W Mitchell, as a young man, served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.
Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor “who saved a mountain”, a successful business man who put 1000’s of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that “most limitations are self-imposed”.
Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message.
W Mitchell served as president of the International Federation of Professional Speakers. In 2011, the National Speakers Association presented him with the Cavett Award, the highest honor bestowed on a professional speaker in recognition of his accomplishments, integrity and reputation. Currently, he has offices in Colorado and Australia and lives in California and Hawaii. He truly is unstoppable.
- It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do About It
- Leadership: Leading with Courage
Motivation, Success, Change, Attitude, Leadership
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"You kept our audience spellbound throughout your story and I know it touched each of us in different ways…I want to express our profound appreciation…for getting us to focus on what we can do." - IBM
"Words seem inadequate when it comes to expressing the profound impact your remarks had on the attendees of our meeting. Motivating a sales force is hard work. We give them compensation, incentives, tools and programs, but sales people need so much more. You reminded us clearly that we can make choices even under tough circumstances, that we can overcome adversity by celebrating what we learn from diversity." - Kimberly Clark
"Your ability to connect with an audience, who quickly become your friends, is remarkable. Your presentation skills, timing and style are superb. NASA sees a lot of briefings, and yours ranks in the 'best of the best'." - NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
"AWESOME! Mitchell wasn’t great…he was AWESOME!" - Envision International
"You had their attention all through the hour…right to the standing ovation at the end of your talk. Your presentation was the glue that held together all the other parts of the meeting. You received rave reviews from the management team and the pharmaceutical company guests invited to the meeting." - President, Rx Distributions Solutions, Inc.
"Two Thumbs Up." "A Five-Star Presentation." "Heartwarming, compassionate, enlightening." "The wake up call we all needed." These are among the comments received following your presentation in San Francisco this past Friday. From each and all of us at TV Fanfare, thank you for sharing your life with us. You have saved us years of self-education in the school of hard knocks." - Sr. Vice President, TV Fanfare
"Thank you for the OUTSTANDING presentation to our group. As you know, PCMA can be a pretty tough crowd to impress. In my opinion, and in the opinion of many others, your presentation was the highlight of our conference." - Smith, Bucklin & Associates
"The response to your message was extremely positive! To this day, advisors who heard you speak still thank me for inviting you here." - Group Vice President, American Express Financial Advisors, Inc.
"Your presentation provided us a tremendous opportunity to stop, reflect upon our strengths, give thanks for our many blessings, and inspire us to more fully utilize the opportunity we are so fortunate to have before us." - State Farm Insurance Companies"