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As much as we might wish it, our world is not becoming more stable or easier to comprehend. The changes are just too prolific. So are the challenges to our personal lives and ‘business as usual’. It’s crunch time. What does it takes to lead through such times? What are the abilities needed to succeed? How do you bounce back with robust resiliency?

Jeff Vankooten is an entertaining and thought provoking speaker who engages those questions head on, teaching audiences and readers through his motivational and real life experiences the value of embracing change as a transformative ally.  He provides key insights into our cultural moment and the essential abilities needed so everyone can collaborate, communicate, imagine, and adapt.  If you are serious about profoundly engaging change and its challenges head on, without retreat and with humor and hope, then Jeff is one of the most important resources at your disposal.

He has over fifteen years experience speaking from the platform and has keynoted events for a wide variety of audiences ranging in size from 20 to 2500. He has been described as a “crazily gifted communicator”, “intriguing”, “hilarious”, and “the best of the best” by the audiences he has encountered. His presentation style is personable and entertaining and his content is substantive, compelling, and life affirming. Audiences regularly remark on the conversations Jeff stimulated long after the event was over.

Whether you’re looking for an opening keynote speaker, closing keynote speaker or general session presentation, Jeff Vankooten delivers a tailored program that will exceed your expectations – guaranteed. Your people will walk away with actionable strategies they can immediately apply to stay engaged during change, reduce the stress of uncertainty, enhance productivity, encourage creativity, and be more resilient.

Jeff is also regularly sought out by corporate, non-profit, and government leaders to help develop strategic messaging and content for presentations to audiences all over the world.

He has authored three books;  “Greatalk! Pithy Pieces of Advice for Astonishingly Effective Presentations”, “You are who you were when: Understanding our Generational Personalities”, and “How to Flex in a world of Flux: Thiving in Chaos”. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, a selective organization for recognizing and improving the gifts of professional speakers.

Jeff graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; a Bachelors of Arts in Communications; and a Masters Degree in Theology from Denver Seminary where he was chosen as one of the top five speakers in his class. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, three kids, and very big dog.

JEFF’S CONTACT INFORMATION

You can contact him at jeff@jeffvankooten.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS

Jeff’s presentations are on the leading edge of transformational excellence:

“Jeff can communicate with the best of them. He’s funny as can be, silly smart, and deeply insightful in his grasp of transitional moments. Jeff can speak, write, challenge, stir up, and calm down his audiences with a gracious vision for the future. If you want deep thought coupled with energizing humor, Jeff’s a great choice!”
-Ron Forseth, Vice President Business Develpment, Outreach Inc.

“Jeff’s presentation energized, intrigued and motivated our entire staff. The language and mental constructs he provided have allowed for mindful discussion about how to best handle future opportunities. We are looking forward to inviting Jeff back for future presentations and workshops.”
-Philippe Ernewein, MA, Dean of Faculty Training & Development
Denver Academy

“In his wonderful storytelling manner, Jeff draws his listeners into the lives of others who demonstrate courage, creativity and hope in the midst of a changing world. Jeff’s style is relational and his humorous approach to life’s circumstances and challenges connects our hearts to our heads, creating inspiration with commitment.”
-Linda Olson Phd, Director, Pioneer Leadership Program at the University of Denver

“The writers group can’t stop talking about what a great job you did. I’ve received so much positive feedback from various members of the group. GREAT JOB!!! Of course, I’m not surprised in the least. I admire your speaking ability, expertise and how you deliver it all with so much heart.”
-Michele Cushart, Strength for the Journey

Well, you knocked the ball out of the park again.  The perfect balance of visual enhancement, humor, content, illustration.  Thank you for your quest to be excellent
-Ken Davis, President, Dynamic Communicators International

“Jeff lights up his audiences with transformational and entertaining information that provides real world skills.”
-Diane Mulligan, President Mulligan Speakers International

“The best speaker I have heard all year”
-Lonnie Glessner, President America’s Mortgage

“Out of a possible score of 5 in three categories, (objectives, work of presenter, & met my expectations), you scored 4.8, 4.8, and 4.7, respectively.  One person even gave you 5+, 5+, and 5+!”
-Lisa Mull, Conference Coordinator, MIC

“Quite easily one of the top one half of one percent of the best speakers in the country”
-my dad (whaddya expect?)

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Jeff Vankooten is a speaker and author focusing on the power of resilience to effectively engage the challenges of change. He helps leaders, businesses, and organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.
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