The Power to Stand Everyone faces challenges, but no one should be defined by them. Chris Norton, is a keynote speaker and author. Chris calls us to focus on response, instead of situation…to be defined by attitude rather than circumstance. We all have the ability to recognize the great power within us all, our inner strength which he calls, “The Power to Stand.” Chris inspires audiences as he shares life lessons learned after suffering a spinal cord injury playing college football and he was given just a 3% chance of regaining movement below his neck. After 4 years of intense training Chris proved he could beat those odds and celebrated by proudly walking across the stage of his college graduation to receive his diploma. His great accomplishment made worldwide news and was watched by tens of millions around the globe. Overcoming his adversity, Chris has been on a quest to pay it forward by sharing his story about The Power to Stand and by creating a nonprofit organization to improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neuromuscular deficiencies. The SCI CAN Foundation was founded by Chris in 2012 and since, has raised over $500,000 in funds benefiting SCI patients.
The Power to Stand (signature keynote): We all face adversity, no matter how big or how small, no matter who you are or where you come from. Life will knock us down at times but that’s not what’s important… What is important is whether or not we will stand back up. This keynote dives into the essence of what it takes to have The Power To Stand and to persevere through the most challenging obstacles in life or work. A Lasting Impact: Every day we have the opportunity to be memorable and to make a lasting impact on clients, coworkers, communities, and frankly everyone we encounter. If you want to stand out from everyone else, then you have to start doing what everyone else isn’t willing to do. You have to go above and beyond of what’s asked of you and do the unexpected. This keynote displays how no matter what job, position, or circumstance you are in you can make a lasting impact on the world. Chris’s inspirational message has been shared with organizations at schools, businesses, corporations and conferences. Additionally, Chris has been featured by GMA, NBC Nightly News, ABC Evening News, FOX & Friends, and CBS Early Show.