Petra Velzeboer

Co-founder Of My Whole Self, CEO Of Petra Velzeboer Ltd, Psychotherapist, Cult Survivor & Mental Health Expert

How to hire Petra Velzeboer

Contact the Champions Speakers agency to provisionally enquire about Petra Velzeboer for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Wellbeing in Times of Change

Investing in your mindset and building resilience can be challenging during times of uncertainty, this keynote will help you tackle:

  • The mental attitude necessary for evolving our approach to a new world of work
  • Investing in your mindset to sustain success
  • Creating a psychologically safe culture to help people thrive
  • Retaining talent
  • Effective change management

Building a Strategic Approach to mental Health Awareness 

Only focussing on mental health on awareness days is now seen as a tickbox and no longer sufficient for a post-pandemic world. Covid-19 has increased rates of poor mental health globally which means in order to evolve your workforce, this must be a key objective at all levels of the business including Senior Leadership, HR and your Mental Health Champion Networks:  This talk will: 

  • Provide mental health awareness to all levels of the business
  • Highlight the benefits of a mental health plan and simplify the steps to creating one 
  • Offer insight on supporting others who may be struggling with their mental health
  • Bring this strategy to life for employees, wellbeing leads and management 

Building Grit in a Noisy World 

Stress and building resilience are big buzz words in organizations. We want our people to be able to handle what life throws at them and thank us for the opportunity! This talk provides practical tools for managing stress, avoiding burnout and developing a mindset that sustains long term success. It includes:

  • Practical tools for building resilience and developing self awareness
  • Reframing our leadership approach to one of courage and vulnerability
  • Understanding burnout and the physiological impact of long term stress
  • Intentional investment in our wellbeing

Managing Remote Teams 

In a hybrid world, building remote culture and managing remote teams is a crucial skill to ensure talent retention and high productivity. This talk includes:

  • Leadership skills for a hybrid world
  • Building culture, trust and psychological safety
  • Practical check in exercises and questions
  • Top Tips for effective team meetings
  • Noticing poor mental health virtually - and what to do about it!

Leadership, Performance & Mental Health 

Many leaders and managers are tired, burnt out and feeling compassion fatigue! It seems the role has expanded to include emotional support, listening and making sure everyone else is ok. Well what about you?? This talk highlights the pressure leaders experience, how their mental health is more important than ever and how leading by example creates lasting culture change. Petra includes:

  • Practicing empathy is not being a pushover
  • Understand limits and boundaries - and communicate them to your team
  • Empowering employees to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing
  • Leadership skills for a new world of work
  • Expert advice on the line between performance and mental health

Petra is often booked as a speaker for a range of corporate events, read her latest feedback below. 

"This was probably the most moving, honest and powerful session that I have ever attended" - Herbert Smith Freehills

"PVL is a true partner, bringing awareness and sustainability of employee wellbeing into organisations" - Channel 4

"Petra's keynote speech at the Una Conference was incredible. She was funny, engaging, to the point and actually knows what she's talking about! I feel that she's given me everyday tools to start making mental health a daily conversation with friends, family and colleagues" - Philippa, TL Dallas Group

"I thought PVL's training was excellent, one of the best training sessions I have probably ever attended. It was both informative but enjoyable and I only wish the training could have lasted longer" - Melissa, Amey Construction 

"“We wanted to close our conference with a memorable moment – and Petra delivered on an often-ignored issue: our mental health. With positive vibes, an energetic speech, get-together touchy moments and many wake-up calls, the participants were taken on an emotional roller-coaster of positive attitudes towards our… mind." - UNIBA Partners

"We invited Petra to speak at a conference with 50+ construction staff & everyone was blown away by the insight that Petra offered into our own selves. It was almost astounding to watch the shift in the room as it became ok for everyone to talk to each other. We are fortunate that this has reflected positively in productivity and we are hopeful that with Petra’s ongoing support, this dynamic has permanently changed for the better." - Ben Ward, Managing Director, The Built World

"“We invited Petra to speak at our Mental Health Awareness event on dealing with stress and were blown away by her incredible unique story and her authenticity. She is an accomplished presenter and coach who provided a tonne of practical advice on how to look after your mental health told through unforgettable stories and analogies. We’re now getting her back in to be part of our leadership development curriculum." - COO, Monzo