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Tom O'Toole

Inspirational and iconic 'Baker from Beechworth' who has built his bakery into an empire - Meet Tom O’Toole, baker extraordinaire, kindergarten failure-turned-author & inspirational speaker, and founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery. His passionate, witty and natural way of presenting means that Tom is now in constant demand as a speaker.

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Testimonials for Tom O'Toole

Excellent. Tom fitted in perfectly with the theme of our conference ‘Through the Customer’s Eyes’.  An enthusiastic and inspiring presentation that the audience really enjoyed.
Australia Post

Excellent.  Very passionate presenter, sound business principles and entertaining style.
Michael Hill Jewellery

Excellent. Tom’s presentation was brilliant. He made all the audience stop and think what they can do to make a difference in their pharmacy. Brilliant and very relevant message.
Synergy

Excellent. Riveting, funny, passionate and so easy to identify with. Extremely valuable content, in step with our business. Accolades from all.
Australia Post

Many of our people have never experienced a ‘message’ speaker before and were absolutely blown away by your passion. I can assure you, you made a permanent mark in the minds of many attendees who continued to talk about Tom all through the conference.
Stockland

I just wanted to say congratulations on an awesome performance. It was great to have a speaker not related to real estate and you ended the conference on a high. I found you to be really inspiring and your positive attitude is still fresh in memory!
Hocking Stuart Estate Agents

Tom O'Toole Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Tom O'Toole's Biography

Inspirational and iconic 'Baker from Beechworth' who has built his bakery into an empire - Meet Tom O’Toole, baker extraordinaire, kindergarten failure-turned-author & inspirational speaker, and founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery. His passionate, witty and natural way of presenting means that Tom is now in constant demand as a speaker.  

He may be somewhat small-town, but small-town or not, he is a marketing guru who dares to - and does - walk the talk. O’Toole is to Beechworth Bakery what Colonel Saunders is to KFC. But unlike the Colonel, Tom isn’t content with being a cardboard cut-out. He wants to talk, be seen and be heard. He gives Beechworth Bakery its unique character.  

Tom O’Toole is a juggernaut in the competitive world of retail marketing. A self-confessed kindergarten dropout from dirt-poor origins who didn’t know his ABCs, he is living proof of the power of striving for your dreams. With a formidable sense of humour and an enthusiasm bordering on inspired frantic madness, he has spearheaded the rebirth of a dying country town by turning his bakery into a phenomenon of Australian small business, which continues to gather strength and speed.   Tom is a firm believer in getting out of your comfort zone and daring to be different. He says, ‘In every town and business, there has to be the wow factor; wow is the answer’. It is precisely this almost obsessive thinking outside the square, this continuous pushing of the envelope that keeps Beechworth Bakery far from being just another run-of-the-mill food outlet. It is this attitude that ensures the $15 million turnover every year (and counting), making Beechworth Bakery one of the top-selling retail bakeries in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Tom’s passion for spreading the word on motivation and achievement has resulted in a natural ‘metamorphosis’ with speaking engagements throughout Australia and overseas. He happily shares the secrets of his success through a range of products, articles, DVDs, workshops and speaking engagements, and is a rare act to follow. When he talks, all distractions fall by the wayside. The sudden crescendo in his voice is like caffeine to his audience; everyone sits up and takes notice. No exceptions.      

Why Tom O’Toole?  
Founder & still very much the owner of the Beechworth Bakery – Australia’s Greatest Bakery
Taking the business from one small bakery start-up in a dying country town to six multi-award winning bakeries with a turnover in excess of $15 million, making it one of Australia’s greatest retail success stories
Making a success in rural Australia
Still actively involved in the business which provides ample new and inspiring material to keep his talks fresh, up-to-date and as engaging as possible
26+ years of hands-on experience dealing with depression/mental health, being a member of a self-help group, and supporting inmates in prison by visiting & talking on wellness, attitude, motivation etc
Motivates audiences on a regular basis, talking on goal setting, attitude etc
Takes audiences on a journey full of practical real life examples, illustrative visuals and take-home Tom was fabulous! The audience enjoyed his presentation and took home some clear messages that are easily actionable.a

Speaking Topics Include

  • Employee Motivation
  • The need to invest in yourself
  • Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Refusing to be ordinary
  • Leadership / Team Leadership
  • Importance of on-going learning & training
  • Marketing / Branding
  • Business Innovation
  • Customer Service
  • How to grow a business
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Team work
  • Training
  • Motivation / Inspiration
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Ingredients for Success
  • Helping Communities in Crisis