“I have seen dozens of motivational speakers in my career and simply put, Josh is the BEST! Josh arrived three days before his speech and attended presentations by our leadership and training sessions with our clinical experts. He spent time getting to know us as individuals at meals and our team-building event. His closing keynote speech synthesized not only his own story but also our culture, the challenges facing our industry, and even anecdotes from the lives of audience members. His speech felt personalized and relevant to where we are as a company. We were entertained, we were inspired, and we walked away motivated to do one more thing one more time to grow our sales and serve our customers. Josh was part of our organization for an entire week of meetings and he became a part of our culture. He truly loves what he does and it shows.”
Greg Quinn, MBA
Vice President of Sales, West Area
Boston Heart Diagnostics
"In 17 years of teaching in 5 states you were the brightest most inspiring and entertaining I have ever heard as a keynote speaker."
Anita Bransford Bankhead.
Special Education Teacher
Huntsville City Schools
“I had dinner with the executive team last night and they could not stop talking about you. And how great it was that you came in early to really understand our and our business.”
Manager, Corporate Events
"It was a pleasure working with you and your presentation was truly one of the best we've ever had. I appreciated how well you incorporated Madonna and rehab into your speech. A lot of speakers, even the really good ones, seem like they are giving a rehearsed one-act play. You incorporated the great insights from your book while also weaving in the theme of our program, Madonna highlights and even our GOAL Award recipients by name. That's quick thinking and a skill that will impress other organizations, as well."
Director of Marketing
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
“Many people have said that your speech was the highlight of the event for them. You connected with the audience in such a meaningful way—thanks for attending the conference and speaking the ‘workstation language’—it made your message so powerful. I also appreciate that you were flexible in your approach, focusing on your inspirational and motivational messages to support the overall theme and intent of the event.”
Business Planning & Operations
HP Inc. Workstations
"Josh was just the best! He set the bar extremely high for future keynoters by attending our entire event to get to know us. He customized the speech perfectly, and our attendees really appreciated it.”
International Association of Administrative Professionals
“A huge THANK YOU for the incredible job you did speaking at our event yesterday! I have received nothing but shining comments from your presentation. To reiterate what I said yesterday, you have been able to inspire a group of folks who – on regular occasions – don’t want to move from their cubes. Just standing next to you yesterday during the book signing, I watched as some of our most quiet and introverted (yet talented) folks came up to speak with you, and proceeded to tell you intimate details about their own lives, and the lives of their family and friends. People today are walking around smiling and with their heads held high.”
Tennessee Valley Authority
"When Josh spoke for us, I had 18 year veterans telling me he was the best that they had ever heard and thanked me for bringing him to Tri-Valley. I also had administrators tell me that it was the best start to a school year that they had ever had and that Josh had set the stage for that beginning. We have a staff of 150 at Tri Valley. During the course of the day I was thanked by every staff member for bringing Josh in to speak. Almost to a person they stated that he put everything in perspective."
Superintendent of Tri-Valley CUSD #3
"The other day I overheard one of my agents use a direct quote from the speech to a prospective client on the phone! I give Josh my highest recommendation."
Founder and Broker in Charge
Betsey’s Real Estate
"More than 7,000 people heard Josh speak at our annual management conference. A miracle himself, Josh inspired us to make the most of our own lives."
CEO, Rite Aid
"During the speech I went from laughing to crying several times. I have seldom been so entertained by a message that I could relate to. "
American Association of School Administrators
"Josh received—and deserved—two standing ovations!"
Director, Corporate Development
Children's Miracle Network
"Josh is an extraordinary young man with a message that inspires and awes his audiences with his true life experiences.He is a must for your next meeting! "
"Josh is just the best and we are all still talking about the impact he had on each of us!"
Unitus Credit Union
"Josh's message of persistence and optimism is life changing. He will inspire even the most cynical audience!"
Sarah Canepa Bang
Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Inc.
