Rachel Colenso hit world headlines when she was stranded on a sheer face at 3000m during an extreme blizzard in the Swiss Alps. After two nights on a tiny ledge with 1000 metre drops each side she was evacuated by helicopter. Rachel Colenso is a popular conference and inspirational speaker, and one of just a few female mountain guides in the world.
The film of her survival on a sheer cliff has earned Rachel an international reputation, and her dramatic account has people on the edges of their seats. Rachel Colenso presentations inspire teams and individuals to consider strategies that they can translate into their own work environments, or in their own lives.
It goes to the heart of what can be accomplished despite unforeseen events, or plans that don’t run smoothly.
The first of four women in the world to go through the British SAS Special Forces Selection process, Rachel Colenso is one of the most extraordinary female adventurers and climbers in the world along with Motivational Speaker, Conference Speaker and Women’s Day Speaker
She is a highly successful business speaker and her speeches have inspired many delegates to take back key messages to motivate their teams at international management conferences in various countries. She has captivated audiences as a keynote speaker in national road shows and she has encouraged smaller organisations to excel beyond their expectations!
Rachel Colenso masters dramatic story telling, taking command of the stage and compelling her audiences to climb with her through windswept icy mountains, to experience the danger and the trialling team interactions, the calls for strong leadership in tough ‘life or death’ moments as well as the joy of realising hard earned success.
Rachel’s ability to move seamlessly between the different worlds is assisted by having run her own business alongside competing at an international level in extreme sports events, toppled with her longstanding experience in the speaking industry.
She has led numerous expeditions to jungle, desert and snowy regions around the globe. She is also the first woman to succeed in the African Mountain Guides Scheme.
Rachel Colenso is skilled in inspiring teams to work synergistically and resourcefully, creatively nurturing opportunities for success.
Rachel is one of a small group of women to endure the rigorous British SAS Special Forces selection process. This experience has enabled her to become adept at inspiring groups to go beyond their limits, and realise possibilities in areas they would not have believed they could. Rachel was also a ‘Super Human’ finalist in the UK Channel 4 television series. Rachel is employed from tine to tine to write articles
Over the last fifteen years Rachel has engaged with an impressive list of clients in across Europe and South Africa who have endorsed her speaking. Over 70% of her events result from repeat bookings and referrals from previous clients.
Having run her own company, Rachel naturally makes the connections between leading teams up difficult and demanding mountain faces; or competing as an effective team member in adventure racing events, and the hurdles and challenges one faces in a business context.
Rachel is well informed, articulate, and confident at communicating her message to senior level management at international conferences as well as delivering highly personalised addresses to small teams of international business executives or smaller organisations who are aspiring to reach new levels of success.
Whether a large auditorium or small office space, the ability to reach out and touch people’s minds in a positive way is at the heart of Rachel’s success as an inspiring speaker.
Rachel’s adventurous expeditions to promote eco tourism and sustainable development have also raised funds and awareness for charities such as the British Red Cross, and her book, ‘In a High and Desperate provides useful information for business or life on how to survive and succeed in times of extreme adversity.
Rachel is also commissioned to write for leading UK and South African news outlets and magazines commenting on a range of topics from diversity and inclusion in the work place, to leadership and climate change in wilderness areas.