We’re off to a flying start in 2020 with the news that the world-renowned women’s rights activist, athlete, mountaineer and Nike Running Ambassador Manal Rostom has joined Speaker Buzz.
Manal now uses her voice as a speaker to raise awareness of the hijab and of women’s rights on the global stage.
What kind of physical and mental strength do you need to become the youngest woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole?
How do you find the confidence and courage to tackle huge challenges like hauling a 90kg sled for 702 miles into a minus 50C headwind and across crevasses and 6ft high wind-formed waves of snow?
And how can these experiences be transferred to other walks of life to inspire others?
by Speaker Buzz speaker Craig Mathieson
"When I tell people about The Polar Academy, the children’s charity I founded which takes Scottish schoolchildren on hugely challenging expeditions to Greenland, they often ask how I select the kids for the trips.
Typically, people assume the obvious candidates for such demanding trips to the frozen Arctic wasteland would be the high-achieving, confident and sporty ones, or the really disruptive trouble-makers.
They’re always surprised to find out that I focus on the kids in the middle that I call ‘the invisibles’.
Exactly a year to the day since he was discharged from hospital after suffering a serious brain injury in a fall and being in a coma for several weeks, Olympic eventer Jonty Evans has joined Speaker Buzz’s roster.
Evans cites a positive mindset as a major factor in his recovery from his life-changing experience. Having joined Speaker Buzz, he will now share his remarkable story of resilience and determination with audiences through his work as an inspirational speaker.
Our amazing pal and speaker Mollie Hughes is literally putting her body on the line to fund her next adventure.
She’s launched a crowdfunding campaign that includes the chance to put a tattoo on her left bum cheek in return for a £15,000 donation!
She’s climbed Mount Everest twice and is now aiming to ski solo and unsupported from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole – but adventurer Mollie Hughes says fundraising for her next expedition is her toughest challenge.
That’s why Mollie, who uses her experiences to inspire others during her work as motivational speaker, has launched a special crowdfunding campaign for her next adventure, which has a very unusual top reward - the opportunity to add a tattoo on her left bum cheek!
Last year the amazing Cal Major captured the world-record for stand-up paddle boarding; she traversed the entire length of mainland UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Now she’s back on terra firma and on tour - by bike this time - to promote an incredible ‘Vitamin Sea’ film of her water-borne journey. Here Cal updates us on how it’s going and plans for the future.
Sara Sheridan reflects on attitudes to female achievement and sexism while raising a glass to CAMRA's recent banning of beers with sexist names
‘The value in history isn’t in looking backwards – it’s that history gives you the skill to understand where you are and to see where you are going.’
My particular interest is in women’s history – not because I’m more fascinated by women’s stories than I am by men’s, but because in the stories we tell about ourselves, women’s history is missing. Many people assume that the paucity of female history in our archive and print culture is down to the lack of impact women have had on society. I would argue that it is because we have been conditioned not to memorialize female achievement. Consider this: there are more statues to commemorate animals than women in the capital city of Scotland, the birthplace of the Enlightenment…
First Minister’s focus on wellbeing in recent TED Talk is encouraging
Speaker Buzz was founded on the simple belief that our collective mental, physical and emotional well-being has never been more important. The speakers we represent focus on making a positive contribution to the world by creating inspiration with impact.
That’s why the recent talk given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the TED Summit in Edinburgh resonated so strongly with us. We’re not taking any party-political side here; what resonated was Sturgeon’s argument for a broader, deeper definition of what it means to be successful as a country and as a society.