My Career Change: Vince Poscente’s Career After Olympic Speed Skiing
When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”
In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former Canadian Olympic Athlete, Vince Poscente. Most know Poscente from coming out of nowhere to make the 1992 Olympic team at the age of 30 after just four years of training in his sport!
What sport did you play?
Canadian National and 1992 Olympic Winter Games
What industry did you change careers to?
Motivational Keynote Speaker
How did you get into your new career?
Once speech led to another. But, to be clear, it wasn’t until I truly committed to the business of giving motivational keynotes did I start to get any real traction.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
The biggest challenge I faced making the transition from sport to being a professional speaker was the lack of demand. There were gold medal winners whose phone may have been ringing. I placed 15th in the Olympics. My phone was not ringing with inquiries. Hence, I needed to be an excellent speaker hitting on all levels of motivation, entertainment and education.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
It is a tie. I was inducted into the speaker Hall of Fame in Canada and the USA (with the likes of Ronald Regan, Zig Ziglar and Og Mandino). Plus, my fourth book became a New York Times bestseller and number one bestseller on Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
If you want to be a better speaker, speak. Anytime, anywhere, any price.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
Vince is a New York Times bestselling author of six books and has been an in-demand keynote speaker for over two decades. He is an Olympian and inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame in Canada and USA. His FULL SPEED AHEAD keynotes deliver energy, humor and practical, take-home tools. He was rated by MPI/eSpeakers as the top ten motivational speakers in North America and Meetings & Conventions “Meeting Planners’ favorite speaker.” He also trains celebrity authors, executives and athletes on how to build a message that has both impact and influence.