Daryl had the good fortune on 29 July 2015, to have dinner with Cam Calkoen.
Cam is a professional New Zealand speaker who is now making inroads in the USA. Cam’s amazing story is he went from doubting that he would ever be able to walk, to massively exceeding these expectations through sport, adventure and inspirational speaking. His signature message is ‘Awesome’. With a love of running, Cam and Daryl immediately hit it off, as running played and still does to this day, a huge part in Daryl’s coping with the shooting and Post Traumatic Stress.
Cam was speaking in Brisbane to a real estate conference at St Lucia and they met up afterwards at the Bavarian Beir Café, overlooking the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.
As Daryl stated his appetite with Bier (yes, that’s the German way of spelling it), a pretzel and pork belly, they discussed the professional speaking business. They talked of the good stuff – travel, beautiful locations, and amazing people, but also the downside – jet lag, time away from family, and hotel and airline food. However, they agreed, the downside pales in comparison to the high of imparting valuable knowledge, messages and lessons through stories, and inspiring people to bigger and better things.
What struck Daryl most about Cam was, he is a stellar example of not looking at barriers, but blowing past them by giving your utmost to what you want to achieve.
Cam is back to Australia, speaking on the Gold Coast in the next couple of months and Daryl will be seeing him in action.
After talking to Cam over dinner for a couple of hours, Daryl knows, if you are looking for an inspiring and motivational speaker, look no further than Cam.