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Scott Burrows

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Inspiration speaker, author, former star athlete, financial advisor, car accident survivor.

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Inspiring storyteller and speaker Scott Burrows delivers success strategies to help your organization stand up to any challenge by embracing adversity and ongoing change. Delivering inspiring keynotes all over the world, Scott represents the act of courage and motivation.

Why book speaker Scott Burrows?

  • Financial advisor turned life advisor, Scott experienced multiple setbacks, his latest injuries forced him to RE-evaluate, RE-invent, and once again RE-ignite his life by practicing and executing what he preaches.
  • Scott is the author of “Vision, Mindset, Grit!” Scott executes how you could use his essential steps for a progressive future.

“If you’re looking to thrive, beat the odds, and achieve extraordinary results in your own life, don’t give up too soon”- Speaker Scott Burrows

Scott’s story is a hero’s journey. By the age of 19, he played college football at Florida State University for legendary coach Bobby Bowden and was a top-ranked kick-boxing Black Belt champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN. Scott’s life changed dramatically on November 3, 1984, when he survived a horrendous automobile accident as a passenger in a friend’s car that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.

Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. After graduating from college, Scott’s first career was as a Financial Advisor in the Insurance and Financial Industry, specializing in
life and disability insurance and retirement, estate and wealth planning. In his 5th year, he qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, which is a 100% commission-driven sales production award that fewer than 8% of his peers qualify for annually from more than 500 companies in 70 countries.

At the pinnacle of his financial advisor career, Scott decided he would make the tough decision to leave an industry he had so much passion for to share his deeply personal experience and pursue a speaking career that has taken him around the world.

Vision refers to your goals and aspirations, the endpoint you are seeking. Mindset is the continual mental preparation and adjustment needed to meet oncoming challenges. Grit is the day-to-day determination to persevere when you are too tired, too sore or too beleaguered to continue on.

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VISION MINDSET GRIT: Success Strategies for Insurance & Financial Services Professionals

Insurance and Financial leaders RAVE about Scott’s knowledge and understanding of their industry, knowing that he, too, was a top sales producer.Scott was an insurance and financial advisor and went on to qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).

Scott knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the field—generating activity, making scheduled calls, prospecting, facing rejection, overcoming objections, all while listening to clients’ needs to determine recommendations and solutions.

Audience takeaways:

  • Scott teaches listeners how to create a clear Vision to increase sales performance.
  • Scott teaches listeners how to create a clear Vision to increase sales performance.
  • He helps leaders discover the impact of connecting their organization to a shared vision of success,how to adapt strategies during market fluctuations to gain important competitive advantages through creating an unstoppable Mindset revolving around poise and execution
  • The important principles of Grit to outperform their competition and Stand Up to Any Challenge.
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Develop an Unstoppable Mindset: Success Strategies for Safety Teams & Supervisors

With the alarming predominance of workplace accidents caused by human error, the importance of engaging teams and individuals with safety procedures in a way that is meaningful to them and can promote significant change is crucial. Scott details his unforgettable, life-
changing story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback that inspires teams to develop a true safety MINDSET.

Scott details how easy it is to become desensitized to common safety routines, and how just this once can tragically impact the rest of their lives.

Audience takeaways:

  • Scott leaves audiences captivated, inspired and ready to take action. Scott will impact your team by encouraging awareness, better day-to-day safety decisions and changing the way your employees view and approach their jobs.
  • Listeners will walk away embracing workplace safety protocols as opposed to resisting or ignoring them.
Keynote by speaker Scott Burrows

Rising to the Challenge: Keeping Healthcare Teams Cohesive & Motivated

Scott Burrows thought-provoking presentation and compelling story is heroes journey, providing what will be an unforgettable and lasting memory to inspire your attendees to stand up to any challenge.

