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remarkably insightful speaker who truly engages with his audience: Guaranteed to motivate!

I never tire of listening to James’ incredible story. Watching him unravel the personal, professional, psychological and physical complexities is remarkably insightful.

Why? Because to compete for his country and win international silverware at world level is one thing. But to do so in the wake of a cruel and debilitating battle with cancer, is another. . .  To meet that challenge at any age is tough. To do so as a young man in his early 20s, with the world collapsing beneath his feet, is almost unthinkable. Tackling it head on then, in the manner he did so vigorously, deserves not just praise but our understanding.

As a speaker who truly engages with his audience, James’ courage, humility and integrity speaks volumes. He is a thoroughly decent young man with a perspective we should all at least try to comprehend. . .  A young man guaranteed to motivate any demographic!

- Keith Daniel: The Media Group (CEO)

His relentless positivity, enthusiasm and passion on stage is infectious . . .  Listen, learn and be inspired!

I’ve seen James talk to audiences of up 800 people in our capacity working together, often in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust. Motivating and engaging with over 500 young cancer patients at a time, many of whom might be terminal, requires the relentless positivity and unique relatability which comes naturally to him.

He tailors his themes and the content within them to a variety of audiences, but his enthusiasm and passion on stage remains infectious. His mindset in the wake of two cancer diagnoses is to be admired and his words live long in the memory. I wager that he’d strike a cord with anybody, in any arena, anywhere.

I know James is driven by a desire to be a force for positive change. As an example of true courage in the face of adversity, his ideas are innovative and capable of inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. . .  Listen, learn and be inspired!

- Rachel Ewing: CLIC Sargent

He inspired the team to our most profitable promotional event in years; well worth our investment!

Wow! What a man, what a story, what an inspiration. . .  Speaking at our annual sales event, James’ words left a lasting impression and had a huge impact on all of us.

Corporate sales arenas can be daunting, buzzing with electricity and plenty of egos present – big characters, often loud and very opinionated – a tough crowd to control. So what struck me most, was how well he held the room. . .  Almost instantly, he had the entire group hanging on his every word. By the end, he commanded our total respect.

His story – of early sporting success, embracing the challenge of cancer with gusto, overcoming the odds to fight again and achieving brilliant success both in sport and in business – serves as a reminder that nothing is insurmountable with the right mental approach and an unwavering determination to succeed.

James’ combative characteristics, positive ethos and messages of empowerment inspired the team to our most profitable promotional event in recent years. He’s well worth his fee, with a guaranteed return on your investment!

- Mej Digva: Sytner Group

Fascinating and a real eye-opener. . .  Reach new heights above and beyond what you think possible.

Providing incredible insight into what it takes to battle through life-threatening illness surviving one day at a time and how to rebuild in the aftermath, James challenges us to reach new heights above and beyond what we think possible.

During his session, it became apparent there are a number of layers to his multi-faceted character. Fascinating to observe, he oozes confidence and charisma whilst being open and approachable.

His tenacity intertwined with a level-headed psychology is to be admired and drives people to succeed.

A valuable booking for anybody and genuinely, a real eye-opener.

- Steve Bennett: Gems TV (CEO)

An inspired choice, capable of motivating handfuls or even hundreds of people at a time.

James’ journey of survival and subsequent success is far from the norm. I know this because I have met thousands of young people with cancer in my role as a senior oncologist. . .  He is an individual we can all learn from.

Handing him the microphone at his first speaking engagement, I wasn’t to know he’d found his calling. The standing ovation he received afterwards was testament to the natural ability he has to inspire and to motivate.

Whether influencing handfuls or hundreds of people at a time, the affect is always the same. Either on stage or in a more intimate space, he communicates with confidence and humility; the kind only a survivor with innate oratory skills could project.

The biggest compliment I can give, is that when James speaks, every individual leaves with something to consider that is unique to them. An inspired choice.

- Professor David Walker: BUPA (Senior Oncologist)

Staff are more productive, morale has improved and targets have been met ahead of schedule.

Speaking in depth about the psychological processes he adapted from sport to approach Leukaemia – something he refers to as ‘trauma management’ – James is open and honest about the hurdles he’s overcome, together with the challenges we all face in society today. His concepts aren’t merely motivational. More importantly, they’re practical too and refreshingly applicable.

His delivery in this regard, with confidence void of arrogance, is quite unique. He draws strength from a place most of us can’t imagine, relating his story to everybody present with clear and tangible techniques.

This isn’t a speaker who regurgitates self-help books and simply talks a good game. James is a man who can back up a philosophy he’s entirely responsible for with clear-cut results. . .  Following his visit, our staff were more productive, their attitudes changed, morale improved and targets were met ahead of schedule. I can’t speak highly of him enough.

- Tom Wilson: Belvoir Lettings

Learn how to improve from someone with a remarkable mindset and resounding strength of character.

James talks about his cancer experiences with applaudable honesty. He discloses truths and consequences which many conceal after facing such a traumatic obstacle.

You soon understand that his diagnosis was severe – an extremely aggressive Leukaemia needing the most intense treatment admissible. A little research reveals that many don’t survive a stem cell transplant like his and that some are left with life-altering side-effects. All the more reason then, to appreciate his remarkable mindset.

A resounding strength of character means he isn’t someone satisfied with mediocrity. Simply being alive is not enough for James; “Life is a beautiful opportunity” he says. On the face of it, you’d be forgiven for thinking his achievements weren’t possible. Quickly, you not only realise why you’re paying him to speak, but how you can improve, what you can do better and where you should prioritise.

- Joe Sargison: Balls To Poverty (Managing Director)