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Speakers to Inspire this World Youth Skills Day – 15th July 2021.

28th Jun 2021
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Did you know?

People under the age of 25 are almost 3x more likely to be unemployed, and the jobs they can secure tend to be lower-paid. While this is partly due to being less experienced, this can also be due to a number of other factors, such as location and the field of employment. Furthermore, gender and ethnicity are still discriminated against in some job roles, with Women and BAME candidates more likely to suffer from inequality, lower pay brackets and being offered fewer full-time work contracts.

And the impact of Covid-19 on employment has only been more damaging.

But as an employer, there is something you can do to help change this.

Education and training are essential within any job role, but currently, many existing systems are failing to address the learning needs for many young people, hit harder by many educational roles now still happening from home or part-time.

At Great British Speakers, we have the privilege of working with some of the best motivational and inspirational youth educational speakers, all experts in their perspective fields, who can help uplift, engage and inform – offering memorable key skills for employment opportunities, personal development and beyond.

To book any of the speakers you see below contact Jane Farnham and Steve Denison.


Bianca Miller-Cole | Women in Business I Branding I Entrepreneurship.

Bianca always wanted to be an entrepreneur. After achieving success in business, Bianca now shares her skills with others. Her ability to engage with school leavers is remarkable. She excels in providing them with an interactive experience, packed with actionable key content which they can take away with them and use for years to come.

Here’s a short video about her story


Ayo Sokale I Engineering I STEM Education

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Ayo is a brilliantly influential speaker for any young women interested in joining a STEM field. A STEM ambassador and mentor, she encourages others to take up careers, focusing predominantly on engineering. She was nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 initiative run by The Telegraph in partnership with The Women’s Engineering Society.


Bobby Seagull | Math | Finance

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Bobby Seagull – teacher, television presenter, financial advisor and author of THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF NUMBERS. He’s often asked to speak at education events & recently hosted ‘The Youth Edition‘ of the ‘150 Event’ for the IET, booked via Great British Speakers.

Bobby regularly appears on Good Morning Britain, BBC Paper Reviews and BBC Radio Four’s Any Questions.


Ayishat Akanbi | Fashion Stylist | Culture & Politics

Having studied a degree in Media and Cultural studies, Ayishat has a strong interest in and opinions on socio-political issues surrounding race, class, identity, gender, homelessness, private prisons, gangs, drugs and addiction. She believes it’s paramount to educate young people on the political parties and what they stand for. Her aim is to help make politics more engaging for young people and campaigns for it to be taught in schools. Ayishat regularly speaks in schools about careers, politics, housing, bullying, sexuality and other issues that affect the younger generations.


Blaire Palmer I Leadership & Business Trends.

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Focusing on the need to re-think business in the 21st century, Blaire encourages audiences to challenge everything they thought they knew. Audiences love her energy, her down to earth approach and her depth of knowledge of business development and trends likely to influence future generations of entrepreneurs.


Chole Combi I Generation Z I Future Trends.

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Chloe Combi’s debut nonfiction title Generation Z: Their Voices, Their Lives, is an illuminating, journey through the lives of the teenagers born between 1994 and 2005. Focusing on Generation Z, Generation A, Chole tunes into young people’s relationships, education, the impact of technology and social media, self-esteem, identity and future-trends.


David Saddington | Environmentalist | Climate Change Influencer.

David Saddington is a young British environmentalist and climate change influencer who has revolutionised government policy and sustainable business strategy.  He’s hosted lectures up and down the country as well as overseas, on climate change and our environmental impact. David is on a mission to get climate change education into schools. He is the perfect speaker for any young adult looking to make an environmental impact to sustain their future.

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Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE | STEM Education | Tech | Diversity

Tech is a booming industry with growing importance in any given economy, but it is also suffering from a large skill shortage at a time when a criminally low proportion of women are entering and staying in the field.  Anne-Marie will dissect the HERstory of the tech industry of the past and present and discuss what we can do to cultivate future tech leaders.

Check out a snippet of Dr. Anne-Marie’s Tech Landscape talk below and to view more of her keynote topics. CLICK HERE


Sam Jones I Mental Health I Entrepreneur I Influencer.

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Being on Job Seekers Allowance at 21 inspired Sam to build the career he has today. Sam now works with individuals and global brands, often using his unique T.I.M.E. research to help them perform better and feel better. He currently reaches 25 – 35,000 people a week on Instagram, mainly 20-35-year-olds with a focus on mental wellbeing.


