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“Incredible motivational speaker and presenter. Cannot recommend highly enough.”
O2
“Best AGM we have ever had. The team have been raving about you!”
PwC

Through talks and workshops at conferences and events, Aaron has inspired thousands of people in FTSE100 companies and SME associations

 

His experience of overcoming challenges and achieving goals can be applied to everyday work and life. He tells his inspirational stories with honesty and humour. Audiences rave about his presentations, and leave inspired to achieve more.

 

As a survivor of Meningitis C as a child and going on to be a paralympian, his experience of overcoming challenges and achieving goals can be applied to everyday work and life. He engages people of all ages with his stories – and leaves them buzzing with an inspirational message that lasts.

 

He tells his inspirational stories with honesty and humour. Audiences rave about his presentations, and all leave inspired to achieve more.

 

Contact Aaron now and book him to attend your event.

 

"Brutal honesty in his conversation"
James Edelman
Pediatric Intensive care consultant

I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM AS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER FOR ANY EVENT

Aaron is an accomplished speaker and I would recommend him as a motivational speaker for any event. He is very humble, entertaining and generated a good combination of laughs and empathy from our delegates on the day.


Stephen Trump
Partner
Clarke Willmott LLP

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GENUINELY HAD MY PERCEPTIONS CHALLENGED

I have been lucky enough to hear from you today, as part of an Inclusion Day at my employer _____________.
I just wanted to offer you my personal thanks for sharing your uplifting, moving and inspirational story.
Working in the Financial Service sector can at times be a little dry, but today I feel like I have learned so much and genuinely had my perceptions challenged positively, by yourself and your fellow panelists.

Employee for corporate finance company

Virtual call

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THE TEAM HAVE BEEN RAVING ABOUT YOU!

I wanted to write to you to say thank you so much for coming to speak at the PwC Southampton AGM in September. The feedback from the day was that is was the best AGM we have ever had – and you played a huge role in this. You were candid, authentic and your style was warm and funny. You were truly inspirational! The team have been raving about you! Thank you so much!


Anna Blackman

PwC Partner

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KEPT A DIVERSE AUDIENCE OF TELCO EXECS HANGING ON HIS EVERY WORD

It’s a rare and exciting thing to meet a person who can make you rethink your approach to life but Aaron did just that.
He kept a diverse audience of Telco Execs hanging on his every word with his balance of brutal honesty, humour and authenticity. Aaron’s unique story is interesting in its own right but add in his skills of audience engagement and you’ve got an incredible motivational speaker and presenter. Can not recommend highly enough.



Gayle Cogswell

Head of Sporting Events Programmes

O2 / Telefónica UK


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ONE OF OUR BEST SPEAKERS AT THIS ANNUAL EVENT.

An audience of 550 did not un-nerve Aaron as he told his life story with a few action shots of the wheelchair rugby (repeated) to add to the excitement! This is a heartfelt story of targets and achievements with plenty of opportunity for Aaron to poke fun at himself along the way. Aaron was happy to mingle with the guests at the afters bar which was a welcome bonus, but alas no drinking for Aaron as heading off to the England training camp. Certainly one of our best speakers at this annual event.


Brian James
Director, The Regions
Mineral Products Association

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THE BEST TALK I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE

The best talk I have ever heard in my life from Aaron Phipps. It was an emotional roller coster oozing with inspiration.


Philip Baulch
CIO Major Business and Public Sector
BT

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AN INVISIBLE FORCE DROVE ME OUT OF MY CHAIR

Something very special happened in that room. That wasn’t a polite standing ovation. From my own perspective an invisible force drove me out of my chair. You were fantastic. Emotional honesty while cracking jokes is an unbeatable combination. It was a great conference and your presentation was the highlight.


