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"Strange Way To Live"
Carl Dixon's autobiography
Carl Dixon''s journey through the twists and turns of a music performer''s life began in Northern Ontario, where his boyhood dreams, shaped by the 1960s, collided with a new musical culture.
Though Carl''s road was rocky, it was still paved with gold. It has led from his early days with hard-rockers Coney Hatch to tours and lasting friendships with huge acts like Iron Maiden. The ups and downs were meteoric, as Carl became a member of the legendary bands The Guess Who and April Wine and then faced the greatest test of all: a horrific auto collision in Australia that left him in a coma, barely clinging to life.
How to Get Back Up
50 minute keynote
Carl Dixon shares stories, from his rock star journey across three decades to the tale of his body-mangling MVA, with song performances and brief video clips to illuminate the key points. He takes the audience on an emotional journey with humour, insight and poignancy that will make the listeners think differently about how to meet adversity and undertake reinvention.
He teaches his S.T.A.R.T. formula to help people build Mental Strength, Resilience, Reinvention, Commitment and Focus. *S.T.A.R.T. offers a simple and easy compass to help build or renew.
S.T.A.R.T. is the central philosophy of Carl Dixon’s speech. It’s an idea that came to him in an Australian
hospital during months of recovery following his devastating motor vehicle accident. Carl sustained 52 serious injuries including traumatic brain injury. Rescuers and surgeons believed if he survived he would never walk or talk again and he'd likely be blind.
*Carl’s S.T.A.R.T. is about much more than increasing performance in the workplace.
Cause and effect... people who are more inspired, aware and committed will naturally be more productive.
"The only comeback story greater than Team Canada 72" - Ron MacLean, Broadcaster
"Carl also showed how a few seconds of not focusing on the right thing can result in a life changing experience. I highly recommend him."
- Michael Angemeer, President and CEO.
"You may have achieved in just a few speeches, what we would be proud to achieve in months, or years. So, thank you, for helping to keep my people safe." Dale Harris, CRSPSr. Supervisor, Safety & Security. Nutrien, Canada
Carl takes your audience on an emotional journey that will make them think differently about adversity.
Carl's presentation works best for audiences who are facing change, for people who have to come together as a team again.
- Workplace Safety conferences
- Health and Wellness events
- Groups that are constantly facing change
- Workplaces looking for a “lift” of inspiration for their
- It also plays well to a convention simply looking for something “different” this year!
So many of us today seek to find the mental strength to endure, the resilience to bounce back, the ideas to
reinvent ourselves and the locus of our commitment. Ideas abound in this talk. The beauty of being human is that our minds are free to choose any thoughts we want. If our thoughts are not serving us well, we can choose different ones. What we believe, we will achieve, both good and bad.
Carl Dixon’s credentials back up every word of his talk. He made a career navigating the peaks and valleys of one of the toughest professions. From one milestone and achievement after another, in spite of heartbreaks and huge setbacks, Carl Dixon has the wisdom and experience to share deep insights on getting through hard times. Carl was assessed as having a 75% loss of ability following his accident and brain injury, yet he flourishes today. His showmanship and open candour bring a compelling energy to the speaker platform.
Inspire your audience with a keynote from Carl Dixon
M.C. & After Dinner Speaker
Carl is available for a lighter presentation as an after dinner speaker or as an M.C. Four decades as a performer sees this as a natural role with Carl's warmth and humour engaging with the audience.
Books & music
Carl Dixon is a published author of "Strange Way to Live". Copies of his book can be obtained for your event and Carl will be available for signings. He still performs with Coney Hatch (40 years together) and also plays as a solo artist or in various bands that can be incorporated at your event.
Carl's natural warmth and connection to an audience make him a compelling keynote speaker. He weaves music throughout his presentation
CARL INITIATES NEW WAYS OF THINKING BY
SHORT VIDEO CLIPS
PLAYS AFTER PARTY SOLO OR WITH BAND
"Carl did a wonderful job of sharing his message and opening our employees minds to a new way of thinking"
MUSTANG RANDALL, TRANS CANADA PIPELINE
"One of the hardest things we do as safety professionals, is try to deliver a message that sticks. For us the hallmark of achievement, is when we hear that people have adopted the information we have given them, at home. Even better, shared it with their families. This tells us that they have truly started to develop a safety culture of their very own, one that could likely last generations. Achieving this is understandably quite rare. Carl, after your run of shows here I received feedback from DOZENS of people that they went home and shared your message, story, and learnings, with their families."
Dale Harris, CRSPSr. Supervisor, Safety & Security. Nutrien, Canada
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