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Lance  Allred

Lance Allred

First Legally Deaf Player in NBA History & Best-Selling Author

Lance Allred

First Legally Deaf Player in NBA History & Best-Selling Author


Average age of an NBA rookie: 20 years old. Lance Allred was 27, when he made the NBA. What dream would you chase if you knew it would take you seven years longer than your peers?

With 80% hearing loss due to RH complications at birth, Lance Allred was born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana before his family escaped at the age of 13. Standing at 6'11, Lance is more than a basketball player as he didn't begin playing until he was 13 as a way of adjusting to his new life outside of his childhood upbringing- His story of being an underdog is for anyone who has ever felt a dream was just out of reach.

With a world of stories and setbacks from 10 years of professional basketball around the globe, Lance will share with you his Principles of Perseverance and his story of overcoming the odds, on his way to becoming the first legally deaf player in NBA history.

Lance is the author of 4 books, with his first one Longshot, published by HarperCollins in 2009. He travels the country as an inspirational speaker and is the TEDx Star of "What is Your Polygamy?" which currently has over 4.5 Million Views. He is the first outside speaker the F.B.I. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has ever brought in for group training and consultation on leadership development, as well as having spoken to corporations such as Costco, Keybank, Coldwell Banker, CocaCola and many others on leadership, perseverance and grit.

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: What is Your Polygamy?

Speaking Reel

The Power of Failure


On Bullying


Leadership. Perseverance. Grit.

What It Means To Be a True Leader

Lions and Leaders

True Grit

Step Outside the Comfort Zone

Speech Topics

Lions & Leaders: The Principles of Perserverance

Lance's smash hit keynote on leadership, perseverance and grit where Lance will show, with his 5 Principles of Perseverance, how he achieved what many perceived to be an unattainable goal: The First Deaf Player in NBA History.

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Discomfort
  • A Leader of Your Own Life

Adaptability is a prominent theme throughout Lance's story and keynote.

Each principle is introduced and applied through powerful stories and anecdotes from Lance's global experience at the professional sports/corporate level. The takeaway and action points are strong and clear for any audience and any level.

He is now duplicating those same principles on a daily basis to conquer his next "unattainable goal," showing that he continues to walk the walk.

Limitless Goals

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.

Lethal Teams

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 only a small 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. 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 team find the most successful balance. Your team will be Lethal.

Leg Up

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.

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.

Little Giant

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.

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.

Legendary Sales

If Lance, the quiet, deaf underdog from rural Montana, could push himself out of his comfort zone, day in and day out, what is your excuse not to?

Lance will challenge and train your sales team to detach their self-worth from outcomes, empowering them to be more daring, gritty, creative and resilient, knowing that if they function from a place of integrity, they can never fail.