Jim “Mr. Energy” Smith, Jr. has ignited Fortune 500 companies, universities, non-profit organizations, leaders and individuals with his keynotes, workshops, trainings and coaching for over 25 years. He is an internationally known author, sought after speaker, and recognized “personal power” expert who has motivated and equipped thousands to abandon their excuses and to work, perform and play “full out.”  His enthusiastic and passionate style of speaking and training has earned him the nickname, “Mr. Energy!”

Jim is the founder and president of Jim Smith Jr. International, an organization dedicated to helping individuals reach new heights of success through personal power, leadership, vulnerability, passion and enthusiasm.  Some of JSJI’s national and international clients include Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, HBO, Astrazaneca, AIMCO, Subaru, Merck, TD Bank, Simpson Strong-Tie, Medtronic, Biogen, Hartmark and CubeSmart.  Since 2002 he has been making a JIMPACT around the world. Jim obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Widener University and Masters in Journalism from Temple University. He currently serves as a faculty member for the Rutgers University MBA and Executive (and International) MBA Programs.  He will begin work on his Ph.D. in 2014.

As a bestselling author, his latest book entitled The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You, provides valuable insight into ways to create powerful outcomes by taking personal responsibility and accountability for your goals, actions, choices and behaviors. The book was recently nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image Award (Literary Category) and has been featured in Fast Company, Investors.com, Black Refer and The Globe and Mail (large Canadian publication) and has been talked about on many radio stations across the U.S.  Jim has also authored, From Average to Awesome:  Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life, CRASH & LEARN: 600+ Road-Tested Tips to Keep Audiences Fired Up and Engaged! and co-authored The Masters of Success (along with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, John Christensen and others).

Jim is energy personified.  His sessions and talks are extremely experiential and participant-centered.  He challenges his learners and audiences to get out of their comfort zones and to throw away their boxes (for those who say they think outside the box) and to rethink possible. 

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