James Mapes

Peak Performance Coach, Imagination Expert, Author, Quantum Leap Thinking

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization.   When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen quizzed Mapes as to how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”

A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years.  Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible.  This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

 Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind.   His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance. 

As creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™ and the Transformational Coach™, James Mapes is one of the most sought-after international speakers in the corporate industry today.  He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.

His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, major non-profit organizations, along with training & development divisions of large corporations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

In addition, Mapes has ignited audiences with his critically acclaimed hypnosis show, Journey Into the Imagination.  More than two million people have marveled at this unique presentation at Performing Arts Centers and universities, plus Manhattan’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center - winning praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News.  He is branded as “The Imaginologist.”

His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind.  A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity. 

Mapes delves into hot-button topics like reframing thinking patterns, shattering limiting myths, self-hypnosis, transforming fear into love and forgiveness.  The beauty of this ground-breaking book is not only the relevant information but also how it rides the wave of technology by giving the reader access to 21 short video clips of James Mapes’ demonstrations and coaching.

His previous book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind has been published in ten languages.

 


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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Creativity, Creativity & Innovation, Healthcare, Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Peak Performance, Stress Management

  • Travels From:

    Connecticut

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    $7,500 - $10,000

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Imagine That - Managing Change

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization.   When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen quizzed Mapes as to how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”

A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years.  Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible.  This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

 Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind.   His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance. 

As creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™ and the Transformational Coach™, James Mapes is one of the most sought-after international speakers in the corporate industry today.  He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.

His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, major non-profit organizations, along with training & development divisions of large corporations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

In addition, Mapes has ignited audiences with his critically acclaimed hypnosis show, Journey Into the Imagination.  More than two million people have marveled at this unique presentation at Performing Arts Centers and universities, plus Manhattan’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center - winning praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News.  He is branded as “The Imaginologist.”

His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind.  A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity. 

Mapes delves into hot-button topics like reframing thinking patterns, shattering limiting myths, self-hypnosis, transforming fear into love and forgiveness.  The beauty of this ground-breaking book is not only the relevant information but also how it rides the wave of technology by giving the reader access to 21 short video clips of James Mapes’ demonstrations and coaching.

His previous book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind has been published in ten languages.

 


IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance

Do you view the future with hope and possibility? Or do you allow fear to cloud your thinking, creating insecurity and stress?

Do you know how to apply your imagination to generate creativity, motivation, happiness and hope?

In these uncertain, challenging and complex times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing how to manage your thinking. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.” 

In this cutting-edge, practical and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and inter-active demonstrations that leave no doubt that you can achieve what you imagine.

Exceptional individuals in all walks of life are distinguished by their capability to think creatively and perceive new opportunities for innovation. They have mastered the skill of “visualization” and can clearly communicate a dynamic, compelling, optimistic vision of the future.

James Mapes, the world’s foremost authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts. James skillfully stretches perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to recognize how the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.

The audience leaves this thought-provoking, interactive, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

  • How to replace old beliefs with a compelling new vision that energizes at every level.
  • How to recognize, break through and let go of fears that sabotage success.  
  • How to reduce negative stress and become more mindful.  
  • How to motivate and propel to action by identifying core values.  
  • How to improve productivity using ‘stretch goals’ and applied imagination.

Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes

 

MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy

 Brain science studies prove that how we think impacts our health.

As a speaker, performance coach, medical facilitator, clinical hypnotist, writer and performer, James Mapes knows first-hand the importance of managing our thinking and reducing negative stress.  He integrates lessons learned from more than three decades of experience and his own open-heart surgery. He is truly a speaker who lives what he preaches.

In MIND OVER BODY, audiences gain a fresh, unique perspective on health, wellness and productivity.   James simplifies the latest research in brain science into easy and enjoyable solutions.  James projects an amazing, positive energy, radiating passion about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.

The attendees will leave this interactive, thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

  • How to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions.
  • How use mental imagery to reduce anxiety.
  • How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.
  • How to create a personal vision to inspire wellness and achieve goals.
  • How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.
  • How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes wellness.

This presentation can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs as either a keynote or workshop.

Program Length: 60 minutes – 1/2 day

 

TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders

 What is a leader?   Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?

The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savviest manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style.

In 2017’s confusing and complex business world, it is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success.

The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, since it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual.

In this provocative, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor with an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.
  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.
  • A guide to transform and enhance a personal leadership style.
  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.

Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes

 

SHORT PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

“IMAGINE THAT! Ignite Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance”

In our fast-paced business environment success literally depends on how we manage our thinking, focus our imagination and communicate with others. Lessons include concepts and practical strategies on how to influence your subconscious mind by applied imagination for maximum creativity, motivation, stress reduction and exceptional communication. Participants will learn by creating their own vision for success.

 

“TRUE LEADERSHIP: 5-Core Traits of Effective Leaders”

 In order to lead effectively in today’s environment, a true leader must know precisely how to craft and communicate an emotionally-charged vision that unites, motivates and produces harmony in the workplace.  Lessons include: strategies to ignite passion and motivation by identifying personal and organization values; how to create a vision that inspires and motivates; how to influence others and why empowerment is necessary to generate loyalty and personal accountability.

 

“MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy”

All members of an organization need to be partners in their wellness. In this program, James combines his work with pre-surgery patients, leaders, athletes and relationship coaching, with the lessons he learned from having an aortic value replacement.  Life lessons presented include crafting a vision to overcome fear and create a positive outcome.  Learn to use mental imagery to reduce anxiety and increase self-confidence. 

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker

"James was FANTASTIC. I've gotten extremely positive feedback from all our senior executives, both verbally and via e-mail. His personalization of the material really impressed everyone, as well as his energy. He was a great way to end the conference. I have to tell you, James is the ultimate professional."

Riverside Health Systems

“I’ve seen many conference speakers in my career. James Mapes is one I’ll remember. His genuine approach engages you in a delightful mind journey that will improve both your personal and professional life, long after you hear him speak.”

Hewlett Packard Company

"What an inspirational evening! You truly captivated HP's management team with your presentation and opened their minds to 'anything & everything' is possible. Your message and your delivery were extremely effective for 'out-of-the-box' thinking and personal application. We highly recommend you for rejuvenating a conference and helping people through change. Your message is perfect for peak performers."

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker

"James was FANTASTIC. I've gotten extremely positive feedback from all our senior executives, both verbally and via e-mail. His personalization of the material really impressed everyone, as well as his energy. He was a great way to end the conference. I have to tell you, James is the ultimate professional."

Mercer Latin America

“James’ ‘True Leadership’ keynote address at the 2011 Mercer Latin America HR Forum was excellent - both thought provoking and inspiring. It really made you think about how you can improve your own personal leadership style. James has a great delivery which is both informative and entertaining. He really engages with his audience!”

Merisant Company

”When you meet James Mapes, you cannot help but have a visceral reaction to his unique ability to shape your life in a positive manner. I was first introduced to James through his book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners Guide to the Mind; however, after meeting in person, I was truly moved by James’ ability to teach, coach and inspire. James is an architect of “high performance” and has a personality that resonates with enthusiasm and a positive mental attitude. James recently spent time with our Executive Team and our North American Division. The result of the meeting greatly exceeded all of our expectations… in addition to learning specific tools to enhance performance; team members left the meeting with an increased level of passion and desire to achieve success. James is a special person, an extraordinary motivator, a powerful communicator and a great architect of performance.”
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