Public Speaking

Tom Crosshill public speaker

Tom Crosshill, the author of “The Cat King of Havana”, is a professional public speaker with many years of experience engaging teen and adult audiences. If you would like to arrange an author visit — in person or via Skype — please send us a note via the Contact section.

Scroll down for some of Tom’s most popular talks for teens, librarians and teachers.

Tom Crosshill public speaker

Tom Crosshill, the author of “The Cat King of Havana”, is a professional public speaker with many years of experience engaging teen and adult audiences. If you would like to arrange an author visit — in person or via Skype — please send us a note via the Contact section.

Scroll down for some of Tom’s most popular talks for teens, librarians and teachers.

Tom’s Talks for Teens

The Guy With Two Left Feet

An inspirational talk on how Tom — a clumsy, bullied kid — discovered that sheer stubbornness could change his life. The story of his voyage to a black belt in aikido — and to the stage as a salsa dancer.

Optional: Dance performance. Cuban dance and/or percussion workshop.

What Giant Robots Teach Us About Life

Tricks from literature and Hollywood for reframing  your life’s failures as paving stones on the road to success. A daily survival tool for teens and adults alike.

Expecting the Unexpected

We don’t know what the future will bring — what problems we will face and what skills we will need. This talk discusses how creativity helps us prepare for an uncertain future. With an optional focus on higher education and vocational training choices for high schoolers. 

Tales of a Transplant

On Tom’s experience coming to the US as a teen, the challenges of writing in English as a second language, and the strange, frustrating, wonderful process of learning to call someplace new your home.

Tom’s Talks for Teachers, Parents & Librarians

Tom offers a range of talks and seminars for teachers, parents and librarians — suitable for conference appearances, school & library visits, and professional development days.

A Year in Havana

A talk on a year Tom recently spent in Cuba — witnessing the ossified economy, the collapsing educational system, the powerhouse music & dance scenes, and the turbulent changes sweeping the island.

Optional: Dance performance. Cuban dance and/or percussion workshop.

The Teacher as Storyteller

Both when working with teens and as a corporate trainer, Tom relies heavily on storytelling to keep his audience engaged and learning. In this talk, Tom discusses his techniques for blending storytelling with traditional classroom content. 

Writing in English as a Second Language

Tom started writing fiction in English in his early teens. It took years of work, but eventually readers could no longer tell that he wasn’t a native speaker. In this talk, Tom discusses the challenges of this process — with insights for teachers and others working with non-native speakers of English. 

Optional: A discussion of writing in a second language as a controversial literary phenomenon (touching on globalization, challenges of translation, cultural appropriation and other issues).

Outside of the literary world, Tom has years of experience as a corporate trainer. He has taught thousands of professionals to present powerfully, engage in dynamic small talk, and negotiate conflicts successfully. Contact Tom to discuss your particular training or professional development needs.

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What Giant Robots Teach Us About Life

Tom speaks to a general adult audience at TEDx Riga 2014. His talk addresses tricks from literature and Hollywood for reframing your life’s failures as paving stones on the road to success. He has since adapted this talk for school audiences.