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Welcome to Your Speaking Career

We are Debra and Hayley, often called ‘The Twins’ for short, and we are the creators of Your Speaking Career.  We’re both professional corporate speakers who are on stage educating and inspiring audiences week-in, week-out. And that’s important! We want you to be confident that the advice you are receiving here through this website, our training programmes and through our podcast, is based on our current activity, backed up by a collective 35 years in the industry.


About Debra

Motivational Speaker, Professional Adventurer and Entrepreneur

I was unceremoniously thrust in to the limelight when I successfully rowed (yes, rowed!) across the Atlantic Ocean at the age of 26. Across the world, the media went crazy for my story because I’d set out to row across the Atlantic with my former husband, but continued alone for 3 ½ months when he had to be rescued.

That event started a whole chain reaction that led to me becoming a TV presenter for the BBC, publishing a number of books, becoming a professional adventurer and, in turn, being one of the most prolific female motivational speakers in Europe. Over a 15-year period I’ve had the privilege of speaking at nearly 1000 conferences, to many of the biggest brands in the world. I work incredibly hard for my clients (check out my client list below) and they trust me to deliver. That’s why I achieve such high levels of repeat business. I love my job!

I have been incredibly humbled to have received two Honours from her Majesty The Queen. I was awarded an MBE in recognition of my services to adventure and an MVO for my services to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, of which I was a trustee for 10 years.

I live on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England with my husband Tim and my two girls.

Here’s my personal website for people looking to book me as a Motivational Speaker:

Watch my TED talk here:

About Hayley

Business Speaker, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist & Entrepreneur

Today I’m a corporate speaker on the topics of Unconscious Bias and Diversity and Inclusion, but my journey with the speaking industry goes back 20 years. Fresh out of university I worked for Sir Chay Blyth who taught me about the speaking industry and funded my postgraduate studies in marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Propositioned by Debra to give up my then day job as the marketing manager of a global training company, I turned my attention to branding and packaging her as a speaker. I then spent over a decade as a speaking agent both to Debra and several other speakers. I was able to introduce a number of new speakers to the speaking circuit and developed strong working relationships with the main speaking bureaus from the UK, Europe, USA, China and Australia.

In 2014 I became the Managing Director of MIX Diversity Developers, consulting with major corporations on communications strategy relating to inclusivity, particularly around gender, disability and religion. I am booked to speak on Inclusive Leadership by both public and private sector clients including Bloomberg, Lloyds Banking Group, T-Systems, Skanska, UCAS, CQC and Diageo.

I live in the New Forest with my husband, two children and Moby the Labrador. I’m currently training to swim the English Channel in August 2017 for a charity called ORFUND.

Here’s my personal website for people looking to book me as a Business Speaker:

About Stef

Digital Director for YourSpeakingCareer

I’m Digital Director for Your Speaking Career – but, much like Debra and Hayley, I didn’t set out to do this job!  Since studying for my degree in English Literature, I have worked in various communications companies – from TV production to print media, as well as behind the scenes as Ops Manager for Debra & Hayley’s corporate speaking work.  Now I’m all about the online services we can provide.  I’m proud to be the company geek and love problem-solving for the tecchie side of things – got an issue with our website, podcast, or online training? Fire it my way and I’ll do my best to help.

In my spare time I am a board member for a local school and blog about the books that I’m reading.

PS. I also get to go on expeditions with Debra and Hayley – this photo was taken just South of the Arctic Circle, hence the Michelin-Man style jackets!

why we founded your speaking career

On an almost weekly basis we get asked questions about public speaking. They fall in to two categories.

When we come off stage, company directors and conference delegates will often ask us how they too can learn to speak on stage the way we do – natural, conversational, emotive, honest, gripping, with authority. They want to learn what we call ‘The Art of Speaking’.

Secondly those who have wisdom to share often ask us how they too can become a professional speaker. They ask us how much they should charge and how they can get representation by a speaking bureau. They want to learn what we call ‘The Business of Speaking’.

Your Speaking is our portal for us to answer these two questions. To do this we provide a free podcast called ‘Expert Speaking Made Simple’. We also offer a free Masterclass on the Business of Speaking and a full-length online course to compliment this, which is well worth the investment if you want to build your speaking business.

We are currently developing our online course relating to ‘The Art of Speaking’ and are looking for Beta testers. If you’re interested, please get in touch!

The Twins: Professional Speakers who walk the talk!

Here are just some of the clients that we’ve delivered keynotes for: