- Creating Australian history, Lorin along with his blind younger brother Dean, were the first blind persons to ride tandem pushbikes across Australia, in a four-week epic journey covering over 4,000km from Perth to Sydney.
- At age 16 he achieved the seemingly impossible, by riding a solo pushbike 275km over the third steepest mountain range in Australia, from Tamworth to Port Macquarie with less than 10% eye sight.
- Australia’s most renowned blind musician and guitar player, Lorin is one of the country’s highest selling independent artists, with five successful albums to his credit, as well as golden guitar finalist and winner of the 2015 record producer of the year award.
- Lorin regularly features in many major newspapers, radio interviews and television news stories, including the Today Show, 60 Minutes and several appearances on Channel Nine’s Carols by Candlelight.
- With over 40 years’ experience dealing with the challenges of blindness, Lorin clearly understands how to and what it takes to succeed.
- Clarifying your vision
- Don't be blinded
- Unlocking the one secret to success or failure
- Become the leader everyone wants to follow
- Thriving through times of change and challenge
- Develop physical, mental and emotional resilience
- Become the master communicator
- Hearing what you can't see
- No excuses. Become the owner
- Shattering expectations
- What and where are the limits?
- Don't let the music die in you
- Discover your purpose, mission and the strength within
- Achieving the impossible
- Become a record breaker
- Climb your own mountain
- A personal strategy for a lifetime of success
The feedback for Lorin’s session on our feedback forms was outstanding. Preliminary feedback analysis was over 95% of participants rated Lorin’s session a 5 (or 5++++) – 5 being the highest. Lorin accurately delivered the message we spoke about, he took the time to arrive early, he stayed afterwards and at lunch for participants to chat with him. He is approachable, well organised, met the brief and exceeded our expectations in terms of connection with the audience.
Department of Education, Queensland, Metropolitan Region
Lorin Nicholson was by far one of the best speakers we have engaged to close out our two day event and judging by the feedback, Lorin’s presentation was one our conference delegates won’t forget. Lorin’s style is unique and he is one of the loveliest speakers I have had the pleasure of working with. As the event organiser I am very glad I took on board the strong recommendation to engage Lorin. He has received a 100% positive feedback score and the comments from our conference delegates really do speak for themselves. Here is a sample… all the comments are highly positive!
A presentation that I will never forget. Lorin is an inspiration, he is a perfect motivational speaker, his story is captivating and entertaining. Saving one of the best to last!
Outstanding and inspirational - I was fortunate to spend the time after the close of the conference to speak with Lorin. A great way to finish off the conference and give perspective about limitations in our workplace and life.
Fabulous lesson in persistence and the power of having a champion or a hero in your life.
Wow! What a great finish to Day 2, with some music, stories and insights, with links to how we as people and public servants can overcome negative thoughts as barriers to achieving what we want in life and our professional careers. Good work.
Testimonials from Business Innovation In Government conference
We’ve had many celebrity speakers address our organisation over the years and I don’t know how we will ever find another one to top Lorin’s amazing performance and keynote.
Lorin Nicholson is fast becoming one of Australia’s pre-eminent entertainers and motivational speakers. He has an imposing and unforgettable presence, and a musical ability that has attracted the genuine acclaim of critical experts. But more than that, Lorin is a decent bloke who personifies life's ideals, and unfailingly gifts an audience with something that is very special - an example of using the gifts that each of us has been given. He is a real talent, and an inspiration that lives life-long with all those with whom he comes in contact. He tells each of us "Don't die with the music in you''.
The Australian Newspaper
I had the honour of listening to you play and speak at the JBS event this weekend and I just wanted to say thank you, you were incredibly humbling and inspiring. And as my kids would say, your guitar playing rocked.
Process Improvement Manager
You're truly amazing! Keep inspiring!
Not only did his stories and practical tools motivate and remind us that we have to push through these times and to come together as a team, he left an important message, to let the next decision each of us make in life and work be the one that defines us. It is so important in business to take time to evaluate how to move forward positively and with a clear vision of what we want to achieve, we thank Lorin for his time and highly recommend him to deliver inspiring content with fantastic music.
Christmas Island Phosphates
I loved listening to Lorin. It's always a great time for reflection when you hear about the amazing accomplishments of people who have some type of disability when so many of us who have no disabilities at all haven't pushed ourselves to do anything significant. It's easy to take life for granted! I also now have a new favourite saying - Say what you mean, mean what you say and don't be mean when you say it. Something for everyone to live by.
Trilby Misso Lawyers
Lorin’s performance, with his poignant message and endearing wit, not to mention the spellbinding guitar work, was the perfect way to close our inaugural conference. People are still talking about it several months later. He is a true professional, and we look forward to being associated with him again in the future.
