speaking & keynotes

Suffering can break you – or it can teach you how to lead people toward their own greatness” 

Kai Cheng Thom

i offer you presence, sincerity & conviction

Dear Ones, before I was anything else, I was born a storyteller. I came into this world with an umbilical cord wrapped around my throat, and ever since being freed from it I haven’t been able to stop telling the truth of my heart. It has been my privilege and honour to be invited to speak and perform poetry in a vast array of venues, including international poetry festivals, literary readings, university events, mental health summits, and social justice conferences. I have also been a guest on a wide variety of podcasts and radio shows, as well as a few television appearances. For a more fulsome description of my public speaking experience and offerings, please visit the relevant section of my author page: https://kaichengthom.com/speaking-performance/

For those who come to me specifically interested in keynote and public speaking related to my work as a somatic coach and consultant, I’m happy to let you know that I regularly teach and talk about the following topics:

MENTAL HEALTH from an anti-oppressive perspective

I do not provide “canned” or rehashed talks – every public appearance I make is a unique event. Though I often re-present my original material and theoretical work, I infuse these presentations with spontaneity, improvisation, and highly interactive elements. I consider any form of public speech an art, and I take it quite seriously (while trying not to take myself too seriously)!

If you are interested in booking me for your conference, summit, festival, or event, please get in touch at kaicheng@ariseembodiment.org

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