-Ed Tate, 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking



– Lauren Zimmerman, Hit Hard Attendee

Donald Barringer,  Unleash Your Message Attendee

Diane England,  Unleash Your Message Attendee






“On behalf of Career Quest Learning Centers of Lansing, I secured Paul as our Fall 2011 Commencement Speaker.   Paul did an incredible job! His message was inspiring, relevant and left our graduates feeling empowered to take on their next challenge. Of all the speakers we have had address our graduates, Paul’s message was the most impactful, energetic and well received by our graduates. I have never had so many graduates, faculty or staff provide such positive feedback regarding a speaker as they did for Paul.   Paul’s delivery pulls the audience in and engages them from the moment he starts until his last word is spoken.  We will definitely be inviting him back to deliver future commencement addresses.”-Cindy Whittum, Career Services Director, Career Quest Learning Centers

“Paul is an articulate and engaging speaker who connected with our members on a personal level.  His passion for sharing his story and how his life lessons can be applied by anyone to overcome negativity and achieve our goals was inspirational to all.”  -Jennifer Decker, Civitan International

“Paul is a gifted speaker, who will bring you to the edge of your seats.  You will leave with life lessons you can apply in your life- personally or professionally.  If you’re looking for a top-notch keynote speaker, Paul Artale is worth the investment.” -Gretchen Smith, Owner, Outside the Lines Communication

“Paul is a very motivational and inspiring presenter. He does a wonderful job of weaving his personal story into leadership lessons and workshops. He is also very knowledgeable about the world of student affairs and is able to work with diverse groups of students and staff from Residence Life Teams to Greek Life. His talents would benefit any presentation, conference, or workshop.” -Megan Maryott,  Director of Student Activities and Involvement, Midland University                                                                                                                          

“The group of peer educators I work with benefited greatly from Paul’s workshop on group facilitation and public speaking. His energy was contagious, and his interactive approach both improved the group’s facilitation abilities and acted as a great team building experience. In peer education, delivery is just as important as content knowledge and Paul did a great job of preparing our peer eds to deliver their message across campus. I look forward to working with him again in the future.”- Austin Sweeney, Advisor, Collaboration of Male Peer Educators Against Sexual Assault and Stereotypes (COMPASS)

“On behalf of the CRC, thank you for serving as the Taste of East Lansing emcee! You did a fabulous job, especially when it came to ‘going with the flow’ when the event got a bit off schedule. We really appreciate your help!” -Olivia Seifert, Intern Coordinator, Community Relations Coalition of East Lansing

“Paul’s presentation was very good- very inspirational!  He’s got such a positive message! I can’t wait to see him speak to more young people….the need is certainly there.” -D.H., Kiwanis Club of Williamston

“An excellent speaker.  I would recommend Paul for all ages.” -Pam Fraley, Secretary, Kiwanis Club of Williamston

“Paul is a very talented speaker who utilizes his wit, intelligence, enthusiasm for life, and past experiences to engage any audience. In this instance, Paul handcrafted a Greek Life Crash Course to present to all the new members of the Greek Community during Spring 2012, and to say it was a success is an understatement. Each topic he discussed was complemented with a personal anecdote, making his speech extremely relatable and much more meaningful for the group of students. Not only was I exceptionally pleased with Paul’s presentation, but I also have received consistently positive feedback from the new members about how eye opening it was to all that Greek Life has to offer. I am delighted to work with Paul again in the future!” –Alexa Tashjian, VP Programming, Michigan State Panhellenic Council

“Paul is a knowledgeable Higher Education Professional and a motivating key note speaker. I have had the opportunity and privilege to hear Paul present on several different occasions. Paul’s engaging stories and real life testaments are moving and inspirational! Paul’s messages and his delivery resonate with the audience and leave a lasting impression! If you have not heard Paul speak I would highly recommend you check him out! Hit Hard!” -Andrew Belanger, Career Services Coordinator, Career Quest Learning Centers

“Paul’s motivational insight and testimonial was helpful to overcome any obstacle.  Great program for Top Ten & special evening for Kiwanis.” -K. Janing, Kiwanis of Holt

“A very energetic speaker.  A great  role model for …everyone!” -Crystal Farr, Kiwanis of Holt

As someone who has attended over 150 leadership seminars and listened to over 500 hours of leadership and personal development audio material, I would readily rank Paul’s work right up there with some of the best. I would confidently say that just about any organization or company would greatly benefit from bringing Paul in to speak, and I would highly recommend that they do so.” -Jared Schulman, Director of Expansion and Brand Marketing at COMPASS

