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Key Topics:
  • Applied Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Success
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Change
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Stress Reduction
  • Bio Info:

    Speaker, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” for extreme success, peak performance coach, and author: Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind.


    James Mapes is the founder of Quantum Leap Thinking™, creator of The Transformational Coach™, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” best- selling author, highly acclaimed business speaker, consultant, seminar leader and personal excellence coach.  For over 30 years, James has been an ardent student of human behavior and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations identify and break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success. He encourages people to be open to new ways of thinking, and his goal is to help everyone make the "quantum leap" toward more creative, productive and confident lives.  For both businesses and individuals, his message promotes an innovative, powerful way of thinking and provides a new-found mastery over their imagination and perceptions so that, in his words, "the invisible becomes visible and the impossible becomes possible." The results have been nothing short of extraordinary, creating key breakthroughs in both organizational and personal excellence.  

    James Mapes' success as a speaker and highly regarded authority on the imagination, creative thinking, communication, managing change, organizational problem-solving, successful teamwork, leadership and coaching is due to his early training as an actor and experience as a theatrical producer. In 1969, he graduated from California State University with a Master of Arts degree in theater and speech. He then worked in repertory theater, off-Broadway and directed two of his own theater companies, amassing dozens of television and movie credits. As a performer, he developed a unique stage presence with a special talent for connecting with his audience.  Mapes' work has earned him appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox Family Channel, among other media outlets.

    As a recognized business speaker and performance coach, James has spoken to hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.  His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, financial institutions, training and development divisions of large corporations and major non-profit organizations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including -IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

    James Mapes personal goal of living an exceptional life is reflected in both his business activities as well as his recreational pursuits, which range from scuba-diving, ballooning, race car driving, Kempo Karate, and world travel, to an avid interest in reading. His two highly regarded books are Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner's Guide to the Mind and The Workbook: The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking. 

    His new book Imagine That!  Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is scheduled for publication in Oct. 2016 and his newest 2-CD program –Patient Pre-Op/Post-Op Healing Therapy –was released January 2013. 

    James Mapes presentations are personal, interactive and humorous. Above all, he creates results and makes a lasting difference in the energy level, commitment and productivity of each individual in his audience.




    In the 1970's, James became interested in the power of the subconscious mind. To better understand this intriguing area, he researched psychology, philosophy, neurology and eventually, hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  His expertise quickly earned him recognition as a clinical hypnotist, becoming highly effective in assisting clients in weight reduction, smoking cessation, the elimination of phobias and pain reduction for terminally ill cancer patients. As a skilled practitioner of regression techniques, he helped the New York City Police Department in "memory recovery" with both witnesses to, and victims of, crime and he has worked with professional athletes to help improve their performance in their sport.

    James Mapes has created an ongoing series of self-improvement audio recordings and writes a syndicated newspaper column for Hearst newspapers in Connecticut and The Arizona Reporter.  James also enjoys presenting his one-man show,Journey Into the Imagination at performing arts centers and universities around the country. He appeared on Broadway in 2003 and presented A Whirlwind Tour of the Mind at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan in 2007. When not touring, James and his wife divide their time between residences in Westport,Connecticut, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

    MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy

    Become a partner in your own wellness. Studies prove that how we think impacts our health. Not only have mind/body techniques become a vital part of integrative medicine, they have also presented us with limitless possibilities on creativity, innovation, motivation and leadership.

    In James Mapes’ cutting-edge, interactive program, participants gain a clear understanding of how the brain works and the importance of communication to create positive expectations. They learn how to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions, enabling them to look at their life and work with “new eyes.” They leave the program armed with practical strategies and valuable tools to control what can be controlled and let go of the rest.

    The attendees will leave this thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

    * The mechanics of conscious and subconscious thinking, how the brain works and the importance of focus.

    * How to apply mental imagery to reduce anxiety and spark creativity.

    * How to create and communicate a clear, realistic, emotionally-charged vision to inspire wellness and create positive outcomes.

    * How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.

    * How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes creativity, motivation and healing.

    * How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.

    In MIND OVER BODY, James integrates more than three decades of experience as a speaker on creativity and leadership, performance coach, medical facilitator for pre-surgery patients, and clinical hypnotist. He draws from the latest research in brain science as well as lessons learned from his own open-heart surgery. James projects amazing positive energy and is passionate about educating everyone about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.

