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Scott Burrows

Change, Motivation & Transformation Speaker

Bio

If you are searching for a powerful, engaging and thought-provoking motivational keynote speaker who can set the tone for your entire conference and challenge your audience while adding takeaway value with high energy, humor and substance — or a closing speaker who can inspire and move your conference attendees into action — put Scott Burrows at the top of your list!

Scott's story is the hero's journey. By the age of 19, he played college football at Florida State University as a walk-on wide receiver for legendary coach Bobby Bowden and was a top-ranked kick-boxing Black Belt champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN. During that time, Scott's life changed dramatically on November 3, 1984, he survived a horrendous automobile accident as a passenger in a friend's car and broke cervical 6 and 7 vertebrae in his neck that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic. Told he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Scott realized his split-second decision to not wear a seat belt altered his course forever. +

Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. After graduating from college, Scott's first career was as a Financial Advisor in the Insurance and Financial Industry for Northwestern Mutual. He specialized in life and disability insurance planning as well as retirement, estate and wealth planning. In his 5th year, he hit a huge goal and qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, which is a 100% commission-driven sales production award that fewer than 8% of his peers qualify for annually from more than 500 companies in 70 countries.

At the pinnacle of that career, Scott experienced yet another setback, a second automobile accident. Although he was buckled in this time, new injuries forced him to RE-evaluate, RE-invent and once again RE-ignite his life by practicing and executing what he preaches. During his recovery, Scott reminisced about the overcoming adversity speakers he heard at sales and leadership conferences. Their life-changing stories inspire you to chase your dreams regardless of obstacles or barriers. That's when Scott decided he would make the tough decision to leave an industry he had so much passion for to pursue a speaking career that has taken him around the world. He also took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help expand his brother's multimillion-dollar golf course fertilizer, chemical and equipment business into Southeast Asia.

Scott is also the author of Vision Mindset Grit! In the Foreword, Scott's father defined those three empowering words: Vision refers to your goals and aspirations, the endpoint you are seeking. Mindset is the continual mental preparation and adjustment needed to meet oncoming challenges. Grit is the day-to-day determination to persevere when you are too tired, too sore or too beleaguered to continue on.

Scott has delivered his story in 45 states and in such countries as Australia, Spain, India, Thailand, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Canada, as well as to our soldiers at the Minot Air Force Base. --

Topics & Categories
  • Business Management & Strategy
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Communication
  • Corporate Culture
  • Customer Service & Loyalty
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Health Care & Medicine
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Leadership
  • Morale Boosting
  • Most Requested Virtual Speakers
  • Motivational
  • Resiliency
  • Sales & Service
  • Virtual Presentations
  • Workplace Safety

VIRTUAL / KEYNOTES:

Signature Keynote Presentation:
Vision Mindset Grit: Success Strategies to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge

In today's rapidly evolving marketplace environment, many organizations are trying to maintain a winning culture as they deal with an array of business challenges. Perhaps today your organization is dealing with growing pains and key business issues as you continue to expand both internally and externally while attempting to be number one in your industry in customer service and expectations. Perhaps you're experiencing lots of industry change, limited bench support, operational and support issues and budget cuts as well as increased goals, objectives and responsibilities. Or you're feeling paralyzed by your competition, advancing technologies and market saturation.  +

Whatever your challenges are, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you-and your organization-will be left behind.

Key Takeaways:

Vision

  • Learn how to create a compelling Vision that empowers you to take action
  • Examine what it means to dream in full color
  • Discover the impact of connecting your organization to a shared Vision
  • Understand how to imprint your Vision to separate you from your competition
  • Find out how adapting your Vision when things don't go as planned can give you that Competitive Advantage

Mindset

  • Learn how to create an unstoppable Mindset that revolves around Poise and Execution
  • Examine the Mindset of Letting It Happen, Embracing Change and Breaking the Fall Line
  • Discover how to not let your Mindset Become Your Biggest Handicap
  • Understand how the Power of Forgiveness, a leadership trait, can restore hope and lead to greater productivity
  • Find out how Asking the "What" Questions can help you navigate the chaos of adversity

