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My wife and I were celebrating our 37th anniversary down in the British Virgin Islands. While on a boat ride, I connected with a gentleman who owns his own leadership training/development business. As we discussed our work and passions, I asked him who he uses for inspiration and ideas. I was blown away when he said “Some old school guys like Lee Iacocca and Jack Welch and more recently writers like Daniel Pink, Peter Bregman, and John Spence.”

I jumped at the connection and asked how he had connected to you. He had stumbled across a couple of your blog posts a while back looking for fresh ideas to add to his training but has had you bookmarked ever since. As the Ambassador of Hope for Tyler’s Hope, I wove in our connection and knew we had to meet again. I know you have accolades heaped on you daily, and have always been amazed at your steady, unpretentious modesty with how large and influential your brand has become, but thought you would like to hear about this “real world” connection!

Ken Staab – Ambassador of Hope, Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure

Florida Forestry Association

“That was gold.”

[John] really was fabulous. He stopped at my table to check in with me after it was over and spent like 20 minutes talking to the people sitting with me. When he left, I turned to them and said, “And you thought it was great when I got you an extra piece of cheesecake. Now you’ve had a private audience with John Spence!” Their response: “The cheesecake was great, but that (indicating their private roundtable discussion with JS) … that was gold. We want to sit with you all the time!”

Thank you for everything!

Lee Ann Fisch – Director of Communications – Florida Forestry Association

Tom Gallaher

“Rich and helpful”

I first came across you on The Shoulders of Titans podcast with Mr. Dan Lok. I found you very helpful and understandable (other than your sales formula which was a bit confusing….I have dyslexia) anyway I now follow you on LinkedIn, Twitter, your website, YouTube and I purchased your book Awesomely Simple...

Bottom line is, I am 55 years old and love learning and have found your content to be so rich and helpful. I just wanted to say thank you!

Tom Gallaher – “TheVideopreneur” in Automotive Video Marketing


“Complex ideas are awesomely simple!”

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!

Izabela Paluch – Chairman of the Board – INTECH PK


“Earned my admiration”

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.

Nestor Sánchez – NES interactivos


“I’ve never been more inspired and driven”

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 Awesomely 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.

Todd Spaulding – Vice President – CADDY


“Clear and relevant guidance for leading”

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.

Bill Yancey – Managing Director – Hilltop Securities Inc.

“An upbeat, interactive learning session”

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.

Mindy Whittle – Soybean Industry Affairs Lead – Monsanto Company

“Re-energized me in my work and personal life”

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.

Rose Cavaliere, CAIB, CIP – Operations Manager – Dawson & Keenan Insurance Ltd.

“His approach to leadership development is also transformational and powerful”

“John uses his extensive business and management experience to punch through the noise of a company’s most difficult areas… culture, accountability, communication… and he does it all with enthusiasm, humor and a directness that is both memorable and effective. John’s approach to leadership development is also transformational and powerful no matter where one sits on the org chart. And to top it all off, he and his team are easy to work with.”

Dan Berger, President & CEO, National Association of Federally-insured Credit Unions


“Quick wit and valuable content helped motivate and inspire”

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.

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.

Lori Pugh – Manager of Event Production & Design – Meeting Professionals International

“Everyone in that room took something away from it”

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.

Thank you for inspiring us to make changes happen.

Richard Daniels Quality Manager Hangars 1 & 3Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services

“We completely turned the organization around in 2 years”

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 and more productive.

Joy S. Rosenthal – Rosenthal Law & Mediation

“John is an expert in effective business strategies with no fluff”

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.

Bill Davidson – SVP of Strategy and Operations for Global Market Development – Qualcomm

“Continues to deliver specialized and unexpected value to my internal clients and students”

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

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.

John C Italia Director, Merrill Lynch Global Business Metrics and Reporting – Merrill Lynch

“His passion is contagious. His experience is proven.”

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.

Mindy Gillis M.Ed. Specialist, Leadership Learning and Development Center of Excellence – The Mayo Clinic

“A deep expert in multiple business-critical areas, there is no one I trust more than John”

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.

Spencer Penhart – Abbott Laboratories


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