Larry P. Johnson

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Phone:  210-590-6777
Availability: Texas; National, International, including Canada, Latin America and Europe

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Topics: Disabilities/Diversity Awareness, Overcoming Adversity, Following Your Dreams, Rumor Control, Burn-out and Stress Overload, Inspirational, Motivational

Areas: Texas; National, International, including Canada, Latin America and Europe

Titles: International Motivational Speaker, Workshop Leader, Award-winning Author of six books


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Totally blind author and motivational speaker challenges and inspires audiences to face life with optimism, perseverance and humor, and to never give up on their dreams.

Imagine traveling alone in Mexico at 18, meeting Pope Francis, broadcasting the Olympics, and bungee jumping at age 76—all while totally blind! If your group needs a speaker guaranteed to inspire, Larry Johnson will make them feel they can conquer any obstacle and follow every dream. A popular columnist and the author of six books, Larry draws on stories from his miraculous life to convince his audience to believe in themselves and face any challenge with optimism, perseverance and a sense of humor.

Larry’s a living example of what he teaches, never letting his blindness hold him back or slow him down. His fascinating life spans decades, from becoming the #1 Deejay in Mexico at age 31 to swimming with dolphins in his 81st year. “You can if you think you can” is his motto, and he’s been inspiring and motivating audiences in the U.S., Japan and Mexico for 37 years. His provocative talks are always filled with warmth and humor, and he’ll regale you with stories from his adventurous life as he shares the 7 Simple Strategies he’s relied on to take risks, overcome failure, and restore self-esteem. “You change the future by changing the present,” says Larry, and his energy is contagious as he motivates the audience to believe in themselves as never before.

Need a diversity speaker for your company? Larry also has an array of  disability/diversity awareness and sensitivity presentations and workshops that will create better and more productive working relationships among your employees and between them and your customers.

You’ll leave Larry’s entertaining presentations inspired, motivated, optimistic, and determined to never let any obstacle hold you back or keep you from living your dreams.

Fast Facts

  • At 21, Larry drove a car on a freeway in Chicago and began his career in radio
  • At 31, he became the #1 Top 40 Deejay in Mexico City
  • At 35, he anchored the broadcast of the 1968 World Olympics in Mexico City
  • At 36, he was part of a team that broadcast the Apollo 11 lunar landing in Spanish on national radio in Mexico
  • At 38, he became the first blind newscaster on Mexican television
  • At 41, he joined the nightly news team on Channel 12 in San Antonio
  • At 46, he changed careers and became and HR manager with a Fortune 500 company in Texas
  • At 53, he rode 135 miles along the Mississippi River on a tandem bicycle
  • At 70, he published his first book Mexico by Touch: True Life Experiences of a Blind American DJ
  • At 76, he published his second book, You Can If You Think You Can: Rebound from Adversity and Follow Your Dreams and went bungee jumping in Oregon
  • At 77, he published his third book, Inside My World, a personal account of the physical and psychological challenges experienced by a blind child, adolescent and young adult trying to “fit into” the sighted world
  • At 79, he began writing a twice-monthly column for the San Antonio Express-News called “And That’s How I See It”—provocative, often humorous, personal commentaries on life
  • At age 80, he traveled to Rome to meet and shake hands with Pope Francis
  • At age 81, he fulfilled his long-held wish to swim with a dolphin in Cozumel, Mexico  
  • He’s the father of six and grandfather of 21, which he calls ”a challenge and a joy”

What people are saying…
“If you have convinced yourself that you just can’t succeed because of some ‘unfair’ card dealt to you, Larry will convince you to keep trying.”
– Dr. Philip Suarez, Victoria, TX

Best-fit Audiences

  • Conferences, Conventions, Trade Shows
  • Expos, Fairs, Retreats
  • Corporations, Non-Profits, Events of all types
  • CEOs, Executive Managers, HR Professionals
  • Team Leaders, Sales Reps
  • Business & Civic Groups
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Baby Boomers, Millennials
  • Seniors, Retirees
  • Community Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Schools, Youth Groups
  • Attorneys, Financial Planners, Investors
  • Military, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Risk Management
  • Parents, Educators
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Travel Companies, Cruise Lines
  • Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches
  • Political & Historical Groups/Associations
  • Churches, Synagogues, Religious Groups
  • Christian Groups
  • Libraries, Museums
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Hospitality Organizations, Restaurant Associations
  • Health Care Groups, Hospitals, Medical Offices
  • Health Workers, Healers, Caretakers, Cancer Survivors
  • Nursing Programs, Medical Centers
  • Health Spas, Fitness Centers
  • Realtors, Real Estate Associations, Property Owners
  • Rehab Centers, Recovery Support Groups



Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats and trainings. Larry Johnson is also available as a panel guest or moderator.

Even One Person Can Make a Difference

Do you want your life to have more impact and meaning? Often we don’t realize how even the smallest, everyday action or encounter can have an enormous impact on others. In this thought-provoking talk, Larry describes his daily encounters with strangers who demonstrate acts of kindness. He emphasizes that we all, knowingly or unknowingly, are effecting change every moment to our lives and those of others through our words and actions. You’ll learn how to recognize the opportunity—even the responsibility—we have every day to become agents of positive change in our own communities.

