The Motivation Speaker


Inspirational life story

Guinness memory record breaker

London Times #1 best-selling author

Terrible taste in shirts and shoes

Click here to see David in action


“It’s not the cards you are dealt in life but the way that you play them”

“Very engaging, very entertaining with some really poignant points.”

Baroness Sue Campbell, CBE

An inspirational speaker on change and challenge

Key Messages

If managing challenge, overcoming adversity, dealing with change and showing resilience are key to the success of your team, then David Thomas is the motivational speaker for you.


David inspires with his story of how he overcame a seriously abusive childhood to become a hugely successful adult. This is the theme of his #1 bestselling book. He links the lessons he learned to the specific problems that your team are facing in your industry.


He shares the strategies he has honed and developed to become one of the best practitioners in history in his chosen field of excellence, memory, a global speaker in 21 countries and international media personality. He ensures the techniques are transferable so that your team can use them the moment they leave the event.


Memory Demonstration

David performs two jaw dropping demonstrations of his memory skills.

Click here to see David in action

  • Forget the why; only focus on the HOW
  • Success does not have to be a spectator sport
  • The more responsibility you take, the better your life will be
  • Stop being a BMW – a Bitching, Moaning Whinger – because no-one is listening!
  • Someone has to be successful – think BIG and it will be you


Presentation style – challenging and fun

David’s presentation style is direct (he is an ex-firefighter from Yorkshire). He unsettles the audience making them think deeply about where they are in work and life. His style is particularly suited to those high performers who really want to improve and have a true desire to be the best that they can be.


His infectious sense of humour is ever present in all his talks. He lives by the mantra ‘when we laugh, we learn’.


David’s speeches are shocking, entertaining and inspirational. Book him now for an inspirational speech that your delegates will never forget.


David understands that it is critical to incorporate the theme of YOUR event into his speech.

He will do exactly that AND memorise company and industry information and use that too. Always a winner with the delegates.


Equipping your team with the brain to meet the demands of the 21st Century

Memory Skills

Speed Reading

Every top performer knows the value of a fantastic memory. The great news is that there are only two types of memory – trained and untrained.


This masterclass shares easy to master strategies that work immediately for anyone in any occupation.


Masterclass contents

  • The two principles of memory improvement
  • Techniques to memorise lists, sales details,
    presentations, numbers, exam information
  • When to review to maintain 80% recall at all times

In this masterclass, the average retention increase

of all delegates is 80%

We read the way we do because of how we were taught. But since then, we have never been shown HOW to improve.
So we stay the same.


This masterclass will take delegates through powerful techniques that will improve their speed, retention, concentration and comprehension.


Masterclass contents

• Test to find base line

• How to read more quickly

• How to apply to all types of reading material

In this masterclass, the average improvement

of all delegates is 40% in speed

These sessions are highly interactive so the delegates know they have improved
their ability even before they have left the room


Knocking it out of the park, whatever the audience,

EVERY time you present.

 “I am really impressed. David Thomas has worked wonders with Martin.”

Lord Digby Jones

Fantastic presenters are made not born

Case Study

A great presenter grabs the audience’s attention quickly and keeps it, gets their message across in an easily digestible and memorable way, uses technology effectively and sparingly and finishes on time.


But be honest, how often have you actually seen this happen?


This is because fantastic presenters are made not born. And coaching is the only way to achieve the above optimum results.


When working with David, all delegates are on their feet within minutes. This establishes a baseline and he then coaches them through a process. This is the very best way to improve.


And the reason David only does presentation skills coaching.


He also covers the following key areas:

  • The most important 60 seconds of EVERY presentation
  • Best practice for humour, dress, technology
  • How to get the audience to remember what you have said
  • How to tell stories, a powerful tool in every speaker’s arsenal
  • If, when and how to use Powerpoint slides to maximum effect

David coached Martin Thatcher, CEO of Thatcher’s Cider, for a series a speeches he gave at The House of Lords.

Click here to see what Martin Thatcher said

Click here to see what Lord Digby Jones said

David does in-house masterclass coaching, open courses at The Dorchester and works 1-2-1.


“David Thomas has earned his place in history for his superior mind.”

 Oprah Winfrey

Sunday Times #1 best-selling author, Guinness® record breaker,

global speaker, media personality

Shocking childhood

Memory Achievements

David’s childhood was one of terrible abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother and aged physically abusive stepfather. At 16, he attempted suicide twice, got in trouble with the police, was kicked out of school and received a criminal conviction.


He left home, turned his life around and joined the Fire Service. He was an operational fire-fighter for 11 years. During that time, he bought a book on memory to help him pass his exams. 8 months later he entered his first World Memory Championships and went on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history.

  • World Memory Championships medallist
  • International Grandmaster of Memory
  • Guinness® memory record breaker for reciting Pi to 22,500 digits
  • World memory record holder for memorising and reciting 100 packs of individually shuffled packs of playing cards
  • US memory record breaker for memorising 160 digits in 5 minutes
  • US Memory Champion

Global author, speaker, media personality

Improving Your Memory

Published in 16 countries by Penguin under the Dorling Kindersley imprint More than 120,000 copies have been sold to date worldwide.

Tell Me Why, Mummy

This book charts David’s brutal life story and subsequent success It became a Sunday Times #1 bestseller.

Speaker and media personality

  • David has spoken in 21 countries during the last 20 years
  • Venues have included Caesar’s Palace and Tower of London
  • David has appeared more than 500 times in the media
  • He has appeared on television in more than 150 countries

More than 1 million people

have read David’s books

Selection of david's clients


View David speaking, along with client testimonials

and TV show appearances.

How to reach us

The Hall, Lower Quickstavers Farm, Steep Lane, Sowerby Bridge

West  Yorkshire, HX6 1PF, United Kingdom

Telephone: 07525 069235

Outside UK: +44 7525 069235

E-mail: david@themotivationspeaker.com


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