MOTIVATING YOUR WORKFORCE 

 

Motivational speaker, mental health campaigner and record-breaking endurance athlete … Sally Orange MBE is on a mission to help improve mental health in the workplace!

Drawing on her own personal battle with severe depression and chronic anxiety as well as sharing her experience of rehabilitating mentally and physically injured Army personnel and telling stories from her extraordinary endurance challenges around the globe Sally will inspire your workforce. Her talks aim to help them overcome their own challenges – both personal and professional – by helping them to create a mental health toolbox for life, to build resilience and to develop coping strategies.

The Mental Health Foundation estimates that better mental health support could save UK businesses up to £8bn annually. To help address this issue Team Forces Ambassador, Sally Orange MBE, is offering her motivational speaking services to Team Forces sponsors at a preferential rate. For further information on how Sally can inspire your organisation please see the drop down boxes below.

Please contact Sally to discuss how she could motivate your staff at an event. 

When Life Gives you Lemons

Building Resilience Through Adversity

45 Minute Keynote

As Sally Orange knows only too well, life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. Sometimes it has a habit of throwing obstacles in your path, which can either floor you or enable you to face up to, learn from and flourish.

Behind Sally’s incredible achievements lies a deeply personal journey marked by resilience and vulnerability. From breaking her leg at the age of 16 and having to re-learn how to walk, to being forced to retire from the career she loved on mental health grounds, Sally has faced her fair share of adversity.

With her trademark warmth and authenticity – and dressed as an orange slice – Sally recounts how the lessons learned throughout her extraordinary career, her mental ill-health issues and her incredible endurance challenges have taught her to never give up but to build resilience by adopting a positive mentality and picking herself up over and over again.

She shares her tried-and-tested strategies for surviving not only in life but also in some of the harshest environments on the planet, relating her own experiences of resilience and mental health to challenges her audience might face, both in the workplace and beyond.

From considering suicide during the depths of despair, to meeting prime ministers, royalty and scooping up world records, medals and honours along the way, Sally shares the ups and downs of her incredible story. She says: “When life gives you lemons, it’s not just about making lemonade – it’s about turning it around and doing something incredible with it.”

 

Audience Takeaways:

  • Adopting a positive mindset when faced with obstacles and challenges
  • Learning tried and tested tools and strategies to adopt a positive approach, solve problems and build mental and physical resilience
  • Taking part in an important yet informal conversation around mental health in a sensitive and safe environment

The Fruits of Failure

How Embracing Failure Can Change the Look of Success

45 Minute Keynote

Sally Orange has an MBE, an honorary degree from the University of Nottingham, six Guinness World Records, four Invictus Games Medals and 22 years exemplary service in the British Army. She has rubbed shoulders with politicians, royalty and celebrities and raised nearly £1m for charity.

But behind her Sally’s incredible achievements lies a deeply personal journey marked by disappointment, vulnerability and failure. From failed A ‘levels to a hugely disappointing end to her military career, Sally has faced the sort of adversity and heart-breaking failure, which could have felled a lesser character.

With her trademark warmth and authenticity – and dressed as an orange slice – Sally explains how what can look like success on the outside can often feel like failure from within. And what can sometimes look like an “epic fail” can often lead to greater success!
Reciting personal examples from her extraordinary career, her personal life and her incredible endurance challenges around the globe, Sally reveals how success isn’t about chasing awards, qualifications or record-breaking times but about “having the time of your life”.
Revealing how some of her most public failures have led to her most enduring successes and inviting the audience to take a sideways look at the notion of “failure”, Sally translates her own experiences of handling failure into challenges her audience might face, both in the workplace and beyond.

Recounting the highs and lows of her incredible story she says: “Never let success go to your head and never let failure go to your heart.”

 

Audience Takeaways:

  • Adopting a positive mindset and a different approach when faced with perceived failure both in and out of the workplace
  • Learning tried and tested tools and strategies to adopt a more positive approach to failure and setbacks
  • Taking part in an important yet informal conversation around mental health in a sensitive and open environment

Sally is an exceptional speaker, delivering a very personal, heartfelt message on a very emotive subject. The way Sally manages to keep her audience smiling with her is exceptional; she is truly an ambassador of promoting positive mental health!

Rachel Smith, Impact and Technical Solutions Manager, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

About Sally Orange

Former British Army Major Sally Orange, MBE, is an endurance athlete, motivational speaker and mental health campaigner who holds the unique distinction of being the only person on the planet to have completed a marathon on every continent dressed as a piece of fruit.

Sally joined the British Army in 1998 and completed 22 years exemplary service in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Physiotherapy Officer. This included an operational tour of duty in Afghanistan treating severely wounded service personnel.

After retiring from the Army on medical grounds, Sally has devoted her time to fund-raising and campaigning about mental health and has raised nearly £1m for charity. Having faced her own challenges with severe depression and chronic anxiety, Sally is passionate about tackling the stigma around mental health.

Sally has run over 80 marathons, including the brutal seven-day Marathon des Sables, completed eight full Ironman triathlons and captained the first British female team to complete the relentless Race Across America. She has cycled the length of New Zealand, rowed and swum the English Channel, climbed 6000m+ mountains in Nepal and Bolivia, skied 250km across the largest plateau in the Arctic Circle and run the length of Iceland dressed as a pod of peas.

In Sally’s own words, her colourful choice of fruit costumes is: “firstly to make people smile and secondly to subtly open the conversation about how I want to break the stigma and change the narrative around mental health.”

Sally was awarded an MBE for her services to charity and mental health in King Charles III’s first Birthday Honours List in 2032 and holds an honorary degree from University of Nottingham. Passionate about championing young people, she is the first and only female National Ambassador for Army Cadets UK.