”David's presentation is a captivating and transformational journey. What starts out as one man's challenge to accept his own strengths and limitations becomes a compelling charge to all of us, challenging us to look more closely into our own lives. Also, it's entertaining as hell."
– Jay Putnam, High Point University
"One of the most moving and inspirational keynotes that G-CASE has ever experienced. David has a true gift of touching people's souls. One of his themes, finding the flip side of limitations, truly impacted our leadership audience."
– Philip Mellor, Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education
”David connects with a whole range of emotions in the audience; I laughed, teared up and even got angry. Just as David learned in life, we learn that being different is not limiting at all; a true lesson we should remember in the business world as we strive to succeed."
– Bruce Dixon, Marriott Inc.
"David is a delight. His message really hit home with the audience. This program is perfect for an organization that wants something different from the “routine” speaker, but a program that also conveys a lasting message about diversity."
– Sue Scherr, Diversity Program Manager, US Department of the Interior
David’s Story is Great for: Colleges & Universities | Businesses | Associations | Governmental | Educational
DAVID HARRELL’S KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Navigating a Two-Handed World…Single-Handedly
In 2009, I created and produced my solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel in New York City. It is based on a story my grandfather used to tell me about his little league baseball team, “The Little Potatoes and Hard to Peel.” He told me his team was smaller than the other boys and maybe not as talented but they always played with their hearts, so no matter if they won or lost, they never got down because they were tough…and hard to peel. My grandfather died when I was twelve so I never knew him as an adult.
But as I grew up I realized this story was just a metaphor for life. We all play this game of life; sometimes we win, sometimes we lose but no matter the circumstances we have to stay tough and hard to peel.
I was born without my right hand. People often look at me and see limitations. I have learned to find success by not allowing my circumstance to define me or my ability.
I have taken the messages in my play and have created my keynote, Navigating a Two-Handed World…Single-Handedly. I work with corporations, associations, school administrators and government agencies and I share a universal story of perseverance and courage. I present a dynamic and humorous look at how we can all take my grandfather’s advice and not allow circumstances to peel away the core of our humanity.