Nick Tokman, also known as “Sunshine” on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, empowers others to overcome all of the distractions and obstacles that get in the way of owning who they are so they achieve THEIR definition of success. An engaging and animated professional speaker, he directs his audiences to focus their attention on what’s important for them in their lives so they reach their highest potential.
Nick has been seen on the show for the past four seasons entertaining more than one million viewers each week. He is recognized for his constant, upbeat attitude, his unwavering focus on achieving his goals, and his determination in the face of adversity.
Nick’s grandfather introduced him to Deadliest Catch for the first time at a point in his life where he felt unfulfilled. After seeing the show, Nick decided he HAD to go crab fishing! Although his family did not want him pursuing a career in one of the most dangerous professions, he realized this was HIS life; he had to live it for himself. Four years later after embarking on his journey, after persevering through a series of setbacks and failures, including hospitalization, running out of money and battling homelessness, Nick landed on the very show that inspired him to venture to Alaska.
As a cast member of the Emmy-Winning show, he battled some of the harshest working conditions known to man, including 30-35 foot rogue waves, freezing temperatures, extreme physical labor and 20-hour work days. Nick has proven himself physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of overcoming arduous obstacles.
Nick is a member of the National Speakers Association. He has made presentations from people in a classroom setting, to a hall filled with 17,000 people. His audiences nationwide range from students in elementary school, junior high, senior high, college and university to corporate professionals.
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“Nick is real, and connects to students in a way that many speakers don’t, the standing ovation at the end of his presentation is proof of that.”
“One of the best youth presenters I’ve ever seen in nearly 2 decades in the business.”
“The moment he stepped on stage he connected and captivated
the students, so much so that he received two standing ovations.”
“Nick was a hit with our student audience. We really appreciated the
extra effort he put into making his presentation something to remember.”
“Definition of someone who can tell a story and change a life.”
“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!”
“Your message of perseverance, honesty, and being true to one’s self was perfect for our group.
And you were a professional and a pleasure to work with too!”
“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. I enlisted in the army and was sworn in on 12-09-15 due to your story of following your dreams.”
“I highly recommend Nick to any organization looking for an
extraordinary communicator who can move an audience to unexpected places.”
“I strongly endorse Nick Tokman and unquestionably believe that
his story and message should be heard by students of all ages.”
“I found myself engrossed in his speech. Even as an adult
I left the presentation feeling inspired to achieve more in my own life.”
“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.”
“His conversational speaking style, soul-bearing story, and true compassion for young people created a clear message that left us breathless!”
“His stories of perseverance and dedication to a single vision are inspiring and relatable. I strongly support Nick as a public speaker and social motivator.”
“Nick was such an engaging and dynamic speaker! Our students were highly engaged throughout his presentation and is truly due to his ability to connect with the audience.”
“Nick will challenge you to be speculative of your decisions and your dreams, and he will also encourage you to believe in yourself.”
“Usually during school presentations I get bored out of my mind, but Mr. Nick kept his presentation upbeat and funny, so I never got distracted or bored!”
“Nick has a gift of public speaking. In speaking to students who left the assembly, I was approached by countless students. They all implored me to have Nick come back and speak to others.”
“Nick’s most effective attributes as a speaker were his approachability and his honesty. Sixth graders can be shy, but our students took to him right away. I would recommend Nick without hesitation”
“When you are dealing with a large group, many who have severe behavioral problems, and you could hear a pin drop, Nick is quite engaging and interactive.”
“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 doing what you do. I’m looking forward to meeting with you again and sharing my stories and successes because you helped me reach it.”
“It was a joy having Nick speak at our school and we would love to have him back in the future!”
“I can say without reservation that Nick possesses an uncommon gift for speaking and connecting with youth while inspiring them to follow their dreams.”
“Your inspirational and motivational message is exactly what our youth needed to hear.”
“Many members of the audience left with happy faces, the others begged their teachers to delay class so that they could meet Nick in person to seek additional information about his life’s journey.”
“Our students were highly engaged throughout his presentation and is truly due to his ability to connect with the audience.”
“Nick is an exceptionally hardworking, top-performing professional. He has my highest recommendation.”
“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.”
“Mr. Tokman is an enthusiastic speaker who demonstrated a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. I recommend Mr. Tokman to you without reservation.”
“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.”
“It was our pleasure to have Nick with us and we hope to have him back again next year! I would highly recommend him!”
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