Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Dan Thurmon

February 11, 2014
Dan Thurmon

Dan Thurmon

Expertise:   Performance, Motivation, Work-Life Balance, Teamwork

Speaking Style:  Innovative. High-impact. Captivating.

Travels From:  Atlanta, Georgia

Nancy Says:  “Dan is incredible…charismatic and inspiring. His thrilling keynotes, strung together with unforgettable stunts and visual illustrations, are unique and thought-provoking. On top of that, he’s really one of the nicest people I know in the profession. I’m so pleased to include him here.”


Serious Content. Seriously Entertaining. Off Balance on Purpose! 

Dan Thurmon is a spectacle in motion. In signature fashion, Dan punctuates his message with dynamic demonstrations, incorporating acrobatics, breathtaking stunts, and audience interaction to create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. In Dan’s flagship keynote, Success in Action, he inspires individuals to achieve greater results in the midst of change. Dan’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance on Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth.

An inductee into the Speakers Hall of Fame, Dan began his performance career at eleven, crafting a one-man show, incorporating comedy, juggling and acrobatics. Dan now speaks to Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and even the troops on the front lines, all to a cheering crowd.

Learn more about Dan Thurmon...

Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of presentations worldwide. Dan helps organizations and individuals implement actions plans and move confidently through transitions.

He began his performance career at eleven years old, crafting a one-man-show incorporating comedy, juggling and acrobatics. This enabled him to, at a very early age, develop a strong work ethic and learn fundamental lessons about performance excellence. Dan graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and Management. He has also extensively studied Personal Development and developed a unique methodology he teaches to audiences and clients.

A recent inductee to the prestigious “Speakers Hall of Fame,”  Dan Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner. He incorporates his lifelong performance skills to create high impact events. His programs have educated and uplifted Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and even the troops on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dan’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance on Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Also, we should go beyond the pursuit of “success” and enhance our life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.


Presentation Topics

KEYNOTES: Award-winning Off Balance on Purpose Presentations

Please note: Every presentation Dan Thurmon delivers is personalized to specifically address the audience, client objectives, and desired outcomes. Often, based upon pre-conference conversations, Dan will create a “synthesized” program, pulling relevant themes and segments from his experience and body of work. The end result is always an experience that is guaranteed to be exactly on target.


How to Be Your Best When it Matters Most

Throughout your life and career, you’ve been told to “always be at your best because every moment counts.” While this may sound like good advice, it isn’t really possible, or all that effective. And the truth is: Some moments count much more than others. For that reason, you must learn to be your best when it matters the most.

Dan will explain why some individuals are excellent in practice yet fail under pressure and why others seem to naturally rise to handle critical moments with ease and excellence. This isn’t an innate talent. It is an ability that can be learned and mastered. Dan calls this “Perform-Ability.”

The key to being able to “perform,” or deliver excellence when it matters the most, is to prepare properly and understand the mindset and methods of top performers. Dan will teach and demonstrates these elements in his signature high-impact style. Audiences will leave the session energized and ready to tackle their challenges with new tools.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • See themselves as performers, capable of delivering excellent results under pressure.
  • Understand the three aspects of an effective performance.
  • Clarify what they are trying to achieve.
  • Develop strategies to succeed.
  • Recognize critical moments and rise to the occasion.
  • Adopt the mindset and methods of peak performers.
  • Commit to ongoing learning and disciplines to aid their efforts.


Beyond Balance

How Work/Life Integration Leads to Fulfillment

Everyone seems to recognize the difficulty of “balancing” the demands of work with the complexities of life. And yet, the present approach to addressing this challenge is entirely inadequate. In pursuit of “balance,” we are selling short our best efforts, burdening ourselves with guilt, and exhausting our energy. What we need is a new approach and an ongoing effort to infuse “life” in the workplace.

In this empowering program, Dan provides a new model for viewing work objectives not as separate or competing with life, but as a vital and connected component. He will provide practical, reality-based solutions to help leaders and employees support one another personally, as well as professionally.

Benefits to the Organization

The results of these efforts are significant. Work/life integration fosters excellence, innovation, and loyalty among employees. For that reason, this keynote becomes the catalyst for an ongoing and transformational conversation and plan of action.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Manage their energy and time more effectively.
  • Improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • Understand that “Perfect Balance” is an unachievable goal.
  • Adopt an Off Balance on Purpose approach as a realistic and empowering alternative.
  • Name the Five Spheres of “Complete Success.”
  • Utilize “Lifelines” to integrate the aspects of life.
  • Have supportive and appropriate conversations with their peers about life outside the workplace.


Safe Danger 

Respect Risk. Accept Responsibility.

