I had the pleasure of speaking to students at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne recently and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the staff and students there. I was equally happy to receive some wonderful feedback from them, which always helps me to realise that my journey as a motivational speaker is so completely rewarding. Thank you for inviting me, VCASS and I hope to see you all again soon!
I am often asked by many aspiring motivational speakers and others just wanting to improve their public speaking skills “What do I need to do to become a motivational speaker?” or “How do I become a better keynote speaker?”. If you have ever asked one of these questions, then you’d better read on to discover my top 10 tips that will help you become a confident and engaging keynote or motivational speaker.
What's the hardest part about being blind?
Throughout the course of my life, I have faced many seemingly insurmountable challenges. Interestingly enough, I had absolutely know idea what those challenges were going to be until the day I started school.
During my motivational performances for students, I often ask the question - What do you think the hardest part of being blind would be? It's always interesting to hear their answers. I always laugh at the first and most common response... "Ummm... seeing!" This very obvious and humerus answer is quickly followed on with others such as reading, - getting dressed, cooking, running into things, going to the toilet, finding your way around to places, counting money, driving a car and not being able to see the faces of your family and loved ones.
Thomas S. Guide Dog - More than just a friend!
This week I sadly lost one of my best friends! Actually NO... Thomas was much more than just a friend. He became one of the most loyal, faithful and trustworthy companions I have ever known.
Thomas had been trained from birth with an extraordinary mandate and enduring commitment to serving the blind his entire life. For just over a year now, this amazing four legged young lad miraculously gave me the sight, freedom, independence and quality of life that so many sighted people simply take for granted.