Eric Bailey

Business, Motivational

First and foremost, Eric Bailey is a man who has dedicated his life to inspiring others to create a vision for their lives and then take action towards making that vision a reality. This dedication has helped Eric effect a lasting change in the minds of over 2 million people around the world.  This dedication has helped Eric show these people how to look into the mirror and see what they want to become and then take massive action to become just that. This dedication can help Eric inspire you to make your vision a reality.

Years ago, Eric re-classified himself from a motivational speaker to an “activational speaker.” “Activational speaker” is a term Eric coined himself because his presentations do more than just leave you with a good feeling. His presentations light a fire inside of you that will remain for the rest of your life. No longer will you spend your life accepting anything short of your dreams.  You will instead spend your life actively pursuing your dreams until your vision becomes a reality.

Whether it is in business or in life, Eric will show you that there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome. Because hard times are going to happen to everyone and it is in the way we handle these hard times that makes us who we are. We can let them crush us and stop our dreams dead in their tracks, or we can change our perspective, learn from the difficult times, and create new opportunities out of what we have learned. The choice is yours. Do you rise to the challenge of life’s difficulties? Or do you let life’s difficulties control your life?

Eric’s successful careers in professional athletics, executive management, and sales have helped form his ability to transform the lives of people of all ages and culture around the world.  As a professional basketball player, Eric’s versatility, his ability to do it all, made him stand out from the crowd. As a speaker, his versatility has again helped him rise to the top. Eric’s ability to crossover and connect with audiences of all ages and cultures makes him the world’s most dynamic speaker. He has used his wisdom to inspire baby boomers and those from generation X. And he uses his knowledge of culture and trends to connect with the younger generation Y.  He has helped the world’s youth by spreading his message to high schools and colleges. And he has rejuvenated businesses with his corporate presentations. Whatever the audience, Eric will formulate a presentation that speaks directly to them. This versatility is why Eric has delivered his message to over 2 million people in 10 countries.

When the towering Bailey’s 6 foot 6 frame steps onto the stage, he gives his audiences more than just a presentation; he gives them an experience that connects with them on an emotional level. Eric customizes all of his presentations for the group he is speaking with. He emerges himself into his audiences cultural and connects with them on an emotional level. Using positive energy, wit, and insight, Eric fills the room with excitement that can be felt as soon as you walk in.

The sheer passion that Eric puts into delivering his message creates a positive outlook that is contagious. Imagine the scene. Picture an auditorium full of thousands of people. See Eric’s commanding stature holding everyone’s attention. The people to your left are smiling, the people to your right are giddy with enthusiasm, and the people to your front and back are filled with hope. Take a second and really see the atmosphere. Feel that energy that is so electric that the hair on your arms is standing up. Visualize Eric delivering his message with energy and passion. Take a second and see it. Hear his inspiring message! Feel the positive vibes flow through your body. Feel it! See the goose bumps on your arms. Visualize it! I challenge you to attend one of Eric’s seminars, watch the former basketball star’s dynamic style, feel the electric energy he creates in the room, and NOT be affected! I challenge you to hear his message of creating a vision and NOT be inspired! I challenge you spend an afternoon listening to Eric’s message and NOT feel like you can do anything that your heart desires! Because if you attend one of Eric’s seminars and aren’t affected in any way, then chances are you are not a human.

Eric has delivered his message at high schools and colleges. He has spoken at wealth and health seminars. He has helped small and medium business owners grow their company. He has worked with car dealerships, insurance companies, and real estate firms. He is an expert in the arena of personal development. He has done presentations on passive income. For three years, he hosted his own Australian radio call-in show. He writes a weekly news column called “Body and Soul”. And he has appeared on television as a personal development expert and a basketball expert.

Eric holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. The CSP designation has strict standards and a rigorous five-year certification process during which speakers must demonstrate both experience and expertise. Less than 10 percent of all speakers worldwide have this certification and it represents one of the highest achievements possible for a speaking professional.

Eric has delivered talks, and training sessions to world famous corporations like Nike, McDonald’s, Ford, AMP, REMAX, NBA, Qantas, Toshiba, and MDRT.

Let the dynamic, visionary power of Eric Bailey turn your next meeting or conference into an experience that is going to light a fire of action into everyone.

