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2009 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year.


Sam Cawthorn is a global influencer, author, professional speaker and entrepreneur. Best known as being the 2006 Young Australian of the Year, Australia’s Highest Civil award.

Growing up in country Tasmania with an Indian mum and a Scottish father he did not finish traditional education but went on to work as a youth futurist with the Australian Government. During this time he had a major car accident leaving him in a coma for one week, in hospital for five months and in a wheelchair for an entire year. His injuries included an amputated right arm and a permanent disability to his right leg.

Defying the odds, he began to share this inspirational story in schools all around Australia and went on to become an expert in resilience as an international professional speaker. Sam launched his first international best selling book BOUNCE FORWARD - How to Transform Crisis Into Success and went on to speak in over 40 countries and shared the stage with President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson and Michael Jordan. Having realised the formula in how to become a professional speaker and an influencer, he decided to teach other people how they too can learn the craft of speaking on stage. This is where Speakers Institute was launched at Google Headquarters in 2012. Speakers Institute Group of Companies runs up to 50 events globally each month.

Sam Cawthorn has launched 11 books, including 4 International Best Sellers. His resources and intellectual property is being taught all around the world in various different education institutions. Sam’s speaks in four main areas;
1. Resilience and Well-Being
2. Storytelling
3. Communication and Presentation
4. Leadership and Influence

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

PEOPLE FOLLOW PEOPLE The 12 characteristics of an Influential Leader.

At a moment when many of us have lost confidence in brands, companies, influencers and leaders, it’s time to ask why-as well as what sort of leaders we should aspire to be ourselves to bring that confidence back. Sam knows exactly what it took him to get where he is today, and the secret sauce wasn’t flashy charisma, expensive clothes, and a perfect smile. As he argues in People Follow People, what really wins respect-and can tie hearts and minds to you for a lifetime-comes from inside: our values, character, loyalty, and integrity.
• Win the respect of consumers, clients and employees
• Re-examine your own values and priorities
• Lead with significance, integrity and success
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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