this professional designation. In 1987, prior to his induction into the Speakers Hall of Fame, Dan was the youngest ever to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers, onto candidates who go through a five-year process documenting 250 paid presentations, and receive excellent ratings from past clients on performance evaluations, and who demonstrate competence in four professional standards: Platform skills, Business management, Continuing Education, and Association Involvement.