Grit

  • Learn what it takes to Stretch Yourself beyond your paralyzed state
  • Examine why your Willingness to Fail But Your Unwillingness to Quit is a leadership trait
  • Discover Gritty strategies to help you Stand Up to Any Challenge
  • Understand what it really means to Go with What Scares You and Never Give Up
  • Cultivate ways to Unlock your Grit by finding that Blessman in your life  --

Safety Presentation:
Develop an Unstoppable Mindset: Success Strategies for Safety Teams & Supervisors

With the alarming predominance of workplace accidents caused by human error, the importance for engaging teams and individuals with safety procedures in a way that is meaningful to them and can promote significant change is crucial. Most human factors involved in accidents occur in the arena of memory, awareness and attention, judgement and reasoning, attitude, and risk perception – all areas dealing with the cognitive mindset and the need for even the most highly-trained individuals to remain alert and focused during potentially hazardous work situations. +

Nothing delivers the importance of safety better than a personal story. Neuroscience studies confirm storytelling illuminates parts of the brain that are only active when a listener actually experiences something - triggering their imagination, engaging them with a deep emotional response and sealing it into memory. With these areas of the brain activated and connected by a physical and emotional response, memory retention has been shown to be up to 7 times more effective than training through facts and figures.

Motivational Safety Speaker Scott Burrows details his unforgettable, life-changing story of turning a paralyzing setback caused by a poor split-second decision into a powerful comeback that will inspire your team to develop a true safety MINDSET. Scott details how easy it is to become desensitized to common safety routines, and how 'just this once' can tragically impact the rest of their lives.

Told while using own physical paralysis as a visual metaphor and blending eloquent storytelling with humor and crowd interaction, Scott leaves audiences captivated, inspired and ready to take action. His VISION, MINDSET AND GRIT SAFETY PRESENTATION will Impact your team by encouraging better day-to-day safety decisions in the workplace and changing the way your employees view and approach their jobs. Listeners will walk away embracing workplace safety protocols as opposed to resisting or ignoring them. --

Insurance & Financial Services Presentation:
VISION MINDSET GRIT: Success Strategies for Insurance & Financial Services Professionals

In today’s rapidly evolving Insurance and Financial Industry, many organizations are trying to maintain a winning culture as they deal with an array of business and sales challenges. Perhaps your organization is dealing with new rules, increased regulation or growing pains and key business issues as you continue to expand both internally and externally while attempting to be number one in your industry and customer expectations. Maybe you’re experiencing industry changes, such as the new Department of Labor ruling or new products entering the marketplace. Perhaps you’re operating with limited bench support, operational and support issues, budget cuts or rising goals, objectives and responsibilities. Or you feel paralyzed by your competition and advancing technologies that are upending workflow and processes. +

Whatever your challenges, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you—and your organization—will be left behind.

As an insurance and financial industry speaker, you will find that Insurance and Financial leaders RAVE about Scott’s knowledge and understanding of their business, knowing that he, too, was a top sales producer. After his life-changing accident, he graduated from college, then entered the Insurance and Financial Industry as a Financial Advisor and went on to qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Scott knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the field—generating activity, making scheduled calls, prospecting, facing rejection, overcoming objection, all while listening to clients’ needs to determine recommendations and solutions. --

Healthcare Presentation:
Rising to the Challenge: Keeping Healthcare Teams Cohesive & Motivated

As a motivational healthcare speaker, Scott knows full-well that recognition and compassion toward nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals is a mindset. For example. I routinely speak to healthcare groups at Awards Events, Leadership Retreats (both physician and nursing conferences and retreats), Front Lines and All-Staff Events including events for Healthcare IT Professionals and really, all staff who do not have direct patient contact.

Celebrating and uplifting staff is much more than an act of compassion, it is also an act of retention. Turnover in healthcare is at an all-time high and frankly, I am amazed at the dedication of those who stay and give everything they’ve got.

