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Jeff Vankooten - Jeff Denver, CO, US

Jeff Vankooten

Motivational Keynote Speaker | Jeff


Re-imagining a hope-filled world





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Jeff Vankooten encourages people to reduce the stress of uncertainty and thrive in disruption and change. He speaks on core competencies of resilience: communication, collaboration, adaptation, and imagination. He has been speaking publicly for more than 20 years and has keynoted more than 100 events. Jeff worked with a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, legal, and the US government. I would love to make a presentation to your group. Check my availability above.

If your organization is struggling to stay relevant, is disoriented in the uncertainty of today’s business environment, or is operating at a baseline of low mood and morale, and your leaders want to know how to increase performance and energize motivation, they need to hear a live presentation by Jeff Vankooten.

He has been described as a “crazily gifted communicator”, “riveting”, “hilarious”, and “the best of the best” by the audiences he has encountered. His presentation style is personable and entertaining and his content is substantive, compelling, and transformative. Audiences regularly remark on the conversations Jeff stimulated long after the event was over.

Whether you’re looking for an opening keynote speaker, closing keynote speaker or general session presentation, Jeff Vankooten delivers a tailored program that will exceed your expectations – guaranteed. Your people will walk away with actionable strategies they can immediately apply to strengthen their resilience and enhance your organization.

He has authored three books; “Greatalk! Pithy Pieces of Advice for Astonishingly Effective Presentations”, “You are who you were when: Understanding our Generational Personalities”, and “Bounce Back and Thrive: Engaging Fear and Succeeding in a Shaken World”. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, a selective organization for recognizing and improving the gifts of professional speakers.

Jeff graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; a Bachelors of Arts in Communications; and a Masters Degree in Theology from Denver Seminary where he was chosen as one of the top five speakers in his class. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, three kids, and very big dog.

Industry Expertise (4)

Human Resources

Corporate Leadership

Health and Wellness

Public Relations and Communications

Areas of Expertise (5)






Education (4)

Calvin College: BA, Psychology 1986

Calvin College: Communications, BA 1986

Denver Seminary: Masters, Theology 1992

Calvin College: PB, Psychology 1986

Affiliations (1)

  • National Speakers Association

Event Appearances (7)

Bounce Back and Thrive

Apartment Association of Metro Denver Power Lunch  Denver, CO


Bounce Back and Thrive

Summit for Professional Growth  Englewood, CO


Understanding our Generational Personalities

USDA FSN employee training  Atlanta


Greatalk! Preparing messages that connect

Public Relations Society of America   Denver, CO


Ready. Set. Thrive.

Lighthouse Insurance Group Celebration event  Grand Rapids, MKI


The SCORRE workshop: preparing messages that connect

Vistage monthly meeting  Salt Lake City, UT



ASAE Ideas Conference  Colorado Springs, CO


Sample Talks (3)

Ready. Set. Thrive!

Change is wearing down a lot people these days. Itʼs intense. More complex than ever. But the world continues to pressure organizations and people to improve performance like never before. We need new solutions. We need new approaches that energize us and restore spirit and morale in the workplace. Resilience gives us all a needed lift to make us more effective performers, while helping us feel more in control of our lives. This keynote introduces nine resilient habits for exploiting uncertainty

Better Together

Because of the increased life spans of today, there are now five generations alive today. Interacting today, as always, requires loads of relational savvy and deep commitment to one another to co-create the future. This keynote humorously explores our generational personalities to provide a better understanding of each other to relate more effectively.


One of the more powerful, and effective ways to thrive in change is through a potent communication. This presentation takes you through six essential stages for preparing intentional messages that have an influential impact and get heard in a noisy world.



  • Keynote
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


7500 to 9000