Leslie Calvin Brown better known as “Les” Brown is an American motivational speaker, author, former radio DJ. As a motivational speaker, he uses the catch phrase “it’s possible!” to encourage people to follow their dreams
Born into poverty and abandoned as a child, Les Brown has gone on to become one of America’s best-known and highest-paid motivational speakers. His company, Les Brown Unlimited Inc.
A stumbling block in elementary school was when he was mistakenly declared, “Educable mentally retarded,” teachers did not recognize the true potential of little Les Brown. However, he used determination, persistence and belief in his ability to go beyond being a sanitation worker to unleash a course of amazing achievements including broadcast station manager, political commentator and multi-term state representative in Ohio.
As a child, Brown was overactive and mischievous. He struggled in school, finding it impossible to concentrate, and was labeled “educable mentally retarded” in the fifth grade. It was a label he found hard to remove, in large part because he did not try. “They said I was slow so I held to that pace,” he recounted. However, a dedicated teacher saw greater potential. LeRoy Washington, a speech and drama instructor at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, inspired Brown. While in high school, Brown “used to fantasize being onstage speaking to thousands of people,” he related to Jones, “and I used to write on pieces of paper, ‘I am the world’s greatest orator.”‘
When Washington saw potential in Brown, he insisted he live up to it. When he once told Washington in class that he couldn’t perform a task because he was educable mentally retarded, the instructor responded, “Do not ever say that again! Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
Those words provided Brown’s liberation from his debilitating label. “The limitations you have, and the negative things that you internalize are given to you by the world,” he wrote of his realization. “The things that empower you-the possibilities-come from within.”
The world’s most renowned motivational speaker today , Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity.
Les Brown’s straight-from-the-heart, passion and high-energy, motivates audiences to step beyond their limitations and into their greatness in many ways. Over the past decade, Les has expanded his role from keynote speaker to Master Trainer, creating the kind of workshop learning experience that got him committed to personal-and-professional development many years earlier. His charisma, warmth and humor have transformed ordinary people into extraordinary achievers by using his own life, and his in-depth study of others’ challenges, to build an understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and why.
Addressing audiences from Denmark to Dubai, Canada to the Caribbean, Les Brown is invited back again and again for his powerful message and the ability to connect deeply with people from all walks of life. It isn’t just his great smile and his way with words that motivates people to take action like never before; when people face roadblocks or adversity it is the depth of his knowledge on achievement that creates lasting results.
Les Brown energizes people to meet the challenges of the world around them. He skillfully weaves his compelling life story into the fabric of our daily lives. The thread is forever strengthened, touting why you can’t afford to be complacent and to aim high, achieve and actively make an impact on the world.