Darryll Stinson

After attempting to end his life due to a severe career-ending back injury, Darryll Stinson got a second chance and discovered his purpose. Darryll now inspires students to defy the stats, believe they matter, and lean into vulnerability when it comes to mental health.


  • Athletics
  • Character Development
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • First Year Experience
  • Mental Health
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Orientation
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience


Darryll Stinson, educating students on the importance of their mental health.

Getting to know

Darryll Stinson

Darryll Stinson’s ultimate goal in life is to be known for how he loves and gives.

He is a former Division 1 athlete, dynamic 2xTEDx speaker, hip-hop artist, pastor and best-selling author. He shares his life experience of overcoming addiction, childhood rejection, mental illnesses, bad “street-life” decisions and multiple suicide attempts to produce success in his life. He’s been featured on FOX, ABC, NCAA, and some of the top podcasts in the world.

His unique speaking style combines mental health practices with high performance habits to help audiences lead from their most authentic, powerful self.

Darryll received his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and continues to invest in his education earning respected certifications in speaking, coaching, sales, and marketing.

When he is not working, Darryll enjoys rapping, reading, entertainment, music, sports and spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. #girldad


Many athletes grow up wanting to be a star – Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Michael Phelps, Cheryl Miller, Usain Bolt, or Lionel Messi. As they journey through sports, their athletic identity strengthens. They get used to the attention, influence, and confidence that comes from being an athlete.

The challenge is that all athletes, whether amateur or seasoned, will have to transition out of sports, many unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with their new life.

Who Am I After Sports will help you:

– Discover why athletic transition is so difficult, and why some commonly suggested solutions don’t produce long-term fulfillment

– Learn effective tools and strategies that will help you overcome common challenges facing athletes in transition

– Develop beliefs, systems, and resources that will help you build a life you love more than your life as an athlete.

Darryll Stinson, a TEDx speaker, business coach, former athlete, and suicide survivor submits a bold theory about athletic transition – the best days of an athlete’s life, no matter how successful, are always ahead of them. This book shares Darryll’s personal story as well as Second Chance Athletes’ signature Transition Roadmap that helps athletes find a new identity and purpose to build a career and/or business they love.


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Connect with Darryll
Your message is so much bigger than a TEDx stage!

Too many people are treating TEDx as it's the finish line or the end-all be-all. They think TEDx is another notch on the belt or another goal on their bucket list. 

No disrespect or shade if that's how you perceive the opportunity. 

But for me, it was much bigger than that.

➡️It was about crafting a message that can impact millions of lives. 
➡️It was about making a commitment, that no matter the result of the video,I would still be an ambassador of that message! 
➡️It was about cultivating an inner knowing that the message I shared on that stage was so valuable that I would share it with anyone and everyone who needed to hear it. 

💯And it was because of that 👆🏾level of commitment, and that depth of intention that I’ve been able to: 
✅ Reach 2 million+ viewers from all over the world 
✅ Generate nearly $1,000,000 in revenue 
✅ Empower thousands of people to live sober, prioritize their mental health, reconcile their marriages, heal their self-esteem, share their story and completely rewrite their generational legacy. 

So if you’ve been speaking or thinking of sharing your message on more stages to increase your income, multiply your impact, or share wisdom that can be passed on for generations then connect with your boy. 

I’m helping impact-focused leaders grow their communities, non-profits, etc. with their story. 

We’ll support you to: 
✅ Craft your most powerfully congruent speech 
✅ Open your heart and spiritual senses to create the deepest level of resonance 
✅Find an endless amount of speaking engagements
✅ Increase your income, donations, and/or clientele 
✅Develop and integrate a system of speaking that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle (no burn out road warrriors here) 

Just DM or comment below SPEAK and let’s explore what’s best for you. 

In a world where everyone is speaking but very few are saying anything of value, we need you to step up and share your story. 

Let’s get it! 

#publicspeaking #storytelling #tedxspeakers
Little man brings me so much joy. ❤️ @isaiahdavidstinson
We’re less than 5 days away from our first TEDx event and I can barely sleep! 

I’m so excited… so full of joy… and completely overwhelmed with gratitude... 

These speakers have been putting in hours and hours of work to prepare, refine and practice their speeches to be able to deliver their best to you… 

The African drum performance is going to be so EPIC, and hot artist Abe Parker is going to “bring the house down” with his amazing voice.

To think and reflect on how far I’ve come… 

From being afraid to open my mouth and share my story … to hosting a platform of such globally renowned stature for others to share their ideas with the world is a testimony of God’s grace… and what’s possible when you surrender and walk boldy in your purpose.

This is what it looks like when your message becomes a movement… a movement far bigger than you could ever imagine. 

I can only imagine what the impact of this event will be to our local community and the those who will watch afar… 

We’re so close to selling out. Only 23 tickets left!

Let me know if you’d like to attend. I’ll drop a link in the comments. 

Or perhaps you feel called to partner, to volunteer, or to sow into this vision… let me know if you feel the pull.

Whatever you’re heart is guiding you to do - do it. 

I have a deep sense there will be so many magical moments happening throughout this event. 

It’s not too late to get connected. 

“The opportunity of a lifetime needs to be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

#tedxtalks #tedx #community #gwinnettcounty #metroatlanta
Only 5 days away from our #tedx event in metro ATL! 

If you’re ready for some powerful insights, paradigm shifts, great conversations, speed networking and a lot of unexpected, get here. Only 25 tickets remaining!!! 

Link in bio! 
#tedtalks #backtothebasics
The journey to embody your authentic voice on stage is worth the discomfort.
Early in my speaking career, I noticed how the depth of my expression throughout my speech directly influenced the impact I was having and the speed at which my movement grew.
Simply put, the better I got at connecting with my audience and presenting a path of freedom, the more I saw tangible results.
More people repeating back to me their takeaways. More divine appointments. More clients and donors for my non-profit. More people reaching out weeks, months and even years later to share how my message changed their life. 🙌 
The challenge in becoming a better speaker and leading a larger movement was and still is extremely uncomfortable.
I had to relearn new stories I nearly perfected in order to create greater depth and resonance.
I fumbled in public as I tried new illustrations and used my body and voice in new ways. 
I had to shift my priorities, streamline my operations, and get used to a "new normal" of influence. 
Then there was the process of getting more comfortable being vulnerable.
All while still leading my community and being what felt like “too busy” to work on my presentations.
Yet for the sake of the audience whose lives could be transformed, I embraced the discomfort. And it’s moments like this photo that make me glad that I did..
A two-venue sold-out crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members! 
A full heart from experiencing God working through me! 
What about you? When is the last time you invested time, money, energy, and emotion to step into greater expression and consequently greater impact?
How do you feel about the current level of transformation that occurs when you speak?
And, when is the last time you tried speaking at a venue that was unfamiliar to you for the purpose of growth, impact and expansion?
These questions can lead you to a greater level of personal healing and global impact if you allow.
It’s hard to read the label when you’re inside the bottle…
Reach out. Let’s connect.
The world is waiting for you on the other side of this discomfort.

#tedx #publicapeaking #meesagetomovement
I’m slated to deliver my 3rd TEDx talk on Feb. 1 in CA and everything in me wants to cancel… 

I don’t feel prepared. 

I feel so much pressure to create another “hit”

Every time I take space to work on it I get hit with a ton of resistance… 

My chest gets heavy. My creativity hits a wall. I get mad, angry, frustrated and trigger my depressive thoughts…

Many people have offered to help me but I don’t want them to see my drafts
This photo is of me crying… wondering “why am I doing this?” 

I’m already a well known speaker… 

I’ve already done two TEDx talks… 

So why! What am I trying to prove?

