Nicholas Boothman is passionate about human potential. Boothman spent the first 25 years of his working life as a fashion photographer and as a father of five children. He met so many people with tremendous potential but without any people skills – they were like roses with rubber bands wrapped around them – and they’d never blossom until someone took off that rubber band. He made up his mind to be that person. He took a risk and traded in his cameras for a laptop. Before long he was visiting schools showing kids how to ace interviews and get jobs. From there it grew fast and within 6 months he was invited to be the kick-off speaker at the AT&T Canada annual convention at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. That event kick-started his new career as a speaker and author. Today, Boothman speaks all over the world and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages. His hottest business speeches are: How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less and Be Brave Take Risks and Make Great Things Happen. And why not? Connecting and stepping out of your comfort zone are the only ways individuals and businesses can grow and innovate. More than 500 corporations, thousands of small businesses, and six of the world’s leading business schools have contacted him to rally and inspire their staff to take risks, connect, communicate and articulate their business ideas. Boothman currently lives on a farm outside Toronto Canada with his wife Wendy, the most exciting person he’s ever met. And he even still goes into schools.