Testimonials

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Jim McGraw shares his LEAPPAhead program throughout Greater Kansas City. Here he is welcomed by members of the Liberty Sertoma Club and addresses the Raytown Rotary Club.

Education

“Thank you so much for taking time to come to Rockhurst University and talk to our class. Your story is inspiring and motivating to do greater and kinder things in life. I enjoyed listening to your wise words and suggestions and learning about leadership.”

Ani Mamisashvili
Rockhurst University Student

 

“Thank you very much for taking time to visit with this semester’s International Marketing and Advertising Management students.  Many students have let me know how much they appreciated the content and style of your talk.”

Linden Dalecki, Ph.D.
College of Business
Pittsburg State University

 

“On behalf of our Marketing Capstone class, we wanted to say how much we appreciated your presentation. We found tremendous value and inspiration in the words you spoke. We greatly value the years of experience you have shared and we hope we can one day be as successful and kind hearted as you. Thank you so much!”

Marketing Capstone Class
Rockhurst University

 

“Thank you so much for sharing your program with our Listening Class at Rockhurst University.  We learned a lot.”

Laura Janusik
Rockhurst University

 

“Thank you for your wonderful presentation and charismatic personality. Your emphasis on empathy will be very helpful in furthering our learning in the business school. Also, thank you for your great life advice!”

Sydney Hunter, Cara Owen, Sydney Drystal
Rockhurst University Students

 

“Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to speak to our business class at Rockhurst University. You’re kind words really were moving. This may sound cliché, but the presentation you gave was really inspirational.”

Sean Conway, Collin Fischer, Sean Dotson
Rockhurst University Students

 

“The evaluations for the program that Jim McGraw was the keynote presenter for was one of the highest rated programs we’ve had for our small business group at KCKCC.  It was a pleasure hearing the lessons learned and the great legacy that Mr. K left to the Kansas City community. Jim gave tremendous insight and people walked away with a better perspective about sales and working with customers. I appreciate the work that Jim put forth to make this event a success and we look forward to working with Jim again so that others can benefit from his great lessons and insights.”

Jay Matlack
Kansas City Kansas Community College

 

“Jim’s presentation was perfect for students. It was such a nice mix of essential selling skills blended with a bird’s eye view into an incredibly successful company. To top that off, it was presented by an individual who was clearly interested in each and every student in the room.”

Barbara Millard
Associate Professor, Business Entrepreneurship
Johnson County Community College

 

“Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation you made to the participants in our Entrepreneurship Scholars Program recently.  You were an absolute hit!  The feedback forms were consistent – everyone loved hearing the stories of Mr. K and being reminded of what is important in the world of business leadership.”

” We hope you will come back and join us again!!!”

Beverly Stewart
Project Director
Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Bloch School at UMKC

 

“Jim, You are simply the best! The students loved your presentation. The information you share is timeless and thought-provoking.”

Anna C. “Acey” Lampe
Executive Professor, Helzberg School of Management
Rockhurst University

 

“I wanted to thank you for speaking at our Managerial Communications class at Rockhurst University. I greatly enjoyed your presentation on leadership and hearing some stories about your time working with Mr. K.”

Phil Bennett, M.S.E.
Admission Counselor, Office of Freshman Admission
Rockhurst University

 

“Thank you for being a guest speaker at our Rockhurst MBA class on Monday, August 26th and also for the learning materials you so generously provided.  Your leadership presentation was insightful, dynamic, and timely, as we are all beginning our MBA studies.  The ethical aspects of your lecture (treating others as you want to be treated, sharing with those who produce the results, and giving back to society) greatly impressed me and I will keep your teachings as a guide for my future business endeavors. Again, thank you for your generosity in helping students!”

Sue Allen, Student
Rockhurst University MBA Program

 

“I want to thank you for speaking to our class about you, and your advice for our future. I really took to heart what you said about working for a great company, and not just an “ok” company. I really want to make a difference in this world, and I will always remember your presentation. Please let me know if you ever speak in a public venue because I am always curious to hear and listen to people like you.”

Kevin Heùbel, Student
Rockhurst University MBA Program

 

“Jim, thank for helping Rockhurst and the Helzberg School by being part of the very successful selling class November 1. My son Tom enjoyed meeting you and hearing your presentation. He said you added a lot of wisdom for the students to think about. Many see selling as a dirty word but persuasion is a skill that they all value and when you think that selling is persuasion then they see the light. I still have your Skills and Success Book out right next to the Ewing Kauffman’s and Barnett Helzberg’s books where students can see them. I thank you and wish you well.”

