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“Some people can teach us better than others how to make a difference in our lives, and Peter Dankelson is one of them.” Astrid Lustulin, Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review

How to Rock Your Life

Speech Details

Being your own hero starts with being kind to yourself. You know that little voice inside your head? It can either build you up or it can tear you down. That's why words matter. They shape what you believe about yourself and how you feel about your life.


Using an example of your life as a book, this session shares how every day is an opportunity to write a new chapter, edit an old one, and decide what’s consuming the most pages. What’s the biggest chapter in your book? What type of character are you?


Rocking your life is about becoming the best version of yourself. It means honoring your past but not allowing it to consume your future.


Peter shares how he…

  • stays positive by keeping things in perspective,

  • maximizes his potential by choosing courage over fear, and 

  • brings joy into his life by pursuing his passion for music.

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Peter Dankelson

Motivational Speaker

Peter Dankelson has been called, “A champion of the human spirit,” by Stevie Dacanay of the band Buckcherry and a “Difference maker in life,” by Mike Babcock, NHL Head Coach 2002 - 2019 and a 2x Olympic Gold-Medalist.


Peter motivates audiences to live their best life by choosing a positive mindset and finding self-acceptance. He shares his medical journey with Goldenhar Syndrome, living life with a facial difference, and overcoming his hearing loss and other disabilities to teach himself how to play the guitar. Peter demonstrates how music helps him express his emotions, and he encourages audiences to find their own creative outlet.


Peter has been honored as a Patient of Courage by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Champion of Hope by Global Genes. He is an ambassador for Children’s Craniofacial Association, the front man for the Pete’s Diary band, and the co-author of his autobiography, How I Learned to Rock My Life: The Peter Dankelson Story. He has performed with professional musicians including Joe Bonamassa, Tyler Bryant, Jared James Nichols, Dirty Honey, and Buckcherry. Music Radar named him one of 2020’s Best Online Guitar Personalities.

Gratitude, Positivity, and

Living a Life That Matters

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