Motivational speaker, Darren Harris, is much in demand as an inspirational speaker, facilitator and coach on overcoming adversity. As the founder of Unblind Your Mind® founder, his expertise blends his lived experience, personal stories and psychology study to get bottom-line results for his audiences.
Born out of the realisation that your eyes are useless if you don’t use what’s between your ears, Unblind Your Mind ® is a framework that views adversity from various perspectives to improve confidence, resilience and focus so his audiences can tackle obstacles like a pro.
Darren has experienced adversity throughout his life including a cancer diagnosis, sight loss, bullying, school exclusion and homelessness. He is now England’s most capped blind footballer with 162 caps and has achieved 10 World and European medals. He is a dual Paralympian with football and Judo and a bestselling author of `Transforming Your Life’ plus a corporate governance practitioner. Darren a bachelor of Mathematics and Master of Psychology and recipient of an honorary doctorate for outstanding public services.
Being in huge demand as a motivational speaker, Darren has worked with companies such as Allianz Insurance, BAE Systems, Financial Ombudsman Service, HSBC, the MoD and NHS to name a few, describing him as “fun”, “insightful”, “inspirational”, “down to earth”, “easy to work with” and “results focused”.
He is member of the Professional Speaking Association (MPSA) and former president of the Birmingham region, he speaks at conferences and events using his no nonsense, all action style. Darren facilitates masterclasses for corporate away days using Football in the Dark to show individuals and teams how to deal with physical, mental and emotional obstacles blocking their path to success. A graduate of The Coaching Academy, he also coaches high and low achievers who want to learn and develop the psychological skills to become the best version of themselves.
Over the past decade, he has inspired thousands of young people through his work on various programmes with organisations such as the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Sports for Schools and Sport England amongst others.
At corporate events, Darren inspires delegates to change how they see themselves, other people and the world around them so they can achieve their true potential. He lives by the motto ‘the eyes are useless when the mind is blind’.
“Wow! We just had Darren’s session and it was incredible! We ended up with over 150 attendees which is great. Darren was amazing and truly inspirational.” Naomi Turner, Inclusion Partner, Southern Water October 2023
“Our people found it educational, thought-provoking, inspiring, refreshing, insightful and encouraging … Hopefully we can work with Darren again in the future” Melanie Hind, Global Head of Internal Communications & Employee Engagement, Amnesty International 2023
“Not only a great motivational speaker but also a lovely person. His presentation was truly inspirational and it was definitely a highlight of the day. He proves the only person limiting you is you and his persistence and passion for helping people is exquisite.” Daria Dobrzyniecka, Graduate Recruiter, HSBC
“Darren spoke to 400 staff across the country to celebrate our announcement as Olympic and Paralympic partnership. Just want to say what a thoroughly inspirational session that was with Darren this morning. Truly uplifting and great speaker for keeping it real.” Charley Jennings, Brand and Sponsorship Consultant, Allianz Insurance
“He spoke at our all staff conference on the theme of inspiring positive change. He shared stories that people can relate to and challenged people about their approach to work and life.” Edward Thomas, Head of Marketing and Communications, Wrekin Housing Group