W Mitchell


About W Mitchell - Inspirational and Motivational Speaker:

W Mitchell is an author, TV host, business leader, conservation leader and internationally sought after speaker motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.

As a young man, W Mitchell served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.

Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor who saved a mountain, a successful business man who put 1000s of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that most limitations are self-imposed.

Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action - not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points. Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.

It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It, is the title of W Mitchell's latest book, and it's the message this expert on responsibility, change and renewal shares with audiences around the world.

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What W Mitchell Talks About:

In W Mitchell your audience will meet the internationally-recognized mayor who saved a mountain; the co-founding chairman of a $65 million dollar company; a pilot, river rafter and sky diver. He will bring everyday challenges to the forefront and confront perceived barriers. Your audience will experience laughter, perhaps some tears and lots of empathy. Mitchell’s message will work for audiences of 10 to 10|000, and will be tailored for the blue-collar or the blue-bloods. Together, you’ll increase the value of all the messages at your meeting. And your audience will take them back to the workplace.

Mitchell’s presentations are built on the foundation of 5 principles: Value, Opportunity, Emotions, Reactions, and End Results.

  • Value: Ongoing payback, long after the ovation has ended
  • Opportunity: Gain perspective on adversity, recognize what you can do
  • Emotions: Laughter, tears, renewed spirit and ah-has
  • Reactions: We’ll never forget; More than worth the investment; Amazing personal touch–it felt like we were having a conversation
  • End Results: You will lock in the messages of your meeting

It�s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
With warmth and wisdom, W Mitchell recaps the precise moments that instantly erased and rewrote the course of his life. From a fiery motorcycle accident that left him burned over 65% of his body, to the airplane crash that took away his ability to walk, Mitchell steadily rebuilt his life. He learned to work through the painful challenges and the devastating losses. He found new ways of facing everyday challenges with courage, determination, and good humor. This seemingly hopeless story evolved into an amazing life of achievement that has inspired audiences throughout the world.

Mitchell reveals the core beliefs and proven strategies that lead to his personal and professional successes. He proves to audiences that setbacks can be transformed into new starting points and that we all must take responsibility for the changes in our life. Not only will he demonstrate what it takes, but he will provide the necessary tools that can be used to improve the quality of your unique situation.

Leading With Courage
The willingness to take responsibility is the mark of a leader. The person who recognizes that how we respond and how we choose to respond to a situation, serves as a powerful example for the organization. Showing courage is what W Mitchell’s life is all about. By being someone who has not let life’s detours determine his course, Mitchell is highly regarded as a leader in business, government and in non-profits. He demonstrates by his life and through his conversations with audiences, the power of choosing your responses. People come away with new insights and tools to help lead others.

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You kept our audience spellbound throughout your story and I know it touched each of us in different ways. I want to express our profound appreciation for getting us to focus on what we can do.


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