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Meet John Terry - The Black Belt Leader
John Terry - The Black Belt Leader
Dr. John L. Terry, III

A three-time martial arts Hall of Fame inductee, John brings years of black belt experience to helping people, young and old, discover and develop the “Black Belt Leader Within” and lead themselves with Black Belt Excellence.  They can then use their leadership and influence to create high-performance, people-centric, values-based, non-leader-dependent teams and make an impact right where they are.

John brings a warm sense of humor and a quick wit that immediately connects with his audience as he delivers an insightful message that inspires and motivates, while challenging those in the audience to grow and aspire to greatness.

A best-selling author and in-demand international public speaker, John is the founder of Black Belt Leadership and the President of Real Life Management.  He is also a Maxwell Leadership Team Executive Program Director. An expert in Behavioral Psychographics, John has been a Real Life Management Master Coach & Trainer since 2007.  He is also a DISC-Certified Human Behavior Consultant, and a CTAA-Accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach & Practitioner.

As a certified speaker, trainer, and coach, John applies the same "Black Belt" principles he learned in the martial arts to teach leadership, team-building, influence, and communication.  Although not everyone will earn a black belt in martial arts, John believes anyone can learn to live life as a Black Belt Leader in Life and live life with Black Belt Excellence.  

When you are looking for "Black Belt" quality results in leadership, communication, personal development, or relationships, John delivers black belt excellence in coaching, mentoring, and training with wit and wisdom.  After all...why JUST be a leader, when you can be a Black Belt Leader?   

What Others Are Saying
Mark Cole, CEO of Maxwell Leadership
I love my good friend, Dr. John Terry - The Black Belt Leader, and I love his book Black Belt Leadership 101! You need to grab a copy - available everywhere books are sold. John’s work is very practical and will help you take the next step in your leadership. He says that learning to develop the same character traits required to become a black belt in martial arts will help you become a great leader in life. And he should know - as a 3X Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee. I want to learn from him, but definitely don’t want to fight him!!  (Mark Cole, CEO - Maxwell Leadership)

John is not only a black belt in karate, he’s a black belt in life and leadership.  I admire the way he prioritizes his life and keeps the main thing the main thing.  We can all learn from John and how he’s accomplished this.  (Jeff Henderson, Author - Know What You're FOR; What To Do Next)
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