Journey to the Deadliest Catch
Many students ask themselves, “Why can’t I just be me and be accepted for it? Am I good enough?” Pressures are coming at teens and “tweens” from all directions: peer pressure at school, the struggle to fit in, high expectations from family, the destructive power of negativity, distractions from social media… This can rob them of their self-esteem and divert their focus from what matters most, making them uncertain as to what they want to do with their lives.
Nick empowers students to overcome the obstacles and negative distractions that prevent them from connecting with who they are so they can achieve THEIR definition of success.
Nick is not a stereotypical “follow your dreams” speaker. The presentation is focused to address issues such as dropouts, student involvement, class performance and preparing students for their future.
Students will learn how to:
- Deal with Negative Influences & Peer Pressure
- Remove Distractions and Remain Focused on Staying True to Themselves
- Overcome Adversity & Not Give Up
- Make Better Decisions For Themselves
Better yet, they’ll learn in an entertaining and memorable way.
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“Sharing your stories and adventures about your life kept the students so enthralled…They really listened to you about making the right choices in life. You inspired and motivated them to do better. Please continue to reach out and positively influence others.”
“Nick has appeared in several local school districts with equal success. I strongly recommend him as a speaker, especially for a middle school and high school audience.”
“Thank you for coming to our school and sharing your story. It meant a lot to me. I took your story as a reason to do what I want to do. So I enlisted in the army and was sworn in on 12-09-15 do [sic] to your story of following your dreams…”
“To my delight he has inspired my classes with passion, energy, and grit to setting and accomplishing goals and following personal dreams. As part of his motivational talk he gives away the book “The Alchemist” to a lucky student. This gesture motivated our English Department to include the book within their curriculum reading list.”
“…thank you for doing what you do. I’m looking forward to meeting with you again and sharing my storys [sic] to successes because you helped me reach it.”
“[Nick] has amazing energy and determination…Nick immediately draws in his audience by asking for participation. They are vested in his story and are fascinated by the lengths he went to in pursuing his dream.”
“The youth immediately felt comfortable listening to Nick and were empowered by him. He also impressed me with his willingness to listen to the youth and respond positively to all of their questions.”
“[Nick’s] animated personality, commanding presence, and overall sincere demeanor gained him the respect of both my students and staff so much that he received a standing ovation at the close of his story! Pamela Nadeau, one of our guidance counselors, said, ‘Nick’s presentation to our seniors was high energy and exciting. His message about perseverance and hard work was motivating for our seniors about to graduate!’”
“Your inspirational and motivational message is exactly what our youth needed to hear. You see, our youth think that they are destined to remain in Holyoke and that there aren’t any other options for them. You opened their eyes and ears with your adventures.”
“The ultimate message, that there are many paths to success, and that pursuing your passion is the most important goal in order to achieve happiness, was well-delivered, and exceptionally well-received. I recommend Nick highly to anyone who wants to get this message across to an adolescent audience.”
“The students loved his message and they flocked to him when he visited the cafeteria during lunches to interact with the students…Nick will deliver a positive message to your student body, and the students will be engaged in the presentation and afterward.”
“[Nick] also explained how you need to be persistent because you will fail many times before you succeed…”
“We were initially impressed with Nick’s enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor, but what stood out most was his ability to relate his message to our kids. Once they started listening to how he got to be on the show ‘Deadliest Catch’, they were stumped that he wasn’t a fisherman all his life. He proved to them that hard work and believing in yourself will allow you to succeed in life…Nick is an exceptionally hardworking, top-performing professional. He has my highest recommendation…”
“Nick, or Sunshine as some people know him, effectively engaged his audience of teens, and was able to carry out his message in a fun and meaningful way. It is not easy to keep a group of teens interested in something for a long period of time, but Nick was able to do this with ease.”
“This inspirational, humorous man gave me the speech of my life. I learned so much about following my dreams and never giving up.”
“Mr. Tokman is an enthusiastic speaker who demonstrated a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. He is driven by his passion to meet with success and impressively presents that passion to his audience. Mr. Tokman will definitely inspire.”
“When Mr. Nick told us his story it was probably the first assembly I have not fallen asleep in. It was not only interesting to learn his story but I also learned not to ever give up.”
“[Nick] was energetic and was able to get his message across to the kids in a way which they listened. I would recommend him as a motivational speaker; his enthusiasm and personality sold his message.”
“Nick had stopped in to my office looking for an opportunity to get involved with our programs. Right from the opening hand-shake, Nick’s passion and self-drive was very evident. After getting a chance to listen to Nick talk about his experiences on the television series Deadliest Catch and how he got there it became quite evident why he had come to visit me on that particular day, he was chasing down his next big dream.”
“Nick’s presentation was funny and inspiring and the kids absolutely loved him. He shared his story from his beginnings in Western Massachusetts through his journey to Alaska and eventually becoming a star on America’s Deadliest Catch. His story is one of hard work and perseverance and students were able to relate to his ‘regular guy’ persona. His humble unassuming attitude resonates with kids.”
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