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Rated the “ #1 Motivational & Inspirational Speaker and Singer in America” by Get Motivated Seminars, Dr. Willie Jolley became speaking sensation after being fired from a nightclub where the professional singer was replaced by a karaoke machine. Since then, he has helped millions of people change their thinking, change their actions, and change their results by making their breaks instead of waiting for them.

Dr. Jolley gained national attention for his work with Ford Motors in 2006, when they were on the verge of bankruptcy. By working with them from 2006-2009, Ford was able to reject a government bailout and return to profitability.

Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of the bestsellers Turn Setbacks into Greenbacks and It Only Takes a Minute to Change Your Life. He hosts The Willie Jolley Weekend Show on XM Radio and has a daily radio feature called “The Magnificent Motivational Minute,” which is syndicated in more than 50 markets.

Full Profile

Dr. Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE

There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one,
the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He has been described
simultaneously as a world-class, award-winning speaker and singer,
best-selling author and media personality.

Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking
industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired
singer, who was replaced by a karaoke machine! He has gone on to
be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” by
the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has also
been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well
as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by
the National Speakers Association. In 2012 he was the recipient of
the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013 he was
named, “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by Speaking.com and
Business Leader of The Year by The African American Chambers of
Commerce.

Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission
of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their
circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know
him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on
the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and
2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and
go on to Billion Dollar profits.

No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his
Sirius/XM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, GM,
Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table … Dr.
Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he
delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day
at a time!

Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling
books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A
Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks
and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen
Covey.

Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Faith Driven
Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a
Master Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological seminary and a
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The American University.


Willie Jolley Speaker Videos Back to top

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With flavor and substance, Dr. Willie Jolley challenges people to reflect on how much they really want to accomplish their dreams asking them to measure how far they are willing to go to see them through. He uses a simple yet effective story of a person who wakes up at midnight craving a soda but settles for a glass of water versus a person who treks miles through the snow until they eventually get that soda.

Pointing out that people often “settle” when they come up against problems or setbacks, he states, “Sooner or later you’re going to have to answer that question, ‘How bad do you want it?’”

Ministry of Motivation



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Motivational legend, Dr. Willie Jolley has delivered hundreds of rousing, heartfelt programs to the likes of GM, Walmart, Verizon and Chevron. The upbeat speaker delivers powerful stories, tools, and techniques to help get you out of any rut. Dr. Willie Jolley’s presentations are known to boost company morale and help organizations turn “setbacks” into “comebacks.”

    Most Requested Programs:

    • An Attitude of Excellence: 5 Simple Steps to 5 Star Success!
    • Excellence Is The Best Job Security!
    • Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks!
    • Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks!
    • How To Be Unstoppable! Leadership & Achievement!
    • Change Is Good… When Your Attitude Is Great!

"The Attitude and Achievement Expert!"

Helping Organizations Worldwide ... to Do More, Be More and Achieve More

    • Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World" - by Toastmasters International
    • Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" & "An Attitude of Excellence!"
    • Host of "The Willie Jolley Show" on CBS-TV, PBS, Sirius/XM & WHUR-FM


Willie Jolley Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    I can’t remember when we had a speaker who had such a positive response from the Managers and Managers-In-Training. I have heard many of them quoting you since the meeting!”
    Dominos Pizza – Frank Meeks, President, Team Dominos

    People were riveted! What an astounding gift your presentation was to ASAE. Please use me as a reference!”
    ASAE- Marcia Rhea, CAE

    “Thanks for going the extra mile and for making our meeting a smashing success. We’re glad you are a part of our team!”
    Borders/ Waldenbooks – Sue Dasse, VP Operations

    “Without a doubt, our best sales program yet! You helped drive the Internet sales force to another level of sales success even during a downturn economy. As was expected, you took them to another plateau and forced them to be all that they could be."
    Verizon- Eric Cevis, Vice President, ISP Division

    “Extraordinary! Simply Extraordinary! You spoke for our Team and helped us take our thinking to another level and had us on our feet, then spoke for a high school we adopted, and had them standing on their feet! Incredible!”
    Nabisco- Ron LeGrand, Brand Manager

    “Mr. Jolley changed my attitude! I never felt so good about my job or the company before, but now I am excited and know I play a BIG PART in the success of the company!”
    Georgetown University - Andrea Lang, Georgetown Conference and Convention Center


    Partial Client List

    American Cancer Society
    American Society of CLU & Chfc
    American Society of Association Executives
    Amway Australia
    American University
    Bell South
    Batesville Casket International
    Boys and Girls Clubs Of America
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
    Chase Manhattan Mortgage
    CIA
    Coca Cola
    Dell Computers
    Dominos Pizza
    Excel Communications
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
    Georgia Power Company
    Girl Scouts of America
    Gulf Stream Aircraft
    Horatio Alger Association
    IBM
    Kansas Credit Union Association
    Marriott
    Mary Kay Cosmetics
    McDonald’s
    Meeting Professional International
    Mistic Soft Drinks
    Mississippi Credit Union Leagues
    Nabisco
    NEC Technologies
    National Federation of State High Schools
    Northland Foundation
    NuSkin
    Ohio Credit Union Leagues
    Prudential of Australia
    Quixtar
    Raytheon
    SmartPractice
    Social Security Administration
    Society of Human Resource Managers
    South Carolina Credit Union Leagues
    Sprint
    Tahitian Noni International
    United National Bank
    US Army
    US General Service Administration
    US Marines
    US Navy
    US Postal Service
    Verizon
    Von Hoffman Press
    Wal-Mart
    Zurich Australia Financial




