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Shawn Harper is regarded as one of the top, up and coming motivational/inspirational speakers in the country. A former college and seven-year professional football player, and now, CEO of a multi-million dollar physical security staffing firm, Shawn uses wit, humor, feats of strength, and his NFL experiences to draw and captivate his audience.
He delivers an earth-shaking message of motivation, encouragement, and hope. A classic rags-to-riches story, Shawn was born and raised in poverty and faced insurmountable odds such as four learning disabilities, poverty, speech challenges, and the lowest GPA in his senior class. He is living proof that a set-back is a set up for a comeback!
Mr. Harper spoke at two events for me in the Spring of 2018. He was entertaining, informative, inspirational, and he and his team were very easy to work with. He spoke the raw truth about what pushed him to succeed with enthusiasm that keep the audience engaged. He was able to tailor his speech to two distinctly different audiences very well. Both audiences really enjoyed Mr. Harpers presentation. I would definitely hire him again.
Price Range: $2500-$5000
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
Shawn Harper and his 5 siblings were raised by their single mother in Columbus, Ohio. Greeted daily by the hard knock life, he learned to survive the trenches of a rough, impoverished south side neighborhood. However, Shawns environment was not the only challenge he faced as a child. He also lives with four learning disabilities, including dyslexia and a speech impediment.
Teachers sneered at Shawn, blatantly telling him that he was not "college material". Despite suffering from his disabilities, a debilitating stutter and lack of support at school, he was determined to fit in and began playing football in high school. During his senior year, the coach at North Iowa Community College identified him as an athlete with potential. He graduated 154th (last) in his class, did not receive any scholarships to assist him financially, and there were no guarantees for Shawn-- but just having an opportunity at a junior college was all he needed to explode and change his entire life forever.
Shawn's dream to play in the NFL surfaced during his second year at North Iowa Community College. For inspiration, he placed three letters above his headboard, "NFL", and he continued to apply himself to his studies and to his game. Shawn did so well that he was recruited to Indiana University, a major Division One University where he had a great career. Shawn would go on to accomplish his dream and was drafted in the NFL Draft! His dream had finally became his reality.
Shawn played in the league for seven years, primarily for the Indianapolis Colts, as well as playing a few years in Canada. Shawn is the CEO of American Services And Protection, a multimillion dollar security company, in Columbus, Ohio. He is and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker who shares the wisdom he has gained from his journey from impoverished upbringing to successful business owner, speaker and author. Shawn uses his "no excuses" philosophy to motivate millions of students, executives, CEOs and salespeople across the country. Shawn truly is living proof that "your greatest set-back is a set-up for a comeback".
Shawn's School Assembly topics include:
*No pressure, No Diamond
*The Power of Positive Decision Making
Shawn's Corporate Speaking/Coaching Topics Include:
*What is Your End Zone?
*No Pressure, No Diamond
*Gems Personality Profiles
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