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André Norman

Andre Norman, motivational speaker, inspirational coach, and author.

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Frequently Asked Questions (Faqs)

Our organization doesn’t have a lot of money, but we would love to have you talk for our group. Can we work something out?
Absolutely! There are grants; you could collaborate with other institutions that may also want me to speak; and special packages that can be arranged.

What kind of travel expenses do we have to cover?
This is the easy part! Just cover round-trip coach airfare from Boston, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals.

Why did you decide to become a public speaker?
While I was in prison, other inmates seeking advice on everything constantly approached me. I then started working with a program that brought kids from juvenile detention to visit the adult prison. I found that I connected easily with them, and promised them that I would continue to talk to similar groups once released. These kids were used to broken promises and I was determined not to let them down.

At what types of events do you speak?
I speak for a wide variety of groups: corporate executives, middle and high school assemblies, Roman Catholic CCD classes, college courses (sociology, criminal justice, psychology, urban politics), adult and juvenile detention centers, substance abuse programs, youth conferences, and church groups.

What or who has inspired you?
I have been inspired by the Catholic Church, a prison rabbi, young people whom I’ve been able to help. Books that have inspired me include: As A Man Thinketh; I Wrote This Book on Purpose So That You Can Know Yours; and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

With your busy schedule, you must not have much of a life! Do you do anything for fun?
I hang out at Rucker Park in Harlem to watch basketball games, watch lots of movies, travel, hang out with my wife, and play Madden football. I love sports! I’m proud to say that I’m from the home of the world champion New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. My wife is a native New Yorker who loves the New York Yankees. I love to tease her!