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obstacle = opportunity, DERRICK TENNANT Motivational Speaker from New York City, NY

Will travel up to 3000 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 17 Reviews
  • 29 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2011
  • 6 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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Avg 5.0 | 17 Reviews

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Review by Troy S.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on October 23, 2023From Nashville, TN

Derrick was engaging, prepared, thoughtful and "On-Point". I recently hired Derrick to speak with my sales team at our first-ever sales conference. He was our opening speaker and proved to be just what we needed to start our event. I received nothing but excellent feedback from my sales team. I highly recommend him for groups large and small. "Look on the right side, my friend"

Review by Naira A.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on May 27, 2022From Whippany, NJ

Derrik and Julie were very much fun to be around and our public loved having them! However, we had only planned to have them for 30 minutes and we said it was OK to go over 5-10 minutes but it went much longer so we had to do some last minute program cuts during gala to fit it in which threw us off a little! They are a great duo for the right event but it is better if it is a solo performance and not part of a bigger evening. Their story is very touching and Julie is so smart and funny that she completes the show well! It was great to get to know them.

Review by Chantelle Z.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on January 19, 2022From Waterloo, ON

All of the attendees of our event had a fantastic time with Derrick and Julie. I would highly recommend their performance for any event. We laughed a lot which was nice in the dark time we are living in. There were many heart warming moments and everyone left feeling more motivated and inspired. Thanks Derrick and Julie <3

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Past Events

January 26, 2024 • Corporate Function
Fri7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Starkville, MS
October 19, 2023 • Corporate Function
Thu10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Nashville, TN
October 2, 2022 • Community Event
Sun8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Center Valley, PA
September 15, 2022 • Meeting
Thu11:00 AM - 11:45 AM New York City, NY
May 25, 2022 • Corporate Function
Wed6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Whippany, NJ
February 13, 2022 • Fundraiser
Sun5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sycamore, AL
January 18, 2022 • Corporate Function
Tue7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Waterloo, ON
December 17, 2021 • Corporate Function
Fri9:30 PM - 11:00 PM San Francisco, CA
December 10, 2021 • School Assembly
Fri10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fairfield, CT
November 15, 2021 • Celebration
Mon12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Danbury, CT
July 24, 2021 • Funeral
Sat12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Harrisburg, PA
June 4, 2021 • Celebration
Fri1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Belchertown, MA

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