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Sharing Real World Experience

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Dreams Really Do Come True

The uplifting story about what happened when a decision made by one person changed the course of countless lives

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Leadership Lessons From Half Court

How to turn failure into a learning
opportunity that brings about a
successful outcome

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Dreams Really Do Come True

Audiences of all types are touched
and deeply inspired by Coach Jim’s
transformational message about
the power of the human spirit and
what can happen when you choose
to do the right thing. Coach gives
audiences real-world tools that
help them see that they can have
a positive impact on the world.

Leadership Lessons From Half Court

With a coaching career that began
with failure but went on to span
several decades of immense
success, Coach shares lessons
garnered from his own experiences
on and off the court. Geared
toward audiences in leadership
roles within their organizations,
Coach delivers a message that
leaves attendees with substantive
ways to up their game as leaders.

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Dreams Really Do Come True

Goal Setting
Carpe Diem

Leadership Lessons From Half Court

Clarify Vision
Build Trust
Create an Edge
Communicate Effectively
Lead by Example
Leave a Profit
Servant Leadership

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Dreams Really Do Come True

“Rarely do we get the opportunity to hear how one person took a chance on one kid that impacted thousands of people. Not only did that instance change one life, but also it changed countless lives in the process. Our goal was to help our group in their journey toward a more successful life. His message, Dreams Really Do Come True, discussing the 6 essentials keys for achieving your dreams, was one of the major highlights of our event.”

Leadership Lessons From Half Court

“During Johnson’s keynote address he draws upon his successes and obstacles to bring the idea of leadership full circle for all attendees. He provided our audience with real-life examples in order to clarify his message and paint a clear picture of his steps to leadership success. His ability to connect with all levels of professionals is remarkable.”

~ Marty Osborn - Partner, Advoco

~ Katrina M. Hall
Recreation Supervisor, Town of Irondequoit


Motivational Speaker

Over 30 years of experience developing winning high-school basketball teams, including 428 career victories, sets the stage for the unique credibility and power of Coach Jim Johnson’s message. One particular victory, in a moment of opportunity and risk with an autistic student-manager, Jason McElwain (J-Mac), catapulted Jim, the team and J-Mac down a path of inspiration and hope. That one victory continues to reverberate into countless lives as audience after audience is touched by a wave of courage and tenacity.

“I think it’s a great story — to follow your dream, follow your goals and never ever quit. It’s a great story for people of my age, people of any age.” Dick Vitale, ESPN Basketball Commentator and Basketball Hall of Famer

motivational speaker

Coach Jim Johnson’s life-changing message imparts a deeper awareness of the power of the human spirit. With a rare ability to take audiences far beyond a motivational talk and into a transformational experience, he reminds us of the magic of passion, perseverance, and the power of teamwork.

Dreams Really Do Come True! is a timely, feel-good message that leaves people feeling re-charged and optimistic about the contribution they can make with their lives and the difference they can make in the lives of those around them.

“Jim gave him [J-Mac] that opportunity. You do the right thing like that, you may change a life forever.” John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach, University of Kentucky Wildcats

Coach Jim’s experience and success has put him in high demand, speaking to audiences from all over the country and from all walks of life. A few of the organizations Coach has spoken to include: Pontiac, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Ladders, Paychex Inc, the National Conference on Student Leadership, and the Social Security Administration.

“I find in case after case after case, there is a person who sees the talent and passion and that’s what attracts them. And that’s what [Coach Johnson] did. When you look at people on the autism spectrum, there is a mentor involved.” Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism


Coach Jim Johnson Showcase

Audiences of all types are always touched and deeply inspired by Coach Jim’s life-changing message about the power of the human spirit. Media appearances have included the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows. In 2006 he met President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki, and Senator Hillary Clinton, to name a few. The Greece Athena team was also paid a visit at school by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. J-Mac’s miracle moment won the ESPY for “Best Sports Moment” at the ESPN awards show later that year.

Coach Jim Johnson Motivational Speaker

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