Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when you come to life. 

Thomas Iland is an autism self-advocate, Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker, Certified Human Potential Coach, Professional Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, and TEDx speaker. He’s also the author of Come to Life, a book that aims to help youth engage in an active process of self-discovery. Tom has been honored as one of Junior Chamber International’s ‘Ten Outstanding Young Americans,’ and he currently provides coaching for families on the autism spectrum to help them reach their full potential. 

In this conversation, we discuss: 

  • Tom’s journey of becoming a public speaker

  • Strategies for delivering a good speech

  • How autism influences his public speaking

  • The importance of parents accepting their child’s diagnosis

  • How Tom learned to empathize with others

  • The meaning behind his motto, “Know yourself, love yourself, be yourself.” 

Tom also offers advice for other self-advocates who may want to pursue a career in public speaking. 

To learn more about Thomas Iland and his work, please visit 


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