An Interview With Sally Becker
What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?
By telling the audience about my own experiences, I am able to show them that it is possible to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve one’s goal.
How did the corporate speaking begin?
I first began speaking to audiences in 1993 when I was trying to raise funds for innocent victims of war.
Which event has been your favorite and why?
In December 1993, I arranged to bring a convoy of humanitarian aid to Bosnia. Amongst the 270 volunteers were men and women from the fire and rescue services, doctors, nurses, former soldiers, office workers and truck drivers. The day before leaving Britain, I had to brief them on the forthcoming mission, and I did this by delivering a lecture about Bosnia and what our mission would entail. That particular talk was probably the most challenging because, while it was important to stress the dangers of the mission, at the same time I needed to keep them focused on what we were hoping to achieve.
If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
I would like to take part in an International Conference for Peace.
Who would you most like to share a platform with?
What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?
Corporate: Rescuing wounded children during the war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Women's Organizations I tell them about my adventures in Kosovo when I was asked to help a group of sick and wounded children and their mothers escape across the mountains. Schools and Colleges: I talk about saving Selma, a
Women's Organizations: I tell them about my adventures in Kosovo when I was asked to help a group of sick and wounded children and their mothers escape across the mountains.
Schools and Colleges: I talk about saving Selma, a 10-year-old girl who was severely wounded when she and her younger brother ventured into their backyard during an offensive. I end the story with our reunion at her wedding.
What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?
I tend to adapt my presentation according to my audience, whether it be Corporate, Womens’ Organizations, Jewish, Christian and Muslim groups or Colleges and Schools and I have a large selection of photographs to illustrate each of my stories. Although war is the backdrop to my presentation, some of my stories are humorous as well as moving and I always try and end my talk with something memorable, like carrying the Olympic flag with Mohammed Ali.
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