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Passions & Purpose
My story is one of reaching the top of my game despite facing horrendous adversity, then hitting burnout and breakdown. I used all those past experiences to reinvent myself with a new mission to help others avoid those pitfalls. Ultimately, that breakDOWN turned out to be my breakTHROUGH.
- Broke from from domestic abuse
- Broke back in three places trying to escape – either from the abuse or life – it didn’t really matter at the time
- Worked to top of the tree, then left high-flying multi-national corporate directorship position to pursue life mission
- Trained in NLP, coaching, mentoring, energy healing practices and spent years learning directly from shamans and medicine people. Those tribal teachings are some of the most powerful personal development methods I’ve ever discovered, despite all those years of management training in the corporate sector!
- Trained with the same guys who taught Tony Robbins to firewalk and became Extreme Empowerment Specialist
- Created #UnleashYourAwesome empowerment programmes to help people discover their own personal power and untapped potential.
- Best selling author – currently working on book four.
- Created special version of #UnleashYourAwesome to provide hope and focus for people who’ve been through domestic abuse
- Lifelong truth-seeker and speaker – people trust me and listen to me because I’m so open about my past. Authenticity is hugely important in a world of plastic social media profiles.
- Overall mission is to help people the world over take off the masks and realise who they really were destined to be, before society/peers/family moulded them into another version. Mid-life crisis, I believe, happens because we lose sight of who we really are, work our way up to the top of the ladder, then realise we’re up against the wrong wall.
- UK’s #1 Inspirational Breakthrough Speaker – dubbed inspirational by many who’ve heard me speak, as well as magazines and BBC radio; people frequently experience breakthrough moments through my events, books and seminars. The important thing is making sure that inspiration and determination to keep going stays in place long after they’ve left the room or finished the book. High level of sticking power – my work really is changing lives.
Recent gigs & credits
Speaker at London Business Show in 2016 – biggest business show in Europe.
Honoured in 2016 DIVA power list.
Keynote speaker at Breakthrough To Excellence Conference, Scotland.
Keynote Speaker at The Business Focus Show, Lincolnshire.
Frequent guest on BBC Radio.
Named as one of Source TV’s leading evolutionaries.
Meet Taz Thornton: Inspirational Speaker, Best Selling Author & Extreme Empowerment Strategist
For more than a decade, Taz Thornton has served as an advisor and encourager for people the world over. With a proven track record spanning personal development, leadership, business turnaround & corporate coaching, Taz’s brand of extreme empowerment encourages individuals and organisations to break through their fears, smash past limiting beliefs and achieve the seemingly impossible.
UK’s Number One Inspirational Breakthrough Speaker
It’s not unusual to hear people credit Taz with changing their lives, whether they’ve been directly impacted through her #UnleashYourAwesome empowerment seminars, heard her speak at an event, read some of her work or simply seen her online. Wherever she goes, Taz challenges people to be their best, to be authentic and to recognise just how incredible their potential really is, so it’s not surprising that she’s fast becoming the UK’s number one inspirational breakthrough speaker.
What began as a young woman’s dream to ‘see if she could’ turned into a crusade to show people just how awesome they can be.
Outside of her workshop and speaker programme, Taz’s drive to create a positive impact on the world takes her to places here and overseas, from encouraging young people in prisons to make a positive change to working with corporate organisations to empower their people to break through their fears, her aim is to go wherever she’s needed to make a difference.
When Taz took the decision to leap from a safe, secure directorship with one of the world’s biggest multi-national publishers, it was because she knew there was bigger work to be done and more people to reach than she could within the confines of her corporate life. Arguably, Taz was at the peak of her corporate career when she unlocked her golden handcuffs to jump into the unknown, leaving behind a promise of international career progression, as well as all the rich trappings of high-level corporate management. Despite being advised against the move by peers and business advisors, Taz knew she had to take the leap of faith. It was, she says, one of the biggest trust falls she’s ever done.
Life has a funny way of working out when you’re following your dreams and, within only a few months of ditching the pinstripes, Taz found herself learning from the same empowerment team who trained Tony Robbins, and with a whole portfolio of newfound ‘extreme’ coaching skills opening up for her.
Now, it’s not unusual to see Taz leading people barefoot across red hot coals or broken glass to help them realise their own power, just as she helps people splinter target arrows with their throats or smash through blocks with their bare hands to help them break through their fears and limiting beliefs.
Seeing is believing… experiencing is something even more powerful!
Despite her corporate background, Taz is powered by a strong interest in spirituality and mindfulness that she uses to encourage people to believe in something more and to achieve a deep inner calm.
Taz’s interest in spirituality and universal energy began at a young age, and she began to explore this formally in her 20s, when she trained in reiki and, later, when she felt a pull towards shamanism – a body of teachings and way of life believed to be the world’s oldest spiritual path, and based on the concept of everything having an energy.
Having worked with some of the world’s leading authorities on shamanism and energy, Taz sometimes brings ancient techniques into a corporate setting, using old tribal methodologies to enable teams to listen to each other on a deeper level, feel heard and avoid – or manage – conflict.
Using mindfulness and meditation techniques in a corporate setting can also help to align goals, hone purpose and create space for more creativity and visionary ideas to come to the fore.
