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John Register

Keynote Speaker

Paralympic Silver Medalist and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

When we develop a new normal mindset, we can overcome any obstacle. John Register shows your organization how to hurdle adversity, amputate fear, and embrace a new normal mindset to win life's medals.

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Have you come to a point of reckoning? Have you realized what you desire to have back is never going to return? If so, then you are ready to make a commitment to a new normal mindset. As John Register states, “When truth outweighs fear, we commit to a courageous life.”

At 5:29 in the afternoon on May 17th, 1994, John Register was an Olympic hopeful, a combat Army veteran, and ready for Officer Candidate School. His life was set.  At 5:30 pm he would never run another hurdle in his life.

Life can change with one wrong step.

A misstep over a hurdle during a training session dislocated his left knee, severed an artery, and 7 days later resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee.

Register came to his point of reckoning when he realized his leg was not going to return. This allowed him to create and embrace a new normal mindset. He began swimming for his rehabilitation and twenty-two months later he made the 1996 Paralympic swim team, the parallel games to the Olympics. It was those games in Atlanta, GA, Register saw athletes running and jumping using artificial limbs. He had a leg made for running and four years later won the Paralympic long jump silver medal in Sydney, Australia.

After his competition days were over, Register founded the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Military Sports Program which uses sports as a tool for the rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured military veterans. The program evolved into Warrior Games and Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

He now works with business professionals who are ready to hurdle adversity, amputate fear, and embrace a new normal mindset to win life’s medals.

By the end of John’s presentation, you won’t have a desire to return to a previous state of existence, but rather, you will realize the new normal is not a destination, only a plateau in which to grow.

You will journey through the Reckoning moment and the Transformation on your way to the New Normal Mindset.

John’s message of inspiration has poured life into millions of people. He has been featured on television shows such as PAX’s It’s a Miracle, MSNBC’s Morning Blend, NBC’s The Weekend Today Show, and FOX’s The Edge. John has also been profiled several times in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and ESPN Magazine.

To assist business leaders to tell a better business story during the pandemic, Register authored a number one best-selling book entitled, 10 Power Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success.

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John Register’s Speech Topics

  • Hurdle Adversity: “Embrace Your New Normal Mindset.”

    How does one bounce back from being an Olympic track and field hopeful and Army Officer Candidate one day to becoming an amputee the next?

    John Register knows the answer to that question all too well — it’s his story.

    Despite Register’s devastating setback, he hurdled his adversity. Within 22 months post-injury, he competed on the United States Paralympic Swim Team.

    Four years later he returned to his first love of track and field and in Sydney, Australia at the 2000 Paralympic Games, John won the silver medal in the long jump, setting the American record in the process.

    Register is the first to say that overcoming any obstacle, no matter how great or insignificant one thinks it is, begins with having a resilient and renewed mindset.

    But how do you get it? Where does it come from? And, can it be taught and learned so everyone can respond better when facing adversity?

    Whether you are an executive, a middle manager, or front employee, your life can change with one wrong step, but your life can also change with one right step.

    In this presentation, John Register shares the pathway and the steps to win, again.

  • Champions Mindset: Olympic and Paralympic Competitive Advantage for Business

    Citius, Altius, Fortius. These three Latin words are the foundation of the Olympic movement. They make up the mindset of Olympians and Paralympians to endure the day to day drudgeries of dream pursuits.

    Can we capture this spirit of determination, resolve and commitment to win the medals in our lives?

    If Olympic and Paralympic athletes are training four years from today the way they are training today, they have already lost the gold medal.

    If your company or organization is trying to compete by playing it safe, then you are on the path of going out of business.

    What lessons can be learned from an athlete’s journey to winning an Olympic medal? How can you harness, in your business culture, the laser focus of the world’s greatest athletes? What systems can be employed in reaching one’s own podium in life?

    These questions and more are answered in this uniquely designed keynote that takes leaders inside the mind of an athlete.

    John Register walks you through his athletic journey, from Olympic hopeful to Paralympic medalist. He shares his insights on gaining the edge over competitors to always put him in a position to win.

  • DEI: The “D” stands for Disability. How People with Disabilities add to Your Bottom Line.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is now 30 years old, yet the unemployment rate for people with disabilities still over 70% in the United States? How can we value this fastest growing population which represents 61M people in the US? How can we move our mindset beyond tolerating people with disabilities in the workplace, and actually value each person contribution? Disability cuts across all business resource groups or BRG’s.

    In this highly interactive presentation, John Register, TEDx speaker on “Why Tolerance is Not Valuable,” discusses the stigma of attitudinal barriers which continue to hinder the hiring of a dedicated and dependable labor force as explores key indicators that may play a role in those outcomes.

    He unpacks the business model for profitability and the revenue lost not paying attention to the demographic. 

What other organizations say about John Register

John delivered a keynote for our annual Strength in Security conference that was extremely motivating and well received by employees, clients, and students. He mixes fun and laughter with some difficult topics to create an uplifting and inspiring presentation. You will never hear the word tolerate again the same way!

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What other organizations say about John Register

John, Thank you for the “gift” of your presentation today. Your words were impactful and inspiring. You’ve challenged us to elevate our game and shift our focus. Thank you again!

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What other organizations say about John Register

Insightful, dynamic & thought-provoking. John Register spoke at our Extended Leadership Meeting and as he engaged the audience with humor and enthusiasm, the atmosphere shifted from business as normal to a “new normal”. He empowered us to aim high, change our mental model and be in charge of our leadership development. With the challenges that accompanied the loss of his leg, John illustrated how we can make a difference in the world by transforming our thinking to be better. Our audience loved him!



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