You were taught to fit in. You were born to stick out.

There's something different about you... and it matters. What if your weirdness was the key to changing everything? What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose to help others?  I've presented talks on why "weird wins" all over the world from places like London, Tokyo, and Iraq, to New York, Nashville, and LA. I'd love to visit you next!


"He brings a powerful, joyful message we all desperately need to hear."

Joanna Waterfall, Creator of Yellow Conference

CJ is everything that makes the spirit of TED so special. He immediately connected with our audience as a ringleader for every misfit and make believer in the room, leaving them encouraged to be the weirdos the world needs."

Tim Knight, TEDx Director

"Such an engaging storyteller. So fresh and inspiring."

Lululemon Brand & Community Team

"As the leader of STORY, a creative community of artists and storytellers, I continue to bring CJ in to speak to our tribe. He keeps coming up with fresh ways to remind us that misfits matter, and challenge us to help others belong.” 

Harris III, President of Story Conference


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Some Places I've Spoken

Story Conference
Plywood Presents
Saddleback Church
Yellow Conference
Identity Conference
The Salvation Army
Idea Camp


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