For more than 18 years and 19 countries, Thomas' stories have brought joy, hope, laughter and indispensable leadership skills for groups of 8 to 76,000. - "He does more than motivate and educate... he touches people's lives."
Receiving a Masters degree from Clemson University, Thomas chose a career in professional speaking because of his sincere passion to inspire people to do their best and get the best out of life.
"God looks after children and idiots, and I've always fallen into one of those categories. In my relatively short lived life, I've skinned skunks in space suits and lassoed wild beavers. I've slept in the Sistine Chapel, dumpster in England and train stations in Czechoslovakia. I suffered a C1-C2 neck fracture after riding upside down in an 'International Bareback Rodeo Championship.' As a teenager I discovered a lost tomb in Scotland, I've explored parts of the Arctic Circle and have broken a Guinness World Record.
I have truly been blessed to have met people from all walks of life: professional athletes, Olympians, military officers, CEO's and US public officials, billionaires and beggars. I've dug into the mind of a child and have heard the wisdom of dying last words. It is through their wisdom, leadership or lack thereof, that I gather a meaning behind the madness. These stories have greatly influenced my life and millions of others. All the stories I tell contain essential leadership principles that everyone can relate too, laugh at and apply to their lives.
My purpose is not to put focus on my story, but to encourage, motivate and educate others to tell THEIR story through their unique passions, talents and abilities. It would be a pleasure to serve you!" Thomas Dismukes
Presents to more than 100,000 people a year.
Cumulative audience more than a million.
157,000 subscribers to Stories That Tell Newsletter
*Speech Topics & Program Descriptions
A Leader's FOCUS:
(5 Effective Keys to Living and Leading a Balanced Life.) [30 to 75 minutes]
Let Go and Hold On:
(The Art of Abandonment and Perseverance.) [30 to 75 minutes]
Unmasking Your Superpowers:
(A Humorous Look at 8 Superpowers of Success. [45 minutes to 2 hours]
(Living to the Limits of Our Limited Life) [45 minutes to 2 hours]
Em Tuoba Ton Sti :
(Leadership Weekends/ Workshops) [30 minutes to 1/2- full day]
***Here is a list of a few companies, organizations and schools who have hired Thomas.
Why don't you ask them how they liked Thomas' presentation! ***
In my 30 years in education, I can't remember a more enjoyable start to our school year. The teachers laughed and had a great time while also getting the message about the struggles of life and how to handle them. Dr Richard Page Superintendent: Joplin School District (shortly after tornado destruction)
Thomas, you're a gold mine! YPO- Leysin, Switzerland
People are quoting your wisdom and using your "Die Empty" as their closing remarks! You were a hit! Sue Farni: GMIS International Conference, New Mexico
My job requires me to listen to thousands of speaker. Thomas Dismukes is by far, the best I have ever seen! I was truly amazed how well he captured, held and inspired the audience. Lucky Moore: Operations Manager, Swiftel Center, South Dakota
Thomas, thank you for your presentation at the 2011Missouri DNR Diversity Conference. Your presentation really made an impact! You are amazing and an inspiration to all! Please keep in touch. I am forwarding on your name and website to everyone I know who is having conferences. You are one of the most talented and sincere speakers I have ever met. We were extremely blessed to have you come. Ramona Huckstep: Missouri Department of Natural Resources
I've received numerous emails, notes, and voicemails from employees thanking me for such an inspiring and fun event. Your message was perfect; and the humor even better! Micki Kidder : University of Notre Dame
You and your chin are amazing! The ladies thoroughly enjoyed hearing you! Jeanne White: "Red Hat Society" SCQC Convention, Entertainment Coordinator
He kept the audience spell bound! Katie Woodruff: Chick-fil-A
You were such a wonderful commencement speaker. Such a positive and beneficial message to our people! Jim Davis (President Turtle Mountain CC, Indian Reservation ND)
No one was the least bit bored! We appreciate your high standards and great sense of humor. Bob Collier: Director of Programs (Southwest Center for Educational Excellence, MO)
Your message was exactly what our team members needed to hear, and you presented it in such a unique way that it will be remembered for a very long time! You were definitely the highlight of our meeting!
Lois Whitley (BayCare Health System)
Your presentation was, of course, very entertaining and hilarious but I loved how you wove those stories back to the main thread of personal integrity, character and just being the best people we can be. Bette Zwayer (US EPA)
I highly recommend Thomas! He was inspirational and encouraging, with a joyful spirit that left everyone feeling better about themselves and our community. Patricia Anderson (Vidalia Chamber of Commerce)
If you're not laughing, you're crying--all while learning basic principles of life, love and leadership. James Greer: DOM, Amarillo TX.
When you need to laugh, learn and be encouraged to get the most out of life, there is no better speaker than Thomas Dismukes. Winona: Chamber of Commerce
You were phenomenal! When you speak, it's captivating and we needed someone like you to connect with our organization. Stephanie Trippeer (Staples)
We have been getting great reviews from everyone that attended. Everyone feels like you are the best presenter that we have ever had here at Chippewa! Thank you! Dawn Leone (Chippewa Valley Schools-Human Resources)
We hit the jackpot with Thomas! People were truly impacted by what he had to say. The humor, honestly and activities held our attention and provided for a professional as well as delightful atmosphere. I can assure you, people will leave smiling and inspired. Shannon Templet (LA Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections)
Our members came away motivated with new skills and perspectives that will increase their personal and business lives. His depth of wisdom and humor were refreshing! Keith Ogans (OACUBO)
The program was quite motivational and just what we needed to pump up our staff. Jennifer Lawson-Newby (Oklahoma State U. HR Coordinator)
WOW Thomas! What a great job you did yesterday!!!! Some of the ladies are still laughing! I have had so many wonderful comments on your presentation. Linda Williams (HVBA Secretary Appreciation Day)
Your presentation had a strong message that was delivered in a light and entertaining manner. You've boosted the spirits of our staff and faculty!
Dr. Arthur Kirk (President Saint Leo U.)
Ann Kraus: Office Manager
What to Expect
Presentation Request: Thomas requests a microphone (lapel preferred) for groups larger than 75. Several stories are told while sitting down therefore a stage/ riser is recommended for best viewing. If the ceiling is higher than 18 feet, two 6 foot (or 8 foot) A-frame aluminum ladders are requested as props. Please include the website www.StoriesThatTell.com along with Thomas's name on promotional material and programs.
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