The common ground between public speakers and elite coaches is the ability to convey complicated knowledge in a way that is easy to digest and understand. Along with a variety of essential expertise and experience in the fields of high-level sport, coaching and development, Michaela offers the ultimate in this simple principle of focusing on what is heard above what is said.
Michaela is not only Britain’s most decorated Weightlifter in the modern era –a two-time Olympian and the first British woman to compete in the sport at an Olympic level – but an individual accustomed to overcoming adversity and steeped in the skills necessary for success in business, as well as sport.
Breaking onto the Olympic stage in 2004 – at a time when female fitness was anything but popular or “sexy” – and returning in 2008 after a broken back, Michaela is all-too-familiar with the overcoming adversity, performing under pressure and strategising towards a well-planned goal. As a double-Olympian, international coach and coach-instructor, she demonstrates a wide range of skills that are essential to being effective in life and business.
Michaela’s speaking focuses on the important parallels between success in any field, using the examples of sports and business: the importance of goals beyond KPIs; the importance of communication beyond efficiency; the importance of empowerment beyond productivity; the importance or recognition beyond morale; and, above all, the importance of attitude and vision above all else.
With 6 medals across 4 commonwealth games, 2 Olympic appearance and various British records (including 2 set at the age of 35). Beyond being a world-class athlete, Michaela has a proven track record of providing an excellent service as a speaker – both in a motivational and strategic setting. It is not enough to just motivate people to have goals and believe in themselves, but teach them the processes of goal-setting, planning to achieve and the various skills necessary to achieve those goals. With dozens of speaking events in her portfolio, Michaela has not only acquired and developed these skills, but demonstrated them time and time again – inspiring children and adults alike with motivating, actionable speech and workshops.
This incredible experience is brought to the forefront during speeches and seminars, focusing on the empowerment of team members (especially those who, like Michaela, have struggled against a lack of support or a “boys club” culture), getting team-members to invest in shared goals and using passion as the key to business success: Athletes who give 100% will rise to the top and business teams where everyone gives 100% will do the same. A group that doesn’t believe in the goal – have a share in it – will not invest themselves in its success. If we can achieve proper vision, passion and attention to detail, everything else will follow.
To express an interest in Michaela delivering a talk in your school or college or to book her for after dinner event, please email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback From Previous Public Speaking
"Michaela kept the children engaged totally with photographs and film clips as well as talking to them. It was very relevant to them and has really helped them focus on being the best they can be. Talking about her setbacks had them thinking about their resilience and I know this something the teachers will be following up
When we visited the classrooms for the question and answer sessions Michaela engaged the children well and answered questions. She tried to relate her answers to things that may be happening in their lives or things they may find difficult in school which was great.
The children were buzzing afterwards and still are. They are thinking about the qualities they have and how they can best use these to achieve their goals and become the very best that they can be.
Forest View School
Last week we had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Michaela Breeze and I just wanted to say how much the Year 5 classes enjoyed her visit.
The way she pitched her talk was just right, even managing to hold a large amount of children in the palm of her hand as they listened, riveted to her life story. The way the whole assembly way presented was perfect, with just the right amount of talking, images and video clips to get her point across clearly and the children responded with much empathy and interest.
Trinity Primary School