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The Best Contract You'll Ever Sign!


I’m in the middle of a lot of contractual agreements right now. My book Frankly My Dear I’m Gay: A Late Bloomers Guide, just came out and there’s been lots of damn contracts. Publishers contracts PR contracts Collaboration contracts Book tour contracts The list goes on, and on, and on. PHEW, I’m tired and my…

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5 Blunt Reasons You're Not #Winning At Life (The Problem Is YOU!)


It’s time to unscramble that brain of yours. Happiness is waiting! #Winning at life!! Is that you? If not, put the blame for failure where it really belongs — with you — and then see what happens. I confess. I, myself, have been failing. Failing to, truly, be productive. Failing to, wholly, be in my relationship. Failing to, unconditionally,…

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Listen…no solution required!


It’s been a rough couple of weeks in our household. Let’s just say, our young adult daughters have been dealing with adult stuff, of the boyfriend kind. Not pretty stuff and emotions are running high. Of course, this puts Poppa Bear on the defensive. Don’t mess with my gurls is the first response I had,…

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The Brutal Reason Judging Everyone INFECTS Your Own Self-Esteem


We all need to STOP infecting others with our own stigma. I was recently scanning through the world’s favorite past time (Facebook, of course) and saw a post by one of my gay friends. That boy had called forth his inner diva and was on a roll about the stigma towards people with HIV. I…

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Let's Play Hide and Seek For The Right Reasons


Hide and Seek was one of my favorite games as a kid. Mostly because it was the one game I was damn good at. Ironically, I’m still good at it, but in different ways, and I suspect some of you are good at it for similar reasons. I’m good at… Hiding what I’d really like…

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5 Tips For Loving The Gay Man Within


Whether your Gay or Straight, Loving Yourself From The Inside Out Makes For The Best Valentines Day! In just a few days it will be Valentines Day. Thie day to celebrate being in a relationship, brood because you’re not, or stake your claim proudly as a member of SAD (Single Awareness Day)! I have to…

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It's All About The Most


“If I hear one more self-help guru say…” You ever feel that way? I know I do! Yet as someone who works in the self-hope (you noticed I did a wordplay on ya) arena, one of the things I try to refrain from saying is, “What you need the most is…” To begin with, I…

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Labeling People Helps YOU, But It Seriously Hurts Everyone Else


We label to get ourselves through life, but are we causing more trouble by doing so? They say words can kill … but I say it’s words turned into labels that do the most damage! We thrive in a society of labels. I’m not talking about Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Tiffany’s, and so on. Those…

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Free Doesn't Have To Mean Fear!


I’m frickin’ afraid of heights. Not all heights…just some. It wasn’t always this way. But then, something with my physiology shifted and now I’m a vertigo victim…but I don’t like to play the victim role, so I just find ways to overcome the tightrope of heights. I don’t purposefully hang out on the top of…

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5 Sad Ways Gay AND Straight Men BOTH Struggle With Their Manhood


Are you with me, brother? Perhaps the sexual orientation we choose is different, but in general, men are more alike than not. So, let’s do some good together! Since the dawn of my coming out, I’ve been struggling; fighting to come to terms with my gay self, my “man’s man” masculinity, and my heterosexual detour of 38 years.…

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Chris Brogan

CEO Owner Media Group

Rick Clemons is the kind of guy you want to open up with. He’s smart, compassionate, and great at pulling the best story out of a guest for the benefit of the community he serves.


Meridith Elliott Powell

Business Keynote Speaker
& Business Growth Expert

Visionary, creative and cutting-edge, Rick is a true game-changer. His message is original, different, and a complete paradigm shift on obstacles and challenges. But more importantly the power of his delivery inspires audiences to take action! If you're looking for a new type of keynote speaker, someone with a unique story and innovative message, Rick is all of that and so much more!


John Janstch

Ducttape Marketing

Rick speaks with such honesty and emotion that his message is felt as well as heard.

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Don Fuller
Orange County PFLAG Speakers Bureau


"Be prepared; Clemons does not suffer fakers and he is merciless with hypocrisy. He has no time for pity. He just says find your Truth and your peace, be good to yourself and those you love, and get on with your life."


Chris Brogan
CEO, Owner Media Group -

"Rick Clemons is the kind of guy you want to open up with. He’s smart, compassionate, and great at pulling the best story out of a guest for the benefit of the community he serves."

Grant Baldwin

"Rick is a giant teddy bear. He may look rough and tough, but he’s extremely compassionate, genuine and has a huge desire to help people make bold moves in their lives."

Jessica Pettitt
Good Enough Now

There are a lot of speakers out there that can talk about these issues.  Rick provides a space for real conversation, connection, and a sense of calm that allows for relationships and change to develop and take hold towards something better together.  His experience paired with his calming energy and good sense of humor separates him from the pack.