Sooner or later, the roots of compassion must be watered with love, nurturing and selflessness. Telling someone we care, is a “nice” first step, but we must do more. For nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals, showing them our compassion, is every bit as important as the compassion they have shown so many patients. It is time to put them in the spotlight while the rest of us stand back and applaud.

Inspirational Healthcare Speaker Scott Burrows ignites teams with a life-changing presentation that will help your team learn practical tools to Stand Up to Any Challenge!

With the rapidly changing healthcare crises, healthcare workers, nurses, leaders and support teams need help navigating the extreme challenges of COVID-19, in addition to the overwhelming trials of budget cuts, equipment shortages and economic uncertainty.

Whatever your healthcare challenges are today, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you—and your organization—will be left behind.

Motivational Sales Presentation:
VISION-MINDSET-GRIT: Success Strategies to Help Your Sales Team Stand Up to Any Challenge

In today’s competitive sales environment, many sales organizations are trying to maintain a winning and optimistic culture as they deal with an array of business and sales challenges. Perhaps today your sales team is weathering budget cuts or dealing with growing pains as your organization continues to expand both internally and externally while attempting to be number one in your industry and customer expectations. Maybe you are experiencing industry change right now while trying to differentiate yourself, your company and your solutions from your lower-priced competitors. Perhaps you are looking to improve the sales process and how you approach C-level executives and decision makers as you do your best to reach new sales quotas and budgets. Or maybe you are feeling paralyzed by your competition, keeping up with new products coming to market as well as advancing technologies that are upending workflow and processes. +

Whatever your challenges are, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear in the marketplace. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you—and your sales organization—will be left behind. --

Diversity & Inclusion Presentation:
DIVERSITY MATTERS: Inclusion Strategies for the Changing Workforce

In today's rapidly changing Corporate Environment, C-level executives are realizing that Disability Matters. Why? Today, the largest and fastest growing minority group around the world are people with disabilities, and studies have shown this workforce is committed, productive, loyal and willing, when given the opportunity, to work hard to help your organization succeed. So, if you are looking to expand your market share, generate new revenue from this untapped market and see things from a different corporate perspective, it will take a clear Vision, the right Mindset and a lot of Grit to make it happen. +

The true measure of success is how well you respond to a changing and diverse marketplace, adversity, setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you-and your organization-will be left behind.

In 2016, as a corporate diversity speaker, Scott was invited to speak at Springboard Consulting's Disability Matters North American Annual Conference in front of 250 C-level executives from Fortune 1000 companies. It was there that he learned that these Corporations held their own Annual Diversity Conferences. Since that time, Scott has been invited to speak to many of them, as his story is a great fit to drive home the importance of embracing diversity in the workplace. --

Scott Burrows is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Scott Burrows' speaking schedule, *fees & booking Scott Burrows, contact us. * The fee range indicated is in USD.

What Clients are Saying

Our members were truly blown away by his moving narrative of overcoming adversity with determination, grit, humor, and the support of loved ones. We were all uplifted and inspired.

–Raymond James & Associates

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Our members were truly blown away by his moving narrative of overcoming adversity with determination, grit, humor, and the support of loved ones. We were all uplifted and inspired.

–Raymond James & Associates

No doubt the two standing ovations you received indicated the intensity of your talk. This is just what the doctor ordered to maintain our motivation and momentum.

–President, John Hancock

I heard you speak last year and hung on to every word you said and still can’t get the presentation out of my mind.

–Nationwide Insurance

What really confirmed you were the right choice for this sales and marketing conference was your ability to take the information you gathered in our pre-meeting call and weave it seamlessly into your message, which made it relevant to each and every person in the room. You really hit a home run!

–GE Healthcare

Very inspirational, motivational and the way he presented it gave me goose bumps. I was emotional and crying at times!

–Two Men and a Truck

Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and the team. I know it has made a difference in how we look at our business and life challenges ... We do it with Vision, Mindset and Grit!

–BMO

I wanted to thank you for your fabulous contribution to our Bermuda conference. Your presentation was tremendous and your story touched each and everyone in our audience.

–Great West Life

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