Inspirational speakers can uplift and impact the lives of their audience. They have a special way of sharing interesting stories from which anyone can learn something, no matter what background they have.
For this article, we have decided to share with you three powerful and inspiring stories which will make you look at life in a different light.
Kechi Okwuchi, Matt Manzari, and John O’Leary are the speakers who truly stand out and have the power to connect with an audience by sharing their life experiences.
Let’s discover their story.
In December 2005, Kechi Okwuchi was headed home for the Christmas holidays from boarding school. Unfortunately, the plane she was on crashed. It was a miracle she was one of the two survivors because 107 people lost their lives that day, the majority of them being her classmates and friends.
She suffered third-degree burns over 65% of her body and had to undergo multiple surgeries since then.
Thanks to her family, friends, and faith, she managed to finish high school and go to a good university. In 2015, Kechi graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas. This alone proved she was able to overcome her physical, mental and emotional challenges and achieve her goal.
Currently, she is working on getting her MBA in Economics at her alma mater.
Besides being involved in her studying, Kechi is also an incredibly talented singer. She was on America’s Got Talent season 12 and managed to become a top ten finalist on the show, which is one of her most significant accomplishments.
Kechi’s story can be a strong motivator and inspiration for anyone who’s looking for a boost.
At the age of 15, Matt Manzari already had a career as a wakeskater. He was sponsored by Nike and was traveling the world doing what he loved, but he also felt as if the ministry was calling him, so he decided to enroll to study theology.
Right before his final exam for the ministry, Matt entered a pro tour wakeskating contest to earn some extra money.
Due to a drought and because he was the first rider, he was pulled behind the boat into the shoreline at over 25 mph. Matt ended up cracking his skull in 16 places, had 13 screws and three plates put in his face, he broke his jaw, his tailbone, crushed his hand and a rebar went into his leg.
He made a slow, but full recovery which amazed even the doctors.
However, a year later, while he was trimming trees at a local church, Matt got electrocuted by a power line. He suffered fourth and fifth-degree burns which melted his skin off his chest, arms and even the muscle and bone.
Doctors said to his wife they did not think he was going to make it, but he did. His message to the world is that you cannot control the circumstances, but you can control your attitude towards them.
When he was nine years old, John O’Leary suffered severe burns on 100% of his body and had to have his fingers amputated. He had to undergo dozens of surgeries and years of therapy to recover.
This journey has given him strength, and it fueled him to continue.
John is not only a survivor, but a beacon of hope as well and he wants to share this message and other inspiring stories with as many people as possible.
Inspiring Stories Are the Best
Finding motivational speaker is easy, but finding people who have gone through real-life tragedies and can still see the bright side of everything is indeed something.
Their inspiring stories can touch anyone’s life which is why we recommend them as speakers for a variety of events.
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Also published on Medium.