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LORIN NICHOLSON OAM - A TRUE INSPIRATION Many people consider living a normal life a huge achievement for someone who is blind. If this is the case, Lorin Nicholson certainly defies the norm. At age four, doctors diagnosed Lorin with Retinitis Pigmentosa RP. With only 10% sight, he was declared legally blind, but instead of allowing this to define him, he chose to chart a course of monumental achievements. At the heart of Lorin’s philosophy is the belief that the greatest mountain we climb in life is the mountain inside ourselves.   KEY ATTRIBUTES & ACHIEVEMENTS   •Industry-Leading Health Professional: For over three decades, Lorin has established himself as one of the countries leading and most sought after Remedial Therapists and trainers, treating over 35,000 patients including celebrities and Olympic athletes. Many therapists around the country attending Lorin’s advanced training workshops continue to benefit from his mentorship, elevating their ability to greatly improve quality-of-life for their patients.   • Award-Winning Musician: As one of Australia's foremost independent artists, Lorin's achievements include five albums, a Golden Guitar nomination, and recognition as the 2015 music producer of the year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards. Lead-line endorsements with brands like Martin & Co Guitars and Rode Microphones, further testify to his musical brilliance. His guitar virtuosity also extends to live performances on radio and national television, including several appearances on Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight.   • Best-Selling Author: Lorin’s true story, "The Amazing Bike Ride" is more than a book, it's a testimony to his unyielding courage and spirit and the unwavering support of his father. It has earned wide acclaim and is now included on the NSW Premier's reading challenge list for primary students.   • Record-Breaking Cyclist: In 2010, Lorin and his blind brother Dean created Australian history, by becoming the first blind persons to ride over 4000km across Australia, from Perth to Sydney. Their epic “Blind Courage” expedition aimed to inspire not only blind and vision impaired Aussie's to rise above their disability, but a whole nation, regardless of life's hardships, to look for the positive in others and most importantly the talents and strengths within themselves.     • Inspiring Motivational Speaker: For the past twenty years, Lorin has not only taught others the keys and principles for success, he personifies them. He has now shared his amazing music and inspirational life experiences in over 4500 motivational performances and keynote addresses which have touched more than a million people across Australia and overseas.   • Community Contribution and Impact: Lorin’s community engagement is vast, including acting as an ambassador for several organisations such as Vision Australia and The Eye Foundation. Furthermore, his mentoring efforts have touched the lives of literally thousands of both blind AND SIGHTED students in over 1500 schools across Australia. He has tirelessly worked with educators, offering insights into personalised learning plans, thus enabling a more inclusive learning environment. Corporate seminars and training events led by Lorin have paved the way for inclusive workplaces, promoting equality for those with disabilities. Lorin continues to receive positive messages from people of all ages – weeks, months and even years after meeting him – a clear testament to the indelible imprint he has left on their lives.   Moreover, as a devoted family man, Lorin's roles extend to being a loving husband and father of four, reflecting the balance he maintains between personal commitment and professional excellence.   • National Recognition: Lorin’s honours are numerous, including being a Baton Bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, receiving a Queensland Service Award and Vision Australia’s national award which recognises those who inspire people who are blind or have low vision to live as independently as possible. More recently, Lorin received the prestigious Order of Australia Medal OAM for his valued service and leadership to those who are blind, and inspirational work with thousands of youth and adults around the country.    Orvon Gough, Australian Documentary and Film Maker, is quoted saying, “When you hear Lorin speak, his sincerity is compelling. You want to achieve something meaningful. Not because he did it and he’s blind, but because he convinces you that anyone can accomplish great things.”   In summary, Lorin Nicholson, OAM, was and continues to be renowned for his exceptional interpersonal communication skills, innovative insights, industry leadership and his ongoing quest for excellence in all aspects of his life. His extraordinary life, is not only a testament to his incredible achievements but also a clear message to all that with optimism, resilience, self-belief and determination, one can not only lead a successful life, but also inspire countless others. For more information please visit: Lorin.com.au

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What do you love most about your job?

Most performers would all agree that it’s an absolute buzz getting up on stage to play guitar and to share inspirational life experiences and positive messages with our audience. There’s always an amazing feeling and something special that happens when you are able to captivate and connect with people. However what fills me with the greatest satisfaction as a motivational speaker, is meeting and hearing from so many inspired people, not just those immediately following the event, but the numerous positive messages from people of all ages – weeks, months and even years later, who have been truly inspired by my stories and life experiences being blind.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started out running my own Remedial Therapy business in my early 20’s, which was a huge risk at the time. I’ve since learnt that taking risks is what life is all about. It was both challenging and rewarding, learning how to manage clients and run a viable business. It has taught me that the greatest investment you will make, is the investment within yourself. 30,000 clients later, I was invited out of the blue to give an inspirational talk to a group of school students. The overwhelming response from that 30 minute motivational presentation shocked us all, especially me. The deputy principal at the time said; Lorin you should be doing this. People need to hear your inspirational story. Since then I have now spoken in over 4000 keynote addresses and workshops to more than a million people. Self employment teaches you to work hard, believe in yourself, seek for constant improvement, overcome challenges and make the most of every opportunity before you.

Why should our clients choose you?

As one of Australia’s most prolific and prominent motivational speakers, Lorin Nicholson not only understands the keys and principles for success, he personifies them and has now shared this knowledge and experience in over 4000 keynote addresses to more than a million people across all industries from hospitality to mining, Health to finance, sales to technology and service to education.
With over 40 years experience dealing with the challenges of blindness, Lorin clearly understands how too and what it takes to succeed. His profound experience and insight into problem solving, collaborative achievement, people management, communication, team building and leadership, are simply extraordinary.
Many speakers have an incredible story to tell, however Lorin possesses that rare story telling ability that truly motivates, captivates, entertains and empowers others with the skills, knowledge and determination to create their own success. Unlike the usual, naturally gifted celebrity athlete, business person and motivational speakers who choose to become successful, Lorin was forced to dig deep, fight hard and muster every ounce of his will-power just to be normal. At age four, Lorin was declared legally blind, however despite the enormous challenges of blindness growing up and the pessimistic views and low expectations of so many, it soon became obvious that Lorin possessed an incredible inner strength, resilience and determination that would see him destined for great things. Whether focussed on becoming an academic achiever, a record breaking athlete, an award-winning music producer and virtuoso guitarist, or building a strong and successful business, amazingly, Lorin continues to surge on to achieve far above and beyond most abled people. Lorin’s powerful messages, captivating delivery style and incredible guitar playing, coupled with his unrelenting determination through adversity and infectious enthusiasm for life always leaves an indelible imprint on the lives of everyone he meets. Whether it’s giving your team a motivational pep-up, or developing greater initiative, vision and leadership among your staff members, or refocusing your company direction, culture and corporate vision, Lorin is renown for his profound ability to communicate, innovate and accelerate individuals and organisations towards higher achievement.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Lorin is more than happy to adapt his motivational keynote presentations to suit an on-line audience via Zoom. With many years experience being interviewed on radio and television, Lorin can easily engage a silent audience on-line, with his whit and humour, effective communication style, engaging stories and inspirational messages and captivating musical talent.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

For any audience concerned about covid 19 or social distancing, we are happy to organise presentations via on-line platforms, or by keeping safe distances in person.

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