Denise Ryan FireStar Speaking motivational speaker NC

Let's light some fires! Get your team energized and working together!

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Denise Ryan Firestar Speaking
Everything DiSC Firestarter Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP

Tired of boring presentations with endless power point slides? For almost 20 years, Denise Ryan has ignited audiences with her tell-it-like-it-is style and her humor. She is an author, an MBA and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a designation of excellence held by less than 10% of professional speakers.

Her programs have been heard by audiences across North America – clients include Hilton Hotels, IBM, and the US Department of Homeland Security. And her topics range from "How to Get Along with Everyone Who is not You" to "Motivation by Chocolate." She recently made Meeting & Convention Magazine’s list of planners’ favorite speakers alongside Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Anderson Cooper.

One of her favorite audience member reviews:
“I have been in Sales & Marketing for over 25 years and have heard and seen some great speakers and presenters. I have to say, you were one of the best. Your presentation was excellent, it was motivating, uplifting and downright entertaining and let me not forget funny as all get out.”

Denise in action!

Testimonials For FireStar

  • Thank you so much for the BEST training session we’ve ever had for customer service week. You are so much fun and all our employees are still raving about the training. They are already asking for you next year!

    Sandra Hicks Director of Member Services Blue Ridge Energy
  • I’ve heard a lot of speakers all over the country and I would say that Denise Ryan is the best I’ve ever heard. She was so energetic, engaging, and entertaining. The information was so relevant and everyone walked away feeling like they could implement some of the tips that she gave us. I would hire her again and again!

    Rhonda Aherron Womack Electric Supply
  • Thank you for being so inspirational at the Lead SC Summit. If I could describe your presentation in one word, it would be “wow!” Thank you for sharing your success and failures. I feel many leaders try to sugarcoat, but your openness made you seem more real, so I thank you. You are full of life and your happiness is contagious.

    Anna Grubic LEAD SC Participant
  • The results are in and they are GREAT! Your average rating from the survey results was 4.88 out of 5. This is the highest speaker score we have ever had. I have attached all the comments made from the attendees for your review. They were anonymous surveys so I can’t tell you who it was that wants to marry you 🙂 . Thanks for your outstanding work.

    Gino Fiorucci CEO, ISB Canada


  • How to Communicate with Everyone Who is Not You

    Life would be so easy if everyone we interacted with was just like us. They would understand our cryptic e-mail messages, forgive our bizarre text messages, and understand why we unfriended them on Facebook. There would be no hard feelings, no conflict, and clearly, world peace. Unfortunately, no one else is exactly like you and to succeed in life and business, you have to work with the crazy, the angry, the silly, and yes, even the smarter and more articulate. This session will help you do just that. You will learn about barriers to communication and how to remove them. You’ll take the Everything DiSC assessment and find out just how different a large portion of the world really is and how to communicate more effectively with them. And you’ll even improve your listening skills (not that anyone has better ideas than you, but they might have more information). People won’t stop being crazy, but this session will help you stay sane.

  • Becoming a Conflict Ninja

    Conflict can actually produce better results. After going through this program, you will be a conflict ninja, adept at dealing with tricky situations and challenging co-workers.
    1) You begin by determining what you focus on in conflict and how it differs from what others might focus on.
    2) You recognize which of the 18 destructive responses you tend to have when there’s a difference of opinion. Here are a few: belittling, drama, defensiveness, exaggerating, caving in, sarcasm, passive-aggression. I’m not including actual murder, but you get the drift.
    3) You learn techniques to respond differently and to understand others’ destructive responses. Part of the program is identifying and dealing with automatic thoughts and knee-jerk reactions. (You’ll be surprised how much insight you’ll gain.)
    4) You master the conflict by using one of 16 productive responses to defuse situations. You become legendary.

  • Leading Everyone Who Isn't You

    Using the DiSC tools, you'll learn how to make the most of your leadership style as well as bring out the best in your followers. We'll discuss how to delegate, coach and reward each of the styles while also getting the rest of your job done. After this program, your followers will adore you! (Or at least will become more effective and productive.) And you'll be able to sleep better.

Everything DiSC® Certification

Choose your learning format:

Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification


Everything DiSC Workplace Certification is your best resource to gain foundational knowledge and tools for facilitating Everything DiSC. Designed with your busy schedule in mind, this online course gives you the flexibility of self-paced learning, paired with live-collaborative sessions led by Wiley’s expert trainers.

Increase your confidence and competence in delivering Everything DiSC Workplace in your organization. This course offers rigorous new content on the principles of the DiSC® model and the supporting research. During the live sessions, you will practice facilitating small groups and explore challenging scenarios that could arise during workshops. You’ll also learn how to keep Everything DiSC alive within your organization by creating a culture of DiSC and explore MyEverythingDiSC, the mobile-friendly, interactive learning portal that is exclusive to Everything DiSC.

This program Includes:

  • Four modules of self-directed and live collaborative learning (each requiring three to five hours of time per week), conducted over a four week period
  • Active knowledge checks to help participants assess how well they understand the content and to improve learning and retention
  • Final Certification exam (self-directed/graded activity)

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering Everything DiSC Workplace!

Upcoming Classes

  • January 05 – February 02, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT
  • February 01 – March 01, 2018

    Live session each Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
  • March 09 – March 30, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 2:00 – 3:30pm CT
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Everything DiSC® Certification

In Person

The in-person, Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification begins with online, self-directed learning and culminates in two days of practical application facilitated by Wiley's expert trainers. With Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification, participants will:

  • Gain expertise in the Everything DiSC® model and supporting research
  • Discover how to apply the Everything DiSC Workplace reports to daily interactions
  • Customize the Everything DiSC Workplace program to meet specific participant needs
  • Navigate challenging scenarios that could arise during a workshop or coaching session
  • Create strategies to promote a DiSC®-based culture
  • Explore MyEverythingDiSC® and discover how to utilize it as an ongoing development tool
This course is held at the Education Center in Minneapolis, MN or in London, England.

Upcoming Classes

  • December 05 – December 06, 2017

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • January 23 – January 24, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • February 27 – February 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • March 27 – March 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Featured Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Training
  • Customer Service Coaching
  • Customer Service Consulting
  • Motivating


  • Certified Speaking Professional
  • DiSC Certified Trainer