John  Register

John Register

Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Gulf War Veteran and TEDx Motivational Speaker

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Embrace Your New Normal Mindset
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Why John Register’s New Normal Mindset Stands Strong

John Register

Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Gulf War Veteran and TEDx Motivational Speaker

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Virtual Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
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Why Book

  • Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Gulf War Veteran and TEDx Motivational Speaker John Register, as he leads you to “amputate your fear” and “journal your way” to better leadership through impactful stories and an embrace of “a new normal” that will “inspire others” and “change lives.”
  • Register guides business leaders to leadership insights through 10 stories and related questions to spark self-reflection, challenge personal thinking and boost the leadership toolkit to grow teams, organizations, and overall professional competence.
  • John’s unique ability to help business leaders pinpoint what paralyzes employees and then move them beyond fear by developing a resolve to release action has inspired and transformed lives across four continents.


For organizations on the brink of transformation, looking to rally their teams and overcome current challenges, John Register represents a unique and compelling opportunity. His approach goes beyond mere speeches about overcoming adversity; he demonstrates resilience and lessons learned from walking through the fires of life’s toughest moments. Today’s leaders face not just the uncertainty of changing times but also the resistance from employees wary of reverting to pre-pandemic norms. Common complaints include feelings of being overwhelmed, burned out, and exhausted. In this new era, as John articulates, a return to the”norm” we once knew is impossible.

John Register doesn’t merely talk about resilience and transformation; he lives these principles every step of the way. His journey is a masterclass in turning adversity into triumph. From being an award-winning speaker to a beacon of strength, John’s life story inspires everyone he meets from U.S. Presidents and Foreign dignitaries to celebrities and C-Suite executives.

John’s story is one of remarkable triumph over adversity. As a celebrated athlete, Persian Gulf War U.S. Army veteran, amputee, and Paralympic silver medalist, John has faced and overcome unimaginable challenges. His athletic career faced a pivotal moment with a severe injury leading to the amputation of his left leg. However, John chose not to be defined by this incident, instead redefining victory itself. By embracing a “normal” he not only returned to competitive sports but also achieved Paralympic glory, forever marking his place in sports history.

John’s spirit has extended far beyond the track. He founded the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Program, inspiring the creation of the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games and Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. This initiative reflects his unwavering commitment to uplifting those facing their darkest moments.

With a wealth of experience advising U.S. Secretaries of State on foreign policy and leading the Amputee Coalition as the acting CEO, John stands as a guiding figure for leaders everywhere. His narrative, characterized by overcoming adversity, resilience, and the courage to push beyond limitations, engages audiences through his transformative model encompassing The Reckoning, the ReVision, and the Renewal. His prestigious Certified Speaker Designation places him among the elite speakers worldwide, a recognition earned by less than 10% in the field.

John’s insights on leadership and overcoming adversity are not just theoretical but are drawn from his lived experiences, as shared in his acclaimed book, 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success. These lessons, which were written to uplift U.S. Ambassadors at the beginning of the pandemic, are invaluable for anyone navigating the complexities of professional life with grace and determination.

Engaging John Register for your event is not merely about booking a keynote speaker; it’s about sparking a transformative shift. He encourages teams to confront their challenges head- on, cut away their fears, and strive for excellence in all areas of life. Invite John Register to share his extraordinary journey at your next event. Let his transition from adversity to the pinnacle of Paralympic success inspire your team to see every challenge not as an obstacle but as a steppingstone toward greater achievements.

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Hurdle Adversity: Amputate Fear and Embrace Your New Normal Mindset

Do you want to gain more clarity in crises? Do you desire more control in uncertain times? Well, get rid of the perception that we overcome adversity and embrace the mindset that we create new normals.

SUMMARY: John Register, Paralympic Silver Medalist, Gulf Veteran, and U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy, is a maximizer. Register was an elite world-class athlete and on his way to Officer Candidate School, when a training accident caused an above the knee amputation. This injury would cause many people to give up. Still, Register Hurdled the Adversity by amputating his fear and embracing his new reality. Through grit and determination, he went on to represent the United States at two-Paralympic Games, winning the silver medal in Sydney Australia.

INSPIRING OTHERS: John’s unique ability to help business leaders pinpoint what paralyzes employees and then move them beyond fear by developing a resolve to release action has inspired and transformed lives across four continents. “It is all about building a championship mindset. You have to target the podium. If not, you will be just like everyone else.” John Register

PRESENTATION OUTCOMES:  The 10 Power Words to overcome any obstacle to put into action immediately.

The framework to move from a deficit mindset to an owner “new normal” mindset.

The ability to identify and overcome the most common hurdle to transformational results.

A step-by-step process to shift from fear to freedom. The adversity we think we have overcome is only a past reminder that we have lived through a traumatic experience. That moment passed. We must embrace the new normal mindset, which is not a destination, but a plateau to grow. Hard times are going to come in our lives; how we control them is a direct reflection of our character. Whether you are struggling to renew confidence in your sales team or implement effective inclusion programs, John Register delivers solutions for business teams to reach the medal podium.

Transform Adversity Into Advantage: How to Conquer Life’s Hurdles

Uncertainty and change can be daunting, but how we face it defines us. Join John Register, an award-winning inspirational/motivational speaker, author, and two-time Paralympic Silver Medalist, for an empowering and interactive keynote address and a remarkable story of overcoming adversity.

John’s keynote address is an incredible example of transforming adversity into an advantage. By following the five-stage process of reckoning, revision, rebirth, resolve, and reward, he has succeeded in facing challenges and inspired others to do the same.

