Speaker

Gloria gives ‘Insight-Style’ Lectures on Oceans to Clubs and Conferences around the world.
Gloria visits schools as the WeirdFish Lady.

Gloria is a speaker, author, educator and a well-informed champion of    marine conservation.

She gives a series of illustrated talks to audiences around the world.

Here I am on stage trying to convince my audience that sharks are just big pussy cats!

 Is that shark  smiling at me?

. During the past  year I have spoken by zoom to audiences all over the UK plus South Africa, Australia, USA and Norway.

 My talks aim to be ‘educational and entertaining’ – in the style of an ‘Insight Lecture’.

My talks last for ~40 minutes and include original film clips of underwater life.

My talks will contain:

a) interesting and fun information about the ocean environment and what lives there

b) the serious bit about why we need to keep the ocean environment healthy 

c) information on how everyone can help with education/environment projects for both adults and the younger generation

If you belong to an organisation which is looking for a professional speaker on the Environmental subject of ‘Oceans’ then please contact me.  (See the contact page).

1. Recently, I was  a Keynote Speaker at a UK Environmental Conference in Birmingham.

2. I was invited to speak at the Rotary Ireland Virtual Conference on 6th March 2021

3. I took part in two International School sessions of a Right-to-Read Festival in Dubai,                               speaking to over 700 children and returned again in May 2021.

4. May 2021 – another virtual Conference – this time District 1090 in the Thames Valley

5. June 2021 – Talks at the ‘Way with Words Literary Festival’  in Kent

   And there are exciting events coming up!

 I’ve been invited to speak at the West of Scotland Rotary Conference

But whilst I have been invited to speak at the conference on 2nd October 2021 – I will actually be at sea … and appearing by zoom from onboard the Cunard ship – ‘Queen Elizabeth.’

How exciting is that?

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I’ve spent the whole of this week in Primary Schools around Kent – virtual zoom meetings of course – but wonderful events with very excited young people. Take a look at the Teachers page  …..

 

Next zoom talks:

 Rotary Club Aberdeen – 27th July at 12.45 pm

Rotary Club of South Foreland – 28th July at 7.00 pm

Rotary Club of Leeds – 30th July 11am

Coming up later in the year:

                        Rotary Clubs of:  Langley Park,  Gibraltar, Church Stretton,                                                            Westhill, Southgate, Hemel Hempstead, Brewood, Appleby,                                                                                   Bretby, Northwick Park and Leatherhead.                                                                              

Also the RI Yachting Fellowship Group, and Parkinsons Group.

That concludes a total of 148 talks to Clubs and Conferences from June 2020 to January 2022.

I am now accepting cruise contracts again – so my time will be limited in the future  – but you can always contact me to check my availability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                   

What others say: 

‘Gloria is a passionate and well-informed champion of marine conservation. She is an ocean adventurer, scuba diver, film maker, scientist and an educator who has recently turned her hand to writing books for children, young and old. Her exciting stories are aimed at helping young people to understand the issues that threaten every one of us, as we all depend on an unpolluted ocean environment.

Many young children in the UK  affectionately know her as ‘The Weirdfish Lady’ due to her primary school workshops, assemblies, talks at parent evenings and her published teaching resource material.

Apart from her writing, Gloria has shared her message to a number of interested groups as an international speaker. Her presentations and books are based on her underwater encounters in seas around the world. She has swum with sharks and been attacked by an angry Titan Trigger Fish in the Red Sea,  got stung by a jellyfish in Indonesia and fought off a deadly Sea Krait (sea snake) in the waters off the Philippines. She has also amassed an extensive film footage and stories of gentle, strange and amazing sea creatures who live above and below the surface.’  

                                                                            Andrew Lamb M.A, N.P.Q.H (Primary Education Adviser)

Feedback from zoom talks (2020)

Surrey, UK (June 2020)

That was fabulous. Thank you so much!  All the comments after you left were 100% positive. Your talk made a great impact on members and visitors who joined us for the talk. (Sue)

 

South Africa (June 2020)

Thanks for a brilliant presentation last evening.   My WhatsApp nearly exploded immediately afterwards with appreciation. (Clive)

 Melbourne, Australia (July 2020)

Thank you for such a fascinating presentation last Wednesday! The club members I’ve been speaking to since really loved it – as did I of course! (David)

 

 

Feedback from zoom talks (2021)

Stavanger, Norway (January, 2021)

WOW!  That was superb – thank you so much!  Now you can add Stavanger to your list of accolades!
I’d wondered how you would manage to cover such a massive general topic… but you did an admirable job of enticing us all into your world before hitting us with “the important bits”!  I also know just how difficult it is to talk to a silent audience without any feedback at all, but you are clearly the consummate professional!!    I had a slew of messages right after we closed the meeting, all were very positive and wanted to pass on sincere thanks for your time and very engaging talk.    (Dee)                                                                         

Bernie, Southport, UK January ’21.   Many thanks for your fabulous talk today, I have gained a greater understanding of the importance of protecting our oceans, I found it fascinating, very thought provoking and could have listened to you all day.                                                        Everyone was very positive and they all felt they had increased their ocean knowledge from your talk.      (Bernie) 

 

Liverpool, UK February 2021

Thank you so much for joining us this morning.  The conversation carried on after you left and all said how much they had enjoyed your talk and how much food for thought it had given them ! Not only are you entertaining so many of us with your wonderful stories and photos but educating us about our ocean world and making us realise how much we need to look after it and not abuse or harm it !  (Ann) 

 

Gloria is also welcomed into Primary Schools as the ‘Weird Fish Lady’ – encouraging young people to learn about the ocean environment.

Virtual Visits

can now also be arranged to any corner of the world.

 

‘The WeirdFish Lady having fun in a school in Staffordshire – as their guest during School Science Week