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Your Obstacle = Your Opportunity, DERRICK TENNANT Motivational Speaker from Nashville, TN

Will travel up to 3000 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 37 Reviews
  • 64 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 8 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment

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Imagine you only had the use of one arm. Imagine everything you owned fit into a carry-on bag. Imagine only having seven shirts, each with a day of the week written on them. Well, meet Derrick Tennant. Derrick suffered a life-altering brain injury that ended a promising sports career, but it certainly didn't slow down his LIFE. Unable to use much of his body's left side, he still competed internationally, playing basketball. Derrick incorporates his disability into his jokes at the club and his message of changing obstacles into opportunities in corporate presentations worldwide. Clean, Inspirational, and actually funny. This is a combination that is tough to find. Derrick makes a living making people laugh and often inspires them along the way. Whether online with Zoom or in person from the stage, your audience will be moved. From entertaining at an A-list comedy club on Friday night to a Saturday afternoon magic show at the Children's hospital or speaking at Sunday morning service, Derrick is pretty versatile. You've seen him on The Mike Huckabee Show, DRYBAR Comedy, PUREFLIX and more. A gifted communicator, Derrick will capture your audience's attention and powerfully convey the message. As an accomplished magician, he can add even more value to your event by creating smiles and "wows" at the cocktail hour or even after an event. For an additional, LIFE CHANGING event, ask about adding Derrick's beautiful sister Julie and discover THE LOVE CHROMOSOME ( see video ) Derrick has even been in a JEFF FOXWORTHY movie where he plays a one-armed softball player named, get this: "Lefty." Don't get excited; he says though, "I was a featured extra; that's kinda like getting an F+" A minimalist, Derrick has no house or apartment. All of his possessions actually fit in one carry-on. He has seven shirts. ( yes, Monday, Tuesday, Wed... ) He travels worldwide, bringing smiles and communicating his message: Live Simply. Love Wastefully. Derrick prides himself in custom tailoring each performance. Virtual or live, his presentation is catered specifically for your company and/ or the audience. He also uses your theme, logos, colors, and the like in his presentation on screen. He will work with you directly to ensure it is a home run for everyone! Possible topics or events: Sales that Matter - Sales are vital, and skills are needed, but there are often for- gotten aspects of the process that leave success behind. Personal and Professional. Selfish Generosity Derrick loves sharing with audiences the countless benefits of supporting a good cause. He will motivate your group to Give better and Live better! Be A HERO Derrick’s student programs and assemblies help students have a blast while learning the value of being Helpful. Exceptional. Respectful. and Open. ( H.E.R.O.) Don’t Just Lead, Inspire Derrick talks about how true leadership creates a culture where people CHOOSE to follow and do so with a smile. The Love Chromosome An unforgettable event with his amazing sister, who has Down syndrome. See the video above : )


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Review by Shannon B.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on July 31, 2023From Lebanon, TN

????? 5/5 Stars Derrick is an absolute powerhouse of motivation! His energy, passion, and authenticity are truly captivating. In just one session, he uplifted our spirits and ignited a fire within us to pursue our dreams fearlessly. If you're looking for a life-changing experience, Derrick is the motivational speaker you need. Prepare to be inspired and motivated like never before! Derrick's delivery is nothing short of flawless, and he had the entire audience in stitches with his humor. On top of that, he treated us to a mind-boggling magic trick that still has me scratching my head. You absolutely must see it for yourself!

Review by Ralph R.

CelebrationReviewed on February 28, 2023From Woodstock, GA

I would definitely hire again and refer him to others. Enthusiastic, professional and very dedicated to his profession!

Review by Cheryl V.

FundraiserReviewed on April 27, 2022From Albany, GA

We have held several years of comedic fundraisers. Derrick was far best of all that we have had! He researched and personalized the event for our organization, mission and the community that we serve. He did not leave a rock unturned and literally had people hanging on his every word up until the very end. We will definitely be asking him back ??

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Upcoming Events

September 12, 2024 • Community Event
Thu10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Lancaster, PA

Past Events

January 26, 2024 • Corporate Function
Fri7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Starkville, MS
October 2, 2023 • Celebration
Mon8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Woodstock, GA
July 28, 2023 • Corporate Function
Fri12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Lebanon, TN
February 27, 2023 • Celebration
Mon8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Woodstock, GA
April 26, 2022 • Fundraiser
Tue6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Albany, GA
February 13, 2022 • Valentine's Day Party
Sun5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Sycamore, AL
February 7, 2022 • Celebration
Mon12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lantzville, BC
October 29, 2021 • Fundraiser
Fri5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Anchorage, AK
July 22, 2021 • Celebration
Thu6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Syracuse, NY
July 8, 2021 • Celebration
Thu9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Atlanta, GA
June 26, 2021 • Celebration
Sat2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Syracuse, NY
May 26, 2021 • Celebration
Wed9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Morgan Hill, CA

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