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Looking for a speaker who delivers value and is fun to work with?

Meet Jon Lokhorst

Jon has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA), a distinction held by less than 20 percent of NSA members worldwide. The CSP is conferred only on the upper echelon of speakers meeting strict criteria and demonstrating a commitment to the profession and a track record of professionalism and success.

Jon knows your job as an event planner or meeting organizer isn’t easy, especially with the rapid, constant change you’re facing. Jon will work alongside you as a collaborative partner to navigate these challenges and maximize your event, not only for his presentations but also for your entire program. 

Jon is the author of Mission-Critical Leadership: How Smart Managers Lead Well in All Directions. In addition to the CSP designation, Jon has earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF). His Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation dates back to the start of his professional career. And, yes, Jon is proof that CPAs can be engaging, funny, and a joy to work with.

It’s true! Jon started public speaking over 50 years ago. Here he is, as a Sunday School kid, making a presentation for a church building campaign. Thankfully, his eye contact has gotten better with experience over the years.

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Popular Keynote Presentations

Recalibrate how your managers lead

Have you ever noticed what nearly all leadership presentations have in common? They almost always focus on a single direction in the organizational hierarchy: downstream. They focus on how to be a better boss or supervisor.

While being a good boss is important, leadership requires much more than that. The best managers lead well in all directions: including upward to their superiors and across among their peers. And all leadership starts with self-leadership.

This highly interactive presentation is based on Jon’s book, Mission-Critical Leadership: How Smart Managers Lead Well in All Directions.


Quiet Quitting. Grumpy Staying. The Great Resignation. The Turnover Tsunami. Career Cushioning. Coffee Badging. WFH. WFA. RTO. 

Whatever the moniker of the moment, there’s no doubt leadership gets more challenging by the minute. A shrinking labor pool, generational differences, evolving workplace models, artificial intelligence, and rapid, constant change confront leaders like never before. How will you meet these challenges? Only with Your Best Leadership, day in and day out, throughout your entire organization.

In this inspirational keynote presentation, Jon shares two profound leadership lessons from his first job as a teenager. Explore vital practices to become the leader everyone wants to follow. Discover the secret of showing your team members you have their best interests at heart—while working together to accomplish crucial business results. Employ a simple tool to consistently deliver Your Best Leadership.


Inspire your leaders to be their best for themselves and others

Most leadership development focuses on the leadership of others. In reality, all leadership starts with self-leadership. To lead others well, you must first learn to lead yourself well. Dee Hock, former chairman of the VISA organization, once suggested that leaders should spend 50% of their time working on self-leadership before leading in any other direction. This session offers an inside-out approach to building the leadership capacity necessary to lead your team in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

Liz Briggson, CPA, CVA
Cofounder, Director of Education & Partnerships, Encoursa

Our audience appreciates Jon's heartfelt, concise, and insightful way of presenting leadership development topics. Jon offers concrete examples and always provides the audience with an immediate plan to jump into action. In working with Jon, we appreciate his responsiveness, preparedness, and personable professionalism. You can count on Jon to provide excellent training sessions time and time again.

Roger Slagle, CPA, CGMA
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Mars Hill University

It was a pleasure to attend two sessions that Jon presented at the Members in Business & Industry Conference in Asheville, NC. The sessions were both interesting and relevant. In talking with Jon afterwards it is obvious that he is knowledgeable, experienced, and genuine.

Keri Anderson, CPA
Director at Growth Operators

I really enjoyed the 2 sessions Jon presented for the Management and Business Advisor's Conference. He was engaging (not always easy on Zoom) and had so much information to share in a way that felt easy to apply immediately. I also took advantage of the “office hours” he set up after the conference. Jon has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience and a sincere desire to help create the absolute best leaders! I can't wait to work with Jon again!

Virtual? Of course!

All of Jon’s presentations and workshops are available in a virtual format. You can also arrange for optional 1-on-1 online appointments after each session to provide opportunities for the one-on-one interaction that typically occurs before or after an in-person event, or during a break.

Click here for a full list of Jon’s presentations, along with a description of each one. The content for each session is customizable to better meet your organization’s needs and goals.

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Jon Lokhorst
Your Best Leadership LLC
PO Box 634
Princeton, MN 55371

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