It may seem counter-intuitive to learn about safety from someone who performs back flips from chairs, balances on moving objects, and juggles axes. But, upon closer examination, it makes absolute sense. All jobs and endeavors contain elements of risk. Dan will demonstrate how, by adopting the right approach, you can effectively eliminate the worst-case scenarios and ensure a long and healthy career.

High performers, specifically those who must embrace certain, very real risks in order to succeed, must be ultra aware of their environments. They must develop complete mastery of their skills. They must also learn how to avoid or minimize the most risky aspects.

What we are looking for is not just a one-time “stunt,” but rather a sustainable career. And longevity requires a different mindset and level of discipline.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be better equipped to:

  • Think ahead and anticipate surprises.
  • Adopt routines to ensure safe practices.
  • Focus on the task and do one thing at a time.
  • Avoid the “DROPs” – Distractions, Rushing, Omitting Steps, and Panic.
  • Learn to “fail safely.”
  • Embrace continuous learning, regular practice, and daily disciplines.


Accelerated Learning Workshop

To extend the impact of a day with Dan Thurmon, you may wish to incorporate an interactive workshop into your agenda. This allows the audience to increase their understanding important ideas, and ads another energy packed event to your day.

ACCELERATED LEARNING WORKSHOP (Dan’s most popular bonus session)

During this hands-on experience, attendees will break through previous conceptions of their abilities. Everyone in the audience will practice, both mentally and physically, the process of learning at today’s increased pace. Taking the juggling analogy one step further, all the participants will learn to juggle while Dan teaches key concepts including:

  • Where you place your focus and attention determines ultimate results.
  • Gaining feedback from your actions is vital for self improvement.
  • To attain new levels of success, you have to let go of old, limiting patterns of thought and action.
  • Consistency and repetition are the keys to success.

You have more time than you think you do – expand it.

Audiences across the US and as far abroad as Lisbon, Portugal, have experienced this powerful program.

You’ll be amazed at the excitement, fun and transformation that takes place when the everyone learns a new skill, as well as the process for tackling any new challenge with a positive approach.

This program also includes the Personalized Juggling Kit (with each ball printed with your corporate logo), as well as a follow up Juggling for Life DVD for every audience member.



Celebrating Your Style (Workshop) 

At one time in life we have all heard the encouraging words “just be yourself.” This advice is, in many ways, the key to fulfillment and effectiveness. If you can hone in on the things you are really good at, you can build upon those strengths. If you can understand what you enjoy doing, you can find ways to make work more like play. You need to understand your strength and apply them.

In this participative and entertaining session, Dan will take you on a journey to bring out your best. You will also learn to build better relationships and connect with people in a powerful way, engaging “multi-sensory” experiences. You will leave this session with a defining “style statement” and the confidence to put all of YOU in what you do.


Targeting Yuor Destiny (Workshop)

Dan will lead you on a powerful goal setting workshop that will help you define your future and develop action plans to propel you forward. We all have a vision of the future. But, is it crystal clear or fuzzy around the edges? This session will help you take action and succeed where you may have struggled before. You will discover your personal and professional goals, and then set a balanced approach toward achievement. You’ll get excited about the most positive and compelling aspects of your future and leverage that excitement to build momentum and follow through. You’ll also learn how to inspire those around you to “see” the possibilities of your vision.


The Rhythm of Success (Teambuilding Program)

You need the RHYTHM OF SUCCESS if…

You are looking for the solution to achieving top performance from your team.
You wish to enhance the strength and reliability of internal and external relationships
You are searching for a motivational experience to bring energy and enthusiasm, as well as a powerful message.

The Rhythm of Success teaches how to maximize the value of relationships in business and in life. After all, achieving “success” is not a solo performance. We rely on others for support, input, and accountability. To be our best, we need to learn the most effective way to partner with others.

This program will help your people develop more effective:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Trust

Dan teams up with his performance partner, Philip Solomon, to deliver important, relevant lessons and a show–stopping experience. Dan and Philip utilize live percussion, great music, thrilling stunts, and a healthy dose of audience involvement to illustrate the vital characteristics of successful teams.

Your people will learn how their combined efforts can harmonize to create better results, and more rewarding experiences for one another, and for your customers.

Philip Solomon is a nationally recognized actor, musician and entertainment producer. He’s also the Los Angeles Outreach Coordinator and an International Trainer for Cirque du Soleil. Philip is President of Way Too Much Entertainment, and an expert in conflict resolution, teamwork, and communication.

Dan and Philip (best friends since high school) combine their talents and knowledge to create a unique, transformational program.

Key Outcomes

Attendees learn how to partner most effectively, especially when the pressure is on.
Enhanced communication and collaboration.
New techniques for resolving conflicts and repairing damaged relationships.
Invigorated team spirit and the tools and motivation to take on new challenges together.



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