Iain Machintosh
Director of PICU (paediatric intensive care unit)
Southampton University Hospitals

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RATHER EXCEPTIONAL

Something rather exceptional has occurred when people are still talking about Aaron Phipps a month after meeting him, including me! It was a pleasure to meet Aaron and there are few occasions when it is possible to be so informed and entertained in such a thought provoking way as this one did. Aaron’s talk was moving, inspiring and humorous and we’d like to send another huge thank you for making it such a memorable event for everyone who came.

Ema Murphy.
Communications

Greenford Ltd.

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HE LEFT THOSE IN THE ROOM BUZZING WITH POSITIVITY

Devon County Council Occupational Therapists celebrated National Occupational Therapy Week with a day conference at Buckfast Abbey.

The day was a mix of inspiration, information and celebration and included a key note address from Aaron Phipps, a wheelchair rugby Paralympian, adventurer, advocate and role model for people with disabilities and professionals alike. His presentation was not only hugely entertaining, but also clearly demonstrated how his personal drive and determination has enabled him to achieve success, not only in the world of sport but also in achieving some extraordinary physical challenges. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro would defeat many of us, but not Aaron, who managed it without the aid of a wheelchair or any physical assistance! Aaron shared with us his journey towards independence and included an emotional “thank you” to Occupational Therapists for the support he received when in hospital and in preparing for his return home.

Comments from the delegates included:

“this is why we came into the job”;
“good to have such positive recognition of the value of OT”
”makes you want to do an even better job and influence others”
“he left those in the room buzzing with positivity”

An inspirational person, engaging speaker and truly amazing role model for all.


Sarah Cambridge
Principal Occupational Therapist
Devon County Council

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YOU WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ENTIRE EVENT!

I am back at my desk for the first time properly since last week and what can I say – you stole the show! For me and many others you were the highlight of the entire event!

I wanted to e-mail to thank you for your significant contribution to our Conference this year. You had me and the rest of the audience captivated from start to finish and everyone left on such a high. The wheelchair racing seemed to go down well too.

Thank you so much for bringing our Conference to life.


Jenny Duffield
Expert Manager
Jacqueline Webb & Co Ltd

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I HAVE NO IDEA HOW WE CAN TOP AARON AS OUR KEY NOTE SPEAKER, FOR NEXT YEAR’S EVENT.

CDG – WISE Ability would like to thank Aaron Phipps for his support at our Rewards and Recognition Event.

The Rewards and Recognition Event is about recognising the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the staff and employers that sits behind the fantastic achievements of our customers.

Aaron was the icing on the cake at the event, he was a true inspiration to the team. He gave everyone a greater understanding of the importance of team work in supporting people to reach their full potential.

Aaron was engaging, bringing a great sense of humour to the proceedings with an open and honest approach which put everyone at ease.

The team hasn’t stopped talking about Aaron’s presentation, what a great guy Aaron is and how he brought a whole new aspect to the celebration event.

I have no idea how we can top Aaron as our Key note speaker, for next year’s event, he is truly inspirational.


Linda Matthews
Work Choice Partnership Director
CDGwise Ability

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SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PEOPLE ENTHRALLED

Aaron is an inspiration! He held a room of successful business people enthralled with how he has overcome challenges few of us would ever experience; demonstrating his passion and humour throughout.


Ross McNally
Executive Chair
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

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MOST MOTIVATING, INSPIRATIONAL EVENT I HAVE ATTENDED

Thank you so much for yesterday’s session, truly inspirational, and an absolute highlight of our two weeks of Leading Live events – thank you.

As promised, I have picked out some of the key quotes from the feedback below.


