Tony’s thought-pro­vok­ing pre­sen­ta­tion

FOR SOME WHO LOST HIS LEGS AS A NINE-YEAR-OLD IN A TER­RI­BLE TRAIN AC­CI­DENT, HE NEVER LEARNED TO GIVE UP

Fiji Sun - - Business - Feed­back: rach­nal@fi­jisun.com.fj RACHNA LAL

Whilst climb­ing a lad­der to suc­cess, many a times we for­get how much our at­ti­tude has changed. Tony Chris­tiansen, a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, mo­tor rac­ing cham­pion and a world class ath­lete, can help you re-look into your at­ti­tude. He is a speaker at the 2016 CPA Congress which gets un­der­way at the Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort on Yanuca Is­land tomorrow. Mr Chris­tiansen will be speak­ing on Fri­day on the topic: “Your at­ti­tude de­ter­mines your al­ti­tude in life”.

Not only is he a best- sell­ing au­thor, suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, but he is also a qual­i­fied life­guard, world-class ath­lete and a mo­tor rac­ing cham­pion. He has a sec­ond-de­gree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, pi­lot, scuba diver, snow skier and bob­sled driver. He has climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro and raced the salt flats of Bon­neville.

His sad story

Mr Chris­tiansen lost his legs as a nine-year-old in a ter­ri­ble train ac­ci­dent. But that never be­came a rea­son for him to give up on life.

He hated his ar­ti­fi­cial legs, which hin­dered his move­ments. He pre­ferred to use his arms to get about. He was like any other kid and climbed trees, got into scraps, an­noyed teach­ers, kept up with fash­ion, dated girls and hung out with mates. He was such a keen swim­mer he even dug out his own pool.

De­ter­mined to tackle tougher chal­lenges, Mr Chris­tiansen won gold medals in in­ter­na­tional dis­abled games all over the world, be­came a surf life­saver, played bas­ket­ball, and kayaked. He learned sign­writ­ing and went into busi­ness. Crazy about cars, Mr Chris­tiansen took up speed­way and be­came a champ, then re­peated that with Taek­wondo.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills

Mr Chris­tiansen starts his pre­sen­ta­tion by climb­ing a tres­tle, a stun­ning show in it­self. He ex­udes a strong pres­ence and on the tres­tle, his dis­abil­ity is visu­ally stag­ger­ing.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, he is straight talk­ing and a liv­ing tes­ta­ment of what can be achieved with the right at­ti­tude.

Most of all, he speaks with con­fi­dence, clar­ity and an en­gag­ing hu­mour that will hold au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion with­out the aid of any slides. Mr Chris­tiansen’s pre­sen­ta­tion has no the­o­ries, mod­els or frame­works and he does not in­struct any­one what to do.

He tells true life sto­ries about ris­ing above in­cred­i­ble ad­ver­sity and chal­lenges to ac­com­plish amaz­ing goals with the right at­ti­tude, straight from the heart. Mr Chris­tiansen has spo­ken to peo­ple from all walks of life, from pow­er­ful politi­cians and suc­cess­ful busi­ness peo­ple to vet­er­ans and stu­dents, across many coun­tries and cul­tures. His re­mark­able story is one that ev­ery­body re­lates to be­cause it is about the strength of mankind. Peo­ple will laugh. Some may even cry. Mr Chris­tiansen’s mes­sage is im­por­tant. It is thought-pro­vok­ing. And he is truly in­spi­ra­tional.

Tony Chris­tiansen lost his legs as a nine-year-old in a ter­ri­ble train ac­ci­dent, but never giving up, he went on to be­come a mo­ti­va­tional speaker mo­tor rac­ing cham­pion and a world class ath­lete.

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