David Thomas

It’s not the cards you are dealt in life but the way that you play them.


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David Thomas had a very challenging childhood suffering at the hands of his alcoholic mother and aged physically abusive stepfather. At the age of 16, he went off the rails burgling shops and schools. He attempted suicide twice and nearly killed a police officer. He got a juvenile criminal conviction and was expelled from school. He has never been to college or University.

At the age of 20, he joined the Fire Service and was an operational fire-fighter for 11 years. He struggled with the studying and after an officer said he would never pass, bought a book on memory techniques.

8 months later, at the age of 27, he went to the World Memory Championships and came 4 th . He also became one of only 4 International Grandmasters of Memory in the world at the time. He has since gone on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history. Amongst his many memory achievements, he has broken a Guinness record for reciting Pi to 22,500 digits, holds a world record for memorising and reciting 100 packs of playing cards and became US Memory Champion.

His life story became a Sunday Times #1 bestselling book. He has written three books in total with a total readership of more than 1 million people.

He is an international speaker having spoken in 23 countries to more than 500,000 people.

He is in constant demand by the media and to date, has done more than 500 media appearances even going on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

If managing challenge, dealing with change and developing a winning mentality are key to the success of your team, then David Thomas is the motivational speaker for you. He has an astonishing life story about overcoming tremendous adversity to achieve world class success in his chosen field of excellence, memory.

David’s presentation style is direct (he is an ex-firefighter from Yorkshire). He unsettles the audience making them think deeply about where they are in work and life. His style is particularly suited to high performers who really want to improve and have a true desire to be the best that they can be.

His sense of humour is ever present in all his talks. He lives by the mantra ‘when we laugh, we learn’.

David’s speeches are shocking, entertaining and motivational. An inspirational speaker that your delegates will never forget.

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