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Chris Ruden

Chris Ruden

Keynote Speaker: Top Change Management & National Sales Meeting Speaker on Resilience; World Record-Holding Amputee Powerlifter; Season 1 NBC’s "Titan Games" & Bestselling Author; Globally Recognized Expert on Overcoming Adversity

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Chris Ruden Biography

Chris Ruden isn't just a top change management speaker who makes great events unforgettable. As an amputee, Type 1 diabetic world record-holding powerlifter, keynote speaker and disabled model who was featured on The Rock’s hit TV show “Titan Games.”

His frameworks around change management, resilience, and overcoming adversity have impacted 100’s of organizations worldwide. From being humiliated and labeled broken while hiding his disability for 17 years, Ruden learned to turn his obstacles into opportunities, breaking records, writing a bestselling book and leading change in organizations. From national sales meetings to kickoff meetings to executive leadership workshops, Ruden is a top resilience speaker who provides actionable frameworks to impact your team and organization step-by-step.

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Chris Ruden Speaking Topics

Change is Strength: Letting Go of Yesterday’s Logic to Build a Better Tomorrow

Everyone has heard the phrase “only the strong survive” but in explaining why, the phrase reads “only the strong survive due to willingness to change”. Change is inevitable as is the resistance to change. In this talk, Chris uses his expertise in introspective change to help teams and audiences alike train for change. Looking backward for solutions to problems we have yet to encounter prevents growth in an ever-changing world. Problem-solving requires forward-thinking, creative change management strategies and a collective perspective shift toward letting go of yesterday’s logic to build a better tomorrow.

Presentation Objective

Provide attendees with effective framework to lead change with a framework of:

  • Optimizing an effective individual and team perspective around change
  • Invoking and Embracing creative problem solving ideas
  • Implementing robust frameworks around managing change
  • Evaluating mindset as a tool for organizational success

Learning Objectives

  • Recognizing and validating that change is strength.
  • How to qualify our environment and respond effectively to maximize our performance
  • How to overcome change aversion and build a new narrative for success
  • Develop change-proof problem solving strategies to leverage change for growth opportunities
  • When to embrace change as a catalyst for growth
  • Connecting the importance of practicing proactive behavior in your business operations to success, and how to redefine adversity as a positive tool that can strengthen teams and organizations powerfully

Gaining the Upper Hand: Leveraging Limitations to Turn Adversity Into Advantage

This presentation is about a world without limits, even a world that you can’t control. The concept of struggle is universal, and through effective strategies and tactics, we learn to see limitations as self-imposed obstacles, as opposed to dead ends and roadblocks. In this presentation, Chris helps organizations to reframe how they view limitations, focusing on what you can control, and redirecting effective behaviors that can powerfully steer a team and organization's success. Chris provides a framework to help leaders and their teams reframe their situations and their responses to them, in order to avoid the pitfalls that so many teams experience. Chris uses his story as a vessel to the presentation's objectives: to empower teams to break free of their limits personally and professionally and become more effective communicators, contributors and collaborators.

Presentation Objective

Provide attendees with effective strategies to manage change and overcome adversity with a framework of:

  • Optimizing an effective communication strategy
  • Optimizing performance at the individual and team level
  • Implementing robust frameworks around team synergy and collaboration
  • Evaluating mindset as a tool for organizational success

Learning Objectives

  • Recognizing and validating that limitations exist and how to use them powerfully in your success strategies
  • How to qualify our environment and respond effectively to maximize our performance
  • How to uncover the root of organizational challenges and solve them with a solution centric approach
  • How to optimize and improve our ability to respond to unexpected circumstances
  • When to embrace adversity as a catalyst for change
  • Connecting the importance of practicing proactive behavior in your business operations to success, and how to redefine adversity as a positive tool that can strengthen teams and organizations powerfully

Creating Inclusive Workplace Cultures: Why Bother?

Born with a disability and later diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Chris uses his story of hiding his disability for almost 20 years to help associations, corporations, and audiences alike embrace the I.D.E.A.-- Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility. This interactive keynote gives a uniquely effective view of diversity and inclusion and exactly how to recognize and implement the idea that different minds foster innovation, inclusion, and forward-thinking, and are powerful contributors and collaborators on teams. After experiencing this event, audience members will be equipped with an improved cultural lens that inspires creativity and problem-solving while uniting differences to optimize forward thinking. Through Chris’ lifelong relationship with his disability & disease, his expertise in the world of leveraging differences to make a significant impact will leave the audience with a transformative experience and a renewed sense of community.

Presentation Objective

  • Promote the important benefits of Diversity & Inclusion, as part of any organizations success strategy with a framework of:
  • Inclusive leadership strategies to strengthen internal culture for external results
  • Positively impact people with differences in a way that enables them to be seen and included, and for the team around them to...
  • Creativity & problem solving around our different cultural lenses
  • Inform, inspire, and impact audience members to reflect & connect more thoughtfully with each other in an effort to fortify strength in community

Learning Objectives

  • Leveraging diverse perspectives and input to foster innovation, inclusion, and forward thinking
  • Recognizing and validating that differences are not only ok, but are encouraged and need to be understood & supported to grow.
  • How to improve company-wide cultural competency to optimize company culture & performance
  • How to empower your team through inclusive integration to cultivate equitable workplaces

Chris Ruden Videos

Top Change Management Speaker Chris Ruden | Keynote Speaker Reel 2023

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What topics does Chris Ruden speak about?

