Paula Reid

Adventurer & The Adventure Psychologist

Paula Reid is an adventurer and round the world yachtswoman. Imagine working for 12 hours a day in a place where the temperature is down to -40 degrees - twice as cold as your freezer. Imagine skiing uphill, into the wind, for 46 days pulling an 80kg sledge. Add to that a severe and very painful cold injury to both legs from Day 7.

"Inspiring Sustainable Performance During Challenge & Uncertainty"

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  • Global Challenge
  • Living Life to the Full
  • Boat to Boardroom
  • Adventure Psychology
  • Coping with Covid
  • Light at the End of the Tunnel
  • Workshops: Performance; Vision, Mission, Values, Strategy; Communications; Management & Supervision; Creative Thinking


She presents in English.


  • World's Most Dangerous Jobs
  • Boat to Boardroom

In Detail

If anyone knows about mental toughness - Paula does. She has learned resilience first-hand and understands how to perform enduringly in the toughest of conditions. From Skiing to the South Pole to Yacht Racing around the world, she has learned how to thrive in hugely challenging circumstances. Combine this with over 30 years working with leaders and running businesses and add a Masters' Degree in Applied Positive Psychology. As a core crew member of the Global Challenge 2004-5: the 'World's Toughest Yacht Race', Paula raced 35,000 miles the 'wrong way' around the world, competing against 11 other 72' yachts. She experienced some huge highs and huge lows during the Global Challenge. Her crew won the most Awards and came out of it the toughest and closest team out of the 12.


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