Push the boundary of embarrassment

Orlando Best Professional Speakers


(photo: Who’s looking over your shoulder?)

(Update March 7, 2015… rereading this now, after writing it 100 days ago, it feels awkward…gonna keep it as is for posterity. They say boldness has genius. It’s also far too easy to crash and burn. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.)

Orlando based (retired Disney) motivational keynote speaker. One million+ people globally.

Flying solo.

Retired to put a dent in the Universe by helping you:

  • Live like you mean.
  • Lead like you mean it.
  • Serve like you mean it.

To challenge you to choose between a life of obligation or a life of apathy.

To challenge you to become an example rather than a warning to the people you care about most.

In exchange for leading The Movement (Mid Life Celebration), MLC will donate profits to the good folks searching for a cure.

Remarkable keynote speakers, the ones that challenge everything, well, yeah, we need more of that.

Thirty years at Disney, the past 15 speaking for Disney Institute. Both coasts. Every imaginable industry.

Close enough to Walt-Disney-crazy to be bestowed not one, but two Disney Lifetime achievement awards.

Walt asked his associates simple questions. Compelling questions.

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, eh?

Pop quiz…

Are you satisfied?

(good for you if you are… hope it lasts)

And if you aren’t, who’s responsible?


How challenging is it to find someone trustworthy?

Someone to help you change things your culture allows to happen.

Culture is tricky.

It’s what we think and do, without thinking.


Long term, deeply embedded habits.



Our default becomes the standard.


The good news? There’s a success formula for operationalizing your habits for excellence.

But you’ll have to reach higher, think deeper, care more, and work harder than ever.

Speaking, consulting, coaching.

Helping people and organizations solve their unsolvables.

You’re welcome.

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June 2014 LinkedIn profile for posterity

Mickey Mouse and jeff noel at Disney Speaking Event
Who dat?


What is our obligation to continuously improve? And what metrics do we use to evaluate our efforts versus the potential return?

Without experimentation and risk taking all we’re left with is the regret of “what-if”. What follows is the complete version of an older profile:



Balancing two serious jobs. One with a big, famous company. One with a small, loving Family.

Same person shows up at both.


Been like that 55 years.

Google your name. Happy with your results? Privacy is gone for good. The keyboard won’t be around much longer either.

The Internet has replaced the exchange and organization of paper business cards and resumes with the digital equivalent.

International professional speaker to a million people.

Bottom line goal: see you reach yours.

The clearer we are about what we want, the more remarkable the results.

Transforming things using the tools of nature – paradox, questions, and the basics.

Servant, husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, neighbor, leader, author, speaker, runner.

Aggressively unfancy.

Work is only work if you’d rather be doing something else, and truly, the work day begins the night before. Can’t wait for the alarm clock to go off every morning.

Allergic to most pollens, whiners, and mediocrity.



To be crystal clear and not blur any lines, speaking full time for DisneyInstitute.com and separately and entrepreneurially for MidLifeCelebration.com (content is entirely different, completely distinct).


Prudent to note social media is embraced by great organizations. Why? Because customers have embraced social media, and great companies (small or large) embrace what customers embrace.

Any Internet savvy professional knows Google destroys any notion of privacy. Authenticity is the new currency. Live your life so that if someone ever said anything bad about you, no one would believe it.

Sooner or later it becomes crystal clear, life is not a dress rehearsal.

Live like you mean it.

At work. At home.


All day.


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And then compare yours to all the others

jeff noel LinkedIn profile
Who in their right mind writes these things on a resume?


If you ever read and compare a bunch of LinkedIn profiles you will begin to notice one astonishing fact. They all sound remarkably the same.

I’m so smart. I’m so smart. I’m so smart.

Seriously, spend 30-40 minutes and read as many as you can.

And then compare yours to all the others.

Scary ain’t it?

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