What Others Say

Words from Doug's Clients

Authentic. Credible. Experienced. Fascinating.

On Speaking

"Doug’s presentation was fantastic!

Not only does he have credibility as an industry leader in safety and leadership, he is an accomplished executive.  He brought an enthusiastic
and effective message to our team. Doug spent many hours gaining insight into our company so he could deliver a customized message relative to who we are and what we do as a company. Feedback from our leaders was extremely positive."



Jeff Thiede

President and CEO

MDU Construction Services Group


"Doug truly hit the mark!  He had a real impact on our leaders.

Doug took the time to learn our business and cater his message to what we really needed to hear.  So many times, speakers have a canned presentation that they give to everyone with little effort to make it strike home to the company they are presenting to.  Doug clearly did his homework! I received countless comments on the impact that his presentation had. Doug truly hit the mark!"



Brian Leen

President and CEO

Gopher Resources


"Doug’s Keynote address really made a large impact on me and many others in attendance. 

His message helped get the conference kicked off in the right direction. Doug’s delivery and message was excellent – people internalized every word he said.  Personally, I have now found myself making decisions everyday based on Doug’s question – will this make me “Present” Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally?"



Bill Konefes

Power Plant Superintendent

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP


"Doug’s presentation at our conference was a big hit!

His message was spot on and well received by our associates. We really appreciated how Doug took the time and effort to learn about us and prepare his message just for us. He was the best we have seen."



Bill Young

Manager of Safety Service

OGE Energy Corp

"In the never-ending search for great speakers – Doug Sterbenz is a treasure!

His personal knowledge of and experience with safety failures and successes are evident as he provides audiences with an informative, passionate, inspiring testimonial about safety in the workplace. He received the highest speaker rating from our conference attendees. He  was sought out by many conference attendees for further discussion and his presentation continued to be discussed long after he was finished."



Rebecca Logan

General Manager

Alaska Support Industry Alliance

"Doug was terrific at our annual meeting!

He thoroughly researched our association and completely customized his presentation for our audience.  Doug gave us memorable, unique, and actionable content while entertaining us with his real-life experiences.  He really connected and related to everyone who heard his presentation.

I received many compliments and positive comments about Doug.  His guidance and instructions for effective, engaged leadership resonated well with our audience of executives, and he contributed invaluably to the success of our annual meeting.

We are glad we engaged Doug as our closing speaker … he had something for all of us!"



Terry Waters

Executive Director

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies

"Doug was an excellent speaker at our recent sales leadership conference.

Doug was not only able to teach us the fundamentals of leadership and what it takes to succeed as a team, but had the entire room alive with energy! I could sense that everyone had the same notion of wanting to jump at the opportunity to work together."



Jeff Bradley

Regional Sales Manager

Forterra, Inc.

"Doug's passion for safety and leadership is obvious.

His previous experience provided the credibility to transfer the message to all levels of employees at our company.  Since his presentation, we have received countless positive comments about Doug's message and how he delivered it."



Jim Rigg


Lincoln Electric Systems

"We had Doug come in and talk and it was a huge success.

He discussed the foundational qualities that make someone an effective leader. People in our audience told me that Doug Sterbenz was one of the best speakers they heard! I look forward to the
time when we can bring him back."



David Byrd-Stadler

Director of Corporate and Community Engagement

The University of Kansas School of Business

On Coaching

"As a tested executive, Doug knows just the right question that’ll unstick me.

In the end, though, it’s about results.   Doug measures his success by my success.  We’re having a very productive journey."


- CEO and Business Owner

"When it comes to getting results, Doug has a proven track record of achieving world class results. 

Doug inspired me, improved my effectiveness and helped me grow – personally or professionally."


- Senior Manager, Fortune 500 Company

"Doug helped me tremendously with my executive voice, helping me find the right communications for the right time.

He listens, asks the right questions and inspired me to drastic improvement through honest feedback and his unique technique. He has been there, gets it and can help you discover how to do the same."


- VP, Large Manufacturing Company

"Doug’s experience as a leader at many levels is a huge asset.

He is enthusiastic, motivational and to the point. He uses his firsthand knowledge of strategy formulation and execution. Doug delivers significance with everyday examples that are coming from his vast experience."


- Leader of Higher Education

"If you want to increase your impact as a leader, be physically present."

Contact Doug and schedule a free consultation.

Lead Yourself First

Before you can contribute to or lead a group, you must be able to lead yourself.  And that means working on yourself and improving yourself, so you can be a contributor and not a distractor.

Doug's New Book

His new book on Leadership "Must Be Present To Win" is now available!