Walter Bond

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NBA Veteran, Business Coach, Author, Motivational Speaker

When Walter steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5 and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because on the stage is where he feels at home.

As a Nationally recognized public speaker, he commands the stage. He makes the entire audience, whether it’s a small board room or a large conference venue, feel seen. People walk out of Walter’s talks changed, motivated, and inspired.

His principles are simple but powerful, his delivery is smooth, and he combines humor, tough love, and experience in a way that changes people.

Walter’s third and most recently released book Swim!, has picked up speed since its debut and has become a staple for businesspeople and students across the country. His easy-to-read professional development book combines lovable characters, relatable life lessons, and hard truths that help readers understand the power of leadership, mentoring, and next-level success.

Walter travels the country speaking, coaching, teaching, and inspiring companies across a wide range of industries, from financial services to agriculture and franchising to real estate and many more in between. At any given time, you can find Walter leading a mastermind class, offering one on one professional development, hosting book talks, and coaching hungry business leaders and entrepreneurs towards success.

While many know Walter Bond as a former NBA player, more and more people know Walter as a passionate and motivated speaker, author, and business coach with one goal: to help people see their full potential.

Walter graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been married to his wife and business partner Antoinette for nearly 30 years. They have three adult children.

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Speaking topics

Teamwork: Creating a Culture of High Performance

Teach your people the hidden habits that turn employees into peak- performing teams and siloed teams into progressive organizations.
This high-energy journey into the secrets of improving communication, chemistry, and accountability is the culmination of Walter’s hands-on experiences with good, bad, mediocre, and championship-level teams.

  • Discover the six traits all peak performing teams share
  • Increase by-in of your core values and culture
  • Develop more effective communication, collaboration, and trust
  • Sharpen leadership traits at the management level

Peak Performance Fundamentals: No One Can Stop You But You

How does a benched college basketball player become the first undrafted rookie to play a season- opening game in the NBA? Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with the fundamentals.
This powerful, honest, and eye-opening motivational keynote dives headfirst into the 7 fundamentals of living everyday as a peak performer, and helps equip teams with the mental tools they need to win against their greatest competition – themselves.
With a little bit of reflection and self-analysis, and a whole lot of hard truths, you might not recognize your team after this hard-hitting message!


  • Developing a winning mindset
  • Becoming an impact player
  • Using the power of 2
  • Developing the right habits and rituals
  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Success is a team sport


Shark Mindset: The Story of The Shark, the Suckerfish and The Parasite

Experience the teaching power of storytelling based on Walter’s most recent book SWIM! This powerful keynote dives into the power of adopting a “shark mindset,” and how it can drastically alter the trajectory of your business.

This keynote follows four relatable main characters into a journey out in the deep blue. With a little humor, a little love, and a lot of passion, Walter will teach your team practical steps to implement the sacred six –the principles behind the shark mindset.

  • Embrace growth and change – even in times of crisis
  • Stay flexible as an individual and a team member
  • Develop a pattern of elevating others within your organization

Peak Performance For Business Owners : How to Think…Execute…and WIN!

‘“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.”

This highly requested keynote is designed to help business owners leverage the power of planning and follow-through. here, walter uses thrilling anecdotes and personal experience to guide listeners through the steps all peak performers must master: vision, venture, and well-planned execution.

Teach your people to strive for greatness, excellence, and perfection in every performance, and give them the essential principles that will make this journey all the more fulfilling!

  • Instilling core values for business prosperity
  • Staying in sync with daily / weekly / quarterly / annual goals
  • Knowing your personal and organizational kpi’s (key performance indicators)
  • knowing and resolving challenges
  • Staying motivated to execute consistently
  • Guidance on how to reach the finish line, every time
  • Understanding the difference between immediate and long-term impact

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I will never quit - motivational keynote

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