Round The World Yachtswoman & Psychology Speaker
Paula Reid is an Adventurer and Round the World Yachtswoman, who is a motivational speaker specialising in the psychology of Going Knowingly Into The Unknown.
Paula was a member of the Global Challenge World’s Toughest Yacht Race, and raced 35,000 miles the ‘wrong way’ around the world, competing against 11 other 72’ yachts. The race lasted for ten months.
She embarked on this challenge with no sailing experience and two months notice and within ten hours of the race encountered force eight gales and a man overboard. They finally completed the race three weeks late and 3000 miles behind all the other boats but greeted with a heroes’ welcome in Wellington.
Paula is also only the third British and 14th International Woman to ski the full distance to the South Pole (Messner route). A 1000km trek through the treacherous terrain took 46 days and was made even harder by the fact she suffered from a severe case of Polar Thigh.
In all of her challenges, Paula showed the mental toughness to succeed and in her book from BOAT to BOARDROOM uses the Global Challenge as an extreme case study, referencing it to provide memorable and unique lessons, advice and practical exercises in high-performance leadership and teamwork. Her second book: The 7 Racing Rules – Lessons for Winning in Business and Life contains her top seven performance principles.
Paula Reid keynote talks on her adventures cover a range of topics including –
• Achieving goals;
• Mental Toughness and resilience;
• Coping with fear
Also, using new research from her Masters Degree, Paula has developed a modern and contemporary talk “Going Knowingly Into The Unknown” The talk combines:
• Positive Psychology (second wave) – the latest science, evidence, and theories
• Adventure Psychology – 7 themes from dissertation research
• Personal Adventure hardiness – experience from her many expeditions including Global
Challenge RTW yacht race, skiing the full distance to the South Pole, winter mountaineering, touring cycling across countries, paddling the Mekong, walking across England, Scotland & Ireland and many more.
In these talks Paula looks at leadership, decision making and performance in an uncertain, VUCA World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) involving:
• Post-Traumatic Growth
I have seen quite a few sportsmen/adventurers as business speakers now, but Paula was amongst the best at making her experiences relevant to the business needs of the members present. The group loved it and gave the session an overall score of 9.5 (four 10’s!) – a great result.
— Chair, Academy of Chief Executives
I heard you talk at our success day in Leeds last year. I was impressed by your talk.......However your book OMG the best management book I've ever read. Thank you so much, I've learned loads. You are without doubt a most clever insightful, thinker and writer. I've not finished it yet, as am a very slow reader. But there is so much to think about! With gratitude and respect,
— Attendee, Forever Living Products
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the presentation last night by Paula. The talk was exciting, interesting, and very well presented through an excellent speaker and backed up by wonderful video clips and photographs (and appropriate music!). Please continue with these excellent choices of speakers. I learned a lot about how these epic events carried out by these individuals, and the experiences and knowledge they gain can be passed on to others to improve their leadership skills in the NHS.
— Attendee, Leadership Forum, Plymouth Hospitals
Many thanks - you were absolutely brilliant and inspiring yesterday. What a story you had to tell, and you told it beautifully. I could almost hear the guys in the audience revving up as you talked!
— Paul Boissier, CEO, RNLI
Paula is great! She's interesting, full of humor yet serious and knows how to connect & relate her personal story to business insights. Everyone was fascinated by her and told us it was both inspiring & interesting. So… I have only warm recommendation for her.
— VP Marketing, Tiny Love