1998 Olympic Gold Medalist & Best-selling Author
Travels From: Park City, UT
Fee Menu: $7500 – 10,000
At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Nikki Stone became America’s first-ever Olympic Champion in the sport of inverted aerials. What made this performance so unbelievable, was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour.
Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title. She also became the first pure aerialist ever (male or female) to become the yearlong Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion.
In addition to her skiing endeavors, Nikki is also a Magna Cum Laude undergraduate of Union College in New York and a 4.0 Suma Cum Laude graduate of the University of Utah in the field of Sports Psychology.
Nikki’s accomplishments have carried far beyond the slopes and school room as she now works as a motivational coach for a new national Biggest Loser program, trains other Olympic athletes in speaking skills, and she has recently authored the new, inspirational bestseller When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out. Through her work as an athlete and a professional, you may have seen Nikki in one of her televised commercials or in one of her many television appearances on shows like Late Night with David Letterman and the Today Show. In her spare time, Nikki devotes her efforts to numerous charities—such as the American Cancer Society, Make A Wish and Right to Play—and sits on 5 different philanthropic committees. The majority of Nikki’s time is now dedicated to encouraging and inspiring audiences around the country—explaining in detail how she achieved success and they can do the same when they “Stick Their Necks Out”.
When Turtles Fly: Finding Your Turtle Effect: Sticking your neck out to reach your goals
How do individuals find the drive for what they do? How do they conquer their greatest obstacle? How do they take the appropriate risks to make sure their business skyrockets? Nikki relates how clients can answer these questions through her incredible Turtle Effect philosophy. Nikki discovered that she could find the passion to pursue her lifelong dreams, she could find the strength to overcome a spinal injury that 10 doctors told her wasn’t possible, and she could take the risk of soaring 50 feet in the air off a 10 foot tall snow jump to win an Olympic Gold medal despite being afraid of heights. With inspiring tools, people find that Nikki’s inspiration will motivate them long after they have heard her speak.
“You motivate me still, today. Your inspiration will last a lifetime…I took your advice and surmounted the obstacles by focusing on my strengths–even when I wasn’t sure if my strengths were still there. And now, I’m celebrating my victories as I move forward. And each victory reminds me that even in the face of adversity, my strengths were still there. This allows me to put risk–and fear–in perspective.”
Only Some Want to Fly: Striving for Excellence by Spreading your Wings to Reach Success
Olympic Gold Medalists have reached a level of success that very few people in the world have achieved. Nikki has analyzed and researched why she and many other professionals have found this success. Let Nikki truly motivate your organization through her engaging and moving journey while demonstrating the activities that will help every individual surge an all new level of excellence.
“It’s easy to see why everyone fell in love with your story, motivation, generosity, and character. Your enthusiasm was contagious and your message was so moving…You really are the best motivational speaker I’ve ever heard!”
Knocking Down Those Walls: Turning your Obstacles into Hurdles
There is a compelling comparison that can be made between the difficulties of overcoming a career-threatening injury in a risky sport and the fears and challenges that most professionals face in their quest to be the best. Hear how Nikki creatively makes this link and encourages attendees stand up to their obstacles and learn from the experience in order to cut a new path towards the finish line. Nikki will help change an attitude of discouragement to an experience of encouragement through a story filled with laughter, tears and lot of fist-pumping.
“Wow, wow, WOW! That presentation was POWERFUL!! We all felt like we were right there with you…. You could feel the electric energy flying from that conference room as we walked out after you spoke.”
You Can’t Get to the Top Alone: Using Teamwork to Achieve your Goals
We all want to be the best at what we do. We want to stand out, be recognized and acknowledged for our achievements. But whether you are an individual in an organization or an athlete representing your country, we all need to appreciate and utilize the team surrounding us. There’s no secret to finding a support system, the real secret lies in using it. Explore the hands-on activities Nikki shares in helping attendees reach new heights and use their support system to make sure they can land on their feet.
“It says something about a speaker that can captivate the entire audience during Sundance, at a fantastic ski resort, amidst an array of varied, accomplished speakers. You definitely stole the show!!”
We Only Live Once: Make it Count: Taking the Risk to Be Your Best
You and your company didn’t get to where they are by sitting on the couch and waiting for life to sweep you up to your ultimate success. In order to reach your full potential we all have to think and act outside the box in order to get ahead. Take the journey with Nikki learning some unique tips and tools for individuals and businesses to take the next steps in your personal and professional lives.
“The guests have been talking about you nonstop since your speech. Your engagement was impactful, engaging, dynamic and empowering. You had something for each of us, entrepreneurs or not.”
Watch Out World, Here Come the Women: Women in Sports & Business Reaching New Heights
Business was once thought of as a man’s world and aerial skiing was once thought of as a man’s sport. Women have come on with a vengeance to debunk these stereotypes. Nikki will empower women to dig deeper, push further, fight harder, and stand taller in their pursuit of the top tier of their professions. Discover the assets that women have working for them and the concepts they can use to beat off the competition.
FACEBOOK: “Olympic Gold Medalist, Nikki Stone gave an amazing presentation at the conference I attended in Utah this week. She is such an inspiration! 🙂 And as if I wasn’t moved enough by her talk, she let me pose in a picture with her real Olympic Gold medal on!”
“As March comes to a close, I think of spring and our great [conference] last May. And the first thing I recall is always you and your incredible presentation. WOW! I still can feel the aura of that room while you mesmerized us with your story.”
“You motivate me still, today. In this past month I’ve brought on two new clients, and have several more that I’m in discussions with. I took your advice and surmounted the obstacles by focusing on my strengths–even when I wasn’t sure if my strengths were still there.”
“And now, I’m celebrating my victories as I move forward. And each victory reminds me that even in the face of adversity, my strengths were always present. This allows me to put risk–and fear–in perspective. Then, I recall your declaration: ‘The brave do not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.’…and I know that I’m living again!”
Margie Simon, Principal, Simon & Associates Public Relations
“Nikki was an absolute pro. She related her personal experience to everyday challenges – how they hinder success and how they can be overcome. Not only did she motivate the audience, she also put things in perspective for them”.
Mike Treske, Sr. Vice President National Sales, John Hancock (quote listed in the John Hancock newsletter, The Hancock Hub
“ I loved hearing from you. I am a serious Olympics fan, so the theme caught my attention immediately. I really get caught up in the emotion and competition that comes from the games. I was very impressed by your speech and the way that you brought American Express and our Blue Box values into your talking points.”
Valerie Iorg, American Express
“By the time you were finished speaking, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. For those of us who organized the meeting, the speech was particularly impressive as you helped cement – for a rather cynical group – why O.C. Tanner [is pursuing this project]. I hope we can work together soon. I certainly have been telling everyone I come in contact with about you and your wonderful abilities.”
Adrian Gostick, Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications, O.C. Tanner Company
“Your moving story of dedication, commitment, and the will to triumph over adversity was extremely inspirational… Your willingness to share your Olympic gold medal with the group and get your picture taken with everyone was also most appreciated. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional, motivational, or friendly Olympian to work with and we were proud to have you as part of the Delta team.”
Kelly Sartin, Manager – Olympic Marketing, Delta
“The trials and tribulations you had to endure to reach your goals really made a profound affect on everyone. Your story really touched many people, as was evident from the tears, laughter and applause. Your message was eloquently stated and the ‘rungs’ (or essential attributes) of your ladder of success will surely be applied by all of us in the workplace and in life.”
Jaime Rupert, Vice President, Coltrin & Associates
“When we first discussed the Olympic theme and the possibility of finding an Olympian as our keynote for our annual event, I couldn’t have ever imagined how great it would turn out in the end. I have to commend you on your ability to connect your personal experience to our group and to tell your story of perseverance in the way that inspired us all. You did a fantastic job detailing your hurdles and relating them to the group in a way that they could apply to their own hurdles.”
Micha Stone, ACT Meeting Planner & Member Services Coordinator
“I appreciate your ability to take [our message] and incorporate it into a motivational Speech. The audience was enthralled with your Olympic story…”
Lynn Williams, Tour and Travel Manager, Park City Chamber of Commerce
“Your presentation captured the attention of teenagers across the Wasatch Front, which is no easy task! The goal for the school speaker tour was to motivate today’s youth to never stop reaching for their goals. Your presentation not only motivated the group to keep reaching for their goals, but also to take risks and try new things… Thank you for your professionalism and inspirational story. It was a pleasure and honor to work with you. We will be sure to contact you in the future for additional presentations.”
Nancy Gnos, Marketing Manager; Pepsi Bottling Group
“Not only were your remarks inspirational, they were so on target for our [audience]… I was so impressed with your ability to focus on your audience, to tell your story in a very diversified and motivational way that I have recommended you to several organizations for keynote addresses.”
Mona Given, CFO/ Public Relations; Huntsman World Senior Games
“Your story, your spirit, and your generosity were truly inspiring to us and our guests. Your story still sends chills down my spine”.
Brad Gerdeman, Director – Worldwide Marketing Communications, Delta
“We sincerely appreciate your easy cooperation and all your efforts in hosting the group, and in making their visit memorable. From our clients and tour guide: ‘The feedback was great! They loved the video and speech’, ‘…Nikki Stone received an A+ from the group…all were very positive’, ‘…they all paid rapt attention during the entire tour…’”
Amy Merkley, Account Executive and Kirsty Stephens, Program Manager, PGI – The Event and Communications Agency
”We heard so many positive comments about your remarks on overcoming obstacles and reaching goals. People commented in person as well as on our evaluation forms that you were their favorite presenter they listened to during the three-day event. So we thank you for making your remarks so meaningful…”
Kathy Riggs, USU extension Agent/ Leadermete co-chair, Utah State University Extension
“I was personally greatly inspired by your presentation … I will not soon forget the experience I had with you today! We are richer for having been with you… Thanks for enriching our lives.”
Neal L. Cox, Dean of Students, Southern Utah University
“The guests were very impressed with the time you spent with them and insight you gave them. It sure was great that you brought your medal and torch to give the guests an opportunity to be photographed with them. You certainly handle everything very professionally and have developed an inspiring message. It sounds like the future will hold some special opportunities for you.” Stan Smith, President, Stan Smith Events
“Your presentation was extremely well received and those in attendance felt it was a worthwhile addition to the conference. The book signing and photo session after your presentation made it that much more personable to the audience. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Daniel F. Vickers, CAE, Executive Director, The Podiatry Institute
“You brought to our meeting a new and previously inexperienced element which was very well received by our audience… Your presentation was captivating, exciting and stimulating as well as emotional… [I}t made 1998 seem as though it were only yesterday. What a motivating story to say the least. For our physicians and surgeons it helped us realize that almost any challenge which we face can indeed be overcome with conviction, perseverance, commitment and dedication. We will all DREAM BIGGER now!”
Gerard V. Yu, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., Director of Program Development , Scientific Program Chair, The Podiatry Institue
“You truly were the highlight of our sales recognition trip… You captured the hearts of every single person in that room and I’m confident that you made each a stronger person… The feedback from my team was all ‘top box’. You’re dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm is unparalleled and you can definitely count on us calling on your services again in the future. Thanks for enriching our lives.”
Russ Garner, Fidelity Investments
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