In just over seven months the world’s top athletes will be competing in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan. After four years of intense training, athletes will be fighting for an Olympic gold medal which is seen as is the ultimate achievement in sport.
The skills and experiences that many athletes have learnt competing and winning in the intense pressure cauldron that is the Olympic Games have extremely close comparisons with that of the business world. The lessons Olympic speakers have in overcoming adversity, goal setting, leadership and teamwork are all essential skills that any business wanting to get ahead will have to harness. So why not learn it from the best? Below are some of our most popular Olympic speakers:
Chris is officially Britain’s greatest Olympian with a record six golds to his name. Since retiring he has been instrumental in raising cycling awareness as well as forging a successful motorsport career. Most interestingly to businesses, Chris goes into depth about how he dealt with the highs and lows of his career, learning how to deal with defeats and to bounce back. The most impressive part of his typical speech is how, as a team, they constantly searched for that marginal gain that would put them ahead of the competition. The success of this was seen at the latest Olympic games with a record number of golds won by the Team GB cycle squad.
As Olympic speakers go there aren’t may as popular as Dame Kelly Holmes. Kelly was only the second woman in history to achieve both gold at the 800m and 1500m disciplines at the same games. On her journey to this achievement she had many setbacks that sidelined her during competitions. Not only did physical injuries affect her, but Kelly also suffered from significant mental health problems. She is known as one of the first public figures to really open up about her struggles with mental health and now talks with organisations and companies about the importance of having an open forum that allows people to find the help that they need. She has also done this through the setting up of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
A trailblazer in women’s boxing, Nicola was the first-ever female boxing champion. Since leaving the amateur game, Nicola had a successful professional run until injury lead to her retiring. Nicola now speaks candidly about the struggles she has gone through from how she funded her self in her amateur days to her personal problems. She also talks passionately about how sport helped her in life and given her the focus, dedication and psychological edge to compete and win on the world stage.