In advance of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in
London, interest in Olympic speakers is on the rise. "There's always an
increase in the number of booking inquiries in an Olympic year leading
up to the Games," says Alex Alton, vice president of New York City-based
IMG Speakers. "Demand is especially high for gold medal winners and
legendary Olympians. Whether it's for an Olympic-themed meeting, on-site
hospitality or a post-games corporate event, we expect the trend to
continue throughout 2012."
Groups typically seek out high-energy
speakers who can share their experiences in goal setting and overcoming
adversity. "Audiences want to be inspired and hear about the dedication,
perseverance and other qualities it takes to become a champion," notes
Following are some Olympic speakers who take the gold when it comes to motivating their audiences.
Dr. Dot Richardson (703) 684-0555; washingtonspeakers.com
As a child, Dot Richardson wanted to be an astronaut, a singer, an
actress and a doctor. A love of softball diverted her attentions enough
to add star athlete to the list, but then she did pursue medical school
and is now an orthopedic surgeon.
At the Atlanta Games in 1996,
the year softball debuted, Richardson -- captain of the United States
team -- hit the game-winning home run that earned the U.S. the first
gold medal in softball history. She returned home to finish her
orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Southern California.
brought home another gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when the
U.S. beat Japan in the finals. She currently is the director and medical
director of The National Training Center in Orlando.
During a time when women where limited to "women's sports," Richardson
never allowed anyone to tell her she couldn't do something just because
she was a woman. In her presentation, "Live Up to Your Dreams," she
shares how she made her goals come true, and how others can, too. She
also talks about how to identify dreams, maximize talents, be a team
player and grasp the true meaning of success.
Verbatim. "It's amazing how you learn so much about your character in defeat."
Josh Davis (210) 494-9671; joshdavis.com
Josh Davis swam to success at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,
where he was the only man to win three gold medals. Four years later, he
led the United States Swim Team to the Summer Games in Sydney,
Australia, and took home two silver medals.
As a motivational speaker, Davis' presentations include "7 Habits of
Highly Effective (Corporate) Athletes," "Leadership: Making Everybody on
the Team a Captain," and "Preparing to Win and Performing Under
Pressure." His angle is helping everyone develop an Olympic attitude of
discipline, pride and teamwork. He speaks about having the right
motivation to reach your peak performance, as well as motivating others
in your group to achieve maximum effectiveness.
is so great when we can work together, because it brings out the best in
each of us, and that's so true in the corporate environment. There are a
lot of people depending on you, and you're depending on them. Use that
synergy to bring out the best in everyone."