10 reasons why people hire me as a speaker. Public speaking is feared by many but I quite enjoy it as a job. Being a public speaker has been part of my life for many years – 30 years plus. It all began when I was a kid and engaging in various charity work. I would use my voice to try and make a difference in some way. Professional speaking is a fun job and is a space that is natural to me. There are many professional speakers. Here’s why people choose me to speak at their event.
Communication pre-event is extremely important for me and I make myself available to whenever suits the client to discuss their needs and requirements. I also ask my clients to define a successful event. This guidance gives me an understanding of their aims and objectives. My ultimate priority is the satisfaction of my client. This is gained through effective communication.
Motivation is an essential part of your life; when you are motivated you feel you can achieve anything and you are likely to attack any project with passion; believing you can and will complete the task. The same is true in the workplace; motivated employees have higher levels of job satisfaction and higher levels of productivity. They also tend to have lower levels of staff turnover. My keynotes will motivate and inspire your staff.
Inspirational speakers such as myself help audiences look at the big picture of their own lives, encouraging them to aspire to be the best version of themselves possible. I couldn’t choose how I was born but I can choose how I live my life. I choose to be visionary, not blind. She chooses to have an endless vision. My disability has not stopped me academically, professionally, or in the sports world. I am living life to the full. Within the space of three months, I was awarded two Ph.D. doctorates. In October 2017, I received an honorary Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland. Moreover, in December 2017, I received an academic Ph.D. from Dublin City University. I am also a double Guinness World Record Holder. In February 2018, I broke the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance for a female on a treadmill in 12 hours. I am also the first Irish female to do the world marathon challenge. Sinead and her guide runner [John] completed their first marathon of the challenge at Union Glacier, Antarctica followed by running a marathon in Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and finally Sydney (Oceania). I came joint-first in the marathon in Dubai. This is all remarkable given that I only did my first marathon ever in October 2014 and only took up running in April 2012. I inspire audiences to overcome personal and organisational paralysis with simple techniques that combine professional focus and inner self-discipline. I weave humor into my keynotes whilst sharing my message with the audience.
Leadership is determined by the inside out – our actions, results, and impact on others. The challenges that await us on the inside are many: How do you deal with mental health in the workplace? What do you do with employee anxiety? Where do you find your meaning? Being an athlete in ultrarunning has taught me many leadership skills that can be applied to business. For example, athletes recognise the importance of teamwork and trust. Athletes know how to deal with adversity and conflict. Athletes know how to think strategically and adapt when necessary.
- Adversity and Resilience
Whether we like it or not adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the big challenges we have in life. Every challenge and every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence, and ability to conquer future obstacles. We can turn obstacles into opportunities if you’re willing to have a growth mindset. Resilience is a person’s ability to bounce back from adversity and grow from the challenge, Ultrarunning is based on endurance. Ultra runners, such as myself frequently face obstacles both during training and on race day. Since endurance athletes have greater clarity around resiliency, this can translate well in the workplace.
The foundation of all team building in the workplace is having shared goals to which all team members are committed. “The bottom line is… We simply do not do life alone.” This is a phrase that Sinead will use in her talk. People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of teamwork or how to develop an effective team. Fostering a cohesive group can be a challenge. All too often people think to throw a bunch of people together and to call them a team will get better results. Usually what happens is the dedicated, hard workers end up doing more work and the slackers get to do less. Assessing your team and actively implementing change are both keys to taking your returns to the next level. My experience in sport has shown me the essential elements of teamwork and I will share them during my keynote speech. For example, I got to represent Ireland on the Women’s Ultra Running Team at the 24 Hour Ultra Running World Championships. I know how high performing teams work. Understanding team dynamics and what makes them work can lead to greater innovation, increased profit, and happier employees. A good team, powered by diverse experiences and expertise, is inherently more innovative and driven.
