Author, Entrepreneur & Paralympian
Author, Entrepreneur & Paralympian
Although physically challenged, Lloyd Bachrach has never let anything keep him from achieving his dreams. Lloyd faced a huge uphill battle from the day he was born. He turned his challenge into a strength, first by excelling in a variety of sports, then taking his confidence and insight to others seeking a positive message and life strategy.
Yes, Yes You Can!
On Artificial Limbs
Living “Differently-Abled” in an Inclusive World
As children, we are taught told to look away when we see a person who is different. In this speech, Lloyd Bachrach shares his unique experiences of living with a severe physical disability and the obstacles he faces. Audiences are able to see the world through an entirely new lens in this fascinating keynote address. Although many organizations and institutions are becoming much more accepting, there are few opportunities that allow us to have open dialogues in which we can explore our differences.
Lloyd’s inspirational program is extremely powerful on several levels. It allows audiences to understand his physical and emotional challenges, to consider the experiences of people who have other kinds of differences, and to examine the meaning of the term “differently-abled.” Lloyd reveals how, to some degree, we are all differently-abled.
Audiences see how comfortable Lloyd is with his own unique—though often challenging—body. He also helps audience members understand an array of challenges that many differently-able bodied people experience. And most importantly, Lloyd’s message strongly resonates with each individual and helps them to become empowered. After learning about Lloyd’s successes, listeners feel ready to overcome their own challenges!
Yes, You Can!
In this motivational keynote address, Lloyd Bachrach inspires others with his riveting story about living with a severe physical disability. Born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), a rare congenital bone deficiency, Lloyd faces tremendous challenges on a daily basis. Lloyd’s humor, honestly, and open perspective put audiences at ease. As part of the Yes You Can! Program, Lloyd removes his prosthetic legs so that the audience can see his real legs, fully conceptualize his challenges, and gain an understanding of how the artificial limbs help him. Lloyd demonstrates how he achieved success in a variety of sports ranging from Little League Baseball to gymnastics—in which he excelled throughout high school in college— to Sitting Volleyball, the sport for which he competed at the 1996 Paralympics.
Lloyd also inspires audiences with his “five keys to success”:
- Build High Self-Esteem
- Focus with a Positive Attitude
- Set Powerful Goals
- Maintain a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit.
After hearing Lloyd’s uplifting Yes, You Can! message, audience members gain a new perspective on overcoming their own personal challenges, no matter what they might be.
B’zelem Elohim: “Created in G-d’s Image”
Born with a rare congenital bone deficiency, Lloyd Bachrach shares the story of his life from a “Jewish” perspective. In this keynote program, Lloyd describes his strong connection with his Jewish heritage. He explains how, around the age of 6, he had a kind of spiritual awakening when he grappled with the question “Why did G-d put me into this unique and challenging body?” Though quite young, Lloyd had a meaningful revelation when he thought “Perhaps I am the one created in G-d’s image.” He began to see his own personal challenges in a whole new light. He realized that his successes seemed to inspire others and this gave him a great sense of purpose in his life. Lloyd believes that we are all born with the ability to follow in G-d’s ways, to live as caring human beings. “Reaching out to others strengthens us and connects us with good. When we take on new responsibilities or challenges, we can work in partnership with others and be strengthened by their help. When our assistance is needed, we can offer it graciously, so others may be strengthened by us. Thus, helping us be more G-dly.”
“Thank you for a job very well done yesterday with your powerful, inspiring and thought-provoking presentation. Many participants were moved by your story. You delivered a stellar presentation with comments that motivated our leadership team.”
“Lloyd, you did not just hit a home run…you hit a grand slam!”
“You were fantastic! You received high marks from our sales team.”
“Thank you for putting on a phenomenal keynote.”
“Many people sought me out after today's session and thanked me for bringing you into their lives!”
“My employees left with a feeling of empowerment.”
“I am extremely grateful for the one hour I was able to spend listening to your message.”
“Thank you for your wonderful and inspirational address at our Annual Sales Meeting.”
“Lloyd’s story is a great demonstration of determination in the face of adversity. He engaged and inspired the audience throughout the program. We’re excited to work with him again!”