Lois Strachan is a disability advocate, bestselling author, motivational speaker, blogger, podcaster, and sometime rock musician. And she is totally blind, having lost her sight at the age of 21 as a result of diabetes.
The ability to help others overcome the challenges they face in their professional and personal lives is the thing that makes Lois bounce out of bed every morning and dive into each new day. As a transformational speaker she uses her personal story to teach audiences techniques to become resilient and manage change. Her curiosity about the world around her has led to her facilitating on numerous diverse topics – from writing and publishing books to digital accessibility of websites and training materials for those with visual impairments. She is also an experienced speaking and writing coach who loves to see her clients achieve more than they dreamed possible.
Lois achieved a BA Honours (cum laude) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has a diploma in coaching. In 2015 she was awarded a Tributes Excellence award in the category of education and literature. In 2017 she was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Citation from Toastmasters International. She is a past president of the Cape Chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, is a past District Governor of the Southern African district of Toastmasters International, and currently serves as a director on two boards.
Lois lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and a houseful of dogs, one of whom is her beloved guide dog, Fiji. She drinks way too much tea, loves rock music, and spends much of her time being dog distracted by Fiji and her other playful fur-children: Allie, and Onyx.