January 9, 2014 by Speakers' Spotlight
Spotlight On: Elizabeth Manley, Olympic Figure Skater
Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 silver medal and became the Olympic freestyle champion), six World Championships, and won three National Titles. Reliving her incredible journey for audiences, Manley gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make it to the top, and speaks with honesty about the importance of mental health:
What inspired you to want to be a speaker?
I was inspired to become a speaker because I’m passionate about the causes I speak about. If I touch and help even just one person, I’ve succeeded in my mission.
Any advice for aspiring speakers?
Be yourself. Don’t try to be something on stage that you aren’t. You will be received well if what you speak about comes from your heart
What do you like to leave audiences with?
I like my audience to leave inspired to be what they don’t believe they can be. I want them to leave with hope, and a mission in their own life.
How do you prepare before a talk? Any special rituals? A good luck talisman?
Before a talk I don’t do anything special, but I try to mingle with my audience beforehand to get a feel of the personalities and the vibe of the room.
Any funny or embarrassing situations you found yourself in as a speaker?
None at a speaking events, but plenty when I’ve been skating! I lost my top performing at a SeaWorld San Diego sold out show!
Is there a charitable cause that you feel passionate about? Why?
My main cause is mental health. Through an event I held recently, I raised close to $30,000 for two charities that support teen mental health.
If you had to choose a new career, what would it be?
I would be a professional golf player 🙂
Desert island album?
It’s not a music album, it’s a photo album of my mothere I made after she passed away. It has pictures of all our wonderful moments together . She was my best friend.
Best subject in school?
Talking (haha)! That’s why I’m a speaker now!
Last book you read?
Life Code by Dr. Phil.
Last film you saw?
Now You See Me.
I have two–Sean Connery and Jason Stathom.