"Josh is, in one word, amazing. But one word can’t describe the impact of his presentation. His high-energy, hugely inspirational presentation captivates and mesmerizes audiences of all ages – from 13 to 103. There were moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity and moments of quiet poignancy when you could hear a pin drop in the room as Josh told his life story. His powerful message of overcoming life’s obstacles with courage, humor, and grace will grab your heart and stay with you forever."
YPO Southern 7 Family Meeting
"Best speaker I've ever heard!"
National Post-Secondary Agricultural Student Organization
"You started the conference with a BANG! I could have listened to you for another hour!"
North Dakota Healthcare Financial Management Association
"I have been involved with DECA for over 15 years and I have to say that your speech was the best that I have seen."
Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA) 1998-99
"Josh's presentation was one of, if not the best, closing keynote ever given at our Educational Leaders Fall Conference."
Dr. Doug Johnson
North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
"His presentation was entertaining and engaging while being an inspiration to the audience."
Senior Director of Distribution Center Operations
"Josh Sundquist was the 'grand finale' keynote speaker for our annual professional development conference for school administrators....Everyone in attendance was captivated by this young man and his engaging personality!!"
School Administrators of South Dakota
"We invited Eagle Scout Josh Sundquist to speak at our annual recognition dinner on the recommendation of just one person. That person had witnessed him light up a room of educational administrators, who can be a tough audience. We were confident his Scouting story would be well received. But his passion, enthusiasm and story-telling ability far exceeded the expectations of our staff and attendees. We’re still getting outstanding feedback from the event and I’ve already recommended him to another Boy Scout council for a similar event."
Director of Public Relations
Greater St. Louis Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
"I have received an enormous amount of positive feedback regarding Josh and the impact that his presentation had."
Shane Thomas M.S.
Manager Body-for-LIFE Challenge
"Attendees of our event agreed that Josh was the best speaker we've ever had! During his talk, we laugh, we cried, and we had fun. But most importantly, Josh's speech helped the audience feel connected to our mission and inspired to be generous. We appreciate the effort he made to get to know us and personalize his talk for our event. I'm confident that his role in the luncheon resulted in a significant fundraising increase for us!"
Pedro R. Payne, Ph.D.
Director Community Outreach & Patient Experience
Loma Linda University Medical Center
"We had a great event! The place is still buzzing about the luncheon and Josh’s talk! The perfect balance of humor, candor, message, and joy."
Assistant Development Director
LOGAN Community Resources
"Josh inspires, informs, and entertains. His message resonates with any group, from young students to senior administrators."
National Association of College Auxiliary Services - East Region
"Josh was without a doubt the greatest speaker we've ever had."
Maryland 4-H Teen Council
"Josh’s message of resiliency laced with humor keeps the attention of listeners, young and old."
Williston Area Teacher Center
"We have run these camps for many years and have heard many speakers, and I can not give a stronger recommendation for someone."
"Josh was INCREDIBLE! His message was spot on. WE WILL KEEP HOPE ALIVE!"
Chief Operating Officer
The Children's Village at Christian City
"Josh offers an incredibly inspiring story and is a great presenter. We heard more positive feedback from our employees about the event where Josh spoke than from any other group meeting we've held."
Farmers and Merchants Bank
"Josh Sundquist is a charismatic young speaker who grabs an audience's attention from the moment he takes the stage - and keeps it until the time he leaves it."
Jeff Martin, Director
American Cancer Society CAN
"Today is our first day of school and teachers are still talking about you. Your fantastic energy and inspiration will carry us well into the school year!"
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Columbia School District
"As a member of the staff, I typically hang around in the session room once the speaker is finished just to hear the initial reactions and comments. The room was filled with a positive buzz about Josh for an hour after his presentation concluded. Josh received a standing ovation from our group and I’m sure I speak for everyone in the room when I say we felt so grateful that he was there and shared his story with all of us."
Jennifer M. Velazquez
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
“We sure did love your presentation and we are so grateful you spend some time with us. You held our attention, kept us entertained, and ultimately delivered a message that connected with both students and faculty alike!”
Assistant Principal for Student Life
Bishop Ireton High School
“Our folks are still talking about how great a message you had and how moved they were by your testimony.”
