Debra Searle | Motivational Speaker, Professional Adventurer and Founder of 5 Companies

Debra Searle

Motivational Speaker, Professional Adventurer and Founder of 5 Companies

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Debra Searle

Debra is a British professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur. Best known for rowing solo across the Atlantic, her expeditions have taken her around Antarctica, up to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between. She has also launched five companies, is a published author, has presented for the BBC and is a trusted corporate speaker. The movie of Debra's Atlantic rowing story is currently in development in Hollywood. Her Majesty The Queen has recognised Debra on two occasions - in 2002 with an MBE and in 2014 with an MVO. She has spoken at over 1000 events across 38 countries.

In 2022 Debra was ranked no.3 in the World’s Top 30 Motivational Speakers, after Simon Sinek at no.1 and Tony Robbins at no.2, making her the highest ranking female motivational speaker in the world. The movie of Debra’s solo Atlantic row is currently in development in Hollywood.  Debra has 20+ years of speaking experience, has spoken at over 100 events across 40+ countries. 

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Choose Your Attitude
It’s not magic, it’s mindset

Research shows that 75% of a top performer’s success can be attributed to positive attitude traits, with only 25% of their success attributed to skillset. Debra helps people tap into that 75% by sharing her amazing personal story of rowing the Atlantic solo after her husband was rescued from their small boat. In her speech, Debra shares the attitude enhancing tools she relied on during those 111 days alone at sea. More than just an inspiring storyteller, Debra leaves her audiences with practical and actionable golden nuggets for work and life success, and ideas around how to stay connected with your team. Her ‘Choose Your Attitude Toolkit’ helps leaders and individuals to support themselves, rather than sabotaging themselves mentally when the pressure is on, so they can show up well for their colleagues and clients.

Practical tools to stay motivated and build resilience / Mental Resilience & Wellbeing

There aren’t many people in the world who have spent more than 100 days totally alone, and there are probably even fewer who could say that they thrived during those 100 days. Debra Searle MBE spent 3.5 months unexpectedly rowing the Atlantic solo after her husband and rowing partner developed a crippling phobia of open ocean and had to be rescued from their tiny plywood boat. In these unprecedented times of unexpected change, self-isolation, and working remotely from your team, Debra will present the mindset and wellbeing strategies she has adapted from her time at sea and that she has successfully brought into her business life while working from home. This session is about hearing an inspirational story of resilience and the practical ways to stay positive and productive during times of adversity, when there is no obvious end to the journey in sight.

Choose To Challenge (Ideal for Women in Leadership Events or Female Talent Development Programs)

Debra took on her first board position at 27 years old, working with members of the British Royal Family. As the youngest and only woman on the Board, it challenged her confidence and courage to speak up and be heard. But Debra is no stranger to challenging herself! Debra has founded five businesses, one of which is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy, and has completed expeditions all around the world, including rowing solo across the Atlantic. In this inspiring talk for women and male allies, Debra uses storytelling to demonstrate how to choose to challenge yourself, how to challenge unconscious bias and how to challenge imposter syndrome to push yourself outside your comfort zone to make major step changes in your career and confidence.

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The Journeyby Debra Searle

The Journey

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Choose Your Attitude Journalby Debra Searle

Choose Your Attitude Journal

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