Tony Adams

Professional Motivational and Inspirational speaker. Ideal as your after dinner speaker or for conferences and staff training. Tony inspires all kinds of professionals!

Wellington, New Zealand.

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Tony Adams is a Wellington stockbroker, businessman and international dancer who has had a life of achieving against adversity and succeeding in troubled times.

Crippled at birth, he beat horrendous odds to win numerous New Zealand dance titles, become New Zealand’s first male tap dancing teacher. Even more amazing in June 2009 he joined a select few who hold multiple Guinness World Records by tap dancing at 17.6 beats a second for 60 seconds to be recognised as the fastest tap dancer in the world !

Tony battled with dyslexia as a teenager and over came this to achieve qualifications in architecture and share-broking. He received his share broking license just two weeks before the 1987 stock-market crash. Despite this timing he went on to become one of New Zealand’s leading retail stockbrokers and achieved such success that he was able to retire in his mid-40s.

Against a backdrop of falling CD sales and uncertainty in the future of the music industry he co-founded Sydney based Scorpio Music in 2005, the associate company of which now manages 12 international bands and acts including the hugely successful Evermore, Operator Please and The Hampdens.

Tony took his selling & customer psychology skills learned in stock market trading and applied them to the competitive world of retailing. Over a period of 4 years he opened 3 antique & collectibles shops in unfashionable suburban locations and achieved 500 customers per weekend in each shop. This was attained without a dollar being spent on advertising or promotions.

Over a lifetime of challenges, Tony has turned his life around by learning to overcome adversity in his business and personal life. He is passionate about sharing his three-step process for achieving powerful change – a process that can work for everyone whether in sales, management or on your own as a sole trader. He strongly believes that with the power of the mind we all have the ability to succeed in realising our dreams – whatever they may be. Tony is the partner of world champion mountain biker and stair climber Melissa Moon. Tony and Melissa support each other in their individual quests to be top of the world in their chosen disciplines. Tony has recently been seen on Close Up and Good Morning.

Powerfully transform your events with Tony’s high-impact presentations:

After Dinner Address

Tony entertains audiences taking a light hearted look at growing up as a dancer in a very tough neighbourhood looking like Forest Gump. He is now recognised as the fastest tap dancer in the world dancing at over 20 taps a second and tells of the motivation to achieve this recognition after 32 years of his tap shoes laying dormant. Tony describes the journey using two times world mountain running champion Melissa Moon as his coach to get physically and mentally fit enough to twice break the Guinness World Record™ “most number of taps in 60 seconds”.

To the delight of audiences around the world he demonstrates the various tap dancing styles from Fred Astaire through to the distinctive Irish Riverdance. With the silhouette of the crippled boy in the background he then showcases his dynamic speed tap dancing skills which leave audiences stunned.


  • Selling in troubled times
  • The power of the mind
  • A three step process to success
  • Achieving against adversity
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Building a business
  • Customer relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Market positioning
  • Management
  • Team building
  • Believing in yourself

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"We have used Tony Adams on many occasions to address our clients. He is an excellent presenter who draws on a vast array of personal experiences and our clients have always enjoyed listening to him. When we have asked him to speak on a specific topic he has always delivered and exceeded expectations."
John Barber, Principal, Wealth Design Ltd
"It has been an honour to work with Tony Adams. He presents with authority and enthusiasm and captivates audiences by sharing his wealth of personal experiences. He speaks with integrity and in doing so inspires you to achieve greater results. "
Leahna Hardie, Director, City Brokers Hardie Ltd
"Tony Adams is truly inspirational. He has influenced many aspects of my business and personal life with amazing results. His passion and encouragement for helping people to ‘live their dreams’ is infectious."
Victoria Hamilton, Naturopath, Life Perfect World
"The keynote presentation on social media marketing was truely inspirational for all who attended. We cant wait to try all the new marketing techniques that Tony shared."
Jos Kunnen - CEO,Critchlow Ltd, NZ

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