What I love most about life as a speaker is that in a given week I get introduced to the insights of our greater community. From a small school, to a large company, from a managers retreat to an international corporate, from a government department, to an empowering charity or an elite sports team. It’s an honor to share inspiration, it’s totally awesome when those who pursue excellence respond through a written observation.


Entrepreneur's Organization

"I have now heard Cam Calkoen talk five times and every single time he leaves me feeling grateful and inspired to continue to live my dream. Cam’s story is so inspirational that I have seen him move a room of teachers and educators, secondary school children and a room full of incredibly successful entrepreneurs.  His story not only captures the entire audience but it also inspires everyone at the same time!"

- Maria Johnson, Co-Learning Chair of EONZ, Owner and Managing Director of Little School and Life Learning 

New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council

"Cam provided our conference with the perfect finale, sending delegates away with smiles on their faces and a spring in their steps. A truly inspiring story of achievement told with humour, passion and the obvious belief that anything is possible."

- Garry Carnachan, Executive Director

Mortgage Express Ltd

"What can I say about Cam but AWESOME – I have had so many people come up to me and say how wonderful Cam was and one of the best speakers they have ever seen. His determination to achieve his goals regardless of obstacles is incredible – he has a powerful message and he executes it exceptionally."

- Sarah Johnston, General Manager

NZMA Hamilton

"Nostalgic week brings me to reflect and share my story to hopefully convey my "thank you" to an Awesome, Inspiring person Cam Calkoen. During the speech in front of a full house of students, I witnessed sparkling eyes, passion and transformation of belief in so many lives which for me is unbelievable.

A Positive thought to dream big is everybody's right and when that merges in the education environment it sends powerful ripples of uplifting confidence in an individual - I met so many students during this week after Cam left with powerful reflection of what they felt about the session, some openly posted their heart on social media raring to take on life and dream big and be Awesome!!!!

In bringing this inspirational journey for the students I ended up with a powerful experience in seeing positive change in learner's thoughts and confidence, which I am sure will lead to great future pathways for our students."

- Hiren Sheth, Student Advisor, NZMA Hamilton

Respiratory Conference

"Cam was fabulous. Our audience responded really well to his presentation, his awesomeness really shines through. It was good to have an inspirational speaker to help lift our spirits. Our two day conference was such a success and we received some wonderful feedback, to have Cam involved at our half way point (conference dinner) helped to add another element to the delegate experience. I didn’t really give Cam a brief.  He spoke to our members two years ago and some of those people were here again this time. Cam was able to change his presentation so that he delivered new material in an engaging way. Some comments received include: ‘I love him – so engaging.’ ‘A magnificent young man.’ ‘He touches the lives of everyone he meets.’ ‘Inspiring.’ ‘So genuine, he spoke from the heart.’ ‘So passionate and so relatable, I felt as though he was speaking just to me’ I will be sure to recommend him to others".

- Teresa Demetrio, National Education Services Manager, The Asthma Foundation

Quest Serviced Apartments Annual Conference

“Cam was an inspiration to everyone in the room, all of our delegates were  captivated with his very personable charm, wonderful outlook on life and infectious sense of humour. It was a pleasure to work with Cam and to have him share his journey with us all at conference.”

- Juliet Coulter, Administration and Accounts, Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) Ltd 

Independent pharmacy owners business conference

"Our audience response to Cam’s presentation was I believe, nothing short of awe-struck.  The way Cam managed to convey his message and story with the right balance of humour left our audience feeling like they had hope, feeling like their problems were not quite as big as they thought and that they had lots of opportunities to change and grow for the better. I have been putting together these events for a number of years and can categorically say he is the best speaker we have had for several reasons; 1)Topic and message, 2)Heartfelt, meaningful content, 3)Cam projects his voice incredibly well and is captivating to listen to and watch".

- Clare Williams, Business Manager, Vantage Group 

APPA Senior Leadership Conference

"Cam as always spoke from the heart with power and conviction and held the attention, of what is usually a hard audience, early on a Saturday morning. There  were tears and laughter along the way, but more importantly his messages were strong and connected deeply with the audience. So much so, he received a standing ovation which was so well deserved. He definitely met our brief and shared some powerful messages which connected well to our theme and audience. He was a stand out as a keynote speaker and made a lasting impact on everyone who attended. In his own words...he was indeed AWESOME and we loved having him as part of our conference".

- Faye Hauwai, CEO, Learning Network NZ

Hereworth School

"If you want to be motivated and inspired you should have been at school tonight listening to Cam Calkoen - he was AWESOME!! Thank you Cam, it was a privilege to hear you speak."

Kate Vautier, Hereworth School