Geoff Holt MBE

Inspirational Yatchsman

One of the most inspirational characters on the after dinner speaker circuit, Geoff Holt MBE conquered the world of offshore sailing despite being paralysed from the neck down at the age of 18. Awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to disabled sailing, Geoff has overcome huge adversity to realise his ambitions, a skill applicable to both social and business environments alike. With anecdotal tales of his amazing accomplishments featuring strongly in his talks, Geoff is a pre-eminent motivational speaker for any occasion.

Honoured to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Award in 2011, Geoff’s life philosophy is ‘no excuses’, enabling to give honest and invaluable advice as a motivational speaker, Holt’s inspirational tale gives audience members the confidence to conquer challenges no matter how large or difficult. In 2007, Geoff became the first person to sail around Great Britain in a 1,500 mile voyage that took 109 days to complete in a 15ft trimaran.

This epic undertaking emphasised how mind over matter and unbelievable determination can account for more than many think and Geoff stresses the importance of confidence as a motivational speaker and its need to be present for success.

His navigation of the British Isles was not enough for Geoff. In 2010, Holt became the first quadriplegic to sail unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. The 3,000 mile journey took four weeks to complete in a 60ft catamaran specially adapted to sail under Geoff’s guidance. Holt’s inspirational story is entwined with humour and wit, enabling audience members to gain an intriguing insight into the limitations and challenges of a disabled sailor.

As a motivational speaker, Geoff seeks to stop people giving up and continue to fight for their cause, two attributes that can ring true with any walk of life.

To book motivational speaker, Geoff Holt MBE to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Geoff is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Drive & Determination
  • Realising Ambitions
  • Sailing & Nautical World

‘The conference went well and was hugely enriched by your presence and wonderful presentation. Throughout my (long!) career, I have run many events and had to evaluate them and their impact. Never before have I recorded a 100% ‘excellent’ for the keynote speaker. ‘The place is buzzing today with people sharing their response/feelings to what you had to say. The words ‘Inspirational’ ‘motivating’ ‘emotional’ have been used over and over in the evaluation forms along with comments as to how staff will now respond to the challenges that they face.’  – Shropshire NHS PCT

‘Geoff’s talk was impressive and entertaining. He is truly an inspiration.’ ‘Geoff’s speech was absolutely excellent. It’s not often in life that you get an opportunity to listen to such an inspiring individual.’  – Business Networking Event: Chiswick Park