Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky

  Sharing the voice and vision of courage and optimism.

Motivational and Keynote Speaker for Youth and Professionals.

I am a motivational speaker and author who has overcome the effects of cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. Recognizing that our challenges can be among our greatest gifts, I have worked hard to transform obstacles into opportunities for self-improvement, and show others how they can also do the same.

Since I was ten years old, I have hosted presentations to share valuable insights that have allowed me to triumph over these challenges and reach a dream I had many years ago: to learn to walk. The programs help instill in my young audiences the courage, confidence, and optimism to excel in their studies; treat their peers and teammates with respect; and be motivated to realize their own goals and dreams.

From a large auditorium to a corporate boardroom to a college stadium, my audiences nationwide have included school assemblies, conference keynotes, colleges and universities, disability and youth leadership organizations, and in-service professional workshops for educators. Each presentation is customized to reflect the maturity of my audiences and the initiatives desired by your school, college, company, or organization. The most-requested topics are disability awareness, character education, anti-bullying strategies, peer leadership, building confidence and a positive self-image, and diversity.

When we see others with our hearts rather than with our eyes, we learn to develop respect and admiration for the gifts we share. This is the reason why I have chosen to name my web site, JustTheWayYouAre.com. It's also the title of one of my favorite songs in Billy Joel's music catalog.


motivational speaker authorMaking Waves with David Hasselhoff
Actor David Hasselhoff accepted my thank-you note to be published in his official autobiography, titled "Don't Hassel the Hoff." David says that my letter is a very powerful and evocative nod to the 1980s Knight Rider slogan that "One man can make a difference." It is also the only fan letter published in David's memoirs.  [read my letter]

My previous clients include:
FBLA SkillsUSA and previous clients

"Changing young peoples' hearts (Updated January 2016):

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school presentations on antibullying

"High school can be a challenge for many teens and being reminded of both the greater challenges in life and also the need to look ahead and positive meant so much and was reinforced in your message. As we stood today to give a standing ovation to you, it was not as amazing as seeing you stand for us." - sophomore class president

"From the bottom of my heart, Dr. Paul, thank you. You gave me courage today, you gave me hope, and you made me smile again. Whenever I start to feel down about the world, it is incredibly comforting to know that people like you exist - that you are out there somewhere, taking chances and making dreams come true." - 11th grader


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Keynote to undergraduates participating in a leadership retreat at the University of New Haven. Invited by a former student who still remembers my presentation nearly five years ago! This student is now the senior class president at his university.

"As a college professor for over 30 years, I've had hundreds of guest speakers in my classes: famous athletes, winning coaches, world-class experts, even the governor of the state! Only one of these speakers has ever received a standing ovation from my students: Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky. College students are appreciative; they are just a little reluctant to show it! Not so with Dr. Wichansky. He stole their hearts. For some, he changed their lives. How do I know? They have told me, sometimes years later. Dr. Wichansky is easily the best speaker in America." -- college professor


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conference keynote speaker

Opening keynote to 1000 attendees (counselors, staff, families, and participating vendors) at the 27th Annual Developmental Disability Day in Niagara Falls, NY. My inspirational keynote was followed by a specialized instructional workshop for teachers and their students.


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motivational speaker on leadership

Youth Instructor, Trooper Youth Week, New Jersey State Police Academy Training Unit
Shared my experiences with three trooper youth classes participating in the 2015 Trooper Youth Week. I am invited each summer (since 2008) to share insights with large audiences of New Jersey high school seniors and help instill the courage, confidence, and perseverance that these youth can fully realize the dreams they set for themselves. Many of my students are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or public service. Addressed each trooper class from 77th to 100th in recent years.


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school assemblies for teens

Corning Post-Painted High School in Corning, New York
My presentations in this beautiful high school theater were immediately followed by the official trailers of the upcoming Star Wars, Captain America, and X-Men movies before students were released. Not sure how I feel about that. Placing these superheroes on the same screen after my school video? The imaginary explosions and spaceships made my own sky/scuba dives seem mundane!

I would rather make my students feel THEY are the Heroes.

Shattering Stereotypes. Triumphing over Adversity. Soaring to Success. Engaging Youth and Professionals.

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