John Davis: The Corporate Action Hero Fun, Interactive, Effective

Akron, OH

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Ohio Motivational Speaker, John Davis,known as the Corporate Action Hero, was born with a debilitating back disorder and wanted to live the life of an “Action Hero.” By setting seemingly impossible goals for himself, John went on to become a Stunt man, a Fight Director, a College Professor, Artistic Director, Business Leader, Internationally known Speaker, Comedian, Author and yes an Action Hero on stage and in film. John speaks to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He has presented in 28 countries and has delivered over 4000 live presentations. Even to the front lines of both Iraq and Afghanistan with the USO. John's programs inspire audiences to create, ”Vast successes one successful moment at a time.” His presentations are fun, interactive, with NO POWERPOINT. The "Action Hero Mindset" programs cover: Thriving during change, Inspiring present moment action, Leadership, Customer Service, Sales, Success, Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, and Stress Management.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My greatest achievement in life is being a part of others success. Each day I strive to empower other to be the best they can be without limitation. From Inner city kids to the most powerful corporate CEO, We each are striving to move forward. I am lucky in that I can help in their personal process. When I leave an event I am charged up for hours. It feels so good to deliver content that makes a real difference. That difference is the passion I carry into my presentations. At each presentation, I make new friends and help start new success stories.
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Location

Akron, OH 44313

Background check

Complete

Years in business

25

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

38

Reviews

28 Reviews
  • Melissa A. Jun 23, 2017
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Excellent performance and very well received by the audience!
    John D. Jun 23, 2017

    Thanks Melissa! Now that was a room full of Action Heroes!

  • Annie M. Apr 12, 2017
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Partner Solutions Informatics Forum
    John did a great job of motivating our audience for upcoming changes. We enjoyed that he kept the audience comfortable during the interactive role play and built their confidence. I would highly recommend John as a key note for any type of conference.
    John D. Jun 23, 2017

    Thanks Annie! What a fun time with your group!

  • Dan G. Mar 27, 2017
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    One of the best I have seen.
    This presentation was top notch! Very well received. I really enjoyed it. More like this would be great for next year. Very enjoyable and entertaining presentation that will have an impact on my career. It was a very entertaining session. John did a great job of tying his presentation to our industry and daily encounters. Liked the way he used the audience on several occasions. Great selection for our conference. I will incorporate the 5 F's into my life & organization It was a very entertaining session. John did a great job of tying his presentation to our industry and daily encounters. Liked the way he used the audience on several occasions. Great selection for our conference.
    John D. Mar 27, 2017

    Thanks Dan You have a group of real Action Heroes there!!--John

  • Beth M. Mar 17, 2017
    Fun and Energetic
    We had John at our annual seminar last year. Everyone loved his presentation. He was very fun and energetic. He got everyone involved and enabled us to see things from different perspectives. We would definitely recommend John for any event.
    John D. Mar 17, 2017

    Thanks Beth! I had a great time with your group!--John

  • Laura M. Jan 27, 2017
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Great job!
    We had John as our keynote speaker for our annual conference. He did an excellent job! Our association members really enjoyed his presentation. Very hands on and interactive.
    John D. Jan 27, 2017

    Thanks Laura! I have a great time with your group!--John

  • Nicole R. Jan 12, 2017
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Don't Miss John & His Whip
    John Davis delivers a unique, entertaining, engaging session that is sure to delight your audiences. He gets even shy and unassuming involved in activities they never thought they would do at a corporate event.
    John D. Jan 16, 2017

    Thank You Nicole! What a great group to work with! I look forward to working with you again.--John

  • Mari Y. Dec 14, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Safety isn't just one person's job.
    John provided a quick paced and entertaining message that hit home with our safety leaders. He was warm and engaging and really connected well with the audience. He was extremely easy to work with and very responsive to any questions as we prepared for the event. He definitely lived up to his name, and was our hero. Mari Yoder, Black Swamp Safety Council
    John D. Dec 14, 2016

    THANKS Mari Happy Holidays!