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    I can’t remember when we had a speaker who had such a positive response from the Managers and Managers-In-Training. I have heard many of them quoting you since the meeting!”
    Dominos Pizza – Frank Meeks, President, Team Dominos

    People were riveted! What an astounding gift your presentation was to ASAE. Please use me as a reference!”
    ASAE- Marcia Rhea, CAE

    “Thanks for going the extra mile and for making our meeting a smashing success. We’re glad you are a part of our team!”
    Borders/ Waldenbooks – Sue Dasse, VP Operations

    “Without a doubt, our best sales program yet! You helped drive the Internet sales force to another level of sales success even during a downturn economy. As was expected, you took them to another plateau and forced them to be all that they could be."
    Verizon- Eric Cevis, Vice President, ISP Division

    “Extraordinary! Simply Extraordinary! You spoke for our Team and helped us take our thinking to another level and had us on our feet, then spoke for a high school we adopted, and had them standing on their feet! Incredible!”
    Nabisco- Ron LeGrand, Brand Manager

    “Mr. Jolley changed my attitude! I never felt so good about my job or the company before, but now I am excited and know I play a BIG PART in the success of the company!”
    Georgetown University - Andrea Lang, Georgetown Conference and Convention Center


    Partial Client List

    American Cancer Society
    American Society of CLU & Chfc
    American Society of Association Executives
    Amway Australia
    American University
    Bell South
    Batesville Casket International
    Boys and Girls Clubs Of America
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
    Chase Manhattan Mortgage
    CIA
    Coca Cola
    Dell Computers
    Dominos Pizza
    Excel Communications
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
    Georgia Power Company
    Girl Scouts of America
    Gulf Stream Aircraft
    Horatio Alger Association
    IBM
    Kansas Credit Union Association
    Marriott
    Mary Kay Cosmetics
    McDonald’s
    Meeting Professional International
    Mistic Soft Drinks
    Mississippi Credit Union Leagues
    Nabisco
    NEC Technologies
    National Federation of State High Schools
    Northland Foundation
    NuSkin
    Ohio Credit Union Leagues
    Prudential of Australia
    Quixtar
    Raytheon
    SmartPractice
    Social Security Administration
    Society of Human Resource Managers
    South Carolina Credit Union Leagues
    Sprint
    Tahitian Noni International
    United National Bank
    US Army
    US General Service Administration
    US Marines
    US Navy
    US Postal Service
    Verizon
    Von Hoffman Press
    Wal-Mart
    Zurich Australia Financial


    Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback

    A setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback! The wisdom in these words can help lift you out of your low points in life and put you on the path to victory!

    • Have you ever had a setback?
    • Has life ever thrown you a curve ball?

    • Have you ever been knocked down by hard times?



    Willie Jolley, the author of the motivational bestseller It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life!, will inspire you to take action! In A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Willie presents his "VDAD" formula (Vision, Decision, Action, Desire) for overcoming life′s constant challenges. He shares his techniques for taking control of your destiny, using anecdotes and stories that will encourage you to focus and take action on your dreams-despite the adversities! You will hear from ordinary people who refused to cower in the face of hardships, and found opportunities in unlikely places. There are humorous insights ("sometimes you′re the windshield, sometimes you′re the bug") and practical methods (Need to rid yourself of negative thoughts? "Face it, trace it, erase it, replace it!"). Using Willie Jolley′s 12 simple strategies (as outlined in the VDAD formula) you will have the tools to turn your trials into triumphs, your problems into possibilities, and your setbacks into comebacks.

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    Most Requested Programs:

    • An Attitude of Excellence: 5 Simple Steps to 5 Star Success!
    • Excellence Is The Best Job Security!
    • Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks!
    • Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks!
    • How To Be Unstoppable! Leadership & Achievement!
    • Change Is Good… When Your Attitude Is Great!

"The Attitude and Achievement Expert!"

Helping Organizations Worldwide ... to Do More, Be More and Achieve More

    • Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World" - by Toastmasters International
    • Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" & "An Attitude of Excellence!"
    • Host of "The Willie Jolley Show" on CBS-TV, PBS, Sirius/XM & WHUR-FM


Demo Video


With flavor and substance, Dr. Willie Jolley challenges people to reflect on how much they really want to accomplish their dreams asking them to measure how far they are willing to go to see them through. He uses a simple yet effective story of a person who wakes up at midnight craving a soda but settles for a glass of water versus a person who treks miles through the snow until they eventually get that soda.

Pointing out that people often “settle” when they come up against problems or setbacks, he states, “Sooner or later you’re going to have to answer that question, ‘How bad do you want it?’”

Ministry of Motivation