Chris Ruden is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Diabetes, Disability, Inspirational, Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Overcoming Adversity, Health, Men's Health, Healthcare and Lifestyle.

Where does Chris Ruden travel from?

Chris Ruden generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Chris Ruden is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diabetes, Disability and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Ruden for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Chris Ruden generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tisha Rowe, Vince Papale and Lydia X. Z. Brown. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Ruden for an upcoming event.

Chris Ruden Speaking Topics

  • Change is Strength: Letting Go of Yesterday’s Logic to Build a Better Tomorrow

    Everyone has heard the phrase “only the strong survive” but in explaining why, the phrase reads “only the strong survive due to willingness to change”. Change is inevitable as is the resistance to change. In this talk, Chris uses his expertise in introspective change to help teams and audiences alike train for change. Looking backward for solutions to problems we have yet to encounter prevents growth in an ever-changing world. Problem-solving requires forward-thinking, creative change management strategies and a collective perspective shift toward letting go of yesterday’s logic to build a better tomorrow.

    Presentation Objective

    Provide attendees with effective framework to lead change with a framework of:

    • Optimizing an effective individual and team perspective around change
    • Invoking and Embracing creative problem solving ideas
    • Implementing robust frameworks around managing change
    • Evaluating mindset as a tool for organizational success

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognizing and validating that change is strength.
    • How to qualify our environment and respond effectively to maximize our performance
    • How to overcome change aversion and build a new narrative for success
    • Develop change-proof problem solving strategies to leverage change for growth opportunities
    • When to embrace change as a catalyst for growth
    • Connecting the importance of practicing proactive behavior in your business operations to success, and how to redefine adversity as a positive tool that can strengthen teams and organizations powerfully

  • Gaining the Upper Hand: Leveraging Limitations to Turn Adversity Into Advantage

    This presentation is about a world without limits, even a world that you can’t control. The concept of struggle is universal, and through effective strategies and tactics, we learn to see limitations as self-imposed obstacles, as opposed to dead ends and roadblocks. In this presentation, Chris helps organizations to reframe how they view limitations, focusing on what you can control, and redirecting effective behaviors that can powerfully steer a team and organization's success. Chris provides a framework to help leaders and their teams reframe their situations and their responses to them, in order to avoid the pitfalls that so many teams experience. Chris uses his story as a vessel to the presentation's objectives: to empower teams to break free of their limits personally and professionally and become more effective communicators, contributors and collaborators.

    Presentation Objective

    Provide attendees with effective strategies to manage change and overcome adversity with a framework of:

    • Optimizing an effective communication strategy
    • Optimizing performance at the individual and team level
    • Implementing robust frameworks around team synergy and collaboration
    • Evaluating mindset as a tool for organizational success

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognizing and validating that limitations exist and how to use them powerfully in your success strategies
    • How to qualify our environment and respond effectively to maximize our performance
    • How to uncover the root of organizational challenges and solve them with a solution centric approach
    • How to optimize and improve our ability to respond to unexpected circumstances
    • When to embrace adversity as a catalyst for change
    • Connecting the importance of practicing proactive behavior in your business operations to success, and how to redefine adversity as a positive tool that can strengthen teams and organizations powerfully

  • Creating Inclusive Workplace Cultures: Why Bother?

    Born with a disability and later diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Chris uses his story of hiding his disability for almost 20 years to help associations, corporations, and audiences alike embrace the I.D.E.A.-- Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility. This interactive keynote gives a uniquely effective view of diversity and inclusion and exactly how to recognize and implement the idea that different minds foster innovation, inclusion, and forward-thinking, and are powerful contributors and collaborators on teams. After experiencing this event, audience members will be equipped with an improved cultural lens that inspires creativity and problem-solving while uniting differences to optimize forward thinking. Through Chris’ lifelong relationship with his disability & disease, his expertise in the world of leveraging differences to make a significant impact will leave the audience with a transformative experience and a renewed sense of community.

    Presentation Objective

    • Promote the important benefits of Diversity & Inclusion, as part of any organizations success strategy with a framework of:
    • Inclusive leadership strategies to strengthen internal culture for external results
    • Positively impact people with differences in a way that enables them to be seen and included, and for the team around them to...
    • Creativity & problem solving around our different cultural lenses
    • Inform, inspire, and impact audience members to reflect & connect more thoughtfully with each other in an effort to fortify strength in community

    Learning Objectives

    • Leveraging diverse perspectives and input to foster innovation, inclusion, and forward thinking
    • Recognizing and validating that differences are not only ok, but are encouraged and need to be understood & supported to grow.
    • How to improve company-wide cultural competency to optimize company culture & performance
    • How to empower your team through inclusive integration to cultivate equitable workplaces

Chris Ruden Videos

Top Change Management Speaker Chris Ruden | Keynote Speaker Reel 2023

Chris Ruden Reviews

  • Thank you AAE for all of the help & flexibility - especially when navigating deadlines. You guys are awesome!
    Saint Louis University Beyond Ability (SLUBA) - Mar 27 2019

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