Inspirational and Motivational Speaker, Survivor, Determination to succeed, Embracing change
Dan Biddle’s speech was truly inspiring and delivered with such emotion.
Dan Biddle’s speech was inspirational, and the content made you put your own life into perspective. He made you realise that whatever challenges you face in life, they are always surmountable. The realisation emerged that you should never be scared of failure, and instead should see it as a way to move forward.
Dan Biddle’s account and delivery at the conference was show stopping. He spoke eloquently and with pace, recounting what could only be described as revisiting hell. You could have heard a pin drop with the atmosphere in the New Scotland Yard briefing room. Following his account there was an ovation the likes of which I have rarely ever seen. It is still being talked about across the Institute and has provided security practitioners with an inside perspective that many of them never expected and something to take back to their operational environments to support their workplace.
Amongst the many everyday stories of hardship and survival, Dan Biddle’s account of surviving the events of 7/7 is a story that sets him apart from others. Stood just 2 feet away from the suicide bomber on the Paddington bound tube train, Dan Biddle recalls the pulling of the detonator cord and the immediate aftermath of the explosion that was to kill 6 people and seriously wound many more on that fateful day.
Dan Biddle’s account is one of the coincidences leading to him being in the wrong place on that day, the horrors of witnessing others die around him, and the 3 cardiac arrests, and 70 operations that he endured as a result of being the most injured survivor from the London wide bombings. Channel 5 subsequently ran a programme about Dan Biddle on ‘The man who should be dead’ as part of its ‘Extraordinary People’ series.
For corporate audiences Dan Biddle’s tale of resilience and ongoing personal battles is an extraordinary account of personal determination and refocus, which has allowed him to manage a serious case of post traumatic stress disorder, and to deal with his ‘survivor guilt’.
Dan Biddle’s session identifies the steps necessary to overcome the odds, to reset personal focus and goals, and how he has become a successful and award winning business owner and advisor to others. He challenges others to push themselves beyond their comfort boundaries, and to overcome personal barriers in an honest, forthright but highly engaging style.
Dan Biddle may no longer be able to get out of his wheelchair due to the loss of his legs on that unforgettable that day, but he will have your audience on their feet in admiration and respect for his story, his achievement and his inspiration.
Key messages include:
- Equality and Diversity and the positive impact of embracing disability
- Overcoming adversity
- Adapting to life with a disability
- Breaking barriers
- The importance of excellent communication in business
- Never give up attitude and the ways to become empowered by change
- Embracing change
- Dealing with trauma and guilt
- Rebuilding a life from the bottom up
- Learning to cope with a mental illness
- Maintaining positivity
- Detours on life’s journey
- Maximising opportunity
- Determination to succeed