Book an Inspirational Speaker for Your School

20 January 2020

Inspiring the future leaders and decision makers of the country is no small feat and booking an inspirational speaker  for your school is the perfect place to begin. An external speaker, regardless of their background, will inspire your students to reach for the sky and fulfil their incredible potential.

Furthermore, inspirational speakers can help students overcome difficulties, open up a safespace to discuss important issues and the path to success by sharing their story. Whether that be a physical, mental, or emotional challenge, if you’re looking to book an inspirational speaker for your school then this list is a great place to start.

James Ketchell

Following a serious motorcycling accident that nearly lost him the use of his legs, James Ketchell became the first British person to both row single handed across the Atlantic and summit Everest. Since then his love of adventure has taken him across the world.

In 2013, James embarked on an 18,000-mile unsupported global cycle, through 20 countries and cycling on average 100 miles a day. Then more recently, James circumnavigated the globe in a Gyrocopter travelling a total of 37,000km.

Sharing what motivates him to pursue some of the incredible adventures he has been on, his key message is that we can all set ourselves difficult goals and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within everyone. A wonderful option to inspire school kids and teachers alike!

With the right mindset and the right attitude, you can actually do anything that you want to do. There is nothing that you can’t do, but you’re going to have to want to do it.

Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris is the youngest British woman to reach both the top of Everest and the North Pole, but she accomplished her dream with no previous climbing experience. A true spokesperson for not giving up and chasing your dreams.

It was as she listened to two men describe their own climbing experiences in a university lecture, that Bonita decided to invest in some mountaineering boots and tackle Everest. Becoming an entrepreneur and adventurer overnight, on the 17th May 2010, she took those record-breaking steps upon the summit of the world’s tallest mountain.

Bonita delights audiences with her rivetingly rocky journey from a novice climbing wall to 29,029 feet above sea level. Her story will leave your students inspired to overcome their own personal mountains.

All those little steps do make a difference… you just have to trust that they will add up.

Anthony Bennett

Anthony contracted 3 viral infections; Streph-Pneumonia, Influenza, and Staphylococcus, on a 2006 school trip to Disneyland. Given just a 10% chance of survival, Anthony was resuscitated 12 times while at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Since undergoing a full recovery, Anthony transformed from a shy teenager into a confident, inspirational and motivational public speaker and charity fundraiser. Sharing his experiences, Anthony will take your students on a journey of motivation, overcoming fear and the importance of teamwork.

Life is a temporary experience that will come to an end. If you left and right and see people beside you, if you can wiggle your toes… you are still part of this magical experience. Live life, love life and enjoy every moment and keep pushing towards your superpower and inspiring everyone around you.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is the Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities.

Recognised as thought-leader in the tech space, Anne-Marie was a child prodigy passing maths and ITC GCSEs at aged 10, A-Level computing at age 11 and is one of the youngest people ever to be awarded a Masters Degree at Oxford University at 20.

Passionate about getting more girls interested in STEM, Anne-Marie is a creative, influential and true leader, and continues to inspire, educate and engage her audiences. The perfect inspiration for your students if they want to pursue a career in STEM.

You have the permission to try new things so go ahead and trial, learn, test and improve!

Steve Brown

Steve Brown was just 23 years old when he tripped and fell from a first-floor balcony, paralysing him from the chest down and changing the course of his life forever.

After months of recovery, Steve hit a turning point when he left hospital and joined the London Wheelchair Rugby Club. In 2006 he was awarded a place in the GB squad and in 2007 he was part of the team that won gold in the IWRF European Championships. Steve was then awarded the captaincy in 2011 and was picked to lead the GB team into the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Steve speaks openly about his own inspiring journey of injury and recovery, life’s pressures and aiming for excellence. With his warmth, his humour and his honesty, he will captivate your students, leaving them invigorated by his example.

Me breaking my neck in the way that I did was a change of direction. It wasn’t the end of anything, it doesn’t mean everything’s over. It’s all about taking those transferrable skills and applying them to other areas of life.

Zoe Jackson

Multi-award-winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts training. The school has now grown to over 500 children, providing a space for them to express their creativity.

Zoe is passionate about championing young talent, creating affordable access to the arts and empowering young people to live their dreams.

Through the arts and enterprise, she campaigns to raise awareness and support for the challenges facing young people. Zoe's strength as a leader and an inspiring role model is in her passion for engaging and empowering young people.

It’s okay to be a little bit crazy and to think big, to dream big, and to step out and take those risks.

Hayley Mulenda

Hayley Mulenda, described "an inspiration for the next generation", delivers inspirational talks to empower students and young adults to sustain a healthy mental well-being and turn their pain into purpose.

Growing up in one of the poorest areas in London where knife crime was at an all time high, Hayley decided she wanted to stand up and show to other young people in her community that there are other options out there. After nearly taking her life in 2016, Hayley realised how the increasing issue of mental health is affecting young people and BME groups, leading her to become an active advocate for mental health.

Not on a mission to lead a generation but to save one, Hayley reaches into the dark place she was once in, delivering inspirational talks to empower students and young adults to sustain a healthy mental well-being and turn their pain into purpose.

Your current situation is not your final destination.

Keegan Hirst

Keegan Hirst is a professional rugby league footballer, currently playing for Wakefield Trinity, and was the first British professional rugby league player to come out as gay.

After years of denial which lead to mental health struggles, Keegan realised he had to be truthful to himself and those around him, which he knew was going to significantly change his life. Coming out on a public platform, he hopes that by talking and sharing stories then it could help others feel comfortable sooner.

Encompassing the importance of teamwork, diversity & inclusion and his battle with mental health issues, Keegan's inspiring and heart-warming story will impart important lessons that students can benefit from.

Talk to someone… a problem shared is a problem halved… If you bottle it all up, you’re just making it worse.

Nicolas Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton is a prime example of ‘you can do anything if you put your mind to it’. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Nicolas became the first disabled athlete to complete in the British Touring Car Championship.

At 18 months old Nicolas’ parents were told that he would never walk and that his eyesight was extremely poor and would deteriorate as he got older. Handling the challenges presented to him with the same dedication and determination that his disability presents to him on a daily basis, Nicolas exceeded all expectations.

In his first year he showed the world of motorsport that an individual with Cerebral Palsy can be just as competitive as an ‘able-bodied’ individual in a very physical sport, and now he shares his incredible journey with the world.

Dream the impossible – goals are only limited by attitude

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE captained the GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years and has the honour of calling herself the most capped British hockey player in history.

Seeing through four Olympic games together with her hockey teammates and now wife Helen Richardson-Walsh, she knows all too well the gruelling diet, routine and training programme needed to become an Olympic champion.

In winning the Gold in 2016, Kate also made history in becoming one half of the only same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal on the same team. Inspiring the next generation, Kate shares her incredible journey alongside some of the tough lessons she had to learn on the world’s stage.

This is just a selection of the 7,500+ amazing individuals we work with, so if you’re looking to book an inspirational speaker for your school then contact us  today and one of our friendly experts will be happy to help.

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