First Legally Deaf Player in NBA History & Best-Selling Author
Hearing impaired since birth and raised in an extremist polygamist commune, Lance Allred has a story that is truly one of a kind. At the age of 13 when his family broke away from the religious sect, Allred grew 6 inches in one year and began to play basketball as a way to make new friends and to also quietly channel his OCD which he kept hidden for years. With limitations constantly being placed on him, Allred defied the odds and became the first legally deaf player in NBA history. 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 Allred was easily one of the best presentations I have ever heard a speaker give to such an audience. It’s no easy feat to talk to teenagers and not only keep their undivided attention, but to also connect with them on a personal level. He did so without ever talking down to them. As well, Lance was just as rewarding for us teachers and administrators because he was still resonating with us on an adult level. He had both teachers and students crying and laughing. I strongly recommend Lance Allred and know he will be very successful in his new path and career, knowing he will have a huge impact on our younger generation."
"Lance Allred has an ability that a lot of speakers don't have: he watches audience reaction like a hawk to ensure that what he is saying reaches each individual on a personal level. Since he has some hearing loss, he has been trained to read body language. Empathy is second nature to him. As he senses audience reaction, he carefully gauges his words to lead his listeners to a powerful conclusion. I would highly recommend Mr. Allred when you need a motivational and inspiring keynote speaker. He has experience with all ages from children to corporate executives. And besides all of these wonderful skills, he is a very likable guy!"
"Lance Allred has always had a fascinating story that I have watched from a distance. When I actually got to meet him and listen to him speak in person, it was far, far greater than what I was even close to expecting. Sure, he is an athlete, but that is just a small part of who this man truly is. He is a true leader in every sense of the word, has overcome major obstacles, is passionate, and he actually cares in making a difference. His keynote wasn’t rehearsed or forced; He talked about his journey in life and connected with me on a deeper level. I have never experienced this from any keynote speaker before. I believe in Lance 100%."
"Lance presented his triumphant story to our large, diverse team and we were completely engaged, motivated, and inspired by the event. Lance did a fantastic job of demonstrating to our employees how the lessons he acquired as an elite athlete overcoming great obstacles transferred to them both personally and professionally. Lance was able to hold the audience in the palm of his hand; the time just flew by as we were edified together. At first many of the team were wondering what an athlete would be able to say to them that actually would make a difference. Lance far exceeded their expectations."
"Lance spoke to two different groups of our students who are in the Advanced Leadership Program in the Park City School District. He was easily their favorite speaker of the year. Not only was his insight extremely valuable to them when it came to defining what makes a leader, but his personal anecdotes and experiences around the globe give him the credibility that many pretend to have. He is the real deal. He has walked the walk, and that puts him head and shoulders, both literally and figuratively, above the rest when it comes to speakers."
"Lance grabbed my attention with a humbling story that illustrated the responsibility leaders have in taking care of their teams. The telling of his life story linked a powerful element of our human condition to a solution that allowed me to let go of things that have been holding me back and to refocus on creating a better life. I found value in his message, and appreciate his ability to connect to an audience, and look forward to hearing more from Lance."
"Lance Allred’s story is something everyone can learn and gain strength from. Lance has the ability to capture the audience’s attention and hold it through humor, tears and passion to make a difference. I highly recommend Lance Allred to speak to your youth, business professionals and family. You will walk away having gained not only a friend, but a mentor for many years to come."
Lance has crossed all kinds of cultural barriers in his global travels, and he has the gift of expressing himself brilliantly in each one. He was a hit when he spoke at our university in Japan—where it’s not always easy to hit it off so quickly. His warmth, honesty and wit wins friends everywhere-sports fans or otherwise.
"Lance’s journey is inspiring and real. He has a way of helping you relate to his story while encouraging you to conquer your own. He was very engaging and motivating for our employees who specialize in helping clients through a range of difficulties. In spite of our great expertise, Lance Allred’s amazingly unique perspective has brought us a depth of appreciation we didn’t have. We hope to have him back soon."