Tony Christiansen is a world-leading motivational and inspirational speaker. He is humourous, bold and straight talking as he brings you a story you will never forget. The basis of Tony’s presentation is self-belief; the theme is simply "Your attitude determines your altitude in life".
Tony has no legs, a result of a horrific train accident when he was 9 years old yet has achieved remarkable feats in his life. He shares his life story and the secrets to his incredible success and encourages his audience to set their own challenges, rather than accept the limitations imposed by their own attitudes and other people's perception.
Tony has never allowed his disability to slow him down. In fact, he has achieved more in his life than most of us are willing to even try. Amongst other things, Tony is a:
• Successful businessman
• Former City Councillor
• Author of 3 best-selling books
• Qualified lifeguard honoured by the World Surf Lifesaving Federation
• World-class athlete & medallist
• Certified Open Water scuba diver
• Second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do
• Motor racing champion
• Adept Snow-skier and
• Pilot; the first disabled New Zealander to fly solo and the first person with a disability who learned to fly from scratch.
In 2002, Tony scaled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s 5th highest mountain. Several years later, he participated in Speedweek at the Bonneville Salt Flats and achieved the top speed of 182 mph, gaining him the reputation of being the “World’s Fastest Amputee”. In 2012, Tony took position as driver of the 2-man bobsled and raced down the Utah Olympic Park bobsled course with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in an effort to apply for the sport’s inclusion in the 2022 Winter Paralympics. More recently, Tony cycled the entire length of the Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.
Tony finds delight in every living moment and shares his passion and enthusiasm with audiences. Now in constant demand as a keynote speaker to corporations and conferences, he has spoken in various countries around the world, leaving his audiences with an insight of what can be achieved with determination, belief and a burning desire to succeed and accept the challenges in life.
In his presentations, he exudes a strong presence and speaks with clarity and purpose, and eliminates redundant words. Tony starts by climbing a 1.5-metre high scaffolding, a stunning start to the roller coaster of emotions which he takes audiences through.
Tony has written 3 best-selling books and has available for sale with his presentations “Race You To The Top” and “Attitude Plus!”. He is happy to stay after his presentation to autograph them.
Tony Christiansen - No is Not an Option
Tony was great, the audience were very receptive to his message. I provide an extract from a closing poem from the Chairman of the Advisory Board : ...'And just remember Tony as you prepa ... keep readingre to leave You can do absolutely anything - all you have to do is believe! Attitude is everything - you can never ever buy it What a life he's living - put it out there and he'll defy it! Guardian Pharmacy
Tony is a true inspiration and had the audience hooked on every word.
Tony spoke at our Queenstown Conference in 2001 and he was a big hit then. Again, he had the audience eating out of his hand - his presentation style, his story and his recent climbing of Mt Kilimanjaro are very inspiring and he's such an approachable, friendly bloke. Again, the right style and culture for our group.
Read the audience well and communicated accordingly leaving everyone both inspired and moved.
Tony did an excellent job of communicating his story on a very personal level and made himself available to join us for dinner after his presentation. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed and took something away from his presentation.