His story of overcoming adversity and achieving success is empowering and will leave a lasting impact on the audience. Through his message, he provides valuable insights on how to adapt to change, navigate challenges, and succeed in uncertain times.

By embracing a “new normal mindset,” John shows us that change can be an opportunity for growth and success. His speech is perfect for leaders and employees in industries where change is constant, such as banking, pharmaceutical, healthcare, human resources DEI, and travel.

As a two-time Paralympic Silver Medalist and former Olympic class hurdler, John’s story of overcoming obstacles is remarkable. He has used his experiences to create parallel paths and help others overcome challenges through sport and rehabilitation.

In his keynote address, John’s message of resilience and perseverance will inspire the audience to take action and transform adversity into an advantage. By following the five-stage process, they, too, can achieve success in the face of challenges and embrace change as an opportunity for growth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by John’s powerful, uplifting, and empowering keynote address that gives you the tools you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of change and win the medals in your life.

Session Outcomes:

Attendees will leave the session:

  1. Develop a “New Normal Mindset”: Learn to embrace change as an opportunity for growth and success. Outcome: Participants will leave with practical tools to navigate challenges and opportunities in uncertain times.
  2. Transform Adversity into Advantage: Use the five-stage process of reckoning, revision, rebirth, resolve, and reward to turn challenges into advantages. Outcome: Participants will develop a framework for transforming adversity into opportunities for success.
  3. Build Resilience and Perseverance: Learn how to build resilience and perseverance to overcome obstacles in your personal and professional lives. Outcome: Participants will leave with strategies to build strength and perseverance in facing challenges.

Join keynote speaker John Register as he shares valuable insights on the Champions Mindset and how it can be applied to business sales success.

As a former Olympic trials candidate, four-time track and field all-American and Paralympic athlete, and silver medalist, John has firsthand experience in achieving success under pressure and overcoming obstacles.

In this session, he will draw on lessons from his athletic career to teach attendees how to adopt a champion’s mindset and achieve greater success in their business sales efforts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a true champion and take your sales game to the next level!”


Analyze the athlete’s journey to the medal podium, and implement those lessons into current business culture and sales systems.

  • Identify the ripples of disturbance that derail your path to business growth.
  • Discover the competitive advantage through the training concept of plus one days.
  • Extract lessons from the Olympic and Paralympic athlete journey and implement those lessons into your business culture and sales systems to reach the podiums you have set for your company.

There is a group of individuals who are always overlooked regarding the diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation. The group I refer to is the disability population.

From increased productivity and employee retention to reduced absenteeism and training costs, there are countless reasons why hiring individuals with disabilities is not only the right thing to do but it also makes good business sense.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with disabilities have an unemployment rate nearly double that of those without disabilities. Additionally, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has remained stubbornly high, even during periods of economic growth.

This is great news for the labor market because an underutilized talent pool is ready to work.

Disability employment is the next frontier in the fight for equality for persons with disabilities in the workplace.

What you will learn in this keynote:

  • Why businesses need to create an inclusive culture that welcomes and supports individuals with disabilities by providing accommodations, such as assistive technology, and offering training and support for managers and coworkers.
  • How businesses should actively recruit individuals with disabilities through partnerships with organizations that serve individuals with disabilities, as well as through targeted recruiting efforts.
  • Why businesses should offer incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities? This can include tax credits, grants, and other financial incentives.

Accenture finalized a report in Q4 2018 which stated if there were two similar companies and one hired, retained, and promoted people with disabilities and the other did not, the first would outperform the second 2 to 1 in shareholder returns.

By creating an inclusive culture, actively recruiting individuals with disabilities, and offering incentives for hiring them, businesses can maximize their profits and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

John’s keynote intersects with a company employee business and affinity resource groups on multiple levels.  His intersections are as a person with a disability, a person of color, and a combat veteran.

Book John now to advance the conversation of DEI, and maximize your dollars through Disability Diversity.


Is your company struggling right now and trying to come to grips with this new environment? Olympians and Paralympians have a championship mindset that focuses on the end game.

How do they manage in times of stress and uncertainty?

We know all athletes will have challenges, but the champions…the ones who stand atop the medal podium are the ones who plan strategically for any ripple of disturbance that may cross their path.

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 sales team is trying to compete by playing it safe, then you are in danger of losing your goal as well.

This virtual presentation builds from the Olympic Motto Citius, Altius, Fortius. These three Latin words are the foundation of the Olympic movement and make up the performance mindset of Olympians and Paralympians. These three words, when translated into English (Swifter, Higher, Stronger), push athletes to endure the day to day drudgeries of dream pursuits.

Notice the words are not written in the superlative. They are not written in the highest form of the word. But rather they are written with an “er” stem end. This means there is always room for growth. There is always room for growth.

Athletes can be the fastest at one Olympics and be faster next. Your team can sell the most this year but can sell even more the next.

Even in times of uncertainty athletes are always looking for a competitive advantage.

In this virtual presentation, your team will learn how to look for the opportunities in the obstacles faced in business and in life. John will help your team release the spirit of determination, resilience and resolve to win the medals in your personal and professional lives.

Your team will extract lessons from the Olympic and Paralympic athlete journey and implement those lessons into your business culture and sales systems to reach the podiums you have set for your company.

John’s virtual learning activities coupled with his power of storytelling releases the champion spirit in your team and position you to be at the top of your industry.


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