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Walter Bond
Minnesota, USA
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Walter Bond
Minnesota, USA
$10,000 to $15,000
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  • His experience as an NBA player, teammate and broadcaster, as well as a franchise owner and corporate consultant, helped him develop the framework and steps for what it takes to achieve peak performance.
  • Bond’s “31 Truths to Boost Peak Performance” gives audiences insight into peak performers and provides a blueprint for what it takes to achieve the same thing.
  • Audiences leave Bond’s keynotes inspired to perform at their peak, and to put into action the steps they learned on how to THINK, EXECUTE and DOMINATE.

For nearly two decades, former NBA player—now motivational speaker—Walter Bond has been sharing with his audiences the secret to peak performance. Bond’s passion for personal development is continually reflected in his audience captivation, his fascinating life story and the way he customizes his talks for specific client needs.

Bond grew up in Chicago as part of a family that values education. He always knew he was going to college, and although he dreamed of a career in the NBA, he had no idea that’s what would really happen. Bond was a reserve player throughout his four years at the University of Minnesota, but in the early 1990s, he became the first rookie free agent to start for the Dallas Mavericks. Bond enjoyed an eight-year career as a shooting guard for the Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. He played in 153 games and scored a total of 873 points. During his second professional game in the NBA, Bond scored a career high 25 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves (where he later served as a sports broadcaster).

All of this led to his understanding of peak performance truths that he shares annually with more than 100 companies and organizations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Clients include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Amway, GNC, Hilton, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin and many national associations.

Bond is the author of All Buts Stink! How to Live Your Best Life and Eliminate Excuses and The Off-Season for Financial Advisors. In 2013, Bond hosted The Food Network’s show “Giving You the Business.” He was chosen over numerous candidates because of his infectious personality and franchise business experience.


"Walter, just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the great job you did at our 2005 Fall Conference in September. Our Fall Conference has been held for almost 30 years, featuring some of the top names on the speaking circuit. After you presentation, I had a number of long-time conference veterans tell me that you were the best speaker they had ever seen. Having been involved with the conference for the last 14 years, I would have to agree with them. Thanks for being the highlight of our weekend."
Neil Christy,
VP of Education and CU Development,
Minnesota Credit Union Network

"Walter′s message is definitely one that all of our employees need to hear. The message was right on target!!"
Ellen Graber,
Manager, HR
Maytag Services

“Walter Bond gives a humble, dynamic and humorous well-paced program that keeps attendees riveted to the edge of their seats when they’re not almost sliding off from laughter. Sharing his own life experience, opening our eyes to our own life’s parallels and ′how to’s′ was an incredible experience for all our attendees. Walter may have been a former NBA player turned professional speaker, but his program is a ′slam dunk′ no matter how you lay it up! Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to expand upon the pleasure our breakout attendees experienced with Walter’s dynamic program! I see GREAT things in his future and made some life altering decisions for my own ′off season′ as a result of participating in his program. For that, our family is very grateful!"
Gloria Nelson,
Gloria Nelson Event Design, LLC

"Walter set just the right tone for the opening session of our 2005 Annual Conference and Business Opportunity Fair. He was entertaining and inspiring, enthusiastic and energizing. Most important, his message had value for everyone in the audience. He was, without a doubt, the hit of the conference."
Harriet R. Michel,
National Minority Supplier Development Council

"I recently had the opportunity to hear Walter speak at a Conference in Las Vegas. I have to say he was the best speaker there! Not only did he hold your attention and make you laugh, his insight was right on! I′m so glad I got the chance to hear him and look forward to receiving his newsletter."
Lisa Haveman,
Operations Manager,
Management Services Northwest, Inc

“You promised to deliver and you did! Your presentation to our members was truly outstanding. Our members ′got′ your message and enjoyed your humor, style, and poise. I was especially impressed with your confidence, but you did not cross the line into arrogance. Thank you for applying your real life scenarios to what our members experience in their lives. We were impressed with your versatility and ease of delivery. If you have not heard Walter Bond speak, I would highly recommend you have him at your next event. We anticipate having Walter back again.”
Terry Murphy,
Education Director,
Missouri Association of REALTORS

Partial Client List:

Allianz Life
American Car Care Centers
American Family Insurance
American Farm Bureau
Association of Legal Administrators
Athena Health
Baxter Pharmaceuticals
BF&M Insurance
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Bridgestone/ Firestone
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Cayman National Bank
Cellmark Paper
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Continental Tires
Country Financial
Dow AgriSciences
Express Employment Professionals
Fairview Health Systems
Farm Bureau Federation
Farm Bureau Insurance
Fifth Third Bank
Fish and Richardson, PC
Gilead Sciences
IHC Health Solutions
Knife River
LaFarge Construction
National Assn of Realtors
Northwestern Energy
Prudential Realtors
Questar Capital
RSM McGladrey
State Farm Insurance
Sterling Jewelers
TDS Telecom
Thorp Reed Armstrong, PC
Transamerica Capital
US Oil Company
Wells Fargo


Whether it’s providing the motivation for a new product launch, to accomplish sales goals, or help a team come together, former NBA star Walter Bond is passionate about sharing his “31 Truths to Boost Peak Performance” with his audience. Bond’s humor and stories are the perfect backdrop to help audiences discover the confidence they need to think, execute and dominate. Drawing on lessons he learned in the NBA and as an entrepreneur, Bond challenges participants to perform at their peak to produce more and earn more.


No One Can Stop You, But You
Does your organization have a culture of accountability? When something goes wrong, does everyone start pointing fingers and making excuses? How much more productive would your organization be if everyone took responsibility for their mistakes and shortcomings and continuous improvement was a team effort?

Walter Bond delivers a solid message of personal accountability, overcoming adversity, power of confidence and pursuit of excellence to the highest degree. Your organization will be rocked with enthusiasm, inspired to work as a team and motivated to achieve to the highest level regardless of the stock market, mortgage crisis or credit crunch.

This extraordinarily popular program helps audience members to point the finger at themselves in a fun and safe way. When your audience leaves, they will know they have been Bonded by Mr. Accountability. They’ll return to their careers with the motivation and skills to take responsibility for their own continuous improvement.

Are You Still Unstoppable?
Has the culture of accountability in your organization kept growing as fast as it did right after Walter’s first keynote? When you want Mr. Accountability to rekindle the fires of enthusiasm for personal responsibility, book Walter for this encore performance.

With fresh stories and engaging analogies, Walter introduces new techniques that strengthen every member of your team, as well as proven strategies that integrate accountability even more deeply into your operations—leaving your attendees motivated, inspired, and ready to take sustained action.


Leaders: Get Out of The Way!
Think about it for a moment—have you ever met a person that enjoys being bossed around? The most common form of leadership is micro-management—which is destructive, expensive and an organizational buzz kill. Most leaders micro-manage because they have never been sufficiently trained on “how to lead.”

In this program, Walter tells how to turn the destructive dangers of micro-management around with the fundamentals of leadership. Leaders learn how to empower employees to own and be accountable for what they do. As a result, employees feel engaged, inspired and motivated, and leaders go on to create and grow a culture of accountability that builds retention and productivity for years to come—which is nothing but good news for your bottom line!


Sell It Like You Mean It!
Whether you’re looking to get your sales team’s year off to a fast start, give it a mid-year jolt, or fire it up to finish the year with momentum, this program is full of principles that will empower your sales professionals to be re-energized with passion, desire and commitment regardless of their success levels. You might have a team of high producers that have flat-lined or maybe your whole team needs to crank it up. Either way, you need your sales force to outthink and outperform the competition and win big in the sales game.

Mr. Accountability believes that some sales people are born but most of them are made. So Walter teaches every member of your team how to overcome objections, incorporate storytelling, and establish him or herself as an expert. As a result, they stop selling and start influencing your customers to buy! This program will inspire your sales team to produce at the next level.


Dominate Right Where You Are
Do your employees enthusiastically pursue the pinnacle of excellence? More likely they’re just looking to reach the next level—just chasing their next promotion.

Let Walter prove that the key to getting ahead lies in their current situation. He explains, “If you dominate right now, right where you are, your superiority will become so obvious that new opportunities and promotions will chase you!”

Inspired by Mr. Accountability, every attendee will find new ways to own and pursue excellence in what they do. As a result, employees return to work truly engaged and motivated to attain higher levels of productivity.

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