Keynote Presenter

International Motivational KEYNOTE PRESENTER & SPEAKER

Tapping the same energy, determination and skills that enabled him to bobsled with the best in the world, as an inspirational keynote speaker, Devon is now sparking audiences of all ages to dream big and take their “game” to the next level. At the heart of his message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one’s best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional, as well as personal, lives.

Devon Harris’ keynote presentations focus on the importance of having a dream, persistence in overcoming adversity, embracing change and not allowing others to define the limits of your success. He delivers programs that are comprehensively customized, inspirational and vividly descriptive; drawing strong analogies to his experiences growing up in a violent ghetto environment and achieving the status of a three-time Olympic athlete and member of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

As an international motivational speaker, Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon Harris because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level. Devon Harris’ fascinating personal story combined with his captivating speaking ability move audiences to be more introspective. They leave more focused on their own goals and dreams; clinging to a renewed sense that they can attain higher levels of personal achievement. Devon is truly an inspirational speaker. His presentations are introduced with inspiring clips from Disney’s Cool Runnings, and actual footage of Devon and the Jamaica Bobsled Team at the Winter Olympics.

Speech Topics

This Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings – Coaching for Personal and Professional Success

In this program Devon Harris skillfully weaves the real life improbable inspirational story of the Jamaica bobsled team with the entertaining portrayal of the Disney blockbuster Cool Runnings. He highlights some of the powerful life lessons he and his teammates learned along the way – lessons the audience can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.
Suitable as an opening or closing keynote.

The audience will learn how :

  • To conquer fear through courage
  • To use the extraordinary power of visualization to achieve success
  • To build self esteem and confidence and reach your goals
  • To define success on your own termsTo persist in the face of insurmountable odds

The Power and Magic of Teamwork

In this inspiring message, Devon draws on his personal experiences as the Captain of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and a former Sandhurst-trained Captain in the Jamaica Defence Force, to show how working collaboratively facilitates success personally and professionally as well as collectively as a group. The key ingredients from Devon’s perspective are: defining and owning a clear vision, empowering leadership, a process of self-evaluation and persistence. Using humor, engaging stories and powerful insights, Devon easily translates the challenges and triumphs of being in the military and competing in the Olympics into easily applicable lessons and insights that will inspire your team to perform at peak levels.
Suitable as an opening or closing keynote.

The audience will learn how:

  • A clear vision allows the team to remain motivated, become remarkably efficient and control the direction of change.
  • To identify their noble purpose-the far reaching benefits of the mundane things they do daily.
  • To transform their organization by growing their capacity to lead.
  • To use the process of self-evaluation to help them move towards the full potential

Out of many; One: An Olympic Athlete’s View of Diversity in the Workplace

A fresh look at how diversity in the workplace is not just a legal mandate or corporate ethic – it is fundamentally practical, and brings the best teams to the international playing field. Devon Harris brings a creative and inspiring look at how at work, as in the Olympics, what really matters is performance, attitude and teamwork. With humor and understanding that comes from living what he believes, Devon delivers a compelling inspirational message to groups of all sizes about how to be more bottom-line successful by embracing and applying the innate strengths of a diversity philosophy.
Suitable as an opening or closing keynote.

The audience will learn how:

  • A clear personal vision will exceed the associations and assumptions that society makes about you.
  • Attracting the best talent regardless of labels and creating an environment for them to perform at peak levels will allow the team to soar.
  • Differences when maintained and valued instead of discarded create a more fulfilling, powerful experience.

Keep On PushingTM:

In this highly customizable, entertaining program, Devon effectively shows how the process of pushing a bobsled is analogous to the success journey of life life;

how going through the process, growth and embracing change is critical to transforming oneself as well  as the people and the organizations around them.

Devon’s presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability, through personal effort, teamwork, passion, a sense of purpose and persistence to “keep on pushing” to achieve success. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. Entertaining, motivational, with humor, compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon Harris inspires the audience to ‘keep on pushing’ – his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run. Suitable as an opening or closing keynote.

The audience will learn how:

  • To clarify their vision
  • Identifying their purpose
  • Create a more synergistic environment through collaboration
  • Be relentless in finding the solutions to their challenges