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2009 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year.


Pronounced dead for over three minutes following a horrific car crash, Sam Cawthorn survived despite all the odds stacked against him. The accident resulted in his right arm being amputated, and caused permanent damage to his right leg. He was told he would never walk again; a setback that would surely defeat many.

Proving the doctors and critics wrong, through sheer determination Sam regained his ability to walk just over a year later.

Current work

A regular media commentator, researcher and thought leader, Sam Cawthorn is one of the biggest personalities in professional speaking in Australia. His presentations and keynotes need to be experienced.

Since his accident, Sam has gone on to speak in 36 countries, sharing his message of resilience with millions of people which has seen him share the stage with world leaders including President Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama, through his keynote speaking.

An international best-selling author, Sam was named Young Australian of the Year, Edupreneur of the Year (2015) and became the CEO and Founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe, mentoring a community of speakers and leaders who are learning to share powerful stories to emotionally connect and influence others.

Sam has authored many books including an International New York Times Best Seller. It was the notion that ‘story is the future’ that led Sam to write his seventh and latest book Storyshowing. Published by Wiley only released in October 2017, Storyshowing delves deep into the influence of stories; and that the winners of the future will be those that show the most powerful one that evokes the most amount of emotion in the shortest amount of time.

Talking Points

Mastering Communication for Influence

Every leader and manager must learn how to master communication to influence and persuade the right people. There are sub-modalities to influence and persuasion that only the masters have tapped into, until now. This is a very practical and hands-on experience; and Sam will show that trust and congruency must be at the centre to everything as we watch every single thing when others communication with us to determine if we buy in or not.

In this session you'll learn:
- Why method is more important than content
- 3 Implementable Keys to come across confident and with certainty every time
- Why charisma and humour are key to influencing

Bounce Forward - How to transform crisis into success

We've all heard about and even spoken about how we all must bounce back following crisis, downturns or tough times. However have you considered that bouncing back implies that we are not learning and going back to where it all started. This interactive presentation discovers how Bounce Forward is the only and surest way in embracing the future by learning from crisis and failures and moving towards innovation and forward thinking.

In this session you'll discover:
- How crisis can always create oppurtunity
- Why proximity of people we are around is our power
- 3 Principles to leverage happiness that fuels success

Storyshowing - How to stand out from the storytellers

Everything we see now is telling us a story. The stories of products and services, brands and organisations; everything now is about the emotion. The next three years will shape the way we communicate for the next 30 years. The more we stop telling and start showing, at every touchpoint, will evoke emotional connection and this will be the defining moment in our value proposition.

In this session you will discover:
- The secret ingredients on sharing powerful stories in order to win hearts and minds
- The difference and insider tips between content - What you say; and Methodology - How you say it
- The four disruptors of the sales cycle and how to stay ahead of the curve
96% of participants gave Bounce into Inclusion the highest rating of "Very informative". Participant comments included: "wonderful and inspirational. Lifted my spirits - truly inspirational"; "entertaining, engaging and informative - what a breath of fresh air!"; "loved Sam! Who wouldn't?"; "the most admirable and inspirational talker I have heard in years." Sam's enthusiasm, dynamic and jovial approach revived the delegates after a long day of presenters and many of them commented on what an inspiring and entertaining speaker he was for the event. I really appreciated how he adapted his presentation to ensure the audience's needs were met and took the time to interact with the delegates. I truly believe the day would not have been as successful without Sam as a speaker. Wodonga Institute of TAFE

Sam's session on the last day of our conference was magical. He fully engaged the crowd with his story, his messages, his wit, heart and his passion. I had a number of attendees that had listened to Sam who that afternoon made some very big changes to their lives. I had another attendee that had his notes from the session still in his pocket that night to remind him of what Sam had said (and he did change for dinner). His impact was widespread and deep. His messages around 'bouncing forward, 'the decision, not the condition' and 'holding hands in traffic' will be remembered. Sam was truly inspirational and is one of those people that you know is very special and very unique. Thank you for the magic Sam!

AIA Australia

Sam is a vibrant and talented individual. His story and perspective on life and career could inspire any group or individual. At the conclusion of his session, one of our delegates stood up and interrupted our MC to thank him directly, stating to the crowd that he had been the best speaker at any conference they have ever had!

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