Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally Gunnell OBE

Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European as well as the World record, Sport Commentator. Build a happier, healthier and more productive business
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Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally Gunnell OBE; the Farmers girl who captured the hearts of a nation. She remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Since retiring from international athletics, Sally developed a new career path as a keynote speaker and wellbeing advocate.

Sally’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She blew the chance to be World Champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and, a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers. Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft.

“Raw talent is no substitute for single mindedness and hard graft”

Sally remains a towering figure in British athletics. She has more than 15 years’ experience in addressing a wide variety of corporate audiences. She has covered global conferences of thousands and senior leadership teams of just 6. Her natural, easy-going style belies her relentless focus on achieving and sustaining excellence.

Sally effortlessly weaves the secrets of sporting achievement with the valuable components that underpin success in business. Her key themes hold resonance for senior decision-makers and junior staff alike. No corporate speaks, no clever-sounding management models. Just tried-and-tested solutions and techniques that took a farmer’s daughter from the hay bales of Essex to the winner’s podium at the Barcelona Olympics.

Sally’s honest, down-to-earth approach has won her many admirers over the years. She has written four books and her latest gets right under the skin of what makes a successful, fulfilled person. For the first time, she brings together in one place all the themes that have brought success in her sporting, business and family lives. ’10 hurdles for life ‘is for anyone who knows they have something to accomplish in life and is focused on enabling it to happen. The only limit is our imagination, understand this and the game of life becomes more fun and less hard work.

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Please note Sally can adapt talks to the Audience – so if you have a specific requirement just ask

Please also ask for the full list of what Sally’s Talk Topics for 2023 cover

Featured Topics Include:

1
Sustaining Excellence

When Sally won the gold, re-defining success was hard. where do you go from there. At 26 she needed new goals and a way of sustaining her appetite to be the best version of her

· Re-focusing on future challenges after great success

· Coming back down to earth without a bump

· Being clear about the new vision for achievement

· Calibrating targets and goals appropriately post success

· Getting beyond the newly expanded comfort zone

2
Creating the qualities of High Performance

The new Hybrid way of working requires us to push on to greater heights of achievement. This requires a strong focus on key components. Sally explores:

· How small changes make a big difference

· The power of alignment that comes from a team-oriented goal setting process

· Unleashing the latent potential of a team

· The value of straight talking and a supportive learning environment

· Achieving optimal team dynamics

3
Personal Development

Failure is a fact of life in business and in sport. Dealing with it is a skill. And a valuable one at that. Sally examines:

· The value of ‘what if’ - thinking through what might go wrong

· The value of ‘what is’ – recognising, accepting and learning from failure

· Developing a strong mental approach

· Visualising the finer details of success

· Structured thinking and the sense of power it brings

· Silencing the internal ‘doubting voice’

4
Wellbeing

The Mind, body, spirit connection is more important than ever and learning to be self-aware enough to know when to stand alone yet vulnerable enough to ask for help is part of both being human and staying well. In this interactive talk, Sally explores the importance of movement along with our need to remain resilient

· Exercise why it’s important to find something we enjoy

· Resilience – how do you build it

· Working Smarter not harder

· The Mind, Body connection

· Diet – it’s not just the food we eat but what we absorb in our environment too

5
Leaders and Mental Health

Being one of the lesser talents on the start line of major races would only have been a problem for Sally if she had let it. She spent years working her mind as well as her body to ensure this was not an issue. Sally addresses:

· Hormones – what impact do they have on our mental health

· Prevention – when we find self-acceptance, we understand our limits and how to push past them

· Communication – it begins with our internal voice

· Control – there is no such thing, our choice is responding or reacting

1
Sustaining Excellence

When Sally won the gold, re-defining success was hard. where do you go from there. At 26 she needed new goals and a way of sustaining her appetite to be the best version of her

· Re-focusing on future challenges after great success

· Coming back down to earth without a bump

· Being clear about the new vision for achievement

· Calibrating targets and goals appropriately post success

· Getting beyond the newly expanded comfort zone

2
Creating the qualities of High Performance

The new Hybrid way of working requires us to push on to greater heights of achievement. This requires a strong focus on key components. Sally explores:

· How small changes make a big difference

· The power of alignment that comes from a team-oriented goal setting process

· Unleashing the latent potential of a team

· The value of straight talking and a supportive learning environment

· Achieving optimal team dynamics

3
Personal Development

Failure is a fact of life in business and in sport. Dealing with it is a skill. And a valuable one at that. Sally examines:

· The value of ‘what if’ - thinking through what might go wrong

· The value of ‘what is’ – recognising, accepting and learning from failure

· Developing a strong mental approach

· Visualising the finer details of success

· Structured thinking and the sense of power it brings

· Silencing the internal ‘doubting voice’

4
Wellbeing

The Mind, body, spirit connection is more important than ever and learning to be self-aware enough to know when to stand alone yet vulnerable enough to ask for help is part of both being human and staying well. In this interactive talk, Sally explores the importance of movement along with our need to remain resilient

· Exercise why it’s important to find something we enjoy

· Resilience – how do you build it

· Working Smarter not harder

· The Mind, Body connection

· Diet – it’s not just the food we eat but what we absorb in our environment too

5
Leaders and Mental Health

Being one of the lesser talents on the start line of major races would only have been a problem for Sally if she had let it. She spent years working her mind as well as her body to ensure this was not an issue. Sally addresses:

· Hormones – what impact do they have on our mental health

· Prevention – when we find self-acceptance, we understand our limits and how to push past them

· Communication – it begins with our internal voice

· Control – there is no such thing, our choice is responding or reacting

Individual-Speakers-Quote

I just wanted to say how good it was to meet Sally on Wednesday at the Virgin Media conference. I have had so many people come up and say what an inspirational talk she gave and how much each person took away from it. I’ve also had at least a dozen people say they nearly burst into tears when they played the Olympic video! You can add another 211 happy customers to your total.

Executive Director Mobile and Home Phones, Virgin Media

Individual-Speakers-Quote

Sally is one of the most inspirational and motivating speakers we’ve ever had join us on our TechWomen programme, one of BT’s key diversity programmes. Throughout the past 12 months, Sally has joined us numerous times on our programme and our TechWomen always love her stories. More recently, Sally created a bespoke session for us around mental fitness which went down a storm. Sally always gets on board with your goals and objectives to make sure your attendees get the most out of their time with her and is an absolute joy to work with!

BT - Rachel Brackenbury, Talent Programme Manager

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