SPEAKER | FORMER DUBLIN PLAYER | AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
Both staff and students agreed it was the best talk we have ever had in the school
I have lived a roller coaster of a life. I have lived as a talented sportsman, playing for Dublin, the team of my boyhood dreams. I have lived as a man escaping the daemons of childhood sexual abuse with 15 years in an abyss of alcoholism and drugs.
More recently I have lived as “The Sober Paddy” sharing honestly my experiences in choosing sobriety and overcoming Irish drink culture.
With a complete change of direction, I am currently travelling the world long term, filming documentary films and content for kids with the intention of inspiring them that they can make a difference. My autobiography “Dub Sub Confidential” was recently awarded Setanta Sports Book of the Year.
When I am in Ireland, I share my inspiring story with young people. My key message is:
"Bad stuff happens, but how you choose to react will define your life"
WHO SHOULD HEAR FROM ME?
My talks are aimed at teens and young adults. I resonate strongly with secondary school students, mental health groups, sporting teams and university students. My talk is suitable and motivating for a large office or business who are looking to inspire a young workforce.
With humour, insight and raw honesty I cover:
- How to react when bad things happen
- Why you are responsible for yourself and how to take control of your life
- That running away is not a solution & how to face up to challenges
- How real happiness is not found in objects, wealth or status
- What it takes to succeed at the highest level in sport or any field
- How you can always turn your life around, no matter how old you are
- The impact of drink and drugs on your mental health
John gave a truly inspirational presentation to 5th and 6th year students at St. Fintan's High School. Authentic, raw and honest, John delivered a powerful message on turning your life around even in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Principal. St. Fintans Secondary School, Sutton
John's talk attracted huge numbers of all ages to Kilmacud Crokes. He shares the raw details of his once chaotic life in a captivating manner that conveys a strong sense of loss and regret, but also with an uplifting retrospective humour.
Greatly assisted by a relentless passion for a sport that always welcomed him back; John's is a story of hope and resilience that all young people would benefit from hearing. His talk is a hugely worthwhile alternative training session.”
John connected with the students very well. His talk was delivered in a light hearted and entertaining fashion. However, it maintained the serious messages throughout in relation to hope, mental health and the dangers of drink and drugs.
Both staff and students alike were agreed that it was the best talk we have ever had in the school."
Confey College, Leixlip
John did a series of talks with our senior students. These talks are a must for any coming of age teenager. The talks were engaging, funny, heartfelt, and serious… mainly they portrayed real life. John connected with the students and was very clear with the message that there are always lots of positive options when faced with disappointment.
We would highly recommend John Leonard to any school, youth service or Third Level Institution. His stories and presentations were enjoyed thoroughly by staff and students alike. “
Beneavin College, Finglas
John spoke to our 5th year LCA and leaving cert students. He shared authentically and with a passion that the students really connected to. He is a powerful story teller with a message of courage, resilience and anything is possible in the face of impossible circumstances. He touched, moved and inspired students and staff alike.
We would not hesitate to recommend him to any school, organisation, community or institute.”
Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole
Gorey Community School, Wexford
TWEETS & COMMENTS FROM PARENTS & TEACHERS
“Brilliant, brilliant talk by @SoberPaddy in @StFintansHS today. Thanks a lot. "You Can Always Turn Things Around"
“You made a great impression on my 5th yr son today. Thank you!!”
TWEETS & COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
”It was so emotional and has showed me that I can get through this hard time I’m in”
“Everyone who was there enjoyed it and were discussing it after which wouldn't usually happen with the talks in our school”
“Thanks for the talk today… it was brilliant”
“Fantastic talk from @SoberPaddy in school today. Looking forward to reading Dub Sub Confidential soon and learning more about his story”
“Great listening to @SoberPaddy talk about his life and Dubs career today.”
“Awesome talk from @SoberPaddy in school today, grateful I got the chance to hear his amazing story”
“Thanks so much for a great talk yesterday, Very inspirational, Such an interesting life!”
“I loved that talk yesterday in our school too man, the best we've had for sure!”
“Great talk today, enjoyed it very much!”
PRICES AND AVAILABILITY
Please get in touch and I will send you a full breakdown of my rates. My rates are very reasonable and I offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not motivated and inspired by my talk.
Each talk is 1 hour long, or customised to your needs.
I am available to speak in Ireland from Dec 2016 until September 2017
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 089 454 8444