“There’s no one way to succeed in speaking,
just like there’s no one way to put on a shirt or
a pair of pants. You have to adapt every day to
the circumstances you find yourself in.”
q CHAD HYMAS, CSP, CPAE, is a best-selling author and president
of Chad Hymas Communications, Inc. He is a recognized world-class
wheelchair athlete. Chad speaks on leadership, team building,
customer service, and mastering change.
last 14 years trying to fill the void that Art’s death left
in the world, keynoting and traveling to 52 countries
across all seven continents.
A few years ago, Chad noticed that the keynotes
started leaving him feeling a bit empty, so he shifted
his business to providing more in-depth programs.
Today, Chad still keynotes to keep the pipeline
filled, but afterward he proposes a deeper dive that
can last as long as five years, and involves custom-
ized training for supervisors, leaders, and front-line
employees to be more productive and safe in the
workplace. Doing more coaching, training, and con-
ducting assessments gives him the opportunity to
go deeper with employees and integrate more of the
knowledge he’s gained.
In 2001, at the age of 27, life shifted in an instant for Chad Hymas,
CSP, CPAE, when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck,
leaving him a quadriplegic. As a result, he was depressed and
struggling with how to go on.
His father wanted to know what he was going to do with this
“opportunity,” because just two months before the accident he
had attended a seminar by Art Berg, CSP, CPAE, and had purchased his videotapes and books. Art was a quadriplegic who
was a motivational speaker and wheelchair athlete. His father
persuaded Chad to watch Art’s videos over and over. It wasn’t the
words, but Art’s joyful attitude toward overcoming his physical
limitations that changed Chad’s life.
Chad became hooked on Art. So his father ordered more
tapes, which Art delivered personally to Chad’s hospital room
and demonstrated how to adapt to his limitations. At that
moment, Chad decided to pivot and focus on what he could
change, not on what he couldn’t.
They became friends, and Chad even attended the Pro Bowl
in Hawaii with Art on February 16, 2002. Three days later Art
passed away at the age of 39. Devastated, Chad has spent the