Fern Lulham

Motivational and Eduacational Speaker, TedX speaker, altering perspectives and encouraging value and belief in ourselves.
FEE : £1k – £3k+

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After one meeting with Fern, you will be surprised at just how much a blind woman can change your view of the world. Fern’s passion for life, fierce resilience and determination to meet every challenge is infectious. Combining this with her belief that the strength we need to achieve our aspirations lays in our own hands makes Fern a magnet for positive change.

Fern draws on her rollercoaster life of exhilarating highs and crushing lows, telling her story of being born with a severe visual impairment and becoming blind by her early twenties.  At the age of 19, Fern stepped outside her comfort zone by taking an exchange programme to Western Carolina University USA to study Communication for 3 years, finally moving to Michigan to work in a commercial radio station before returning to the UK.

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Fern has met devastating discrimination, ruthless rejection and faced the challenges of crippling anorexia, multiple eye operations, deteriorating eyesight and thoughts of suicide but believes that through vulnerability comes strength. The knowledge she has gained now inspires her to reach out to others. From someone who once did everything she could to hide her disability, Fern now speaks openly about her sight loss and the effect it has had on her life, believing that sometimes the thing we most want to hide can become our greatest asset.

Featured Topics Include:

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"facing challenges" (overcoming adversity/resilience)

If you could give a young person a gift, what would it be? Thinking back to when Fern was 15 years old, anorexic and with deteriorating sight, the most precious gift she believes she could have been given then was the belief that she could meet those challenges and not be beaten.

Puberty, exam stress, family relationships, social media. The young people you care for face pressures every day and for some, these will seem overwhelming. So give them this gift….

Using the knowledge and experience she has gained since being that troubled 15 year old, Fern can reach directly into the minds of young people to prove to them that they can overcome challenges and build internal resilience.

Fern will equip them with the skills they need to

  • Identify the challenges they face
  • Develop strategies to overcome adversity
  • Deal with anxiety and stress
  • Know when and how to ask for help
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"are you a bully" (tackling bullying in schools)

Are you looking for a new approach to tackle bullying in your school? Someone who can make every one of your students think hard about what it means to be a bully and how every single person plays a part in putting a stop to it?

Growing up with the challenge of being blind, Fern understands the truly devastating effect bullying can have, both emotionally and physically. Her words will surprise and shock your students. Fern will redefine the term ‘Bully’; a bully can be your worst enemy or sometimes even your best friend.

Fern will persuade your students to

  • Take responsibility for their own actions
  • Think about the consequences of their behaviour on themselves and others
  • Choose to be kind, both on and offline
  • Ask for help when needed
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"delivering the message" (good communication, good business)

Do your leaders deliver a clear, concise and engaging message?  Is important information lost in translation by the time it reaches the frontline?

Fern is an outstanding TEDx speaker and radio presenter.

Sharing her knowledge and experience, she will help your organisation to

  • Deliver clear, powerful leadership messages
  • Create teams that work to a common message
  • Give constructive criticism and feedback
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"unleash your potential" (motivation/inspiration)

Born severely visually impaired, and now registered blind, Fern’s story inspires and invigorates all who hear it. Fern shares how her childhood hopes and dreams were shattered as the physical and emotional challenges of losing her sight affected her deeply as a young adult. The story of those dark days and the journey back into the light will captivate, motivate but above all educate, and leave the audience with new and lasting inspiration.

Fern’s speeches generate both laughter and tears. In her own powerful, but relatable way, she tells not only how she found the strength to overcome adversity, but how, by focussing on our similarities, her audience can too.

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Diversity and inclusion - (full day course or tailored workshops/speeches)

Are you a modern, forward-thinking organisation that is ready to embrace diversity and inclusion or are you allowing misconceptions and fear of change to stop you moving forward?

Fern draws on her life experience – particularly in the workplace – to support organisations to examine how inclusive they really are. Her engaging content will help you to build a more productive environment, where everyone feels valued and included.

Fern’s content covers

  • Breaking down misconceptions about disability
  • The emotional and practical challenges faced by a disabled employee
  • The Equality Act 2010, including Reasonable Adjustments
1
"facing challenges" (overcoming adversity/resilience)

If you could give a young person a gift, what would it be? Thinking back to when Fern was 15 years old, anorexic and with deteriorating sight, the most precious gift she believes she could have been given then was the belief that she could meet those challenges and not be beaten.

Puberty, exam stress, family relationships, social media. The young people you care for face pressures every day and for some, these will seem overwhelming. So give them this gift….

Using the knowledge and experience she has gained since being that troubled 15 year old, Fern can reach directly into the minds of young people to prove to them that they can overcome challenges and build internal resilience.

Fern will equip them with the skills they need to

  • Identify the challenges they face
  • Develop strategies to overcome adversity
  • Deal with anxiety and stress
  • Know when and how to ask for help
2
"are you a bully" (tackling bullying in schools)

Are you looking for a new approach to tackle bullying in your school? Someone who can make every one of your students think hard about what it means to be a bully and how every single person plays a part in putting a stop to it?

Growing up with the challenge of being blind, Fern understands the truly devastating effect bullying can have, both emotionally and physically. Her words will surprise and shock your students. Fern will redefine the term ‘Bully’; a bully can be your worst enemy or sometimes even your best friend.

Fern will persuade your students to

  • Take responsibility for their own actions
  • Think about the consequences of their behaviour on themselves and others
  • Choose to be kind, both on and offline
  • Ask for help when needed
3
"delivering the message" (good communication, good business)

Do your leaders deliver a clear, concise and engaging message?  Is important information lost in translation by the time it reaches the frontline?

Fern is an outstanding TEDx speaker and radio presenter.

Sharing her knowledge and experience, she will help your organisation to

  • Deliver clear, powerful leadership messages
  • Create teams that work to a common message
  • Give constructive criticism and feedback
4
"unleash your potential" (motivation/inspiration)

Born severely visually impaired, and now registered blind, Fern’s story inspires and invigorates all who hear it. Fern shares how her childhood hopes and dreams were shattered as the physical and emotional challenges of losing her sight affected her deeply as a young adult. The story of those dark days and the journey back into the light will captivate, motivate but above all educate, and leave the audience with new and lasting inspiration.

Fern’s speeches generate both laughter and tears. In her own powerful, but relatable way, she tells not only how she found the strength to overcome adversity, but how, by focussing on our similarities, her audience can too.

5
Diversity and inclusion - (full day course or tailored workshops/speeches)

Are you a modern, forward-thinking organisation that is ready to embrace diversity and inclusion or are you allowing misconceptions and fear of change to stop you moving forward?

Fern draws on her life experience – particularly in the workplace – to support organisations to examine how inclusive they really are. Her engaging content will help you to build a more productive environment, where everyone feels valued and included.

Fern’s content covers

  • Breaking down misconceptions about disability
  • The emotional and practical challenges faced by a disabled employee
  • The Equality Act 2010, including Reasonable Adjustments
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