Training Speaker John Spence

John Spence

Top 100 Business Thought Leader

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John Spence‘s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
“Making the very complex, awesomely simple” is no mere catch phrase, it is truly John Spence’s mission in life. Driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand the fundamental aspects of what it takes to achieve and sustain excellence in business and life, John Spence has earned a reputation as a leading authority in the areas of Strategic Thinking, High-Performance Teams, Advanced Leadership Development, and delivering consistently superior Customer Service, making him one of the most highly sought after executive educators and professional speakers in America.

At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop P. Rockefeller III. Two years later, John was nominated as one of the top CEOs under the age of 40 in Florida andInc. Magazine’s “Zinc Online” recognized him as one of America’s up and coming young business leaders. John is Director of Best Practice Innovation at the Best Practice Institute, has twice been named one of the “Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America” and has also received honorable mention as one of the top 100 Small Business Influencers (along with Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell).

Why John Brian Spence

  • Research + Real Life + Passion = ROI John has read a minimum of 100 business books a year – every year since 1989. You would be hard-pressed to find another speaker with his depth and breadth of knowledge. John has also been the CEO of 10 companies, two of them multi-national including being named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation at the age of just 26. John is deeply passionate and excited about the topics he teaches; which translates into high-energy presentations that are highly motivational and energizing. Lastly – John does not teach any theory or fluff – he understands that he is there to deliver real, valuable and actionable business tools and ideas that will deliver a real ROI for every attendee.
  • John has been named one of the top 100 business thought leaders in America, one of the top small business influencers in America and one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world.
  • Every speech, breakout or workshop is unique. John works with his clients to customize his programs to meet the needs of the audience and achieve the desired learning outcomes while always remaining very flexible and super easy to work with.

For the past 17 years, John Spence has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide including; Microsoft, IBM, GE, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, State Farm, and dozens of private companies, government offices and not-for-profits. John is also the author of Excellence by Design – The Six Key Characteristics of Outstanding Leaders and Awesomely Simple – Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas into Action and has been a guest lecturer at over 90 colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Rutgers, Brown, Stanford, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is an instructor of the Entrepreneurial Masters’ Program at MIT.

Affectionately referred to as the “Human Cliffs Notes” by many of his clients, John Spence is known for taking massive amounts of research combined with his personal hands-on experience to deliver timely, focused, results-driven programs. For example, to create carefully customized workshops and presentations that reflect the newest research and most current thinking, John reads a minimum of 100 business-related books each year and listens to an additional 30-50 audio books, giving him an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge which to draw from.

More About Speaker, John Spence . . .
John Spence has served as “Executive in Residence” for the University of Central Florida’s Technology Incubator; as a Special Advisor to the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University; as a lead instructor for the University of North Florida’s Executive Education division; on the Board of Directors for the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; as an advisor to the University of Florida’s Leadership Development Institute and as a senior instructor at the Cornell University Leadership Development School.

His work as a business advisor and executive educator has taken him on assignments to Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Latin America, New Zealand the Bahamas and Canada.

Testimonials 2

  • “John is one of the brightest, most energetic people I have ever come across. His enthusiasm when running classes for me has proven to be infectious. The feedback from the participants is always through the roof. John is an expert in effective business strategies with no fluff. He is brutally honest and gets the most out of anyone he interacts with. He also happens to be an outstanding human being of the highest integrity whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for nearly 20 years.”

    Bill Davidson

    SVP of Qualcomm Investor Relations, SVP of Strategy and Operations for Global Market Development-QTI at Qualcomm

  • “I have had the pleasure to work with John Spence for several years at Mayo Clinic. John is an excellent speaker. His passion is contagious. His experience is proven. His knowledge is diverse and well researched. 

    John is in class of speakers second to none. He has the unique ability to deliver simplified yet highly effective solutions to complex business challenges… and always with his signature passion and enthusiasm that I admire. It is never a dull moment in one of John’s seminars and I regularly receive feedback from others who agree. John is a refreshing inspiration to anyone who attends one of his sessions. 

    I recently had the opportunity to work with John on a high level leadership project. His insight and simplified approach was essential to the success of the improvements made by the leaders involved. John is an excellent communicator, superb speaker, proven expert, inspiring motivator, and textbook model of personal integrity. It is always a pleasure to work with John. I would recommend John to anyone who may have a need for his world class training or expertise.”

    Mindy Gillis M.Ed.

    Specialist, Leadership Learning and Development Center of Excellence, The Mayo Clinic

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