Honesty, Authenticity and Presence are my only goals when I speak.
If I can recall moments, situations and experiences that I have lived during my 20 plus years of pushing my body and mind to it's perceived limits, connect with the emotions I felt in those times, and with genuine intent, share those hard earned insights and valuable learnings, I will leave content that I and the listener have gained something from the talk.
Damian has cover topics including, drive, commitment & perseverance, extreme challenges, mental preparation, processes and strategies and high performance. He has shared some of his experiences and learnings with companies like EY and Facebook, given a TEDx talk entitled 'The hidden values in push your body to it's limits' and had the honour of addressing the Irish Rugby squad before their historic victory over the All Blacks in Dublin, November 2018.
Some people who have heard Damian's story
What people said about Damian
Damian’s speech and story was simply outstanding.
The passion and honesty throughout his delivery was world class, and as a result many of our staff are now more motivated and more confident to challenge themselves in both their work and personal lives. A unique story with many learnings, I would strongly recommend Damian to any organisation or team who are looking to better themselves and become the best versions of them they can be.
Irish Rugby Football Union
Last May, the Elevate Foundation had the pleasure of contracting Damian to speak at our annual Youthfest conferences and to visit schools around Clare to motivate and inspire exam year students. It was a whirlwind of a week with a lot to fit in and Damian was a pleasure to work with, no demand was too high or too low, no matter how last minute some of the requests were, he was extremely flexible with our requirements.
More importantly, the feedback we got from the schools was amazing, from teachers, parents and pupils alike. Some of the words we heard repeatedly coming back in relation to Damian’s talks were “inspiring”, “powerful”, “captivating” and “raw”. Elevate Foundation are very grateful to Damian and the talks he carried out for us, we have no doubt our paths will cross again.”
I can personally recommend Damian as a speaker for any conference.
Within a fairly short time-period he committed to preparing a full length TEDx speech, and flew down to Switzerland to present it to an audience of more than 500 people. Working on the speech together with Damian was a very pleasant experience and his approach was professional. The retelling of his numerous extreme adventures, in combination with the lessons learned within them, provided for a compelling narrative which kept the audience invested for the entirety of his speech.
Head of Speakers, TEDxHSG 2018
Damian spoke to the players and staff the week of The All Blacks test match in Dublin last November.
Using footage from his Atlantic row, he brought us along on his gruelling journey. Describing the many challenges that he faced, Damian also shared the mental strategies and processes he used, which helped him to get to the other side. The players were engaged throughout and it was plain to see that they were impressed by the will and determination shown by Damian. The players were in the midst of preparation to play the world’s Number one rugby team so we were hoping for some of that determination to stick.
Ireland Rugby Coach