    This presentation can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs as either a keynote or workshop.

    Program Length: 60 minutes – 1/2 day

    IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance

    What is the springboard for achievement? How do you manage your thinking? Do you know how to focus your imagination? Do you have a “future vision?” In these challenging times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing the answers to these questions. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”

    Exceptional individuals in all walks of life are distinguished by their capability to think creatively and perceive new opportunities for innovation. They have understood and mastered the skill of “creative visualization” and communicating a dynamic, clear and emotionally charged future vision with optimism and hope.

    James Mapes, the leading authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how extreme success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts in your life. James skillfully stretches your perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to clearly recognize that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.

    In this cutting-edge, practical, interactive and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and demonstrations that leave no doubt – “you can achieve what you imagine.”

    The audience leaves this thought-provoking, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

    * How to apply their imagination to achieve extreme success.

    * How to craft a compelling, emotional, realistic and persuasive future vision.

    * How to recognize and break through “illusory” fears.

    * How to use core values to unlock motivation and propel action.

    * How to manage change for growth through visualization.

    Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes

    TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders

    What is a leader? The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savvy manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style. It is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success. The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, as it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual. Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?

    In this provocative, challenging, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor and an array of audience exercises to reveal:

    * The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.

    * Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.

    * A guide to transform and enhance their personal leadership style.

    * How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.

    Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes





     “You did a great thing today to awaken myself and everyone else in the room. It was great to see one of my all-time favorites in action again. Your scores were excellent and nothing but excellent feedback. Your stories are fantastic and I appreciate you sharing them with me.”                         

    -Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay,Rick Gallegos, President/CEO

    “Thanks!! It was great meeting you and I really enjoyed your presentation. Thank you for positively impacting my personal and professional life!!”
    -Medical Technology Associates, Inc. Valeri Marks, President & CEO, Chairman of The CEO Council of Tampa Bay

     “I enjoyed your presentation yesterday with the CEO group. I got this ‘thought of the day’ and thought of you.”

    “Through some strange and powerful principle of ‘mental chemistry’ which she has never divulged, Nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire ‘that something’ which recognizes no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.”-Napoleon Hill Foundation

    “I look forward to seeing the results of our group’s commitment and pledge.”
    -Gregg Nicklaus, President, Siesta Beach Resort

     “James Mapes’ customer conference session IMAGINE THAT!  was a huge success.  James has a very engaging style and he focused on making sure that audience takes away something tangible out of his session. His high audience ratings reflected the impact he made.”

    -Ketan Mehta, CEO, Majesco Mastek

     "James was at his best and the entire team just loved him. His contribution and impression on me personally was more than I ever expected. If James ever needs a recommendation, I would be happy to provide it."
    -Paul Block, CEO, Merisant Company

     “What an enjoyable luncheon program you provided.   As promised, you delivered information, interaction, and humor.  I would be glad to recommend you.”

    -Patricia Adkins, Event Director, Finance & Administration Roundtable

     “You have done it again, James. The presentation of ‘Imagine That!’ at the DMA Nonprofit Federation Conference was sensational!  You communicated new and insightful information in an inspiring manner.  It was the perfect combination of content and motivation.  Your style, humor and audience engagement had everyone on the edge of their seats.”

    -Thomas A. Harrison, CEO, Russ Reid

    “James’ ‘True Leadership’ keynote address at the 2011 Mercer Latin America HR Forum was excellent - both thought provoking and inspiring. It really made you think about how you can improve your own personal leadership style. James has a great delivery which is both informative and entertaining. He really engages with his audience!”

    -Ian Brooks, Business Development Leader

    "James was FANTASTIC. I've gotten extremely positive feedback from all our senior executives, both verbally and via e-mail. His personalization of the material really impressed everyone, as well as his energy. He was a great way to end the conference. I have to tell you, James is the ultimate professional."

    -Lynn A. Miller, Director of Corporate Training, Colliers Turley Martin Tucker

     "What an inspirational evening! You truly captivated HP's management team with your presentation and opened their minds to 'anything & everything' is possible. Your message and your delivery were extremely effective for 'out-of-the-box' thinking and personal application. We highly recommend you for rejuvenating a conference and helping people through change. Your message is perfect for peak performers.