“I had the pleasure of meeting Paul during my Freshmen year at Michigan State University. He was recruited to speak to my EAD315 (Student Leadership class) about what other then public speaking itself! Paul exhibited an abundance of enthusiasm and his passion for motivational speaking and helping others succeed shined threw to the audience during his presentation. Paul was very personable while maintaining a superlative level of professionalism. If I were to have the chance to have Paul speak to me again regarding any topic he deemed of value to my future success, I would be all ears. If you are considering bringing in or consulting with Paul regarding anything to do with success, vision or tact in life do not hesitate.” –Garrett Robinson, Speech Training Camp Attendee

“Paul is such a motivator! He can bring a room to tears while laughing all at the same time. His speeches encourage people to go after what they want and believe.” -Michelle Hardy, H.I.T.T. Hard Program Attendee

“It was an honor to have you serve as keynote during our recent full staff pre-fall retreat. Your presentation “HITT Hard: Overcoming Adversity in Life” was on target, high energy and contained useful information for all” -Michael Hudson, Director, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (Michigan State University)

“I did not think I had the drive to run this type of program.  After hearing you speak I am more encouraged and know I will be a fantastic executive director” -Kim Holland, Rotary Club of Haslett-Okemos & Executive Director of Forester Wood Day Center

“Our organization Association of Government Accountants (AGA) recently took a chance on Paul Artale as a luncheon speaker.  I was not disappointed. Paul’s speaking style was attention grabbing and yet informative.  His description of real life accounts brought the audience with him on his journey making them feel a part of his struggles and victories.  I received numerous positive comments after his talk and plan to invite him back next year.  I highly recommend Paul to any group; his style is such that it would be appreciated at all levels from students to professionals.” -Karen Stout, Programs Director, Association of Government Accountants of Greater Lansing.

“I’m pleased to recommend Paul as a Leadership Facilitator. Paul has a real gift for simultaneously encouraging and challenging his audiences capacity that’s essential to motivation.” -April Gasbarre, Developmenet/Marketing Coordinator at Howell Conference and Nature Center

“Paul is a talented speaker who involves his audiences. He is an expert on nonprofit organizational effectiveness and member-building.” -Jack Pyle, Vice-President for Marketing, District 62, Toastmasters International.

“Paul is an enthusiastic presenter using life experience to arouse crowds and perk their inner gumption. Paul’s personality is charismatic in that audiences are drawn to him. In whatever capacity he works, he does it well. He can speak to a buffet of groups on any given topic. Paul comes highly recommended and I am proud to endorse him.” -Mary Gibbs, Toastmasters International

“Paul acted as a motivational speaker on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Lansing at a Team Build Workshop with Accident Fund employees. His presentation was moving, inspirational, and tailored to the specifics of our event. I recommend Paul to other businesses and non-profits.” –Dena Vatalaro, Marketing & Development Director Habitat for Humanity

” Paul puts students on the edge of their seats with his story of perseverance and success.  His message of determination and positive self-efficacy has resonated with all of my students.  Not only did he engage the students in his story and provide humorous anecdotes he took them through a journey that confronted many tough issues – peer pressure, self-confidence, and overcoming prejudice.” – Nate Smith-Tyge, Leadership Instructor, Michigan State University

“Paul was a great motivational speaker at our recent annual meeting.  He was able to share stories which conveyed his expertise and helped the audience connect with the concepts.  His was presentation was creative and fun!”-Gwen Day, Board President, Mid-Michigan American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).


“I hired Paul to facilitate a council transition retreat to ensure a seamless on-boarding process for the incoming MSU Senior Class Council members. Paul did a fantastic job engaging new members on the history and operations of the council, creating an effective working environment for new counterparts, and planning important tasks on an annual timeline.  I would recommend Paul to anyone looking to enhance motivation, engagement, creativity, or strategic planning among student life.” -Noah Berger, President, Senior Class Council at Michigan State University.

“Paul gave an excellent keynote presentation to the Troy Rotary Club on how to attract and retain club members.  Paul’s speaking abilities were impressive and he very quickly conveyed some key strategies that we hope to implement in the upcoming year.  Paul’s presentation could assist any club interested in growing their membership.” –John Buckert, Program Chair and Director, Troy Rotary Club