  • Briana H. Dec 8, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Superb Speaker!
    We booked John for a Ross County Safety Council meeting and he was superb. Our group was engaged, laughing, gasping, and on the edge of their seats every step of the presentation. Our group highly recommends him!
    John D. Dec 10, 2016

    THANKS BRIANA! I had a great time with your group.--JOHN

  • Michele B. Nov 16, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John Davis- Corporate Action Hero
    Corporate retreat. John did the afternoon sessions and kept the audience awake, engaged, entertained, and enthralled. Best ever!
    John D. Nov 16, 2016

    Thanks Michele! It was a pleasure working with your Real Estate Action Heroes!

  • Sarah S. Oct 20, 2016
    I would definitely recommend to businesses.
    Our group really enjoyed having John come and speak. He was very entertaining and engaging to the audience. His message resonated with everyone from upper level directors to entry level associates. Truly enjoyed his comedy mixed in with the message and broke up the day with humor and group activities.
    John D. Oct 20, 2016

    Thanks Sarah! Your event with Medic Management was a true blast!--John

  • Tom U. Sep 18, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Very motivating
    John did an excellent job motivating our staff during our annual meeting.
    John D. Sep 18, 2016

    Thanks Tom, your group at FedEx were great!--J

  • Liz R. Sep 13, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Professional & Engaging
    John was professional and engaging. Not only was it interactive with a purpose but also tailored to our needs. Thank you.
    John D. Sep 13, 2016

    Thanks Liz, You have a great group that will do big things!!--John

  • Elizabeth M. Aug 30, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Engaging, entertaining, and positive presentation. Great feedback from our attendees.
    John D. Aug 31, 2016

    Thank you! Keep doing the important work you are doing!--John

  • Ashley D. Aug 18, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John joined our management group for our annual company picnic. He kept the audience fully engaged and delivered a fantastic message about leadership and team building. John's speech was relatable, motivating and exciting - something that many of us will never forget! If you are looking for someone who can deliver a strong message and have a lot of fun at the same time - the Corporate Action Hero is your guy!
    John D. Aug 26, 2016

    Thank you Ashley! What a fun outdoor event!--J

  • Sheila S. Jul 21, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John D. Jul 22, 2016

    Thanks Sheila,I had a lot of fun with your group!

  • Paul K. May 7, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John was easy to work with, very professional and delivered a meaningful and dynamic talk.
    John D. Jul 20, 2016

    Thanks Paul! It was great working with your team!--John

  • Brian M. Apr 28, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Just outstanding for a corporate event. He kept the group engaged, gave a very usable message going further and was a totally entertaining
    John D. Apr 28, 2016

    Thanks Brian is was fun playing with the McDonald's croud!--John

  • Angela I. Apr 14, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John did an amazing job for our team. He set the expectations and needs very clearly. His communication in organizing the event was timely and accurate. John’s performance was memorable and a huge hit for those on stage and off! I would highly recommend John for any organization looking to find ways to inspire its members/employees to reach beyond their limits and become true action heroes.
    John D. Apr 14, 2016

    Thanks Angela! It was great working with you on your very successful event.--J

  • Jim R. Mar 7, 2016
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Inspire and motivate a sales team of 30 to embrace changes in our business, and be willing to take the necessary risks to improve their performance, compensation and quality of life. John delivered a FIVE STAR performance in all areas, and our group still talking about is unique style and unforgettable Keynote!
    John D. Mar 29, 2016

    Thanks Jim! What a great group. I look forward to working with you again.-J

  • Sarah H. Dec 16, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    What an amazing and engaging presentation! Our staff are still talking about their experience with "The Corporate Action Hero". John was able to relate the training directly to our needs. Highly recommended!
    John D. Dec 16, 2015

    Thank You Sarah!. You and Maggie were wonderful hosts. I'm glad your team had fun and got some useful information.

  • Jill M. Dec 15, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    Mr. Davis provided an outstanding presentation during our annual year end event. I assure you that you have never experienced a motivational presentation quite like his. It was fun, entertaining, exciting, and inspirational. If you are in need of a keynote speaker and you do not hire him, you are doing yourself a disservice. It was an absolute pleasure for our company to have him at our event. -Rusty Campbell, CLEAResult
    John D. Dec 15, 2015

    Thanks Rusty! I had a great time with your group. Its important work you are doing!

