Here’s what people have to say about John Spence


chat-iconIzabela Paluch
Chairman of the Board

Dear John,

We would like to express our gratitude for the meeting last week at PAMI.
We found your insightful advices very useful and your presentation contained several innovative ideas that we are now considering for our development.
It was very inspiring for us to learn that the complex issues are awesomely simple!
Let me also send best regards to Sheila Spence – I was very happy to meet her in Kraków.

Thank you and best regards!

chat-iconNestor Sánchez
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ayudamos a tu empresa a crecer

Hello John,

I’ve read a couple of your blog posts after adding your “Simple” book to my books-I-want list. I can’t remember how I found it, but somehow I ended up subscribing to receive emails from you.
Today I watched two videos. “Business Success Formula” at Vimeo and “The most important thing…” Ted video at YouTube.
I’ll get to the point. You’ve earned my admiration.
I can say this of very few people.
Two videos, a review and a few posts about strategy is not equivalent to knowing a lot about your career, yet I feel compelled to write to congratulate you.

Somehow your ideas about strategy, execution, success aligned with recent events in my life. But most curiously, your “Live a life of love” close at the TED talk touched me deeply.


chat-iconTodd Spaulding
Vice President, CADDY
Pentair Engineered Electrical & Fastening Solutions 
                      ERICO International Corporation


I can’t tell you how many learning sessions I’ve attended at conferences over the past 20 years, but I’ve never been more inspired and driven coming out of one than yours at MCAA. Today, I purchased Amesomely Simple for all my “plane hours” on a business trip to Europe next week, signed up for your blog, and sent the 90 life changing quotes to my teenagers and wife. I look forward to sharing this information with my team and family… and most importantly – applying it.

Thanks for a great session in Orlando.

Best regards

chat-iconBill Yancey
Managing Director
Hilltop Securities Inc.

Greetings John-

Today I saw the pictures you posted on the Wharton campus.  I remember very fondly my time as an SII Trustee, and how much I looked forward to seeing you each year.  Your energy is a real differentiator as you bring to life clear and relevant guidance for leading.  Keep up the great work and please let me know the next time your travels take you Dallas/Ft. Worth.  It would be a treat to see you again.

Until that day, I wish for you Sheila and team…

Many Blessings!

Make it a great day!


chat-iconMindy Whittle
Monsanto Company
Soybean Industry Affairs Lead

Thank you for the great session yesterday with the ASA Board.
I thought the entire session was very strong and I was pleasantly surprised at the engagement from the group; usually, there is a lot more head-bobbing (snoozing) so you certainly kept the group interested. Several farmers thanked me profusely for the session sponsorship and shared that they found your information very relevant to them as ASA Directors and community leaders.

I also found your session helpful to me professionally and so I was very happy I was able to participate. Much of the learnings from yesterday will be helpful to me as we go through some very large changes at Monsanto in the next several months.

Working with you, Mercedes and Sheila was very easy, very professional, and I would happily recommend you to any Organization looking for an upbeat, interactive learning session.

Thank you, John, yesterday was a great success.


chat-iconRose Cavaliere, CAIB, CIP
Operations Manager
Dawson & Keenan Insurance Ltd.

Behind every good man is a woman as evidenced in the email address.

I am a firm believer that there is always room to improve and your sessions were a reminder of that.

I was watching an episode of Ellen where Steve Harvey was a guest.  While he can be flamboyant at times, there is one statement he made during the episode that was another awakening moment.  Take time each day and be thankful, truly thankful, for everything that you have and good things will continue to happen to you.  I wanted to share that with you.

In my current position, I am primarily responsible for some significant changes in the office.  As you can imagine, it is challenging at times trying to get the “buy in” from people.  I feel like an octopus with eight hands going in different directions and my brain keeping ahead of it all.  Hearing you speak has re-energized me in my work and personal life.  I thank you for that.


chat-iconLiz Miller
Education Manager
National Association of Federal Credit Unions

Thank you for contributing to the success of NAFCU’s 2014 Management and Leadership Institute. Your presentation was valuable and informative. I appreciate your efforts to ensure a quality educational experience for all delegates.

 Here are your average scores compiled from the session evaluations. The attendees rated the following on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being ‘excellent’ and 1 being ‘poor.’

Leader of the Future Your Score Session Average*
Speaker knowledge of the material 4.98 4.88
Speaker delivery 5.00 4.72
Quality of speaker handouts 4.79 4.50

Additional comments on this session:

Very engaging, excellent delivery, great material, overall great!

The speaker really made me step back and think of my own leadership style.  For the first time, in a long time, I was thinking about leading my team and not just getting the work done.

Mr. Spence provided very helpful information.  He was very energetic and kept my attention throughout his entire presentation.  I will definitely utilize the information shared when I get back to work. Great job Mr. Spence!

*Session average is the average score across all sessions for this measure at this conference.

I hope you find this feedback constructive and useful.  Please let us know if you have any questions on the ratings or comments.

Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and expertise with the credit union community.  We value your participation, and it has been a pleasure working with you!


chat-iconLori Pugh
Manager of Event Production & Design
Meeting Professionals International

I am sending this note to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your stellar performance as Keynote Speaker in Las Vegas at IMEX America 2014. I believe that your quick wit and valuable content of your session helped motivate and inspire our attendees.

I will be sending a link to your video in the next couple of weeks once it has been sent to us from IMEX.

