A proud Australian with successful careers in professional sport, executive management and sales, Eric draws on his unique life experiences and a wealth of knowledge in the field of personal and organizational excellence to create powerful and inspiring presentations. With presence and personality, he commands a room like few can.
He has delivered his messages of motivational and health across media channels as host of a radio show for 3 years, writer of the weekly newspaper column “Body and Soul” and he has appeared on television as an ex-pro athlete and expert in the field of personal development.
Eric has delivered talks and training sessions to many multinational corporations, including Nike, McDonald’s, Ford, Nissan, Reebok, Toshiba and Canon, to name a few. He has also brought uplifting, youth-focused messages to students at hundreds of schools around the world.
The visionary power of Eric Bailey is poised to transform your next meeting or conference into something extraordinary.
Born in South Central Los Angeles, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in America with a bone disease in both knees, Eric was abandon by his birth parents. He fought incredible odds to elevate himself into a brighter future. Dealing with racism, drug infested surroundings, gang violence, low socio-economic conditions and a school system that said he would never graduate; his turning point came at age 14 when Eric began to plan his future - not by saying, but by doing. Training every morning and studying every evening. He tried out for the Basketball team at school and went on to take his high school basketball team to its first and only state Championship!
Because of Eric’s planning, persistence and passion, he received a Basketball scholarship to Boise State University and graduated with a Bachelor in Marketing and Communications. Eric came to Australia in 1982 to play basketball in the National Basketball League. He played with the Hobart Devils, Melbourne Tigers, and Gold Coast Rollers. During that time he worked in many customer driven businesses such as sales, promotions, fitness, media, marketing, basketball coaching, and health industries.
After retiring from basketball Eric decided to direct his passion into motivating and activating people. One of his first roles was to be the host of the NBA ALL STAR weekend Jam session, the first person to be brought in from outside the USA. Here he was able to combine his communication skills, marketing, sport, and energy to actively energize over 100,000 people over a three day weekend.
Eric has used all of the lessons of life, sport, and international travel to now deliver dynamic presentations and interactive workshops.
“Eric was vibrant, entertaining and managed to engage our audience from the word go.”
Samantha O’Brien Fundraising and Public Relations Manager, Zoe’s Place
“Eric had a vision that was perfectly aligned to what we experience each and every day. WOW! His ability to engage his audience was infectious and powerful beyond my expectations. I saw grown men cry when Eric relayed his very personal story of birth and setbacks. What makes Eric so unique and effective? He is real! He researched our industry thoroughly and interpreted it brilliantly. His balance of wit, humour and pathos left our team wanting more.”
Lenore Sieber RE/MAX Vision Real Estate, Convenor Australasian Convention
“He worked with us and gave so much of himself that each staff member and executive leader walked away feeling positive and touched that this man could share such personal reflection in such a motivational way. Even our most negative staff member turned the corner. That says something about the skills, tools, and ability of this man to effect change from the bottom up!”
Susan Paterson Director, Suncorp Financial Services
“Eric has brought our workers closer together, reduced absenteeism and improved communication. Eric displayed substance with style and passion. Rated 10 out of 10!”
Michael Symes, Filtronics Pty. Ltd, Asia Pacific Exports Internation