  • Kristina B. Jun 19, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John Davis really put on a great performance for us, as well as taught us many new skills that are perfectly pertinent for our workplace. The majority of my coworkers all came up to me and said that this was the best speaker yet! He really knew how to make all of us get involved and really learn how to work with people who are struggling.
    John D. Jun 19, 2015

    THANKS Kristina, and thanks to CHAPS for its important work. You are true Action Heroes!

  • Art R. Jan 7, 2015
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John presented at our annual company meeting and was very well received. He was very engaging, kept everyone interested and made learning keys to self development fun and exciting. I recommend him highly.
    John D. Jan 15, 2015

    Thanks Art! Your group was really fun and I had a great time too.

  • Jacqueline A. Nov 9, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    My experience was outstanding from our first interaction to the to the day of his presentation. Mr. John Davis is full of life, warmth and is able to inspire all. His style is sure to get your attention, leaving his key points forever with you.
    John D. Nov 11, 2014

    Thank you Jackie! I was a real pleasure working with your group of Action Heroes!

  • Judy P. Oct 10, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John's presentation regarding customer service was great. Our audience included professionals, field service technicians and office personnel. Everyone came away from the presentation with an enthusiasm for internal and external customer service. John's use of the bull whip to demonstrate customer service principles left a memorable impression. One of my employees stated that "John was very down to earth and understood us."
    John D. Oct 12, 2014

    Thanks Judy it was a real pleasure to work with a forward thinking company that operates through real family values.--John

  • Cindy W. Oct 7, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    BSI Financial had John Davis as a guest speaker for our employees. John was engaging, energetic and presented ideas that could be used in many aspects of their lives. The employees enjoyed having him as their motivational speaker. Much needed during our time of business growth!
    John D. Oct 12, 2014

    Thanks Cindy, Your team was great and fun to "Play" with.--John

  • Mike C. Sep 4, 2014
    Motivational Speaking
    Verified Review
    John was easy to work with. His motivational message was fun and funny and discussed the importance of goal setting. The audience of 300 teaching staff was so attentive that I took a picture to share with them. John's presentation was a 10 out of 10. He started our school year off on a perfect note.
    John D. Sep 18, 2014

    Thanks Mike It was a real pleasure celebrating these Your Action Heroes!!

  • Heather T. Oct 10, 2012
    John D. Oct 12, 2014

    Thanks Heather its been a real pleasure working with you on these many events.--John

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For We together establish how best their goals for the event can best be met and discover if I am a good fit for helping achieve those goals. After we have decided to move forward, a speaker agreement and deposit invoice is sent. Once the agreement is signed and the deposit is made, we schedule a phone conference to get more information about the event and the company to tailor the presentation. A week before the event we contact the client to finalize any last minute details. On the day of the event I like to arrive onsite before the event begins to double check staging and troubleshoot anises that might come up. Often times I am the first one in the room. Then we have a great event. After which I am available to the audience for questions or conversation
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been the Artistic Director of three regional theme parks, a Stunt man, fight director, a comedian, a college professor, and a Landscape Architect with a degree for the University of Delaware. I am also certified by five major stage combat organizations worldwide.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have delivered to audiences small and large, from National conferences with thousands of attendees to small executive groups of as little as eight. My previous clients include: FedEx, USO, Nationwide Insurance, AFLAC, Smuckers, Oberlin College, Mr Rooter, The Dwyer Group, and many more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Every summer I am involved in a Program for inner city kids. The program introduces them to the Arts and Job skills. Each summer when I do the program I come away with such hugely inspirational stories of overcoming struggles and I get to be a part of these kids life successes.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Always hire a speaker who has had ample stage time. Good speeches and speakers are a dime a dozen, but great speeches and speakers take stage time to develop. The more experienced the speaker the more impact you will have upon your audience and the more measurable results you will achieve.