The answer is nothing… 

 I have nothing to prove and nobody to impress. 

I have an idea worth spreading… 

That vulnerable communication can transform the speaker just as much as the audience. 

But we have to reframe how we see vulnerability. Not just as strength, which it can be. But as a tool to grow…heal… evolve…

Why are we so afraid to be seen in our process? 

Why does everything have to be so polished? So “professional”? So… one-sided… 

I get it. Some people be doing the most just to get attention. 

This share could even be interpreted as that…

But to be vulnerable is to be open… 

And openess… similar to open-mindedness.. but better… is a game changer… 

I guess you’ll have to tune in Feb.1 to find out how. 

If you want to be a practice partner who gives me critical feedback - DM me. 

If you want to learn step-by-step how I craft these messages to resonate with the world drop a 🎤 below… 

If you want to speak in a way that transforms you… shoot me your email. I’ll add you to a list where I’ll trade you resources for sharing this talk if it goes live on the TED platform. 

May the world forever be blessed by this surrender… 


#tedxtalks #tedx #vulnerability
I wish I would have know that booking speaking engagements would be the least of my concerns. 

I spent so much time reaching out trying to book gigs. When I could have been moving more strategically. 

And while some movement is often better than no movement. 

I wasted a lot of time and opportunity because I was too busy and afraid to sit with my message. 

Too afraid to face where I was really at in my growth and development process.

“I’ll just keep studying and get better and better “ is what I told myself.

But studying was only making me an iteration of other people vs more of myself. 

I created social content, YouTube videos, courses, and even wrote a best selling book all in the spirit of “taking action” 

But deep within…I was avoiding myself and finding crafty ways to avoid God too…

And the crazy thing is that no one noticed. I knew how to market. I knew how to sell. I knew how to show up better than most people. 

And I grew… and made an impact. And produced some freaking amazing results.

But I was hiding behind my ability to be successful bc of my fear of being seen. 

Seen for what I didn’t know vs. what I did. 

Seen for who I wasn’t vs. for who I was. 

Seen for still needing the same work… the same hope… the same message that I so passionately preached to others. 

And so… as successful as I looked… as passionate as I was… as “impactful” as I was being… 

I was robbing people of the greatest gift I could give them - me.

…But how do you give fully of yourself when you’ve been hurt…ignored…betrayed…misunderstood? 

… and is anybody even listening or care?

These are the types of questions leaders ask themselves when they know they have the ability to command a room…

The question isn’t are people listening.

It’s what will you say when they do…?

#messagetomovement #resonance #authenticexpression #impact #legacy #truth
Will you step into the fire? 

In 2022, I was introduced to an ancient spiritual practice called fire walking. I had so much fear and resistance. 
- I was worried that I was seeking a source outside of God for growth + clarity 
- I was concerned I would lose friends, colleagues, and... respect
- I couldn't understand how walking on fire was possible 
- And, I was afraid of what facing the adversity of the fire would reveal about who I was on the inside...

It had been so long since I felt like I was "dominating" life like I was when I was a US. top 100 athlete in two sports. 

"What will people think about my mindset... my toughness... my resilience if they see me quit/fail/give up," ... is what I said to myself. 

Thankfully... I did it afraid... and decided to push the edge of my own evolution... 

Not 1... not 2... but 200+ times... I walked across the fire over the course of 3 firewalls!

The results: 
- Grew my business by 140% 
- Impacted 3+ million people (both directly and indirectly through my clients. This metric is not social following. These are butts in seats live and virtual, course/coaching sales + unique views on training videos)
- Had the best year of my marriage 
- Completely transformed my diet. Completely! (We're talking broke some generational, cyclical illnesses) 
- Grew light years personally and so much more! 

AND... it wasn't the fire walk! 

It was who I was being in response to the "fire" in my life walk!  Write that down. 

Who are you being in response to the fire in your life? 

