'Lorin Nicholson is fast becoming one of Australia's pre-eminent entertainers and motivational speakers. He has an imposing and unforgettable presence, and a musical ability that has attracted the genuine acclaim of critical experts. But more than that, Lorin is a decent bloke who personifies life's ideals, and unfailingly gifts an audience with something that is very special - an example of using the gifts that each of us has been given. He is a real talent, and an inspiration that lives life-long with all those with whom he comes in contact. He tells each of us: 'Don't die with the music in you'.' - Tony Koch, chief reporter, The Australian
Over the past decade Lorin has shared his amazing music and inspirational life experiences in over 3000 concerts and presentations, to nearly a million people throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He regularly features in many newspaper articles, radio interviews and television appearances including Channel Nine's nationally televised Carols by Candlelight, live news stories and 60 Minutes.
In recent years Lorin was named one of Australia's finest musicians at the Country Music Awards of Australia, alongside internationally-acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, who took out the much prized Golden Guitar that year. As one of Australia's highest-selling independent artists, Lorin has just released his fourth album of instrumental guitar tracks and earlier this year became a published author of an inspirational children's book.
In 2009 Lorin was honoured as an Australian of the Year nominee and was later awarded a Queensland service award for his valuable contribution to the community. In October 2012, he was the recipient of Vision Australia's award that recognises how an individual has inspired people who are blind or have low vision to live as independently as possible.
Lorin's list of achievements in music, sport, education and business is quite remarkable, however what makes his successes even more extraordinary is that he was born with retinitis pigmentosa, and has been legally blind his entire life.
In April 2010 Lorin and his younger brother Dean created Australian history, as they became the first blind persons to ride over 4000 kilometres across Australia in a four-week epic journey from Perth to Sydney. During his most recent adventure, Lorin and his 17-year-old son, Andrew, rode a tandem pushbike 1800km from Brisbane to Melbourne, where he was invited to perform for the fourth time on Carols by Candlelight.
His 'Blind Courage' ride down the east coast attracted hundreds of media hits around Australia, with a reported media value of $1,000,000 and a trail of several million people who were inspired by his extraordinary journey.
Client Comments for Lorin Nicholson
Lorin Nicholson travels from Queensland Australia
- Thank you so much for your inspirational workshops at our school today. Our staff were moved to tears by your beautiful music and your stories of overcoming adversity as a blind child in school, through the support of your family and through sheer persistence. It reminded us all of why we are here as teachers, to make a difference in the lives of others, and you managed to do this powerfully in just half an hour. I had many teachers tell me that this was the best staff session we have ever had in our school. Equally as powerful were your presentations to the students and the workshops for our musicians. What a wonderful way to kick off our anti-bullying lessons with your message about looking after each other.
Newport Public School NSW
- Sometimes as we go through life we experience something extraordinary and special. It might be someone we meet, or someone who does us a kind favour. Today I had the privilege of meeting you and your father. You both stirred something inside me (and in all my staff I hasten to say). You enriched my life and my work. I thank you for sharing your life with all of us today.
Beecroft Public School NSW
- Lorin's performance, with his poignant message and endearing wit, not to mention the spellbinding guitar work, was the perfect way to close our inaugural conference. People are still talking about it several months later. He is a true professional, and we look forward to being associated with him again in the future.
National Indigenous Educators
- Thank you Lorin for your remarkable presentation. Your music and stories illustrate the essence of what we try to teach our students through our 'You Can Do It' approach to success and well-being. The effect on students and staff was outstanding. We'll have you back, please.
Madison Park Primary School SA
- Once again, our sincere thanks and appreciation for your excellent presentation. You've got many of our staff talking in the office and every comment was extremely positive. You obviously have a real talent to move people.
Southern Cross Care VIC
- When you hear Lorin speak, his sincerity is compelling. You want to achieve something meaningful. Not because he did it and he's blind, but because he convinces you that anyone can accomplish great things.
Orvon Gough, Australian documentary filmmaker
- Some people have a true gift that is matched by intellect and empathy. Lorin Nicholson uses every part of his nature. It is what makes him a compelling storyteller. Once you are walking in his shoes a lot of new thoughts open up. We are able to contemplate aspects of our own nature with a fresh honesty. We see the light. Lorin's courage in overcoming so many challenges and his eternal good temper make the lessons so much more valuable. I watched young and old people following every word, dwelling on the values he was sharing with us. Set this storytelling to music, with that gifted guitar playing and his true virtuosity, and you have a performance that is wonderfully original. No, better than that, Lorin Nicholson is a memorable human being.
Jeff McMullen, journalist, author and filmmaker
- Choice and Attitude
- Courage and Goal Setting
- Coping with Negativity and Peer Pressure
- Adapt and Overcome
- Planning and Organisation
- Faith in the Unknown
- Perseverance and Resilience
- Working Together
- Everyday Heroes
- Climbing our own Mountain
- What is Real Success?
Topic SynopsesThe 12 Keys of Success
#1: Choice and Attitude
Choice and attitude are fundamental principles that empowers each of us with the knowledge that you are always the one in control.
#2: Courage and Goal Setting
Be prepared to take a risk and do something you're passionate about! Visualise your goal, and then stick to it.
#3: Coping with Negativity and Peer Pressure
Sometimes the limitations imposed upon us by others can be a greater barrier than the limitation itself. Overcoming these can build confidence and self esteem.
What do we expect of ourselves and what do others expect of us?
#5: Adapt and Overcome
We all have unique challenges as well as strengths, so don't be afraid to look outside the circle and do things differently.
#6: Planning and Organisation
Success requires thought, and a step-by-step strategy. Think big, act small.
#7: Faith in the Unknown
Faith is a powerful built-in hope that drives each of us forward.
#8: Perseverance and Resilience
Anything worth doing requires effort and the ability to bounce back and keep going.
#9: Working Together
Building a strong and vibrant team, because believing in ourselves begins when others believe in us too.
#10: Everyday Heroes
Who are the real heroes in life? You don't need to be famous. Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
#11: Climbing our own Mountain
The greatest challenge in life isn't with the person next to you, it's the challenge going on inside yourself.
#12: What is Real Success?
Look for meaningful goals in life and prioritise what is really important.
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