Keynote Talks

An artfully crafted and passionately delivered talk can be a game changer. Whether you are looking to inspire your team, set the right tone for a conference, or spark some innovative thinking, Higher Ground can create a customized address to achieve your goals.

Custom Keynote Talks Guaranteed to Inspire Excellence

Everyone kept saying; ‘We want more!

Amanda, Higher Ground Keynote Attendee

At times, I thought you were talking to me and that we were engaged in this conversation. I know I can use that back at work and that this will help me.

Ed, Higher Ground Keynote Attendee

It was like a jolt of electricity at Darrell’s presentation yesterday and it was late afternoon. He was very energetic and dynamic in his delivery and with the content. All of your hard work really paid off. We appreciate and value what you bring to us. We want to get better as an organization and we know that you can help us get there. You have a powerful message for leaders at every level.

Mark, Organizational Development Vice President

Why Darrell?

Who can you trust to speak to your organization leaving them aligned, motivated and inspired to make sustainable, palpable change? Darrell Hammond is often brought in to be a credible voice to improve performance, communication and teamwork that encourages people at all levels to embrace change.

Want to accelerate your professional and personal development? Then you’ll want to engage Darrell Hammond, Sr. as your executive coach, facilitator, team builder or conference speaker.

Accessing over 30 years of experience in leadership, individual, team and organizational development, Darrell/Higher Ground (HG) provide proven practical applications and strategies to reach a hi-performance mindset and hi-performance outcomes.

The difference between HG and other development coaches/companies is the intense personal commitment of founder, Darrell Hammond, Sr. combined with decades of designing growth and development plans and protocols of all sizes, shapes and challenge levels.

Utilizing metaphor, experiential learning, powerful listening and questioning, Darrell customizes every engagement to meet or exceed the needs and outcomes of each client. This is why customer satisfaction, repeat business and referrals keep the schedule full of development assignments that help Darrell serve people who are serving people.

Darrell is looking forward to connecting with you and helping you create amazing experiences and powerful moments for your audience and event!

The following hallmarks are what clients find most valuable about his in-demand speaking style:

Unless asked to do so, Darrell never delivers the same talk twice. He becomes highly involved with the organizational need or event theme and desired outcomes and designs a message that is customized and weaves seamlessly into the fabric and DNA of the event.

Darrell’s combination of delivering hard-hitting content, integrating humor, sharing powerful stories, and data leaves participants wanting more and wishing the session was longer.
Darrell’s content is amazingly practical. Participants leave with notes and practical next-steps to implement into their life, teams and leadership immediately.

Choose from Darrell’s most requested…


Compelling And Inspirational Talks With Practical Applications For All Listeners

Leveraging Kryptonite

We’ve been through a lot! Let’s examine the pandemic’s impact on us personally and on our team(s). Could this be the right time to make strategic changes and be a part of helping others adjust to a ‘New Normal’? Learn how to leverage what looks like weaknesses, detriments or impediments and turn them into drivers and strengths that will help us reach a new level of performance and engagement.


Who doesn’t run into obstacles from time to time? The question is how do we perceive these impediments that slow or stop our progress? Let’s explore the magic of ‘planting’ and ‘pivoting’ to help navigate these challenges and keep us moving toward our goals.

Mindset Matters

The foundation of who we are, how we are seen and how we behave comes from the operating system in our brains. Let’s upgrade our operating system to make our mindset matter more.

Lessons From The South Pole

In the early years of the 20th century, Sir Earnest Shackleton led one of the most famous expeditions to the Antarctic, overcoming tremendous obstacles to ensure that all of his men returned home safely. That expedition is one of the greatest stories of exploration and leadership in history, and has inspired adventurers and leaders across the world ever since.

From this captivating story, lessons about leadership and team building are used as curriculum in MBA programs.

Get inspired and motivated as you learn powerful and impacting lessons about leadership, teamwork, embracing change, prioritizing, and optimism in the face of unrelenting challenges.

Let’s Go On A Journey, A JEDI Journey

When your leaders and the teams/organizations they lead need to step up and step into the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion space, they’ll need a guide. Join Darrell as he describes the Journey of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JEDI). He describes a clear path to awareness, change and improvement.

Sample Speaking Clips