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Giles Long MBE  Motivational Speaker and Author

Giles delivers speeches that underline and illustrate the importance of teamwork,leadership, high quality communication and change. He uses his personal story to take the audience on a journey, which is inspiring, motivating and relevant by providing practical solutions.

Giles' favourite key notes:
• Teamwork
• Leadership
• Embracing Change
• Communication

As a boy Giles Long loved swimming and joined his first swimming club at the age of seven, he very quickly had dreams of going to the Olympics. He even told his parents that he was going to win a gold medal.
Giles broke his arm aged 13 and was diagnosed with a bone tumour soon after.Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery left him without the use of his right shoulder. A nightmare for a swimmer. His dreams of going to the Olympics were over.

With recovery came the resumption of swimming though with Olympic dreams long left behind until he was introduced to the British Paralympic team. All of a sudden the passion for gold was reignited. He began rebuilding a high performing team around him and began his journey  to gold once again.

On the way he learned how to get the most from those around him (by experiencing what happened when he didn't engage them!) and the importance of continual improvement through change.
Giles is based in the UK but travels regularly to speak in the USA, Brazil and  Europe.

Giles Long MBE Motivational Speaker and Author

Giles Long MBE  Motivational Speaker and Author


Giles Long MBE is one of the most successful Paralympic swimmers of our time. Though his journey to elite success is very different from the typical athlete

As a boy Giles loved swimming and joined his first swimming club at the age of seven, he very quickly had dreams of going to the Olympics. He even told his parents that he was going to win a gold medal.

Giles Long broke his arm aged 13 and was diagnosed with a bone tumour soon after. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery left him without the use of his right shoulder. A nightmare for a swimmer. His dreams of going to the Olympics were over.

With recovery came the resumption of swimming though with Olympic dreams long left behind until he was introduced to the British Paralympic team. All of a sudden the passion for gold was reignited.He began rebuilding a high performing team around him and began his journey to gold once again.

On the way Giles learned how to get the most from those around him (by experiencing what happened when he didn’t engage them!) and the importance  of continual improvement through change.

At the Sydney 2000 Paralympics Giles again took gold, setting a new World Record in the process. With one dream realised another had to be created. With that Giles Long decided to go for 3 Gold medals, from 3 Paralympics, in one event.

Taking hard decisions early, driving change earlier and keeping those in his team motivated, produced a performance at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, which Giles tells as a triumph in his speech. Giles uses his career to illustrate to others how far the extent of each individual’s team stretches, the importance of every individual as a leader, how they can use positive change to their advantage, and the intrinsic link between being inspired and being motivated.

Having written for the Daily Telegraph, his first book, Changing to Win, was released in October 2008 and reprinted in April 2010.  Based on his own story; the book provides the reader with a powerful motivational tool whilst being an entertaining read as well. Giles Long was part of Channel 4 as lead expert on Swimming for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, having already presented the IPC World Swimming Championships, the European Championships, the Paralympic World Cup and the Fencing World Championships.

Clive James described him as “simply sensational.” Recently he became a BAFTA winner for being part of the Paralympic coverage.He is also the creator of LEXI, the ground-breaking graphics system that explained how Paralympic classification works for the first time on TV.

LEXI has revolutionised the way disability sport is televised around the world.He can currently be seen on the BBC News Channel and will be on Channel 4 this summer presenting the IPC Swimming World Championships .

Giles Long MBE Inspirational Speaker and Author

"We started off with an audience of 200, by the time he finished it was twice that number.  People were listening from the corridor!  Giles was superb and really inspired us to embrace change."

 Coca-Cola

"Giles absolutely enthralled our customers with his take on change and teamwork.  His humour and wonderful turn of phrase had everyone utterly captivated whilst expressing our key values. He made it our best event ever!" 
Lloyds Private Banking, São Paulo

"Giles gave us just what we wanted, asked for and needed! Motivation, inspiration and sheer entertainment; he rounded off our day perfectly."
Anthony I Joseph, Senior Vice President, Lloyd’s America

"Giles speaking is inspiring and engaging. He leads his audience through his own personal, and often emotional, battle to overcome change and drive towards World class performance - providing lessons to be learnt for all organisations...."
Andy Rubin, CEO, Pentland Brands Plc

