Inspirational Speaker, Bestselling Author, & Motivation Expert

Cara Brookins
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Cara Brookins At A Glance:

Cara Brookins is best known as the mom who built her own house with her kids using YouTube Tutorials. With her eager construction crew consisting of her four young children, Brookins laid the block, framed the walls, and even ran the plumbing and gas lines for her two-story house. She shared her story in her #1 best-selling memoir Rise: How a House Built a Family. Now an international speaker and author, Cara’s incredible story went viral amassing more than two billion views in over 100 countries. Media outlets including The New York Times, The Today Show, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, NBC, CBS News and CNN have featured Cara’s compelling journey, and it’s been optioned for film, television, and reality television.

Cara Brookins is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, #1 best-selling author of nine books, and renowned thought leader in the science of motivation. Her actionable strategies empower audiences worldwide to overcome odds that seem insurmountable and thrive in any situation. 

Brookins is best known as the mom who built her own house with her kids using Youtube Tutorials. With her eager construction crew consisting of her four young children, Brookins laid the block, framed the walls, and even ran the plumbing and gas lines for her 3,500 square foot house. She shared her story in her #1 best-selling memoir Rise: How a House Built a Family.

Brookins’ incredible story went viral amassing more than two billion views in over 100 countries in two week’s time. Media outlets including The New York Times, The Today Show, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, NBC, CBS News, USA Today, TIME, TLC, ABC News, BBC, Fox News Insider, People Magazine, and CNN have featured Cara’s compelling journey, and it’s been optioned for film, television, and reality television. 

With two decades of experience working as a senior software analyst and no construction experience, Brookins was the least likely person to build anything — let alone a house. The idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary things is a constant in her work, including her latest self-help book Unstuck: End Procrastination Using the Ancient Psychology Behind How-To Videos and is why she was inducted as a member of the prestigious Society for the Science of Motivation and the National Speaker Association. 

Told through stories on her unconventional family construction site, Brookins’ entertaining keynotes reveal proven strategies to overcome odds that seem insurmountable. Brookins has shared her motivation strategies with the world’s most respected organizations, including Walmart, Google, Kimberly Clark, YouTube, CenturyLink, Artemis, US Law Network, Lincoln Financial Group, Capital One, and many more. She also works with the United Nations in her role as a United Nations Association Advocate to raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Building Resilience: A True Story of Grit & Determination

    Resilience Keynote Overview

    In a world filled with economic uncertainty, political volatility, unprecedented developments in technology, increasingly devastating natural disasters, and never-ending challenges, staying motivated can feel impossible. The hard truth is that the overwhelm can be paralyzing for people who haven’t developed the resilience and grit to thrive during adversity.

    Set against the backdrop of her real-life story of the desperate times that led her and her children to build their own house using YouTube tutorials, Best-selling author Cara Brookins’ presentation inspires and challenges audiences to go beyond their comfort zones, conquer self-doubt, and turn overwhelm into action.

    Her stories, encouragement, and inspiration will give your audience the tools to always get back up (and keep moving forward) no matter the challenge or obstacles in their way. And today, more than ever before, you need a resilient team with the grit to perform under pressure and rise above the chaos no matter what happens in the world.

    Key Takeaways:
    •Tools and inspiration that anyone can use to turn crippling overwhelm into action
    •Unconventional strategies you need to resist quitting and follow through despite setbacks
    •Become the type of person who pushes boundaries and barriers to do extraordinary things
    •Proven strategies to develop the mindset needed to get unstuck and thrive in any situation
    •Cultivate the inner strength to rise above the chaos no matter what happens in the world
    •Gain an inspiring sense of what’s possible when you adopt a mindset of grit and resilience
  • Building Through Change: Staying Motivated in a Changing World

    Change Keynote Overview

    In today’s world of constant, unrelenting change, it’s natural to feel worried about the future, and, even worse, unmotivated at the one time you can least afford to be unproductive. Instead of wasting time trying to plan for an unpredictable future, the way forward is to take the next step even when you don’t know what comes next.

    Bestselling author and Thought Leader in the science of motivation Cara Brookins knows a lot about being adaptable and staying motivated during turbulent times. In her presentation she draws authentic parallels between building a house with her four kids using YouTube videos and the uncontrollable, changing environments individuals, leaders, and businesses face today.

    With insights from Cara’s inspiring construction site stories, audiences will learn how to develop the mindset necessary to push past their fear of the unknown, remain adaptable in turbulent times, and continue to take action when everything feels uncertain. Because in a world of constant, unrelenting change and uncertainty, you need a future-proofed team of in-control, with highly-focused leaders who are ready to lead with confidence no matter what happens in the world.

