“To me speaking is all about connecting with people in a positive way to leave people in a better place. It does not matter if the audience is 4 or 3000 people. My goal is always the same. To connect and inspire.”
Dean Clifford was not expected to live past the age of 5.
He was told by the age of 10 that he would never walk again.
Dean was told there was no chance he would ever “fit into society” or work.
Dean has turned every negative into a positive to not only defy all the odds but to rewrite all the rules along the way. Dean has not just survived, but found a unique and amazing way to thrive under extreme adversity he faces every day to achieve more than anyone could ever imagine.
Dean is very passionate about motivating and inspiring all by sharing his amazing life story to empower his audience. He challenges them to dare to dream and believe in themselves, to chase their dreams and achieve as much as humanly possible.
What is so amazing about Dean Clifford you may say? Simple he is a survivor! Dean was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa which is commonly referred to in the media as Cotton Wool Kids / Butterfly Children or the abbreviation E.B.
Dean’s life is one of extreme pain and hardship, yet he has never wavered from his own dreams to be a productive member of the community working and contributing in a meaningful way.
When Dean is not traveling the world sharing his story as a Motivational Speaker Dean is The Business and Marketing Ofﬁcer for Ken Mills Toyota,
For 15yrs Dean was A Brand Ambassador for Toyota Australia,
Dean was also the Face and voice for Disability Employment in Australia which saw Dean inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame for his outstanding work to raise awareness for people with disabilities seeking for-filling mainstream employment all over Australia.
Dean is currently an Ambassador for the Brisbane Broncos Football Club, as well as a spokesperson for E.B Awareness.
If that is not enough in early 2004 Dean took up the hobby and challenge to become a Powerlifter in his spare time. This has seen Dean be worldwide regarded as one of the strongest powerlifters in his weight class. Amazing for someone who’s skin is still medically regarded as being as fragile as tissue paper and rips apart at the slightest touch.
You definitely have to hear Dean speak at least once in your life.
“As a motivational speaker I am not about smoke and mirrors. I am not the cliche speaker that is going to get everyone up on their feet walking over hot coals or broken glass.
What you will get is a raw, honest and powerfully moving presentation detailing the highs and lows that is my life and the keys I have used to stay alive, to thrive and survive.”
CREATING LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES AND LONG LASTING MEMORIES IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE SEEKING IN A SPEAKER.
I feel very lucky and honoured to be in the position that I am as a Motivational Speaker. My story has universal appeal. I am not just an “after dinner speaker” or a “Corporate speaker” or a niche speaker.
All my presentations are based around my life experiences and are tailored and modified to have maximum impact. No two presentations are ever the same.
To date I have travelled the world speaking to small classrooms, Primary School students / High School students and Universities including large High School Graduation Ceremonies. Small and Large Charity Fundraising Events. Small Business events including staff business meetings and business networking events. Large Multi National Business Events through to Conferences and private one on one meetings with Government Departments and Prime Ministers. What ever event or group you can think of it is highly likely I already have a letter of recommendation or letter of appreciate for sharing one of my presentations.
One sign that the audiences like what I am doing is by just how many repeat booking requests I receive from a number of schools, businesses and conferences. Some of whom have booked me every year for 6 or 7 consecutive years.
The goal has always been to have a meaningful impact on everyone who listens to my story no matter the age or position they are in.
Feel free to peruse my Reviews page for just a small example of some of the hundreds of letters of recommendations I have received over the years.
DEANS STORY IS MOVING, MEMORABLE, LONG LASTING & LIFE EMPOWERING. EVERYTHING YOU COULD HOPE FOR IN A SPEAKER.
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In 2006, Dean and good friend Brad Thorn (Former Brisbane Bronco and New Zealand All Black) were talking about what Dean could do to build his physical strength and improve his overall health. What they uncovered was truly amazing. Even though Dean’s skin is incredibly fragile and delicate, internally Dean had the heart and mental strength of an elite athlete. Under the guidance of both Brad Thorn and Dan Baker (world renowned power training coach and good friend of Deans. Find Dan here www.danbakerstrength.com) the three of them began working out a program designed around protecting Dean’s skin yet also build his strength and power.
The results have been beyond anyones expectations. Under Brad and Dan’s guidance Dean has transformed his life from being incredibly weak and unwell to now being one of the strongest and healthiest people you will ever meet.
Today Dean trains 4 times per week and is regularly achieving a new bench pressing record.
In all my years as a professional athlete and coach I have never seen results like what Dean has achieved. Truly amazing and inspiring stuffBrad Thorn