From a high school dropout to a doctor – I’ve got one hell of a story
What makes me different? I’m human, and I’ve lived through so many crappy moments that I relate to my clients, especially the gifted ones. Here’s a bit of background.
I was a turd of a teen, a rebel without a clue at school. It was easier to add up my days of absence rather than my attendance. By the end of year 10 I’d pissed everyone off, so I said, ‘screw education’ and I moved out of home.
And work was no better. Employers didn’t know what to do with me, so I was moved from one department to the next. Screw that too. Starting a family became my new priority. But it was far from constant rainbows and butterflies.
It turns out I have gifted children, one ‘profoundly’ gifted and in the top 2%. Wondering how the hell I’d produced kids like this, I caved and got tested too. Talk about being floored to find out you’re gifted. My whole teen life finally made sense – I was being a turd and acting out because I was bored.
It wasn’t until I was 30 that my psychologist told me that I was destined to join his profession. So, I did.
But I had an ulterior motive…To research the world of gifted individuals. Knowing how little help there was for myself and my girls, I want to be the person gifted kids and adults can turn to for help and support.
I continue to research, ask questions and study to satisfy my curiosity about what it means to be gifted. I love sharing my knowledge at conferences, seminars and schools.
Blending scientific data with stories, here are some of my most-requested topics.
- Gifted 101 – Beyond the bell curve
- Living on the right side of the curve: The psychological well-being of parents with gifted children (1-hour presentation)
- Self-care and tree guards. My self-care journey started several years ago when I finally learnt that it was okay to put myself first at times. But unfortunately, this doesn’t always work and can be a real struggle. I’m passionate about teaching others how to make small changes that will motivate you to change your lifestyle and live a healthier life.
I can tailor any presentation in relation to topic and length to suit your audience.
Book me to speak at your next event
If you’re looking for an engaging speaker who’s down to earth, relatable and extremely knowledgeable, please get in touch. It’s my passion to inform the world about gifted individuals and help others know how we tick.