    -Dan Vertrees, VP, Hewlett Packard Company

     "I am in my fifties, in sales all of my life, and I have seen many programs regarding self-help and motivation, and I would say that James' program was among the very best that I have ever seen - right up there with Zig Ziglar. When you can get someone who has been around for a while pumped-up again, and at the same time provide new thoughts and ideas, you have a most valuable program."

    -Dave Wells, Senior Sales Agent, State Farm Insurance Companies

     “I want to thank you for your brilliant Keynote Speech.  You did everything that one could possibly do in a Keynote and then more.  Your ideas were challenging.  You provided practical information which could immediately be implemented by our attendees.  You got rave reviews.”

    -Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

    "Thank you again for an insightful talk last night! We really appreciate your efforts in adapting your typical presentation to fit the group needs for our retreat. It was a great lead into important dialogue on our team and where we are, values, pushing boundaries on our fear and thinking, etc. We will certainly come back to these topics throughout the retreat! Thanks again and I will certainly let be back in touch!"

    -Megan L. Wherry, Vice President – Human Resources, EMD Serono, Inc.

     “I had the great pleasure to listen to your presentation recently at the CACDS conference in Montreal Canada. It was the best presentation I have heard in my life and it was incredibly motivating.”

    -Brian Archer, Pharmaceutical National Account Manager, Abbott Canada

    “Great guy and even better, I love what he does and loved his presentation.  He talks about things a lot of people don’t say out loud.  His message was very effective.”

    -Joanne Galvin, ING

     "James is one of the most insightful and motivational business speakers I have seen. He gets people to both think and gives them practical tools to help manage themselves and therefore their businesses in these turbulent times of change. He is personable and energizes the audience with his enthusiastic delivery such that you leave James's session with your mind in overdrive thinking about the concepts and ideas that James has put forward."

    -Gavin Stark, Project Manager, Group Secretariat, Omnicom Europe Limited

    “I’ve seen many conference speakers in my career. James Mapes is one I’ll remember.  His genuine approach engages you in a delightful mind journey that will improve both your personal and professional life, long after you hear him speak.”

    -Kendra Cooper, Director, Quality Outcomes, Riverside Health Systems

     "I just saw your presentation at the Leadership Conference and was most impressed with your thoughts and comments. I look forward to applying these skills immediately in my work and personal life. Thank you very much."

    -Rob Rothwell, Chief Inspector, Vancouver Police Department 

     "I attended your talk in Dallas. If I did not hear anything else this week, your talk would have been worth the trip. Thank you for what you gave to us there. It was a gift I am very grateful for."

    -Margaret Hun, Owner, Proforma, Inc.

     "James Mapes was a pleasure to work with. His keynote presentation added value to the event and resonated with our audience. James Mapes was a great compliment to our programming and overall message. We look forward to the opportunity to work with him again."

    -Alison Catania, Sr. Strategic Marketing Manager, Sage Software

     "Your presentation was excellent. In brief, much of what you said was quoted during presentations and by other team members the rest of Wednesday and Thursday; a testament to your ability to connect with the audience."

    -Mark Tschiegg, P.E., PMP Senior VP, Swiss Re 

    "I had the privilege of participating in your motivational workshop at Seven Springs, PA. You were very motivational and gave me the pick me up that I have needed. Being a teacher, there were many things that you gave me that I could take back to my classroom and apply to my teaching. I have used your book various times with the students. They enjoy it a lot. Thanks so much for your time and the much-needed pick-me-up."

    -Ashley B. Matheny, Teacher

     "I've seen many conference speakers in my career. James Mapes is one I'll remember. His genuine approach engages you in a delightful mind journey that will improve both your personal and professional life, long after your hear him speak."

    -Kendra Cooper, RN, BSN, CPHQ, Director, Quality Outcomes, Riverside Health System


    “Everyone enjoyed James’ Keynote very much. It was thought provoking and engaging. Also, everyone appreciated spending time with him for cocktails and dinner.”
    -Clarity Software

    Steve Mongelli, Chief Revenue Officer



    Praise for Quantum Leap Thinking book


    “There is no higher priority these days than becoming a change master.  James Mapes’

    Quantum Leap Thinking offers a kind, provocative… and challenging… path to the mastery of change.”

    Tom Peters, Author of In Search of Excellence

    “An extraordinary guide to thinking your way to the next level in your life.”

