Belinda Neil had more extraordinary experiences before she was 35 than most people have in a lifetime - working as an undercover operative, saving lives as a hostage negotiator, heading up an elite anti-terrorist team during the Sydney Olympics, and catching some of the worst criminals in NSW... the list goes on.
As a result of her career and understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Belinda will take you on a journey sharing her work experiences in some of the most dangerous and high risk areas in policing. Belinda will talk about the effect of this work, succumbing to PTSD and severe depression, the personal toll on her ability to function including seriously considering suicide. Belinda will explain how to recognize and cope with such events to minimise their impact, and, most importantly, Belinda will discuss with you her road to recovery.
Belinda Neil is exclusively represented by Australia’s most prestigious author management company, Selwa Anthony Author Management.
Belinda has also previously delivered training presentations to both corporate and government areas on communication, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult people and negotiation.
Please direct speaker enquiries and availability to belinda@BelindaNeil.com.au
"We thought Belinda was fantastic very engaging and content was interesting. Belinda was also very pleasant to deal with."
Shuzaha Houghton, The Association for Women in Insurance
"Belinda Neil is a great listener. She is also a great speaker! Her ability to really listen to what our client wanted meant that we had our message delivered to our audience exactly as we needed. She met with our team in person to discuss the conference direction and objectives which was a real benefit to all of us. Her willingness to make herself a part of our conference rather than just a speaker and spend time with our delegates over the 3 days was fantastic. She led a very strong keynote session ‘Under Siege’ on the first day followed up by a workshop ‘Responding to Difficult People’ on the final day. Both sessions received very positive feedback from our 175+ delegates."
Darren Crichton-Browne, Director, DCB conferences and events
"Belinda gave a very inspiring talk with regards to some of her experiences in a trauma filled career which she loved and endured. Her voice is now for those who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the strategies that she personally found useful on her road to recovery.
Guests were glued to their seats whilst Belinda conveyed some of her most confronting cases. She articulated the events with great aplomb and the instant report back from the room was that she is incredibly inspiring and is a model of a non-blaming attitude but rather focuses on recovery.
Her eighteen year career was fuelled with an inquisitive intelligent mind coupled with her respect and strong values for doing her very best. This included having to deal with devastated families who were traumatized through crime.
Her book is a gripping and confronting recount of front line workers from which the public is largely shielded. She recounted some of her negotiation work which parallels the work carried out by mediators world wide. Her training apart from hostage negotiations was the Alternative Dispute Resolution model."
Michelle Menzies, Menzies Mediation