Duley tailors his talks to his audience and is able to speak with clients from a range of ages, backgrounds and professions. Previous key themes have included ‘overcoming adversity’, ‘becoming the story’ and ‘inspiring others to create change’. Duley speaks in English but is comfortable working with interpreters having given talks in Switzerland and Italy. Duley enjoys using photographs in his talks and has sometimes included clips from the documentary, Walking Wounded: Return To The Frontline. However, he is also comfortable to talk without the use of media.
Below is praise for Duley’s abilities from previous clients:
“Giles visited The Billericay School in July 2013. He spoke to the year 12 General Studies students about his varied life as a photographer and then organised a photographic master class on portraiture with the year 10 students. Many staff and students have commented on how inspirational the whole day was and it has subsequently inspired many students into taking part in photographic and charitable projects. In terms of raising awareness and promoting a humanitarian concept it was an excellent use of educational funds and a day we will undoubtedly endeavour to repeat.”
Sue Hammond, Headteacher, Billericay School, UK
“Giles was fantastic on the day, such a great presenter and relevant for our audience. Feedback from our team included, ‘moving and inspirational’, ‘down to earth, poignant and refreshing’, ‘inspiring and humbling’, and ‘he put everything we do into perspective’. One commented, ‘Giles Duley’s speech was phenomenal. He was very inspirational and has such a fantastic attitude to life. I absolutely loved his talk,’ and another, ‘if I had to choose one thing above all else [as a highlight of the conference] it was the talk from Giles. I found it inspirational and humbling to listen to his experiences.”
Andrew McLean, Ottobock, UK
“Giles, the closing keynote speaker for our undergraduate program on Global Health and Disability, gave a profound and engaging presentation which kept both students and faculty members on the edge of their seats. His unique personal story and how he is meeting and overcoming challenges as a person with a disability is inspirational and life-changing to all who have had the privilege to meet him. Giles’ presentation was a once in a lifetime experience to meet an up and coming world leader in disability and his talk put learning into context and made it real”
Beth Richan, Program Director, Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability, Bader International Study Centre, UK