- Change Management
Change Management keynote speakers are a critical part of any organization that leads, manages, or enables people to accept and embrace new processes, technologies, systems, structures, and values. Change Management speakers are adept with content such as dealing with uncertainty, fear, risk, and effort, overcoming obstacles, attitude, breaking paradigms, visualization, adversity, resilience, determination, decision making, and work-life balance. Many of us are going through changes, both personally and professionally. It is an on-going process. My life has been filled with change. My keynote speech will give you an insight into dealing with change in a productive way. Effective change management requires moving forward with no guarantee of success. You can plan and strategize all you want, but at some point, you will have to implement that change. Only then will you know for sure whether it works or not. For example, I have come 2nd female in many ultrarunning events. I have wanted to better my performance. Part of me didn’t want to change my strategy because I feared I would start falling in performance to the 3rd or 4th position. However, the other perspective is to try to implement something new and that may bring me from 2nd to 1st. However, I wouldn’t know until I took the risk in the race and implemented the change.
- Diversity and Inclusion
The economic and social value of diversity, equality, and inclusion is increasingly being recognized by businesses and governments around the world as invaluable. Organisations that do not value an array of perspectives lose growth opportunities and suppress innovation. Organisations are quickly realising the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace: creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving, to name a few. My personal and professional experience of diversity and inclusion will help your company understand about: implicit biases, different cultures, and empower employees to be their most authentic selves leading to healthier and happier corporate environments. My clients value the humour and light touch I bring to the subject of diversity and inclusion whilst also communicating the important messages around the value of inclusion.
- The mindset to run a marathon and an ultramarathon.
Ever wondered why so many CEOs around the world are long distance runners. Running a marathon is like running a startup. It teaches you patience, enhances your capabilities and imparts you with the right attitude. Running a marathon is hard and so is running a company. Each one requires utmost dedication. The importance of practise and preparation is the key to success. Preparation for a marathon requires thorough practise which includes strength training, nutrition and putting in long runs and understanding your body so as to achieve the dream of long distance running. Business is all about long distance and not sprinting. Startups require a marathoners mindset. An entrepreneur needs a proper understanding of business & proper practise of skills for success. We always need to keep stretching ourselves in sport and business. Beyond the marathon distance is an ultramarathon. An ultramarathon is any race longer than the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Being a successful ultramarathoner is not glamorous. It involves running at least 100 miles each week on a consistent basis. It involves struggle, suffering, setbacks, disappointments, doubt, discomfort, and fear. It’s like when the water’s cold and we’re scared to go in. Diving in is a shock, but we quickly acclimatise and move on. Whether it’s starting a company, switching careers, or having kids, when we accept that it will be difficult instead of pretending it becomes easier. It’s about finding meaning in the purpose of the suffering and the adversity. It’s about mindset. It’s about mental toughness. It’s about mental resilience. I find many parallels between ultrarunning and building a successful business. Goal Clarity: Every successful endeavour begins with goal clarity. This involves establishing specific goals that: a) you truly want to achieve, b) you believe are attainable and c) you feel worthy of achieving. Every business owner should be clear about the specific, attainable goals that will determine success in their business. Envisioning the finish line is critical.
Most marathoners and ultramarathoners after their race in general analyse and go through their performance to determine how they can improve themselves in sport Businesses also need to give time analysing competitors as well as scrutinise their journey so far. It’s important to learn from mistakes and to see obstacles as opportunities for learning.
- Positive Mindset
A positive mindset relates to your attitude. Your attitude towards your day is how your day will unfold. Motivational speeches can teach you that positivity breeds positivity. Your attitude will impact how you feel and in turn your motivation and also your productivity. Negativity can be similar to a train that builds speed as it moves downhill. When things start going wrong, it can feel as though they will never turn around. It can be very helpful to listen to a motivational speaker because I will confirm for you that this happens to everyone. I can teach you how to take that negativity and stop it in its tracks. Here are some tips: start the day with a positive affirmation. Be Grateful. Add humour to your life. Learn from setbacks. Focus on the present. Surround yourself with positive people who want to build you up. Listen to a podcast even if for only 5 mins. Almost anybody in any situation can apply these tips to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. As you might imagine, positive thinking offers a lot of benefit but it has to be practised daily to see the benefits.
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