Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Vancouver, British Columbia
Inspirational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Business And Personal Fitness Coach
Tom Watson is a master storyteller that inspires people to live their legacy with his captivating storytelling, sense of humour, and motivational tools. His keynote presentations garner rave reviews and leave people feeling energized and excited about their future.
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Growth
  • Associations & Unions
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Awareness Days
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Career Development
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conferences & Summits


As a Best-Selling Author, Tom Watson has been speaking for 20+ years. He has been a conference presenter at over 100 Conferences and has keynoted over 20 events in 7 different countries around the globe. In addition to his live speaking engagements, Tom Watson has also appeared on dozens of television and radio shows, including several on ABC, NBC, FOX, CTV, Global Television and 100 Huntley Street.

After living in 13 different foster homes Tom arrived on the doorstep of the Watsons’ home as a shattered, dishevelled, angry little 5-year-old boy. Through uncommon perseverance and love, the Watsons became the family he lived with until adulthood. The Watson’s family never gave up on him, and in many ways are the reason that he became a successful husband, father, businessman, coach, philanthropist, author and speaker. The Watson’s surrounded tom with an extraordinary group of mentors who over time, taught tom how to make better choices and those choices have led to his personal success.

Describing Tom Watson challenging circumstances and showcasing how with the help of several amazing mentors he was able to act upon his choices and change the direction of his life, Tom strives to demonstrate that the key to living successfully lies in our ability as humans to overcome challenges and not let the past dictate our future.

Tom Watson has over 30 years of experience in upper-level management, is a high-level Customer Service Trainer and is a Certified Personal Life Coach. Tom Watson has worked with elite teams including the Vancouver Canucks (National Hockey League), the BC Lions (Canadian Football League), and many other provincial, national, and international sporting organizations.

Tom Watson presentations highlight the fact that all of us have a story. We’ve all run into situations that either negatively or positively affect our lives. Tom’s life’s goal is to inspire those I speak to celebrate the positive moments, overcome the challenges and, through it all, influence others around us to reach for the stars!

Tom Watson book Man Shoes is a best-selling book and because of its success, he was the most Interviewed Author in North America in 2011/12.

Tom Watson has been married to my wonderful wife, Kathy, for 25+ years and together we have three sons (Brad, Kelly, and Jordan). Tom lives outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In my free time, He enjoys watching sports of all kinds, in particular football. Tom love eating Captain Crunch cereal and vacationing in Mexico.



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Tom Watson Topic Presentations

who you are makes a difference

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  • An eye-opening and heartfelt keynote that will bring you from tears to laughter.

    Tom Watson is a master storyteller who was abandoned as a baby and lived in thirteen foster homes before his fifth birthday. His preschool years of abuse and neglect left lasting scars that endured even after he had been placed with a loving and supporting family.

    Tom Watson shares his personal journey and showcases several amazing mentors as well as random encounters that helped him overcome life’s challenges.

    This dynamic and enthusiastic presentation will encourage you to create positive moments with others and celebrate Yourself Because Who You Are Makes A Difference!

    Audience’s takeaways:

    • Find your Purpose and how it drives you to make a difference.
    • Grow your Passion in a way that fuels your life and further aligns you with your commitments.
    • Show your Pride because it defines you and inspires those around you.

    Have your audience realize their true power in making a profound difference.

from handshakes to hugs

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  • Lift people up and inspire them to evolve and grow their appreciation of themselves, their teammates and their paying customers.

    Business Owners, Senior Management and Frontline Staff rave about this brilliantly conceived, funny, inspiring and memorable keynote address. Tom Watson is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur whose companies thrive on the “From Handshakes to Hugs”  philosophy.

    Simply maintaining existing service efforts in today’s increasingly crowded marketplace will not grow your company’s market share in years to come. “From Handshakes to Hugs” encourages businesses and their staff to take customer experience to the next level.

    Audience’s takeaways:

    • Love what you do, and who you do it with and never forget why you do it.
    • Serve your teammates and paying clients today like there is no tomorrow – see how focusing on serving boosts your effectiveness and leads to positive end results.
    • Care about the people you work with and serve more than you care about your pay cheque – watch your business and personal income grow!

    Inspire your audience to take customer experience to the next level.

life’s a journey — meet your potential

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  • Learn how to bring your team together with everyone moving in the same direction

    Life does not come with a manual, but it does come with many challenges. Tom’s rags-to-riches story illustrates the importance of making good decisions and building a strong support team to help you reach your full potential.

    Audience’s takeaways:

    • Learn what makes a dream team.
    • Explore 6 Steps to effective problem-solving.
    • Practice 10 keys to fundamental teamwork.

    Get moving on your journey and call us today.

building business passion from within

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  • Your passion is your power, add hard work and the formula equals success!

    Keeping a team motivated can be challenging. In this message, we stress the importance of building a strong company culture, the value of superior customer service, and why investing in your team translates to bigger profits.

    Audience’s takeaways:

    • Find useful tips for handling team cycles.
    • Discover 7 false assumptions about mission statements.
    • Learn how to pull your goals right out of your vision.

    Turn your passion into action, call us today.

find your personal & professional super-powers!

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  • Activate your SUPER-POWERS with intention and purpose

    Breakout or webinar format: 45-60 minutes

    Research shows that a growing concern for many people is the fear of “having a meaningless life”. Finding one’s personal mission and then fulfilling it, is perhaps the most vital activity in which a person can engage. We will guide you through the process of creating your personal or corporate mission statement. Our toolkit will help you focus your energy towards a more intentional and meaningful path.

    Audience’s takeaways:

    • Identify your group’s passion and meaning.
    • Evaluate past successes.
    • Link mission, vision and values.
    • Practice using the YBL toolkit.

    Engage your SUPER-POWERS and contact Your Better Life today!


I went through a roller coaster of emotions throughout the presentation (laughter and tears)… Tom is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker. His delivery encouraged, entertained and prompted those present to create their own personal sense of improvement.

Chris Nelson

Tom’s content was really relevant and moving. He is a very powerful speaker with wonderful stories that draw you in. He is a true inspiration and was absolutely my favourite speaker of the day.

Anne Titcomb

Thank you so very much for taking the time to make a difference in my life and reaffirming that children are our future and deserve every opportunity that we can provide.

Bobbi Thomas

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Man Shoes
Man Shoes
Man Shoes
How to book Tom Watson for an event?

Tom Watson keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Tom Watson delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Tom Watson from Vancouver, British Columbia for your event to inspire the audience to take action and make change in their work and their lives. Your workplace will benefit from our keynote speaker and their keynote talks and speeches will shift the mindsets or behaviours for the audience members in Canada. 

Interested in booking Tom Watson for an event?

Are you looking to hire Tom Watson for your event? Tom Watson Vancouver, British Columbia is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Tom Watson is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Tom Watson is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Tom Watson from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Tom Watson to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Tom Watson creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Tom Watson from Vancouver, British Columbia offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Tom Watson is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Tom Watson focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Tom Watson will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Tom Watson’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Tom Watson speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

How much does it cost to hire Tom Watson for a keynote presentation or virtual event?

Tom Watson is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Tom Watson speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Tom Watson to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Tom Watson for your event. As Tom Watson's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization’s behalf to try to help you get in touch with Tom Watson and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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