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  • Purpose & Passion
  • Career Development
  • Job Interviewing
  • Leadership
  • Sales
  • Adversity
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Over the years, I have had the opportunity to motivate and train thousands of people at events everywhere. Whether you are a business, conference, college, or non-profit, I would love to discuss your training and development needs further to see how I can address them.


“It was such a pleasure to meet you at Design Tech High School and congrats on such a fantastic talk with an important message. Really terrific talk. Thanks for sharing that message with the world.”
- Lana G, Strategic Planning Consultant, Centio Communications
“Zack Ballinger was an exceptional Keynote Speaker for the 2018 University of Kentucky Disability Mentoring Day. Zack delivered a passionate message to the students of the University of Kentucky around interview preparation and selling your top skill assets during the interview. His energetic style of delivery, his honesty and real life examples of his personal struggle to find his passion, and how he overcame past physical challenges to lead to a highly successful career spoke directly to our students. With high energy and an engaging presentation style, Zack captured the audience’s attention and left us all excited about the next "Hot Seat" interview!
- Shawn C, Planning & Performance Director, Anthem Inc.
“Zack Ballinger was truly an inspirational influence when I had the opportunity to hear him speak! His ability to overcome and his work ethic shows in his book and the many examples he referenced from his own life! I can say wholeheartedly that I recommend Mr. Ballinger for any potential opportunities that may present itself.”
- Bryan H, Vision-caster to Generation Z, Memorial Hospital
“The Richmond Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) were very gracious to have Zack as one of our speakers at our May 2018 Awards Seminar. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Zack. Prior to the event, he took the time to inquire about the target audience and technology needs to ensure he provided the best content that would be applicable to our members. Zachariah is a phenomenal speaker, so it was perfect to schedule him right after lunch. His style was engaging and relatable, which made the presentation even more enjoyable.”
- Danielle R, State Government, Virginia
"It was truly a pleasure to meet and have Zack Ballinger present at our seminar. He was very well prepared and had a tall task of presenting immediately after lunch. Although a tough assignment, he soared beyond expectation. Not only was the content substantial, the delivery Zack had was enthusiastic and lively. I would recommend having Zack speak if you have not heard him.”
-Thomas B, Senior Internal Auditor, Commonwealth of Virginia
"Zack was very accommodating, professional, and exceeded expectations.  I would recommend him to others and will keep him in mind for future events."
-Marie R, Event Planner, Private Organization
“Thank you for your inspiring and informative session this morning.  I appreciate your presentation style and inclusive manner of engaging others”
-Dr. P, Professor, Volunteer State Community College
“Zack, is a natural leader and his humble yet engaging personality allows him to set the room at ease and take control to deliver clear and impactful presentations.” 
-Bobby W, Director of Business Development, Entera Health
“Zack connected well with the audience and provided solid examples to assist students with the interview process. He had students participate in a role play activity which proved to be effective. Thank you, Zack, for helping the students at Milligan College!”
-Beth A, Career Services Director, Milligan College
“Our Students truly saw Zack as a professional in his field and trusted his insights and expertise on these topics.  Not only were our students actively engaged throughout the presentation, but many lingered afterwards to ask more questions.  We would love to have Zack return to campus in the future due to how well this presentation went!  Thank You Zack!”
-Kelly K, Career Development Professional, Fairleigh Dickinson University
“Zack’s motivational talk was an eye opener somewhat to me because I want to make sure that my life is meaningful. I want to make sure that the dash between the two years on my headstone mean something, whether it is to my own self or to my future kids and grandkids”
-Autumn R, Student, Dryden County High School
“He really made me look at life in a different way. What he had to say was really heartfelt and made me realize how precious life is and how quick it can truly be.”
-Carmen T, Student, Dryden County High School
“Thank you for taking the time to speak to Penn States students!  The students were engaged throughout and had many questions to ask.  I would also like to thank you for taking the additional time to stick around following the presentation and address individual questions the students had.  Those interactions are so important to our students’ learning!  You provided great insight in a down to earth format in ways that the students could relate!”
-Patricia G, Career Counselor, Penn State University
“Thank you for speaking to some of our students. I am grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts and experiences.  Since those students are preparing to apply for internships, your information was very timely. In fact, one of the students expressed how valuable this interviewing workshop was to her. “Before this workshop I was extremely nervous about going out to interview for an internship position. Now I feel more confident in doing so.” Your interest in our students was appreciated.” 
-Anna A, Assistant Director of Career Services, Penn State University
"We have had Zack come in twice and he has been outstanding! We found Zack to be a great presenter! He really knows how to connect with this generation of students. I would recommend Zack come in and present with any set of students on a college campus!"
-Daniel P, Career Consultant, The University of Tennessee
"Zack did an excellent job covering the topics of interviewing and networking. He used personal experience to engage and relate to his audience. I believe that our students found his workshop to be very useful."
-Emily R, Interim Career Director, Troy University
“Zack is a phenomenal speaker and his presentation was very informative to our state employee’s career development. I highly recommend him as speaker, facilitator, or trainer for any organization looking to learn.”
-Justan S, President, Tennessee Correctional Association
“Zack was an impactful, motivational speaker at our annual business meeting. Our staff left motivated, inspired, and challenged!”
-Napoleon C, CEO, The House of Ing
“Zack is a dynamic presenter, master motivator, and one of the leading experts on job interviewing.”
-Neil W, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Drake University.
“Zack’s presentation was compelling and essential for interviewees at any stage in their career. The job world has gotten more competitive and the author provides great tips to stay fresh and separate from others in the process.”
-James K, former hiring manager, Pfizer
“Zack was a great trainer, teacher, and a fantastic small group facilitator. He served as our trainer at my past company. He has the unique ability to hold the audience’s attention while teaching information. Zack has the ability to captivate and engage audiences anytime he speaks. I highly recommend him for any event.”
-Wendy S, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson
“Hi Zack! I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for coming out and sharing such valuable info with us. I also thought it was so great of you to stay after and talk about salaries, Linked In, and that you answered my many questions without even blinking. I know that I am going to take all of the things you said to heart and I know that I will be glad that I did :). Thank you for the encouragement and the advice! You are a super guy!”
-Student, Dalton State Community College
"Hi, Zack, thank you so much for coming and sharing your knowledge with me and our students. I am still getting positive feedback from the students about the workshop. Again, thank you and I look forward to you coming back to share."
-Maria R, MBA, BSM, Career Center Coordinator, Trenholm State University
"I have and will recommend Zack for any speaking event; he is the real deal."
-Gene C, Recruiter 21st Mortgage and past TACE president
"Thanks again for taking time out today to educate JU students on the importance of interviewing...the right way."
- Jeff M, Associate Director, Career Resource Center Jacksonville University
"I just wanted to say thank you again, for spending a portion of your Wednesday afternoon on our campus to help students ace their future interviews! You had a very engaged group, and they clearly appreciated the information and advice you shared in your presentation."
-Heather M, Assistant Director, Career Services Central Michigan University
"Thank you for coming to Hope's campus and sharing your passion for interviewing with our students. Your masterful grasp of the subject, your dynamic presentation style and your ability to engage effectively with your audience made for a sparkling program for our students."
-Dale A, Associate Dean, Director, Career Development Center, Hope College