Miles Hilton-Barber has been blind for over twenty-five years but has not let that stop him from challenging barriers. He is an exceptional storyteller and corporate motivational speaker. He has set numerous world records and he uses these experiences as an adventurer to motivate and to inspire others to achieve their potential.
Miles has been blind since his early twenties, but has not let that stop him from challenging barriers. He has sought adventure and succeeded on expeditions to deserts, mountains and the polar regions. He is an exceptional storyteller and corporate motivational speaker whose messages of “never give up”, “expect the unexpected” and “think big to achieve big” come wrapped in a package of humour and profound personal insight. He uses his experiences as an international adventurer to motivate and inspire others to achieve their potential. His words are not hollow generalisations – he offers practical ideas that work for everyone.
Miles managerial background complements his skills as a speaker, enabling him to tailor his talks to a particular business. His presentations are entertaining, motivating and inspirational, sharing with his audiences the things he would want to hear if the roles were reversed. “I want them [the audience] to feel they are looking inside the hearts and minds of the people who worked together as a team, took risks, extended the envelope, and made an impossible dream a reality,” he says. Whether Miles is giving a keynote corporate presentation or an after dinner speech, his humour, timing and use of material is exceptional. He mixes in laughter, telling stories from his own rich experiences as a blind person covering such life-lesson themes as; • Dream big to achieve big • Expect the Unexpected • Never Give Up • The Importance of Teamwork • Don’t let your Past Determine Your Future • Facing your fears • Taking advantage of adversity • Benefiting from failure.
His client list to date include Rolls-Royce, Fujitsu, BP, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, JP Morgan, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, 3M, O2, CibaVision, Nationwide, Powergen, KPMG, 3I, the BBC, AIG, GlaxoSmithKline, British Gas, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Sanofi Aventis, Raytheon Systems, The Royal Geographic Society, The British Council, Ernst & Young, Rotary International, Diageo, British Telecom, Norwich Union, Sandhurst Military Academy, Orange, Caterpillar, IBM, Deloitte & Touche, HBOS, Cisco systems, The Daily Mail, GlaxoSmithKline and many more.
Despite being blind for over 25 years, Miles has still lived his dreams, encouraging us to realise that “The only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves.” His remarkable adventures in recent years, setting numerous world records in the process, include: • Attempting to be the first blind person to reach the South Pole, in the process man-hauling a sledge over 250 miles across Antarctica • Completing “The Toughest Foot-race on earth” – 150 miles across the Sahara Desert in the Marathon des Sables • Climbing to 17,500 feet in the Himalayas • Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc- Africa’s/Europe’s highest mountains • Running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from Gobi Desert to Great Wall • Completing the “Coldest Marathon on Earth”- the Siberian Ice Marathon • Crossing entire Qatar Desert non-stop day/night in 78 hours without sleep • Circumnavigating 38,000 miles around the world using 80 forms of transport • Setting the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for blind driver in 200kph Lotus • Setting a new British high-altitude record for a tandem microlight • Completing more than 40 skydiving jumps to date.
“I found your talk absolutely gripping, humbling and inspirational.”
Ciba Vision (UK) Ltd
“Miles is a truly inspirational speaker – we all left the room thinking of new possibilities in our lives.”
BP LPG Europe
“Brilliant! Highly entertaining, informative and motivating. A great example of courage, determination and will power!”
“As Co-Chair of the RNIB Annual Savoy Gala Dinner I arranged for Miles Hilton-Barber to address our dinner. His brilliantly delivered speech, which so obviously came from the heart, touched everyone in the room and lead directly to the financial success of the auction and donations pledged on the night.” Jefferson Smurfit Group plc
”The course was particularly successful and that was due to the quality of both the speakers and the participants. Your contribution was one of the high spots, and, as one participant rightly observed, it was the one that will live longest in the memory.”
“Amazing! Miles’ approach to life is inspirational and humbling. His speech to our staff on his own adventures was hugely motivational and peppered with humorous anecdotes. A well deserved standing ovation!”
U.K. Senior Partner, KPMG
“I was informed, impressed and enlightened by your talk… and know that others were equally moved.” Europe Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group
”Miles has achieved more in his lifetime than a dozen others put together. His courage and sheer determination to succeed are inspirational. Any business striving for success should hear his message.”