First Legally Deaf Player in NBA History & Best-Selling Author
Legally deaf, at 80% hearing loss, from RH complications at birth, Lance Allred was born and raised in a polygamist commune rural Montana before his family left at the age 13. Unable to play basketball with his hearing aids in and standing at 6’11, Lance is more than a basketball player as he didn’t begin playing until he was in 8th grade as a way of adjusting to his new life outside of his childhood upbringing. Read More >
TEDTalk: What is Your Polygamy?
The Power of Failure
Leadership. Perseverance. Grit.
What It Means To Be a True Leader
Lions and Leaders
Lance's smash hit keynote, in which he will take you along his path of life, through trauma and challenges since near death at birth within a polygamist commune, to hearing impairment, to limitations constantly placed on him, to battling OCD, adversity and resistance on his path of basketball towards becoming the first deaf player in the NBA. When you hear his story, you will understand how among his peers in the basketball world, Lance became knows as "The Lion." Read More >
Few have more credibility than Lance when it comes to talking about Leadership, as he combines his childhood experiences within an extremist religion and his decade long professional career in basketball across the globe, where he was a team captain on the majority of his teams in various and vastly different cultures, using hilarious and horrifying anecdotes to explain common misconceptions of leadership and how to truly achieve it through his "7 Marks of a Leader."
Lance will give you a fresh perspective and applicable tools on the concept of leadership, allowing you to alleviate the frustrations that arise within teams due to worn out and archaic notions. You will leave his keynote more equipped than ever to be the leader you are destined to be, and furthermore able to get the most out of your team.
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Every goal Lance Allred has written down in his life has come true. He will show you how, in an interactive session, where he challenges everyone, even some on the spot to step up and take ownership and accountability for their dreams: the ones that came true and the even the ones that didn't. You will be empowered and inspired.
The concept of Team, implies sacrifice, but Lance saw at an early age, within a socialist utopian society, why the altruistic idea of team has very little chance of ever being truly achieved. He learned how to apply that early experience and use it in his basketball career, to find a true successful win-win environment within his teams across the globe. Read More >
Divulging his "5 Truths of a Team," Lance will share his experiences and bring new ways of thinking and ideas to help you and your teams/businesses find the most successful balance. Read Less ^
This presentation is specifically targeted to high school student-athletes, their parents, coaches and athletic directors. For the college bound athlete, the future looks bright and their path paved with promise. Yet, there are many aspects to that collegiate and professional dream that many players, parents and coaches are just not aware of. Read More >
With a world of experience through the political and business side of sports, both collegiately and professionally, Lance will take your student-athlete through the pitfalls and angles to which they need to enter with eyes wide open, for dreams can quickly turn into nightmares. Highly informative, honest and blunt, yet inspiring, Lance will give you the wisdom and knowledge that he wishes he would have been informed with in his teenage years. All athletes, those with the intention to play collegiately or not, and their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend this invaluable session. Read Less ^
For Youth/Young Adults Due to his size and hearing loss, Lance was a Giant target of intense bullying throughout his childhood to such extremes that he frequently struggled with crippling depression. He has shared his story and impacted hundreds of kids throughout his home state of Utah, letting them know how to overcome and rise above such adversity, and to importantly proactively combat it. Read More >
As well he shares how he finally wrote down a list of goals, and every one of them came true. He will tell the youth of your audience, just how they became so. And, how they can do it too. Read Less ^
"Lance recently was our motivational speaker and emcee for our awards dinner. His speech was not only motivational, but touched our hearts. It gave purpose back to the attendees in reminding them that their work is meaningful. Lance was the real deal and he was an inspiration to all of us at Costco."
"Lance is truly an inspiration! Not only is he one of the most authentic individuals I have had the privilege of working with, he offers a unique perspective based on his powerful life experiences."
"Lance doesn’t just talk about inspiring leadership, he demonstrates it in the way he connects with his audience. After hearing him speak, I feel more focused on how I can be more authentic in all of my interactions, and how to be guided by the belief that anything truly is possible."
"I took a leap of faith in contracting with Lance as a keynote speaker because I had no prior experience in hearing him speak. Lance was a fantastic speaker for our group of 150 college students. He interacted with the students and was able to get a good feel for what we wanted and didn't use a canned message. He was able to tell his story, while really connecting with the students. He was funny, inspiring, empathetic and real. His content was thought-provoking, motivating and really connected to many of the messages of the conference and the company. We look forward to having Lance back next year!"
“Lance, simply put, is a rockstar in a button-up shirt. When he speaks, the audience never takes their eyes off of him. He has the ability to carry many streams of intricate thought without convoluting them and applying them to everyone in the room. Again… Rockstar.”
"For many people, it will seem ironic that some of the basketball teams Lance played for asked their only legally deaf player to be their go-to media person. Ironic because you wouldn't expect a deaf man to be an effective communicator and a great storyteller. But Lance is masterful. He has the ability to observe the world around him, draw analogies, precipitate stories, and apply timely lessons in leadership, persistence, and achieving your dreams. I would gladly put every student, entrepreneur, and executive I know into Lance's audience. If you've ever felt like an underdog in life--and who hasn't--here's one deaf guy you've got to hear from."
"Lance's approach to motivational speaking is the best I have ever experienced! Our entire audience was captivated from beginning to end and were left feeling motivated and inspired by his story. Lance is so personable, raw and honest throughout the entire presentation! Everyone could not stop raving about how much they enjoyed Lance and his message. Thanks for keeping it real Lance! Hope to hear him speak again in the near future."
"Lance was a very inspiring speaker and his story resonated deeply with those in attendance. He spoke to taking leadership of our own lives despite the trials we all face in life or work. Lance was able to make the message relatable to everyone. I was very impressed with him. Thank you for bringing him to Amex."