Debra Searle MBE crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat alone when her then husband, a 6 ft 5 top-level oarsman, left the boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. The journey that was scheduled to take six weeks took Debra three and a half months alone.
On return Debra was heralded “…Britain’s latest sporting heroine.” The media went crazy for the story of the 5ft 5 young lady who carried on rowing alone at sea in a 23 foot plywood boat. She battled 30 foot waves, force 8 squalls and sharks, while having to dodge tankers that came too close for comfort on more than a few occasions. Worse than all of this, however, was dealing with the loneliness and solitude but focussing on one motto kept Debra using: “Choose Your Attitude” and she certainly did.
Her positivity and relentless belief in the fact that you can achieve anything you want has made her successful in all her endeavours. Debra has proven to the rest of the world that success is up to you and that limitations are all in the mind. She continues to inspire businesses and conferences with her presentations. Searle powerfully illustrates with slides and stunning video footage and leaves her audience in no doubt of their own ability to achieve the extraordinary both individually and collectively. She sets herself apart from other speakers by her level of commitment to each project. This same level of commitment is carried through to the event where she makes every effort to speak with delegates on a one-to-one basis.
Debra is one of the UK’s most in-demand conference speakers. She has spoken and inspired audiences at over 800 organisations to date.
"Debra scored 5 out of 5 from every respondent This is unheard of at an IBM event!"
"I was delighted with Debra on Friday. She arrived early in order to get a feel for the day and picked up on the themes for the day expertly. She then weaved these into her presentation at different points. The presentation went very well and she held the audiences attention for the whole talk. It was very inspiring and incredibly captivating. All the people I have spoken to after the event said it was by far the highlight of the day."