Anna Hemmings MBE - Inspirational Speakers

Anna Hemmings MBE

Anna Hemmings MBE, OLY – 2 x Olympian & 6 x World Champion ‘Infusing the business world with the secrets of sporting success’.
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Anna Hemmings MBE - Inspirational Speakers

Anna Hemmings is Britain’s most successful female kayaker with a staggering 9 World and European Championship gold medals.

Anna Hemmings is a leading inspirational speaker and recognised specialist in the field of resilience and high performance. She works globally with business leaders and teams helping them develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours to deliver exceptional performance.

By age 24, Anna achieved three World Championships and competed in the Olympics, later earning an MBE in 2010. Despite initial doubts from coaches about her size and strength, Anna proved them wrong, only to face a setback with a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis. Overcoming this, she won three more world titles and competed in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Since retiring, Anna has excelled as a speaker and Performance Coach, founding Beyond the Barriers consultancy. Her elite sport experience and business leadership provide valuable insights into overcoming challenges for outstanding results.

In her speeches, Anna Hemmings reveals the thinking, methodology and techniques she used to become a world champion 6 times and how those strategies can be applied directly to the business world. Global brands have trusted Anna to inspire their people to achieve more, including Red Bull, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Rolls Royce, IBM, Unilever, Vodafone, Roche Pharma, British Airways, Deloitte LLP, RBS and many more.

Key insights from Anna’s engaging and thought provoking speeches are brought to life through entertaining anecdotes from her journey in sport and business. She has a proven track record as an accomplished, inspiring and humble speaker. She makes sure that she has a clear understanding of the audience, the company and their industry; ensuring that each presentation is designed specifically for the client.

Anna’s sporting achievements were recognised at the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards, where she won the 2005 Champions Award and then again in 2007 when she was voted BBC London Sports Personality of the Year.

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Featured Topics Include:

1
Getting the Competitive Edge

Exceptional individuals are not born they are made. Anna’s mission is to provide clients with the key skills and mindset required to succeed at the highest level. In this inspiring speech she reveals the thinking, methodology and techniques she used to become a world champion 6 times and how those strategies can be applied directly to the business world.

  • What does a winning mindset look like and how to develop it
  • Techniques for sustaining high performance and success year after year
  • The power of extraordinary goals
  • How to prepare like a pro and execute exceptional performance
  • How to achieve constant and never-ending improvement (CANI)
  • Non-negotiable behaviours of a champion
2
Resilience: Success in the face of adversit

Having had her own struggles and overcome adversity, performed under pressure in challenging environments and studied and worked with resilient leaders and teams over the last 14 years, Anna knows how to support organisations and equip them with the tools to boost resilience. In this inspiring keynote she presents highly effective and practical techniques to ensure you are well equipped to thrive through turbulent times.

  • How to develop a resilient mindset
  • Overcoming adversity and bouncing back stronger
  • Thriving in the face of challenge and setback
  • Techniques to perform under pressure
  • Going from destructive to supportive thinking
  • Managing perspective and focus of attention
3
Building World Class Teams

High performing teams are finely tuned, they consistently perform at a high level, they achieve outstanding results and it doesn’t happen overnight but with the right tools and mindset it is possible. Anna’s simple, practical and powerful tools are a fusion of the latest research and science of performance together with pioneering principles from the world of elite sport for the development of high performance teams in the business world.

The core of this speech is built around the framework of the 5 Behaviours of a Cohesive Team Model (which Anna is an accredited trainer) and is illustrated through inspiring anecdotes from Anna’s journey in sport and business.

  • What does a high performance culture look like and how to develop it
  • Why trust is at the foundation of a high performing team and how to build it
  • The importance of focusing on collective results
  • Embracing accountability for enhanced performance, higher standards and quality of work
  • Encouraging healthy conflict and debate for more innovative and creative ideas
  • Developing commitment for better, faster decisions and complete buy-in
4
The Resilient Leaders Toolkit

The businesses who thrive through periods of adversity and rapid change are the ones who have resilient leaders who drive them forward. Resilience leaders are more effective under pressure, have the ability to think clearly and make rational decisions in the face of challenge and create opportunities for growth. Using the Resilient Leaders Elements framework Anna will share how you can become a resilient leader. She will take you on an inspiring journey and reveal the behaviours, actions and strategies that leaders need to be resilient and have impact.

  • The importance of clarity of direction and a unifying purpose
  • The power of authentic leadership and building strong relationships
  • How to develop leadership presence even when you’re not in the room
  • How to engage and motivate teams by understanding what drives us and others
  • Strategies for resilient decision making and thinking correctly under pressure
  • Building confidence to navigate through uncertainty and change
5
Gold Medal Winning Confidence

Confidence is one of the key factors underpinning high performance; it provides you with a strong foundation for getting the best out of yourself, for dealing with pressure and for bouncing back strong from adversity.