Alexis Conran | ‘The Real Hustle’ | Fraud Security |Body Language

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For anyone looking to start a career in the field of law or psychology, Alexis Conran offers a keynote that is truly unique. Having created and executed over 500 scam scenarios himself, he is able to discuss a variety of issues of the real world and online fraud. He is also an expert in human behaviour patterns, body language and con-artistry, stemmed from an early age through his enjoyment of magic and illusions.


The talents above are just a handful of the speakers we have at Great British Speakers, who are available to book for your event. Other talents include:


July 15th is World Youth Skills Day.

If you’re an employer running an apprenticeship or internship, or perhaps you work with school leavers or uni-grads about to make their way into the working world, then an entrepreneurial speaker is a fantastic way to leave a lasting impression and offer adaptable skills young adults will be able to take with them into their future careers.


Make an Enquiry

When you’ve decided on your perfect entrepreneurial speaker, call +44 (0) 1753 439 289 or email janeandsteve@greatbritishuk.com 

Alternatively, if you need help finding that perfect speaker contact us and we’ll create you a personalised shortlist of talents that fit your brief and budget.


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Our Top Inspirational Speakers for Pride Month – June 2021

10th May 2021
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Each year Pride Month offers a fantastic opportunity for companies to address diversity, inclusion and LGBTQ+ rights within the workplace.

With the aim to educate and inspire, our LGBTQ+ speakers have a resounding impact, helping businesses achieve inclusivity. So whatever your reason for organising a Pride event this year, these speakers are able to offer a true insight, sharing their own personal tales of achievement and upheaval – that’s got them to where they are today!

June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots (June 1969) which lead the way for LGBTQ+ equal rights in America and consequently across the globe.


Check out our top LGBTQ+ speakers below;

Amy Lamé

Amy is well-known in the cultural and creative industries. Amongst many accolades as a broadcaster and presenter, Amy is also a known co-founder of  RVT Future, a voluntary LGBTQ+ community group, campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Pub – the UK’s oldest LGBTQ+ pub and entertainment venue.

Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement was the first book of its kind, solely dedicated towards teens.

Amy served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010/11 and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. 

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To book Amy contact us.

Ben Smith

Ben has delivered over 400 talks reaching nearly 100,000 people since completing his 401 Challenge, so raise money for the LGBTQ+ anti-bullying charity, Stonewall.  His teaching includes healing through support, achieving goals and above all, proving that with happiness and a strong foundation, anything is possible.  

The 401 Foundation, which was set up as the legacy to The 401 Challenge, offers grants with the aim to help communities and individuals build confidence, self-esteem and positively contribute to people’s mental wellbeing, especially to those within the LGBTQ+ community.

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Matt Ellison

Matt is an inspiring and thought-provoking transgender speaker. His life experience as a trans man himself means those who hear Matt speak are inspired and encouraged to overcome any hurdles and tackle adversity in their own day-to-day lives.

Matt aims to educate his audience on topics such as medical interventions, social aspects of being transgender, safe practices and equality rights, as well the legal implications of the Gender Recognition Act.

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Sandi Toksvig

TV personality, comedian and host, Sandi Toksvig OBE is an activist for gender equality. In 2014 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party.

According to their 2017 statement;

(they) recognise that the binary words “woman” and “man” do not reflect the gender experience of everyone in our country and support the right of all to define their sex or gender or to reject gendered divisions as they choose/ WE are committed to addressing the very real oppression of trans people as well as the social structures that oppress and sometimes erase cis women and damage all genders. Cis inclusivity must never mean trans exclusivity, nor vice versa. There are huge and serious issues to address and it is vital that we find ways to discuss our experiences in an environment of mutual respect and tolerance if we are to progress to equality for all.

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Nicola Adams

In 2020, it was announced that pro Olympic female boxer Nicola Adams would joining the line-up of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC). She, alongside her dance partner, professional dancer and choreographer Katya Jones would be part of the competition’s first same-sex couple.

I think it’s really important, it’s definitely time for a change. It will be nice for the LGBT community to be able to see there are same-sex couples on the show as well, it’s just breaking those boundaries and showing people that it’s OK.

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Matt Lindley

Matt delivers talks on Diversity and Inclusive Leadership.  He was one of the first gay pilots in the service. When he joined the Royal Air Force in 1995 it was against the law to be homosexual, but he had a passion for flying and desperately didn’t want his sexuality to be a barrier to fulfilling his ambition to become a Fast Jet Pilot.

