Testimonials: Speaking & Facilitating


“Dan Nielsen is a gifted facilitator and inspiring presenter.  He truly has a passion for leadership and for getting to the heart of the matter.  He knows what it takes to motivate both individuals and groups and genuinely leads by the example he sets.” – Sharla K Jones, Learning Development Manager,  DFW Airport


“Dan masterfully orchestrates an environment where diverse individuals can come together to address major questions facing their organizations. At a time when collaboration is a key to organizational success, his assistance should prove to be of substantial value.” – Eugene S. Schneller Ph. D, ASU


“Dan Nielsen proved that an assertive and knowledgeable facilitator can enhance the process without becoming the process. He was effective without influencing the conversation needlessly.” – Hal Lane, PHTS Employee Benefits Consultant


Our team was inspired, intrigued, and challenged by Dan.” – Dan Neufelder, CEO, Affinity Health


“Dan is a great communicator and inspirational speaker. His message is positive and always very motivating. I recommend Dan to help any organization optimize their employee’s potential.” – John Penhollow, Director of Corporate Accounts, Medical Action Industries

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Testimonials: Be An Inspirational Leader Keynote Presentation


“Great presentation. I love your passion for inspirational leadership.” – Rhonda Ridenour, Director, Patient Financial Services, Avita Health System


“I loved your talk at Becker’s. You both brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh. To me, that is always the sign of a great speaker! … I have found that I have shared more about your session than any other session from the Becker’s meeting.” – Gina Struble, Director of Patient Financial Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)


“I am thankful for having the opportunity to meet you in person and hear your passion for engaging, inspiring and empowering leadership! The highlight of an exceptional conference in my opinion. I love your energy and enthusiasm! It’s contagious!” – Nancy Coppom, Director, Patient Financial Services, Boulder Community Health


“Thanks for the great session at Beckers today! I really appreciated your message – just what I needed.” – Christine McSweeney, COO, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix


“Amazing and inspiring talk at the conference! You helped me rebuild my motivation! Thank you so much.” – Susan Jacob-Kokura, Clinical Pharmacy Informatics Manager New York Presbyterian Hospital

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Testimonials: Lead With Your Strengths Keynote Presentation


“The historical narrative woven throughout the presentation made it interesting and valuable, and the visual tour and details about the presidential museums made it very unique. Wonderful points were made and history presented. I especially loved the facts about focusing on strengths versus weaknesses.” – Lisa Roman, VHA


“The presentation provided new insight into the strengths of these great leaders, and really made me think regarding my own strengths and weaknesses. It made me want to visit all the presidential libraries and museums. A great presentation, very inspirational!” – John Armour, Parallon Business Solutions


“I liked the tips on focusing on selected virtues or leadership strengths each week. I also thought the concept of studying presidents—obviously successful leaders—was great. Focusing on successes and strengths rather than failures and weaknesses was especially refreshing.” – P. Toby Smith, Carestream Health


“Valuable and unique… very refreshing focus on positives.”John Northup, Olympus


“I found the emphasis on focusing on your strengths versus weaknesses to be very valuable. I also enjoyed the presidential facts and the historical context for the decisions these leaders made – decisions that impacted them personally as well as the country. Dan presents with great passion and conviction, delivering a message of hope to leaders who must make decisions in volatile times while having the confidence for change.” – Todd Gerwig, GE Healthcare


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Testimonials: Be An Inspirational Leader Book


Hits the proverbial nail on the head with insights into true leadership

“Anyone in a leadership position or who aspires to be a leader should definitely read this well written and well documented book. History proves great leaders are inspirational and inspire their people by being authentic, engaging, and willing to empower others. With Be An Inspirational Leader, Dan Nielsen has provided leaders and aspiring leaders a great guidebook with real life examples of what it means to be an authentic, inspirational leader. I highly recommend it to anyone in a leadership position whether it is in business, government, educational, religious or community.”

Joel Allison (retired CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health)

Dan Nielsen has done it again

“Following his first book on lessons gleaned from Presidential Libraries, Dan Nielsen has scored again with a very readable, insightful book containing proven management principles as described by many who have proved them in the crucible of experience. This is one that readers will refer to again and again.”

W. C. Brown (President, Bois D’Arc Management Group)

A lifetime of leadership lessons

“The body of work completed by Dan was thorough and well done, with many stories and anecdotes that I found helpful and I trust others will too. I found his perspective on a leader’s potential “Fatal Flaw” to be particularly interesting and relevant in our political environment. Dan is an exceptionally thoughtful student of leadership and this book condenses many years of work into an easy to read, insightful and inspirational viewpoint of leadership. Well done Dan.”

