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Thank you for your interest in having John share his story with your group. Someone will be in touch within the next 24-48 hours.

Engagement GuidelineS

The host organization is required to cover all travel expenses (food, housing, transportation and speaker fees) for events outside of the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. A wireless, hand-held microphone is preferred, but we will adapt to your system. John does not require A/V equipment, but Jim will use a projector when he speaks alone. Jim will bring a projector, but we ask that you provide a screen and access to a sound system. One 6-foot table with two chairs will be needed for book signings following the event.


Speaker Fees

Please complete the request form and/or contact Jim Kosmo to determine the speaking fees at  Fees for events outside the Twin Cities area will be determined based on distance and time required.


Book Sales 

John and Jim will sign and personalize books following your event. The individual purchase price is $19.95; we will pay the sales tax to keep the price below $20, except for credit card purchases. Many groups wish to purchase books in advance. A discounted price of $15 is available for advance purchase of 40 to 99 books, $12 for 100 more books. CONTACT: Jim Kosmo at or 612-281-0349



A sought-after public speaker, John Kriesel travels throughout the country sharing his story, inspiring and motivating others. Kriesel’s intensely positive attitude infects every person he shares his story with from students to senior corporate executives as he relays lessons learned overcoming extreme tragedy.

On December 2, 2006 the vehicle Kriesel and four of his comrades were riding in encountered a 200 lb. Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast killed two of Kriesel’s best friends and he was severely injured, losing both legs, suffering numerous broken bones and internal injuries. He was transported to two field hospitals in Iraq where he died three times on the operating table before doctors saved his life. He woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an 8-day medically induced coma where he learned about the death of his two comrades and the severity of his injuries.

Nine months after his near-death experience in Iraq, John returned to Minnesota to begin his new life. His transition from military to civilian life ordered many challenges, but his amazing support system, positive attitude and sense of humor allowed him to bounce back stronger than ever.

During John’s presentation, he will describe his decision to join the military at 17 years of age, and his overseas deployments. He will discuss in detail the tragic events of December 2, 2006, and his thoughts and feelings as he laid on a dirt road in Iraq, nearly bleeding to death. He will describe what it was like when he woke up from an 8-day coma in the United States and began his recovery. John’s story, sense of humor, and positive outlook on life will leave your audience inspired.

Motivational Speaker


"Kriesel is something special. A gifted communicator..."

- Minneapolis Star Tribune






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