Lance Allred, with his 5 Principles of Perseverance, is the first deaf player in NBA History and an expert on Leadership, Perseverance and Grit.

Legally deaf, with 80% hearing loss from RH complications at birth, Lance was born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana before his family left at the age of 13. Unable to play basketball with his hearing aids in and standing at 6’11, Lance is more than a basketball player as he didn’t begin playing until he was in 8th grade as a way of adjusting to his new life outside of his childhood upbringing.

As an international inspirational speaker, Lance’s story of being an underdog is for anyone who has ever felt a dream was just out of reach, as he travels the world sharing his “5 Principles of Perseverance” and journey of becoming the first deaf player in NBA history… at the age of 27, which took him seven years longer than the average NBA rookie.

Authoring five books, with his first one Longshot, published by HarperCollins in 2009, and latest, The New Alpha Male, with Sounds True Publishers, Lance is also the TEDx Star of “What is Your Polygamy?” which currently has over 4.6 million views. He is the first outside speaker the FBI has ever brought in for group training and consultation on leadership development, and has spoken to corporations such as Costco, Keybank, Coldwell Banker, CocaCola and many others, including over 40,000 students across the United States.


Lance will inspire and entertain you at the same time.
– Dick Vitale
Lance recently was our motivational speaker and emcee for our awards dinner. His not was not only motivational, but touched our hearts. It gave purpose back to the attendees in reminding them that their work is meaningful. Lance was the real deal and he was an inspiration to all of us at Costco.
– Jill Olson, Event Director, Costco
Lance is truly an inspiration! Not only is he one of the most authentic individuals I have had the privilege of working with, he offers a unique perspective based on his powerful life experiences.
– Brandon Fugal, Chairman, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors
Lance Allred is the real deal! He was our keynote speaker at a facilities conference for almost 500 attendees. His down to earth style and relatability made a connection with everyone in the room. Lance’s story, his resilience and sense of humor instantly affect everyone that has the privilege of coming into contact with him. Lance is both personally and professionally inspiring, we are so grateful he has the courage to share his story!
– Jill Tuley, Event Coordinator, Michigan State University
Lance doesn’t just talk about inspiring leadership, he demonstrates it in the way he connects with his audience. After hearing him speak, I feel more focused on how I can be more authentic in all of my interactions, and how to be guided by the belief that anything truly is possible.
– Lisa Chapman, VP Franchise Leadership, Coca-Cola
I took a leap of faith in contracting with Lance as a keynote speaker because I had no prior experience in hearing him speak. Lance was a fantastic speaker for our group of 150 college students. He interacted with the students and was able to get a good feel for what we wanted and didn't use a canned message. He was able to tell his story, while really connecting to the students. He was funny, inspiring, empathetic and real. His content was thought provoking, motivating and really connected to many of the messages of the conference and the company. We look forward to having Lance back next year!
– Kristin Schmidt, Event Planner, Ernst and Young
Lance, simply put, is a rockstar in a button up shirt. When he speaks, the audience never takes their eyes off of him. He has the ability of carrying many streams of intricate thought without convoluting them and applying them to everyone in the room. Again… Rockstar.
– Kristi Worful, Director of Corporate Wellnes, VASA Fitness
For many people it will seem ironic that some of the basketball teams Lance played for asked their only legally deaf player to be their go-to media person. Ironic because you wouldn't expect a deaf man to be an effective communicator and a great storyteller. But Lance is masterful. He has the ability to observe the world around him, draw analogies, precipitate stories, and apply timely lessons in leadership, persistence, and achieving your dreams. I would gladly put every student, entrepreneur, and executive I know into Lance's audience. If you've ever felt like an underdog in life--and who hasn't--here's one deaf guy you've got to hear from.
– David Brake, CEO, The Grandview Group
Lance's approach to motivational speaking is the best I have ever experienced! Our entire audience was captivated from beginning to end and were left feeling motivated and inspired by his story. Lance is so personable, raw and honest throughout the entire presentation! Everyone could not stop raving about how much they enjoyed Lance and his message. Thanks for keeping it real Lance! Hope to hear him speak again in the near future.
– Nikki Firth, Event Coordinator, CaptionCall

Related Speakers

We’ll secure a speaker your audience raves about for years

Schedule a Call

Nothing short of impeccable! From start to finish The Keynote Curators provided exactly what we needed. Bravo!

– Diana B.
Insurance Association

We had a speaker cancel at the last-minute. Without missing a beat, The Keynote Curators offered several options to choose from. The replacement hit it out of the park. We avoided a potential disaster and looked good doing it. Thanks to The Keynote Curators.

– Yvette S.
Credit Union

Everything that was promised was delivered and more. The VIP Meet & Greet that was arranged was the difference make for our sponsor. It could not have gone any better. Thank you to The Keynote Curators for being a true partner.

– Grace H.
Financial Services

For the last ten years we have worked with Seth in booking our speakers. Each year he outdoes the previous year. Excited to see who we have next year.

– Cecily R.
Medical Devices

We have used several different agencies, but The Keynote Curators is the one that goes the furthest in understanding our meetings’ goals and messaging. This is the difference maker for us and is the reason why we continue to work with them.

– Nancy M.
Agriculture Association

Here's how toCue the post-event celebrations

1. Schedule a call

We’ll connect so we understand your needs to curate a selection of great speakers.

2. Book your speaker

We’ll manage all the details so you will be confident with your choice.

3. Wow your audience

Inform & educate your participants to ideas that transform their work & personal life.

Hit the mark with the perfect speaker!

Schedule a Call