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John Register


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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Fees: $20,000 - $35,000
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Inspirational Speaker


  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Olympic / Paralympic Heroes
  • Motivation
  • Celebrity
  • Military

John Register is a two-time Paralympian, Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Persian Gulf War veteran, and TEDx Motivational Speaker.

He embraced a “new normal mindset” in becoming an amputee following a misstep over a hurdle while training for the 1996 Olympic Games, after participation in two consecutive Olympic trials.

An Oak Park, Ill. native, Register discovered how to “amputate his fear of disability” and founded the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Military Sport Program in the early 2000s. He launched a book titled: 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success, as business leaders return to work with their staff amid stressful circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent unrest in our urban cities.

Register teaches business professionals through his “Hurdling Adversity” speeches and podcasts to “amputate fear and embrace their new normal,” as they discover “stories within themselves.” He finds that “it is the personal stories that inspire teams more profoundly with greater impact.”

Register is a four-time All-American graduate of University of Arkansas. He served six years in the U.S. Army — including in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and in active-duty with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program—winning nine gold medals in the Armed Services Competition and two World Military Championships.

John Register | Inspirational Speaker

Register had his left leg amputated after a misstep over a hurdle changed his life. Register hyperextended his knee and severed the popliteal artery. He started swimming to aid in his recovery, made the U.S. Paralympic Team in 1996, and later won a silver medal in the long jump—as he set an American record—and sprinted to fifth in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the U.S. Paralympic Games in Sydney.

He also is unique in that he is one of only a few inspirational leadership speakers who developed a Trademarked contextual model to Transform Adversity into Advantage: Five Steps to Conquer Life’s Hurdles.

John Register is a renowned inspirational speaker who has captivated audiences worldwide with his remarkable story of resilience and determination. As a summary, John Register is a former elite athlete and decorated military veteran who, despite facing a life-altering injury, has transformed his personal challenges into a powerful message of hope and empowerment.

John Register’s journey to becoming an inspirational speaker is deeply rooted in his own life experiences. He was once a world-class athlete with dreams of representing his country in track and field at the highest levels. However, in a tragic turn of events, he suffered a severe injury while preparing for the Olympics, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs.

Rather than succumbing to despair, John Register chose to redefine his life’s purpose. He transitioned into the world of Paralympic sports, where he achieved remarkable success as a long jumper, earning numerous medals and accolades. His story serves as a testament to the incredible resilience of the human spirit and the power of determination in the face of adversity.

As an inspirational speaker, John Register draws upon his personal experiences to inspire and motivate others. He shares the lessons he has learned about overcoming obstacles, adapting to change, and finding new ways to achieve success. His speeches are characterized by their authenticity and heartfelt delivery, making them relatable and impactful for audiences of all backgrounds.

John Register’s message extends beyond sports and disability. He emphasizes the importance of embracing change, setting goals, and pushing beyond perceived limitations. He encourages individuals to tap into their inner strength and creativity to conquer challenges, whether they are personal or professional. His talks are not just about physical resilience but also about the resilience of the human spirit.

In addition to his work as a motivational speaker, John Register has dedicated himself to helping organizations foster diversity and inclusion. He consults with companies, government agencies, and educational institutions to create more inclusive environments that leverage the talents and abilities of all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or physical abilities.

In summary, John Register’s life story and his work as an inspirational speaker serve as a beacon of hope and empowerment for people facing adversity and seeking to overcome obstacles. He has transformed his own challenges into a source of inspiration for others, demonstrating that with the right mindset and determination, anyone can achieve greatness. His messages of resilience, adaptability, and inclusion resonate deeply with audiences worldwide, leaving a lasting impact and inspiring positive change in the lives of those he encounters.

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Keynote Topics


Session Description:

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. 

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.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Program Description:

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!”


  • 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 and through targeted recruiting efforts.
  • Why should businesses offer incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities? This can include tax credits, grants, and other financial incentives.

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.




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