Miles Hilton Barber has been blind for over twenty years but has not let that stop him from challenging barriers, seeking adventure and succeeding on expeditions to deserts, mountains and the polar regions.
Just a few of his many extreme adventure experiences include running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from the Gobi Desert to the Great Wall, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc - Africa's and Europe's highest mountains, as well as being the first blind pilot to undertake a 55-day, 21,000 kilometre microlight flight from London to Sydney, relying on revolutionary speech-output technology, accompanied by his sighted co-pilot.
Miles Hilton Barber 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 client’s particular business and personnel.
His presentations are entertaining, motivating and inspirational, sharing with his audiences the things he would want to hear if their 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.
As a popular after-dinner and corporate speaker, Miles Hilton Barber weaves together rich anecdotes and humour with powerful life-lessons he has learnt whilst overcoming his blindness covering themes such 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
He has shared the speaking platform with such individuals as Rudi Giuliani, New York Mayor on 9/11, Olympic Medallist Roger Black, Jeremy Paxman, Melvin Bragg, and Lord David Puttnam addressing corporate and celebrity audiences around the world.
Miles was fantastic! An inspiration to our people on both a professional and personal level. The feedback from the team was testimony to how Miles touched so many of them and the fact that we have gone back again and again to have Miles speak to different groups within our organisation is testimony to the value that he adds.
Hearing Miles speak is truly inspirational. He is living proof of the old adage 'there's no such word as can't'. This amazing man is an unparalleled force for motivation and I have every possible respect for his talents as a speaker as well as his incredible personal courage.
If you have never had the privilege of hearing Miles Hilton-Barber speak then you are in for a rare treat. Miles exudes confidence, electrifying his audience with his escapades, whilst challenging them to attain new heights of excellence and all with a humility and sincerity that compels his audience to beg for more. His courage, self-motivation and humour make him an absolute delight and I for one could listen to him over and over again. A truly motivational experience not to be missed.
Miles Hilton-Barber offers a truly inspirational insight into his amazing adventures. He demonstrates, in his presentation, the energy that has driven him to achieve so much. In listening to Miles you are forced to consider the limits you have set on yourself, and to search your mind and soul as to what you could potentially achieve.
I found your talk absolutely gripping, humbling and inspirational.
We don't normally attend the plenary sessions, but to miss out on Miles Hilton-Barber's talk would have been a disaster. It was one of the most inspirational, hilariously funny, and seriously motivating speeches I have heard. If I had been attending a religious meeting I would have left as a convert...
Brilliant! Highly entertaining, informative and motivating. A great example of courage, determination and will power!
It was a privilege to hear you speak at the ICFM Conference. You so inspired me by your words, your achievements, your example, your positiveness, your 'you' that I returned to my desk reinvigorated and reassured that I can make a difference and can achieve what I might have previously thought of as 'impossible'. Thank you.