Bio

To book Greg Smith as a speaker for your event, call 228-424-3896 or email strengthcoach@bellsouth.net.

From his “power chair,” renowned speaker Greg Smith (“The Strength Coach”) leads an energetic lesson in self determination, combining his personal story with life lessons that inspire.  Greg’s philosophy is to view his disability as an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, and to speak, write and broadcast the lessons he has learned from the challenges he has faced.

On the platform, Greg fills the entire stage with movement, delivering his expertise with images, sound effects, dramatic storytelling, and memorable strategies.  His audiences leave the meeting ignited with a desire to seek out the addictive feeling that is derived when success triumphs over difficulty.

Born with muscular dystrophy, raised by a football coach, Greg’s inner strength message offers a very simple, yet powerful strategy that changes lives. And his accomplishments are evidence of the results:

  • Greg has been honored as an “Exceptional American” by the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia; his plaque and picture right between Stevie Wonder and Christopher Reeve.
  • He’s been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CBS News and National Public Radio.
  • Greg inspires live audiences and currently motivates hundreds of thousands through his local television segments called “Timeout with the Strength Coach.”
  • Greg’s remarkable life story was revealed to over two million viewers in the ‘Audience Award Winning’ PBS documentary film, “On A Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream,” which aired in 2005.
  • He is the author of the best-selling, “On A Roll: Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude,” and founder of the14-year-running syndicated radio show “On A Roll: Talk Radio on Life & Disability,” later renamed “The Strength Coach Radio Show.”

Greg begins and ends his presentations with his signature “Pepsi Story,” an unforgettable truth that perfectly exemplifies his message of self determination.  That story always ends in thunderous applause combined with genuine laughter.

Greg’s clients include:

  • Tennessee Volunteers Football Team (who won 5 straight after the speech!)
  • United States Departments of Labor, Secret Service, Social Security, Postal Service, NASA, EPA
  • Universities:  Arizona State, Colorado State, Florida State, Florida, West Florida, UIC (Chicago) Carl Sandberg, Indiana State, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Wright State,  Rhodes College
  • General Motors, Microsoft, Chevron
  • Laboratory Products Association, National Association of Black Journalists, American Academy of Physician Assistants

Most interesting jobs (other than speaking)

  • From 1990 to 1992 he served as the host of “Cardinal Talk,” a call in program which followed every NFL Cardinals game.
  • Father of two football players ages 16 and 15, and one cheerleader age 11
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