About Sheldon R. S. Crocker
Crocker has learned the importance of adapting positively to any situation despite being born with Arthrogryposis, (a neuromuscular condition that affects the bones which cause the lack of muscular development, contraction at most joints, designed unable to crawl and also unable to raise my arms above my chest and other mobility limitations.)
Doctors thought I would never walk on my own. As I had braces on my legs, and a bar between my feet connecting both shoes until I was about 5. I learned to walk by placing my back against the wall, and sliding along. The only way I could get downstairs was to sit on my bum and bop my way down.In his powerful talks, Crocker infuses his audience with his unique and unforgettable humour, inspiring them to live their dreams. Crocker has been interviewed on several national news programs and networks. He was also featured on the MerB’y Documentary and Calendar, making history as the first person with a physical disability to do so.
As a person who struggled with making friendships, he won the Human Relations Award during his Dale Carnegie training. He’s a chorister with Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir. He has been an Ambassador spokesperson for AccessibleNL; he is currently Vice President of Public Relations with Iceberg Alley Online Toastmasters. He has spoken at AGMs of social justice organizations and other specialty groups.He’s been interested in public speaking and sharing his lived experiences since he succeeded in stopping his addictions 20+ years ago. The latest accomplishment for Crocker is he spoke at a “TEDx – Style” event presented to the Chabad of Newfoundland. His biggest accomplishment is he can call himself a Published Author of a book entitled ‘KEEP on WALKING – A Transformative & Inspirational Journey’
Overall, Crocker has toured the world virtually, presenting, speaking and inspiring in over 10 countries. He remains an active presence on the international stage as the current Past-President of the Positive Thinkers Club – St. John’s. Combining his passion for helping others with his knowledge of engaging the masses, Crocker has become a strong advocate for inclusion, integration and diversity. He says he has dis-Ability, dis-Ability to step out of his comfort zone, dis-Ability to help others recognize their inner strength through Empowerment.My message is unique, motivating, and can be tailored to meet your needs for length and/or theme. I’ve been told that my talks have helped people to take a deeper look inside and convince themselves that good things come to those who work at it. I’m passionate about my message, compassionate and empathetic with other people and humble with personal lived experiences of actually dealing with the issues I talk about.Message: Choosing wisely today will determine the outcome of your tomorrow; “What you do today shapes your future.” Everything depends on the time and effort you put into yourself today.
THE CLIENT’S FRUSTRATIONS
- We compete on price, and our customers don’t get what makes us different.
- Even I am uncertain at times about the future vision of our company.
- We must continuously explain it to our employees.
- It is difficult to attract and retain top talent.
- Due to unplanned growth, our product/service brands are too inconsistent.
- Acquisitions and mergers can worsen messed-up brand architecture.
- If people knew the true facts about us and our industry, we’d easily be leaders.
- The bottom line is that without profit, there is no business.
- No matter what we do, we can’t seem to get to the next level.
- No strong foundation of business control when challenges arise, simply on the ride.
STATE THEIR FEARS
- Afraid they don’t really know what they’re doing.
- Many owners fear money. Not having enough, losing what they have, not making enough.
- Many owners fear there is some BIG thing out there they might miss.
- Most owners care fiercely that they have a hard time letting others take over.
- Many owners are perfectionists and don’t believe anyone can do it as well as they can.
- Getting sued or some other catastrophe happens.
- Being fearful and obsessed about the markets and the economy
- Burnout. There are not enough hours in the day – there never will be.
- Fears of not being able to pay employees. Feeling responsible for people and their families.
- The fear that others may take my clients away or do things better.
For years, Crocker has lived by the motto, “stay positive, adapt, and make things work.”
While unable to crawl and raise his arms above his head because of Arthrogryposis (a neuromuscular condition), he has learned a valuable lesson about adjusting to life’s unexpected challenges.
Until he was about 5, doctors thought he would not be able to walk without help. He learned to walk by sliding along a wall. He had to sit on his bum and bop his way downstairs.
His love of pool led him to develop an unusual way to play the game using just one arm. He became The One-Armed Bandit.
In addition to competing in some of the world’s largest pool tournaments, Crocker has appeared on a number of national news programs.
Known for his distinctive style and memorable humor, Crocker inspires his audiences.
The first person with a physical disability to appear in the MerB’y documentary and calendar.
He won the Dale Carnegie Human Relations Award despite having trouble making friends when he was younger.
His home for 6 years has been Stella’s Circles’ Inclusion Choir.
His previous positions include Ambassador for Accessible and Vice President of Education at Iceberg Alley Online Toastmasters.
Besides AGMs, he speaks at special events.
Having successfully stopped his addiction 20+ years ago, he shares his experiences.
His most recent endeavor was speaking at a TEDx-style event organized by the Jewish Congregation of Newfoundland.
A published author of ‘KEEP on WALKING – A Transformative & Inspirational Journey,’ he considers this his greatest achievement.Crocker has presented, spoken, and inspired in more than 10 countries via the Internet.
He maintains an active presence on the international stage in his capacity as past president of the Positive Thinkers Club – St. John’s.
Through his passion for helping others and knowledge of engaging the masses, Crocker is a strong advocate for inclusion, integration, and diversity.
His view of disability is more like dis-ABILITY to challenge himself, and dis-ABILITY to empower others.
People who hear his talks take a closer look inside and become confident that consistent work will lead to positive outcomes.
As someone who has lived through the issues he discusses, he is passionate, compassionate, empathetic, and humble.
He hopes to make a difference in someone’s life because of the experiences he wished he could have had as a child.
He began speaking publicly about his life challenges six years ago.
Sheldon says, “I felt like I had no voice for much of my life and was too afraid to share my stories. But now, I tell my story so often that one day, people will get up and say fifteen simple, and powerful words.
“My name is ______, I have lived with a physical disability, (mental illness, extreme addiction or whatever group is speaking,) and I am joyful.”