"Our conference was designed to make everyone feel part of "The Team"; part of the bigger picture. Giles’ address was both motivational, highly appropriate, was perfect to conclude the day, and far done more eloquently than we could manage ourselves."
Peter Maher, Director, Smith & Williamson Pension Consultancy

"Giles speech was a highlight of our senior management away day. He is an utterly compelling speaker - the audience were gripped - you could hear a pin drop! His story was both inspiring & motivating for our team, touching us both personally and professionally. He lifted our day. The best speaker I have ever worked with! I would highly recommend him to any audience."
Kerry Cooper, Sales & Marketing Director, Automobile Association

 
Giles absolutely enthralled our customers with his take on change and teamwork.  His humour and wonderful turn of phrase had everyone utterly captivated whilst expressing our key values. He made it our best event ever!
Lloyds Private Banking, São Paulo

“Giles’ story is inspiring; we need more of this sort of thing. He has a valuable motivational contribution to make, in terms of coping with adversity, responding to bad news and, despite everything, setting his sights on winning. We would definitely hire him again as a speaker!” - Accenture

Giles gave a wonderful speech you gave at our Transformation & Celebration conference. Our feedback from delegates was phenomenal and that it made a real difference to how they perceived their roles within the company.
Ascham Homes

Giles speech was a highlight of our senior management away day. He is an utterly compelling speaker, the audience were gripped! His story was both inspiring & motivating for our team and he lifted our day. The best speaker I have ever worked with! I would highly recommend him to any audience.
Automobile Association

Giles story is not only about Paralympic success, it is about adapting to overcome unbelievable odds to achieve a dream. Told with wit and perfect frankness, he offers us all an amazing and perfect model of how change can be managed and even embraced for success.
Bechtel

Giles helped to underpin the message we wished to convey to our staff with his humorous and touching speech. Simply first class.
British Olympic Association

A competitive market place must always be met with continual change and evolution, Giles was able to express this in a very unique way with our staff. You could have heard a pin drop!
EasyNet




There have been very few occasions when our 1000 colleagues have thanked a 
Key Note speaker with such a genuine and rapturous standing ovation! A Gold Medallist who is a thoroughly inspiring and captivating speaker.” 
Greenwich Leisure Ltd


Thought provoking, entertaining and extremely well received by six hundred at JPMorgan. Giles helped to remind us that we must always challenge our preconceived ideas on what is achievable. Any organisation serious about committing to empowering, motivating and inspiring their employees, should listen to Giles.
JP Morgan

The insight Giles gave through his personal experience, and the humour you injected into your delivery, was both powerful and inspiring. Change is already happening here!
Kuit Steinhart Levy

Giles is one of life's true achievers. His journey from cancer survivor to gold medal winner is truly inspirational, it makes him the ideal motivational speaker. His words are extremely powerful.
Philips

Giles spoke at a Lloyd's event with people from throughout the world but Giles seemed to connect with them all. He is without a doubt one of the best speakers we've ever had.
Lloyd’s Worldwide Markets

Giles gave us just what we wanted, asked for and needed! Motivation, inspiration and sheer entertainment; he rounded off our day perfectly.
Lloyd’s America

Giles’ draws wonderful parallels from the sporting to business worlds.  Its exceptionally powerful and when told with his wicked sense of humour and makes for a incredibly motivating and inspiring story. 
Max Bitel Greene

Giles speaking is inspiring and engaging. He leads his audience through his own personal, and often emotional, journey to overcome change and drive towards world class performance - providing lessons to be learnt for all organizations....”
Pentland Brands

Giles provides an intervention that is ideal for any organization or group who wish to overcome serious challenges, or are about to go through significant change like us.  Giles has helped us prepare no end for the road ahead.
Reed Consulting

Our conference was designed to make everyone feel part of “The Team”, part of the bigger picture. Giles was both motivational, highly appropriate, was perfect to conclude the day, and far done more eloquently than we could manage ourselves.
Smith & Williamson

Giles’ story one of the most moving yet motivational presentations I have ever seen.  His is a story which will touch very member of the audience and our staff still talk about his presentation and often refereed to it.
Winterthur Life

Giles has spoken for us on several occasions. Each time our staff leave incredibly inspired and motivated to move forward; both in their work for Visa and in their personal lives.
Visa

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