Lance Allred

Lance Allred, with his 5 Principles of Perseverance, is the first deaf player in NBA History and an expert on Leadership, Perseverance and Grit.

Legally deaf, at 80% hearing loss, from RH complications at birth, Lance was born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana before his family left at the age of 13. Unable to play basketball with his hearing aids in and standing at 6'11, Lance is more than a basketball player as he didn't begin playing until he was in 8th grade as a way of adjusting to his new life outside of his childhood upbringing. 

As an international Inspirational Speaker, Lance’s story of being an underdog is for anyone who has ever felt a dream was just out of reach, as he travels the world sharing his “5 Principles of Perseverance” and journey of becoming the first deaf player in NBA history… at the age of 27, which took him seven years longer than the average NBA rookie.

Authoring 4 books, with his first one LONGSHOT, published by HarperCollins in 2009, Lance is also the TEDx Star of "What is Your Polygamy?" which currently has over 4.6 Million Views. He is the first outside speaker the F.B.I. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has ever brought in for group training and consultation on leadership development, as well as having spoken to corporations such as Costco, Keybank, Caldwell Banker, Coca Cola and many others, including over 40,000 students across the United States.


LIONS AND LEADERS: The Principles of Perseverance-Lance's smash hit keynote on leadership and perseverance, where Lance will show, with his 5 Principles of Perseverance, how he achieved what many perceived to be an unattainable goal: The First Deaf Player in NBA History.

He is now duplicating those same principles on a daily basis to conquer his next "unattainable goal." When you hear his story, you will understand how among his peers in the basketball world, Lance became known as "The Lion." 

LEG UP- This presentation is specifically targeted to high school student-athletes, their parents, coaches and athletic directors. 


For the college bound athlete, the future looks bright and their path paved with promise. Yet, there are many aspects to that collegiate and professional dream that many players, parents and coaches are just not aware of. With a world of experience through the political and business side of sports, both collegiality and professionally, Lance will take your student-athlete through the pitfalls and angles to which they need to enter with eyes wide open, for dreams can quickly turn into nightmares. Highly informative, honest and blunt, yet inspiring, Lance will give you the wisdom and knowledge that he wishes he would have been informed with in his teenage years. All athletes, those with the intention to play collegiality or not, and their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend this invaluable session.

LITTLE GIANT- For Youth/Young Adults

Due to his size and hearing loss, Lance was a Giant target of intense bullying throughout his childhood to such extremes that he frequently struggled with crippling depression.  He has shared his story and impacted hundreds of kids throughout his home state of Utah, letting them know how to overcome and rise above such adversity, and to importantly proactively combat it. 

LEGENDARY SALES- If Lance, the quiet, deaf underdog from rural Montana, could push himself out of his comfort zone, day in and day out, what is your excuse not to? Lance will challenge and train your sales team to detach their self-worth from outcomes, empowering them to be more daring, gritty, creative and resilient, knowing that if they function from a place of integrity, they can never fail. 

LETHAL TEAMS- The concept of Team, implies sacrifice, but Lance saw at an early age, within a socialist Utopian society, why the altruistic idea of team has only a small chance of ever being truly achieved. He learned how to apply that early experience and use it in his basketball career, to find a true successful win-win environment within his teams across the globe. Divulging his “5 Truths of a Team,” Lance will share his experiences and bring new ways of thinking and ideas to help you and your team find the most successful balance. Your team will be Lethal.



"Lance recently was our motivational speaker and emcee for our awards dinner. His not was not only motivational, but touched our hearts. It gave purpose back to the attendees in reminding them that their work is meaningful. Lance was the real deal and he was an inspiration to all of us at Costco."

-Jill Olson, Event Director, Costco


"Lance is truly an inspiration! Not only is he one of the most authentic individuals I have had the privilege of working with, he offers a unique perspective based on his powerful life experiences."

- Brandon Fugal, Chairman, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

"Lance doesn’t just talk about inspiring leadership, he demonstrates it in the way he connects with his audience.  After hearing him speak, I feel more focused on how I can be more authentic in all of my interactions, and how to be guided by the belief that anything truly is possible."

- Lisa Chapman, VP Franchise Leadership, Coca-Cola

"I took a leap of faith in contracting with Lance as a keynote speaker because I had no prior experience in hearing him speak.  Lance was a fantastic speaker for our group of 150 college students.  He interacted with the students and was able to get a good feel for what we wanted and didn't use a canned message.  He was able to tell his story, while really connecting to the students.  He was funny, inspiring, empathetic and real.  His content was thought provoking, motivating and really connected to many of the messages of the conference and the company.  We look forward to having Lance back next year!"

- Kristin Schmidt, Event Planner, Ernst and Young

“Lance, simply put, is a rockstar in a button up shirt. When he speaks, the audience never takes their eyes off of him. He has the ability of carrying many streams of intricate thought without convoluting them and applying them to everyone in the room. Again… Rockstar.”

- Kristi Worful, Director of Corporate Wellnes, VASA Fitness

"For many people it will seem ironic that some of the basketball teams Lance played for asked their only legally deaf player to be their go-to media person. Ironic because you wouldn't expect a deaf man to be an effective communicator and a great storyteller. But Lance is masterful. He has the ability to observe the world around him, draw analogies, precipitate stories, and apply timely lessons in leadership, persistence, and achieving your dreams. I would gladly put every student, entrepreneur, and executive I know into Lance's audience. If you've ever felt like an underdog in life--and who hasn't--here's one deaf guy you've got to hear from."

- David Brake, CEO, The Grandview Group

"Lance's approach to motivational speaking is the best I have ever experienced! Our entire audience was captivated from beginning to end and were left feeling motivated and inspired by his story. Lance is so personable, raw and honest throughout the entire presentation! Everyone could not stop raving about how much they enjoyed Lance and his message. Thanks for keeping it real Lance! Hope to hear him speak again in the near future."

- Nikki Firth, Event Coordinator, CaptionCall

For booking information contact:


Stacy Anderson

(949) 544-1410