Born with no arms as a result of the drug Thalidomide, Alvin Law challenges his audience members to examine their current perceptions of themselves, other people, and the world around them so they too can overcome the same obstacles Law was faced with — not how to live and function with no arms, but how to be a successful, compassionate, positive, and engaged human being that leaves the world a better place than how they found it. Law is one of Canada’s most sought-after inspirational speakers, and is on a mission to spark a worldwide attitude revolution.
Law was adopted by a family who taught him how to use his feet as hands, and, in doing so, gave him the gift of freedom. Law uses his story to challenge audiences to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves about themselves, and inspire them to instead practice cultivating a more proactive and effective outlook on their lives; to stop making excuses and start making choices. Law knows, and demonstrates, that attitude is not about “thinking positive”, but instead how we look at and interpret life overall. It is a skill that can be learned and must be practiced to become a tool that can be used.
Law’s fusion of storytelling, musical performance, and down-to-earth humour connect with his audiences at an intimate, intense, and individual level. Over 7,500 organizations on five continents have used Law to ignite, engage, and transform their people.
In addition to being a professional speaker, Law is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser, award-winning musician, and the bestselling author of Alvin’s Laws of Life: Five Steps to Successfully Overcome Anything. He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honour shared by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide, and, in 2009,was inducted into the Canadian Association of Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame.