"If you want to find a way to more fully engage your employees, to help them become more creative and innovative and achieve breakthrough levels of performance, then hire Design Thinking Expert, Olympian, NBC Analyst, and professor John K. Coyle."

John K. Coyle, Founder of The Art of Really Living, and is one of the world's leading experts in innovation and Design Thinking. He is a graduate of Stanford's "d.school" where his academic advisor was David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and Steve Jobs' right hand man. John earned his MBA from Kellogg and is an Olympic silver medalist, NBC sports analyst, and SVP and Professor of Innovation. John has been applying "design thinking" to companies, careers, lives and leadership challenges for more than 20 years. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life and really make you think. They are inspiring, practical and actionable. 

John delivers keynotes, workshops, and professional development programs. His topics include designing a life for strengths, developing greater resiliency, bringing innovation into your organization, and the brain twisting "CounterClockWise" - how to stop time from accelerating by designing your life to include more meaning and memories.  His programs are ideal for corporate retreats, sales summits, mentoring groups, grand opening and anniversary events, association meetings, conferences, graduations and executive leadership programs. John brings his silver medal to every event and hands it out to the audience to see and touch. 

Here's what people have said about John:

"I have had the pleasure of attending several events where John has been the key speaker - both in front of 100 people and crowds of thousands. He is truly riveting - his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life for his audiences. Even on the few occasions I've been part of his preparation and know his topics, I still walk away from the main event with pages of notes and invaluable nuggets I can use in my own professional and even personal life."
Lynn Costlow, Vice President, Client Services and Practice Lead, Change Strategy & Enablement, Lake Shore Associates


"John Coyle is a dynamic speaker and leader. His success as an Olympian may set him apart as a solo achiever but this is not his persona. He has lived a life of teamwork, collaboration, and as 'coached and coach' in intense competition (and all that encompasses). His coaching skills set him apart. John is a knowledgeable and inspirational coach." Mari Anixter, Managing Editor, Innovation Excellence


"John's presentation on innovation is fantastic. He captured the attention of the 100 or so people in the room. No small accomplishment since he spoke after a long morning of heavy business discussions and lunch. John is personable, easy to relate to and more importantly, he did not present innovation as a theoretical topic. . . My audience was hanging on his every word. I received numerous compliments . . . for bringing in someone who really "gets it." They appreciated his real world examples and . . . they could relate to John as they would a respected coworker. He's definitely a rare find for a key note speaker. One of my team members mentioned a key note speaker he'd heard at a different meeting a few years prior. He said that while the speaker had impressive credentials, they were so impressive that even the C-level leader of the team said he felt he hadn't accomplished anything in comparison and that was all he remembered. John’s presentation was the complete opposite. He felt like one of the team, as if he'd been sitting in our meetings for months. That's a rare gift." Kristen Curley, Enterprise Data Strategy Communications Lead, Allstate


"John's ability to grip an audience, to craft a business story on very human terms, to tie it back to the success of his team's efforts is one of the best I have ever seen.” David Rosen, TIBCO


“Simply put, John is a compelling, engaging speaker. Time and time again, I've witnessed him captivate audiences with his dynamic storytelling. The way in which he blends his diverse and impressive experiences and insights pulls in even the most challenging of audiences. His message is clear and powerful, leaving participants inspired and connected. John's unique and highly effective formula makes him a surefire hit.”
Nicole Lorey, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Transamerica Brokerage Group


“You know when you meet John that something big is going to happen. He is able to story tell his way through any topic with entertaining examples that keep you thinking about them the next day and, well, the next week. I witnessed John deliver an innovation presentation at a large industry conference and he captivated the audience with each and every point and had them asking for more and requesting his presence as next year's keynote. If you are looking to bring innovation to your organization or catapult your team's strengths to the next level, John is the man you want to talk to.”
— Sara McVey, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Mather Lifeways


“I had the privilege of bringing John K. Coyle to Gustavus Adolphus College to speak and facilitate a design thinking workshop about resilience. While John's speaking talents are abundant, he shines when sharing his personal story. We can’t all be Olympians but John was able to effortlessly weave into his presentation an actionable approach to strengths-based living for us all. John ignited within each of us a newfound sense of clarity and curiosity about how to thrive.

Similarly, John was exceptional in facilitating our design thinking workshop. His deep knowledge and experience combined with a lively and generous spirit to engage participants in prototyping compelling projects to increase student resilience. The number of "light bulb moments" among the participants reinforced John’s inimitable gifts.” —Meghan Krause, Wellness Director, Gustavus Adolphus College


“I have known John Coyle for over 20 years. He is a world-class individual who engages his audience immediately with science, logic, real-life experience, artistic imagery and sharp wit. His style and message motivates his audience to think in different ways resulting in innovation, effective time-management, and higher life-satisfaction. William Baxendale, Project Manager, USAA


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