Audience takeaways:

  • Scott reveals how to drive results using the same mental focus that helped him reinvent his life after a catastrophic accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
  • Scott demonstrates there are no barriers or stop signs in life, or healthcare just detours and workarounds.
  • As a former spinal cord injury patient and advocate for both patient and healthcare providers, he shares his impactful personal experience as a quadriplegic.
  • Sharing Scott’s deeply personal experience encourages healthcare professionals to continue to find passion for what they do while teaching and inspiring them to encourage their patients to Never Give Up Hope!
Keynote by speaker Scott Burrows

DIVERSITY MATTERS: Inclusion Strategies for the Changing Workforce

In today’s rapidly changing Corporate Environment, C-level executives understand Diversity matters, why? Today the most largest and fastest minority group around the world are people with disabilities. Studies have shown this workforce is to be committed, productive, loyal and willing, when given the opportunity, to help your organization succeed.

Audience takeaways:

  • Expand your market share, generate new revenue from this untapped market and see things from a different corporate perspective


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Speaker Scott Burrows on investing in yourself and holding onto your motivation.

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Your story was very inspirational and your message motivational. What really confirmed that you were the right choice for this meeting was your ability to take the information you gathered in our pre-meeting call and weave it seamlessly into your message, which made it relevant to each and every person in the room.”

Chris Powell

Sr. Vice President & GM, Sales & Marketing Americas GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions

We couldn’t have asked for more! Scott’s Vision, Mindset & Grit message engaged and motivated the entire audience. He customized his message to incorporate our industry and products – something we’ve never had a speaker do for us in the past. This special touch made it even more meaningful to our organization. Scott’s stories were unforgettable and uplifting, and his passion inspired us all!"

Jeff Burik

Executive Vice President, Commerce Bank

“Scott hits the sweet spot of sharing a story that is inspirational, but also one with lessons that can be readily applied in our personal and business lives—both delivered in a high-energy style that kept our audience thoroughly engaged.”

Victor Bohnert

Executive Director for Think and Canon

Scott’s message of Vision-Mindset-Grit has literally transformed the way our team looks at challenges, sales goals and life. As a result of Scott’s life-changing message, our team will NEVER STOP BELIEVING that ANYTHING is POSSIBLE. If you want to truly inspire and motivate your sales team or team, Scott Burrows will over-deliver at every level!”

Keith Lane

VP of Sales, North America Celebrity Cruises

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Who or what inspires you most?

My fiancé, Kim Fedele. She humbles me. And Art Berg who inspired me not to give up pursuing a speaking career

Have you had any particularly memorable experiences during your speaking career?

My round the world trip. One company flew me 1st class around the world to do 3 speaking events. Gone 1-month. Started in San Francisco, then the Gold Coast of Australia, then Prague. Lots of downtime and site seeing between events including a few extra days in Hong Kong

What are 3 habits you think are important for achieving success?

  • You have to know what you are fighting for – Vision
  • You have to focus on what you can control as opposed to obsessing what you cannot change – Mindset
  • You have to be willing to discipline yourself daily when it comes to reaching any goal, regardless of the little things you have to do and as tedious as they may appear and especially when all else beckons you to give in or maintain the status quo. – Grit

What has been the most difficult obstacle you overcame?

  • Being paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 19. Physically paralyzed.
  • Experiencing divorce at the age of 47. Emotionally paralyzed.

How do audiences typically gain from your keynote presentations?

It really depends on what is happening in their life and the challenges they are facing. One person may take-away one thing and another something completely different. I’m sharing that because I have had multiple experiences like this and the outcome is always the same.

I had one guy watch me speak 4 times over 1 ½ years to different sales groups around the country within his company. At the end of the 4th event, he introduced himself. He said, this is the 4th time I’ve seen you, I said, wow, that’s great, but I hope I didn’t bore you with the same presentation. He said, are you kidding me? I took something completely different away from your talk each time. It had to do with what was happening in my life in those moments. It was impactful.

How much does humor factor into your talks?

A lot. I use my story as the backdrop to my keynote presentation. The humor gives my audience time to breath, digest and absorb.

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5 out of 5 stars

“This is exactly what the doctor ordered to maintain our motivation and momentum”

Hugh McHaffie, President U.S. Wealth Management, John Hancock See all references

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