Senior Director Dell EMC
I recently had the opportunity and honor to host Jim for my annual Leadership Planning meeting in San Diego. I have had many speakers attend prior developmental meetings with my team and Jim did not disappoint. Prior to the meeting, Jim along with his team, personally reached out and held an hour long briefing meeting with me to ensure his message was relevant to our current challenges in our business. It is rare that you actually get an opportunity to spend over an hour with a decorated athlete like Jim and with someone, yet, very humble. Jim nailed the presentation and his focus on “training to win” and what it takes to win was extremely motivating. One of my favorite quotes was, “taking the harder right over taking the easier wrong”. It is so easy not to have the hard conversations in leadership and to not do the uncomfortable work or fooling yourself into thinking you are taking the harder right. This message hit home with our team and we have discussed it quite a bit since returning from our planning meeting, we are a tighter group because of it and I thank Jim for it! He taught us there is a certain grit and grind it out attitude you must have to win! In a challenging environment, like we are experiencing today, this message was perfectly timed. We are on our way now and know what it means to train to win not just to train to compete.” On behalf of my entire Enterprise Global Compute & Networking Leadership Team at Dell Technologies, Thanks so much Jim for everything! We will certainly be in touch for future events. Believe!!!
We had Jim present to the Dell Technologies Central Division team (550 people) a few weeks ago at our annual sales kickoff meeting. Everyone I spoke to said it was the best kickoff ever due to Jim’s presentation. He took time with us on the phone and over dinner to really understand our company, go to market, and overall marketplace to tailor his message to us. He tied in his successful business career and his “Miracle on Ice” experience into the perfect message. We gave our sales winners signed USA jerseys and Jim even handed them out (which he didn’t have to do) to make it an amazing experience. Best corporate presentation ever!!!
Alliance Technology Group
Jim’s presentation was 100% on target with our corporate objectives; he was enthusiastic, had great presence and really carried the day. He did a fantastic job meshing our corporate theme into his experiences and strategies for success. Finally, I am still constantly hearing folks reference “If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough”, so he definitely left his mark on my teams! Stephen Jermyn VP of Sales Alliance Technology Group
Jim was the essential key note speaker for our annual conference this past January. Not only was Jim and his team professional, efficient and gracious, Jim took the time to understand our industry and our audience allowing him to tailor his message to maximize the presentation. We would recommend Jim Craig to any business looking to promote tools for success and wishing to cultivate a cohesive team attitude. We understand how he earned that gold medal years ago, but his greatest trait is that Jim continues to endorse that same winning demeanor.
VP of Association Relations AMBA
Olympic Gold Medalist, Jim Craig, was our key note speaker at the Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA) meeting Nov. 1-4, 2017 in Austin, Texas. AMBA invited our 200 Executive Directors and Presidents from our 55 client associations located in 35 states to come to Austin to learn more about how AMBA could help their associations grow by using our successful marketing techniques, along with our menu of insurance and other benefits endorsed by their associations. His staff called us and asked about the conference theme, and Jim styled his speech to fit our needs. AMBA sent Jim’s signed video from the movie Miracle to our guests before they heard him speak. He did a great job of reiterating this inspirational and highly entertaining true story about the 1980’s US Ice Hockey teams’ triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Unions, which was one of the greatest moments in sports history. Jim described how Coach Herb Brooks turned 26 undisciplined kids into a team that could achieve the unbelievable to win. Jim talked about motivation, success and what it means, and doing the impossible. In the Q &A, the audience asked many questions about leadership qualities needed to win. They were very engaged with the speaker, and said how it fit into the leadership rolls and decision making they had in their life. The group was comprised of retired and active educators and state employee associations. The audience loved him and said his message fit the conference’s message of Roadmap to Growth. I would highly recommend Jim Craig to your group as an outstanding motivational speaker and a great man.
VP of Association Relations AMBA
I’ve heard Jim speak several times and recently engaged him to speak at a conference I had the privilege of chairing for PDMA and he has always delivered. The attendees at the PDMA conference were really inspired by Jim and several said they picked our event over a competing event because we had Jim as our opening keynote. Working with Jim’s team was painless and he devoted time to really understanding our organization and what we need to ensure that the message delivered resonated with
I worked with Jim for a mutual client, and found him to be highly responsive to the client’s needs, inspirational and provide practical tools for the success of the Executive Leadership Team we were serving. I highly recommend him.
Jim spoke at our All Company Meeting celebration this past fall. His presentation was engaging and very quotable – many presenters from our organization quoted him in their later moments on stage. We were very happy to welcome Jim to our stage, and would particularly recommend him as a speaker for an audience that is even just moderately sports-oriented.
Ted Case Executive Director
Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Jim Craig was a bit hit with my association. He not only has agreat story to tell, he makes a point of learning about who he is speaking to and makes it relevant for our own challenges. I highly recommend his inspirational and educational speech.
Doug Scott, President LION
Jim Craig was our keynote speaker for MVMT’s 2018 Annual Meeting and his presentation and content that he delivered to my team was a home run (or shall I say, Hat Trick, Shut Out, etc.)!! He was motivational and also challenged everyone to evaluate their own definition of success. He took the time to conference with our leadership… team beforehand to customize his message. Jim is highly professional, does his homework and his message of what it takes to be a champion applies to any company that strives for gold standard excellence. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like any additional information regarding Jim Craig at Gold Medal Strategies.
Regional Vice President
Jim Craig, motivational speaker and strategist for teamwork and sales training has worked with clients across numerous business sectors.
“We were challenged to move our sales teams from individual business units to central locations. We asked Jim to draw parallels from his athletic and business success on winning teams and Jim exceeded our expectations with a thoughtful message on winning through his brilliant storytelling and sales experience.”
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
American Beverage Association
“Jim’s remarks to our national advocates was funny, smart and very entertaining. He transported us back to that wonderful moment in American history, but also made his experience as a leader of the US Olympic hockey team relevant to our work promoting our industry and being part of a bigger team. I recommend Jim to those who want to learn from his many challenges and successes.”
“Jim Craig delivered a captivating keynote presentation at our national meeting to 400 + pharmaceutical/biotech executives, as he took us back in time to 1980 when the USA hockey team accomplished what no one ever thought they could do – win an Olympic gold medal. Jim inspired the audience by creating parallels between the USA hockey team success and how hard work, determination, teamwork, accountability and the importance of creating a legacy can lead to meeting and exceeding any goal. Jim knocked it out of the park and helped us create a memorable meeting!”
Lydia Security Monitoring Inc.
“Jim not only provides extraordinary insights (gleaned from his extraordinary life), but he serves as an inspiration to myself and all my executives to “go for the gold!” He works truly hard to prepare for every session, reviewing the meeting materials with great intensity, thought, and perspective. I can’t recommend Jim highly enough.”