Below are just a few of the programs that Joe Torrillo has to offer. After you book Joe Torrillo as your speaker, he will spend time with you by phone, making sure he has a clear understanding of your topic and messaging goals. Joe will create a customized program that is right on target for your attendees. They will leave your event inspired, and excited to use the information they learned during his session.


Buried Alive With the Will to Survive - From Devastation to Inspiration

Sept 11th, 2001, is the day where the world stood still.

Buried, crushed and bleeding beneath the tons of rubble of the South Tower, Joe wondered what life could be if given just one more day. He was miraculously found alive by rescue workers with multiple fractures, a massive brain injury and barely breathing. The light of day was something he always took for granted. Within ten minutes of being rescued, Joe was buried again under the debris of the second collapse …the North Tower. Joe now travels the world sharing his amazing and inspirational story of survival. A real and regular person, he shares his lessons of managing fear under the most horrible situations.

The lessons Joe learned on and after September 11, 2001 inspire attendees to thrive through change under any circumstance, and to accept and handle unexpected stress and adversities - redirecting them with positive empowerment toward reaching their goals and dreams. Attitude and perseverance are everything. **This program will be customized by Joe to meet your goals for the session.

  • “You’ll never know your true strength until your weakest moment.”
  • “Success is not luck - it is the intersection where preparation meets opportunity.”
  • “Happiness is the paying the price of building character and a good reputation.”
  • “Bravery is the coward that escapes from inside of you.”
  • “The first step of getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
  • “The best lessons in life often come from the bad and the wrong, for they are the ones from which you learn the most.”
  • “Self doubt is our worst enemy, for it seeks to compromise our ability to succeed.”

Teamwork Now More Than Ever (your organization’s name listed there)

In a weak economy, with constant threats of downsizing and layoffs, human behavior will fester in many different ways. Competition has always been the name of the game and will always be what most employees consider their path to job security.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day a company suffers from cut throat competition. All Firefighters consider every “save’ and every rescue a team effort and rightfully so.

Why not take a Firefighter’s attitude, carry it to the common workplace, and instill the concept of teamwork for the benefit of all.

Joe inspires all levels of employees to keep a “Team State of Mind” in all of their projects and job duties. Attendees leave this session with a renewed sense of their important individual role as a part of the Team!

Putting the Spark in __________’s Fire (your organization’s name listed there)

This is a corporate focused presentation focused on bringing all levels of employees and managers together, and re-identifying the intent of a person being dedicated to their work or job. Joe parallels his own career as a 25 year Lieutenant with the N.Y.C. Fire department as both a labor leader and an upper manager.

The end result has “the workers” and “the boss” recognizing and appreciating each others’ contribution to the efforts of the company.

Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

Stereotyping are generalized convictions about people, places and things. Stereotyping is a mental vision that transforms a person’s views and ideas based upon prior perceptions.

It happens almost instantaneously, all humans are susceptible and it is something that is hard to control.

The big questions that arise are as follows:

  • Is it bad to stereotype? (not always).
  • Why do we stereotype? (Because of prior perceptions)
  • Should we harbor the guilt of stereotyping? (Not necessarily Not until you look at who sets perception)

Beginning with his introduction, Joe sets the stage for his audience with a funny and perplexing appearance. From that point, and until the end of the presentation, the attendees for the first time in their lives begin to fully understand the issues and problems surrounding prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, and how they develop.

The “ key point “ of the presentation is to remind everyone that stereotyping in general is not the issue, but more importantly it’s how we react to stereotyping - which can be a huge problem. Joe will give explicit examples of stereotyping, and will prompt audience participation.

This presentation will be sure to teach the skills that may prevent incidents where a person alienates another, ultimately ruining potential relationships or windows of opportunity. The audience will leave the presentation fully comprehending that those who do the most for us in life, are usually those that we least expected. The moral to the story is: Treat everyone equally, because you’ll never know who your heroes in life will be.

The Price Tag of Greed, An Overview of a Chutes and Ladders Life

In a world where all too often the ownership of materialistic things becomes a person’s priority, people in general have an insatiable need to satisfy their every want and desire.

Unfortunately, greed often leads to a life of crime and other misdeeds. Truth be told, after all is said and done - most people end up losing much more than ever stood to gain. Along with their losses, come severe regrets that compromise their happiness, dignity and respect forever. Additionally, their families often pay the cost of their unsavory behavior as well.

Joe was a poor kid from an Italian ghetto in Brooklyn, New York who was exposed to a life of crime as a young kid. Instead of following in the footsteps of gangsters, he earned his way in to the most accomplished and respected organizations in the world, the New York City Fire Department.

Hear the stories of people of fame and notoriety who threw it all away for the sake of illegal and immoral actions. Using simple arithmetic, people will be amazed how devastating costly greed inflicted mistakes can be.

Everyone from the Mafia to missionaries will be discussed, and attendees will think not twice, but a hundred times, before they themselves fall to errant ways. The final message to the audience is simple: It can take a lifetime to build a reputation, but you can lose it one split second.