    Joan Lunden, Award-winning broadcast journalist and author

     “I fine Quantum Leap Thinking brilliant, insightful, practical, inspiring, profound and entertaining.  The practical examples and exercises that you give make it easier to assimilate the insights into human behavior.”

    John Elefteriades, MD., Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine

     “I thought it was excellent!”

    Anthony Hopkins, Oscar winning actor

     “Mapes insists that there is no such thing as ‘impossible.’  After I finished the book, I believed him.”

    Lou Holtz, Former Head Coach, University of Notre Dame

     “James Mapes has cracked the code for using the mind to create positive change.  His heartfelt insight and laser-specific strategies provide us with the tools to reinvent ourselves. Quantum Leap Thinking makes the invisible visible and the impossible possible.”

    Fran Tarkenton, Founder of Knowledge-Ware,NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback,Minnesota Vikings

     “Quantum Leap Thinking is the kind of book that makes you want to curl up in your most comfortable chair and let your mind travel these wise pages.  There’s a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination here, the perfect combination for these fast - and always surprising -times.”

    Nancy Austin, Co-author of A Passion for Excellence

     “You’ve certainly hit the nail on the head.  If I had read Quantum Leap Thinking at the age of 20, I could have saved many, many mistakes and a helluva lot of wasted effort.”

    Clive Cussler, Bestselling author

     Quantum Leap Thinking concentrates on those areas that most trip us up - fear, lack of motivation, risk-aversion and self-imposed limits.  These topics are treated in an easy-to-read style, with easy-to-follow guidelines.”

    Wayne Burkan, Author of Wide Angle Vision

     “I found James Mapes’ Quantum Leap Thinking to be energizing, thought provoking, comprehensive and actionable at both a personal and professional level.   We were so moved by Mapes’ methodology and frankness that we have made it required reading for all managers.  It is an easy read which takes a very pragmatic approach to change management and personal growth.”

    Greg Flores,VP of Human Resources, Daymon Associate, Inc.

    “Your book has rekindled the dying embers of commitment.  They now burn majestically out of control.”

    Sylvester Stallone, Oscar winning actor

      “Quantum Leap Thinking does a wonderful job of stretching the mind to new levels.

    I refer to it almost weekly for a dose of my new reality.”

    Greg Golichowski, VP of Retail Sales, Keebler Company

     ”I needed to thank you for writing Quantum Leap Thinking."  Since I started reading it so many things changed in my life.  I stopped delaying things and took action.  Thank you so much for touching my life.”
    Ayca Sytmen, Accessory designer,Istanbul

     “After the first page of Quantum Leap Thinking, I was actually glad to hear my plane was going to be late so I could keep reading it. It is absolutely the freshest, enlightening business/self-help book I have pickup up in a while. AWESOME JOB ... Keep making a difference!"
    Jim Paluch, President, JP Horizons

     Quantum Leap Thinking”is an opportunity to get our energy out and target it in the direction of great productivity, leaving us with a feeling of accomplishment.”

    Leon Tec, M.D., Psychiatrist, Author of The Fear of Success and Targets

     "I carry your book everywhere I go. I just feel good with your book handy. No matter how busy I am, I always squeeze in a few minutes to read a few lines that will get me going for the whole day. I can't thank you enough for bringing the wonderful spirit to me."
    Xiaoyan Gao, Abbott Labs

     "I have just finished reading your book for the third time.Quantum Leap Thinking is The Best Book I Have Ever Read. It should be compulsory reading for everyone old enough to understand its' truths. You have lead me to set in place the goals and steps I will take to create my vision."
    Patrick Franklin, President, NLP Associates

     "Your book Quantum Leap Thinking is fantastic in making someone aware of what they never considered doing and really focus on what they can achieve. My husband and I can't thank you enough for the significant transformation in our perspectives and the excitement it has added to our lifestyle."
    Glenda Tyner, L.T.M Health Professional

     “Quantum Leap Thinking has been the foundation for the creation of CSC's corporate strategic direction."
    Bob Denny, President, CSC Credit Services

     "The book Quantum Leap Thinking reads as exciting as a mystery. I couldn't put it down. It opens the mind to a new way of thinking which can be applied to all walks of life. The message is so very positive and upbeat."

    Liane Kranhold, Manager, BASF Corporation


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