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Tom Boyd shares his well-documented journey from his dream career to fighting the anxiety and mental health battles that led to his early retirement. He imparts unique, inspiring and emotionally powerful lessons from his struggles and how he manages it on a daily basis.

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Testimonials for Tom Boyd

Tom’s story was both fascinating and intriguing. To hear about the issues Tom faced and how he dealt with them was a real eye opener. With everything that is going on in the world and how busy we get it is very easy to get caught in a rut. Tom’s story really highlighted the fact that by recognising key aspects of our life we can control our situation. Toms honesty and willingness to share his journey and openly answer the questions was greatly appreciated. It was real lesson in resilience, taking control and taking care of yourself. Thanks Tom it was a great insight.

Worksafe

 

On RU OK Day, Tom presented via a National Webex to over 250 Partners and staff with deep insight and maturity. He spoke about the challenges of mental health issues, and his own challenging journey. His observations from the world of high-performance professional sport were highly relevant to our corporate world in professional & legal services. Tom was candid demonstrating an acute awareness that the solution for each individual may be different. He is a considered voice, speaking about important issues, at an important time.

Minter Ellison

 

One can debate that the private school environment is comparable to an elite sporting environment with the day to day demands and pressure associated with performance. This is the reason why we chose Tom to educate the Haileybury community. Tom presented to a broad variety of Haileybury stakeholders, students, staff and parents, presented with such professionalism, respect and empathy, adapting each session to the relevant audience. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. I would highly recommend Tom to any organisation wanting to invest in their students, community or employees. We can’t thank him enough.

Haileybury College

 

Tom’s story was both fascinating and intriguing. To hear about the issues Tom faced and how he dealt with them was a real eye opener. With everything that is going on in the world and how busy we get it is very easy to get caught in a rut. Tom’s story really highlighted the fact that by recognising key aspects of our life we can control our situation. Toms honesty and willingness to share his journey and openly answer the questions was greatly appreciated. It was real lesson in resilience, taking control and taking care of yourself. Thanks Tom it was a great insight.

Worksafe

 

Tom Boyd presented to our team of approx. 65 staff and we were all impressed with how open he was about such a personal and difficult topic. Tom had our attention for the full length of his talk and didn’t discredit any clubs or players in the process. I liked that he shared some of the ways he tried to overcome it and can see what an awesome role model he would be for young people going through similar situations. Fantastic presentation and speaker and would highly recommend having Tom present to your team.

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Tom Boyd's Biography

Tom Boyd is pure courage, on and off the field. A star AFL premiership player and former number 1 AFL draft pick at the age of 18, Tom walked away from a lucrative $2 million contract the Western Bulldogs. And he never looked back.

Tom knew he had a higher calling that transcended football. He realised he didn’t want AFL to define who he was as a person, so he chose to carve his own path and destiny, investing his time and effort into his own mental health and wellbeing, and in turn, helping others who were struggling with their own mental health issues.

Tom shares his well-documented journey from his dream career to fighting the anxiety and mental health battles that led to his early retirement. He imparts unique, inspiring and emotionally powerful lessons from his struggles and how he manages it on a daily basis.

Winning at life’s game means educating everyone on the dangers of ignoring their own mental health issues and the happiness and productivity that can come from focussing on balance and self-care. Still in his 20s, Tom speaks with wisdom beyond his years and identifies with every audience.

Speaking Topics Include

Learning To Live With Mental Health Issues: Positive Skills To Develop Resilience

In 2020, Mental Health is one of the most important topics in Australian culture. In this moving keynote Tom shares first-hand his personal experiences struggling with anxiety and depression while under the microscope of the AFL and the media.

Tom shines a spotlight on one of the most difficult subjects being discussed in workplaces today and shares techniques and strategies he personally used to overcome some of the most challenging moments in his life.

In his vulnerable, authentic and heartfelt presentation, Tom provides messages of hope and optimism for anyone facing Mental Health conditions.

Avoiding burnout: Achieving balance in a high-pressure workplace

When performance is paramount in your career, how do you ensure you take care of yourself? Is more always better? What are the risks associated with pushing yourself beyond your capacity, and what are you really sacrificing?

In this intimate keynote, Tom shares lessons from his experiences living and working within one of the most scrutinised and high pressure industries.

 

Developing Your Self Worth: Lessons learnt from the challenges of living life under the spotlight

As his AFL career skyrocketed, Tom went from being a moderate social media user, to the target of social media scrutiny.

Tom tried multiple techniques to manage this chaos before learning the valuable lesson of feeling comfortable internally, before effectively managing anything externally.

In this insightful keynote, Tom shares lessons on dealing with criticism, the up and downs of social media, and the key to breaking free from his scrutiny: developing empathy towards those targeting the negativity.