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Lorin
Nicholson

Empowering others with the vision to succeed

Profile

As one of Australia’s most prolific and prominent motivational speakers, Lorin Nicholson not only understands the keys and principles for success, he personifies them and has now shared this knowledge and experience in over 4000 keynote addresses to more than a million people across all industries from hospitality to mining, Health to finance, sales to technology and service to education.

Many have an incredible story to tell, however Lorin possesses that rare story telling ability that truly motivates, captivates, entertains and empowers others with the skills, knowledge and determination to create their own success. Unlike the usual, naturally gifted celebrity athlete, business person and motivational speakers who choose to become successful, Lorin was forced to dig deep, fight hard and muster every ounce of his will-power just to be normal.

At age four, Lorin was declared legally blind, however despite the enormous challenges of blindness growing up and the pessimistic views and low expectations of so many, it soon became obvious that Lorin possessed an incredible inner strength, resilience and determination that would see him destined for great things.

Whether focussed on becoming an academic achiever, a record breaking athlete, an award-winning music producer and virtuoso guitarist, or building a strong and successful business, amazingly, Lorin continues to surge on to achieve far above and beyond most abled people.

Lorin’s powerful messages, captivating delivery style and incredible guitar playing, coupled with his unrelenting determination through adversity and infectious enthusiasm for life always leaves an indelible imprint on the lives of everyone he meets. Whether it’s giving your team a motivational pep-up, or developing greater initiative, vision and leadership among your staff members, or refocusing your company’s direction and business positioning strategy, Lorin is renown for his profound ability to communicate, innovate and accelerate individuals and organisations towards higher achievement.

With an amazing story to tell, Lorin is real, completely engaging and absolutely inspirational!

Current work

As Australia’s most renowned blind musician and guitar player, Lorin is one of the countries highest selling independent artists, with five successful albums to his credit, as well as golden guitar finalist and winner of the 2015 record producer of the year award. He is also one of an elite few, invited to be a lead-line endorsee for the prestigious Martin & Co Guitar Company.

Lorin regularly features in many major newspapers, radio interviews and television news stories, including the Today Show, 60 Minutes and several appearances on Channel Nine’s Carols by Candlelight.

Previous experience

Bike: Creating Australian history, Lorin along with blind younger brother Dean, were the first blind persons to ride tandem pushbikes across Australia, in a four week epic journey covering over 4000km from Perth to Sydney.

Riding solo: With unrelenting grit and determination, Lorin ignored the negative talk from the naysayers and skeptics, when at age 16 he achieved the seemingly impossible, by riding a solo pushbike 275km over the third steepest mountain range in Australia, from Tamworth to Port Macquarie with less than 10% eye sight.

Expertise
Talking Points

Clarifying Your Vision - Don’t be blinded!

Understanding Diversity & Meeting Your Social Responsibility

Uncovering The One Critical Key For success

Standing Up & Standing Out AS The Leader

Thriving Through Times Of change & Challenge

No Excuses - Become The Owner!

Challenging The Status Quo - Exceeding expectations

Don’t Let The Music Die In You! - Discover your prime Purpose and the strength within.

Achieving The Impossible - Become a record breaker.

Climb Your Own Mountain - A Personal Strategy for a Lifetime of Success.

Media
Feedback
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

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

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 Newspaper

Imagine walking onto a stage in front of 15,000 people. Its just you and your guitar. As the time draws near the sound of the audience turns to silence. The time has come and as he plays you can feel the emotion. The stadium fills with acceptance, hope and love....and there is a time when nothing else matters. I know because I saw it. Lorin Nicholson is truly an inspiration.

NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA

What a terrific addition Lorin made to our event! Not only is he so easy to work with, his skills as a guitarist and entertainer just blew our audience away.

Morris Walker Pty Limited

I had the honour of listening to you play and speak at the JBS event this weekend and I just wanted to say thank you, you were incredibly humbling and inspiring. And as my kids would say, your guitar playing rocked.

