Chris Norton

The power to stand.

Chris suffered a spinal cord injury while playing football at Luther College (Iowa). The doctors gave Chris a 3% chance of moving anything below his neck again. Four years later, he defied the odds and walked across stage at his college graduation. The video went viral twice, garnered 300 million+ views, and caught the eye of the country’s top media outlets (Good Morning, America,, NBC Nightly News, CBS, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, etc.).

Three years later, Chris attempted another incredible feat – this time, perhaps the most important walk of his life – down the aisle with his wife, Emily. As with his Graduation Walk, Chris prepared relentlessly, spending four hours per day in the gym. Chris and Emily joyfully conquered the challenge – and walked seven yards down the aisle after their wedding ceremony. Seven yards symbolized the seven-year anniversary of his injury. Their beautiful story once again captured the heart of the world, with coverage ranging from nearly all of the top-tier U.S. media outlets to media in Germany, Italy and London, to name a few.

Chris is a well-respected motivational speaker and speaks at numerous events across the country. He was recently named to the ita Group’s 2018 Hottest Keynote Speakers List, alongside Michael Strahan, Magic Johnson and Mark Cuban. Additionally, Chris has written a book; he and Emily are working on their second book; and a documentary is being made about them.

Chris created the Chris Norton Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord and neuromuscular disabilities by providing opportunities that would not otherwise exist. This is achieved through supporting the purchase of rehabilitation equipment for organizations/facilities and providing services and scholarships for camp programs. To date, the Chris Norton Foundation has raised just under $1 million dollars.

From a personal standpoint, Chris and Emily have five foster children under 8 years old. They are both deeply committed to providing a safe, loving home for children in need. In late December, they were fostering a 3-year old, and were approached about fostering a group of four siblings. The only way they would be approved for the placement was to buy a bigger vehicle. So, without hesitation, they purchased a “new” used vehicle that would fit everyone. They are truly a remarkable couple, who positively impact those around them.

Chris Norton, speaker




We all deal with change, no matter how big or how small, no matter who you are or where you come from. Life & work can alter quickly but that’s not what’s important… What is important is whether or not we will stand back up. This keynote dives into the essence of what it takes to have The Power To Stand, how to persevere through the most challenging obstacles, and how to navigate change in life or work.
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Everyday we have the opportunity to be memorable and to make a lasting impact on clients, coworkers, communities, and frankly everyone we encounter. If you want to stand out from everyone else then you have to start doing what everyone else isn’t willing to do. You have to go above and beyond of what’s asked of you and do the unexpected. This keynote displays how no matter what job, position, or circumstance you are in you can make a lasting impact on the world.
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Our outcome is the sum of our choices and responses. The PRO Model is Problem + Response = Outcome or P+R=O. This is the formula every high performing individual uses whether they are aware of it or not. Whether you shine shoes for a living or are a Corporate Level executive in a billion dollar company every PRO holds themselves accountable for their outcomes. This keynote demonstrates that we are responsible for the amount of success we ultimately achieve. The more ownership we take for our outcomes the more successful we will be.
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What’s your purpose or simply what is your why? What will motivate you when you are not motivated? Being purpose driven will give you the fuel to success and to persevere. When you know your why your standards increase, when you have high standards excuses become obsolete and execution becomes habitual.  This keynote shows how creating a strong purpose elevates your resiliency and achievement.

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You’ve heard the keynote, now craft an action plan you can implement immediately to create breakthroughs in performance and profitability. Build an attitude that will empower you to quickly attain the next level of success. Explore powerful new ideas and strategies that will turn insights into actions and get you focused and on track to achieve your most important goals.

In this insightful and interactive presentation you will discover how to:

• Gain confidence and clarity as you uncover 5 hidden signs of progress
• Inspire and motivate with intensity and sincerity
• Identify your priorities and invest your attention and energy in the activities that really count
• Set an empowering example that will take your team to the top

You’ll walk away feeling refreshed and optimistic, with a plan that defines what really matters and aligns your work and life with your priorities, passion and purpose.

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