Inspirational Speaker; Empowerment, Diversity & Business | Phil Drinkwater

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Inspirational Speaking:
A Journey to True Happiness Through Self-Discovery and Empowerment

Embracing Neurodiversity: Challenges and Realisations

Diagnosed late in life with ADHD and possibly Autism, I’ve navigated the complex waters of neurodiversity. This journey, marked by a struggle to align with societal norms, has shaped my unique perspective.

Innocence and Intuition: The Early Years

In my youth, a natural authenticity guided my pursuit of joy. This intuitive approach to life was pure and unadulterated, but it was not to last forever.

The Mask of Conformity: Losing Myself

As I entered my teenage years and early adulthood, a sense of difference crept in, leading me to adopt a ‘mask’ for societal acceptance, a common refuge for many with neurodiversity.

Safety Behind a Façade

The mask was a shield, a way to navigate a world that often felt alien. It was a survival tactic, but it came at a cost.

The Stress of Misalignment

My initial career in programming was fraught with challenges. I grappled with fitting in, leading to a sense of displacement and uncertainty.

Entrepreneurial Endeavours: Seeking Happiness in Success

Starting a business, I hoped for fulfilment, yet I was plagued by fears and anxieties, particularly regarding financial stability.

The Price of Misguided Pursuits

This path led to physical and emotional turmoil, including chronic pain, overwork, and burnout. 

Despite business success, personal fulfilment remained elusive.

Awakening to Self-Acceptance: The Path to True Success

A pivotal realisation dawned: pleasing others was a direct path to personal discontent. This epiphany marked the beginning of shedding my protective mask.

Rediscovering My Voice

I learned that emulating others, especially those who are neurotypical, was not the answer. 

The true answers lay within me, waiting to be uncovered again.

The Power of Self-Belief and Coaching: Finding My True Calling

My passion for coaching stems from this journey of self-discovery. 

I am now dedicated to helping others rediscover their inner voice, bolstering their self-confidence through supportive guidance.

The Path Unveiled

Ultimately, I found what I had been searching for all along. 

The key to fulfilment was always within me, a realisation that has profoundly re-shaped my life and career.


I’m a successful business owner, whose company has made over £15million.

I’m a programmer by trade, but I’ve had a number of careers and jobs and side-hussles. Find out more about me here.

I believe that anyone can largely have whatever they want, when they listen to themselves and focus on their strengths.

Instead though, so many find themselves working within their weaknesses, and failing to find the success they’re capable of.

My motivational speaking focuses on my journey to self-discovery. Anyone can have this journey.

Most speaking is around the 40 minute mark, although that can be customised to fit your requirements.

I’d love to answer questions from the audience, and I hope they will do so.

Get in touch for a personalised quote that will take into account your unique requirements.

Most definitely. This is a very common option today. I’ll prepare a speech which is suitable for this kind of audience.

Humour is a great way to engage the audience, so yes I’m happy to laugh at some of my unique challenges along the way.

Vulnerability is a key element of storytelling, so yes, this will always be included. I’m an open book.

If you have something in mind that’s important for your audience in terms of gaining motivation from my story, I will indeed tailor my approach to your needs.

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