Dan Allum

Award-Winning Inspirational Speaker,
Director, Playwright & Composer

Some stories are more powerful than others. They have the ability to inspire, to motivate, to change lives…

Dan has one such story to tell.

All you have to do is listen.

It is a story of determination. A story of hope.

A story that lets you know that you have the potential to do anything you want and be the person you aspire to be.

Meet Dan Allum

Dan has a unique and inspirational story to tell. From his upbringings as a Romany Gypsy, Dan spent the majority of his early life travelling around the UK in a caravan and he was unable to read or write. Not letting these odds defeat him, he decided to teach himself to read. He then attended university and gained a B.A. Honours degree.

Since then Dan’s drive and determination has seen him develop himself into an award-winning writer for stage, screen and radio. He has developed original TV drama series with the BBC, ITV and Left Bank Pictures (makers of The Crown). For the stage, he has created new work at the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Royal Opera House. He is also an established writer for radio. His new Folk Opera opens in Budapest later this year, while his musical play, Carmen – The Gypsy is being performed in Madrid, Spain. Dan is also performing a UK concert of his own music in 2020.

Dan is living proof that each of us has the capacity to achieve great success despite the obstacles that lay before us. As a speaker, he challenges his audience to re-evaluate conventional thinking, beliefs, and perceived limitations and offers his own unique approach to peak performance and achievement. By combining creative thinking with optimum focus and a passionate desire to succeed, Dan shows how it’s possible to unlock the infinite potential that lies within us all.

In his new online course, THE BEST YOU YET, Dan will share his strategies and ‘out of the box’ thinking to inspire you to reach your highest potential and achieve your goals whether that be in business, the arts or life.

To find out more about how to become THE BEST YOU YET or to book Dan for your next event, email dan@danallum.co.uk.

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“Rise above yourself and grasp the world”

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Dan is passionate about inspiring people.
Teaching himself to read and becoming an award-winning writer opened the doors to a whole new world.
Now he wants to help people free themselves and say: I CAN DO MORE!

WHAT MAKES DAN UNIQUE?

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Motivation

Dan’s determination and passion have helped him conquer the odds and achieve his life ambitions, and he is keen to share what makes him excel.
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Inspiration

From teaching himself to read and going on to forge his own successful career in the arts, Dan’s is a story that is uniquely inspirational.
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Peak Performance

Find out how Dan has developed himself as an award-winning writer, composer and leader and learn from his out-of-the-box strategies.

TESTIMONIALS

“The delegates were captivated and awed by Dan’s enormous achievements while at the same time finding his practical step by step approach to achieving our full potential invaluable.”

EMMA HELEY

COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

“BRILLIANT and very inspiring!! A great talk – beautifully structured without a word wasted. The entire audience was engaged from Dan’s first word to the last.”

DOUG WILLIAMSON, FCA FCT

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

“I loved Dan’s talk, what struck me most was his authenticity. His story is extremely compelling. He was calm, cool and composed and phrased sentences with great impact. His mission is very honourable as he is all about being at the service of others and inspiring them. Hats off to you Dan!”

JULIE LEBOURG

AUDIENCE MEMBER

“A thought-provoking, incredibly inspiring talk from Dan. His relaxed demeanour put the audience at ease immediately and the content kept them engaged and wondering which direction it would lead until the end. They were not disappointed!”

MATT PETTITT

AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Dan, many thanks for all your help with training our senior managers here at Shell. Your professionalism and extremely high standards really took them to a totally new level of presentation delivery.”

DALLAS MCDONALD

GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER SHELL CHEMICALS LTD

“Adds a new dimension to public speaking. Fantastic… truly inspirational… I was in tears at the end.”

AGATHA NANFUKA

YOUNG POEPLE CHANGE THE WORLD SEMINAR

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AWARDS

2018 – Bus Stop wins award at Ink Drama Festival
2014 – Co-winner of Hothouse first film script programme
2011 – Atching Tan – shortlisted for the BBC’s Imison and Audio Drama awards
2004 – Film – A Gypsy’s Wish short-listed for Institute of Public Relations award
2003 – Winner of a Community Champions award for excellence
2000 – The Boy’s Grave screenplay won invite to Scottish Screen’s Opening Shots
1997 – First theatre play won 4 Awards at the Brantham Play Festival
1990 – Winner of silver and bronze medals for acting from the Lamda Arts Academy

Before you start your journey remember:

Passion is essential, but discipline is the key.
Willpower is a muscle – use it often and build it strong.
Optimism is good, but realism is better.
Grit is vital – determination and tenacity in the face of adversity will get you through.

As your journey proceeds remember:

Let challenge and achievement be your focus, but never stop learning, never stop improving.
Live your own life and dream your own dream. And when people tell you you’re wrong do it anyway.
Amateurs wait for inspiration; professionals go to work.
Work smart from the source – we all have our own source and it’s right at our fingertips.

When starting your journey remember:

Knowing what you want is important but knowing why is absolutely crucial.
Create the vision: get specific, know exactly what you want and when you want it.
Make a simple plan then resolve to see it through till the end no matter what.
Focus on the journey, the little steps that will eventually lead you to your final goal.

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