Whispers From The Earth (Moon Books)
Unleash Your Awesome (Motivational Press – out Spring 2017)
More Whispers From The Earth (Moon Books – in progress)
Hippy Shit (In Progress)
Qualifications & Training
Extreme Empowerment Specialist / Firewalk Instructor
Trained journalist and editor - regional, national B2B
Awards & Achievements
News editor by 20, group editor by mid-20’s, UK director for multi-national publisher by early 30’s
Launched first interactive digital magazine for the Twitterverse – Tweeting Times. National Digital Magazine Awards finalist
Co-founded PR and social media agency – testimonial from Stephen Fry and several awards nods for business blogs, charity campaign, social media campaign, small business campaign and best agency.
Created and launched #UnleashYourAwesome empowerment programmes, followed by further #UYA programmes to build confidence / brand / direction for SMEs – including public speaking, livestreaming, content and personal brand.
Created ground-breaking empowerment and personal confidence programme for people who’ve been through domestic abuse. First in the country of its kind – saving lives. Programme launched in Lincolnshire, with support from county council, now looking to roll out across the UK.
Best selling author
Hand-picked to be one of the first speakers for Brad Burton’s SpeakerSeeker agency
DIVA Magazine Power List member
Source TV evolutionary
Throughout 2017, Taz will be touring the country delivering motivational speaking at 4Networking events. Each talk will last for approximately 20 minutes, and there will be the opportunity to speak to Taz at the event, get your books and CDs signed and maybe grab a selfie for your social media channels. Dates added to the schedule regularly – keep checking back for updates!
March 7, 8-10am, NEWARK – GET YER GUMSHIELD IN: We live in a world of awesome opportunities, where virtual fists fly in the face of success. STAND your ground or GO to ground? Your choice. Click here to book.
March 29, 8-10am, KETTERING – GET YER GUMSHIELD IN: We live in a world of awesome opportunities, where virtual fists fly in the face of success. STAND your ground or GO to ground? Your choice. Click here to book.
April 5, 8-10am, RUGBY – THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL: Are you hiding behind your business? It might be the boldest, brightest brand in the world, but people buy people. Step out. Step up. Be seen. Click here to book.
April 10, 6-8pm, SPALDING – UNLEASH YOUR AWESOME: Abuse. Breakdown. High-flying corporate career. Celebrity clients. So what? It’s not where we’ve been that matters, it’s where we’re going! Click here to book.
April 24, 12-2pm, LEAMINGTON SPA – UNLEASH YOUR AWESOME: How one woman turned her back on corporate safety & used personal adversity to carve out a new career to help others unleash their awesome. Click here to book.
May 3, 8-10am, CLEVEDON – GET YER GUMSHIELD IN: We live in a world of awesome opportunities, where virtual fists fly in the face of success. STAND your ground or GO to ground? Your choice. Click here to book.
June 8, 6-8pm, WALSALL – UNLEASH YOUR AWESOME: Abuse. Breakdown. High-flying corporate career. Celebrity clients. So what? It’s not where we’ve been that matters, it’s where we’re going! Click here to book.
June 13, 6-8pm, FAKENHAM – THE BUSINESS SHAMAN: Taz spent a decade learning from shamans and medicine people and found a body of tools more powerful than anything learned in years of corporate management. Click here to book.
June 27, 12-2pm, LINCOLN (NORTH) – VICTIM DOESN’T SUIT ME: Abuse sucks…the future doesn’t have to. We don’t need to allow our past to dictate our future. But we CAN put all we learned to good use. Click here to book.
July 12, 8-10am, GREAT YARMOUTH – TOPIC TBC.
August 9, 6-8pm, LEAMINGTON ‘BLOODY’ SPA – HOW BREAKING MY BACK LED TO GROWING A SPINE: We all have those ‘pinnacle moments’ that prompt us to change our lives… we don’t all have to crush our vertebrae before we get the message.
August 23, 12-2pm, CHESTER – TOPIC TBC
Guest speaker at Watford Expo Networking Lunch – June 29, 2017: http://www.viva-networking.co.uk/events/watford-business-expo/
October 13, 12-2pm, MANCHESTER – TOPIC TBC
Interests and Hobbies
Business growth and confidence
Presenting and livestreaming
Walking between the worlds: blending spirituality and mindfulness with business
Addressing ‘Drama Addiction’ in the UK – teaching people to take full responsibility for their lives in order to create positive change.
Firewalking, glasswalking, extreme empowerment.
Seminars and workshops
Personal growth and development
‘Hungry learner’ attitude – every day situation carries powerful teachings if we’re willing to see them.
Firewalking is an ancient method of overcoming challenges of the physical body and mind to perform the seemingly impossible. Trained by the same team who trained Tony Robbins, Taz’s approach to firewalking is deeply spiritual and encourages participants to transcend their perceived limitations and learn about the awesome possibilities when we learn to control our energy and become mindful.
The coals used in these firewalks frequently reach temperatures of 1200 degrees – there is no trickery involved, just a positive attitude, plenty of self-belief and mindfulness.
Firewalking and other extreme empowerment activities, such as glasswalking, board breaking and arrow breaks (where participants break a genuine target
arrow with the softest part of their throat) can elicit major change and extreme empowerment for individuals and teams, allowing people to smash through blocks and limiting beliefs. These really are breakthrough activities – expect a very real change in outlook, an unparalleled sense of achievement and a new sense of self-belief.
Taz offers these experiences as part of private seminars, corporate functions and fundraising events, and is always happy to receive enquiries viaBookings@TazThornton.com. She is fully qualified and insured to deliver firewalks, glasswalks, arrow breaks and more for your team.