Whilst In the closet, Matt shut out his inner feelings, but he fulfilled his ambition and finally qualified as a Fast Jet Pilot. Matt describes his journey and the impact on his mental health whilst hiding his true self and operating in a macho, intolerant work environment.

During this journey Matt had no one to turn to, his performance faltered, his stress levels became unmanageable and he failed his RAF ‘Top Gun’ course.  Matt links his mental wellbeing, stress, reliance to performance and productively.

He eventually moved to the Royal Squadron and met an inspirational leader who developed trust and inclusion.  As a result when the law changed he eventually came out. His leader’s exemplary inclusive style changed his life, both personally and professionally.

Although Matt’s diversity talk has an LGBTQ+ theme, it holds relevance to wider issues of marginalisation, be it gender, working parents, or ethnic minorities.

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Entertainers & Hosts

If you’re running a Pride event, but a LGBTQ+ speaker isn’t exactly what you’re after, then perhaps consider the likes of chat-show host Graham Norton, TV presenter Anna Richardson or comedian Zoe Lyons, to bring something truly unique and memorable to your event.

And while these talents may not as strongly advertise their connection to the LGBTQ+ community as those listed above, they still have a true appreciation for the LGBTQ+ fight for inclusion and equality.


Make an Enquiry

When you’ve decided on your perfect speaker or entertainer for Pride Month, call +44 (0) 1753 439 289 or email janeandsteve@greatbritishuk.com 

Alternatively, if you need help finding that perfect talent contact us and we’ll create you a personalised shortlist of talents that fit your brief and budget.

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The Perfect Brand Ambassadors and Social Influencers… and why your business needs one?

9th Apr 2021
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If you are starting your search for the perfect brand ambassador then let Great British Speakers help you.  

Start your search by clicking HERE

Catherine Capon – Travel & Sustainability Influencer

Increasingly, brands are looking to target authoritative bloggers and social media users to harness the reach and influence that they command online. 

Social influencers come in many different shapes and sizes, but those most valuable to businesses will have a large, engaged and connected audience within their specific niche.  

Through their authenticity and following, they will be able to influence members of their audience – a particularly useful marketing tool for brands.  

Each influencer has a pre-existing audience of loyal followers, people who trust them and are far more likely to follow any advice they give. Audiences identify with social influencers because they can easily relate to them – the exact reason why they are so valuable.

FACT – 94% of marketers use influencer marketing because it drives 11x more ROI than traditional digital marketing channels. – Talkwalker – so it just goes to show how important finding the right face and voice of your brand can be!

So if you need help finding the right person to front your next marketing campaign, video or speak at your event then contact Great British Speakers today.  

Jane and Steve will guide you through the influence quagmire and help you uncover the perfect match for your company/brand.

Ayishat Akanbi – Style & Culture Influencer

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At Great British Speakers, we have a variety of influential talents to choose from. And you can view them all HERE.

From influential YouTubers like Hannah Witton, Grace Victory Talia Storm, and Luke Cutforth, to TV presenters such as Katie Piper, Bobby Seagull, Maddie Moate, and Louis Theroux

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And if you’re not quite sure on the perfect ambassador for your brand, then our directors Jane and Steve will work closely with you to help you create a shortlist of options based on your brief and budget.  

So call +44 (0) 1753 439 289 or email janeandsteve@greatbritishuk.com as soon as you are ready to start your search.


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Coping with COVID and lockdown burnout

1st Mar 2021
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There are widespread concerns about mental health issues around COVID and the effects of lockdown.

Here, neuroscientist and psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw talks specifically about BURNOUT.

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During these unprecedented times, more and more people are feeling overwhelmed, with women in particular taking most of the brunt of working from home whilst simultaneously juggling the children who may or may not be at school. A recent survey in Canada found that younger men and women aged between 20-35, and 55 years and over, are particularly susceptible to feelings of burnout. But anyone can feel burnout.

Burnout can be caused by periods of additional anxiety or pressure, difficulty separating work and personal life, or a work/life balance that is out of kilter. Working too long hours, spreading yourself too thin, and especially at the moment, facing pressures of an uncertain job market meaning we may feel we have to do even more to stand out, will all contribute. Feeling burnout can influence every aspect of your life from your work to relationships to your physical and mental health and can leave you feeling like you have very little left to give.

The Neuroscience Behind Burnout

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Think of stress like a set of scales; on one side are real or imagined pressures and on the other is how we cope with those pressures. If those scales tip because the pressure is more than we can cope with then we become overwhelmed in the longer term.