    Key Takeaways:
    •Empower your team to embrace change and fearlessly do things they’ve never done before
    •Life-changing approach to figuring things out when you don’t know what’s coming next
    •Unconventional tools and tactics to confidently and intentionally move into uncharted territory
    •Easy-to-implement strategies that future-proof your team to manage uncertain times
    •Proven tools and techniques to developing an adaptable, figure-anything-out mindset
    •Gain the confidence and adopt the mindset to navigate change and succeed no matter what
  • Building Teams: Lay the Foundation for Effective Teamwork

    Teamwork Keynote Overview

    As businesses enter an era of radical change, teams are distracted, isolated, and more disconnected than ever before. High turnover rates and low productivity are now the norm at even the top, leading organizations. But there is a path forward.

    Drawing on her experience building her own house alongside a construction crew of her four young children, Best-selling author Cara Brookins’ motivates audiences with her unconventional strategies for building camaraderie. Cara uses parallels from her construction site to lay out a blueprint to engage every single team member and instill a sense of belonging backed by a shared sense of purpose.

    Whether you’re a team leader or team member, this presentation equips you with the tools, mindset, and inspiration to not only weather the storm of change but to emerge stronger, more motivated, and better prepared to take on whatever the future holds as a cohesive team.

    Key Takeaways:
    •Secrets to engage every member of your team to build a workforce with staying power
    •Easy-to-implement framework to build camaraderie and ensure your team always has each other’s backs
    •Powerful techniques to create a team that is invested in your organization’s success
    •Proven methodology to unleash your team’s potential, maximize productivity, and boost engagement
    •Unconventional approach for building a cohesive and resilient team who thrives under pressure
    •Create a sense of stability and trust within your team, even when external circumstances are uncertain
  • Building Leaders: Taking Charge In An Ever-Changing World

    Leadership Keynote Overview

    In today’s rapidly changing global marketplace, leadership is no longer a position but an essential skillset for everyone who wants to rise above the chaos. The traditional paradigm of leadership no longer fits the changing workforce, creating dissatisfaction and a high turnover at every level. But there’s a proven way to fill this void.

    In this game-changing presentation, best-selling author Cara Brookins uses her story of building her own house with her four kids using YouTube videos as a new foundation for leadership. Cara takes audiences along on the construction site to prove that even the most unlikely, inexperienced person can step into a leadership role and do extraordinary things.

    Her entertaining stories serve as real-life inspiration for individuals from every level of the organization to recognize their innate leadership potential and navigate turbulent times with confidence. By the end of this presentation your audience will understand the specific steps they need to motivate themselves and their teams.

    Key Takeaways:
    •Proven strategies to inspire individuals to recognize their leadership potential & take initiative
    •Inspiring approach to encourage leadership at all levels of an organization, not just formal roles
    •Elevate team morale by equipping individuals with the tools to motivate and inspire one another
    •Inspire emerging leaders to step forward ensuring a robust leadership pipeline at your organization
    •Learn how to inspire team members to be more motivated and engaged in their world
    •Techniques to help individuals build confidence in their ability to lead during uncertain times

Cara captivated the entire room, addressing themes that we wanted her to touch on (e.g. leadership, teamwork, resilience) and did it with humanity and humor…all the while making it so relatable and human.

— YOUTUBE’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

Cara Brookins as a keynote speaker was truly incredible. Cara’s charisma and style was appealing to a very diverse and large audience of attendees, and her content engaged from the first moments!

— WALMART

A fantastic testament to the strength of human will and what we will do for our families.

— CNN

She couldn’t have been better. She went above and beyond for us and our event. It was great. What an amazing woman and story! She is amazing person, with a story that really resonated with our crowd!

— NRL MORTGAGE

Thank you for a wonderful presentation!  Our audience was engaged the entire time and many participated in Q&A; it was fabulous!

— US LAW NETWORK INC

We knew Cara had an interesting story to tell and was a good speaker – we were wrong! She had an amazing story to share and was equally amazing at holding our audience and moving them. She inspired. She uplifted. And she thoroughly convinced our attendees that they can accomplish far more than they believe is possible. I would highly recommend Cara to any audience!

— UTAH ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

I have to confess, when we began YouTube in the garages of Menlo Park,…

I never thought that the future reality would be meeting an extraordinary person like Cara Brookins… her determined, innovative use of how-to videos is motivation for anyone!

— STEVE CHEN, CO-FOUNDER OF YOUTUBE

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