Dan Thurmon

A teacher of peak performance, an author of impactful books and presentations, and a lifelong student of success, happiness, and achievement, Dan Thurmon is on a mission. To encourage attendees’ uniqueness and contributions. To discover a sense of purpose and greatness. To have meaning at work, and in their lives.

At an early age, Dan learned the power of performance, on stage and in the various parts of our life. When he was eleven years old, he encountered a mentor who taught him some amazing physical skills, but also gave him a channel for his bountiful energy. He quickly excelled as a variety artist, comedy entertainer, and entrepreneur. Even in his high school years, the connection between business awareness, high level service, and self-improvement became evident and fascinating.

Graduating with honors, his entertainment business paid for his business degree at the University of Georgia. He applied the lessons in sales, management, and marketing to his entrepreneurial ventures in real time.

Since that critical pivot of life and work, he has worked with organizations around the world, in every spectrum of business: Fortune 500 companies. Startups. Associations across hundreds of industries. Troops on the front lines. Students, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Through his presentations and workshops, Dan helps these organizations to accelerate improvement, facilitate true breakthroughs and enable and encourage greatness.

Inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and a member of the illustrious Speakers Roundtable, Dan also served as President of the National Speakers Association, leading their CEO, staff and 3,500 world-wide members in a profound transformation.

Dan believes deeply that the right words, presented in the right way, at the right time, can change everything. His lifelong study of language and presentation skills have enabled a mastery of landing the critical idea that will shift an individual...or an organization. His opening presentations enable more productive and transformational meetings. Or as a closer, he provides a call to action that elevates the experience and the ROI of a meeting investment.

Organizational change happens when people make breakthroughs. Dan’s presentations help organizations to become more of who they strive to be. When that happens, people become better. Companies become better. And the world becomes better.

Dan and his teenage daughter Maggie Thurmon have become social media sensations on TikTok, with a rapidly growing audience of nearly 5 million followers. Several of their videos have been viewed more than 30 million times, and they have been featured on other platforms including BuzzFeed and Huffington Post. Maggie and Dan’s creative, fun, and encouraging content resonates strongly around the world, attracting high level brand partners and bringing recognition wherever they go. Together, they uplift, encourage, and entertain others while modeling a healthy father/daughter dynamic. Their new podcast, Mags and Dad’s Wholesome Chaos, shares a weekly conversation about relationships, success, and hilarious stories to help parents and teens “do life together” with greater fun and confidence.

This incredible and vast new audience has given Dan a multi-generational perspective and informed his understanding of Gen Z, the power and use of social media, and the potential downsides of a world driven by increasing attention to screens and constant content. He has learned much of what is now relevant and the cutting edge of what is possible (and problematic) in our increasingly connected world.


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You challenged us to use our gifts, and to take action when we have the chance. On behalf of all 72,000 members of the Raytheon team, please accept my deepest thanks. - William Swanson, Chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company


The power behind your motivating speech helped our field force to make sure about the importance of attitude, take commitment with action and how looking up is superior to looking down! - Elaine M. Acosta, District Sales Manager, GlaxoSmithKline P.R.


I have heard attendees say that you are the BEST presenter they have ever seen, and I have to agree! Your energy and enthusiasm are evident from the moment you take the stage, and it's infectious. - Ellen H. Wentz, Deloitte


Dan was the perfect end to a very successful day. I'm still getting positive feedback on your message four weeks later! - John Nyland, Managing Partner, IBM


Dan was incredible! The managers, staff and owner operators couldn’t stop talking about the session. The juggling, unicycle, acrobatics and the handstand on the podium were all tied to the learning. It was a home run! - Jim Mulcahy, McDonald's


You are, without a doubt, the most memorable keynote speaker we've had in the past ten years – a span that covers more than 250 events. And equally important to us, you are the most professional speaker we've ever met. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. - Jack Mortimer, Government Technology Events


After hiring you three times, I manage to still find tremendous nuggets of wisdom to take away from your exhilarating presentations. - Reed A. Lynn, WILD Flavors, Inc.