Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when you come to life. 

Are you looking for ways to share your story and make a difference for others, but you get nervous speaking in front of a crowd? Or maybe you already have the confidence but don’t know where to start looking for paid speaking engagements?

If so, you’ll really want to listen to today’s episode where our guest shares his tips on public speaking. 

This episode with Thomas Iland was originally released in April 2021. We’re re-releasing it today to highlight some of Tom’s recent accomplishments.

Tom is an Autistic Self-Advocate, Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker, Certified Human Potential Coach, Professional Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, and TEDx speaker. He’s the author of two books, Come To Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery, and My Glass Is Full: Stories of Putting Mental Health First. Tom also holds a unique Guinness World Record as "The Oldest Person With Autism To Finish a Full Ironman Triathlon," emphasizing his commitment to transcending limits. 

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • Strategies for delivering a good speech

  • How autism influences can influence public speaking

  • The importance of parents accepting their child’s autism diagnosis

  • How autistic people can learn to empathize with others

  • Tips for other self-advocates who may want to pursue a career in public speaking

Are you a self-advocate willing to share your story and educate others? Or a professional seeking to hear directly from autistic voices and improve your practice? Or are you a family member hoping to support and empower your loved one?

Whatever your connection to autism is, we’d love to hear your takeaways from this episode in our online Global Autism Community, where hundreds of people from all over the world come together to support each other and know that they’re not alone.

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