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Steve Cunningham


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"Steve provided us with an inspirational message, and a thrilling view of how to make things happen, against all odds."
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Steve Cunningham is an international motivational speaker, conference speaker and after dinner speaker. He has been totally blind from the age of 12, but has never allowed his disability to define or restrict him. Steve is a witty, articulate and passionate man who tells it how it is, and does not suffer fools gladly.

The world disappeared from his view one sunny day, as the green and picturesque Malvern Hills became shrouded in a sinister, creeping grey mist. Confused and very lonely, Steve found himself totally, and irreversibly, blind. He was 12 years old.

Sport has always been Steve’s passion, and when his aspirations of becoming a professional footballer with his beloved Aston Villa were dashed, he simply amended his dream, adjusted his talent and went on to captain the England Blind Football team, become a member of the England Blind Cricket Eleven and play to a golfing handicap of 24.

"Thank you for making my colleagues realise that anything is possible with the right belief and mind set"
Sanderson Group PLC

Steve then broke the 100m World Junior Blind sprint title.

Steve had a dream to drive fast cars, so took to the wheel and powered to a new world blind land speed record. He then set new onshore and offshore powerboat records. Holding records on land and sea, Steve then took to the air, and found international media fame as the world’s first blind pilot.

As a motivator he is second to none, giving a complete insight into his own personal achievements thus providing a new perspective for others, and inspiring real change and determination.

Steve’s services as a motivational speaker are in high demand – England’s Rugby team, Wasp RFC, England Cricket Team, Bolton Wanderers FC are just a sample of the sporting bodies who have used Steve in enforcing the “together a team doctrine”.

But breaking records is easier than breaking those barriers we set ourselves, and his deeply-moving story takes audiences on his journey from despair to success. The audience will learn that anyone can break barriers; that the path to true success is in our minds, and not our ability or environment.

A humorous, entertaining and painfully-honest speaker, he makes audiences laugh and cry. A genuine man, Steve sees no disability in his total lack of sight, but takes pride in sharing a true vision which many sighted people fail to recognise, leaving the audience motivated and inspired to achieve their own potential.

Speaking Topics

Totally blind from the age of 12, and an international sportsman, Steve Cunningham is a motivational speaker of the highest calibre.

  • Motivation
  • Sport
  • Inspirational

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Interview with Steve Cunningham


What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?


All clients that I work with will come on the journey, appreciate that the only thing in life that is stopping you achieving is yourself your attitude and how you deal with change, challenge and rejection. We all hear how tough life is, what we can’t do or achieve, we turn negative situations and circumstances in to an opportunity and look at the positives, who you are, what you want to do and how we are going to make it happen. Ultimately it is the responsibility of us to take control make a plan set ourselves some goals and by doing this the success will follow.


How did the corporate speaking begin?


The corporate speaking began for me after I set the World Blind Land Speed Record in 1999. I presented to over 1200 delegates at the Rotary International Conference in Harrogate. I have since gone on to be an educational lecturer working with schools, colleges, universities and Head Teachers conferences across the United Kingdom.


Which event has been your favourite and why?


My most memorable event was when I spoke at Ely Cathedral last year in front of over 1000 people. To get a standing ovation was truly amazing and something I will never forget. The Bishop told me that he had never witnessed a standing ovation in his cathedral and said it probably would never happen again. The other outstanding event was when I worked with Prince Philip at St James’ Palace last year when I presented the Gold Awards at the Duke of Edinburgh celebrations.


Why do you love being a speaker?


There are many reasons why I love my work and what it is I do through the speaking platform. To have the opportunity and ability to inspire motivate and work with people getting them to appreciate their own potential and achieve their ambitions or dreams on a personal or commercial level. We look at who we are, what we want, where we are now with our lives, and how we are going to turn what might be in to reality.


If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?


If I had the opportunity to speak at a venue or country of my choice it would have to be in America at a top conference; working with people and helping them and their businesses improve and develop to a level they probably never thought possible. In addition to that working within the educational sector in American schools, colleges and universities.


Who would you most like to share a platform with?


To work and share a platform with either Stephen Fry or Jamie Oliver would just be truly a dream come true. I love cooking and could learn so much from Stephen, who I have met on the odd occasion.


What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?


The passion energy confidence and self-belief are key areas of the delivery throughout the presentation. The people I work with leave the conference with a tablet of motivation and a feeling that the impossible is possible. They look at their own lives, revaluate their own lives and take action. This generates the change and improvement on themselves and their business. All the delegates have my own personal email address, this then allows them to work with me on a much more comfortable and independent level.


What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?


Relaxation is a key area for me. I love to spend time on Sunday, washing the car, mowing the lawn having a glass of wine whilst cooking the Sunday roast and listening to the football on the radio or some relaxing music, walking across the fields with my guide dog, Foster and generally just pottering around, a typical family day.


What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?


My main aim would be to leave a positive legacy in education and business, create a better living and working environment in industry and society for disabled people; work with blind children abroad, probably in India, and retire to Spain, Italy or California.

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