Speaker John  Naber Olympic Champion ~

Olympic champion, network television and radio sports broadcaster, author and corporate speaker, John Naber has observed and personally attained excellence and goal achievement throughout his professional career. With his three books, over 1,000 corporate speeches, his Going for Gold Sales Improvement Program©, Awaken the Olympian Within© Team Building Workshop and Award Winning Presentation Skills© program, John teaches how to set world class goals and achieve world class results.


  • Celebrity
  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Olympic Heroes
  • Sports/Athletics


$7500 - $10000

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Los Angeles

Olympic Champion ~

John Naber became America’s most decorated athlete at the 1976 Games in Montreal, winning four gold and one silver medal. He set four world records in swimming at those games, which lasted an amazing seven years after his retirement. He was also the first swimmer in history to win two individual Olympic medals on the same day of competition.

In 1977, Naber led his school (USC Trojans) to his and their fourth undefeated season and national title, while earning a record 10 individual titles and five relay crowns. He also earned the sport’s high point award (Robert Kiputh Award) on three occasions, and earned the 1977 James E. Sullivan Award as America’s top amateur athlete.

Naber was inducted into four Halls of Fame, served as a board member on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and carried the Olympic Flag into the 1984 Opening Ceremonies in Los Angeles, and was selected to carry the Olympic Flame in three different Olympic Torch Relays.

After his retirement from swimming, Naber quickly entered the broadcasting field, serving as expert analyst, play-by-play host or sideline reporter for over 35 different sports, filing reports at eight Olympic Games. He has worked for all major networks and most cable outlets during the past twenty-five years.

As an observer of excellence, Naber shares the stories of his athletic triumphs as parables to achieving excellence in one’s personal area of emphasis. His keynote address, “The Olympic Gold Medal Process” has been heard by audiences of 25 to 25,000. Each customized speech includes humor and Olympic anecdotes that inspire and entertain, and always receive rave reviews and standing ovations. Requests for repeat performances and outstanding letters of referral attest to his ability to add value to any meeting.

Naber’s newest program is called “Awaken the Olympian Within” and features the participation of various locally based Olympians who join in this interactive a half-day seminar. The workshop features a “mock-Olympics” that includes non-athletic contests that teach various life skills.

John Naber also serves as the chairman of the “Character Counts! Sports” advisory board, an organization devoted to sports-based character education that teaches ethics and character development to schools, clubs and other community organizations.

His book, “Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America’s Greatest Olympic Motivators” (2000, Naber & Assoc./Griffin Publishing, Softcover, 288 Pages) is sold online and in stores nationwide. Naber also is a contributing author to “The Power of Character” (1998, Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, Hardcover, 320 Pages).

An “Observer of Excellence”

During Naber’s climb to the top of the sports world and his subsequent role as a TV sports commentator and host, John has become an observer of excellence and outstanding motivational speaker. He has worked as a Master of Ceremonies, keynote speaker, seminar leader, panelist, moderator, and dinner speaker for small audiences of twenty to full auditoriums of 50,000.

“The Gold Medal Process”

What has made him a successful motivational speaker is that John has conceptualized an effective eight-step method (which he calls the “Gold Medal Process”) by which all people can see their dreams come true. His wide variety of Olympic stories involving discipline, dedication, sacrifice and teamwork, can make anyone feel like “going for the gold”. Mr. Naber uses his experience as an athlete and a television commentator to draw analogies between the graphic world of sports and the less easily seen battleground of business.

Naber customizes his material for each new audience, and using humor, he shares the “behind-the-scenes” stories of the athletes and their accomplishments while matching his comments to the specific needs of his audience. John is always well received by his audiences… the standing ovations, powerful reference letters, and return engagements testify to his speaking abilities.

Various Speaking Topics

• The Gold Medal Process: Seeing your dreams come true

• Discipline: Keeping the Promises you make to yourself

• Teamwork in a competitive world

• Character Driven Accomplishment

• “Awaken the Olympian Within”

Take-home items and value

Naber’s clients appreciate the significant value of his various take-home items, like his personally designed speech outlines on wallet-cards, autographed copies of his book “Awaken the Olympian Within” or his popular “No Deposit: No Return” lapel pins which are available at a significant discount for volume purchases.

Interactive Workshop with Olympians

John Naber also offers an interactive half-day workshop (entitled “Awaken the Olympian Within”) that brings Olympians into competition with his clients in a variety of fun and challenging activities that teach valuable life-lessons. Olympic music and awards make this turn-key program both entertaining and educational (for groups up to 500).

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