John Register


Inspirational Keynote Speaker | Olympic Qualifier | Combat Vet | Amputee | Paralympic Medalist | Works with business leaders to Transform Adversity Into Advantage and Conquer Life’s Hurdles


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

Experience In:

  • Banking
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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About John Register

If you’re looking for a keynote speaker who has conquered adversity and achieved greatness, look no further than John Register. As a certified speaking professional, veteran, and two-time Paralympic medalist, John has repeatedly proven that success is possible despite incredible challenges.

But John’s journey to success wasn’t easy. When he lost his left leg in a training accident, he faced a choice: give up on his dreams or learn to adapt and thrive. He chose the latter, and his powerful message of resilience and determination has inspired audiences worldwide to overcome their obstacles and achieve greatness.

John Register is the perfect fit for you if you’re looking for a keynote speaker who can inspire and motivate your clients or audience to transform adversity into an advantage.

As a two-time and two-sport Paralympic athlete, a silver medalist, and a combat Army Gulf War veteran and amputee, John has overcome incredible adversity to succeed personally and professionally. His powerful story and message of perseverance, determination, and resilience resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and industries.

But while the story is riveting and challenges audiences, it is his contextual five-step model to overcome any adversity which separates him from the typical inspirational/motivational speaker. 

John has insights and action steps.

John’s keynote speech, “Transform Adversity Into Advantage: How to Conquer Life’s Hurdles,” provides practical strategies and tools attendees can use to overcome obstacles and achieve success. His unique perspective as an athlete with a disability and inspirational/motivational speaker allows him to connect with audiences deeply and personally.

In today’s world, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the looming recession, and the changing workforce landscape, John’s message of transforming adversity into an advantage is particularly relevant.

John’s partial client list includes Southwest Airlines, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Frito Lay, NASA, US Bank, Gilead Sciences, Infiniti, New York Life, Trane Technologies, Komet USA, and Lexus. He is an eSpeaker Marketplace favorite inspirational speaker and the author of the number one best-selling eBook during the pandemic: 10 Power Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success.

Booking John Register’s keynote speech for your event will give your clients an inspiring and motivational message and a unique perspective they won’t find anywhere else. His powerful story and message will leave attendees motivated and empowered to tackle whatever challenges they may face and transform adversity into an advantage.

Book John today and watch your clients create a new vision and become empowered to overcome obstacles and succeed. John Register lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Alice.

Program Information


Session Title: “Transform Adversity Into Advantage: How to Conquer Life’s Hurdles” – A Keynote Address by John Register

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. 

John’s keynote address is an incredible example of transforming adversity into an advantage. By following the five-stage process of reckoning, revision, rebirth, resolve, and reward, he has succeeded in facing challenges and inspired others to do the same.

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.

By embracing a “new normal mindset,” John shows us that change can be an opportunity for growth and success. His speech is perfect for leaders and employees in industries where change is constant, such as banking, pharmaceutical, healthcare, human resources DEI, and travel.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!”
Analyze the athlete’s journey to the medal podium, and implement those lessons into current business culture and sales systems.

  • 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.

Accenture finalized a report in Q4 2018 which stated that if there were two similar companies, one hired, retained, and promoted people with disabilities and the other did not; the first would outperform the second 2 to 1 in shareholder returns. 

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.


This virtual presentation I help people bounce back to life from a misstep. From Olympic track and field hopeful and Army Officer Candidate one day to an amputee the next.
We will walk through the process of what drives our fears, past the false summit of believing we need to rebuild our lives, to the freedom which comes from embracing our new normal by having a resolute mind.
Life can change with one wrong step.

While training for an upcoming competition, one misstep over a hurdle cost me my leg.

Despite my devastating setback, I hurdled my adversity and began winning again. Within 22 months post-injury, I competed on the United States Paralympic Swim Team in Atlanta, Georgia and anchored both the 4×100 meter medley and freestyle relays.

It was at those games in Atlanta I saw athletes with amputations running and jumping using prostheses. I knew I had to learn how to run on an artificial limb. I did so and four years later I returned to my first love of track and field and in Sydney, Australia at the 2000 Paralympic Games, I won the silver medal in the long jump setting the American record in the process.

I am the first to say that overcoming any obstacle no matter how great or insignificant one thinks it is, begins with having a resilient and renewed mind.

But how do you get it? Where does it come from? And, can it be taught and learned so everyone can respond better when facing adversity?
In this virtual presentation, you will discover steps you can take to stand strong. I share with you the pathway and the steps to win, again.

Whether you are an executive, a middle manager, or front employee, your life can change with one wrong step, but your life can also change with one right step.

Go forth and inspire your world.



Is your company struggling right now and trying to come to grips with this new environment? Olympians and Paralympians have a championship mindset that focuses on the end game.

How do they manage in times of stress and uncertainty?

We know all athletes will have challenges, but the champions…the ones who stand atop the medal podium are the ones who plan strategically for any ripple of disturbance that may cross their path.

If Olympic and Paralympic athletes are training four years from today the way they are training today, they have already lost the gold medal.

If your company sales team is trying to compete by playing it safe, then you are in danger of losing your goal as well.

This virtual presentation builds from the Olympic Motto Citius, Altius, Fortius. These three Latin words are the foundation of the Olympic movement and make up the performance mindset of Olympians and Paralympians. These three words, when translated into English (Swifter, Higher, Stronger), push athletes to endure the day to day drudgeries of dream pursuits.

Notice the words are not written in the superlative. They are not written in the highest form of the word. But rather they are written with an “er” stem end. This means there is always room for growth. There is always room for growth.

Athletes can be the fastest at one Olympics and be faster next. Your team can sell the most this year but can sell even more the next.

Even in times of uncertainty athletes are always looking for a competitive advantage.

In this virtual presentation, your team will learn how to look for the opportunities in the obstacles faced in business and in life. John will help your team release the spirit of determination, resilience and resolve to win the medals in your personal and professional lives.

Your team will 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.

John’s virtual learning activities coupled with his power of storytelling releases the champion spirit in your team and position you to be at the top of your industry.