Thomas L. Lyon PhD
Helzberg School of Management
Rockhurst University

 

“Your presentation was one of the best I have ever seen.  It was so inspiring to me, especially because I want to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales.”

Linda Scola
Student, Helzberg School of Management
Rockhurst University

 

“I really enjoyed your thoughts around the importance of integrity and empathy.  Thanks for all you are doing to contribute to area schools and upcoming generations.”

Katie Swank
Helzberg School of Management
Rockhurst University

 

“Thank you for coming to Pittsburg State University to speak about leadership development. Your words on executive restlessness really stuck with me. I believe this will be beneficial in many of my future decisions. ”

Anthony Groves
Pittsburg State University

 

Businesses

“Thank you for giving such a wonderful presentation to our Geese Police group. I know you were well received and everyone had nothing but positive comments about your talk.”

David Swickard
Owner, Geese Police of Kansas City

 

“I was fortunate to attend your Leadership Class at First Option Bank in Paola, KS.  You were quite enjoyable and planted a number of seeds.”

Connie Attebery 

 

“What a FANTASTIC presentation today at our NRCC luncheon.  I am so grateful I was able to attend and gain so much from your wealth of knowledge.”

Janeel Smith
eyeSMITH Sport & Fashion Optical

 

“Thank you so much for being a guest on my radio show.  I so appreciated your candor.  I also enjoy your books and intend to blog about them.”

Kelly Scanlon
Publisher, Thinking Bigger Business Media

 

“You talked about a lot of the things I want to create in my own company.  It was awesome to hear them affirmed.

Jeff Bacca
Snowbird Maintenance

 

“Your presentation was amazing.  I have so many takeaways to use daily.”

Lori Turner
Associated Wholesale Grocers

 

“Your presentation was one of the best and most enjoyable sessions we have ever had at our training.  Everyone enjoyed it!”

Clay County Savings Bank

 

“Thank you for contributing to the Thinking Bigger Guide.  I enjoyed speaking with you.”

James Hart
Thinking Bigger Business Media

 

Organizations

“All I can say is WOW! The team thoroughly enjoyed meeting with you, hearing the values and philosophies of Mr.K, and hearing a few stories they had never heard previously! Thank you for taking the time to share with us.”

Paul J. Schofer
President & CEO
Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts

 

“On behalf of the entire Sertoma Club of Lawrence, thank you for your presentation at today’s meeting. Your insights concerning ethical leadership were fascinating, and your delivery was engaging. We are grateful for the time you took to be with us today. We will most certainly recommend your presentation to other groups in the community.”

Sandra J. Studley
Vice President of Finance
Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.

 

“Your presentation about Mr. K’s Life, Values and Clarities was fantastic! Lions enjoyed it! It was our first 2016-17 general meeting of this year. You made a memorable evening for our Leawood Lions. It was a honor to have you in our club. Absolutely, Mr. McGraw I would love to have a copy of your book.”

Lion Vania Castro
Leawood Lions Club President

 

“Thank you from all of us at KC Roundtable for meeting with us again! Your insight, principles and charisma are always such a breath of fresh air and we are incredibly fortunate to have you as an influence for us. Personally, I also want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, generosity and leadership. You are the exact type of leader we need more of in our world. I very much enjoy learning from you. Thank you again for all that you do for Kansas City.”

Shannon Oleen
KC Roundtable

 

“Thank you for coming to our Rotary Meeting this past week and giving your 2.0 leadership lesson. Thank you for sharing your life lessons with us. We all need it.”

Cindy Cash
Village West Rotary

 

“Thanks for the great presentation to our Rotary club. I especially liked your comment that a guy (Mr. K) had to be a little off to want to own a sports team.”

Adam Ehlert
President, T-Bones Baseball Club,
Village West Rotary Club

 

“We greatly appreciate your willingness to meet with us and share your informative program.”

Gary George
Santa Fe Rotary Club

 

“You were perfect for our recognition luncheon. You tuned in to all our needs and interests.”

Collyn Peterson
Louisburg Rotary Club

 

“Our Chamber thoroughly enjoyed your words of wisdom.  We received rave reviews!”

Amy Harlin
President, Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce

 

“You really are an excellent speaker.  You taught us a lot about Mr. K and all he did for Kansas City.”

Bette Smith
Waldo Area Business Association

 

“Your candid demeanor and tangible examples were perfect.  It was one of our best received luncheons to date.  Thank you for your time and wisdom!”

 Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce