Interview with Tom Fitzsimons
What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?
I try to illustrate the power of recovery and show that no matter where you find yourself by making the right choices and you can turn a seemingly hopeless situation into a positive one. I would like the audience to be inspired to make positive changes to their own lives no matter how small.
What made you decide to become a professional speaker?
My first talk was to a small group of 14 year old disadvantaged children, their reaction to hearing my story made me realize that I could change lives by reliving my mistakes, and successes. I also wanted to show that an addict could make changes to become a positive member of society, contradicting increasing press coverage to the contrary.
How are your keynotes unique?
My keynotes are extremely powerful, brutally honest and mixed with a spattering of natural Irish humor they are truly captivating. They are told passionately and with integrity, and are not a lead in to sell a conference or a book. I have a real desire to change lives, in that one encounter.
What types of audiences benefit from your keynotes?
My talks are life based and suit a wide range of audiences, I have spoken to Athletes, School and University Students, Business men and women.
What personal characteristics are most important for an alcoholic in the process of becoming sober?
Selfishness, determination, a recognition and self-belief that change can happen, and knowing you are as important as anyone else.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I choose not to look that far ahead, sometimes if we look too far ahead we miss the opportunities right in front of us