Dan Thurmon

Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker | Author | Life Balance Expert at Motivation Works, Inc.

Show-Stopping Performance. Life-Changing Message.

Dan Thurmon isn’t just a world-renowned Hall of Fame keynote speaker. He’s also an author, entrepreneur, workplace performance expert, fitness advocate, acrobat, unicyclist (even on mountains – yes, really), drummer, and is (in his late forties) learning flying trapeze!

Dan is known for delivering powerful, customized opening and closing keynotes in jaw-dropping style. He does handstands on podiums while discussing balance. He juggles sharp objects to teach principles of performance under pressure. He weaves through the audience on a six-foot unicycle to visually amplify principles for navigating change. You get the idea. 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’s philosophy can be summed up by the title of his book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes we’ll never achieve “perfect balance”. Instead of chasing this impossible dream, we should learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to personal and professional growth. Dan’s multi-dimensional view of success incorporates quality health, strong relationships, and meaningful contributions.

Dan has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of keynote presentations on six continents. He helps organizations and individuals implement action plans and move more confidently through work and life transitions. His programs have educated and uplifted Fortune 500 companies, educators, and even troops on the front lines of battle in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s also performed at the White House and for the Royal Sheik of Dubai.

  • Work-Life Integration That’s Possible, Not Perfect
  • How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most
  • Managing Stress & Taking Care of You
  • The Rhythm of Success Team Building Keynote
  • High Performance Sales

We would like to convey our immense appreciation for your performance. Your extraordinary skill to inspire, entertain, and advance us all to the next level in life is simply incredible.”
Abraham Ekstein, Brooklyn Financial Group

Well, once again you knocked their socks off! Your performance goes beyond motivation-you managed to stimulate everyone present.”
Jack E. Middleton, CEO, SMC3

“Wow! People still stop me in the hall to tell me what a wonderful job you did. Far and away, your presentation received the highest ratings ever!”
 Bryan Kindred, CEO, DCH Health System

  • Activant Solutions, Inc.
  • AIG
  • Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Air Carriers Purchasing Conference
  • Amerex, Inc.
  • America First Properties
  • American Payroll Association
  • American Longevity
  • Amgen
  • American Nursary Landscaping Association
  • Arizona Multihousing Association
  • Armed Forces Entertainment
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives
  • Association of Interim Housing Providers
  • Atlanta Apparel Mart
  • Atlanta Apartment Association
  • Atlanta Bridal Wear & Formal Association
  • Avalon Bay Apartment Communities
  • BB&T
  • Bank of America
  • Bank South
  • Baptist Health
  • Barnum Investments
  • Barrett Properties, Inc.
  • BellSouth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Boehringer Mannheim Corp.
  • Brevard North Carolina Rotary Club
  • Bright Horizons
  • Builder’s League of South Jersey
  • Brooklyn Financial Group
  • Ceridian
  • Citizens Bank
  • Continental Group
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Ernst & Young
  • Essex Property Trust
  • Experian
  • General Motors
  • Great West Life
  • Henderson-Webb, Inc.
  • Hibernia National Bank
  • Honeywell
  •  Hyatt Hotels
  • IBM
  • ITDG 
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Management Professionals in Health Care
  • Marriott Corporation
  • Mass Mutual
  • Media One
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • Merck, Inc.
  • Merry Land Properties
  • Metro Multi Family Housing Association
  • Midtown Alliance
  • Miron Construction
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Norwest Financial
  • ProAssurance
  • Prudential Financial
  • Prudential Capital Group
  • RiverBank
  • United Federal Credit Union
Travels From:  Georgia
City: Atlanta
$15,001 to $20,000


Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of presentations worldwide. Dan helps organizations and individuals implement actions plans and move confidently through transitions.

He began his performance career at eleven years old, crafting a one-man-show incorporating comedy, juggling and acrobatics. This enabled him to, at a very early age, develop a strong work ethic and learn fundamental lessons about performance excellence. Dan graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and Management. He has also extensively studied Personal Development and developed a unique methodology he teaches to audiences and clients.

A recent inductee to the prestigious “Speakers Hall of Fame,”  Dan Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner. He incorporates his lifelong performance skills to create high impact events. His programs have educated and uplifted Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and even the troops on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dan’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Also, we should go beyond the pursuit of “success” and enhance our life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.


Achieving a perfect balance between the demands of work and the complexities of life is an intriguing, desirable concept. It’s also completely unrealistic.

