Hi, I’m Harriet,
I’m a keynote speaker, coach and comedian. I am co-author of the best-selling coaching book: ‘Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” and the spoof nanny advice book, ‘Turnip-Led Weaning’.
I live in Bath with my husband and two sons.
I’m fascinated by people. At the risk of sounding McCheese I want to make a difference, to help people be happier. We spend most of our time at work so having a great environment there is crucial. I love seeing people have an ‘aha’ moment in a coaching or session or keynote, where they’ve figured out how to make their day job much easier.
There’s also a joyous simplicity in making people laugh out loud at a gig. I think we massively devalue the life-affirming power of laughter.
How far back do you want to go?! I was a geeky, teachers’ pet kind of kid: straight ‘A’s, head girl, PPE at Oxford University, the works. Being funny was the simplest way of stopping the school bully shoving peas down your back.
I started work at Ernst and Young as a Management Consultant and quickly realised that the people stuff really interested me. I moved to Si Group, specialists in mindset and behavioural change. As a Performance Coach I got to help people challenge their limiting beliefs by doing crazy things like break bits of wood with their bare hands and walk across hot coals.
After that I helped companies keep their talented women through career pinch points with the coaching company, Talking Talent.
I met Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Hunt-Davis, at Si Group and we wrote a book together in 2011. Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Is now a thriving consultancy. I’m a Non-Exec Director and head of Product.
Along the way
Along the way I’ve raised nearly £100k for charity, been a Samaritan befriender, invented a board game, run a marathon, jumped out of my bedroom window aged 10 to ‘see what would happen’, been a milk donor, skydived, donated 26 pints of blood (not simultaneously) and attended a workshop on peeling tangerines meaningfully….
What’s important to me
My mission, put simply, is to save the world and be back in time for tea. Family is super important.
In the future
I’m planning more books, more online resources and I’m currently piloting a coaching programme with schools.