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Derek Daly

Keynote Speaker

International Racing Champion, CEO and Founder of MotorVation and Best-Selling Author

Derek Daly competed as a professional race car driver for 17 years before becoming a television motor sports personality and businessman. Derek raced in Formula One, Indy Car and World Sports Cars. He now uses the analogy of racing to address issues relevant to business success and identify the skills of winners.

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Born and raised by a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Derek Daly went from being a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia to a 17 year career as a professional race car driver at the highest levels. He was almost killed in 1984 when he survived the hardest crash impact a race driver had ever survived. After 14 surgeries and three years in therapy he returned to racing to win the biggest international races of his career. His years competing in the Indianapolis 500 led him to conduct original research with some of the world greatest names in the sport of auto racing to determine why some teams become Complete Champions and others fail. No sport in the world has such innovative techniques and effective processes that allows select teams of people to celebrate on the Victory Podium. Complete Champion teams have unique and deliberate speed culture components, matched to inspired individuals. They live on the stretched outer edge of what might be possible. Because this research parallels business and life so closely, Derek uses his findings as the basis of his presentations. After racing in Formula One and at the Indy 500, he then moved to a twenty-year television broadcasting career with ESPN, CBS Sports and Fox Sports—USA Today called him the “best new face on sports television.” In 2008, MBI Publishing released Derek’s first book, Race to Win, How to become a Complete Champion.

Derek Daly’s Speech Topics

  • High Speed Sales Teams: How to AccSELLerate your Team

    Having survived the hardest crash impact a driver had ever survived, Derek shares his near death experience that led to a safety initiative in racing that continues today. Your team will learn how his sport continues to develop the safest high performance equipment and work environments; that has literally saved lives. Understanding this will empower your front line employees to make quick decisions, with limited information, in compressed time frames. You will understand that Compliance does not replace Responsibility. Learn how your team can make critical performance gains by embracing intelligent risks, as it activates its own S.A.F.E. model (Speed, Agility, Framework, Execution). No one remains emotionally neutral as they grasp his breathtaking global experiences.

  • Culture of Extraordinary: How to shift from Good2Great2Extraordinary

    Remember Good to Great back in the 90’s? Today, it has shifted from Great to Extraordinary. Align this platform with the right culture, and your team can develop something truly unique; a Culture of Extraordinary. Imagine your team learning how to think and act differently as they push themselves to the edges and boundaries of what might be possible. Your team will embrace what it means to go beyond their best. Derek uses powerful, real-life sports analogies in a unique, compelling and often hilarious manner that leaves audiences in awe. Even the US Government DoD enjoyed this topic.

  • The Speed of Wow: How Fast Can You Get Fast?

    If the speed of your business continues to increase in the next 10 years, ask yourself; How Fast can you get Fast?  Derek takes your team down the success road to understand the critical difference between going fast and being fast. They will grasp how Trust and Preparation become the cornerstones of teams who push against boundaries. They will learn how to achieve trailblazing performance and understand why corporations sometimes struggle to emulate these valuable traits. This topic has energized both male and female audiences from California to the Czech Republic.

What other organizations say about Derek Daly

We chose Derek Daly for our event based on the relevance of his racing experience, and the passion he conveys when speaking on leadership and what it takes to become a championship team. From the first time we spoke, I was completely convinced that Derek was the right choice. He was engaged, enthusiastic, completely on point and well prepared. He interpreted well where we are at our company and how to convey the message of leveraging speed to your advantage in today’s business environment. Derek over-delivered on every possible point. He was exceptionally well prepared, passionate, succinct, illustrative and entertaining and the team was riveted. I have worked with many professional keynote speakers in my years of leading national sales meetings and have rarely come across someone as exceptional as Derek. I would highly recommend him to other organizations looking to take their business to the next level and create a winning culture.

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