Round The World Yachtswoman & Psychology Speaker
From Skiing to the South Pole to Yacht Racing round-the-world, Paula Reid has learned to develop the mindset to thrive and perform in the toughest of conditions. Paula draws on her extreme adventuring experience, extensive business acumen and Masters in Applied Positive Psychology to help individuals and organisations survive, cope, and thrive in uncertain and challenging conditions.
Her 120 adventures to date include becoming the 3rd British woman and 14th international woman to ski the 1000 km trek to the South Pole. So far only 300 people have successfully completed this journey through remote, freezing terrain.
Prior to this, with no previous sailing experience, she was a core crew member of the Global Challenge World’s Toughest Yacht Race, racing 35,000 miles the ‘wrong way’ around the world. The race lasted for ten months, including 187 days at sea; 75 of which were spent in the notoriously freezing and dangerous Southern Ocean. In a ground breaking expedition she paddled 600 miles down the Mekong in a dugout canoe which she bought off a tribal chief in rural Cambodia.
In business she has spent 30 years working with leaders and organisations including Barclays, GSK, PaloAlto, and the M.O.D. In 2018 she founded Adventure Psychology, a performance and well-being business bringing programmes teaching the mindset of adventuring, building flexibility, overcoming adversity, managing change, risk taking, resilience and enduring performance.
Adventure Psychology gives individuals the tools, mental capacity and methodologies to anticipate, and then lead and perform in challenging and uncertain conditions, in context and under pressure. We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare for it so that leaders and their teams can go Knowingly into the Unknown™.
Paula is the author of five books including BOAT to BOARDROOM which 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 in Life contains her top seven performance principles.
Paula is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and recently presented the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at St James Palace.
Paula has three (flexible) keynote talks:
Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown
- How to survive, cope and thrive in difficult times
- Build resilience
- Cope with Uncertainty
- Deal with Adversity
- Success, Failure and Quitting
- Managing Risk and Fear
Outcomes: Strategies, models, tips and tools in how to deal with challenge & uncertainty
Ski Full Distance to the South Pole
- Achieving Goals,
Outcomes: Enduring performance with mental strength
Sailing round-the-world – Boat to Boardroom
Outcomes: How to perform and lead under pressure
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