Dan Galloway

Dan Galloway

Inspiring and Humorous Motivational Speaker


Think Big Picture

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
When I was 6, my dad died right in front of me. I still have guilt for not helping him.
I nearly drowned in the ocean. Surviving currents that took me far away from shore was a miracle.
At age 33, I learned there was a "medical explanation" for being so easily distracted and impulsive.
When I began reading about ADHD, I was excited about a possible "fix" for the challenges I'd had.
The trial and error of medications was exhausting and disheartening. This was not going to be easy!
After one of my speaking engagements, a woman told me I gave her hope for her son who had ADHD.
It hit me that the POSITIVE traits of ADHD were making my talks humorous, inspiring, and memorable.
While still a challenge, I have embraced ADHD and consider it to be the centerpiece of my success.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Western Illinois University

Career

Inspiring and Humorous Motivational Speaker

I use my gifts of enthusiasm and humor while sharing stories that inspire others.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Acting & Theatre
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

It would be a day filled with creativity, laughter, energy, and tangents. The two of us would talk about new ideas for speeches, videos, and my blog, all of which would help to convey my big picture message. If I had a speaking gig that day, I'd be onstage doing what I love the most and I'd be sure to have a backstage pass for the "shadowing human." At some point, we'd probably order pizza and find a place that makes great cheeseburgers!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As a speaker, a "rags to riches" story is essential, even if only on a small scale. Also, being in touch with your strengths is important. If it's been a while since you've assessed the strengths you bring to the table and need help figuring things out, ask your friends for candid feedback about "what" makes you special and downright amazing. While you might catch them off guard at first, most will respond. There are also online tools designed to help you pinpoint what you offer the planet.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Begin "locking in" moments that can be shared later in front of audiences. I'm referring to experiences you're having while in school and those before college that had an impact on you. Public speaking is often "story time." Audiences want to laugh, learn, and be inspired. What has happened to you that makes you an awesome candidate to talk on a certain subject? Ask yourself, "What's my message?" Study other speakers on YouTube. Take a public speaking class. You live once. Go for it.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Give up your pipe dream."

Challenges I Overcame

Car Accident
Learning Issues