An Interview with Sally Gunnell
If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
I don't think I there is one specific event I could name but I suppose if I had to narrow it down it would be an event where I get to tap into my experience and achievements to make a change and where I get the opportunity to work more in depth with the audience!
Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
My first speaking engagement was for IBM which was to about 3,500 people! Very nerve racking but I took myself back to the place I put myself before an important race and drew on my knowledge and experience! I actually got to practice what I was about to preach...!!
What’s the worst thing that has happened to you during an event?
I feel I have been very lucky with only video equipment failing to work.
What was the last event you spoke at?
The last event I spoke at was for Aviva.
Which event has been your favourite and why?
It has to be an event I spoke at in Mauritius! I think you can understand why this has to be one of my favourites...
Which speaker/performer do you most admire and why?
Again, another difficult one to answer but I suppose it would be any good speaker that makes a difference; that helps and encourages their audience to make a difference to their own lives, however small!
What is your worst on-stage habit?
I can on occasion talk a little fast. It's not through a want to get it over and done with but more so through excitement. That might stem from the events atmosphere, audience engagement or the impact I hope to have on an audience/event.
Do you have any riders or special requirements?
No! I like to think I quite a genuine down to earth person so I just take each person and situation as I find it.
Why should an organiser hire you to speak at their event?
I've never been one for self-promotion so I thought I would more appropriate to tell you what people have said about me - 'I have listened and hired several speakers but I have never seen so many entranced faces than when Sally was on stage. They were inspired!' She certainly left us all with a bit of a lump in the throat from watching the DVD and feeling very fortunate to have her as our guest speaker.
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