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Motivational speaker drawing on his life experience to inspire others to chase their dreams

Jim Morris

travels from USA

Former baseball coach known as "The Rookie" with an educational background in Kinesiology and psychology

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The keynote speaker Jim Morris (“The Rookie”) is one of the top entertaining inspirational and motivational presenters. His testimony shows the power of dreams and how they can transform human life.

Reasons to book Jim Morris

  • He has been a speaker for over 10 years and has participated in prestigious events such as The Million Dollar Round Table.
  • His Cinderella story is living proof that one’s life can transform 180 degrees if you put others first and find a mentor in life.

Jim Morris was a high school science teacher and coach in west Texas who miraculously made it to the Major Leagues at the age of 35. His life story made cinematic history with the heartwarming and unforgettable Disney movie, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.

Jim pitched two seasons for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays reaching speeds up to 102mph and chose to retire to raise his children. Since 2000, Jim has been a highly sought-after motivational speaker traveling the world inspiring audiences to follow their dreams and never give up.

In his latest book, Dream Makers: Surround Yourself with the Best to Be Your Best, Jim shares more of his incredible life story including the people who helped make him the success he is today: his Dream Makers. Jim has been honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, a CAMIE award for Character and Morality in Entertainment for The Rookie, has been involved with BCFS, Arms of Hope, Texas Youth Commission and other philanthropic efforts. He launched his own Foundation in 2015 giving back to underserved communities and children.

Our speaker Jim Morris draws on his own life experience to inspire others to become mentors and leaders in their own lives and to chase their dreams. Audiences are charmed by his sensor of humor, and he receives standing ovations wherever he goes. Jim and his wife, Shawna, have raised five children and live near San Antonio.

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Speaker Jim Morris Keynote Topics:

Remember who you are

“Remember who you are” teaches audiences about the importance of integrity in all areas of life. Jim tells personal stories about keeping promises, walking the talk, and what you do when no one is watching you at all…makes you who you are.

A powerful reminder Jim heard daily from his mentor and grandfather, “remember who you are,” helped shape who Jim Morris is today.

Speaker Jim Morris Keynote Topics:

Dream Makers: Surround Yourself with the Best to Be Your Best

We all have dream makers and dream killers in our lives. Learn how to differentiate between the two and how to surround yourself with the best people possible to make you the best you can be!

Jim takes you through his life story sharing how dream makers and dream killers shaped him into the man he is today. A popular presentation that will keep your audience captivated as they move from laughter totears and back again. Inspiration and motivation at its best.

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Finding a mentor and becoming a leader

In “finding a mentor and becoming a leader,” Jim focuses on being the mentor for others that you would want for yourself. While being that dream maker for another and by surrounding yourself with the best people to bring out the best in you, you give yourself and others the best chance for success.

Jim tells his own story of defeat while believing the wrong kind of people and shares about his successes while surrounded by key people who helped him believe inhimself and pushed him to be theman he is today. Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader’s speaking point, will bring your audience along for an entertaining ride of self-reflection and inspiration to be your best and help others along the way.


Interview with Jim Morris

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?
I want people to walk away knowing that anything is possible. No matter what obstacles we face, we can overcome and persevere.

How are your keynotes unique?
My keynotes are unique because I do not put myself above anyone. I am one of them. I converse with the audience instead of speaking down to them. I take people up and down emotionally and send them away knowing and feeling that anything and everything can be accomplished, no matter the obstacles.

Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?
My grandfather Ernest is my biggest source of inspiration. He is the major component of the 1st third of my speech. The lessons he taught me are invaluable, not only to business people, but to every person: Respect, character, discipline, honesty and grace are all representations of my grandfather.

Why do you believe it is important to be able to laugh at yourself?

We need to laugh at ourselves for several reasons:

  • 1) So we can remember that we are not the center of the universe
  • 2) So that we do not take ourselves too seriously
  • 3) Because we are going to make mistakes and, if you can laugh about it and move on, we are more productive and well rounded.

What is your best advice for effective leadership?
Surrounding yourself with really good people, who are like minded, is great for business people. Keeping your life balanced between business and the rest of your life will make you more productive in business. The lessons my grandfather taught me are (see #3) are also great for effective leadership.

What do you feel that others can learn from your life story?
Dreams are possible, no matter how unlikely others see it. No one believed in me other than my high school students.

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