Speaking Testimonials

Monday, August 29th, 2011 | Speaking

Mike has been busy this year giving speeches all across the state. If you’re looking for a speaker for your event, consider bringing Mike in to talk about a number of topics covered in the Speaking section of the site. Here are some testimonials that have come in over the past year:

“Mike Chapman presented our club with a lively, laugh-filled, eye-opening review of famous Iowans, from Nile Kinnick to Dan Gable and everyone in between. Plus, he offered an unforgettable travelogue about his long-sought visit to the Plain of Troy. He is perfect for all kinds of organizations because his style and material are fresh, funny and a delight to hear!”

Kathie Swift, President,
The Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines

“Mike Chapman…is undoubtedly one of the best speakers I have heard for a long, long time. The whole group felt that way and lined up to visit with him after the meeting. His great wife Bev also came with him.”

Nancy Johns,
Program chair, Northwest Rotary, Urbandale, Iowa

“Mike Chapman has a real way with words. Combine that with enthusiasm, knowledge and experience and you get the best speaker I have ever listened to. He is the slap in the back you need when getting ready for competition.”

Hesston Johnson,
Wrestling Coach, Independence High School

“The crowd loved hearing Mike Chapman talk about Iowans of impact at our “Specifically for Seniors” program. He’s a dynamic speaker and the depth of his research shows in all the fascinating details he shares about his subjects. As the people were leaving, one lady said, ‘I could listen to him for two more hours!”

Cindy Henry,
Burlington Public Library

“Mike lights up the room when he talks about his heroes — those who are too often unrecognized but whose values built and sustain this country. It is truly inspiring to hear of his vast array of interests and projects in multiple media. No one will leave the presentation early — you don’t want to miss his next story!”

Sharon Miller,
Executive Director, School and Community relations,
Waterloo Community School Districts

“Thank you so much for your entertaining and informative presentation at our Lions December 13th meeting. Your book, Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Four Football Legends, left us all thirsty for more of your writings. Your superb research and presentation regarding Iowa heroes is truly inspirational.”

Carol Krantman,
3rd Vice President, Marshalltown Noon Lions Club

“Mike: Your recent presentation to the Daybreak Rotary was superb! Thanks for taking the time to spread your infectious energy. I could tell by all the nods and intent looks around the room that “you had ’em hooked.” Within hours, I had a minimum of half-dozen people telling me that was a highlight of the whole past year for club presentations. Your message on the core importance of history for Iowa’s present and future was and is a golden theme. Again, kudos on the masterful storytelling. THAT was a meeting that will echo throughout the year!”

Steve Carpenter,
Director of Marketing, Kirkwood Community College

“Mike Chapman served as guest author at the fifth Annual Writer’s Workshop for Hoover/Lou Henry students, grades 4-8, in May of 2009. The author of 20 books encouraged, informed, entertained, challenged, excited and inspired the students to WRITE. It was a tremendous experience for our students.”

Donna Huff,
Facilitator, Hoover/Lou Henry Writer’s Workshop, Waterloo

“Our students found Mike Chapman’s presentations to be captivating. He offers a range of experiences and areas of expertise. With compelling content and delivery, our students listened spellbound. Mike is a story-teller of both ancient and contemporary text. His narratives make us proud to be Iowans who live the values and lessons conveyed in his stories — that of hard work, pride, sacrifice, dedication, and goal-setting. Students coming from the Chapman presentation leave with the affirmation that it is worthy to be a decent human being who works daily to fulfill potential.”

Jan Meyers,
Talented and gifted program teacher, Spencer School District

“Mike Chapman recently spoke at the Stanton Cultural Center. His topic on great sports legends in Iowa history was one of best and most enlightening presentations I have ever attended. Both young and old were equally entertained and fascinated by Mr. Chapman’s knowledge and ability to hold an audience’s attention. As a storyteller he is unequalled.”

Don Hicks,
Stanton School Administrator

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