What makes successful people tick? How can entrepreneurs improve their chances of success? And what can we learn from them in order to achieve success in our own lives?

Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of successful people for my books and newspaper articles, including Simon Cowell, Judy Craymer and Peter Jones, and in the process have gained a real insight into what makes them tick, what common traits they share – and most importantly what the rest of us can learn from them.

Having focused initially on entrepreneurs, with my latest book Ambition I have widened my scope to include successful people in all areas of life, including sport, music, entertainment, and the arts, which means that I can share fascinating insights, advice and anecdotes which will resonate with everyone, no matter what your audience.

If you would like me to speak at your conference or event, or facilitate a panel discussion, or run a roundtable or workshop, or perform one of my two Edinburgh Festival shows, please do get in touch by emailing at rachel@rachelbridge.com.

I have been a professional public speaker for more than 12 years now, have spoken at hundreds of events, and absolutely love talking about successful people and sharing the knowledge I have gained with others. I’m very flexible about fitting in with your requirements but as a guide I can offer:

1. A keynote speech. This can focus on entrepreneurs in particular or on successful people in all areas of life – Popular topics have included how to achieve your goals, how to make a success of your career, how to become a successful entrepreneur; how to grow a business without spending any money; how to add sparkle to your business.

2. Moderator, facilitator and host – I am an experienced moderator and facilitator of conferences, roundtable discussions and panel sessions, and am able to guide proceedings in an informed and effective way. I also host awards ceremonies.

3. Networking event – a short speech followed by a question and answer session, preceded and followed by informal conversation over drinks and canapés.

4. Theatre show – a 45-minute high energy show which is both entertaining and informative. The first show, How to Make a Million before Lunch, looks at how to improve your chances of success as an entrepreneur. The second show, Ambition, looks at how to achieve your goals in life. Both are based on my one-woman Edinburgh comedy festival shows.

5. Motivational speech at key life stages– Leaving school or university, starting a career, changing careers, being made redundant, seeking new adventures, facing retirement – all these life events can present unique challenges. Using real life examples and practical results-driven steps, I will show how to not only survive, but thrive through change, and how to create the kind of life you really want to live.

6. Entrepreneur Workshop – providing practical advice and guidance to small firm owners about how to be more entrepreneurial and how to grow their businesses by making the most of opportunities around them.

7. Media workshop for small businesses – explaining how the media works and how to get your small firm written about in the press.

Praise for previous events:

“Thank you so much for your fabulous talk. It was fantastic to have someone so enthusiastic and inspiring.” James Shapland, Headteacher of Ashlyns School, Hertfordshire

“A special ‘thank you’ to Rachel for a brilliant speech.” Regina Wong, Business and Broadband Strategic Insight director, Telefonica O2

“I really like your practical straightforward approach. You are an inspiration.” Chris Watt, small business owner and workshop attendee

“Many thanks for your experience, energy and inspiration.” Neil Howlett, President of Frome District Chamber of Commerce

Gx Pay360 Innovate conference – “There has been lots of positive feedback from delegates about the quality of content, interaction and delivery. As our keynote interviewer, you had a key role to play in making the event a success. So I would like to thank you personally and on behalf of Gx for being involved.” Zoe Perkins, marketing and events manager

Bryanston School Business Conference – “Thank you so much for your talk, which was the perfect way to bring the curtain down on the business conference.” Mark Christine, Head of Business and Economics, Bryanston School

Sage Business Huddle – “You brought so much energy to the night. It was the charge they needed to continue with their ventures in a smarter/savvier fashion. A MILLION THANKS FOR BEING AMAZING!!!” Teju Adeleye, event organiser

Wandsworth Council Annual Business conference – “Thanks once again for giving such a great talk and being such a pleasure to work with. I hope that we have the opportunity to do so again.” Jenni Asiama, Partnership and Business Communications Officer, Wandsworth Council.

Slaughter and May lunchtime cultural talk – “Thanks so much for coming. I’ve had lots of really positive feedback about the talk so we’re very pleased. You have such a wonderfully energetic, clear delivery – very enviable.” Sarah Newman, organiser

Sherborne School for Girls – a speech about ‘Inspirational Women’ entitled ‘How to achieve anything in the world you want to’, plus cutting the ribbon for the new Sixth Form Centre –“A really good evening, just what we wanted. Your talk was very well received and was the perfect prelude to ‘cutting the ribbon’ . Rowan MacNeary, organiser

Rachel speaks at a wide range of events which have so far included:

Association of British Credit Unions annual conference

Sage theatre at Accountex exhibition

Avanta small business roundtable event

Nectar Small Business Awards roundtable event

National Enterprise Network

British Embassy in Paris International Women’s Day event

Discuss and Do Festival, Frome

Vision Bristol conference

Sheffield MADE Entrepreneur Festival

Entrepreneurs Organisation networking event

O2 Business Breakfast

National Calendar Awards

Tutor2u Entrepreneur Live conference

Enterprise Nation annual conference

Women in Rural Enterprise annual conference

East of England Development Agency Destination Growth conference

University of Surrey UniSdirect breakfast seminar

Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce conference

Entrepreneurs Forum annual conference