At age 51, Greg should not still be alive!
He is “skin and bones” physically, weighing 65 pounds, soaking wet. He was born with muscular dystrophy and doctors expected him to perish before his 20s.
He uses a power wheelchair and his torso is supported by three surgically implanted metal rods attached to his spine. In 2005, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and told to plan for just five more years. Today, he is still flying around the country, enlightening people by teaching his area of expertise: Inner Strength. Throughout his life, Greg has had to work harder at everything to be successful. His insights will spark your group to seek out and build inner strength for individual and group success!
“The Strength Coach,” is a thought-provoking, entertaining and funny motivational speaker with a genuine, must-hear message that will inspire any audience of any age in any setting. When he takes the stage in his power wheelchair, the moment he reveals his deep commanding voice, your audience will be hooked. Greg delivers outstanding presentations for:
- Corporate Groups
- Professional Associations
- High Schools
- Government Agencies
- Sales Teams
- Disability Conferences/Events
What makes Greg Smith a great choice for your event:
- His Voice – The first thing you’ll notice is the strength of Greg’s deep voice, booming from his tiny 65 pound frame. His voice grabs your attention from the first moments.
- His Stories – Greg’s experiences are so unique that he could write a book filled completely with stories and reflections! (Umm, he has!)
- His Humor – He immediately snaps the tension about disability by making you laugh. This connects your audience, secures their attention throughout and makes his message memorable.
- His Media – Greg uses music, video, pictures, the movement of of his chair, and a few surprises that make it far more entertaining than just speaking to the crowd.
On the platform, Greg fills the entire stage with movement, delivering his expertise with images, sound effects, dramatic storytelling, and memorable strategies. His audiences leave the meeting ignited with a desire to seek out the addictive feeling that is derived when success triumphs over difficulty.
From his “power chair,” Greg Smith (“The Strength Coach”) leads an energetic lesson in self determination, mixing his personal story with life lessons that inspire. He sees having muscular dystrophy as an opportunity to experience the world from a different perspective, and to speak, write and broadcast the lessons he has learned.
- Greg is the author of the best-selling, “On A Roll: Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude,” and founder of the 14-year-running syndicated radio show “On A Roll: Talk Radio on Life & Disability,” later renamed “The Strength Coach Radio Show.”
- He has been honored as an “Exceptional American” by the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia; his plaque and picture right between Stevie Wonder and Christopher Reeve.
- He’s been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CBS News, and National Public Radio.
- His remarkable life story was revealed to over two million viewers in the ‘Audience Award Winning’ PBS documentary film, “On A Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream,” which aired in 2005.
Greg’s clients include:
- Sports: Tennessee Volunteers football team (who won 5 straight after the speech!), University of Tennessee student athletes, Alcorn State Braves football team, Carl Sandberg College student athletes
- Government: United States Departments of Labor, Secret Service, Social Security, Postal Service, NASA, EPA
- Colleges: Arizona State, Colorado State, Florida State, Florida, West Florida, UIC (Chicago) Carl Sandberg, Indiana State, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Wright State, Rhodes College, and several high schools and middle schools.
- Corporations: General Motors, Microsoft, Chevron
- Associations: Laboratory Products Association, National Association of Black Journalists, American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Speakers Association