When Walter Bond steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5 and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because on the stage is where he feels at home. As a nationally recognized public speaker, he commands the stage. He makes the entire audience, whether it’s a small board room or a large conference venue, feel seen. People walk out of Walter’s talks changed, motivated, and inspired. His principles are simple but powerful, his delivery is smooth, and he combines humor, tough love, and experience in a way that changes people.
Walter’s third and most recently released book Swim!, has picked up speed since its debut in July, and has become a staple for business people and students across the country. His easy-to-read professional development book combines lovable characters, relatable life lessons, and hard truths that help readers understand the power of leadership, mentoring, and next-level success.
Walter travels the country speaking, coaching, teaching, and inspiring companies across a wide range of industries, from financial services to agriculture and franchising to real estate and many more in between. At any given time, you can find Walter leading a mastermind class, offering one on one professional development, hosting book talks, and coaching hungry business leaders and entrepreneurs towards success.
While many know Walter Bond as a former NBA player, more and more people know Walter as a passionate and motivated speaker, author, and business coach with one goal: to help people see their full potential.
Walter graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been married to his wife and business partner Antoinette for nearly 30 years. They have three adult children.
Based on Walter’s most recent book SWIM!, this powerful keynote dives into the power of adopting a shark mindset and how it can drastically alter the trajectory of your business. SWIM follows four relatable main characters into a journey out in the deep blue. It introduces your team to The Scared Six, an intricate breakdown into how to develop a shark mindset. Sharks never stop swimming. They never go backward. They are flexible. Your team will learn these principles, and more, and walk into the keynote as suckerfish and walk out as SHARKS hungry for success. Your team will learn practical steps to implement The Scared Six into their lives, and with a little humor, a little love, and a lot of passion, Walter will reignite the spark in your team and unlock their inner shark.
If it’s important, you’ll find a way; if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. If your team is drowning in excuses, your business is drowning. Perfect for all groups in all industries. This high-energy keynote focuses on reflection and self-analysis, and presents hard truths that may be keeping your audience from being their best. Walter’s keynote, based on his popular book All Buts Stink, dives into time management, accountability, fear and more. Get your team equipped with the tools they need to face it straight on. It will motivate your team to re-focus on their goals and start looking for all the ways they can make it work instead of listening to their excuses. Powerful, honest, and eye-opening, this motivational keynote will put your team back in control of their excuses.
Walter’s book The Off Season, was inspired by his decade plus years of collegiate and professional basketball in the NBA and abroad. He learned the secrets to working on your work, intentionally making time to step away from your craft, and the power of self-reflection. Now, he tours the country teaching teams and businesses how to take care of themselves so they can take care of others. The Off-Season is perfect for strategic planning sessions and teaches teams how to eliminate time wasters and activate the Power of 2 in their personal and professional lives. Sometimes, speeding up the growth of your business starts with slowing down. Identify the key signs that mean your business needs a detox, and learn how to prioritize an off season to increase productivity. This one-of-a-kind keynote is a must for any team who needs a strategic boost before stepping into their next season of success.
What are your strategies for team building? What specifics do you employ to get your team moving in one direction in harmony and growth mindedness? Walter has discovered the secrets of building not just winning teams but championship ones. Do you have Innovators on your team? What about Initiators? And that one person that always seems to be stirring the pot? He’s an Instigator, and you need him on your team too! Walter explains the power of Work Expressions, steps to building powerful and focused teams, and ways to customize your communication style to lead each member of your team successfully. Prepare to carefully analyze your current team and learn ways to better understand, connect, and communicate with them. Walter breaks down the importance of teamwork in a brand new way. Perfect for improving work culture and focus, this keynote will change the way your team works together.
If it’s important, you’ll find a way; if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. If your team is drowning in excuses, your business is drowning. Perfect for all groups in all industries. This high-energy keynote focuses on reflection and self-analysis, and presents hard truths that may be keeping your audience from being their best. Walter’skeynote, based on his popular book All Buts Stink, dives into time management, accountability, fear and more. Get your team equipped with the tools they need to face it straight on. It will motivate your team to re-focus on their goals and start looking for all the ways they can make it work instead of listening to their excuses. Powerful, honest, and eye-opening, this motivational keynote will put your team back in control of their excuses
“Walter is one of the most dynamic motivational speakers that we have had the pleasure to book for our events. He made an awesome impression on our consultants and imparted some very important things to help them grow their businesses.”
“The meeting went very well and Walter was a huge success!! Our brokers really enjoyed his session and their feedback has been extremely positive. He also spent some time after his session to sign his books for all of our attendees!”
“Our attendees LOVED Walter!!! He was our keynote speaker and he delivered. Next time, I’ll purchase books for all attendees.”
“Walter Bond was awesome! I’ve never seen our people get excited with any previous speaker. Thanks for suggesting him!”
“He did an absolutely great job. Got great feedback from all meeting attendees. Everybody just loved it. He was extremely effective in tying his personal message to the challenges our organization faces…Mr. Bond made an outstanding contribution to our conference. He was correct in his earlier email wherein he said he could knock this one out of the park! He most certainly did!”
“Everything went very well with Walter – he was really well received by the franchisees! We all enjoyed him!”
“Walter was a very entertaining presenter. He was able to get his message across while keeping the audience very entertained and engaged…He was a wonderful presenter. Our attendees thought he was one of the best presenters we have ever had.”
“We were very pleased with Walter Bond’s presentation… Walter is so easy to work with and spent a significant amount of time after his presentation visiting with the attendees and everyone found him very approachable.”
“He was a home run – he engaged with the audience and captured their attention.”
“Walter was an excellent Keynote Speaker to Kickoff our event.”