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Very influential and effective, Cody Byrns is an internationally recognized speaker and a number one best-selling author. In May of 2013, Cody’s life was drastically changed. While stopped at a red light on the highway, Cody was rear-ended by a box-truck that failed to stop.


As a result, he was considered dead until first responders saw his hand move. He received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body. After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to uplift others.


His goal is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat, and run towards their God-given potential.


As a thought leader, he speaks worldwide to provide relevant, applicable, and thought-provoking messages. Thousands of people have been impacted by Cody’s story and outlook on life. From school students to business leaders, his presentations have been received by many. Be prepared to have an experience that will motivate you to move out of bondage into a life of freedom!


In addition to his speaking career, in 2016, Cody founded his own non-profit burns foundation that has been able to help multiple survivors recover.




As many of us understand, life is truly a roller coaster ride. We all face our highs and lows, and some of us encounter unexpected turns. But how does one keep going when life doesn’t go as planned? Cody Byrns shares his personal experience of how his life suddenly changed while stopped at a red light on the highway, and how he had to learn the importance of focusing on what really matters in life. As he shares his story, he will point out illustrations that can be applied to everyone, whether it be in our personal lives or our careers. No matter your journey, you can rise above any challenge, live a life of freedom, and give hope to others.


As a seasoned speaker, Cody speaks at corporate events, conferences, school assemblies & colleges, and at church events all over the United States and the world.


Cody Byrns has quickly gained the attention of audiences around the world, not only as a survivor, but also as someone who has a solution that will help others overcome the pain of their past and run towards their goals and purpose.


His messages have served as a guide for multiple generations, giving event planners and conference organizers the confidence to select a high quality speaker and audience pleaser.

Keynote Topic #1

From Stuck to Empowered: Maintaining Momentum Through Trying Times

In today’s demanding and often stressful working environments, a strong mindset is imperative to overcoming obstacles and surpassing life’s challenges. Occasionally, this means handling a missed deadline, reshuffling a team, or letting an entire department go. How do leaders and employees maintain a strong mindset during trying times and avoid getting stuck? In addition, can anyone deploy a strong psychological shift that creates both individual and team empowerment? The answer is yes! Cody Byrns shares his life suddenly changed while he stopped at a red light on the highway. It forever changed him, throwing his dreams to the curb, and creating the ultimate stuck mindset.


  • Master the 4-step E.P.I.C. process to remain standing strong & demonstrate resilience in the midst of any obstacles.
  • Discover the root causes of psychology blocks and how to unroot them.
  • Learn the steps to creating individual empowerment and how that grows into organization wide transformation.

Through his research in psychology and personal triumph, he was able to transcend a forever life-changing experience into tangible steps that can work for just about anyone. His story is designed to empower your team to create the necessary shifts to go from stuck to empowered.

Keynote Topic #2

Vision Driven Leadership – Why “Why” Means Everything to Empowering a Team

Often, leaders focus on clarity, execution and effective communication to become a great leader. However, they overlook the commitment to lead courageously. Usually, this can be seen where a corporate leader is vocalizing an idea, yet, the project fails to come to fruition. No one rallies behind their project, deadlines are missed, and people are put onto performance review. The unfortunate reality is that the leader often misses the fundamental proponent of driving the team – The Why behind the vision. Before anything can be accomplished, a motivated leader must have a clear vision of where they are headed and what it is that they are seeking to accomplish. Cody has spent the past 15 years leveraging Vision Driven Leadership to give people hope, from youth to professionals working in the corporate world.


  • Steps to identify the strong why behind a vision that can stimulate execution.
  • How to roll out a ‘why’ into a tangible plan that encourages full team participation.
  • 3 Pillars to creating a strong Vision Driven Leadership message.

From this journey, he learned no matter what the vision is, we must keep in mind that there will be unexpected disruptions, obstacles, and rapid changes to which we must adapt as we move forward. Ultimately, what keeps him moving forward, and what leaders can use is their ‘why’, the core behind Vision Driven Leadership.

Keynote Topic #3

Communication: How to Use Humor and Creativity in Your Message to Breakdown Barriers, Reduce Stress, Make the Workplace Fun

Effective communication is arguably the most important tool that we have as humans. The workplace is no exception to this premise. Outstanding communication can land a person their next sale, acquire a client, raise a round of funding, or just building a new relationship. Humor, one of the most popular forms of communication, is not often paraded around the workplace, but it should be from its unexpected slew of benefits. According to Harvard Business Review, every chuckle brings with it a host of business benefits, such as accelerated rapport building, decreased stress levels, and increased levels in productivity. Cody Byrns has spent over a decade entertaining thousands of people countrywide, from elementary school students to live television crews.

  • Learn what makes something funny and why other things fall flat.
  • Discover what are the necessary components to create a good joke.
  • Explore the different ways on how to integrate humor into boring presentations.

During this journey, he learned that communication, in just about any form, works better when there is humor. This program will explore ways on how people can do simple things to add that extra chuckle to drive home an essential point. Anyone can be funny, it’s just knowing how.


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  • Penny Culp
    09/28/2022 at 7:25 am

    “Cody, I just want to say Thank You again for coming to speak to the Indiana ENA today! I just can’t say how much we enjoyed it, and of course, the message was phenomenal. I feel like you and I will be lifelong friends!!”

    – Penny Culp, BSN, RN (President of the Indiana Emergency Nurses Association’s Annual Conference)

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