With first-hand experience dealing with great loss and great recovery, Pierce J. Brooks is an empowerment speaker giving practical solutions for people to find meaning and lessons from trauma. As a former college athlete, Pierce was pressured to excel in basketball, ultimately playing at the Division I level. After losing scholarships and his father’s tragic suicide, he hit a personal rock bottom before age 20. Pierce responded with personal reflection, examination, and realignment of purpose. Most notably, Pierce shared his story in his TEDx speech “Playing the Game of Social Pressure.”
Pierce is currently speaking online and at in-person events. He has transformed his career experience at CPG brands and sports and entertainment firms into a foundation for helping people across the professional and personal spectrum. Pierce is a graduate of Dickinson State University and the university’s first-ever student commencement speaker. He credits his uncle, Bill Duffy, one of the most successful sports agents in the world, for his guidance and positive influence. Pierce enjoys horseback riding, collecting vinyl records, and sharing his empowerment journey.
On 28 May 2020, Pierce J. Brooks announced the launch of his flagship brand and company, Empowered Storytellers. The company will be a go-to resource for all things empowerment and encouragement, offering a slate of public speakers (including Brooks), multimedia content, connected community, structured self-help and teambuilding. Empowered Storytellers will feature athletes, artists, and thought-leaders who have taken the steps to overcome their own traumatic experiences or limiting beliefs to share their stories with individuals and organizations experiencing similar circumstances.
10 QUESTIONS THAT PIERCE CAN BE ASKED
1. You experienced early success in basketball, elaborate on that.
2. You lost scholarships from 4 universities, how did that happen?
3. In your TEDx speech, you talk about your dad walking out of your games if you didn’t play well. How did that affect your relationship with him?
4. In your speech, you talk about how you took responsibility for your basketball career, even though it wasn’t what you wanted. How did you get there?
5. What lesson have you learned from basketball that applies throughout life?
6. How were you able to pivot into what you actually wanted to do?
7. How do you suggest that people can identify if they need to pivot in their lives?
8. You have lost your day job as a result of Covid-19. How are you dealing with that?
9. What is the meaning that you have found in life after Covid-19?
10. What is your overall message to people?
5 TOPICS THAT PIERCE CAN DISCUSS
1. Social pressure in youth sports or in general
2. Transitioning after a life of sports
3. Achieving the Pivot
4. Finding meaning from the madness of Covid-19
5. Recovery from loss in life