Chris Widener

The Leader of a New Generation of Personal Development and Leadership Experts

Educating your audience while instilling humor, excitement and passion

Chris Widener is a widely recognized speaker and best-selling author who engages audiences all over the world.

His dynamic seminars help people lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders, and transform into masterful salespeople. Chris and his teachings have been personally endorsed by legends Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar.

What Chris brings to your organization:

  • Has been speaking professionally since 1988 and is an internationally recognized speaker, author and radio host.
  • Has written over 450 articles, 12 books and has produced close to 80 audio programs on leadership and motivation. His articles appear monthly in close to 100 publications
  • Has shared the stage with US Presidential candidates, nationally known television news anchors, best-selling authors and professional athletes.
  • Has spoken on motivation and leadership to groups at some of America’s finest organizations such as General Electric, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and the Harvard Business School.
  • The Chris Widener Bi-Monthly E-zine has over 65,000 weekly subscribers in 105 countries, making it one of the world’s most widely distributed newsletters on success and leadership.
  • Winning with Influence – Chris’ Signature Keynote
  • Dare to Dream!
  • Secrets of Successful Teams
  • Extraordinary Leaders

“I want to thank you for the ongoing business consultation and commend you for a job well done. Sometimes we tend to look for the large problems, but your help in finding and fixing the small things has made a huge impact on my business and personal life. The control and efficiency you helped create …”
Lance Kilgore, Managing Member, K&S Investments L.L.C.Lance Kilgore, Managing Member, K&S Investments L.L.C.

“It’s not every day that we find leaders like Chris—a leader who possesses a true servant mentality, who has committed his entire adult life to helping individuals find success, a leader who understands the human spirit and, more importantly, knows how to lead others to perform beyond what they thought was possible. Chris Widener is that leader. He understands that in life, it’s more than just the destination that counts; it’s the journey that matters most. Chris is committed to making your journey the absolute best it can be.”
Greg Provenzano, ACN President and CoFounder

“We are selective about which speakers we utilize at our events. Chris Widener has spoken to our sales field at our corporate events and for our leaders at their regional events. Chris connects well with the audience. He tells engaging stories, teaches leadership lessons and uses humor to interact with all in attendance. Chris does a great job.”
Angela Chrysler, President & CEO, Team National

  • ACN
  • First Horizon
  • Advanced Mortgage Group
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Peoplesoft
  • Ameritech
  • General Dynamics
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Prudential Securities
  • Bechtel Power Corporation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Quixtar BellSouth
  • Best Buy
  • IBM Shell
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • The Hartford
  • Nordstrom
  • Federal Reserve District Banks
  • Wealth Masters International
Travels From:  Washington
$15,001 to $20,000



Chris speaks to groups as small as 100 and as large as 25,000 people. His clients are a “who’s who” of American businesses and organizations, including notables like General Electric, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and the Harvard Business School.

Chris’s dynamic, practical and engaging speeches will have your audience laughing one minute and learning timeless truths of success the next. Chris was hand selected by two of the legends of the speaking world to work with them and he now carries on their legacy. Jim Rohn, one of the most successful speakers of the last 50 years, and also known for being Tony Robbins first mentor, made Chris his last protege and worked with Chris the last seven years of his life.

Chris and Jim co-authored the Jim Rohn One Year Success Plan as well as Jim’s last book, The Twelve Pillars, which has become an international best-seller. Jim called Chris “The Leader of the next generation of personal development and leadership experts.” Zig Ziglar, considered to be the greatest motivational speaker of the 20th Century, personally chose Chris to co-host his television show, True Performance. Chris’ two books, The Angel Inside, and The Art of Influence are the only two fiction books Zig Ziglar endorsed in his entire life.

Along with co-hosting True Performance, Chris also hosted his own show, Made for Success, where he interviewed some of the top business achievers and thought leaders of our time. Chris considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people and help them lead successful lives,and to become extraordinary leaders and masterful salespeople.


Chris Widener began a small publishing company called the American Community Business Network in the 1990′s. Chris then changed the name to Made for Success and grew the company into a large business selling tens of thousands of personal development programs through large retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Target and Barnes and Noble. He sold that business to his partner in 2009 to focus on his speaking, writing and coaching exclusively.


Chris is the author of twelve books and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation. His best-selling books include The Angel Inside (which has also been optioned as a movie), The Art of Influence, The Leadership Rules, Live the Life You Have Always Dreamed Of, Twelve Pillars, and the sequel to Twelve Pillars, Above All Else. Chris has also produced over 80 cd’s and dvd’s on a wide range of topics.

Coach and Mentor

Chris has been a personal and professional development coach since 1988, helping people lead successful lives. Currently, because of his busy speaking schedule, Chris only takes ten coaching clients at a time


Chris will give you the insight you need on how to help influence others, whether it is in leadership, sales or any other area of life.

  • Understand the difference between “hunting” and “fishing”
  • Learn how to use “soft power” rather than “hard power”
  • Discover the two primary factors others use to determine whether they will follow you or not
  • Get the easy to understand Secrets of Magnetic Influence by using the Attraction Factor of Personal Transformation rather than Persuasion Techniques

Do you have a dream inside that you want to let out and live? Then let Chris help you! Dare to Dream will help your group see the possibilities that lie within them. They will experience the understanding that they can change themselves, their communities, and their world.

  • Three keys to living out your dream
  • The four reasons most people don’t ever achieve their dreams
  • How to deal with people who say it is “impossible”
  • The five step plan for making your dream a reality

Do you wish you could get your team in the right track and working as a successful unit? Secrets of Successful Teams will put you on the fast track! Find out how to turn your team into a winner with:

  • The seven secrets every successful team functions with
  • The top three ways to foster communication and teamwork
  • The best way to motivate “players” at every level
  • Becoming a leader people can count on
  • Practical leadership skills and character traits that will take you, and your organization, to the next level
  • Leading courageously in tough and challenging circumstances
  • Learn the real definition of leadership that will unleash your potential
  • Key “Leadership Mistakes” people make that you must avoid
  • The truth about leadership myths that most people believe

Areas of expertise

  • Influence
  • Impact
  • Motivation
  • Sales Success
  • Leadership

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