National Indigenous Educators’ Conference
Lorin Nicholson is not only a man with vision! He is a man of true commitment, courage, humility and determination to overcome his disability and to not let anything get in the way of his dreams and goals. His inspirational story is told in a very honest, humorous and entertaining way that captured the heart and mind of everyone in the audience, challenging us to make the most of our own lives and empowering us with the vision to achieve it, no matter the odds against you!
Northern Inland Academy of Sport
Some people have a true gift that is matched by intellect and empathy. Lorin Nicholson uses every part of his nature. It is what makes him a compelling storyteller. Once you are walking in his shoes a lot of new thoughts open up. We are able to contemplate aspects of our own nature with a fresh honesty. We see the light. Lorin's courage in overcoming so many challenges and his eternal good temper make the lessons so much more valuable. I watched young and old people following every word, dwelling on the values he was sharing with us. Set this storytelling to music, with that gifted guitar playing and his true virtuosity, and you have a performance that is wonderfully original. No, better than that, Lorin Nicholson is a memorable human being.
Journalist, author, film maker
Imagine walking onto a stage in front of 15,000 people. Its just you and your guitar. As the time draws near the sound of the audience turns to silence. The time has come and as he plays you can feel the emotion. The stadium fills with acceptance, hope and love....and there is a time when nothing else matters. I know because I saw it. Lorin Nicholson is truly an inspiration.
Nine Network Australia
Lorin is one of the most talented and versatile speakers and entertainers I have ever worked with. He came to NZ as an ambassador for the White Ribbon Day campaign and provided motivational presentations to groups ranging from corporate executives to school children and male perpetrators of family violence. Lorins message of overcoming life’s obstacles was highly motivating to the groups of men convicted of violent offences and many of them expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to hear him speak and perform. His ability to inspire others to reach their potential, despite their challenges, is outstanding. All his presentations for the campaign were a powerful and uplifting experience for everyone involved.
Hamilton Abuse Intervension Project NZ
We want to thank you Lorin, for the inspiring, fun, spirited, music-filled presentation you skilfully delivered to our Olive Garden General Managers and South Texas Region Director of operations. You successfully connected immediately with this hard to please group with your Aussie accent and humour. What an inspiring story of courage, faith, discipline and perseverance of some one who is legally blind! Your comments on leadership success were surgically interwoven with personal stories and experiences accentuated with well placed humour and song. Thankyou for weaving our Olive Garden purpose, hospitaliano, and seven principles into your striving for excellence comments. WOW! We were all inspired and energised by your remarks and would love to have you back in Texas! More especially I would recommend sharing your talents with all Olive Garden management executive at some future gathering.
Olive Garden San Antonio Texas USA
We found your talk absolutely amazing and your music is simply the icing on the cake. If anyone walked away uninspired, or without a different thought pattern, I would be highly amazed. Our franchisees have not stopped talking about how much they got out of the presentation, which is exactly what we were looking for!
SSS BBQ Barn Australia
ACDC Multi Media has been an institution in the music industry for the past 25 years and produces thousands of titles annually from all manner of industries. Lorin Nicholson has been a valued client of ACDC Multi media for almost ten years now and continues to be our highest selling independent artist. Lorin’s exceptional CD sales are a true testament to his extraordinary abilities as a musician. His contribution to the music industry is well known and continues to be an inspiration to musicians and fans Australia wide.
ACDC Multi Media
It is not often in one’s life that we can meet a fellow human with the ability to influence us. Lorin Nicholson has this profound ability! We listened to this wonderful blind man inspire us all to work as a team and see beyond ourselves. My staff and I feel privileged to have spent thirty minutes with Lorin Nicholson – A blind man with real vision! We, the management, and staff at Justin Hall The Good Guys, would like to thank Lorin and his team for taking the time to influence and inspire us.
The Good Guys, Port Macquarie
Once again, our sincere thanks and appreciation for your excellent presentation. You've got many of our staff talking in the office and every comment was extremely positive. You obviously have a real talent to move people.
PA to Executive Manager
Southern Cross Care (Vic)
Thanks again for your wonderful contribution to our event. I know you were a highlight for many and an inspiration to all. We’ll definitely have you back!
Aged and Disability Development Officer
Tweed Shire Council
I thought this was the best presentation I have attended. Lorin was very inspiring and entertaining.
Far stronger message than previous speakers and reach the audience
Excellent and exactly what was needed
Lorin's presentation was thought provoking, motivational and very personal. I was also fortunate enough to get a chance to chat with him after his presentation
As part of a program to challenge leaders in a community based organisation, I thought he made a positive contribution
I found it very inspirational and a timely reminder to value the good things in our lives and never give up
Executive Leadership Team
Ipswich City Council