Carl Mays has been a featured speaker at over 4,000 events and is the author of over a dozen published works, including books, dramas and musicals. He has received the Council of Peers Award for Excellence and the Certified Speaking Professional designations from the National Speakers Association, and is a member of the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame.

Carl is an encourager who helps you to take advantage of who you are, with what you have, where you are. He wants to help you embrace your opportunities to succeed – in school, sports, career, family, and all of life. Carl says, “To various degrees we all experience successes – and failures. Most of us know what it is like to experience a ‘mountain-top feeling’- as well as feel lower than a snake with fallen arches.’ I know. I have visited both levels. The key is to not allow success to go to your head nor allow failure to become total defeat.”

Often, people are overcome by the obstacles they encounter day-in and day-out. Often, people are defeated by the troubles and problems that are a part of life. And, just as often as some people get hung-up on their successes, some allow temporary failures to become total defeat. Neither pitfall has to happen to you.

We average hearing seven criticisms to every one compliment we receive. And most of us remember negative comments far longer than positive ones. Since we often see ourselves through the eyes of people who discourage us, many of our limitations become self-imposed. This is why Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “Most of us die with our music still in us.” Through his work, Carl challenges you to remove those self-imposed limitations. He challenges you to release your music and Sing Your Song!

Through Carl’s work you will find inspiration – and you will also find some solid “meat” that will assist you in putting the inspiration into action!

In his speaking and writing, Carl deals with motivation, teamwork, communication, leadership and basic human relations, as emphasized in the 9 major principles outlined in his classic presentation and book, A Strategy For Winning:

  1. Accept Yourself And Your Worth
  2. Develop And Maintain A Winning Attitude
  3. Be Creative
  4. Build On Failure
  5. Clarify Your Values
  6. Set Goals
  7. Visualize
  8. Enjoy, Like, And Appreciate Others
  9. Do It Now!

Carl Mays


Author of A Strategy For Winning, dealing with motivation, human relations and performance improvement, Carl Mays has spoken at over 4,000 events. Clients include corporations, associations, sports teams, government entities, religious organizations and educational groups.

Recipient of the National Speaker Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE), Carl is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. His keynotes, seminars and workshops provide solid principles with practical examples and clean humor.

His other books (over a dozen) include: Are We Communicating Yet?, Winning Thoughts, People Of Passion, Anatomy Of A Leader, Hope For The World, and You Can Do It. Carl writes a weekly newspaper column and blog, and has contributed to many print and online publications. With several recorded songs, he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His musical drama, The Clown, has been presented throughout America and on the British stage.

Carl’s commendations include Murray State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Religious Heritage of America’s Faith and Freedom Award, a recognition honoring communicators on the national level who contribute to the high ideals and values on which America was founded (presented to other notable communicators such as Paul Harvey, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar).

Carl’s community contributions include chairman of the Gatlinburg (TN) Board of Education; adult Sunday school teacher; instructor of young athletes in mental and spiritual growth; and host of the highly-recognized Gatlinburg Veteran’s Day Program. He and Louise Mandrell co-hosted the annual People of Passion Conference at the Louise Mandrell Theatre in Pigeon Forge (TN). Early in his career, Carl was a city-wide youth director in New Orleans and Columbus (GA), along with being a special speaker/consultant/writer for the Southern Baptist Convention.

His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral/Written Communication and Psychology from Murray State University; Master’s Degree in Education and Communication from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and additional Study in Public Speaking, English and Creative Writing from University of Memphis.

Carl has dual residences/offices in Gatlinburg, TN (Great Smoky Mountains) and Flower Mound, TX (North of Dallas). He may be contacted at (865) 436-7478 or carlmays@carlmays.com. He has spoken in every state and internationally, flying out of Knoxville (TN) or Dallas/Ft. Worth (TX) airport.

“Those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” (page 213 – A Strategy For Winning)