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I help you lead yourself.
I help you connect with others.
I help you become the leader others want to follow. 

Ken Hartley is an inspirational speaker, an accomplished singer, a talented illusionist, a skilled actor, a bestselling author, a gifted teacher, and a transformation agent. He has been a singer and actor on stage and screen since he was five years old. He has also performed as a professional illusionist all over the world, has authored ten books several of which are best-sellers, and has released two solo CDs. He is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team as well as an Advanced Certified Human Behavior Consultant in the DISC Model of Human Behavior.

Ken has over 30 years of fulltime experience in various megachurches across the United States with membership of up to 13,000 people, and brings those skills, plus his training in leadership and communication, to organizations as a transformation agent to effect change and help individuals and organizations grow into who they are supposed to be. His presentations are often described as entertaining, inspirational, and transformational.

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Available Keynotes

Ken customizes each keynote to each client’s needs but here are some examples of Keynotes he has ready to deliver:

Leadership Illusions

Embrace true leadership principles and overcome the obstacles that hold us back.

We live in a world that says if you can’t see it then it isn’t real. Ken blows that philosophy out of the water visually with some mind-blowing illusions and educationally with some extremely powerful leadership lessons. Drawing from his book, Leadership Illusion, 21 Things People Believe About Leadership That Are Not True, this presentation combines the truths of leadership with some entertaining illusions from Ken’s illusion show that he’s been doing for the last 30 years. Believe the lies and you’ll live them; embrace the truth and you’ll thrive in your leadership journey.

Attendees will learn:

  • The ability to distinguish between illusions and reality in the area of leadership.
  • The importance of personal leadership.
  • Common leadership myths and how to recognize and avoid them.
  • The power of a vision.
  • How to overcome mistakes and thrive.
  • How leadership skills can be developed by anyone, anytime.
  • How to overcome limiting beliefs to lead themselves and others.

This experience is high entertainment, high inspiration, and high impact!

connection for maximum productivity

Connect with yourself and with others like never before and watch your productivity go through the roof!

The number one thing that holds organizations back is a lack of communication. Everyone is talking, but very few people actually connect. Drawing from his Amazon best-selling book, DISCover Your Team’s Potential, using the DISC model of human behavior, as well as some jaw- dropping illusions, Ken will show everyone how to understand themselves in a way they never have before. But more importantly, he will show everyone how to understand the people who are around them every day and how to connect with them in a meaningful way.

Attendees will learn:

  • How and why they are wired the way they are.
  • The four temperaments and how they think and operate.
  • What their unique temperamental language is.
  • How others they encounter on a daily basis are wired.
  • How to speak the temperamental languages of others.
  • How to truly connect in a meaningful way.
  • How to overcome communication roadblocks.

True connection in the workplace is the key to making your productivity soar.  Let Ken show you how.

the legacy tree: building a life that matters

Grow yourself in a way that will live on long after you’re gone.

In this personal growth manifesto, Ken will talk about the legacy tree of your life and help you understand your identity in a way that will transform your life. If you want a deeper understanding of how you can make meaningful changes that will leave a legacy for you, your family, and your workplace, don’t miss this.

Attendees will learn:

  • The five essential roots of your life and how to grow them.
  • How to be before we can actually do anything.
  • The 5 D’s of making a difference and arriving where you want to go.
  • How to overcome excuses and change to a growth mindset.
  • The importance of discovering your true identity.
  • How to overcome limiting beliefs.
  • The power of a seed.
  • The real definition of legacy.
  • Specific steps to grow the life and legacy you’ve always dreamed of having.

True legacy is found in what we give to others, but until we’re ok in our personal growth journey, we’ll never have anything to give to those about whom we care. You will leave this session with a renewed sense of direction and clear plan for your personal growth.
Attendees comment that this is one of the most transformative talks they’ve ever heard.

Leading Yourself

Overcoming when you’re overwhelmed

The toughest person you’ll ever lead is yourself. In this poignant and engaging workshop, Ken will give you specific and actionable steps to overcome obstacles that have held you back and move into the life you’ve always wanted.

Attendees will learn:

  • The definition of burnout and how to recognize the signs.
  • How to overcome burnout and begin thriving again.
  • Specific steps to lead yourself.
  • How to discover their passion and life purpose.
  • The importance of self-care.
  • The importance of proper mindset and how to get it.
  • How to overcome life’s thieves (Procrastination, Excuses, Comparison, and Criticism).
  • How to run your own race and win.

The hardest person Ken ever had to lead was himself. He’ll tell you the steps he took to let go of the life he didn’t want and embrace the life he always wanted.


“Ken Hartley is one of the most gifted and versatile people I’ve worked with. I’ve heard him sing and he moved people to tears. I’ve watched him dazzle crowds with his professional magic skills that I’m still trying to figure out. I’ve seen him lead praise and worship services in front of dozens and in front of thousands. I’ve marveled at his ability to have a crowd laughing out loud and then have them quiet as a wake as he taught leadership principles at conferences.

Churches, corporate gatherings, and special occasions are just a few of the venues where he excels. Above all, he is a humble servant and there isn’t a diva bone in his body. He is a delight to be with and I love what he does, but I even more than that… I love who he IS.”

Mike Huckabee 

Former Governor of Arkansas 

In the last several decades I have shared the stage with Presidents, actors, actresses, billionaires, and countless other famous people. I have spoken to millions of people in hundreds of conferences. I know speaking ability when I see it. Ken is not only a master illusionist, he is also a master speaker and can customize any topic or theme to any specification.

He has done numerous shows for our corporate retreats where people pay thousands to attend and he consistently is ranked at the top of our speakers. He mesmerizes, astonishes, exceeds expectations, and blows the audience away! He is a must have talent when excellence is a requirement. He is a guaranteed standing ovation. I highly recommend Ken Hartley to any organization. We will continue to use his many abilities every chance we get.

James Smith

Inspirational Speaker

If you need a professional, engaging, and motivational speaker, then you need to call Ken Hartley. I’ve hosted many events, and Ken has by far been one the best I've worked with!

The last two events I hosted were for two large groups—one at an arena and the other for 13,000 high school students that was live-streamed to over 450 schools across the USA. Having a speaker that can engage, entertain, and captivate large crowds is essential. He had the audience on the edge of their seats—from professionals at the arena to high school students— he was engaging until the end.

Ken Hartley is a true professional who was easy to work with and produced great results for my events. I will definitely book him again and you should too!

Marie Cosgrove

Entrepreneur, International Speaker, Radio Host on 44 AM/FM stations throughout the USA and Internationally

He absolutely lit the place up with mind blowing illusions and powerful content. He left us spellbound.

Dr. Delatorro McNeal, II

Creative Consultant to David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and Siegfried and Roy

Ken Hartley carries the joy of the Lord across his face! His wisdom and insight draws me in to listen and learn. It’s rare for one person to have incredible vocal skills AND speaking skills. Ken has both and never disappoints.

Joe Krivelow

Best-selling Comedienne of all time