“Best training talk I have attended with the Trust”
“It was great to hear Aaron’s story – it puts our everyday problems into perspective”
“This is the most motivating, inspirational event I have attended with SHFT”
“ So helpful seeing someone else’s resilience”
“I’ll tell Aaron’s story – will help motivate the patients in my amputee group at work”
“ Incredibly inspiring – incredibly motivating”
“It was fantastic”
“ When my daughter – who is a wheelchair user – thinks something is too ambitious, we will now think “how” as opposed to “no”
“Totally awesome”
“A fantastic opportunity to meet a truly inspirational man”

Fiona Acton
Leadership & Management Lead,
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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DON’T THINK I’VE EVER HEARD SUCH GREAT FEEDBACK ABOUT A CONFERENCE SPEAKER

@AaronPhippsGBWR don’t think I’ve ever heard such great feedback about a conference speaker – thank you for a fantastic day! #cornwallpeconf

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INSPIRING, PASSIONATE, INFORMATIVE, AND HUMOURED

Aaron Phipps provided us with much to think about when he was our guest speaker at Speech Day in 2017. A remarkable athlete who has not let his disability hamper his desire and determination to achieve at the highest level be that in sport or in the personal challenges he has set himself, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and knees. His talk to our children, parents and staff was by turns inspiring, passionate, informative, and humoured and he was, I am sure, an inspiration to all.

Mike Crossley
Headmaster, Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall

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98% OF THE RESPONDENTS GAVE YOU A GREAT RATING, AND THE OTHER 2% DIDN’T RESPOND

Having trawled through the post event evaluations, your presentation went down an storm at the conference. You might like to know that 98% of the respondents gave you a great rating, and the other 2% didn’t respond, so we assume they weren’t in the room!


Gill
e-PD

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EVERY MEMBER OF THIS VERY MIXED AUDIENCE GAVE HIM A STANDING OVATION

As promoter of the annual Speaker’s Dinner event for New Milton Rugby Club, I was interested from the outset to meet and hear Aaron’s story. What we found on the night surpassed our expectations.



Firstly Aaron has the most engaging personality and in the pre-dinner ‘Meet and Greet’, Aaron was ‘at home’ from the moment he arrived. Nothing fazed him.


When it came to giving his talk, he held everyone’s attentions throughout. He presents in a free and easy manner, without remorse for his early life experiences. In fact he talks about how they gave him direction to his future and access to places and people he would have probably never met.


At the end of his talk, every member of this very mixed audience gave him a standing ovation. It was thoroughly deserved.


If you are looking for a speaker for your next event, look no further than Aaron. He is ‘Engaging’, ‘Charismatic’, ‘Interesting’, ‘Funny’, ‘Inspiring’. You will not be disappointed.

Grahame Goodyer
New Milton Rugby Football Club

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I’M IN AWE OF HOW STRONG WE CAN BE AS HUMAN BEINGS

It was amazing to meet Aaron and to listen to him telling his life story and how’s he needed to adapt his physical and mental attitude to life since loosing limbs due to Meningitis.

I’m in awe of how strong we can be as human beings and how it’s a lesson to us all that despite the ‘stuff’ life throws at us, we should grab every opportunity we’re given and to make the most of our one precious life.

Good luck with your continuing success Aaron. I will be watching the wheelchair rugby with excitement – what a game!

Lisa Cook
Designer
Level3Creative

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AARON WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW

Every so often you can be lucky enough to come across someone truly inspirational and indeed meeting and listening to Aaron speak at our staff conference was one such occasion. Over 300 people listened in awe to Aaron’s amazing and compelling life story which he put over in such a humble and honest way. I have received so much positive feedback and there is no doubt that Aaron was the star of the show. As an organisation we are facing a difficult future which will challenge us and require us to adapt and change, Aaron put this all into perspective and helped us to believe that anything is possible.


Nick Tustian
Chief Executive,
Eastleigh Council

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HE REALLY REACHES OUT TO THE AUDIENCE

Aaron was the opening keynote speaker at our event at the University and set the perfect tone with his fantastically engaging and inspirational presentation. The event was to showcase opportunities for high achieving students and to promote links with industry and Aaron provided a real insight into what he has been able to achieve and how partnerships with many different people and organisations have helped him to get to where he is today. His ability to effectively put over his passion for his sport and to demonstrate his dedication in overcoming challenges was really amazing. I would highly recommend Aaron as a speaker at any event as he really reaches out to the audience and conveys what life is really about.’