What would your life look like if you stepped into the challenge vs. wrestle with or avoid it? 

2022, the fire stepped TO ME. 

2023, I stepped IN THE FIRE! 

Will you?

#messagetomovement #firewalker #personalgrowth #spiritualdevelopment #letsgetit #newyear #newyearsmantras #2023
Happy birthday to yours truly! 

Here my top 25 lessons I’ve learned through this gift of another year: 

1. God loves me more than I could ever comprehend
2. Fear is an invitation for me to grow 
3. Awareness to my limiting subconscious patterns is a game changer 
4. My every word matters to people 
5. Playing small is the most incongruent life I could live 
6. Every second I hold unforgiveness is a second wasted 
7. People change… and that’s OK
8. Competing with others is a scarcity mindset
9. Accepting all of who I am is much harder than I thought 
10. It doesn’t matter how many people believe in me… if I don’t believe in myself
11. Just because one grows old doesn’t mean one grows wise 
12. Wounds from a friend are better than kisses from an enemy 
13. Indecision costs me more than failure ever has 
14. Being present is one of the most powerful disciplines/practices 
15. Surrender is where I find supernatural strength 
16. Assuming and prejudging are poor patterns. Avoid their path. 
17. Being still (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) will always bring me back to reality/abundance/opportunity 
18. When I am confused, the best thing I can do is stop thinking, and start listening to God. 
19. If I’m still confused after listening to God “doesn’t work” then ask myself “what would I say to someone I loved if he/she were in the same situation?” Or “what what would I tell my son/daughter to do in this situation.”
20. Humility requires star-gazing affection to truly possess
21. Money is an exchange for (perceived) value. And there’s more than enough for everyone to circulate.
22. It’s OK to need to be reminded often that life is not just about me.
23. Always be clear on my intentions 
24. Continue to be deeply grateful 
25. Enjoy life. Have fun. Smile. Laugh. Jump. Sing. Kiss. Dance. Hug. Say thank you. 

This has been one to remember.  Thank you to every single person who has crossed my path in person or virtually. I’m so grateful for you. I am blessed to the highest degree. I am loved and prosperous in my soul. 

All the feels today ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. 

Thank you! 

#newyearseve #newyearsevebaby #birthdayboy #lessons #life #wisdom
Anyone ever get tired of hearing cliches? 

If so, you may need to hear this the most… 

I’m not a fan of most cliches either, but some, like this one, I stand behind 

👉🏾There is strength in numbers. 

It’s really only potentially true IF. 

👉🏾If WE work together. 

Think about this question…
1. How  could you be more connected… more effective… more impactful… are  in your relationship with yourself?
2. What about your family?  Or, your clients? Mentees?
3. Your neighbors? 
4. Your community? 
5. What about your social media following? 

Just take a 360 assessment of where the center of you connects in all these different environments, roles and relationships.

See if there are opportunities to grow… the more people we get to work together… the better WE all become… 

#messagetomovement #tipsforleaders #leadersofleaders #leadership #wetoo #publicspeakingtips
Wow! Beyond honored to be listed #9 on Engage’s Top 15 Suicide Awareness Speakers. 

@bookwithengage is a web based platform disrupting and digitizing the process of booking anything from a speech to a once in a lifetime experience. It’s like the AirBnB for events. Speakers featured on their platform include Daymond John, Tony Robbins, Jade Simmons, Mel Robbins, Ed Mylett, Jamie Kern Lima & more. 

I’m so grateful to sow and water seeds of greatness into hearts and minds. 

Show some love in the comments if you’re celebrating with me. .. and feel free to include any way that you have been blesssed by my message(s).


#keynotespeakers #suicideprevention #messgaetomovement #publicspeakingcoach #publicspeakingcoaching #publicapeakingtips #vulnerability #vulnerabilityisstrength #vulnerablestorytelling
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SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Darryll Stinson!