It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to work with you and I hope this has been a great experience for you too.  If you have an suggestions on how we could improve your speaking process with the IMEX America, please share them with me.


chat-iconRichard Daniels
Quality Manager Hangars 1 & 3
Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services

My name is Richard Daniels and we met when you did a Management Seminar for Embraer here in Nashville, TN. If you’re wondering if your presentation had any effect on me or my company … I’ll tell you this … You wouldn’t recognize the environment we work in today. It’s completely changed. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but everyone in that room took something away from it …  and due to the hard work of a lot of people … I am proud to say that this is not the same company it was when you were here last.

During the presentation you covered an area where you were having great difficulty with an employee and discussed the “Four Blank Sheets of Paper” counseling session. I remember taking notes on this, but for the life of me, do not know where I placed them. Can you please tell me what went on each of the individual sheets? I have an employee with which I am having some difficulty and feel that this may be my last opportunity in getting through to him.

Hope you are doing well. Thank you for inspiring us to make changes happen.


chat-iconJoy S. Rosenthal,Rosenthal Law & Mediation

Thank you for writing Awesomely Simple. I read it just before becoming president of a small struggling non-profit made up of independent mediators. I gave a copy to each board member, we defined our mission, vision and values, and then prioritized our goals. We completely turned the organization around in 2 years. The board is happier, more productive, an

Collection of testimonials from several attendees at the American Institute of CPA’s event June of 2014:

Great speaker, very meaningful information shared during the session.

Great speaker. Said a lot in a short time.

Great way to open the conference!

I challenge John’s statement that he is not a motivational speaker. I am now motivated to deal with a staff person whose performance has diminished lately. And I believe it is clear that we must first look at ourselves (my partner and I) to determine why this has happened. TRUST.. Thanks for hanging the mirror.

This speech alone made the conference worth attending.


chat-iconMichael Dickneider

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed seeing you again and how terrific it was to have you working with this group. It so great to work with people you consider good friends.  I hope this leads to more opportunities to work together again, and I believe it will.

As an aside, more than one participant came up to me on break or after the session, and commented that their day with you has been the best part of the 12-month program.


chat-iconBill Davidson
SVP of Qualcomm Investor Relations, SVP of Strategy and Operations for Global Market Development-QTI at Qualcomm

John is one of the brightest, most energetic people I have ever come across. His enthusiasm when running classes for me has proven to be infectious. The feedback from the participants is always through the roof. John is an expert in effective business strategies with no fluff. He is brutally honest and gets the most out of anyone he interacts with. He also happens to be an outstanding human being of the highest integrity whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for nearly 20 years.


chat-iconJohn C Italia,Director, Merrill Lynch Global Business Metrics and Reporting

Thank you John for the impact you’ve had on my career.

We met about 8 years ago when I took several workshops you taught at Merrill Lynch in Plainsboro, NJ.  I wanted to thank you for the significant and positive impact you’ve had on both sides of my career:  I’ve managed Merrill’s rapid response business intelligence team since 1999 and have also taught Applied Micro Economics and Business Management at Rutgers University for 19 years.  At Merrill you’ve helped me become a better negotiator and push myself to innovate and deliver excellence allowing me to maintain a extraordinarily stable position throughout a decade of turmoil.  At Rutgers you’ve given me a huge amount to think about and apply in my Management class – I quote your materials often and encourage students to check you out online.  In both cases you’ve helped me really define my value proposition and develop a franchise within a franchise business model to uniquely differentiate my Merrill department from our peers and my courses from other instructors.  I designed an analytics team patterned after a special forces operating model and my large lecture Microeconomics course is designed to flow like a 14 week TED talk – both approaches continue to deliver specialized and unexpected value to my internal clients and students.

I really appreciate your generosity in the videos, slide shows and materials you’ve made available on the web – thank you!  Most of all, your outlook on success which highly values self fulfillment and service to others really resonates with me.

I hope you get emails like this all the time, you are a rock star.


chat-iconMindy Gillis M.Ed.
Specialist, Leadership Learning and Development Center of Excellence
The Mayo Clinic

I have had the pleasure to work with John Spence for several years at Mayo Clinic. John is an excellent speaker. His passion is contagious. His experience is proven. His knowledge is diverse and well researched.

John is in class of speakers second to none. He has the unique ability to deliver simplified yet highly effective solutions to complex business challenges… and always with his signature passion and enthusiasm that I admire. It is never a dull moment in one of John’s seminars and I regularly receive feedback from others who agree. John is a refreshing inspiration to anyone who attends one of his sessions.

I recently had the opportunity to work with John on a high level leadership project. His insight and simplified approach was essential to the success of the improvements made by the leaders involved. John is an excellent communicator, superb speaker, proven expert, inspiring motivator, and textbook model of personal integrity. It is always a pleasure to work with John. I would recommend John to anyone who may have a need for his world class training or expertise.


chat-iconSpencer Penhart
Abbott Laboratories

We’ve used John as a consultant/key note speaker and trainer at Abbott Laboratories several times in many different areas of our organization. Each time he has delivered huge, lasting leaps in performance and culture, and over-delivered well beyond his fee. His book “Awesomely Simple” has been the staple for many of our local sales managers to achieve record sales results in our geography. A deep expert in multiple business-critical areas, there is no one I trust more than John to provide the improvement and honest feedback that our organization needs.

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