Eric’s passion to help others grew out of his own hardships as a child. Born on a rainy evening in 1960, Eric’s chances of success looked bleak from the very beginning. At birth, Eric was diagnosed with a congenital deformity of the knee joint and due to his biological parents being unable to raise a disabled child, he was given up for adoption.

He spent his childhood growing up on the tough streets of South Central, Los Angeles dealing with his disability on his own because of inadequate medical care. Poverty, crime, drugs, and a flawed education system surrounded him. Many told Eric that his fate was already sealed, that he would end up in a gang, drug addicted, in prison, or dead. Remembering the words his adopted parents instilled in him, “Life stops when you stop!” - Eric knew he had a decision to make. Accept what his peers told him and fall victim to his unfortunate circumstances, or overcome his difficulties and make his life what he wants it to be. We all know what Eric chose. Eric chose to transform his perspective and instead of letting the challenges he faced become barriers, he saw them as opportunities to learn and grow. Eric chose to create a vision for his life and carry that vision out through planning, action, and undeniable persistence. Despite being told by doctors that he would never be able to play sports due to his knee, Eric was determined to play basketball. He spent 35 hours a week, on top of going to school, working on his game and strengthening his knee. Eric not only made the basketball team, he eventually became player of the year, made all city and won the most valuable player award. But the obstacles didn’t stop there. Eric’s struggles in class prevented him from being accepted to any of the colleges he originally applied to, so he went to a junior college to improve his grades. Not only did he improve his grades enough to get into Boise State University, he was awarded a scholarship to play basketball there. After a successful career at Boise State, Eric was passed over by the NBA draft. He tried out as a free agent and was cut from the team after playing an outstanding game. Instead of giving up on his dream to play professional basketball, Eric chose to play in the NBL in Australia, where he had a successful career that spanned over 12 years.

Upon retiring from basketball, Eric went on to excel in the sales field, organized children’s charity events, and hosted celebrity basketball tournaments with Michael Jordan, Venus Williams, NBA players, and Jamie Foxx.

And then in 1996, Eric’s desire to inspire led him to begin sharing his story of vision as an activational speaker. That’s the great thing about life. It’s never to late to achieve everything you desire!


“I am a young, black Zimbabwean lady and as a result I experienced a lot of discrimination and racism at the school I was teaching at. During the week before the conference, I had decided to quit the teaching profession, however, I still had to attend the conference as the school had booked and paid for it in previous months. Your talk helped to rekindle the love and passion I had for teaching children which was the very last ingredient I needed after all the other good practical lectures I'd had throughout the weekend, for where there is no love, there is nothing. I have been teaching now with that passion and love for over a year. I love my job and I love my kids.”
Michelle, Teacher, Queensland Education

“Eric Baileys ‘A Winning Attitude Seminar’ in June 2009 was a dynamic, motivating and emotional rollercoaster ride. Five minutes into his seminar and we were hooked! Eric shared his story through active participation which was most effective. The impact he had on our work group was amazing and it was the topic of discussion for many weeks in the office. We now have the winning attitude.”
Julie Willett, Administration Assistant, Toowoomba

“A colleague from my company asked me to join her to see a motivational/activational speaker by the name of Eric Bailey. I remember saying to her that I was a little tired of the same motivational speeches and that I really wasn’t that interested. She finally convinced me and I’m so glad that she did. Eric was a breath of fresh air in the motivational speaking world. The particular workshop I attended was dedicated to professional development – how to move forward in life with a different attitude – an attitude that enables you to rise above the crowd, meet challenges head on and be passionate in everything you do. This particular workshop was also interactive and engaging – I’ve never seen dancing before at a motivational workshop! I came away feeling recharged, inspired and more importantly, a winning attitude. It's been 4 weeks since the workshop and I still have the buzz and the tools to face my fears! Thanks Eric.”
Lisa Broadbent, Executive Assistant, Parsons Brinckerhoff 

“I don’t think that I have ever seen an auditorium of 500 delegates so moved and I have attended over 20 years of corporate conferences. The audience was on their feet, some people with tears in their eyes at the conclusion of Eric’s dynamic and moving presentation.”
Suzane Emanuele, Director, Watermark Real Estate Xchange