Senior Learning and Performance Specialist
Firstmark Credit Union
“As an event planner, Josh is the first keynote speaker I've worked with that tapped the heart and/or mind of every single audience member. Josh's message of overcoming adversity with humor, courage and grace is life changing. Josh's delivery is perfect -- taking you from laughter to tears, and back again! Josh - you should be very proud of yourself, you are one of the best! I am honored to have worked with you.”
Missouri State of SHRM
“Josh is a wonderful speaker who captivates everyone in the audience with his positive attitude and true life stories. Truly an inspiration for all who hear him speak!”
Meeting Planner and HR Specialist
"The event was the talk of the town at work! You were a big reason for its success! I couldn't be happier!"
Director of Major Gifts
St. Joseph Hospital
"I've hired dozens of speakers for our dental group summits over the years and Josh is the only one who arrived early to visit one of our local offices, meet the staff, and even get his teeth cleaned. It's a nice touch that allowed his presentation to be more personalized for the audience. We were so entertained and inspired by Josh's story that we brought him back to speak again at one of our other events!"
Summit Events & Meetings
Mortenson Dental Partners
"Most keynote speakers arrive about two minutes before they go on stage. Josh came three days early to attend our entire event, meet our team, and get to know our culture. He was able to refer to audience members by name and tie together elements of our entire meeting as he shared his life story with us. Josh is a dynamic, purpose-driven speaker with a message of passion and perseverance that is relevant to any audience. Our team left the meeting eager to do more, to be more and to expect more from life and from ourselves. Josh inspired us to always strive to do "one more thing, one more time!"
Director of Marketing Communications
“I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the faculty and students about how much they enjoyed your talk! You were hysterical. Having you was a great addition. Thank you for all of the endless pictures you took and time you spent talking to all of the students. Your story is truly an inspiration, and your comedy is even better!”
Dr. Nicole Nagle (Robell), PT, DPT
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“I had so many people tell me this was our best luncheon in its 20-year history. I appreciate that Josh took the time to visit our facility the day before to understand our mission, employees and clients. He did a wonderful job using his story to inspire others to engage in our own mission. Everyone who came left inspired and ready to do whatever they can to make our community a better place to live and work for people who are blind."
Director of Marketing
"You were the highlight of the event! Your story, eloquence, timing and personality coupled with your delivery make you one of the best speakers I have ever seen. I can’t thank you enough for investing the time you did to come in early to understand the event and our participants. Thank you for inspiring all of us. A standing ovation! Wow!"
Vice President & General Manager
Connecting Point Marketing Group
"We are appreciative that Josh listened to us regarding the service theme of our conference and our specific needs. We were so impressed by the way he integrated our theme, industry, and business into his story. He connected his talk to the specific challenges and goals of our company which was important to us. Our attendees loved his sense of humor and his heartfelt message! We’re so pleased that we chose Josh as a keynote speaker."
Development Coordinator and Leadership Conference Co-Chair
RISE: A Real Estate Company
"Josh was a huge hit. He was was just masterful at speaking alternating between having people laugh hysterically and crying in silence. He also did a great job integrating what he learned about our organization into his speech. I would highly recommend him to other organizations looking for a very powerful motivational speaker with a highly heartfelt story."
Director of Brand Marketing
“Josh attended the entire conference getting to know our members. In his presentation he shared the stories he had gleaned from those conversations along with his own remarkable narrative. Between peals of laughter and tears rolling down cheeks, the audience was captivated from beginning to end. Connecting the dots from the entire event with his truly personalized presentation, he is the closing keynote speaker that every meeting planner is looking for.”
Meeting & Event Planner
"Thank you again for the outstanding presentations and networking opportunities for RIKC. You have been the absolute best to work with and will be very difficult to top for next year. "
Jeanette Boucher, OTR
R!KC (The Rehabilitation Institute of KC)
"Josh inspired our audience with his unique brand of inspirational comedy. The powerful impact of his presentation touched people's lives in a very special way."
Director of Marketing & Public Relations