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About the author

Since 2006 Sam Cawthorn has been sharing his personal story around the world, reaching over 100 million people live at an event, through his books and resources, or via his social media.

Sam’s journey has given him a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work in ‘story’, giving him the credibility and authority to write this book, Storyshowing.

Sam is a thought leader in peak performance and turnarounds and also a professional speaking coach. He founded and is the CEO of Speakers Institute, a company dedicated to transforming people for influence and impact.

In October 2006, Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident, where he was pronounced dead. He was thankfully resuscitated, but was left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.

With a past career in the Australian government as a youth futurist, after his accident Sam did not go back to his old job. Instead, he went on to learn how to tell and show his story of miraculously overcoming a serious car accident.

Sam has written six other books, one of which became an international bestseller. He has trained over 4500 speakers around the world and has spoken in 36 countries.

Sam Cawthorn has won numerous awards, including Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania in 2009, and Edupreneur of the Year in 2015.

Sam walks his talk, and it is through his experience that his authentic message is heard.

He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, Kate, and their three children, Emelia, Ebony and Jacob.


First, I would like to acknowledge Bernadette Foley for her amazing skills and talents in putting this book together. To Lucy Raymond at Wiley for championing it to its release and Sandra Balonyi for her thoughtful editing. Jodie Spiteri-James for being a great sounding board and challenging me to be a better coach.

To Drew Wade, Nick Harding, Matt Busby Andrews, Daniel Flynn, Dan Gregory, Marilyn Horowitz, Allen Palmer, Nancy Duarte, John Wood, Simon Sinek, Richard Toutounji and Stuart Zadel. And, to my love and the greatest inspiration in my life, Kate Cawthorn.