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Cara Brookins

Best Known As “the Mom Who Built Her Own House Using Youtube Tutorials”

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  • Unwavering Optimist
  • Her book, Rise, has been optioned to become a major motion picture

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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 weeks 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

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.


  • 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

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.


  • 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 needed to navigate change and succeed no matter what
Building Teams: Lay the Foundation for Effective Teamwork

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.


  • 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 passionate and 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

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.


  • Proven strategies to inspire individuals to recognize their leadership potential and take initiative
  • Inspiring approach to encourage leadership at all levels of an organization, not just in 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 work
  • Techniques to help individuals build confidence in their ability to lead, even during uncertain times
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"Cara is an extraordinary individual with an extraordinary story to match. Sometimes, telling the story can be a challenge in itself but that was not the case for Cara. She built her talk from the ground up, to ensure it was a personalized message that resonated with our audience–and it did much more than that. She 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. Our group was left inspired, motivated and without a dry eye. Cara was the pitch perfect speaker for our event and we feel so fortunate that she was available to talk to our group."
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