Jeff Koziatek

speaker - coach - author

Why I do what I do (in a nut shell)

I help top performers gain more personal freedom and professional success by equipping them with the super power ability to say NO.

It’s deeply personal. It used to be me.

I was running the race – competing with everyone, trying to be the best at everything. I was never satisfied and a certifiable workaholic. I practiced the glorification of busy.

My focus was on everyone else, the next step, the next client, and the next project. I was never fully present where I was. I “did” a lot and missed a lot. I avoided pain and, consequently, never really felt joy. I did not know who I was or what I had.

Then – I hit a breaking point.

I was married with two kids and trying to run three businesses by myself – performing 300+ shows annually while working 40+ hours a week in the office. I was spinning all the plates, juggling all the balls, giving everything I had, but it was not enough. With so many things in the air, survival became the daily routine and plates began to fall and balls started to drop. I was struggling, at the end of my rope, and desperate for an answer.

It was then that I discovered the power and freedom of intrinsic value and a new journey began – one of self discovery and balance.

As I dug deep into my core, my life began to change – the result was a more connected marriage, enriched friendships, a renewed passion for life, focus & clarity in my work, a hunger for knowledge, a genuine desire to “pay it forward” and a purpose for my life beyond how I made my living.

I am not perfect – but at this point in my journey, I can honestly tell you – I am making less mistakes, my life is richer, I am experiencing a level of peace and joy that I’ve never felt before, I am more present in my relationships, and it is awesome! But don’t take my word for it, ask my wife.

  • I feel so encouraged to go to work now and talk to my staff in a whole new way!  

  • Impressed.  

  • Energetic and knowledgeable.  

  • Amazing!  

  • His act was a lot of fun and he tied his message in seamlessly.  

  • I can hire you and not have to worry about anything at all. That’s of immeasurable value to me.  

  • I highly recommend hiring Jeff for your next event!  

  • He was a HUGE hit!  

  • Jeff has a VERY quick wit and was able to interact with the audience, playing off what was happening, in a way that was funny and friendly.  

  • We couldn’t have been more pleased with his presentation.

  • Engaging and memorable.  

  • He truly loves what he does and it shows.

  • Jeff's stage personality absolutely engages the audience.  

  • We will definitely recommend you to others!

  • Outstanding!  

  • Jeff was professional and very personable to work with.  

  • Jeff was just what we were looking for!

  • You were a hit and they are still talking about it!!!  

  • He makes tough concepts/material easier to discuss.

  • He was high energy and included the audience continuously.  

  • The positive and upbeat person Jeff is encourages me to be that for other people.

  • Valuable Presentation.  

  • Phenomenal info to use and very entertaining to listen to!

  • Wonderful speaker!

  • Entertaining!  

  • Jeff's stage personality absolutely engages the audience!  

  • The analogies are the best I have ever seen and I am better equipped to empower my people.  

  • We genuinely believe our team left feeling a greater connection to each other both personally and professionally.

  • The energy and enthusiasm Jeff brings to the stage is incredible!  

  • Our folks are still talking about it!  

  • The crowd loved him!  

  • Best speaker we’ve had – Fantastic!  

  • Great presentation!  

  • He is a true entertainer - telling a story and pulling the audience into his routine by asking questions and getting their participation.  

Who is Jeff Koziatek?


A responsible, loyal, controlled, creative, encouraging, wise & empathetic man.


I am here to help people live bold, authentic lives, generously serving each other. I do this through speaking, coaching, writing, setting the example, and teaching anyone who wants to learn.


Courage, Excellence, Creativity, Communication, Honesty, Collaboration, Fun, and Perseverance

  • I loved the presentation so much I have booked him to work directly with the leadership team. Please take advantage of such a wonderful speaker. You will be happy you did!

    Lutheran Senior Services Tammy Hempen - Director at Breeze Park
  • This program was just what our office team needed to get our year started off in the right direction.  Jeff grabbed our attention with a fun interactive program then finished it with great tools to take back to the office.  Everyone on our team loved it.

    VIP Corporate Housing Alicia Ransom - National Account Executive
  • Jeff was easy to work with, communicated very well during the planning process, and was punctual and professional the day of the event.

    Steve Roth
    Wells Fargo Steve Roth
  • Definitely contact you for future events.

    Monsanto Tina Bracic
  • Jeff is energetic, passionate and creative and he brings every one of these qualities each time he presents. He is a wonderful communicator and does a fantastic job connecting with his audience with the right balance of humor and substance.

    Rockwood School District Partners in Education Karen Braatz - Special Events Facilitator
  • If you want a versatile, creative aspect to your conference - bring Jeff!

    Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Bill Dodds - Executive Director
  • Personable, witty, and amazingly coordinated!

    Explore St. Louis Brian Hall
  • Jeff had an inspirational message that unified a lot of other messages.

