Carl Mays

Specialist In Motivation, Human Relations & Performance Improvement

Author of A Strategy For Winning (Foreword by Lou Holtz), dealing with motivation, human relations and performance improvement, Carl Mays has spoken at over 4,000 events. Clients include corporations, associations, sports teams, government entities, religious organizations and educational groups. Recipient of the National Speakers Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 1986, and Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) in 1993, Carl is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

His other books (over a dozen) include: Are We Communicating Yet?, Winning Thoughts, People Of Passion, Anatomy Of A Leader, Hope For The World and You Can Do It. Carl writes a weekly newspaper column and blog, and has contributed to many print and online publications. With several recorded songs, he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His musical drama, The Clown, has been presented in over 2500 U.S. communities and on the British stage.

Carl’s commendations include Murray State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990, and Religious Heritage of America’s 1987 Faith and Freedom Award that honors national communicators who contribute to the high ideals and values on which America was founded (presented to other notable communicators such as Paul Harvey, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar). Carl has also received commendations in New Orleans, Columbus, GA, and Gatlinburg, TN, for city-wide youth work. Among other recognitions, Carl was presented with special Certificates of Appreciation for his 2005 keynote address at the US Army Reserve Medical Symposium for deployed surgeons, and his 2006 keynote at Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Chiefs “Operation Jumpstart” Conference.

His community contributions include charter chairman of the Gatlinburg Board of Education, adult Sunday school teacher for 31 years, instructor of young athletes in spiritual and mental growth for 31 years, and host of the highly proclaimed Gatlinburg Veterans Day Program from 2003 to 2013. He and Louise Mandrell co-hosted the Annual People Of Passion Conference for senior adults at the Louise Mandrell Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN, the city in which Carl was a featured speaker at Dollywood’s Young Christians Day. He has also been a featured speaker, consultant and writer for the Southern Baptist Convention and North American Mission Board.

His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral/Written Communication and Psychology from Murray State University; Master’s Degree in Education and Communication from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and additional Study in Public Speaking, English and Creative Writing from University of Memphis. Born and reared in Humboldt, TN, he graduated from Humboldt High School.

“Those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” (page 213 – A Strategy For Winning)

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    Coaching / Mentoring, Leadership, Motivation, Peak Performance, Psychology / Relationships, Sales, Teambuilding

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    Tennessee

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Carl Mays

Author of A Strategy For Winning (Foreword by Lou Holtz), dealing with motivation, human relations and performance improvement, Carl Mays has spoken at over 4,000 events. Clients include corporations, associations, sports teams, government entities, religious organizations and educational groups. Recipient of the National Speakers Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 1986, and Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) in 1993, Carl is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

His other books (over a dozen) include: Are We Communicating Yet?, Winning Thoughts, People Of Passion, Anatomy Of A Leader, Hope For The World and You Can Do It. Carl writes a weekly newspaper column and blog, and has contributed to many print and online publications. With several recorded songs, he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His musical drama, The Clown, has been presented in over 2500 U.S. communities and on the British stage.

Carl’s commendations include Murray State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990, and Religious Heritage of America’s 1987 Faith and Freedom Award that honors national communicators who contribute to the high ideals and values on which America was founded (presented to other notable communicators such as Paul Harvey, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar). Carl has also received commendations in New Orleans, Columbus, GA, and Gatlinburg, TN, for city-wide youth work. Among other recognitions, Carl was presented with special Certificates of Appreciation for his 2005 keynote address at the US Army Reserve Medical Symposium for deployed surgeons, and his 2006 keynote at Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Chiefs “Operation Jumpstart” Conference.

His community contributions include charter chairman of the Gatlinburg Board of Education, adult Sunday school teacher for 31 years, instructor of young athletes in spiritual and mental growth for 31 years, and host of the highly proclaimed Gatlinburg Veterans Day Program from 2003 to 2013. He and Louise Mandrell co-hosted the Annual People Of Passion Conference for senior adults at the Louise Mandrell Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN, the city in which Carl was a featured speaker at Dollywood’s Young Christians Day. He has also been a featured speaker, consultant and writer for the Southern Baptist Convention and North American Mission Board.

His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral/Written Communication and Psychology from Murray State University; Master’s Degree in Education and Communication from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and additional Study in Public Speaking, English and Creative Writing from University of Memphis. Born and reared in Humboldt, TN, he graduated from Humboldt High School.

