Neal Petersen

  • World-class, history-making solo around-the-world racing sailor

How do you navigate forward, deal with constant wind shifts, sudden storms, conquer fear, isolation, while dealing with an ever-present changing world? Neal Petersen takes audiences on a captivating journey around the world, using his remarkable life-story and shows, by example, that you can achieve your goals by turning setbacks and barriers into opportunities ~ with the right attitude and ability to foster innovation, build stronger teams, adapt under pressure, and cultivate a mindset that focuses on solutions!

World-class, history-making extreme adventurer, Neal Petersen completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, around Cape Horn, and in the smallest, least funded, boat he designed and built himself. And an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa, poverty, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line!

Petersen brilliantly connects his remarkable story to audience’s unique challenges, a theme or vision with dramatic stories of adversity, sheer determination, and triumph. His presentations redefine courage and human potential.

With high energy and fully engaging presentation style, Neal’s presentation captures audience’s attention leaving them spellbound from the moment he walks onstage until he departs – empowering them with a fresh perspective on turning disadvantages into advantages.

Neal carries a treasure chest on stage, and in it, symbols of how he reached his dream by always turning barriers into opportunities - then into solutions. These examples are compelling and highly entertaining. Neal demonstrates how success is realized—through innovation, creativity, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. In these challenging times of uncertainty, fear and insecurity, many feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision, followed by detailed planning, preparation, passion and then execution.

He has challenged global audiences to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks while igniting passion and a mindset to never give up!

This story of hope, resilience, and accomplishment is truly inspiring and reflects a powerful message that “in life, there are no barriers, only solutions!”

Neal projects stunning images during his keynote and a 1 ½ minute intro and a 4-minute powerful self-filmed video of Neal rounding Cape Horn solo – his dream!

He has thunder built into his presentation – lightning and fog are easy options for larger productions, dramatically bringing his story to life.

Faced with huge challenges and rapid changes in today’s world, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity and uncharted waters. Striving for goals and success helps us to remain positive and to remember what’s really important.

“Neal is so unique, he is so much more than a keynote, he is the ‘best of the best’. Neal not only delivers a unique, captivating and memorable life-story, filled with valuable content, but he masterfully weaves in his audiences challenges and he does it seamlessly because he is PREPARED! He digs deeper and goes out of his way – to gain an in-depth understanding of where they are as a group, where they want to be and what it will take to get them there. Neal is truly a leader and teaches genuine leadership, by example in all aspects of what he represents. He is so much more than just a keynote speaker.” Axis Capital Holding

Quote; “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought-provoking speakers you ever witness – he is mesmerizing.”

“It is rare that I am asked by my senior management at IBM to immediately hire a keynote speaker when he is barely off the stage to give another the following week. And I want to thank for the extraordinary presentation you gave in San Diego to 8,000, but for the follow-up presentation, you gave in Barcelona to another 5,000 with virtually no prep time as well. I truly was in awe of the spirit you drove into the audience and how you made your own journey so very relevant to every person in both locations. You were nothing short of a genius! You generated some of the highest ratings and most positive feedback I have seen in many years of running WW events in this division.” -IBM

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Creativity, Diversity, Ethics, Global Leadership, Innovation, Inspiration, Keynote, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Sports, Teambuilding, TED Talks

  • Travels From:

    South Carolina

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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How do you navigate forward, deal with constant wind shifts, sudden storms, conquer fear, isolation, while dealing with an ever-present changing world? Neal Petersen takes audiences on a captivating journey around the world, using his remarkable life-story and shows, by example, that you can achieve your goals by turning setbacks and barriers into opportunities ~ with the right attitude and ability to foster innovation, build stronger teams, adapt under pressure, and cultivate a mindset that focuses on solutions!

World-class, history-making extreme adventurer, Neal Petersen completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, around Cape Horn, and in the smallest, least funded, boat he designed and built himself. And an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa, poverty, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line!

Petersen brilliantly connects his remarkable story to audience’s unique challenges, a theme or vision with dramatic stories of adversity, sheer determination, and triumph. His presentations redefine courage and human potential.

With high energy and fully engaging presentation style, Neal’s presentation captures audience’s attention leaving them spellbound from the moment he walks onstage until he departs – empowering them with a fresh perspective on turning disadvantages into advantages.

Neal carries a treasure chest on stage, and in it, symbols of how he reached his dream by always turning barriers into opportunities - then into solutions. These examples are compelling and highly entertaining. Neal demonstrates how success is realized—through innovation, creativity, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. In these challenging times of uncertainty, fear and insecurity, many feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision, followed by detailed planning, preparation, passion and then execution.

He has challenged global audiences to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks while igniting passion and a mindset to never give up!

This story of hope, resilience, and accomplishment is truly inspiring and reflects a powerful message that “in life, there are no barriers, only solutions!”

