Expert talks

Expert Talks


For expert talks that educate and inspire, book one of our speakers to speak at your conference, workshop or off-site. Choose from Polar Explorer and Adventurer Paula Reid or World Record solo sailor Alex Alley.

Paula Reid - The Adventure Psychologist, is an expedition adventurer with a Masters’ in Positive Psychology. She has uniquely combined the two to become an expert in Adventure Psychology - how to achieve enduring and resilient performance in difficult times.

In 2019, Alex spent 75 days alone at sea aiming to break a solo non-stop around the world record. Unfortunately disaster struck in the Southern Ocean and he was forced to retire, limping 1000 miles and 5 days back to Australia. Mental Toughness and Resilience played a big part in that trip. Alex has also led teams in some of the toughest environments on the planet, in life-endangering conditions, and kept them motivated during critical medical evacuations. He also has the drive and determination to bring back World Records and keep going against the odds.

Be inspired by these key talks:

Adventure Psychology. Flexible and resilient strategies for enduring performance during difficult times:

  • Going Knowingly into the Unknown​

  • Resilience: Enduring Performance in a Challenging World

  • Please don't Languish! Survive, Cope, Thrive

  • Leading with Courage and Humility

Ski Full Distance to the South Pole:

  • Personal Resilience - Choose your Attitude 

  • Achieving Goals - Aim for Beyond the Finish Line

  • Coping with Fear and Pain - Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever


Sailing round-the-World: Teamwork, Leadership, Performance, Motivation.

Paula is the 3rd British woman to ski the Messner route, 1000km, from the Ronne-Filchner ice shelf on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. A relentlessly tough expedition, uphill, into the wind, pulling an 80kg sledge in -40 °. This gruelling challenge was made ten times harder when she got ‘Polar Thigh’ – a debilitating cold injury on both legs from Day 7. On Day 8 it was assumed she would medivac out. on Day 9 she determined to carry on.


With NO sailing experience and just 2 months notice, Paula raced 35,000 miles Westwards around the world in the Global Challenge – The World’s Toughest Yacht Race. “No regrets. It was extremely tough: frightening; freezing; exhausting; formidable; and there were 37 reasons why I shouldn’t have done it. But I did. And it was the best decision of my life.”

​Expeditions to date include: Yacht Racing around the World (10 months); 3rd British female to Ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole (46 Days); Cycling across 12 Countries; Paddling the Mekong; Kayaking the Thames; Walking across England, Scotland and Ireland; living among the hidden tribes of West Papua and Dayaks of Kalimantan.


Paula has delivered a TEDx Talk on Stretch Zone, written four books and is an expert speaker on Adventure Psychology.

"Paula is great! She's interesting, full of humor yet serious and knows how to connect & relate her personal story to business insights. Everyone was fascinated by her and told us it was both inspiring & interesting. So… I have only warm recommendation for her."

VP Marketing, Tiny Love

"(Alex’s) presentation style is impressive, a mix of adventure stories, hardship, success, setback and the one overriding message that you should never, ever, give up.  Alex was an inspiration to our team, and whatever challenges we face there was motivation and techniques to help succeed for all of us."

John Mobly, Managing Director, Newnet plc

"On behalf of everybody, I want to sincerely thank you for coming to speak to us. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with us. We were deeply moved by your stories of courage and going for it in life. You have left a mark on us all and it will be with us for a long time to come. Thank you very much for just being yourself." 

Hidayah Kadri, Nigerian Muslim Sisterhood

"Alex was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker, bringing to life the trials and tribulations of the Global Challenge. His talk was very interesting with some great stories and anecdotes. Moreover, he made it relevant to our business need with the theme of "challenge" cleverly interwoven into his talk.  The group found him very motivational and took away some useful learnings."

Commercial Analytics Team, GSK

Alex and Paula have also written four books between them.