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Deirdre Bounds

Deirdre Bounds went from bedsit to big time; from standing start to leading light; from ‘can do’ to ‘already done’. This self-made millionaire; recovering alcoholic; best-selling author and TV presenter has a diverse and impressive list of talents.

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About Deirdre Bounds

Deirdre Bounds is passionate to shares her story of how she rose from rags to riches and how she grew her multi-million-pound enterprise from a bedsit; starting out with no money or experience. She is a passionate entrepreneur who never fails to enthuse and inspire her audience with the infectious secrets of her business and personal success.

Biography

Deirdre Bounds: Inspirational Founder of Travel Firms ‘Gocambio.com’ and ‘i-to-i.com’.  An ethical entrepreneur, sharing economy expert, self-made multi-millionaire, Channel 4 TV presenter, best-selling author and inspirational event speaker, with so many achievements it’s no wonder Deirdre Bounds has a lot to say.  Proclaimed by The Telegraph as having the “Northern grit and determination which represents the perfect role model for business,” the former stand up-comedienne, world backpacker, English teacher, outback bus driver and mum of two, Deirdre Bounds is the down-to-earth visionary who set up the responsible travel company i-to-i.com, which became the world’s largest gap travel year company. She went from bedsit to exit in 10 years when it was acquired by TUI Travel PLC for an 8 figure sum.

Unlike many Speakers, Deirdre has actually been (and still is) on the front line of business. She’s an innovator as well as an exceptionally talented orator with the ability to empathise with the audience and to inspire change in people.  It is this first hand knowledge of international business allied with her understanding of the world and her down-to-earth wit, which sets her apart from her peers and offers organisers and conference audiences something a little bit different, and more fulfilling, than your average business speaker.

Today she is the founder of another ‘First’ – www.GoCambio.com – capturing the zeitgeist of people’s love of travel and social media, Deirdre Bounds founded a travel and educational sharing web platform which enables people to learn a language and experience exotic destinations like a local.  What makes her story truly remarkable is that she’s an entrepreneur in the purest sense: no commercial experience, no family history of enterprise and no money…just a great idea, a pile of passion, masses of mistakes and a sense of humour!

Speech Topics

MASTERCLASS OR KEYNOTE

High Calibration Leadership – for visionaries with their feet on the ground

*How do we as individuals lead our teams to survive in these very challenging times?
*Is it really possible to get more done by doing less?
*How do we set free creativity and energy in ourselves and others when pressure and fear surround us?
*Why is it better for me and my business to ‘play to play’ rather ‘play to win’?
*Why won’t customers and colleagues put up with corporate BS anymore?

In this talk, Deirdre looks at the new paradigm for Leadership in 2012, focussing on four areas; Integrity, Intention, Intuition & Banishing Resentments. As she says, “I just wish I knew all of this when I made massive mistakes leading my own company.”

KEYNOTE:
• The Accidental Millionaire – my entrepreneurial journey
Deirdre is ready to tell the whole story. How did a young girl from a tough Liverpool housing estate go to being a:-
• shoe machinery marketeer
• English teacher in Asia
• global backpacker
• outback bus driver
• youth worker
• stand up comedienne
• wife and mother
• and finally a self made millionaire?
Deirdre’s story is thought provoking, human, very funny and provides key insights into success despite obstacles. This roller coaster ride will captivate any crowd and leave them feeling more connected to their own lives and energised to do something about it.

• Success vs Fulfilment – why it’s important to have both ( the ultimate self improvement bone cruncher – your team and your business will never be the same again – guaranteed)

• Ethical Business – integrity or bust!
• Weird Wins – Innovate & Execute
• Break through the Glass Ceiling: Women in business
• The Entrepreneurial Army: Getting one in your business
• SMEs: start-up to exit: what’s your strategy?

Workshop: half day/one day – suitable for groups and business of all sizes

• Success vs Fulfilment: what each is and how to get the latter. A seven step programme for lasting fulfilment. Perfect for bringing teams together and focusing on our humanness as well as our goals.

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Testimonials

"A naturally inspiring speaker, Deirdre "tells it like it is" in language which strikes a real chord with her audience. Her enthusiasm for business and for life in general is highly infectious!"

Yorkshire Forward

"Deirdre speaks with an honesty and clarity that is both compelling and insightful."

National College for School Leadership

"Deirdre was an excellent speaker and really engaged the audience with a down to earth approach combined with a genuine passion for what we as an organisation are trying to do. Feedback from delegates also suggests she delivered the right mixture of insight and observations and people felt they could both relate to her and learn from her in equal measure. I would thoroughly recommend her for any engagements that require an entertaining approach combined with the need for more serious points to be articulated."

The Northern Leadership Academy

"Deirdre was an excellent speaker and really engaged the audience with a down to earth approach combined with a genuine passion for what we as an organisation are trying to do. Feedback from delegates also suggests she delivered the right mixture of insight and observations and people felt they could both relate to her and learn from her in equal measure. I would thoroughly recommend her for any engagements that require an entertaining approach combined with the need for more serious points to be articulated."

NFEA

"The dust is starting to settle after our Conference and feel I must write to say how pleased we were with your recommendation of Deirdre Bounds as speaker and host at our Awards Ceremony. She very quickly established a positive rapport with our team and with the audience. Her informal approach and sense of humour allowed her to get across a serious message in a very appropriate and well-received way and it was obvious that our award winners were thrilled to meet her. Please pass on our warmest thanks to Deirdre."

The Northern Leadership Academy

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