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Tristan Miller has had an incredible story, for such a regular guy. He dealt with a number of life’s highs and lows, before finally losing his dream job at Google in the Global Financial Crisis of 2009. Instead of laying down, he turned his life into an amazing adventure by running 52 marathons in 52 weeks, in 42 countries, on all 7 continents!
Out in the lush hills around Belgrave, outer Eastern Melbourne.
I’ve been a barman, a corporate video producer, an advertising copywriter, an insurance salesman, a radio salesman and an account manager at Google.
I think my time at 3AW radio gave me the drive to succeed in sales and in life. Working at Google was a sensational addition to my CV. It was the best big corporate experience I could have had, but I’ve since realised I prefer to do my own thing.
My footage of the grand adventure 2010 was used to produce a 1 hour documentary for ESPN. My book, Run Like Crazy is published in Australia.
Education. I think I’ve had brilliant opportunities in my life because I’ve continually kept educating myself. As Australians we are exceedingly lucky to have the gift of education, as it allows us to make informed decisions in difficult situations and gives us the tools to explore the world!
I was ‘that guy’ on tv, and in the newspapers during 2010 when I completed my famous adventure. I recently popped up again on Sunrise and many radio stations to promote my book.
I’m regularly on sports radio shows talking about running and all things fitness crazy!
These days I’m sponsored by Saucony, so I’m well funded to keep racing around the world. I’ve run the Marathon Des Sables (250km across the Sahara) in 2011, then the TransAlpine (320km across the Austrian Alps) in 2012. I’m also putting my own race together, called The Bull Run. 75km from the Yarra Valley to Melbourne’s CBD.
I attended Tristan’s presentation with the Year 12 students. He was engaging, interesting and made his point with clarity. Tristan’s story certainly engaged the students, particularly but not exclusively, the boys. He was very well presented, was thoroughly prepared, used humour effectively to connect with the students and generally provided an experience that gave the students something to consider beyond the scope of this year, especially in regard to the potential that they have to find their place in the world following unexpected and challenging pathways. Tristan has spoken to our Year 12 students twice and I would happily engage him in the future.
Tristan helped us out at short notice. [He] arrived on time and provided a fast paced, well organised and inspiring presentation. He was engaging, amusing and very likeable and the feedback from all participants was overwhelmingly positive.
Tristan was fantastic. We’ve been running a similar event for 11 years and Tristan is the best speaker we have had. The students and staff were totally engaged for the 45 minutes and he delivered exactly the message we were hoping for. Highly recommended.
I have now heard Tristan speak twice – once at a Leadership Program Graduation in a room with 120 adults and today at a Leadership Breakfast in a room with 60 Year 9 and 10 high school students. His message is as relevant and inspiring with young people as it is for adults. The only problem is that you leave the room wondering what you have been doing with your life! A fantastic speaker, and really nice guy.
It was an outstanding presentation – well structured, organised, delivered and timed. The feedback that I received from various audience members in the days afterwards indicated that his story and its associated messages, resonated well. Given the number of our students who were in attendance Tristan’s insights relating to dealing with adversity, proactively pursuing opportunities and engaging fully with the world, were particularly important.