Primo Smallgoods

Our group of companies are part of an ASX listed group. Like many Mining companies our operation is under increasing pressure from global markets and many other factors that apply strain to our business and staff, it is easy to lose your vision in a modern and fast paced business world. Lorin Nicholson recently presented an outstanding and inspiring presentation to our Senior Executives and Management at our regional operation. Not only did his stories and practical tools motivate and remind us that we have to push through these times and to come together as a team, he left an important message, to let the next decision each of us make in life and work be the one that defines us. It is so important in business to take time to evaluate how to move forward positively and with a clear vision of what we want to achieve, we thank Lorin for his time and highly recommend him to deliver inspiring content with fantastic music.

Christmas Island Phosphates’

This would have to be one of the best inspirational speakers I have been to. It was really something different. I loved that Lorin played his music for us and kept his speech entertaining and invited the audience to participate.

Trilby Misso Lawyers

I loved listening to Lorin. It's always a great time for reflection when you hear about the amazing accomplishments of people who have some type of disability when so many of us who have no disabilities at all haven't pushed ourselves to do anything significant. It's easy to take life for granted! I also now have a new favourite saying - Say what you mean, mean what you say and don't be mean when you say it. Something for everyone to live by

Trilby Misso Lawyers

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’ Conference

Lorin Nicholson is not only a man with vision! He is a man of true commitment, courage, humility and determination to overcome his disability and to not let anything get in the way of his dreams and goals. His inspirational story is told in a very honest, humorous and entertaining way that captured the heart and mind of everyone in the audience, challenging us to make the most of our own lives and empowering us with the vision to achieve it, no matter the odds against you!!

Northern Inland Academy of Sport

Lorin is one of the most talented and versatile speakers and entertainers I have ever worked with. He came to NZ as an ambassador for the White Ribbon Day campaign and provided motivational presentations to groups ranging from corporate executives to school children and male perpetrators of family violence. Lorins message of overcoming life’s obstacles was highly motivating to the groups of men convicted of violent offences and many of them expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to hear him speak and perform. His ability to inspire others to reach their potential, despite their challenges, is outstanding. All his presentations for the campaign were a powerful and uplifting experience for everyone involved.

Hamilton Abuse Intervension Project NZ

We want to thank you Lorin, for the inspiring, fun, spirited, music-filled presentation you skilfully delivered to our Olive Garden General Managers and South Texas Region Director of operations. You successfully connected immediately with this hard to please group with your Aussie accent and humour. What an inspiring story of courage, faith, discipline and perseverance of some one who is legally blind! Your comments on leadership success were surgically interwoven with personal stories and experiences accentuated with well placed humour and song. Thankyou for weaving our Olive Garden purpose, hospitaliano, and seven principles into your striving for excellence comments. WOW! We were all inspired and energised by your remarks and would love to have you back in Texas! More especially I would recommend sharing your talents with all Olive Garden management executive at some future gathering. Thank you again!

Olive Garden San Antonio Texas

We found your talk absolutely amazing and your music is simply the icing on the cake. If anyone walked away uninspired, or without a different thought pattern, I would be highly amazed. Our franchisees have not stopped talking about how much they got out of the presentation, which is exactly what we were looking for!

SSS BBQ Barn Australia

ACDC Multi Media has been an institution in the music industry for the past 25 years and produces thousands of titles annually from all manner of industries. Lorin Nicholson has been a valued client of ACDC Multi media for almost ten years now and continues to be our highest selling independent artist. Lorin’s exceptional CD sales are a true testament to his extraordinary abilities as a musician. His contribution to the music industry is well known and continues to be an inspiration to musicians and fans Australia wide.

ACDC Multi Media

It is not often in one’s life that we can meet a fellow human with the ability to influence us. Lorin Nicholson has this profound ability! We listened to this wonderful blind man inspire us all to work as a team and see beyond ourselves. My staff and I feel privileged to have spent thirty minutes with Lorin Nicholson - A blind man with real vision! We, the management, and staff at Justin Hall The Good Guys, would like to thank Lorin and his team for taking the time to influence and inspire us.

The Good Guys
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