Cal Major
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“Cal speaks from the heart - her passion and warmth are deeply infectious and inspiring.”

I am a seasoned public speaker and presenter, and love using face to face engagement to inspire, empower and deliver my messages. From corporate settings to adventure festivals, universities to schools, I tailor my presentations to each audience, happy to work with you on specific desired topics.

I also work closely with film makers to document my expeditions, and as such have available a range of media to accompany speeches and events as requested. The award-winning film of my solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Skye’s The Limit, is available as an adjunct to my talks upon request.

Ocean Conservancy:

The oceans are our planet’s life force, and they connect each and every one of us, producing over half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. Facing the biggest catastrophes to date - plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change - I set about to tackle these issues the only way I knew how - bringing positive messages of hope and empowerment amongst the scourge of negativity around the subjects.

I am proud to be an established campaigner against plastic pollution in my local community and nationwide, and having witnessed first hand the extent to which plastic is affecting our coastline and inland waterways, I’m well versed in the details of the plastic pollution crisis. However, I believe strongly in bringing positive and actionable solutions to light rather than focusing on doom and gloom, and I have seen first hand the power of collaboration. I have had the pleasure of working with businesses and individuals to inspire the need to change, and empower them to do so with pride.

Motivational and Inspirational Talks:

Through my expeditions, I have overcome fear, doubt and indecision to reach out from my comfort zone into personal growth, empowerment and self respect. I relate tales from my expeditions to everyday context, with powerful storytelling.

Topics include:

  • How ditching my safety boat allowed me to realise a potential I didn't know was waiting to be found, and how you can ditch your own safety boat to achieve your impossible too.

  • Despite my stubborn independence, my expeditions have highlighted to me the vital importance of team work and the realisation that even on a solo mission a well resourced and communicative team is essential.

  • Through visualisation, goal setting and celebrating achievement, I talk through the steps to mastering the endurance mindset and how this can help us to achieve seemingly impossible tasks, whether paddling 40 miles through a storm, positive business or personal development, or something as vast as turning the tide on plastic pollution.

Topics: Realising your potential / Stepping outside your comfort zone for personal growth / Team Work / Mastering the Endurance Mindset / Planning and goal setting / Visualisation / Respect for nature / The importance of ocean health and ocean conservancy / Plastic pollution and solutions / 

For more information about booking Cal for a speaking engagement, please contact paddleagainstplastic@gmail.com or visit the SpeakerBuzz website

Corporate Days:

I also work closely with Activity providers Livit Adventures in Devon to provide corporate experience days. Experience Stand Up Paddleboarding in the beautiful Devon countryside in a safe and exciting way, combined with a litter pick and discussion. Please get in touch for more information.

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Testimonials:

“Cal gave a fantastic presentation to our office about plastic in the ocean and how we can help towards the problem. She tailor-made her presentation to suit our office and was very flexible and a pleasure to work with. Cal has an extremely warm and friendly personality and managed to keep the whole office interested and engaged throughout, provoking discussions and questions around the issues.” - Small Luxury Hotels

“Cal was the perfect keynote speaker - able to relate to every single person in the room and share her stories and mission in a humbling and inspiring way. I had so many comments about her after the event about how helpful her talk was. It was the icing on the cake that she was also selected as the Polly Birch Award winner too for her environmental efforts to leave a positive stamp on this earth.” - Dr Ebony Escalona - founder of Vets Stay Go Diversify

“Incredible! Your passion and personality bring a real freshness to the subject.” - Audience member, Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour

Previous talks have included:

  • VSGD CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEECH

  • PATAGONIA ADVENTURE ACTIVISTS TOUR

  • EDEN PROJECT FESTIVAL OF HOPE

  • SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD PRIVATE FUNCTION

  • SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE AT BOARDMASTERS FESTIVAL

  • WOMEN’S ADVENTURE EXPO

  • SHEXTREME UK TOUR

  • KILLARNEY MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

  • ILFRACOMBE FILM FESTIVAL

  • FORT WILLIAM FILM FESTIVAL

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