SAM THIARA

SPEAKER.           SCHOLAR.           STORYTELLER.

Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award Sam Thiara is a notable speaker, educator, author, and connector. Sam’s journey has lead him from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Committee to instructor and administrator at a top university; from ICBC road safety to Co-founder and Chief Motivating Officer of GradusOne. Along the way he has engaged thousands with his creative and innovative approach to leadership and entrepreneurship. Sam’s 2011 TEDxSFU talk led to a published book on personal storytelling and developing the story-voice.

• TEDx SFU 2011 Alumnus
• Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
• Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
• Masters in Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, England
• Author of Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

“Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary” is the tagline from the legendary storyteller and mentor Sam Thiara. Through his stories and engaging demeanor, he has inspired thousands of individuals to create and share their own stories. His experiences come from amazing aspects of the world and translate into imaginative presentations for each unique audience. He not only wants to share his stories but he wants to learn from his audiences.

PRESENTATIONS

WHAT DEFINES AND WHO DEFINES YOU

Keynote, workshop, or lunch & learn.

We often go through life and career ‘doing’ but not really realizing why we do what we do.  At the same time, there are also people around us also ‘doing’.  When have you really taken the time to realize who you are and how this impacts your journey?  If you are just starting out, this session will help you and your team assess who you are. If you are a long-standing professional, the lessons used will help you to better appreciate where you are in life.
  • The Five Core Elements helps an individual start understanding their foundation.
  • By understanding who you are, you will start to build your brand and presence.

PERSONAL STORYTELLING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR BRAND

Workshop or lunch & learn.

Sam will start the workshop by removing any resistance the audience may have of not wanting to share a personal story. Then through interactive exercises, he will teach the audience how to build a story that will engage and capture your audience. Additionally, throughout this workshop, he will explain how he has been able to motivate and inspire his colleagues through his storytelling leadership style.

  • Empowering the audience to own and share their story.
  • The foundations of storytelling (elements of a good story).
  • Definition of CARPE and exercise with reflection.
  • Allow audience to start crafting their own stories/build engaging presentations.

DISCOVERING THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY

Keynote, Workshop or lunch & learn.

Life is full of the ordinary and it consumes us; however, embedded in the ordinary is the extraordinary. It is about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Many feel the extraordinary are those epic moments in life but reality is that it can be out of the ordinary. If you feel it is important to you and it is memorable, then you have just found the extraordinary in the ordinary. The extraordinary from the ordinary might be where you build a bookshelf without instructions or receive an unexpected letter from someone you have not heard from in ages. What makes it extraordinary is that you look at it from a deeper perspective and it turns something meaningless into meaningful.

  • See TEDx video above.
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Adrian Sheriff, Branch Manager, RBC West Vancouver
Adam’s delivery and information was fantastic. It was, unquestionably, the most valuable health related presentation I have ever attended!
Jeannette Chambers, Telus
Adam is a very passionate presenter & knows his stuff! Thanks for introducing me to the Power of Food.
Alisa Parker, Nova, Gold Resources Inc.

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