“Those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” (page 213 – A Strategy For Winning)

To book motivational and leadership speaker Carl Mays call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

A STRATEGY FOR WINNING - In Business, Sports, Family, Life

This is Carl's high-energy, high-content, entertaining presentation that deals with: (1) self-image (2) attitude (3) creativity (4) building on failure (5) values (6) goals (7) vision (8) teamwork and (9) overcoming procrastination. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said, "A Strategy For Winning spotlights the fact that everyone has problems to overcome, and Carl emphasizes that unless you accept personal responsibility and make a commitment you cannot win." A CEO recently said, "This presentation affected my life in a very positive way." College basketball coach Pat Summitt claimed, "Carl's presentation will help people in all professions to achieve success." U.S. Border Patrol Associate Chief Sal Nieto said, "I expected it to be great, but it was even better than expected!" Keynote, Banquet, or Seminar.

ANATOMY OF A LEADER - Create The Means To Achieve Your Dreams

This presentation deals with key principles that assist us in leadership roles, especially in times of change or resistant situations. Carl talks about a heart that enables you to recognize your own strengths; a backbone that is strong, yet flexible; muscles that provide perseverance; hands to assist others as you help yourself achieve; shoulders that can carry the burden of responsibility; a brain that possesses creativity; eyes that can visualize goals and possibilities; ears that listen to your own conscience and to new ideas; a mouth that effectively communicates and compliments others; and feet that carry you on the road to success. Through the use of great anecdotes and examples, Carl takes a complex subject and simplifies it by looking at its individual component parts. Keynote, Banquet, or Seminar.

ARE WE COMMUNICATING YET? - It's Not What You Say, It's What They Hear That Counts.

The American Management Association reports that 90 percent of all problems in an organization is a direct result of poor communication. Marriage and family counselors also point to poor communication as a common reason for interpersonal conflicts. In his usual entertaining manner, Carl deals with reasons for poor communication and how to establish good communication, emphasizing: "Effective communication does not occur merely because a message has been presented. More important than what is said is how others perceive and respond to what is said. The greatest obstacle to good communication is assuming that communication has taken place when it hasn't." Especially emphasized are the difference between hearing and listening and why most people are poor listeners. Keynote, Banquet, or Seminar.

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS - The Answer Begins With You!

Developed from his own national survey and his work in business and sports, Carl presents characteristics of people who relate successfully to others. He deals with what turns people on and motivates them, what leads employees and co-workers to view their work as a way of life instead of merely a job with a paycheck, what helps spouses and children feel like integral parts of your life. This presentation does not deal with carrots, sticks or manipulation. It is based on the premise that one person cannot truly motivate another person or group of people. It is based on the premise that since all true motivation must come from within the individual, we must create an atmosphere that incubates self-motivation. When we create such an atmosphere, people thrive in it and everyone wins as a result. Keynote, Banquet, or Seminar.

Carl customizes all of his presentations for clients. He also combines topics to make such presentations as:

NAVIGATING THE HIGH C's: Communication - Change - Esprit de Corps
CREATING REAL TEAMWORK
TEAMBUILDING - MOTIVATION THROUGH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING DURING CHANGE
DEAL WITH THE WINDS OF CHANGE
IMPROVING CUSTOMER OR MEMBER RELATIONS

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Metropolitan Club Managers Assn.

It was a consensus of everyone present at the Sands in Atlantic City that your presentation of "Motivation Through Effective Communication" was EXCELLENT and among the best programs ever!

Religious Heritage of America

Carl, what an excellent presentation you made at our annual meeting! Thank you for emphasizing being a complete person, involving physical, mental and spiritual care. In your "Strategy For Winning" I especially appreciated your focus on CLARIFYING VALUES. It complements well the Judeo-Christian values our organization seeks to encourage.

Life Care Centers of America

You were a SMASH HIT at our National Directors of Nursing Conference! Our CEO, Forrest Preston, doesn't choose to give books to our associates unless he is impressed with both the message and the messenger.

Utica National Insurance Group

We've had an overwhelming positive response to your five presentations. You certainly have left a FAVORABLE, LASTING IMPRESSION with "A Strategy For Winning!
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