Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Katherine Grainger | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Olympian, World Rowing Champion And Chair of UK Sport
Maidenhead
Hear what it takes to make it to the top of your game from Dame Katherine Grainger, speaker, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, six-time world rowing champion and chair of UK Sport.

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Positive Mindset
Learn easy tips and tools to boost your optimism and build a
positive mindset, pretty much regardless of the challenges of your environment.

Takeaways:
Practices to grow your optimism and combat the natural negativity bias of our brain
How to shift towards opportunities rather than risks and dangers
Mindfulness techniques to break the cycle of negative thinking
How to slow down the inner critic
Managing the nervous system to shift out of negative emotions
Boosting your confidence by letting go of an unrealistic need to control
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High Performing Teams
From participating on an overland traverse, driving a Caterpillar tractor 1,200 km across the Antarctic plateau, to working as part of a prehospital medical team performing lifesaving roadside interventions in the Swiss Alps, Beth has experienced first-hand the importance of successful teamwork. In this talk Beth uses her experience to illustrate how to maximise optimal performance from your team in order to achieve success.
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Overcoming Adversity
In early 2016, British short track speed skater Elise Christie won the overall European Championships. The Olympic speaker also came first in the 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m races in 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, in Russia. These victories were particularly sweet because two years earlier at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, she was disqualified from the 500m after an Italian skater collided with her. Two days later Elise was disqualified again, this time in the 1500m, for failing to cross the finishing line.

Shortly afterwards she was penalised for colliding with a Chinese skater in the 1000m semi-final. After such disappointment, Elise developed the skills needed to overcome adversity – including perseverance, determination and mental strength. In her speeches, she shares these methods with her audience as well as the memories of the highs and lows that she has experienced throughout her career. Delegates from many sectors can relate to how thin the line can be between success and failure, and can empathise with how important it is to face both in the same way.
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Communicating Like A Leader: One Conversation At A Time
Ever had a thought in your head, but when it comes out, people just don't get it? Communication can be confusing. Be clear, concise and make sure what you say lands with conviction.
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Embracing Excellence: The 2024 Paris Olympics Journey
This speech explores the inspiring journeys of athletes preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics. It focuses on their rigorous training, personal sacrifices, and the mental and physical resilience required to compete at the highest level, celebrating their dedication and the spirit of the Olympic Games.
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Katherine Grainger | Speaker Biography

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Chair of UK Sport and Britain's most decorated female Olympian, holds a unique record of five medals from five consecutive Olympic Games, including one gold and four silvers. Katherine's blend of athletic prowess and academic achievement, as evidenced by her PhD, has made her a popular choice for motivating teams. She began rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993, quickly excelling to international success, including a U23 World Championship gold. Katherine's Olympic journey includes medals in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), and a record-breaking gold at the London 2012 Olympics with Anna Watkins in the Double Sculls. Her accolades extend to eight World Championship medals and recognition as the 2009 Scottish Sportsperson of the Year. Beyond sports, Katherine has served on the British Olympic Association's Athlete Commission, contributed to BBC sports coverage, and is celebrated for her engaging PepTalks on teamwork, motivation, and communication.

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