The common way of pursuing “balance” is entirely inadequate: We sell short our best efforts, burden ourselves with guilt, and exhaust our energy. Instead, we need to make an ongoing effort to infuse “life” into the workplace, and to let go of the notion of being perfectly balanced.

A New Standard for Balancing Work & Life

In this empowering keynote, Dan provides a new model for viewing work objectives. Instead of being separate or competing with life, they are a vital and connected component. Successful work-life integration fosters excellence, innovation, and loyalty among employees. Therefore, this presentation becomes the catalyst for an ongoing and transformational conversation and plan of action.

High-Impact, Unforgettable Presentation

Work-life integration speaker Dan Thurmon provides practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally. And his presentation style? It’s nothing short of spectacular! Dan doesn’t stand Behind a podium and Talk about work-life integration – he does handstands Onthe podium to Demonstrate what real balance actually looks like. Your audience will talk about this presentation for years to come!

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Manage their energy and time more effectively.
  • Improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • Understand that “Perfect Balance” is an unachievable goal.
  • Adopt an Off Balance On Purpose approach as a realistic and empowering alternative.
  • Name the Five Spheres of “Complete Success.”
  • Utilize “Lifelines” to integrate the aspects of life.
  • Have supportive and appropriate conversations with their peers about life outside the workplace.

“Always be at your best because every moment counts.” This may sound like good advice, but it isn’t really possible, and the truth is, some moments count much more than others. That’s why it’s more important (and realistic) to be your best When It Matters The 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. But Dan doesn’t just explain this – he demonstrates these concepts in his signature high-impact style that includes juggling, acrobatics, and even a unicycle. 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 be able to:

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

As a performer and speaker, Dan Thurmon knows first-hand the importance of stress management, physical fitness, and total health. Your audience can benefit from a corporate wellness program by a speaker who actually lives what he says.

Balancing Dan’s physically demanding presentations, a full speaking schedule, and family priorities requires self-discipline. It also demands an understanding and appreciation of the areas that can impact a person’s total wellness: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

In this keynote, corporate wellness speaker Dan Thurmon explores the relationship between employee wellness and corporate success. But it’s his signature high-impact style (including juggling, acrobatics, and even a unicycle) that drives his message home. Audiences have a fantastic time while being inspired and motivated to improve their total wellness!

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • 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.

Are you are looking for a way to gain top performance from your team? Would you like to enhance the strength and reliability of your organization’s internal and external relationships? Are you searching for a motivational experience that delivers energy and enthusiasm, as well as a powerful message?

Well, look no further.

The Rhythm Of Success is 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.

A Truly Dynamic Duo

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.

Philip Solomon is a nationally recognized actor, musician and entertainment producer. He’s also the Los Angeles Outreach Coordinator and an International Trainer for Cirque du Soleil. Philip is President of Way Too Much Entertainment, and an expert in conflict resolution, teamwork, and communication.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop more effective communication, collaboration, and trust in your organization.
  • How to partner effectively, especially when the pressure is on.
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration.
  • New techniques for resolving conflicts and repairing damaged relationships
  • Invigorated team spirit.
  • Tools and motivation to take on new challenges together.
  • Create better results.
  • More rewarding experiences for team members and clients.

Selling is a performance – the process of taking your audience (customer) through an experience that builds interest and engagement, ending in a successful sale. Dan reveals presentation/performance secrets to help sales professionals improve performance and bottom line results, including:

  • 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 every performance has a beginning, middle, and end. Design your presentations for impact, and move your customers to action.
  • How to build relationships for success.
  • How to break through external barriers and self-imposed limitations.

“If you limit yourself to what’s comfortable, you deny yourself what’s possible.”

-Dan Thurmon

Continuous Improvement

Because sales happens in real-time, and every encounter is unique, the high-performance salesperson must be committed to improving and building upon every sales experience. With every one performance there are three – the one you plan, the one you do, and the one you should have done (and think about on the way home). Dan helps sales professionals to:

  • Prepare daily and take a disciplined approach to developing skills. Go into each sales performance with a plan and specific approach. (The first show)
  • Develop the ability to improvise, discover opportunities that arise, and use those opportunities to build trust and rapport. (The second show)
  • Intentionally “debrief” each effort, identifying what worked well, what you can build on, and what you can improve or eliminate. (The third show)

“Improvement is a choice before it is a process or a result.”

Areas of expertise

  • Leadership
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Peak Performance
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Team Building
  • High-Performance Sales
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