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How to create success


Dan Waldschmidt

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Business strategist who will teach you how to achieve the best results, providing great tools and strategies

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Using the strategies, tools, and methods of "the world's most unlikely high performers", our speaker Dan Waldschmidt will empower your audience with the focus, insight, and accountability they need to achieve their best results yet. His stories of ordinary humans achieving outrageous success will light a fire under each member of the audience to launch an extraordinary life of their own. You have to be something in life. Why not be awesome?

Our keynote speaker Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about success. He’s obsessed with it. As a champion ultra-runner and elite strategist to business leaders across the world, Dan pushes the limits of high performance in everything that he does. Whether it is helping a Fortune 100 business grow an emerging business unit by 1,000% year-over-year or showing a new work-from-home entrepreneur how to drive radical progress with limited resources—Dan uses every ounce of his energy to build winners. He calls it “EDGY”. You might call it “that thing I knew I needed but couldn’t put into words”.

Having fought depression (and MMA), motivational speaker Dan Waldschmidt spearheaded his own multi-million dollar company turnaround and writes a popular blog that over 30 million people around the world read. If you care about these sort of things, The Wall Street Journal praised his writing as one of the most influential sales and business blogs. His insights have been published in Business Insider, Forbes, Vanity Fair, CNBC and countless other news, radio, podcast, and TV outlets.

Whether it is a 45-minute keynote as part of your company’s annual sales kick-off or a 3-hour working session with your senior leadership team at a retreat, Dan will inspire you to think differently—and be awesome.

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    Keynote by Speaker Dan Waldschmidt


    Using the 1,000+ stories and case studies that he researched when writing his best-selling book, EDGY Conversations. Keynote speaker Dan Waldschmidt will captivate you with stories about the small city who stood up against the greatest king who had ever lived, how to run 100 miles when you’re too tired to move, and how smart companies make millions more by being more valuable. No bullet points. No theories. No boring Powerpoints. Real talk from a guy who has helped the biggest companies in the world dominate their industry. Now it’s time for you to do the exact same thing.

    What audiences learn: 

    There are 6 key lessons that all high performers in business, math, sports, science, and politics have learned to get to that point in their life and career. In our time together we’ll explore:

    • The superpower of outworking everyone else around you
    • Why being weird is essential to massive long terms progress
    •  How to use the right technology to get what you want
    •  Why you should say “NO” more often to yourself
    •  How to be so valuable people can’t live without you
    •  The toughness you need to develop to stay focused


    Keynote by Speaker Dan Waldschmidt

    Creating an Internal Culture of Success


    What if success were predictable? Almost automatic? Driving epic performance is less about the tools and training you offer than the environment you create.

    What audiences learn: 

    Keynote speaker Dan Waldschmidt shares 7 keys strategies to empower outrageous results from ordinary individuals. It’s an eye-opening discussion about being the best, self-improvement, and candor.

    • How your team’s perception of effort enables everyone to exceed expectations
    • How living fit makes your team powerful and prepared for being awesome
    • How a focused morning ritual can guarantee everyone stays successful
    •  How using smart tools can help your team work smarter and harder
    •  How to make “awesome” a tangible business goal that translates into results
    •  How a mindset of gratitude infuses energy into your daily conquest
    •  How to reset your perception of what’s possible to push beyond mediocrity

    Audience profile: 

    This is an inspiring discussion for senior leaders and associations who need to generate high performance out of themselves, their team, their company, or their members.


    Learn 7 proven strategies shared by Dan and employed by unlikely Olympic champions, billion dollar business startups, and industry juggernauts to cultivate winning mindsets-and ultimately become unstoppably successful.


    Keynote by Speaker Dan Waldschmidt

    Everything You Think You Know About Success Is Wrong


    Ultimately, success is not about what you do. It’s about how you think. How you approach problems, how you fundamentally see the world determines your outcome.

    What Audiences Learn:

    The four principles of “EDGY”:

    •  Extreme Behavior – expand your perception of possibility
    •  Disciplined Activity – execute flawlessly and consistently
    • Giving Mindset – stop trading, start giving
    •  (Y)Human Strategy – emotional intelligence regulates success


    For senior leader retreats, company-wide events, kickoff meetings, and any audience you want to perform at an elite level.

    The EDGY philosophy lends itself to solving life problems – all areas. It makes you better at what your audience is already good at. It is the gateway and guiding hand to high achievement. 

    –  Growing sales

    –  Empowering teams

    –  Becoming physically fit, mentally fit, and financially fit


Interview with Dan Waldschmidt

How did you begin your speaking career?

I didn’t design my life to inspire people around the world from the stage; I stumbled into it. Having built, grown, and sold several different multi-million dollar companies, I turned down numerous offers to join the executive teams of several other companies. Instead, I built a boutique strategy company and helped those companies and their leaders achieve their sales goals. When one of my clients asked me to inspire their team, I couldn’t say “NO”. That was my first hit. And I haven’t come down off that high yet.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

Every client—from billion-dollar companies around the world to local non-profits—who hire me want the same thing: next-level greatness. Using the methodology I used to grow companies by 1,000% (that I developed from studying thousands of high-performers in business, sports, politics, science, and math), I always share real, practical advice combined with stories to leave audience members inspired to achieve that next-level in both their personal and professional development.

Do you have one piece of advice for regaining focus and getting what you want?

The single best tip that I use on a daily basis is mid-day meditation. I often have consecutive calls all morning that pull my focus in multiple different directions simultaneously. In order to keep me focused on my long-term goal, I have to step away for 15 minutes, find a quiet space, and meditate (often by using Brain.fm). I start the day by reminding myself of some affirmations. I then end the day with a few minutes of quiet reflection. Those 3 moments of calm provide clarity and focus.

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

It’s a selfish pleasure. I enjoy being around awesome people who want to improve. Every event I lead gives me a fresh perspective from the audience members and event planners I interact with. From wealthy Russian investors to American technology executives, I use their diverse insights to ensure the advice and inspiration I share from the stage is both practical and lasting.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

I am lucky to have quite a few repeat customers. Often our larger customers have dozens of events per year. It is so much fun to engage with attendees who have been to a previous event and return excited by the progress they have made. One particular client really embraced the values of our “The IF Factor” keynote so much that their own leaders travelled to another event I was speaking at — just to be part of the experience all over again.

What skills are needed to be a good negotiator?

You need empathy and confidence. The emotional awareness to know what that other person is going through and what they want to achieve. And you need the confidence to believe in your position and not back down when you are faced with objections.

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