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January 12th, 2009 | categorizilation: all categories,Arrival Home,New Zealand,Post-2008,School Visits

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A big thanks to Heather for bringing this guy to my attention – Nick Vujicic.

Born with no arms and no legs, among other things he does motivational speaking. Click on the image below to see him in action.

Nick Vujicic Motivational Speaker

His story of course is inspirational. It would be hard to dispute his authority and credentials for speaking and motivating on the topics he talks about in the preview above.

What I immediately noticed however, was how very well he presents his talk. There are many very good motivational speakers out there, with many many amazing stories. Vujicic however in the talk above had some great things that I’d like to incorporate into any future talks I do about my trip:

  • Vujicic gets his listeners to write keywords down. Right at the beginning of his talk he has them write own the three key things he will talk about and illustrate in his talk; Perspective, Vision, and Choices. He then had listeners write down key points during the talk also.
  • Passion. He is a passionate speaker and knows what he wants to get across. I spoke at a Boys Brigade camp yesterday, and while the presentation went well, I felt there was something missing. It didn’t really ram home any key points that the boys would be able to take away from it. It wasn’t clear what I wanted to convey.

And the link that Heather shared was the one below. A very hard-hitting, short and to the point message from Vujicic:

Nick Vujicic Motivational Speaker

By the way, I would just embed these videos in my blog if I could…but I can’t. My messy hack of the WordPress content management software (upon which this entire website balances) doesn’t allow it.

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    Permanent Link     Comments (4)

Comment by Daniel N. Lang — January 14, 2009 @ 6:40 am | post a comment

Hello Rob! That's a really interesting topic especially for me, that you and Heather have brought up.

And I can also understand your problems with WordPress 100%. I had used the 2.1 version on my site and the older it got, the worse it got. Especially with the K2 theme that was a mess. Just recently I switched to version 2.7 and the site is so much fun now! I can use all the latest plugins and it's still really stable.

Moving the site was not too hard either if you take a day or two.

I'd appreciate if you could post more experiences on talks you give.

Comment by kathy o — January 14, 2009 @ 2:34 pm | post a comment


Here's another "human-powered" fella who has been traveling around the world. He's currently here in San Diego, California. I just thought you'd like to see what other "bikers" are doing.


Comment by Jürgen — February 2, 2009 @ 10:45 am | post a comment

Website is unreachable!


Since mid january, the webseite was unreachable, I get an error 'bandwidth limit exceeded'. Now the website is working, but I think, mid february I'll get the error again.

In the past, I got the error too, but on the last days of the month and with the new month the limit was cleared.


Comment by Hamish — February 2, 2009 @ 11:38 pm | post a comment

Hey Buddy

I was at that Boys Brigade camp. You did a great job and I know the boys and all the adults really enjoyed spending time with you. I guess the gems we leave with some people are not the obvious ones we had hoped for. Maybe just the ones they needed at that time. God Bless

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