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Founder of because I said I would
Alex Sheen is a four-time TEDx speaker and the Founder of because I said I would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by a tragedy in his life, Alex created a concept called the Promise Card and began mailing cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since 2012, over 9.81 MILLION Promise Cards have been distributed to over 153 countries. In 2013, Alex left his Corporate Strategy Lead position at a leading software company to dedicate himself entirely to the nonprofit. Read More >
Alex is the author of the upcoming book because I said I would. that is due for release in 2019. Alex’s unique perspective on accountability, commitment and self-control developed both from his responsibilities in leading a global effort about keeping promises and his personal experience fulfilling his own promises.
Alex’s personal promises include:
Alex’s work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, NPR, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, CBS Nightly News and many other programs. He has been featured on the cover of Spirit Magazine and honored as a Steve Harvey “Harvey’s Hero.”
Alex’s efforts in social media have been featured in BuzzFeed’s annual “Most Important Viral Videos” and his viral posts have made the #1 spot on the front page of Reddit.com over 10 times.
As a nationally respected thought-leader who has been featured at multiple TEDx conferences, Alex has spoken at over 527 events since 2013. Read Less ^
Word Choice and Promises
You Can't Pretend to Show Up
We live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise. It’s too easy to say “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.” In many ways, we have become numb to the disappointment from broken commitments, and this numbness can enter our homes, our workplaces, our schools, our communities…But Alex Sheen believes that every individual has the strength to become a person of their word. Read More >
Alex will deliver a keynote speech up to 60 minutes long about the importance of honoring your promises. He mixes emotion, humor, and inspiration as he tells deeply moving stories from the because I said I would movement. Alex also shares moments from his personal journey launching and building this viral social movement.
Alex expertly employs video media and visually striking imagery to keep audiences engaged throughout his keynote.
His keynote concludes with a strong call to action that connects the Promise Card to the personal lives of each audience member. Every person attending the keynote then receives 10 Promise Cards at no cost.
100% of Alex’s speaking fee goes directly to because I said I would as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. So you can both book a world-class keynote speaker and effectively donate to a high-impact nonprofit! Read Less ^
Build culture of accountability. Increase goal attainment rates. Increase sense of commitment. Alex will tell emotional and inspiring stories that have been shared with him through because I said I would. Alex will also speak to his personal experiences in leading the social movement. The keynote will end with a strong call-to-action activity that connects the promise cards to the lives of your students and faculty. Read More >
Here are some of the options that are available for a full-day engagement: Read Less ^
In his “Life of a Promise” workshop, Alex dives deeper into themes explored during his keynote. Alex combines evidence-based and peer-reviewed research with riveting stories and collaborative activities. This leadership workshop is an interactive and thought provoking experience designed to give individuals the tools to be accountable in their personal lives. Each attendee will receive a workshop materials binder to follow along and take notes, a package of 10 promise cards, a pen, and a wristband.
"Wow – what can I say except a huge THANK YOU. Your presentation was so excellent and a wonderful way to represent the meaning of a Game Changer session. I heard so many of our members making reference to your presentation throughout the Meeting. And, the line of attendees to get a shirt was a true testimonial to how well your presentation resonated with our members."
"I fully endorse Alex Sheen, and believe he would benefit all attendees of any and all Insurance Company meetings and conferences. He has grown so much in the past few years and can only imagine how he will continue to grow as he changes lives on a daily basis around the world."
"Alex’s program has made a significant difference in helping us keep our word with one another. This, in turn, has helped our staff maintain individual and organizational integrity, and improve relationships among our employees every time we follow through on our commitment."
"What is so unique about Alex’s social movement is that it speaks to everyone. We highly recommend using him as a speaker at other engagements."
"Alex is dynamic, person- able and engaging. Keeping the attention of college-aged employees on a Friday afternoon can be a challenge, but Alex had them on the edge of their seats. One employee said that “I was crying, I was laughing, I was inspired!"
"Very energizing session. Really compelling stuff around the power of a promise. I can't commend both the performance he has just given and indeed the work he is doing on the philanthropic agenda enough. Absolutely fantastic. Really great response from the participants and I think it has really made them think."
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