There are two biological pathways that mediate our stress response. The Sympathetic-Adrena-medullar (SAM) axis is the first pathway to respond and is very quick. The sympathetic nervous system activates the adrenal medulla to release adrenaline and noradrenalin so our heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up and we get a boost of energy and, consequently, our ‘fight or flight’ response is activated. This is tolerable in the short term and we recover once the perceived threat has passed.

The second biological reaction to stress involves the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis which is slower to respond and is triggered via signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. We need the right amount of cortisol to survive and it enhances our brain’s use of glucose as fuel or energy and also helps us repair tissue, but cortisol can become toxic if allowed to continue for long. Persistent and overreaction of these stress systems can be detrimental to our health.

We need the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest) to take over from the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) to feel calm, but still alert enough to function well. The Parasympathetic Nervous System takes over to calm everything down and our blood pressure, respiratory and heart rates slow.

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How to Deal With Burnout in the First Instance

  1. KNOW WHEN THINGS ARE SEVERELY OUT OF BALANCE… Accept that there are sometimes periods of short-term stress, especially when you have to put in longer hours at work or have to deal with a certain situation, but it becomes detrimental when it is dominates your life over a longer period.
  2. IDENTIFY THE SIGNALS EARLY… Signs of burnout include fatigue, irritability, sleepless nights despite feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and physiological changes in your body like raised blood pressure.
  3. TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL… If you feel nervous about telling your work that you need a break or changes to be implemented, then talk to a close colleague, friend or family member first. Having a chat with someone who knows you well might offer you reassurance or another way at looking at things.
  4. PRIORITISE SLEEP…to improve your concentration, memory and decision making and your overall physical and mental health. Look closely at your ‘sleep hygiene’ and limit caffeine after midday, avoid screen time in the one to two hours before bedtime and have regular bed and getting up times.
  5. DISCONNECT TO RECHARGE… To prevent chronic stress, you need to take some time to recharge and disconnect from work completely so when you take time out, make sure you really are ‘off’, including holidays, your evenings and weekends. Block out some time for hobbies and seeing family and friends to help your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The brain is more efficient when it has produced a cocktail of ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters, so prioritising pleasant pursuits in your spare time means you will be far more productive during your working day.
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Going Forwards – How to make changes at Work for the Better…

EMPLOYERS MUST STEP UP…A responsible and good employer won’t let their employees get ground down or have a mentality of employee disposability because apart from protecting the welfare of their employees, avoiding burnout means better productivity, creativity and a low turnover of employees.

THERE’S NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP… Admitting you need help at work (or any time) can be really hard as you may feel like your competency will be called into question. Maybe there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what is being asked of you, or the work is simply beyond your scope and experience. If this is the case, ask for a meeting with your boss and set out exactly what it is you need support with. Showing you need training in some areas can help to build trust, create networks and strengthen relationships between you and your team.

COLLOBORATE WITH WORKMATES TO SPREAD THE LOAD… and keep your manager in the loop about what you are doing so they know you are being proactive. Being collaborative and working as a collective is an important skill, and if they are ever in your boat, they know they will be able to call on you too.

ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES… Create clear boundaries and stick to them, such as not checking your emails once you’ve clocked off and having agreed working hours. Turn off phone notifications you don’t need and don’t accept phone calls if it isn’t a good time.

PLAN YOUR DAY …Prioritise urgent tasks and be realistic about how long a task or project could take and factor in breaks. Know your most productive time of day so you do the most important or tricky tasks when you are at your best. Don’t try to multitask. Focus on one thing at a time and give it your full attention.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS… Interruptions, false starts and procrastination cloud our perception of how much time we actually spend productively. Avoid disruptions. Stress related brain fog is definitely a thing because when stressed, your brain struggles to process things as it normally would.

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO TAKE TEN… If you are feeling stressed, know when to take time out to allow your mind time to recover and recuperate. Try going outside for a short walk to allow your mind to reset. Build regular short breaks into your everyday work.

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Make an Enquiry…

Lynda is just one of our amazing range of speakers who talk about the cause and effects of COVID health issues.

We have others who talk about the wider work and business challenges and opportunities that lockdown has presented, some featured in our blog the Best Work From Home Speakers

Top motivational work from home lockdown speakers at Great British Speakers

Can’t find who you’re after, then get in touch and we’ll source them for you.

Our speakers are available for (virtual) events in both the UK and overseas all year around, ready to help inspire and captivate your audience.

Once you have made your selection, or if you need help finding the right Speaker then contact our directors Jane and Steve or call 01753 439 289 to speak to a member of the Great British UK Team.


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