Public speaking


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Sarah is a globally renowned speaker for corporate, school and festival events at home and abroad. Her stories are of turning dreams into goals, of facing fear and embracing failures, of pushing on through impossibles and going back for another try.  Sarah Outen’s expeditions have pushed boundaries on possibility and potential, almost killed her on a few occasions and taught her invaluable lessons on risk, resilience, team work and forging your own path. Her most recent London2London: Via the World expedition saw her row, cycle and kayak around the Northern Hemisphere over 4.5 years. It is a story of having a go, failing, having another go and ultimately of learning when to let go.

Stories of her expeditions resonate with all audiences and can be tailored to any event. Since proposing to her girlfriend while alone on the Pacific Ocean in 2013 Sarah has become a role model for LGBT issues and is admired beyond her expeditioning, for her openness at sharing her inner struggles and mental crashes as well as the excitement and triumph.

Sarah’s second book ‘Dare to Do’ , which tells the story of her 4.5 year London2London:Via the World expedition, publishes in November 2016.

Recent clients include: The Rugby Players’ Association, Forum for the Built Environment, Canada Life, AIG, Accenture, EY, Mars, Iridium, Saatchi and Saatchi, TEDx,  Mckinsey, AT Kearney, Iridium, Endsleigh, Zurich New Re, Stars Foundation, Pets At Home, Ashridge Business School, University of Oxford,  Royal Geographical Society, London International Boatshow, Vancouver International Film Festival.


‘She connected with all of us – with such great takeaways for us on leadership, teamwork, and courage’ Anthony Baldwin, AIG

‘A huge success. Sarah’s story was compelling and hit the mark in exactly what we were looking for from our speaker. Sarah’s style was open, relaxed and very honest.’ Stuart Munday,  The Rugby Players’ Association

‘Sarah’s presentation was fantastic.  It was clear that she had really thought about bringing the Geography out from her travels. Her use of subject specific vocabulary combined with the excitement of her stories really engaged our able pupils.’  Morwenna Chapman, Oundle School

‘Sarah held us all in the grip of her storm from beginning to end. Outstanding.’ Barbara Harvey, Accenture

‘Sarah was fantastic, very inspirational.’ Kevin Fear, Headmaster, Nottingham High School

‘Sarah’s story is moving, incredible and inspirational. In a business context, when thinking about goal setting, taking accountability, positive thinking and results focus the parallels are clear. An amazing story delivered by an amazing lady.’ Ryan Cheyne, Head of PR, Pets at Home

‘Sarah is a natural communicator and has the rare ability to engage her audience and make them feel part of her adventure.  That she was able to complete such a massive challenge shows that she is very special and what she has to say is relevant to young and old who can only dream of taking up such challenges.’ Steven Roberts, Principal Stamford Endowed Schools


‘Inspirational. Children from 4 to 11 sat, transfixed, as they listened to her adventures  showing the highs and lows of her brave and exciting journey across the world. Sarah has a fantastic, sunny way of presenting and our children loved the experience.’ Leanne Barr, Headteacher, Allington Primary School


3rd November – LSE  – Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House (LONDON)

6.30 pm | Free | Website & info here |   #LSEDareToDo

9th November – Mercer’s Lecture, Dauntsey’s School (WILTS)

7.30pm | Website & ticketing here |

10th November  – St Helens School, Northwood (HANTS) 

7 pm | £7 inc book voucher | Website & ticket purchase here 

11th November – Foundation Lecture, Stamford Endowed Schools, Oswald Elliot Hall – Boys School (LINCS)

7pm | Website & ticketing here |

19th November – Kendal Mountain Film Festival (CUMBRIA)

4pm | Kendal Town Hall | £12.50| Speaking alongside Ash Dykes in the Lowe Alpine Sessions | Website & ticketing here 

Also on the Basecamp stage at some point that weekend… 

30th November – 2nd December – TEDMED (Palm Springs, CALIFORNIA)

Timing tbc | Delegate at TEDMED $$$ | Website & registration here

3rd February | Destinations Travel Show (LONDON)

£11| Website & ticketing here 

8th February | Wilderness Lectures (BRISTOL) 

7.30pm | £10| Website & ticketing here 

9th February |  Rucksack Club (Stockport, I think…)

? | £6 (I think!) | Website & info here 

13th February | RGS (LONDON)

6.30pm | Fellows and members only |

27th March | RSGS| Easterbrook Hall (DUMFRIES)

7.30pm | Website and info here 

28th March | RSGS |  Scottish Borders Campus (GALASHIELS)

7.30 pm | Website and info here

29th March | RSGS| Ayr Town Hall (AYR)

7.30pm | Website and info here

30th March | RSGS|  Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

7.30pm | Website and info here

11th April | RSGS| Shipham Village Hall

£6 on the door | details to follow

25th April | Stamford Arts Centre (LINCS) 

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