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Miles Hilton-Barber

The Blind Adventurer
Country: UK

Miles Hilton-Barber refuses to let his disability stop him from achieving his dreams. He has sought adventures in deserts, mountains and the polar regions and has set numerous world records in the process. He is a captivating and inspiring motivational speaker who has delivered presentations all around the world.

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Charming, erudite and captivating, Miles Hilton-Barber has given over a thousand corporate presentations in sixty-nine countries. With vision and ambition, Miles, otherwise known as ‘The Blind Adventurer,’ is an unparalleled force for motivation.

Born with a genetic, hereditary disease that left him blind in his early twenties, Miles has not let this stop him from challenging himself. Instead he has sought adventures, and succeeded on expeditions to deserts, mountains and the polar regions, setting numerous world records in the process.

His adventures include 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 on his navigational instruments; man-hauling a sledge over 250 miles across Antarctica; completing “The Toughest Foot-Race on Earth” – 150 miles across the Sahara Desert; climbing to 17,500 feet in the Himalayas; climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Blanc; running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from the Gobi Desert to the Great Wall; completing the “Coldest Marathon on Earth” – the Siberian Ice Marathon; competing in the hottest ultra-marathon on earth across Death Valley in California; crossing the entire Qatar Desert non-stop in 78 hours without sleep; circumnavigating 38,000 miles around the world using 80 different forms of transport; setting the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for a blind driver in a 230kph Lotus; setting a new British high-altitude record for a tandem microlight (20,300 feet) with -55 Centigrade open-cockpit temperatures; white-water rafting down the Zambezi River; completing more than forty skydiving jumps; cage-diving with Great White Sharks; being the first pilot to undertake a sortie of extreme aerobatics in a +600mph Hawker Hunter fighter jet with an ex-Red Arrows co-pilot; becoming the first blind person to do the solo kamikaze skeleton run down the 5G Olympic bobsleigh track in Lillehammer, Norway; being the first blind person to pilot a 340 BHP performance rated Zap Cat power boat in ocean time trials; being the first blind aviator to break the sound barrier, attaining a speed of Mach 1.4 or 1,060 miles per hour during a 90-second vertical climb to 50,000 feet in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet; and being the first blind person to participate in a drag-racing event, driving a supercharged machine at Britain’s Santa Pod drag track.

Miles uses his experience as an international adventurer to motivate and inspire others to achieve their potential, offering practical and actionable ideas that work for everyone. He is an exceptional storyteller and a powerful 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. His managerial background complements his skills as a speaker, enabling him to tailor his talks to your particular organisation.

In the past, Miles has worked with such organisations as Rolls-Royce, Fujitsu, BP, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, JP Morgan, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, 3M, O2, CibaVision, Nationwide, Powergen, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks & Spencer, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Nestle, KPMG, 3I, the BBC, AIG, GlaxoSmithKline, British Gas, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Sanofi Aventis, Shell International, Reckitt Benckiser, Raytheon Systems, The Royal Geographic Society, Vodafone, Barclays Bank, The British Council, Ernst & Young, Rotary International, Diageo, Standard Chartered Bank, SPAR, British Telecom, EDF Energy, Norwich Union, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, SKF, Abbott, The NHS, Sandhurst Military Academy, Orange, Institute of Directors, Red Bull, Caterpillar, IBM, J&J, The Red Cross, the Million Dollar Round Table, Deloitte & Touche, HBOS, Novartis, Cisco systems, J&J, The Daily Mail, EON, CitiGroup, Western Union, Unisys and more.

Whether he is giving a corporate keynote presentation or an after-dinner speech, Miles’ exceptional humour, energy, and timing captivate audiences across the world and inspire them to see that the only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves.

    Keynote topics

    • 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
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