Denis Waitley is one of America’s most respected authors, keynote lecturers and productivity consultants on high performance human achievement.

He has inspired, informed, challenged and entertained audiences for over 25 years from the board rooms of multi-national corporations to the locker rooms of world-class athletes and in the meeting rooms of thousands of conventioneers throughout the world. Recently, he was voted business speaker of the year by the Sales and Marketing Executives’ Association and by Toastmasters’ International and inducted into the International Speakers’ Hall of Fame.

With over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages, Denis Waitley is one of the most listened-to voices on personal and career success. He is the author of 16 non-fiction books, including several international best sellers, “Seeds of Greatness,” “Being the Best,” “The Winner’s Edge,” “The Joy of Working,” and “Empires of the Mind.”

His audio album, “The Psychology of Winning” is the all-time best selling program on self-mastery.

Denis Waitley has studied and counseled winners in every field from Apollo astronauts to Superbowl champions, from sales achievers to government leaders and youth groups. During the 1980’s, he served as Chairman of Psychology on the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Council, responsible for performance enhancement of all U. S. Olympic athletes.

Dr. Waitley is a founding director of the National Council on Self-Esteem and the President’s Council on Vocational Education, and recently received the “Youth Flame Award” from the National Council on Youth Leadership for his outstanding contribution to high school youth leadership.

As president of the International Society for Advanced Education, inspired by Dr. Jonas Salk, he counseled returning POWs from Viet Nam and conducted simulation and stress management seminars for Apollo astronauts.

A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and former Navy pilot, he holds a doctorate degree in human behavior.

Career Highlights:

  • B.S., U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
  • Ph.D. in human behavior, La Jolla University
  • Rehabilitation sessions for returning Vietnam POW’s and Iranian hostages
  • Former Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California
  • Motivator for Superbowl Champions
  • Author of “The Winning Generation”, a student oriented video workshop used in over 1,000 schools nationwide
  • Author of sixteen books and 10 best-selling audiotape programs
  • Founding member, National Council on Self-Esteem
  • Associated with Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Science
  • Former Chairman of Psychology, Sports Medicine Council, U.S. Olympic Committee
  • National Youth Award for outstanding work with young people
  • Keynote speaker for 30 years
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies


“Denis Waitley’s motivation is more than money. His mission is to tell people they have more control over their destiny than they believe.”


“Waitley has a quieter, softer style than other merchants of inspiration. He preaches the importance of basic virtues in business – integrity, self-esteem and responsibility.”


“Vince Lombardi power in a Bob Newhart personality!”


“Soft-spoken and low-key, but what he has to say is mentally exciting. Waitley has counseled Apollo astronauts, Superbowl athletes and Fortune 500 executives, as well as helped U. S. Olympic champions enhance their performance.”


“Denis Waitley is the man who aims folks in the direction of success. He stares you straight in the eye when you meet and while you speak. The two years he spoke to an NFL football team, they lost only one game and won the Super Bowl twice.”


“Interestingly, an American author, Denis Waitley has the best-selling business book in the Mandarin Chinese language during the past decade.”


“No arm waving or super sell, yet when Denis Waitley breezed on the stage at many Australian management and sales conferences this year, he stole the show!”