audio close compressed excel CS_logo_icon_solid_yellow_alt Created with Sketch. x x image insta-black menu pdf Print BTN - Shortlist Created with Sketch. Share Asset 1 word


Blind Professional Speaker


Losing 98% of your eyesight overnight is simply unimaginable for most people however this was a reality for Ben Pettingill at age 16.

Out of nowhere, Ben found himself faced with extreme adversity thanks to a rare genetic syndrome that no one knew was coming. The sudden change was massive and the challenges came thick and fast in all different shapes and sizes.

Building resilience, discovering a new perspective and learning the importance of a strong support network were all vital parts of Ben's navigating from complete denial about what had happened to embracing and taking ownership of his new situation. Doing so empowered him to make the choice to focus on possibilities and opportunities instead of loss and difficulty.

Ben shares his incredibly powerful messages with audiences around the country and he could also be described as an adrenalin junkie competing in waterski racing, obstacle course races and riding motorbikes. Ben is a living example that the biggest limit in your life is you.

Talking Points

True Vision: What You See Is Not What You Get

Through a powerful story of transformation, Ben speaks about his personal experience of overcoming one of the toughest adversities a person could ever face; losing his eyesight, over night at age 16.

Limitless Vision: A Limited Life to a Limitless Life

When Ben lost his eyesight, his childhood hopes and dreams had been crushed for good, or so it seemed. With his relentlessly positive, 'can do' attitude, Ben made a conscious and strong decision to never allow his visual impairment to limit his life.

Talkin Tough Sessions with Mike Rolls

Mike Rolls and Ben Pettingill offer individual team talks, large conference presentations and interactive group workshops. All of these are tailored to meet the client's needs and made relevant to specific industries.

‘Talkin Tough’ sessions are designed to redefine what it means to be tough, smash mental health stigma and connect with audiences in a practical and relatable way.
In these sessions, Mike & Ben instil a more effective version of what it means to be tough as they share that tough is talking!

What your team will learn:
Our time, energy and focus can often be spent on circumstances out of our control which can have a negative impact on our mental health. Learn practical steps to increase self-awareness and a conscious shift toward a more positive and productive way of thinking and behaving.
How to instil trust, empathy and connection within your organisation to increase psychological safety and directly support the overall mental health and well-being of your people.
Breaking the tendency to tackle challenges alone by learning how to approach, start and support critical conversations about the tough stuff. Adopting this new version of toughness builds the confidence and capability within your people to speak up, seek help and support others.
Let us know

and we'll send all the latest Saxton updates and news direct to your inbox
Thanks, you have been subscribed
View Shortlist