Barry Hayes is an inspirational British adventurer, speaker and writer. His gripping talks contrast immensely powerful stories with well-placed humour to not only captivate and motivate audiences, but also to challenge their concepts and ideals.
Barry is most notable for his attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean as part of the world’s first human powered race across the Pacific. After losing his boat, his team, and all of his money just three weeks before he was due to fly out to the start-line, he managed to assemble a rag-bag team and get hold of a very old, borrowed, broken down boat just seven days before the race was due to start. Despite being referred to as the ‘Jamaican Bobsled Team’ of the race, his team not only completed the race, they broke the pre-race world record by 19 days and took home two new records.
After spending two years trying to go back to ‘normal’ he then set his sights on rowing across the Indian Ocean to raise money for and awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, this was an even bigger undertaking but he and his crew successfully completed this crossing in 70 days.
Having spent most of his working life working in the financial sector, Barry’s story of ‘post room boy to endurance athlete’ is a guaranteed winner for corporate audiences the world over.
Learning agility is set to be the hot topic for 2017 in both the corporate and educational worlds. Barry's version 'Learning Agility from the Perspective of an Adventurer, begins with a brief introduction as to what Learning Agility and Adventure means to him, before unfurling into an adventure that will inspire and challenge the audience.
Barry provides a framework for audience members to identify and achieve their aspirations. Barry uses examples from his own life to show working examples of the importance of each stage of this framework. This talk can be done as a standalone version or can be provided as a fantastic follow up to either the ‘Learning Agility’ or ‘Eat, Sleep, Row, Repeat...’ talks.
Geared towards the purists - this talk goes into maximum detail about the rowing adventure - how it came about, the row itself, and the aftermath. Barry talks about the enormous highs and lows, the benefits and pitfalls, as well as offering practical advice on getting involved in your own similar adventures.
The nature of Barry’s adventures allows him to inspire audiences from a wide range of backgrounds, and the lessons he has learned are similarly broad so a custom talk can be written to cater specifically for your audience.
Barry’s topics, aside from the three core talks listed here include, the reality of plastic pollution in our oceans, psychological strength, endurance and determination, and these can range from as little as 10 to as much as 90 minutes long, but if you do have a specific requirement, please get in touch.
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