Jim Craig, motivational speaker and strategist for teamwork and sales training has worked with clients across numerous business sectors.
“Jim Craig delivered a captivating keynote presentation at our national meeting to 400 + pharmaceutical/biotech executives, as he took us back in time to 1980 when the USA hockey team accomplished what no one ever thought they could do – win an Olympic gold medal. Jim inspired the audience by creating parallels between the USA hockey team success and how hard work, determination, teamwork, accountability and the importance of creating a legacy can lead to meeting and exceeding any goal. Jim knocked it out of the park and helped us create a memorable meeting!”
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Managing Partner, Pinsonault Associates
“Jim’s appearance was nothing less than the perfect commencement to launch a product and a company in such a very impressive way. His experience coupled with his distinctive presentation was a custom fit for our client’s audience. Jim tailored his presentation around our client’s company, their core values and objectives at hand, while lending very personal anecdotes that complimented the overall meeting theme and messaging of the product. After Jim’s presentation, he maintained a very approachable nature, indulging our group by honoring requested photos and autograph signings with true class and kindness.”
The Westfield Group
“We had the pleasure of having Jim Craig speak for our sales organization I was impressed by many aspects of Jim’s talk. I was overwhelmed with how many hours of investment in preplanning and doing research on our company and team Jim put into the event. I had never seen this type of pre-work from any previous speaker.
Jim was spot on with the way that he identified with many of the challenges we face and was able to draw so many fitting analogies to his business and professional sports. He maintained great energy and passion in his presentation. It was clear that he actually cares about our company and people he works with and it came through in his keynote. Jim had a great summary of the key action points and led our team down a path of success.
I continue to get great feedback from my sales professionals and managers!!!”
VP, Sales, Sanofi
“From the opening music to the thunderous applause and cheers, Jim’s keynote presentation was on target and inspirational. He easily transferred his experience as a gold medal winning 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team member into real-world, every day motivation for our sales team, touting the benefits of hard work, accountability, and believing in the team. Jim’s words continue to inspire and motivate months later. Jim, thanks for setting the right tone for a successful sales meeting and for a successful sales year!”
Director of Marketing, Training & Development, CardioNet
“Thank you again for making such a powerful and lasting impression on our US Sales organization. Your critical role in a most important moment in our country’s history was only surpassed by your presentation. You touched everyone with your passion and insight; you resonated with all through your relevant messaging and intimate approach. You left my team completely energized and full of possibilities. I thank you for far exceeding my high expectations.”
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, President
“Jim’s speech was great. I think it applied to everyone, not just sports fan because he had multiple messages for the audience. I heard many positive comments following his speech from people at DSI as well as random people in my breakout sessions. During the photo op, he was very cordial and engaging and this was the same at dinner.” Manager, Training Operations, SPBT Meeting
“Jim, “thank you” doesn’t seem enough to describe the gratefulness we feel about your impact on our National Sales Meeting last week in Albuquerque. Of course it was great to meet you, and spend time with an American sports icon…
However, the thing that means the most to me is that you took the time to get to know Healthpoint, individually and as a company…our culture… and that you challenged leadership, as well as the sales force, to look at things in a different way. As a company, we have made it through some tough times over the past few years, and it would be easy to sit back and enjoy the calmer waters we have, but that is not what will lead us to long term success. Jim, you provided a good jolt of perspective for us, and helped us better understand that we need to pull greatness out of each other, to help us sustain the success we are having; not take it for granted.
Thank you also for showing us a bit of who you are, and not just the American sports icon. I enjoyed hearing about your success in print sales, taking a territory from $300K to $50 Million plus; about your parents, being a part of a large Irish catholic family, your daughter’s hockey team and more. These are all things that helped me and our group, not only see you as the guy on the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal stand, but as a guy we can relate to…a guy who came from little, like a lot of us, and made success happen. Thank you for inspiring us to live a life that will leave a legacy as you are.
I look forward to working with you again Jim. Until then, I sincerely wish you and yours well.”
Associate Director of Sales Operations, Healthpoint
“I thought that Jim’s appearance was special, not only for me personally, but also as a Board member.
The goal of the Board was to get our members inspired and to have them take another look at themselves. Many of our members are successful now, and have been for quite a while, so I believe that it is important to re-ignite the passion within ourselves on occasion. Jim did that–asking us to never get complacent; never “settle”; always keep striving for excellence. The members were surprised and thrilled to meet such an American icon, and I am thankful to B&L for making it happen. I believe that it added quite a bit to accomplishing the Board goals of having speakers at the meeting that the docs don’t get elsewhere.
Personally, it is a visit and talk that I will never forget–my wife and I had just taken our 4 children to Lake Placid in March, so it was fresh in our minds that those young men had accomplished something of a miracle. I played hockey growing up in Rhode Island, and to have the opportunity to talk to Jim the night before his talk was extra-special to me and my wife. Jim came across as genuinely caring about his message and the hope that our member-docs would embrace it. The feedback that I received from the docs was “mission accomplished.”
I really can’t thank Jim and B&L enough, but I will anyway–thank you all–I will cherish it forever.”
Dr. McIntyre, ALLDOCS board member
“Jim’s appearance was the overwhelming highlight of the very successful event. He did a fantastic job and received rave reviews from all attendees. Our CEO has seen dozens of motivational speakers, is himself an accomplished public speaker and a very tough critic. Alan commented to me that that Jim was the best he had ever seen and that we had knocked it out of the park.
The preparation that Jim did was very evident and gave his talk added value above and beyond the intrinsic motivation and entertainment elements of Jim’s story. I sincerely appreciate his generosity with the management team afterwards. We all have pictures and autographs we will treasure forever.”
Vice President , U.S. Sales Operations Orthofix
“After reviewing the surveys it is even more apparent that you had a huge impact on our audience and your story was a perfect compliment to our theme and message. The way you tied your life lessons to our purpose and business through your storytelling was very inspiring. The signed photos and DVDs are great additions that help capture the day and make a lasting impression.”
Physician Sales & Service