Sarah Furness

Sarah Furness

Former Combat helicopter pilot and Keynote speaker. Helping leaders to perform and thrive “under fire”
FEE : £3k – £5k+
Virtual: £3k-£5k
In-person: £5k-£10k

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Sarah Furness

Sarah has 20 years of military service as an RAF helicopter pilot, Squadron leader, mentor, and facilitator.

Sarah’s experiences as a combat operational commander, helicopter pilot, mother and coach has taught her that Intelligent capable people don’t always feel as strong as they look. Performance under pressure isn’t instinctive but rather a skill that can be developed with the right knowledge and tools.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah Furness followed her dream to become an RAF helicopter pilot and Squadron leader.
She led operational combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and went on to become an accomplished risk management and human performance trainer at the world class Defence Academy of the UK.

In her book “Fly Higher,” Sarah explores techniques to train and rewire the mind for resilience in adversity, and how to leverage these skills for effective leadership and interpersonal relationships.

Many of us live in conflict with ourselves, sometimes without even realising it. This affects even the strongest of people. In fact, it’s often the strongest people who experience the most conflict, such as the power of their minds.

Her speaking style is robust (she is combat helicopter pilot and fluent in alpha male), science-based and good-humoured.
Sarah is sought out by fast critical thinkers who want to be extraordinary.

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Featured Topics Include:

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Unlock Confident Leadership: Leverage fear to cultivate emotional intelligence

The number one thing that holds humans back?  It's FEAR.
It can manifest in different ways; fear of rejection, fear of failure. Let’s be clear - this is what it means to be human. It’s not going anywhere. But it can really interfere with our decision making. In a team it can lead to group think, censorship and risk aversion. In fact it’s a real buzz kill.

Whether you are looking for greater inclusivity, better teamwork, or more confident leadership, it’s the same starting point. It starts with by understanding your fear, so you can understand others….and then leaning into it, so you can lead intuitively.
Sarah will deliver outcomes for greater probability of success, collaboration and a culture where people can flourish, how to overcome imposter syndrome, improve  inclusivity and cognitive diversity.

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Unlock Performance Under Pressure: Train hard fight easy

War veterans are NOT naturally cool under fire. People are NOT born with 007-esque levels of stoicism. Not even Sean Connery (God rest his mighty soul.) It's a learned behaviour.  And you can learn it too.

Discover the unique HABITS formula that Sarah has developed;  proven methods used by combat pilots which have been refined through her exploration and understanding of the human mind.
You will learn practical tools including the pilots "work cycle" technique and applied cognitive techniques for greater focus, productivity, improved decision making, increased resilience under stress and reduced burnout.

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Unlock Growth Mindset: How to outgrow the competition

Nobody gets out of bed to crash a helicopter.  And yet mistakes will happen. Sarah can attest to this. Mistakes are ok… so long as we learn from them, right?

But what if our traditional mindset around mistakes is precisely the reason we don’t learn from them?
Sarah will share how to change our mindset so that we learn from our setbacks and take early corrective action to avoid setbacks in the first place.
She will cover accelerated learning , creating a growth mindset culture, increased staff engagement and retention.

1
Unlock Confident Leadership: Leverage fear to cultivate emotional intelligence

The number one thing that holds humans back?  It's FEAR.
It can manifest in different ways; fear of rejection, fear of failure. Let’s be clear - this is what it means to be human. It’s not going anywhere. But it can really interfere with our decision making. In a team it can lead to group think, censorship and risk aversion. In fact it’s a real buzz kill.

Whether you are looking for greater inclusivity, better teamwork, or more confident leadership, it’s the same starting point. It starts with by understanding your fear, so you can understand others….and then leaning into it, so you can lead intuitively.
Sarah will deliver outcomes for greater probability of success, collaboration and a culture where people can flourish, how to overcome imposter syndrome, improve  inclusivity and cognitive diversity.

2
Unlock Performance Under Pressure: Train hard fight easy

War veterans are NOT naturally cool under fire. People are NOT born with 007-esque levels of stoicism. Not even Sean Connery (God rest his mighty soul.) It's a learned behaviour.  And you can learn it too.

Discover the unique HABITS formula that Sarah has developed;  proven methods used by combat pilots which have been refined through her exploration and understanding of the human mind.
You will learn practical tools including the pilots "work cycle" technique and applied cognitive techniques for greater focus, productivity, improved decision making, increased resilience under stress and reduced burnout.

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Unlock Growth Mindset: How to outgrow the competition

Nobody gets out of bed to crash a helicopter.  And yet mistakes will happen. Sarah can attest to this. Mistakes are ok… so long as we learn from them, right?

But what if our traditional mindset around mistakes is precisely the reason we don’t learn from them?
Sarah will share how to change our mindset so that we learn from our setbacks and take early corrective action to avoid setbacks in the first place.
She will cover accelerated learning , creating a growth mindset culture, increased staff engagement and retention.

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Sarah is a phenomenon. She flew helicopters in combat zones for 20 years , crashing the odd one and turning those experiences, that would scare the life out of most of us, into entertaining stories. She’s now helping the world by educating us on how to perform, and
thrive under pressure.

Russell Silverman, Silverman Consulting

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Ex-RAF Squadron Leader, Combat Helicopter Pilot, motivational speaker and yoga warrior – just a few ways to describe Sarah Furness, who regaled our Women’s Inclusive Network today with an inspiring account of how she juggled childcare arrangements as a young mother while managing a squadron of helicopter pilots in the Afghanistan war zone.

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