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Sam Cawthorn Travels from Sydney, NSW


  • Achievements
  • Author
  • Disability
  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Resilience

Sam Cawthorn is an amazing inspirational speaker.  He is a thought leader and he has featured in USA Today and The New York Times. He is an expert in not only bouncing back but bouncing forward. He is obsessed with corporate and personal turnaround and was the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania.

Life after death is a subject most of us will never live to tell, except in the case of the remarkable Sam Cawthorn.

In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident, where he was pronounced dead. He was thankfully resuscitated, but left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.

It was Sam’s difficult journey that enabled him to develop a mental resilience and strength that gave him the tools to miraculously recover from an accident that could have taken his life.  Sam speaks openly about his story and life afterwards in his conference keynote presentations.  

Sam was hospitalised for over 5 months and was told that he may not survive and best case was that if he was to survive he would never walk again. A year later he defied all odds taking his first steps into a new life, where his story would continue to inspire and change the lives of Australians and people all over the world.

Sam’s story is simple, yet his message demonstrates the awesome power and strength found within the human spirit when faced with the choice to continue living as a victim of a tragic accident, or to make a choice to seize the opportunity of ‘life’. Forever the opportunist Sam chose life, and is now CEO of his own company and a hugely successful keynote speaker, reaching thousands of people in Australia and the world.

Sam has a diverse background within the Australian Federal Government as a Youth Futurist and is also a highly skilled musician, and one of the only people in the world that plays the guitar with an above elbow amputation.

Sam is at the forefront of global trends and has the unique ability to transform impossibilities into possible realities. Sam’s thought leadership is in corporate & personal turnarounds and his message called BOUNCE. He flies around the world sharing his expertise and his passion in ‘Bouncing Forward’. In 2011 he partnered with Google Australia to run Australia's first Youth Speaking Event.

Sam’s passion also stretches as far as India where he has set up his own foundation supporting people living with a disability in some of the poorest places on earth.

His powerful message will challenge his listeners to be truly who they are and to believe in all that they have to give. He provides the skills to be resilient, overcome fears, and to achieve goals and dreams that we may think are unachievable.

Sam walks his talk, and it is through his experience that his authentic message is heard. After all we only have one life.

Sam released his book Bounce Forward: How to Transform Crisis into Success in 2013, making it to the Top 5 Best Selling List within months.

Keynote Titles

  • The Positive Competitive Advantage
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Powerful Disruptive Conversations


Sam is amazing! He took the night and on the back of it our conference, to a whole new level. We ask our people to rate every aspect of our conference from 1-10, this is the first time I have ever seen ratings of 15, 20, 25 etc. And it was all because of Sam's presentation.


You are the most extraordinary person that I've ever met. Your courage and will to overcome adversity is commendable. I truly feel privileged to have witnessed such an amazing talent. You are changing the world one person at a time. You've changed us.


Inspiring and entertaining the room was transfixed by Sam's message of optimism in both business and in life.


Sam is a very engaging speaker and his message of 'bouncing forward' resonated with our team. He's a living example of how important it is to stay positive, to be resilient and to keep pushing forward no matter what challenges come.




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