Henry Dorling

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Southampton Solent University

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IT GAVE THEM THE COURAGE TO KEEP GOING

Thank you so much for visiting Guernsey and giving an inspirational motivational talk at the ‘Thinking Differently, Working Differently, Focus on Safety’ conference. We had excellent feedback about speakers at the conference. People are still talking about how moved they were by your talk and how it gave them the courage to keep going. One nurse told me that every time she feels downhearted she is now going to say ‘Aaron Phipps’ to herself to give her the encouragement to achieve her goals.


It was a privilege to meet you and Health and Social Care in Guernsey will be cheering you on at the 2020 Olympics. Good Luck!


Professor Juliet Beal
Chief Nurse/ Director of Governance
The Office of the Committee for Health & Social Care

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GREAT STORY, BRILLIANTLY TOLD

After seeing Aaron’s presentation for the first time, I commissioned him to deliver it to our senior managers. It’s a great story, brilliantly told, which really raised the bar in inspiring and resonating with my department colleagues. Aaron’s story effortlessly tackled big transformational themes such as resilience, motivation, performance, seeking opportunities through change, teamwork, and work-life balance, in a way that standard tired PowerPoint presentations could never do.


Mike Bridgeman,
Head of Business Transformation,
Hampshire County Council

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AARON PHIPPS WAS TRULY INSPIRATIONAL AND WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONFERENCE.

Terrific inspirational speaker to start the day

 

Excellent 96.43%
Good 3.57%
Satisfactory 0%
Unsatisfactory 0%

Feedback from the NAHT Conference

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TRULY AMAZING TO WATCH A ROOM FULL OF OT’S BE AWE INSPIRED

I asked Aaron to come and speak recently at our Occupational Therapy Conference. I wanted someone to inspire the OT’s in the borough and encourage them all to see what they can achieve at work by being a little more creative. Aaron told us his life story (so far!) and his amazing achievements to date. It was truly amazing to watch a room full of OT’s be awe inspired by Aaron who seemingly doesn’t allow anything or anyone to stop him achieving his goals and having an impact on those around him. I have been told by staff since that they will never forget him. Thank you Aaron, our plan worked!”

 

Alexandra Hadaya
Head of Integrated Occupational Therapy Service,
Barts Health

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SPOT ON FOR WHAT WE WERE HOPING TO ACHIEVE

Just a quick note to say thank you again for delivering a super talk today for us. It was really inspiring and spot on for what we were hoping to achieve with these transformational events. It was great to see so many staff nodding in agreement when I said how much I felt we all had to take away, and how we can apply your valuable lessons about perseverance and working through challenges to be the best that we can be. Your informal style really made us all feel we were talking to you personally which made your story even more emotive.

Nicola Pritchard-Pink
Hampshire County Council,
Culture, Communities & Business Services

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COMPLETELY ASTOUNDED

Aaron is so down to earth, approachable and utterly awe inspiring. Aaron attended Radian’s third Disability Conference with the aim of inspiring our disabled residents to take opportunities presented to them. Aaron certainly managed to inspire our residents and it was clear to see from expressions on residents’ faces that they were completely astounded to hear about Aaron’s many achievements despite being in a wheelchair.

Aaron is proof that when you believe you can do something and focus on achieving it, you can overcome personal challenges that you never thought were possible.
A true inspiration with a positive outlook on life.

Helen Humphries,
Community Development Officer,
Radian

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ABSOLUTE SUCCESS, THE ATMOSPHERE WAS AMAZING

Thank you so very much for the absolutely amazing and so very inspirational keynote you provided for us at this year’s conference. The feedback received on our evaluation forms was so so positive and I know from the amount of people who also came up and spoke to me during the day that they all so thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. Thanks for helping to make our conference such an absolute success, the atmosphere was amazing!! I hope we have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

Jo Lolley
Holt Heath Teaching Alliance

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CHILDREN TO SENIOR EXECUTIVES

Aaron is an amazing communicator with an inspiring story. He can engage with people of all backgrounds, from children to senior executives. He is clear, honest, funny, and passionate. Throughout our time working together, he has helped us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds from corporate sponsors, and offered reassurance and inspiration to people whose lives have been dramatically changed by meningitis.

