OLYMPIC LESSONS

FOR WORK AND LIFE

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Inspirational Keynote Speaker

You’re having an event. It’s important. You’re investing a lot - in the cost of the event, the time of the people attending, and in the opportunity for impact. You need your speaker to be a catalyst for your organization’s future. You need to cement the key messages of your event and lock them into your attendees’ minds with a thought-provoking, insightful, and inspiring experience.

You’ve come to the right place.

These days, business doesn’t end at the workplace. Personal life blends with career life, and we’re all tasked with digging deep to reach our individual and team goals. As one of the fastest Olympians ever to go from beginner to Olympic medallist, Jeremiah knows what transformation and adaption is all about. But to know is not enough. You need someone who can communicate that experience with power, emotion, and conviction.

A bestselling author and gifted speaker, Jeremiah uses his business acumen as a former commercial banker, a leader working within the Canadian Olympic Committee, and collaborator with some of Canada’s largest companies to apply the lessons of his four-year Olympic journey to the challenges facing people today.

With humour, warmth, and deep honesty, Jeremiah impacts audiences with messages of transformation, resilience, teamwork, and leadership in the pursuit of excellence. He shows people how to adopt an Olympic mindset in their own careers and personal lives, culminating in a compelling message:

Imagine what you can achieve four years from now.

Topics and Outcomes

RESILIENCE: WHAT CAN YOU ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

Hot off the release of his national bestselling book, The 4 Year Olympian, Jeremiah has recreated his amazing journey into an emotionally captivating experience that has become his most requested inspirational keynote of 2019.

The passion that drives an Olympian is the same passion that drives an organization's leaders. With his humour, authenticity, and energetic delivery, Jeremiah captivates audiences as he draws parallels between the worlds of Olympic sport and business.

Jeremiah takes audiences on an incredible one-of-a-kind journey of personal transformation and team unity. He challenges common notions of what it means to lead and to be led in the pursuit of excellence. He shows how to adapt to forces outside of one’s control and stay the course when the pressure is on, all while encouraging a healthy dose of self-compassion and humility. Using vivid real-life Olympic setbacks, failures, and ultimate success, Jeremiah illuminates the true markers for success in any competitive setting.

OUTCOMES:

  • Inspire audiences to dig a little deeper, go a little further, and reap greater rewards
  • Redefine resilience to strengthen one’s ability to endure massive change
  • Learn a new framework for managing interpersonal conflict and team cohesion challenges
  • Discover the one key shift in mindset that will keep people committed to the goal for the long term.
  • A powerful reinforcement of the need to stretch individual and organizational goals

LEADERSHIP: BUILDING WORLD CLASS TEAMS

When Jeremiah traveled across the country to learn how to row and take his moonshot at Olympic glory, the Canadians were the defending Olympic rowing champions. By the time he earned an opportunity to compete, the team had fallen to ranking seventh in the world. With the unique perspective of an outsider who joined the team at its lowest point in decades, Jeremiah takes audiences through the dramatic turnaround that saw the team climb back onto the podium. Ripe with lessons on the psychology of performance, and how to maintain great results, and combining real organizational applications as a business leader, Jeremiah masterfully articulates the key difference-makers that helped a rebuilding team row its way back to the podium.

OUTCOMES:

  • Learn the phases of trust-building within teams
  • Takeaway highly actionable tactics to accelerate team bonding
  • The surprisingly counterintuitive approach to getting more out of your team
  • Learn how to command respect for any vision or strategic plan
  • Olympic methods for maintaining consistent, focused, output

TRANSFORMATION: NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF REINVENTION AND DEALING WITH CHANGE

After winning an Olympic medal, Jeremiah faced his next big challenge: what comes next? In 2015, he was selected by the Canadian Olympic Committee to lead the research, implementation, and development of an athlete wellness and transition program called Game Plan. An international leader and expert in the area of athlete transitions, Jeremiah draws on his own experience with transition post-Olympics as well as hundreds more Olympians interviewed and consulted from around the world. Using these personal and professional insights, Jeremiah carefully deconstructs the components of identity that contribute to our sense of self and general wellbeing, and how to manage mental health risks in the face of overwhelming change. Known for his deep honesty and candour, Jeremiah deconstructs common misperceptions between mental health and high performance, and provides actionable steps that individuals and organizations can take to improve one’s mental health in any setting.

OUTCOMES:

  • Destigmatize mental health challenges in competitive environments
  • Learn a simple, powerful framework for developing personal resilience in the face of change
  • Understand the top three team dynamics that support mental wellness
  • Become aware of how any leadership style can support or harm mental wellbeing
  • Learn from the world of sport through case studies that can be applied to your business

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