John is a charismatic Olympic silver medalist, Kellogg MBA, Stanford d.school grad, SVP and Professor of Innovation. Audiences love John’s thought-provoking and meaningful keynotes, workshops and summits, which he delivers in a humorous and humble manner. His talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life and really make you think. They are both inspiring and extremely practical as well.
John delivers keynote speeches, workshops, conferences, convocations, commencements and corporate meetings on topics including designing a life for strengths, developing greater resiliency, and the brain twisting talk on how to live forever (the non-linear nature of experiential time.)
Recent Speaking Engagements
"I have had the pleasure of attending several events where John has been the key speaker - both in front of 100 people and crowds of thousands. He is truly riveting - his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life for his audiences. Even on the few occasions I've been part of his preparation and know his topics, I still walk away from the main event with pages of notes and invaluable nuggets I can use in my own professional and even personal life."
— Lynn Costlow, Vice President, Client Services and Practice Lead, Change Strategy & Enablement, Lake Shore Associates
"John Coyle is a dynamic speaker and leader. His success as an Olympian may set him apart as a solo achiever but this is not his persona. He has lived a life of teamwork, collaboration, and as 'coached and coach' in intense competition (and all that encompasses). His coaching skills set him apart. John is a knowledgeable and inspirational coach." — Mari Anixter, Content Marketing Manager. iontuition™
"John's presentation on innovation is fantastic. He captured the attention of the 100 or so people in the room. No small accomplishment since he spoke after a long morning of heavy business discussions and lunch. John is personable, easy to relate to and more importantly, he did not present innovation as a theoretical topic. . . My audience was hanging on his every word. I received numerous compliments . . . for bringing in someone who really "gets it." They appreciated his real world examples and . . . they could relate to John as they would a respected coworker. He's definitely a rare find for a key note speaker. One of my team members mentioned a key note speaker he'd heard at a different meeting a few years prior. He said that while the speaker had impressive credentials, they were so impressive that even the C-level leader of the team said he felt he hadn't accomplished anything in comparison and that was all he remembered. John’s presentation was the complete opposite. He felt like one of the team, as if he'd been sitting in our meetings for months. That's a rare gift." — Kristen Curley, Enterprise Data Strategy Communications Lead, Allstate
"John's ability to grip an audience, to craft a business story on very human terms, to tie it back to the success of his team's efforts is one of the best I have ever seen.” — David Rosen, TIBCO
“Simply put, John is a compelling, engaging speaker. Time and time again, I've witnessed him captivate audiences with his dynamic storytelling. The way in which he blends his diverse and impressive experiences and insights pulls in even the most challenging of audiences. His message is clear and powerful, leaving participants inspired and connected. John's unique and highly effective formula makes him a surefire hit.”
— Nicole Lorey, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Transamerica Brokerage Group
“You know when you meet John that something big is going to happen. He is able to story tell his way through any topic with entertaining examples that keep you thinking about them the next day and, well, the next week. I witnessed John deliver an innovation presentation at a large industry conference and he captivated the audience with each and every point and had them asking for more and requesting his presence as next year's keynote. If you are looking to bring innovation to your organization or catapult your team's strengths to the next level, John is the man you want to talk to.”
— Sara McVey, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Mather Lifeways
“John is passionate, emotional, charismatic, and fantastic at what he does. John speaks in a way that feels intimate as though you were simply chatting with him in a living room over a glass of beer. It's brilliant. He's the first TEDxNaperville speaker to give two talks, each unique and radical and delivered with such gusto and impact that he's become one of our most viewed speakers.” — James Chesterfield, Producer, TEDx Naperville
“John Coyle was extraordinary. He was universally embraced by our City team and provided extremely valuable training to all those in attendance. The response from staff was overwhelming. He did a fantastic job. Incredible professional with an equally amazing story. We can't wait to have him back!” — Jacob Green, Assistant City Manager, City of Ontario