    Rockwood School District Suzanne Dotta - Director of Professional Learning
  • Jeff Koziatek is inspiring, engaging, dynamic and hilarious!  He made an otherwise quiet and conservative crowd laugh hysterically.  Most importantly, we all walked out feeling empowered to be better managers.

    The Accel Group Christin A. Kearns - Chief Operations Officer
  • Jeff did an outstanding job with a tough audience. We were extremely impressed with his content, skills, and ability to connect with his audience. IACSAS highly recommends his work.

    IACSAS Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CCPS, CCSAS - President & Director
  • Jeff has a heart for helping people become their best selves, a gift for breaking down the walls inside that prevent those best selves from emerging, and a charismatic magnetism that dissolves anxiety and binds people together in joy.

    Christ Church Cathedral The Very Rev. Michael D. Kinman
  • The energy and enthusiasm Jeff brings to the stage is incredible!

    Celebrate St. Louis Julie Donnelly
  • Jeff brought energy and enthusiasm to our Fusion Market Manager Summit! He really does an amazing job engaging his audience and keeping them on their toes. You want interaction? You want laughs? You want to experience all the feels? This is the man to call.

    Fusion Marketing Rebecca Freeman-Hoff - Senior Field Manager
  • You’re the talk around the whole office with people coming by just to tell me they’re sorry they missed out and they’ve heard all about it. Others that attended are stopping to thank me for finding you and bringing you in. You made our day.

    Mercy Hospitals Cameron McCarter
  • Jeff combines his message about engaging, equipping, empowering, and encouraging your staff with an enthusiastic and engaging style that helps to drive the point home so that you will remember the message long after the presentation.

    Terra Properties for the Highland, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Rob Bowman - President
  • His sessions were always packed to standing room only. Jeff creates a dynamic, exciting atmosphere and energizes the audience to engage with each other.

    Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Kathryn McKay-Phillips, Masters of Mass Communication
  • The experience was excellent and right on money!

    Emerson Network Power Dave Crago
  • He understands our objectives and has consistently helped us meet our goals. He is always a crowd favorite with just the right blend of professionalism and fun. We are a repeat customer because he always does a great job!

    ASAE Business Services, Inc. Jennifer Baker, MSW, CAE - Director
  • You are truly OUTSTANDING!

    KMOX Charles Brennan
  • He interacted with our crowd, kept the presentation moving and received fantastic reviews from our guests.   He cleverly incorporated important business lessons, technical stunts, stories, and audience participation in a high energy program.  You will not be disappointed.

    UHY LLP Steve Wendling - Partner
  • We definitely want to work with you again, because you are just the funnest!

    Nine Network of Public Media Jessica LaBozzetta - Special Events Manager

Entertainment Background

I am an award winning, international entertainer. I have spent more than 20 years working professionally in the entertainment industry. I’ve produced national touring acts, performed over 4,000 live shows across the country, produced award winning theatre and film, operated a booking agency and owned a complete event management company catering to high end corporations and nonprofits.

I studied acting in New York City with the late Gene Frankel and in Los Angeles with Steve Eastin. My biggest teacher has been experience – that started on stage when I was 4.

As an entertainer, I have been able to cross many social boundaries – economic, racial, political, spiritual, life style, and so on. My goal as a performer is to create a space where you, the audience, feel comfortable enough to take off the mask(s) you wear every day to survive, so you can have a genuine laugh next to a total stranger. I do this with comedy, improvisation, audience interaction and physical stunts.

Speak and Coach

Crossing social groups with millions of people all across the country led to an unexpected discovery – a raging disease that knows no discrimination – “a lack of self worth”. The results of this disease are devastating and going largely unnoticed and misdiagnosed. It impacts relationships, professional pursuits, and personal health. This realization moved me to become a certified life and leadership coach as well as begin speaking on value and authenticity. When we see our own intrinsic value, and present our authentic self, we:

  • become stronger leaders
  • communicate more effectively
  • improve our ability to collaborate and problem solve
  • raise our ability to persist
  • and are more likely to pursue our passions with success

As a speaker, I offer people tools they can use on their own to live authentically, without a mask. As a coach, I am able to provide more tools and walk with my clients, helping them to implement the new skills and strategies on a daily basis. I am a professional member of the National Speakers Association, and certified coach with both the John Maxwell TEAM and The Values Conversation.

 Random facts

  • As an actor, I’ve appeared on Cold Case a few feature films, various tv commercials, and several national touring shows.
  • My fine art photography is on display in various businesses across the St. Louis region.
  • I have juggled while riding: on the back of a water buffalo, a Ferris wheel, a zip line and a few other carnival rides.
  • I Joggled a 1/2 marathon in just over 2 hours.
  • I’m married with 2 children.
  • I like Jello cheese cake, toasted ravioli, frozen custard, and gooey butter cake!
  • I’m an STL guy. Let’s go Blues! Let’s go Cardinals!
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