Mike Taylor,
Head of Operations,
Meningitis Research Foundation.

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ENGAGING, FUNNY AND INSPIRING

Aaron is an engaging, funny and inspiring speaker. He was kind enough to pass on his knowledge and expertise in public speaking to younger members of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme, giving them the skills and confidence to talk about their own sporting careers.

Nicola Wright
Sports Development Officer
Sport Hampshire & IOW

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BOUNDLESS ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE SKILLS

I was first inspired by Aaron when I had the honour of supporting him at the Paralympic Games in 2012. A short while later I had the great pleasure of ‘working’ with him on a ‘One Day’ fundraising event at Deutsche Bank. Aaron’s BOUNDLESS energy, enthusiasm and exceptional people skills were embraced by everyone he met that day and it was a privilege to be alongside him. As part of a wider team that day we raised over £640,000 (AROUND £250,000 OF WHICH,IT WAS ESTIMATED, AARON RAISED INDIVIDUALLY!!!) Aaron kindly agreed to speak via Skype at a further fundraising event for MRF organised by my sister who is a fellow Ambassador and once again the audience were left in no doubt that they had experienced something very special. I can genuinely say that Aaron is one of the most inspirational and down-to-earth people I have ever had both the pleasure and honour of meeting.”

Julie Tucker,
Ambassador London Region,
Meningitis Research Foundation

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PLEASURE TO WORK WITH

I have worked with Aaron on a variety of video programmes and he has always inspired our viewers whilst working brilliantly with our crew. He was a studio guest for a studio series called Scene South TV and was interviewed about his involvement in the 2012 Paralympics as well as his personal story and goals. We also recorded a short documentary about Aaron and his story and he was a pleasure to work with throughout this production. I have recently been in contact with Aaron about recording another interview with him for a different project. Aaron is very professional and an inspiring person to work with

Zoe Beresford
Freelance Assistant Producer.

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A VERY HARD ACT TO FOLLOW!!

Your presentation at our annual School Administrators Conference was extremely well received, being highly inspiring, motivational and informative. Your natural style of delivery conveyed the facts, your achievements, hopes and dreams, combining practical detail with heartfelt emotion, taking us all with you on the ride of your life.

A very hard act to follow!!

Lynn Frost
Financial Services Officer
Hampshire County Council

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HE LIT UP THE ROOM

Aaron was the final speaker at the end of a two-day conference for Hertfordshire Secondary Headteachers. We were all really impressed with Aaron’s energy and enthusiasm, he lit up the room and gave us all an excellent sense of perspective.”

Dale Reeve

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UNSTOPPABLE PERSONALITY

Aaron is an inspirational speaker, paralympic athlete , Charity Ambassador and role model for children who have undergone amputations as a result of meningitis and septicaemia. His experience, drive and passion makes him the unstoppable personality he is. Last year at Meningitis Research Foundation Childhood Amputee Day “Pushing the Boundaries” Aaron was clearly a star to everyone he met

Shirley Gieron
Head of Membership and Support
Meningitis Research Foundation

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Louka Travlos ‏@Stav23ros
What better way to celebrate #NationalStressAwarenessDay than with #paralympian @AaronPhippsGBWR @JustGiving: “setbacks are opportunities!”

 

@JoeTaylor04
Anyone looking for a motivational speaker @AaronPhippsGBWR is your man. An incredible story @ParalympicsGB #inspire

James Campbell ‏@campbell7820

@AaronPhippsGBWR Hi Aaron. Bit late but thanks for your talk on Tuesday. Very inspirational and amazing story #Awesome