Debra Searle

Professional Adventurer Who Successfully Rowed Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean, Global Gurus #1 Female Motivational Speaker, Appointed MBE & MVO by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Founder of Shoal Projects & MIX Diversity







Rowing It Alone

Rowing It Alone

The Journey: How to Achieve Against the Odds

The Journey: How to Achieve Against the Odds

Debra Searle received a 5 star rating across 21 events in 2023

Sales Director

"Debra Searle is an exceptional choice for any event seeking to inspire and motivate. With a history of overcoming personal challenges, achieving incredible feats of endurance and establishing herself as a leading entrepreneur, Debra doesn't just talk about success - she embodies it. Her engaging presentations draw from her rich experiences, offering tangible strategies for resilience, adaptability and goal attainment. Recognised globally for her captivating storytelling and empowering messages, Debra is the epitome of a transformative speaker - and someone who we have had the pleasure of hiring for events on multiple occasions!"

How to hire Debra Searle

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Debra Searle's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Choose Your Attitude - It's Not Magic, It's Mindset
  • Practical Tools for Building Resilience
  • Mindset Strategies for Not Just Coping But Excelling During Periods of Change
  • Personal Motivation Ideas for When the Journey Only Seems to be Getting Harder
  • Teamwork - Even When Miles Apart
  • Achieving Seemingly Impossible Goals
  • How to Guard Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing When the Pressure is On

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Debra not only has a great story to tell, but she uses her experiences to support real business situations and bring alive those everyday moments faced by leaders. She clearly understood our organisation and within an hour had totally transformed the mindset of some of the most ‘fixed’ people in this intimate audience.” - Anthony, TMF Group

"There are good speakers, there are great speakers and then there is Debra Searle. I've never seen an audience so engaged, inspired and in touch with the messages that she shared.” - Matt, Autotrader

“I thought she was fantastic and brought in some really useful tools to use when choosing your mindset and facing challenges. She has such an inspirational story, great to hear all the details first hand. We’ve been getting great feedback all day, she was very well received.” - Yee, Deloitte

"'I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic session you delivered at IFS today. You left me feeling incredibly empowered and motivated and you are an incredible role model for professional women (and men) across the globe. It was so refreshing to see a human presentation filled with compassion, honesty and humour. You are an inspiration and your messages resonated with me loud and clear. Thank you so much, I’m excited to tell my colleagues about you and share your message. - IFS, Institute for Fiscal Studies

"The way that Debra translates her experience into actionable day to day practices to change behaviour and get into a positive mindset is very powerful." - Katja, Biogen

"Our guests really enjoyed listening to Debra's story - it was brilliant to see them all so engaged in the journey." - Sarah, Wolters Kluwer

"The way that Debra linked her story and her life lessons back to business helped to make the whole event feel very connected and so much more powerful." - Katie, Hitachi: Inspire The Next

Everything went well thanks and the audience enjoyed hearing Debra's story. - Sinead, DCC Finance Conference 2022

"Inspiring, humble, answered our brief in terms of messaging to the team to keep their spirit high in times of unknown/crises etc. She was just incredible and we have purchased several journals for attitude." - Orly, Meta

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"What an outstanding job! The feedback on your session has been incredible. I think the note sent to me by our Global Head of Customer Success sums it up best... 'She is amazing and this is so the most unbelievably timely presentation ever!!!!'." - Seth, Global Head of Sales Enablement, Data & Analytics, London Stock Exchange Group

"Debra’s speech went down tremendously well thank you, the feedback was awesome. What a truly astounding story she has to tell. Her experiences were very relevant to many of the emotions we all share amongst the team at the moment too and she offered the tangible examples of how to deal with these, as we were hoping." - Kate, Microsoft

"What an incredible job you did today, and we cannot thank you enough!! 😊 The Merit folks truly loved your talk today, and your story was incredible. Thank you for everything!" - Tiffany, Merit Medical

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Debra for that session, it was really inspiring! And I've never seen so many people interact with the chat box before haha! definitely a record." – Madeline, Global Web Index

"Debra has got the top rating so far from the feedback. She was amazing." - Donna, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

  • 2023 - Spoke at the Virtual Wellbeing Festival 2023 for Integrated Care Northamptonshire (NHS)
  • 2021 - Named the third-best motivational speaker in the world by Global Gurus.
  • 2017 - She completed a cycling mission from Valencia to Barcelona
  • 2015 - She led the Women’s Arctic Challenge from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung in the Arctic Circle
  • 2014 - Awarded an MVO
  • 2002 - Appointed MBE
  • 2002 - Rowed across the Atlantic solo
  • 1999 - secured bronze, silver and gold medals in the Dragon Boat race at the Nottingham World Championships
  • 1998 - Won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals at the Rome European Championship in the Dragon Boat Race
  • Debra is the founder of five successful businesses
  • As a young adventurer, she completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Ten Tors
  • Debra hosts the podcast, Expert Speaking Made Simple, and supplies training for speakers
  • Debra was a trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award for a decade
  • She has written and published Rowing it Alone and The Journey: How to Achieve Against the Odds.