Britain’s most successful ever female kayaker, a 2 time Olympian and 6 times World Champion
Anna inspires audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really a tale of triumph over adversity.
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What Anna Hemmings's clients say
"Anna presented to Alliance Medical’s 40 top managers in Ireland in May 2022 on the topic of resilience. By highlighting the success factors which are common to both sport and business, Anna wove a compelling and thought provoking journey through her stunning sporting career and the challenges which we face in business. We were so impressed that Anna took the time to sprinkle the presentation with Alliance Medical specific examples which helped the audience relate to the topic, this was achieved by lots of preparation in the weeks before the presentation. The Q&A at the end of the talk provoked a great conversation with the entire audience feeling very comfortable to ask questions and debate the issues raised with Anna."
"Thanks so much for inspiring us all today. It was one of the best motivational talks translating high performance in sports into the business world that I’ve heard. We are all going into the weekend with many wonderful insights and a spring in our steps."
"Thank you Anna for the wonderful talk, it was the perfect set up for day 3 - we all found it extremely valuable, insightful and engaging, and we received great feedback from our markets and senior leaders too!"
"Anna presented to an international audience of 250 Sony staff. She is a brilliant speaker – the audience was completely engaged, inspired and motivated – I was spellbound and the feedback was the best I've ever had."
"Anna's session yesterday was fantastic and very inspirational. We have received excellent feedback from staff across our locations. Anna had the audience captivated, linked everything she learnt in sport into the business world which was great."
"I heard Anna speak at another event and was very impressed and booked Anna for our internal staff conference. She shows great warmth and energy throughout her speech and her commitment to engage with the organising committee and attendees of the event before, during and after to ensure that the messages were relevant and meaningful to the conference. Anna's story is a great motivational speech in itself for any business event but is well suited to leadership development. I would definitely recommend Anna for corporate events."
"Excellent! Anna was able to take examples from the very competitive world of sport and use them as great tools that could be applied to both business and personal endeavours."
"Anna did a fantastic job of bringing to life how the lessons learnt as an elite athlete can be transferred into the work place to help cope with the constant pressure and change we face – there was a real buzz in the room after her presentation and feedback has been excellent, with several people asking to contact Anna directly to thank her for such an inspirational presentation."
"Thank you once again, I absolutely loved your session. It was just perfect both in content and delivery!"
"Anna was a joy to listen to, her top tips for 'getting the competitive edge', learned from a career in sport, are practical, relevant and directly applicable to any business."
"Thank you very much for your fantastic talk at the ENA SHE conference. We have never had a guest speaker who has made their speech so relevant to the rest of the content of the day. Usually we just get their story and the conference attendees do not always join up the dots. We have received some excellent feedback."
"Well… where do I start? Anna is exceptional. She is the epitome of professionalism, backed by incredible content, all of which is based on evidential success… plus she communicates with both passion and sincerity. Anna clearly really cares about success for everyone and her story of resilience comes from the heart because she's been through hell and won many times over. If you are fortunate enough to cross paths with Anna, hear her speak or learn from Anna, you'll definitely be energised, inspired and will start pursuing a bigger dream."
"Anna you are awesome and so inspiring, thank you for a great session on creating impact and the competitive edge which touched over 2,000 Associates yesterday. We've received so much positive feedback already!"
"Thank you to the Curiosity team for bringing us the amazing opportunity to hear Anna Hemmings MBE, . This was one of the most valuable, practical and inspirational presentations I have heard. I know it will be one of the events I watch again and again. You made it so relatable and aligned to our personal development as well as our business by sharing your amazing story while providing us with tips and takeaways we can use. There were so many ideas on how to change mind-set, how to appreciate feedback is the food for champions, how to be constantly curious and to focus on the 'how and the now'. I thank you Anna for sharing your story and touching all the 2100+ people who joined the event yesterday."
"It was a really inspiring session. I loved how Anna drew comparisons between her preparation for major tournaments and our business. It really grounded the behaviours we aspire to in our new approach to Performance Development “Evolve”. A huge thank you to Anna Hemmings"
"Anna told us her story in such a charismatic, authentic, and inspiring way that I am still receiving positive feedback from around the organization and requests to watch it back. Everyone could walk away from this speech with something! Anna listened attentively when we spoke and included everything we had discussed to make her journey so beautifully in sync with ours. It was like she was speaking as a part of our organization."
"Roche Pharma India had the absolute pleasure of hosting Anna Hemmings at our annual strategy kick-off, in January 2022. Anna delivered her address with great passion and left the audience inspired. It was a pleasure dealing with Anna, she was so open to ideas and suggestions. Anna's subtle sense of humour resonated well with the audience. Her powerful personality, and her articulate way of speaking, made her keynote session extremely memorable. I would highly recommend Anna as a guest speaker for large scaled events, where the intent is to inspire and enthrall the audience. Anna's ability to understand the business context, and moderate her messaging accordingly, is a sheer delight for any client. Thank you for making such a great impact at our event!"
Anna Hemmings's 2022 biography
Who is Anna Hemmings?
Anna Hemmings is Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker with a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals, 9 of them gold. She is now a leading inspirational speaker on resilience and high performance.
By the age of 24 Anna had been World Champion 3 times and competed at the Olympic Games. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for her services to sport. She achieved this success against all the odds. She was told by the British head coach that she was not big enough or strong enough to be a great kayaker. She proved him wrong. At the peak of her career, Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told by medical experts she might never race again. She battled her way to full recovery and went on to win a further 3 world titles and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
Since retiring from sport Anna has become recognised as a specialist in the field of resilience and the psychology of high performance. She is an accredited Performance Coach and founded Beyond the Barriers high performance training consultancy. Anna has worked with CEO’s and senior leaders through to middle management, designing and delivering resilience, leadership and high performing teams programmes. She works globally with leaders and teams helping them develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours to deliver exceptional performance.
Anna’s unique combination of experience in elite sport combined with 12 years leading a successful business and working alongside senior leaders, gives her a broad understanding of the challenges that leaders and teams face and how to overcome them to deliver outstanding results. Whether its building confidence, engaging teams or developing resilient leaders, she is passionate about helping others succeed at the highest level.
With 18 years of experience on the speaker circuit, Anna’s speeches and masterclasses have been enjoyed and valued, in more than 15 different countries, across different industries from banking and telecoms, to healthcare and retail. These global brands have trusted Anna to inspire their people to achieve more: IBM, Unilever, Vodafone, Balfour Beatty, Novartis, Roche, British Airways, Deloitte LLP, RBS and many more.
Key insights from Anna’s engaging and thought provoking speeches are brought to life through entertaining anecdotes from her journey in sport and business. She has a proven track record as an accomplished, inspiring and humble speaker. She makes sure that she has a clear understanding of the audience, the company and their industry; ensuring that each presentation is relevant and designed specifically for the client.
Anna’s sporting achievements were recognised at the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards, where she won the 2005 Champions Award and then again in 2007 when she was voted BBC London Sports Personality of the Year.
Anna Hemmings will support you on your journey to high performance with speeches, masterclasses and 1:1 coaching.
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Anna Hemmings's 2022 speaking fees
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