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Tom Fitzsimons

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Personal trainer, business man and educator sharing his own captivating story as a former alcoholic

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Keynote speaker Tom Fitzsimons is a former alcoholic with a captivating story of perseverance, determination and success. His battle with alcoholism and his inspiring story captivates audiences and motivates individuals to take action and achieve success.

Tom Fitzsimons is one of the most inspirational alcoholics you will ever meet!

He is a family man, a professional speaker, a business man, a personal trainer, an educator and charity fundraiser.

Tom’s battle with alcohol began at the age of thirteen and by the age of thirty three his drinking was leading him to an early grave.  On August 27 2007, He started to take the first difficult steps into sobriety.  Today, he is glad that he has never looked back.

In 2008 he started Effort Personal Training, then in 2010 he left his 20 year career in the Utilities industry to concentrate on building the ‘Effort’ brand and to begin telling his inspirational story, The 3 Cs – Cause, Consequence, Cure.

He is a keen distance runner and in April 2010 he completed the Marathon des Sables running 250km through the Sahara desert.

Tom’s story has been covered in the press, including The Sun, and ITVs This Morning. Tom was one of the subjects of a BBC2 Horizon Programme – ‘Miracle Cure? – A Decade of the Human Genome’.  Tom has also been one of the featured guests on BBC Radio Leeds One on One with Liz Green.

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    • The keynote, The 3 Cs – Cause Consequence and Cure is based on my Tom’s life experience, it is a true and gritty story about why he started drinking, the problems he encountered, and how he managed his personal recovery.  This keynote is highly emotive and will captivate audiences and inspire change.
    • Additional to The 3Cs – Attitude, achievement, change and personal growth are just some of the other subjects Tom can focus on.

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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

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