It’s no surprise that given the challenging year we have all faced – personally, at work, and in society – that we have needed all the resilience we can get!
Now that the end is in sight (fingers crossed!) and restrictions are beginning to ease, I wanted to look to my favourite motivational speakers on resilience who have helped me through the past year (or so) and will continue to inspire me.
Giles Duley is the first resilience speaker that I want to mention. He came in for a photoshoot in our studio back in August: all social distancing measures were observed and whilst he sat for photos, we were lucky enough to have Giles tell us some of his stories. He has led an amazing life and his resilience to get through his accident is an incredible story on its own, however, he also shares the stories of resilience and survival from the people he’s met as a photojournalist in some of the toughest situations imaginable.
Another resilience speaker that has helped me through lockdown is Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. She is a firefighter and a research fellow at Cardiff University. Sabrina has had to show resilience from a young age, becoming homeless at the age of 15 and selling The Big Issue for two years, after which she joined the fire service at the age of 18. As a motivational speaker, she provides a great mix of insight into her world as a firefighter and also the personal challenges she has had to overcome to get to where she is today.
Leroy Logan is another speaker who I have enjoyed listening to over the past year. His life and career are fascinating, he worked his way through the ranks to become a Superintendent in the Met Police. He fought for a fairer justice system and building relationships with police and local communities. The beginning of his story has recently been portrayed in Steve McQueen’s series Small Axe, Leroy was played by John Boyega and it gives a small insight into the resilience Leroy had to get through the day to day when he started his career.
The final resilience speaker that I wanted to mention is Kate Richardson-Walsh. Kate was the captain of the gold medal-winning hockey team in Rio 2016. Kate tells the story of how they reached gold and the resilience of the team to keep pushing through the highs and lows. She explores the journey she went on personally but also the changes the team had to go through and the resilience the players needed to overcome defeats and have a winning mentality.
This is just a snapshot of the resilience speakers I have heard over the past year, there are many more motivational speakers from all areas of life that are able to give audiences inspiration to keep going, especially when people are feeling burnt out!
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