"Mike Schlappi's life teaches anyone who has ever thought that the mountain was too high, or the valley was too wide, that the will of the human heart can conquer all obstacles. Mike's story, is a story of heart, commitment, and valiant perseverance. He is a role model to all, and a real hero."
~ Orrin Hatch
United States Senator

"Mike's life is a great accomplishment in an All-American way... He is an inspiration to people everywhere who want to succeed."
~ Bill Clinton
Former President of the United States

"To offer a simple recommendation for Mike Schlappi is an understatement. Mike's genuine, honest and professional approach is head and shoulders above many of the speakers that I've heard. Motivational speakers can sometimes be one dimensional in terms of their content and delivery. Mike's 'shoot for the stars' message appeals to a multitude of issues that face an organization.”
~ Christopher S. Carlton, President
Dräger Medical, Inc.

"In my 20 years of coordinating meetings, I am hard pressed to identify a speaker that I have worked with that is as cooperative and effective. Thanks for working with us to make the Descartes Global Sales Meeting successful. It was a compelling and heart-rendering performance that will be remembered for years to come."
~ Lora Cecere
Descartes Systems Group


If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out!


Mike Schlappi is an entertaining and remarkable speaker. Many inspirational and motivational speakers are accomplished athletes, authors, celebrities, and businessmen. Mike is too! He has instant credibility with any audience because he has earned these accolades following a shooting accident that left him paralyzed for life. He won't challenge his listeners to venture anywhere he hasn't been.

Mike is a master of dealing with change through enhanced focus and revitalized energy. Gold medalist, author, businessman, husband and father of five – Mike Schlappi understands the need for consistent energy and constant focus.

Mike earned an MBA and authored two successful books - - - about success! He served on the Board of Trustees for the 2002 Olympic Games, won two gold medals, and was honored in Utah as a Top 50 athlete of the century.

What’s the big deal? He did it all from his wheelchair.

His personal philosophy is “If you can’t stand up, stand out.”

Paralyzed from the waist down in a childhood accident, Mike’s back and dreams were broken; but he received a special gift. One of those precious, and oft-times elusive secrets of life, and he will share it with us.




Draper, Utah


Mike Schlappi's most popular presentation, "If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out", helps his audience realize that the best way to predict their future is to create it. His message includes humor and motivation as he tells his personal story -- A story that began with a tragic shooting accident has evolved into a lifetime of lessons and victories. Although Mike was paralyzed, his dreams were not. Mike uses a media presentation and his Paralympic medals to teach his "Bulletproof Principles for Success".

Mike also has another presentation he calls, "Attitude Therapy!" Mike inspires his audiences with a powerful dose of his patented "Attitude Therapy". He builds a strong case for getting started and taking personal responsibility for their successes and failures. Mike's example and entertaining style will challenge everyone to relish adversity as an opportunity to change and improve. People will learn to love themselves from the inside out and walk away with the realization that if Mike can do it, so can they!

Mike will tailor his presentation to enhance the theme of your event and carry forward any message you would like to convey to your group.