About Alan

In brief

■ Gifted coach.
■ Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.
■ Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
■ Chairman of Mensa International’s Gifted Youth Committee.
■ Consultant to GE General Electric’s award-winning Decoding Genius series.
■ Adviser to TEDxYouth, and ABC’s new Making Child Prodigies series.
■ Author of several books including Bright and People like me.


Alan D. Thompson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost gifted coaches. He specialises in working with families, and is an expert on high performance.

Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School, dedicated to enhancing the integrity of the field of coaching. He is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), working and training extensively through Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, and China. He is a Certified Genius Coach (USA).

Alan was the principal consultant to GE General Electric’s INMA Award-winning Decoding Genius series, and appears in the final episode. He has also advised TEDxYouth, and ABC’s Making Child Prodigies series (airing in 2018).

Alan is the Chairman of Mensa International’s Gifted Youth Committee, and also the National Gifted Children’s Coordinator for Australian Mensa.

Having spent over a decade as a sound designer to high performing celebrities, Alan was a part of the creative and technical teams behind the largest international events on the planet (Red Bull Air Race, Christmas at the Sydney Opera House, Taipei Dome). He has worked with many high performing young stars, including the Australian Billy Elliot, Nikki Webster, and the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in Asia.

His coaching practice, Life Architect, helps clients to shift from bright to brilliant.

He has published dozens of books and articles in the gifted and high performance space, including BEST: A practical guide to living your best life, BRIGHT: Seeing superstars, listening to their worlds, and moving out of the way, and the pioneering picture book for gifted toddlers People like me.


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Casual bio

I’ve woken up at dawn on the great wall, chased helicopters in a jetski, stayed at 7-star hotels with gold cutlery, spoken from the general assembly podium at the UN headquarters in New York, swam with dolphins, laid on the grass at parliament house, rang the swan bells in Perth, crawled through the ceiling (and bowels) of the Sydney Opera House, trained with firearms, undergone hypnosis, squatted twice my own bodyweight, climbed 70m+ trees and 1km+ mountains, been to the top of some of the world’s tallest buildings, snorkelled off Coral Bay, rounded sheep, sent an email (in 1995), played a tabletop game using my mind (and a sensor strapped to my head), sat on the design panel for a famous building, collected post-nominals longer than my full name, detonated explosives, written a computer virus, thrown furniture out of top-floor hotel windows, and laughed a lot.