Engaging Conference Host

Personable. Fun. Authentic. Debra loves to be the glue that holds conferences together.

Debra is an experienced conference facilitator and MC who was trained under the BBC Talent Scheme. Debra was given a variety of presenting experience across BBC Sport, Daytime and Factual. She went on to present over 40 programmes for both the BBC.

But that’s not why conference organisers choose Debra to host their event. Debra provides a refreshing change from the usual cast of newsreaders as a host who has an inspirational story to tell. Debra often opens the conference with her remarkable story of rowing the Atlantic, setting the tone for the meeting ahead and winning the respect and attention of the audience.

Case Study: Amadeus

Two-day Global Senior Leadership Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

Debra hosted a two-day Leadership Conference for Amadeus, receiving a standing ovation for her contribution. A huge hit with the 400-strong audience, Debra delivered an inspirational speech to start the event and went on to lead panel discussions, interview leaders from EMEA, Asia, America, Canada and Australia, introduce speakers, link sections and provide summation.   

Debra worked with the production company, Touch Associates Ltd, and the conference team from Amadeus for months leading up to the event, as well as arriving on site 36 hours before so that a full day of rehearsals could be achieved.  This unprompted endorsement on LinkedIn says it all:


Debra can provide the following services:

  • Opening or Closing Conference Motivational Speech

  • Icebreaker Activities To Engage The Audience

  • Introduce And Link Speakers

  • Interview Key Directors and Employees

  • Host Panel Discussions On Stage

  • Provide Summation Following Presentations And Link To Conference Themes

  • Housekeeping Announcements

  • End Of Day Wrap Up

BT Testimony

BT Global Services – Global Marketing 3 Day Conference, Prague

“Your involvement in the preparation beforehand was really instrumental to the outcome. Your rapport with the audience and other guest speakers was also very special.  I can honestly say that in all the years I have had of organising and attending conferences, I have  never worked with someone who put so much emotional energy into making things such a success.

The other thing that struck me was how well you resonated with such an international audience. Your engaging style, motivational speech and willingness to talk one-to-one with attendees was something that kept coming back to me as I talked to people.”

Danny Garvey, VP, BT Global Services

Check Debra’s availability to Host/MC your conference

Contact Us

Debra Searle MVO, MBE shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo. As a sought after motivational speaker and author, she has spoken at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.  She has founded five companies and presented over 40 programmes for the BBC.

  • +44 (0) 7449 797 341
  • laura@debrasearle.com

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