Geoff Brenner (President & CEO, TPC)

A road map for anyone wanting to refine their leadership

“This is THE road map for anyone wanting to refine or initiate their way to inspirational leadership. Up to date with the times and technology the only thing left out was advising leaders to share this book with everyone on their team!”

Bob Furman (Retired Director, YMCA Camp Kitaki)

Insightful and practical

“I found this book to be both insightful and practical for everyone, whether you’re an individual with direct reports or not. Since everyone is a leader is some capacity, whether personally or professionally, we can all strive to be more inspirational and make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. The concepts and principles to Engage, Inspire and Empower are something we can all aspire to demonstrate. I know I do. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and hearing real-life examples from Dan, as well as other leaders, made the read even more enjoyable.”

Sharla Jones (VP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank)

Both Instructional and Enjoyable to Read

Be An Inspirational Leader gives the new leader excellent guidelines and the seasoned leader good reminders for what it takes to be inspirational and impactful. We all have those experiences we remember of great leadership and people we’d be willing to follow from one company to the next. Dan draws on the experience of dozens of highly successful leaders, and those who remember them, to share stories and scenarios that make the content come to life. This book is a great addition to your career bookshelf and a perfect gift for a newly promoted leader.”

Andrea Overman (Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Outsiders)

An excellent study of successful leadership strategies

“Dan Nielsen’s book, Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower, is an excellent, readable study of successful strategies. Dan believes there are leadership qualities in each of us and gives us concrete suggestions on how to develop those qualities. What begins with “self” leads to empowering relationships with those around us in corporations and communities.”

Anne Pogson

Excellent Investment of Time

“Dan’s book is replete with reminders for veteran leaders, redirection for leaders and new ideas. His stories are useful and reading “Be An Inspirational Leader” is an excellent investment of time.”

Jim Grigsby

Five Stars

“Excellent leadership insights! Dan Nielsen provided a compelling case for personal, professional and organizational success through inspirational leadership.”

Amazon Customer

Wonderful book!

“Once again, Dan Nielsen has provided both example and instruction for achieving true leadership skills. What a book! His previous volume on Presidential Leadership showed people in power positions using their experiences to lead others; this book focuses on ways in which all of us can provide effective leadership, regardless of our position. Thanks, Dan, for ongoing reminders that true leaders lift others up continually. Wonderful book!”

Judy White

Best Book I Have Ever Read

“I just finished reading your book, Be An Inspirational Leader. This is the best book I have ever read. I wish I had read it 20 years ago. Thank you!”

Eric Spannenberg

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Testimonials: Presidential Leadership Book


“Nuggets of intriguing facts you didn’t know you needed to know.  Photos that put you in the front row.  And inside stories that inspire you to model the strengths of each president.  Hats off to Nielsen for bringing history to life—and more importantly for highlighting the leadership lessons to be learned from each president! – Dianna Booher, author of Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader and Communicate With Presence


Presidential Leadership is a valuable book to have on your shelf! An educational yet inspiring read that will make you want to improve your own leadership skills as you tackle each President’s story.” Rebecca Crownover, author of My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus and Texas Farm Girl


“Very well written. Clear, concise, positive, uplifting, and definitely non-partisan. It made me want to keep reading… It takes great courage and talent to be president, and this book reminded me of that.” – G. Dunlap


Presidential Leadership contains great insights into the leadership of the presidents—awesome stories and history lessons I never knew about! This book can certainly be used for stimulating discussion about the leadership of America’s former leaders and what can be learned from them.” Renee Hastings, Morrison Healthcare


Written in a way that compels the reader to want to know more, Presidential Leadership is truly fascinating…  ideal for anyone who desires to learn from the leadership strengths demonstrated by these highly successful leaders.” Amy Schornick, Vice President, Payor Relations and Contracting


“Excellently researched and presented without political bias — the emphasis is on leadership skills and how those assets can be utilized by individuals in their own lives. Easy to read! Gives great insight into the stories of the presidents as presented in the libraries, and especially the qualities that made each of them successful in reaching their goals.” Judy White


Presidential Leadership is full of leadership lessons from some of the world’s most influential leaders, compiled and written by a life-long student of leadership, Dan Nielsen. Dan has gleaned the very best from some of those whom we admire most – United States Presidents.” Bob Furman


“Dan Nielsen’s Presidential Leadership is a rewarding read for anyone who would enjoy a quick, non-political look at the leadership qualities of 14 of our Presidents. In addition to educating the reader on effective leadership qualities that can make you a better manager, supervisor or parent, it may also arouse your interest in learning more about some of these Presidents and visiting some of their libraries. Reading Dan’s book will definitely be time well spent.” Bob Chrampanis


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