Darryll was absolutely incredible! For a person to be able to engage 500 students without a powerpoint was truly a testament to the amount of passion and heart he puts into his story and authentic session. He connected with the students and showed them how to be the best versions of themselves.

— Cat Nanney

Director of Student Involvement, Florida Tech University

The impact Darryll makes when he speaks is immeasurable. You can feel his heart and passion in every word. If you’re looking for an uplifting message for your students, I highly recommend him as a speaker.

— Vinson Reynolds

Defensive Line Coach, Syracuse University

Darryll found a unique way to connect with our students as a presenter who is both approachable and informed in what he speaks about. He shared a balance of educational, fact based mental health information with his own personal anecdotes and experiences. We had many students who felt so connected to what he shared that they chose to stay after to connect with him about their own experiences.

— Danielle Schenkel

Assistant Director for Wellness and Programming, Bradley University


You’re Enough!: A Game-Changing Mental Health Belief

Society has lied to us.

The world has told us that we’ll be enough when we graduate magna cum laude, land that high-paying job, or reach the top of the socio-economic classes.

These are all great endeavors, but they can mislead us if we’re not careful.

Throughout this program, you’ll hear how fighting chronic depression and selling drugs across campus as a D1 athlete on a historic football team led Darryll to multiple suicide attempts, all because he never felt like he was enough.

You’ll hear how he overcame mental health stigmas to become a successful entrepreneur and family man.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to develop a system of self-care that supports your desired level of success,
  • Why your identity shouldn’t come from your accomplishments, and two strategies to develop a healthy source of identity,
  • Why your weaknesses and insecurities don’t diminish your value but instead reveal your humanity, and when properly understood and leveraged can strengthen your leadership.,
  • How to reframe mental health stigmas to take pride in your wellness versus feeling shame.
Navigating My Mental Health As a Minority

Mental health can be challenging for any student to manage in the midst of a full class schedule, extra-curricular activities, and having a social life. Yet, minorities face several unique challenges that can make managing one’s mental health even more challenging. The good news is, there’s hope!

This keynote experience includes an acapella rap written and performed by Darryll and highlights the mental health challenges he faced as (someone who identifies as) a black man who grew up in the inner city while living with chronic depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Learning outcomes: 

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Methods to overcome mental health stigmas

  • How to cope with racism and systemic oppression

  • Options for minorities to access quality health care resources

  • How fatherlessness affects mental health and self-esteem

The Foundational 5 – Essential Relationships for the Mentally Healthy Leader

“What do I do If my friend is suicidal?”

“How do I talk about my depression without “freaking” everyone out?”

“I tried counseling. It wasn’t helpful. What now?”

These are questions Darryll gets at nearly every campus he visits.

The challenge is that implementing the answers to these questions in one’s life is nearly impossible without healthy relationships – specifically “The Foundational 5” relationships for leaders aiming to live and lead mentally healthy.

Throughout this keynote experience, Darryll will vulnerably answer these commonly asked questions while teaching attendees The Foundational 5 – Essential Relationships for the Mentally Healthy Leader.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this program, students, faculty, and staff will learn:

  • How to build five types of relationships that are critical to living mentally healthy relationships

  • What to do when you have challenges finding a counselor/therapist you like

  • Social skills to help you build a strong network that will support your career goals

Unleash the Leader Within

Unleash the Leader Within will inspire students to lead by example with confidence, clarity, and motivation.

Leveraging his personal story of feeling insecure about his voice, his terrible sense of fashion, and his mental illness, Darryll will share how he unleashed the leader that was buried beneath his insecurities in order to impact the world — and most importantly, how students can do the same.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How leadership is not as complicated as society traditionally portrays it to be,
  • How to discover their authentic leadership style and lead from who they are versus who they think they should be,
  • How imperfections and weaknesses will make them a great leader, and
  • How they can start exercising their leadership skills today, rather than waiting until they think they are ready.