Squash Falconer is an accomplished mountaineer and not only has she summited Mount Everest, but she holds the record as the world’s highest ever bum boarder – a title she gained on Cho Oyu (8188m), the 6th highest mountain in the world!
Squash Falconer was the first British woman to climb and paraglide from the summit of Mont Blanc, having ridden there from the UK on my motorbike (she couldn’t get an Uber).
In 2013, Squash Falconer wanted a different type of adventure and ended up setting another record when she completed a 3000mile journey on an ElliptiGO (elliptical bicycle).
She has produced many short films about her adventures (and often incorporate those clips into herspeeches). In 2014 Squash Falconer presented an adventure travel documentary in the US where Squash rode thousands of miles through South America on my BMW GS 800, along the way she teamed up with Red Bull athlete’s and together we explored extreme sports and the location they were in.
She is passionate about sharing her adventures, and unique (some would call it quirky) outlook on life convinces audiences that with the right attitude – and an unrelenting belief in ourselves – every one of us can achieve our goals and dreams, or at least, something extraordinary.
Drawing parallels between the world of business and the worlds of mountain climbing and sport Squash, demonstrates the importance of goal setting, decision making, leadership and team work. The right team and decisions on a mountain will save your life; the right team and decision-making made on a project can prove the difference between success and failure. What defines success anyway, getting to the summit or getting back down alive? In business, often tough decisions pay off.
Through her presentation and talk, Squash will draw parallels between achieving her goals through meticulous preparation, planning, teamwork and execution in some of the most inhospitable and challenging environments in the world and how business objectives can be achieved and surpassed in the same way.
Imagine if, when you were younger, someone told you anything was possible and then actually demonstrated to you that anything WAS possible. For young people, this kind of example and positivity can have a huge impact. Squash’s talk begins when she was little, when she was at school. By beginning from the same starting point as those listening, Squash is instantly on the same wavelength as her audience and then goes onto show them an exciting world of opportunity that isn’t exactly ‘text book’, proving that anything is possible and inspiring each individual to follow their dreams.
Paragliding, mountaineering , cycling, skiing – whatever your sport is – exactly how do you get to the top of your game? Do you even want to? Maybe you just want to try something new or hear about other sporting adventures. You might not be the strongest or the fittest but that isn’t always the most important element. Demonstrating that mental strength plays just as big a part as physical strength. Your own experiences may resonate with Squash’s and if you find yourself wanting to go further, you’ll realise you can.
Squash is a natural storyteller, using gripping real-life stories, anecdotes and humour to engage her audience. Squash will provide an insight to a world that will inspire the audience – challenging them to consider living their dreams and to seize opportunities they may otherwise not take. Happy to answer questions and provide further detail on content. She will also tailor her speech to make it more specific to each audience.
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"It was a real pleasure to have Squash as our guest speaker in Dublin on International Women’s Day this year. During our initial meetings, Squash really understood the brief for this audience and more than delivered on the day. A superb story teller, she takes you on a journey to the top of Everest. She draws on her extraordinary experiences to provide very valuable insights for businesses about teamwork, trust, leadership and managing risk but most of all, what it takes to achieve the impossible. Squash takes you on an emotional journey through her amazing stories and videos which really reinforces the message that if you believe in yourself you can achieve great things. Squash was also very engaged with everyone on the day and spent lots of time with the attendees afterwards in a casual setting to answer any questions and provide further insights. Thank you Squash for sharing your amazing story with BHFS."
Rosemary Reilly, CAO, Booking Holdings Financial Services
"I booked Squash to speak at a private event for a group of friends as something a bit different. The audience was a mix of female lawyers, management consultants, oil industry professionals and business-owners. Squash spoke eloquently about her journey that led her from growing up on a farm in rural UK to summiting Everest. I can honestly say that we were all spellbound. The talk was interspersed with footage of Squash’s expeditions and photos and from start to finish we all enjoyed every minute of it!"
Irena Davies, Oil Trader, London
"Squash represents a rare breed of adventurer who gets out and does real stuff, not any of the fluffy adventure that we see so much of these days. Her passion, drive and determination seem boundless. I always feel motivated and alive whenever she is around."
Kenton Cool, Britain’ s leading Alpine climber, successfully climbed Everest 16 times
"Squash was an absolutely fantastic addition to our corporate event. She had us all captivated with her funny, thought provoking and inspiring stories. We wanted someone to leave the audience feeling energised and motivated and she did not disappoint. I would not hesitate in recommending her for any event."
Sarah Reid, Head of Fleet Management Passenger, Bombardier Transportation
"Squash has been a regular guest speaker at our ski Chalet. Audience numbers vary between 30 and 60 and their response has been excellent. She has great content on which to base her talk and delivers it in a clear and precise way, with lots of humour. The whole evening is truly inspirational to our guests of all ages."
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