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Sam Cawthorn

Released Monday, 19th November 2018
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Pronounced dead for over three minutes following a horrific car crash, Sam Cawthorn survived against 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.

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 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.

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. Sam resides in Sydney, Australia with his wife Kate and 3 children.


Welcome to this week’s episode featuring Sam Cawthorn:

* Sam talks about his accident following a 95mph head on collision with a trailer truck. He was pronounced dead but after resuscitation was on life support for a week and in a wheelchair for a year. At age 26 and a government job his life changed forever and into professional speaking.

* In 2008/9 Sam’s professional speaking took him all over the world and took over 50+ flights. He learnt that over time there was a real demand for people to present and tell their story.

* Sam talks about his company “The Speakers Institute.”

* Sam talks about a growth in the coaching industry and solopreneurs as people are more inclined to add value as thought-leaders and influencers.

* Proximity is power is a way of life that Sam uses to determine who will influence him in a good way.

* Sam’s definition of happiness is about freedom and love.

* Sam starts his day by acknowledging his wife and kids and after a cold splash of water looks at his agenda for the day.

* Being a family man and having faith in God is at Sam’s core and this is what makes his heart sing and spending time with them is a non-negotiable daily ritual.

* His all-time favourite meal is pork crackle.

* Sam believes mindset health is priority and leading with gratitude is a way of not allowing depression to co-exist.

* Sam’s role model is Brian Houston a conference speaker for a mega church called Hillsong.

* Sam encourages people to learn how to share their story and ultimately inspire them at the same time – it leads to getting the greatest fulfillment in life which is making a difference.


* “I can still be that bread winner, role model and greatest version of myself.”

* “A car accident wasn’t going to stop me from my life’s purpose”

* “It’s about bouncing forward into what you can become.”

* “Learn how to share your story because people follow people.”

* “People will forget what you said, but not how you made them feel.”

* “Choose who speaks into your ear.”

* “If your intention is to bring hope, love and light into the world then you can make more of a difference in this world by sharing your story. Our story is no longer ours to own but it’s there to help other people.”


* Storyshowing – Sam Cawthorn

* The Ultimate Gift – Jim Stovall

* The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

* Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

* Man’s Search For Meaning – Victor Frankl

* The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman