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Walter  Bond

Walter Bond

Former NBA Star, Entrepreneur, Mr. Accountability & Peak Performance Coach


When Walter steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5 and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because on the stage is where he feels at home. As a nationally recognized public speaker, he commands the stage, he makes the entire audience, whether it’s small board room or a large conference venue, feel seen. People walk out of Walter’s talks changed, motivated and inspired. His principles are simple but powerful, his delivery is smooth, and he combines humor, tough love, and experience in a way that changes people. Read More >

Walter’s third book Swim! has become a staple for business people and students across the country. His easy-to-read professional development book combines lovable characters, relatable life lessons, and hard truths that help readers understand the power of leadership, mentoring and next-level success.

Walter travels the country speaking, coaching, teaching and inspiring companies across a wide range of industries, from financial services to agriculture and franchising to real estate and many more in between. At any given time, you can find Walter leading a mastermind class, offering one on one professional development, hosting book talks, and coaching hungry business leaders and entrepreneurs towards success.

While many know Walter Bond as a former NBA player, more and more people know Walter as a passionate and motivated speaker, author and business coach with one goal: to help people see their full potential.

Walter graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been married to his wife and business partner Antoinette for nearly 30 years. They have three adult children. Read Less ^

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Shark Mindset

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Resilience & Attitude - Shark Mindset: The Story of The Shark, the Suckerfish & The Parasite

Experience the teaching power of storytelling! based on Walter’s most recent book swim!, this powerful keynote dives into the power of adopting a “shark mindset,” and how it can drastically alter the trajectory of your business. Read More >

This keynote follows four relatable main characters into a journey out in the deep blue. with a little humor, a little love, and a lot of passion, Walter will teach your team practical steps to implement the sacred six –the principles behind the shark mindset. Read Less ^

  • Embrace growth and change – even in times of crisis
  • Stay flexible as an individual and a team member
  • Develop a pattern of elevating others within your organization

Peak Performance Fundamentals: No One Can Stop You But You

How does a benched college basketball player become the first undrafted rookie to play a season-opening game in the NBA? Read More >

Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with the fundamentals.

This powerful, honest, and eye-opening motivational keynote dives headfirst into the 7 fundamentals of living everyday as a peak performer, and helps equip teams with the mental tools they need to win against their greatest competition – themselves.

With a little bit of reflection and self-analysis, and a whole lot of hard truths, you might not recognize your team after this hard-hitting message! Read Less ^

  • Developing a winning mindset
  • Becoming an impact player
  • Using the power of 2
  • Developing the right habits and rituals
  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Success is a team sport

Peak Performance For Business Owners: How to Think…Execute…& WIN!

‘“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.'” Read More >

This highly requested keynote is designed to help business owners leverage the power of planning and follow-through. here, Walter uses thrilling anecdotes and personal experience to guide listeners through the steps all peak performers must master: vision, venture, and well-planned execution.

Teach your people to strive for greatness, excellence, and perfection in every performance, and give them the essential principles that will make this journey all the more fulfilling! Read Less ^

  • Instilling core values for business prosperity
  • Staying in sync with daily / weekly / quarterly / annual goals
  • Knowing your personal and organizational kpi’s (key performance indicators)
  • knowing and resolving challenges
  • Staying motivated to execute consistently
  • Guidance on how to reach the finish line, every time
  • Understanding the difference between immediate and long-term impact

Teamwork: Creating a Culture of High Performance

Teach your people the hidden habits that turn employees into peak- performing teams and siloed teams into progressive organizations. Read More >

This high-energy journey into the secrets of improving communication, chemistry, and accountability is the culmination of Walter’s hands-on experiences with good, bad, mediocre, and championship-level teams.

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  • Discover the six traits all peak performing teams share
  • Increase by-in of your core values and culture
  • Develop more effective communication, collaboration, and trust
  • Sharpen leadership traits at the management level

The Off-Season

Walter’s book The Off Season, was inspired by his decade plus years of collegiate and professional basketball in the NBA and abroad. He learned the secrets of working on your work, intentionally making time to step away from your craft, and the power of self-reflection. Now, he tours the country teaching teams and businesses how to take care of themselves so they can take care of others. The Off-Season is perfect for strategic planning sessions and teaches teams how to eliminate time wasters, and activate the power of 2 in their personal and professional lives. Sometimes, speeding up the growth of your business starts with slowing down, identify the key signs that mean you business needs a detox, and learn how to prioritize an off season to increase productivity. This one-of-a-kind keynote is a must for any team who needs a strategic boost before steeping into their next season of success.

The Best Team Always Wins…Building Your iTeam

What are your strategies for team building? What specifics do you employ to get your team moving in one direction in harmony and growth mindedness? Walter has discovered the secrets of building not just winning teams but championship ones. Do you have innovators on your team? What about initiators? And that one person that always seems to be stirring the pot? He’s an instigator, and you need him on your team too! Walter explains the power of work expressions, steps to building powerful and focused teams, and ways to customize your communication style to lead each member of your team successfully. Prepare to carefully analyze your current team and learn ways to better understand, connect, and communicate with them. Walter breaks down the importance of teamwork in a brand new way. Perfect for improving work culture and focus, this keynote will change the way your team works together.

Teamastry: Mastering the Art of Teamwork

Think about it, is there anything more important than getting your team to perform better? Smart leaders know that teamwork is everything! Teamwork should be your competitive advantage. Imagine a team full of impact players, working together in harmony dominating your industry. Who would be against that? Read More >

The only issue is, how do we do it? Armed with over 30 years of team building experience, Walter shares a message designed to not only help your organization improve teamwork but to actually master it. Walter’s message is not only built on personal experience as a former NBA athlete but also on research.

Our proprietary teamwork model highlights the fundamentals of 6 key traits of high performing teams. The traits highlighted are trust, accountability, chemistry, commitment, communication and common goals. If your desire is for your team to outshine, outwork and outplan the competition, then this is the perfect message for your team. Great for all audiences! Read Less ^