  • Strategies for enhancing or regaining confidence when its fragile
  • Using your signature strengths to boost self-belief
  • The power of imagery and the inner voice
  • Discovering the confidence to step out of your comfort zone
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
6
Peak Performance Unleashed: Unveiling Olympian Strategies

In this inspiring and engaging speech Anna reveals the thinking, methodology and techniques that she used to fulfil her dream of becoming an Olympian and how she won 6 world championship gold medals and more importantly, how those strategies can be applied directly to your world. In this new speech, developed specifically for the Paris 2024 Olympic Year, Anna will ensure that delegates walk away ready to unleash their inner Olympian, feeling empowered and with belief in themselves and their ability to achieve more than they imagined.
Key insights from this thought provoking speech are brought to life through entertaining anecdotes from her journey as a two time Olympian and multiple World Champion.

Key takeaways include: Develop a winning mindset, Build unshakable confidence, Thrive under pressure, Develop the non-negotiable behaviours of an Olympian and Overcome fear and step out of your comfort zone

1
Getting the Competitive Edge

Exceptional individuals are not born they are made. Anna’s mission is to provide clients with the key skills and mindset required to succeed at the highest level. In this inspiring speech she reveals the thinking, methodology and techniques she used to become a world champion 6 times and how those strategies can be applied directly to the business world.

  • What does a winning mindset look like and how to develop it
  • Techniques for sustaining high performance and success year after year
  • The power of extraordinary goals
  • How to prepare like a pro and execute exceptional performance
  • How to achieve constant and never-ending improvement (CANI)
  • Non-negotiable behaviours of a champion
2
Resilience: Success in the face of adversit

Having had her own struggles and overcome adversity, performed under pressure in challenging environments and studied and worked with resilient leaders and teams over the last 14 years, Anna knows how to support organisations and equip them with the tools to boost resilience. In this inspiring keynote she presents highly effective and practical techniques to ensure you are well equipped to thrive through turbulent times.

  • How to develop a resilient mindset
  • Overcoming adversity and bouncing back stronger
  • Thriving in the face of challenge and setback
  • Techniques to perform under pressure
  • Going from destructive to supportive thinking
  • Managing perspective and focus of attention
3
Building World Class Teams

High performing teams are finely tuned, they consistently perform at a high level, they achieve outstanding results and it doesn’t happen overnight but with the right tools and mindset it is possible. Anna’s simple, practical and powerful tools are a fusion of the latest research and science of performance together with pioneering principles from the world of elite sport for the development of high performance teams in the business world.

The core of this speech is built around the framework of the 5 Behaviours of a Cohesive Team Model (which Anna is an accredited trainer) and is illustrated through inspiring anecdotes from Anna’s journey in sport and business.

  • What does a high performance culture look like and how to develop it
  • Why trust is at the foundation of a high performing team and how to build it
  • The importance of focusing on collective results
  • Embracing accountability for enhanced performance, higher standards and quality of work
  • Encouraging healthy conflict and debate for more innovative and creative ideas
  • Developing commitment for better, faster decisions and complete buy-in
4
The Resilient Leaders Toolkit

The businesses who thrive through periods of adversity and rapid change are the ones who have resilient leaders who drive them forward. Resilience leaders are more effective under pressure, have the ability to think clearly and make rational decisions in the face of challenge and create opportunities for growth. Using the Resilient Leaders Elements framework Anna will share how you can become a resilient leader. She will take you on an inspiring journey and reveal the behaviours, actions and strategies that leaders need to be resilient and have impact.

  • The importance of clarity of direction and a unifying purpose
  • The power of authentic leadership and building strong relationships
  • How to develop leadership presence even when you’re not in the room
  • How to engage and motivate teams by understanding what drives us and others
  • Strategies for resilient decision making and thinking correctly under pressure
  • Building confidence to navigate through uncertainty and change
5
Gold Medal Winning Confidence

Confidence is one of the key factors underpinning high performance; it provides you with a strong foundation for getting the best out of yourself, for dealing with pressure and for bouncing back strong from adversity.

  • Strategies for enhancing or regaining confidence when its fragile
  • Using your signature strengths to boost self-belief
  • The power of imagery and the inner voice
  • Discovering the confidence to step out of your comfort zone
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
6
Peak Performance Unleashed: Unveiling Olympian Strategies

In this inspiring and engaging speech Anna reveals the thinking, methodology and techniques that she used to fulfil her dream of becoming an Olympian and how she won 6 world championship gold medals and more importantly, how those strategies can be applied directly to your world. In this new speech, developed specifically for the Paris 2024 Olympic Year, Anna will ensure that delegates walk away ready to unleash their inner Olympian, feeling empowered and with belief in themselves and their ability to achieve more than they imagined.
Key insights from this thought provoking speech are brought to life through entertaining anecdotes from her journey as a two time Olympian and multiple World Champion.

Key takeaways include: Develop a winning mindset, Build unshakable confidence, Thrive under pressure, Develop the non-negotiable behaviours of an Olympian and Overcome fear and step out of your comfort zone

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We were totally blown away by Anna's speech. The focus on the importance of mindset, setting goals, resilience and team work was inspirational for the team. Seeing how an Olympian athlete addresses the challenges we all face day to day opened everyone's minds to the power of mindset and being part of a team. I would definitely recommend Anna to any team who are looking grow & improve performance!!”

Coutts Bank

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You truly captivated the audience and inspired everyone! Your insights and techniques from your Olympic journey resonated and were incredibly relevant, valuable and applicable, thank you.

NatWest Group

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