"I remember always being excited in high school whenever we had a guest speaker and subsequently disappointed whenever I found I couldn't relate--not just to what the speaker said, but to how they delivered it. Often times, it came across as inauthentic, preachy, and as a bit of an act. As a wanna-be performer and entertainer, I could see right through the smoke and mirrors that many guest speakers brought with them.
Stepping out into the real world as a young adult, attending conferences, listening to professional speakers, I still noticed a huge discrepancy among those who spoke from the heart and those who merely followed a pattern through their training and speaking programs.
In my own profession, I aim to use my natural ability to connect with an audience (years of stage training and entertaining) as another medium through which to share my insights and stories. The best storytellers are the ones who compel you even in the midst of nature while sitting around a campfire. So sit around the campfire with me, hear my ever-evolving thoughts and ideas, and join me in a session of inspiration, candidness, and professional motivation.
Nicholas is an accomplished entertainer and award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and writer. His early career began while still in high school, motivating hundreds of youth to fundraise over $35,000 for The Canadian Cancer Society, $2000 for The Muscular Dystrophy Association and creating a movement against bullying and youth violence through a feature film made entirely by teenagers.
For his efforts, Nicholas became an honourary Paul Harris Fellow at the age of 15, a recipient of the Mayor's Youth Award for Volunteerism and one of 20 across Canada to receive the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Student Leadership (2008).
Nicholas has since gone on to produce two feature films (Best Canadian Film, Best Actor Awards), multiple theatrical endeavours and has carved out a successful career as a full-time entertainer, speaker, writer and musician.
"We had Nick speak at two of our events this year and we couldn't have been happier with the job he did. He worked to truly understand the mission and vision of our organization and incorporate it seamlessly into his dialogue throughout the event. He had great energy, a wonderful rapport with the crowd, an amazing attitude and was easily able to adapt to changes we made on the fly. We can't wait to have him speak at our next event!"
NICOLE BOZZOCCHI / TREK FOR TEENS FOUNDATION / DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP & HUMAN RESOURCES
"Nicholas Arnold was a joy to work with...I highly recommend this very professional speaker."
ERICA ANGUS / THEATRE COLLINGWOOD / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
"[An] inspiring talk. Your stories struck a chord with many of our members."
PAUL ELSLEY / KINGSTON ROTARY CLUB
"[The students] were buzzing for the rest of the day! It was a perfect match -- such an awesome chance to inspire hope for those pursuing creative paths"
AMY HEALEY / TEACHER, APPLIED ARTS PROGRAM, L.C.V.I HIGH SCHOOL