The Uncertainty of Life is What Makes it Both
a Challenge and a Joy

Does fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams? Whether real or imagined, fear and uncertainty can keep us from experiencing the fullness of life. In this inspiring talk, Larry describes how to face life’s unpredictability with humor, resiliency and patience. He reveals personal stories of his own embarrassments caused by fear of outcomes that never happen, and he explores the concept of time and how it can deceive, distract and enslave us. You’ll leave this breakthrough presentation determined to slow down and enjoy the now.    

Rebound and Follow Your Dreams

Are you facing adversity, disappointment and failure? Larry gives his audience seven simple strategies to regain their self-esteem and set Dream Goals that are achievable, satisfying and amazing. You’ll learn that attitude is a choice, and how believing “You can if you think you can” is the key to fulfilling your dreams.

Diversity/Disability Awareness & Sensitivity Workshops

We Are More Alike Than We Are Different: Diversity/Disability Awareness

What we feel is what we think! Stereotypes, myths, biases and fears are all the result of attitude, which can lead to a workplace where problems interfere with profits. Discover the simple, human truths about prejudice and labeling. Create better and more productive working relationships among your employees and between your employees and your customers. You will not be bored, embarrassed or lectured at. One hour, half day or full-day presentations available.

Meet Larry Johnson…

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Larry Johnson graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Speech and earned his Master’s Degree in Economics and Latin American Studies from La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. He is fully fluent in Spanish, having lived in Mexico City for 17 years. His professional background includes 21 years as Human Resources manager with AT&T/Southwestern Bell, 23 years as a radio and television broadcaster in the U.S. and Mexico City, and 37 years as a motivational/inspirational speaker and workshop presenter in Japan, Mexico, and the U.S.  

An advocate and champion for persons with disabilities all his life, Larry has served in leadership roles with countless organizations and committees at the local, state and national levels. Committed to spreading awareness, he co-founded and served as Chairman and President of two local and one statewide nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. He’s the author of six books, including his most recent, Vol.3 of And That’s How I See It, a collection of his popular commentaries published in the San Antonio Express-News.

Larry was awarded The 2017 Texas Governor’s Trophy for outstanding service by the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, received the 2016 American Council of the Blind’s national Vernon M. Henley Media Award, and was the San Antonio Writers Guild’s 2004 First Place winner in the Adult Nonfiction category. He’s the father of six and grandfather of 21, and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

What people are saying…

“If you have convinced yourself that you just can’t succeed because of some ‘unfair’ card dealt to you, Larry will convince you to keep trying.”
– Dr. Philip Suarez, Victoria, TX 

“Larry encourages us all to stop using excuses to be nonproductive and start living productive and fulfilling lives.”
– Nancy Kozlowski, Chicago, IL

“Please accept my heartfelt thanks for visiting with us and providing such a wonderfully inspiring message. I am so glad that Our Lord blessed you with such a fertile mind, such a loving spirit and such a beautiful talent for sharing what you see. And we are all indebted to you for opening your heart to us and reminding us that we have opportunities everyday to allow God’s grace to shine through us.”
– Sam E. Paitusa, District Governor, The International Association of Lions Clubs

“Thank you so much for being our keynote speaker for our centennial celebration! The feedback from our members found your address inspiring and powerful.”
– Nancy Aken, Vice-President IAWB, Fort Wayne Indiana

Praise from an audience of displaced workers at the Workforce Center, San Antonio, TX

“The workshop was great. It showed me how to be a good person and how to reach my goals.” “It brought me encouragement.”  
“It helped give me a new outlook toward my goal and toward my unemployment.”
“It showed me a lot about myself. Thank you with all my heart.”

Praise from the staff and management of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union

“I learned a lot about improving my self-esteem.”
“I liked the inspiring stories, the Affirmations and the Compliment Circle.”
“I learned that other people have the same worries and problems as I do.”
“I noticed the change in everyone from day one to the second day. It was great!”

Praise from the Diversity Management Team at H.E. Butt Grocery Co.

“Gave me a better understanding of how other persons feel.”
“It was inspiring & educational.”
“Excellent reminder of the need to be compassionate. It raised our awareness.”

Books by Larry Johnson

Mexico by Touch: True Life Experiences of a Blind American DeeJay

Product Details

Humorous, highly readable account of the author’s adventures as a blind American in Mexico.

Marvelously charming metamorphosis from tourist to student to popular radio deejay.

A great many books have been published in which the protagonist has been a person who is blind. The unique difference in Mexico by Touch is that it takes place in the fascinating land of Mexico. The author’s blindness is not the central theme of the story, simply one of the components.

The book provides poignant insights into the cultural values and customs of Mexico.  It describes a personal success story of a blind man living in a foreign land, pursuing a career which only a handful of other Americans living in Mexico were permitted to follow by the Mexican government.  

And That’s How I See It

Product DetailsThirty-one provocative, humorous and insightful commentaries from his popular newspaper column, including personal views, observations and insights on everything from disability, to raising children, to the value of optimism and hope, the absurdity of some television ads, the deceit by some commercial companies, the joy of simple acts of kindness, and the benefits of growing old.



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