Miles Hilton Barber
Blind Adventurer and International Speaker
Blind Adventurer and international Motivational Speaker Miles Hilton-Barber is one of the most widely sought-after motivational speakers on the world circuit today. Despite losing his sight in his early twenties, the quality of his life and success was radically transformed at the age of 50, not through sight restoration, but through dramatically changing his attitude to his blindness. Miles has set himself numerous world records, and undertaken extreme endurance events across all seven continents of our world, in the fields of mountaineering, desert and polar ultra-marathons, power-boat racing, scuba-diving, motor-racing and long distance, aerobatic and supersonic flying amongst other achievements.
Miles’ presentations outline a radical yet simple set of life principles that will enable businesses and individuals to become more successful today, despite facing unprecedented global change. These principles are wrapped up in a fast-moving, colourful and humorous presentation, with photos and video clips from his many expeditions and adventures.
He will challenge you to look at how you can achieve so much more than you think you can in both your professional and personal life, because “the only limits in your life are those you accept yourself.”
Miles grew up in Zimbabwe with normal sight, dreaming of one day becoming a fighter pilot like his father. At 18, Miles applied to join the Royal Rhodesian Air Force, but to his utter disappointment he failed the eyesight medical. Then at 21, both Miles and his brother Geoff were diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic eyesight condition that would lead to total blindness for them both.
For the next 30 years, Miles lived with a kind of ‘victim mentality’, believing the established thinking that blindness was a massive barrier preventing him from undertaking any adventurous exploits.
At 50, Miles’ life radically changed through the example of his blind brother Geoff who set an amazing World Record, becoming the first blind person in world history to cross an ocean solo, sailing from Africa to Australia unaided in a yacht that he built himself. Wow! What an amazing achievement!
This was Miles’ big ‘wake up call’ so to speak, for the first time understanding the life principle that the key to success in life is not our external circumstances, but our inner response to them – “attitude is what determines altitude!”
Miles has now spoken at over 1,000 corporate events in 69 countries around the world to date, sharing the transforming life lessons he has learned along the way, typified by his life philosophy that “The only limits in your life are those you accept yourself.”
“Many warm thanks for your presentation at the Global Established Products
Summit at J&J earlier today. I cannot sufficiently tell you how appreciated your presentation was with the attendees! It set a good tone, demanding in a positive way, for the rest of our meeting.”
Elisabeth Svanberg MD, PhD
Vice President, Head of Established Products, Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey
“I would like to thank you again for the outstanding speech you delivered during our Sanofi Intercontinental Region Leadership Kick off meeting here in Paris. People were delighted!
At the end of the conference we ran a small satisfaction survey and you scored very highly.”
HR Vice-President, Sanofi Intercontinental Region, France