Neal projects stunning images during his keynote and a 1 ½ minute intro and a 4-minute powerful self-filmed video of Neal rounding Cape Horn solo – his dream!

He has thunder built into his presentation – lightning and fog are easy options for larger productions, dramatically bringing his story to life.

Faced with huge challenges and rapid changes in today’s world, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity and uncharted waters. Striving for goals and success helps us to remain positive and to remember what’s really important.

“Neal is so unique, he is so much more than a keynote, he is the ‘best of the best’. Neal not only delivers a unique, captivating and memorable life-story, filled with valuable content, but he masterfully weaves in his audiences challenges and he does it seamlessly because he is PREPARED! He digs deeper and goes out of his way – to gain an in-depth understanding of where they are as a group, where they want to be and what it will take to get them there. Neal is truly a leader and teaches genuine leadership, by example in all aspects of what he represents. He is so much more than just a keynote speaker.” Axis Capital Holding

Quote; “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought-provoking speakers you ever witness – he is mesmerizing.”

“It is rare that I am asked by my senior management at IBM to immediately hire a keynote speaker when he is barely off the stage to give another the following week. And I want to thank for the extraordinary presentation you gave in San Diego to 8,000, but for the follow-up presentation, you gave in Barcelona to another 5,000 with virtually no prep time as well. I truly was in awe of the spirit you drove into the audience and how you made your own journey so very relevant to every person in both locations. You were nothing short of a genius! You generated some of the highest ratings and most positive feedback I have seen in many years of running WW events in this division.” -IBM

To book Neal Petersen call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Keynote title- "There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!" 

In these challenging times of uncertainty, fear and insecurity rise, many feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision and direction, followed by detailed planning, preparation, passion, and execution using his remarkable personal story.

Neal's life-story addresses adversity, diversity, leadership, teamwork, motivation, crisis, innovation, change and execution, and the courage to embrace fears.

Take away values:

  • Neal carries a treasure chest on-stage and in it are examples of how he turned barriers into opportunities to achieve his dream and empowers others to turn their baggage into treasures.
  • Innovate - how to capitalize on ever-changing winds storms by being prepared.
  • Change - adapt to wind shifts and stormy seas by knowing when to alter course.
  • Leverage economic challenges to your advantage - keep pumping, choose a winning course and navigate to your advantage. 
  • Attitude adjustment - refresh your vision and sense of purpose.
  • Elements of success include passion, determination, perseverance and hard work.
  • With focus and planning, a dream can become a reality – anything is possible.
  • Life is about choice and with choice are consequences ~ choose your course wisely.

 

Description of topics

The Power of Positive Attitude & How It Affects Performance - Neal has always defined himself by what he can imagine – rather than how others would define him and how he sustained his dream in the face of numerous barriers is compelling.  

The Importance of Realizing Goals: Perseverance & Determination - Overcoming fear and facing danger and the unknown has been central to how Neal approaches his goals and his life.  Audiences will walk away understanding the validity for direct correlations between perseverance, determination, passion, and dedication to achieve any goal.

With Choice There Is Consequence - Neal’s impact transcends age, gender, and race to promote the creation of leaders, life-long learners, and individuals who are mindful of the consequences their choices will have on personal, familial, community, and generational levels.  

Change Is Constant: It’s How You Play the Cards – Audiences will understand that you have to address the possibility of failure if one wants to achieve great things. His message will connect with audience members’ experience facing challenges – sales quotas for instance – that may seem formidable at first – until imagination, innovation, and passion are applied.

Why Neal Petersen?

Neal’s keynote is a powerful multi-sensory experience using a treasure chest with symbols of turning barriers into solutions and for larger productions thunder, lightning and fog. 

Neal’s impact continues off stage, he remains is engaged with audience members attending social activities, book-signing, one-on-one conversations, group activities adding value for the investment.   

Having visited over 100 countries and lived in 5, Neal appeals to diverse audiences.  

Neal is sure to give your event the WOW it needs. His passion and uniquely delivered life-story are the perfect open or close.  Audiences are quickly spellbound and remain so until he exits.

Neal can drive home any message seamlessly and will leave your audience refocused and reenergized.

Director of Clinical Service, CornerStone Medical Services

“Neal Petersen was awesome and his message was very apropos given the challenges we face in an ever-changing healthcare industry. His story was both incredible and inspirational. He told it skillfully and with great passion. It’s a story of insatiable will and perseverance to overcome adversity and succeed. So motivated by it, I had to share with you. I spoke to him after and he may be the most interesting/impressive individual I have met.”

PNC Financial Services Group

“We always like to hear from speakers who have accomplished the unimaginable and Neal certainly fits this description. He delivered his powerful message in a unique and compelling way that captivated our audience. His story of overcoming barriers resonated with our attendees and provided them with the motivation needed to tackle daily obstacles. The research he conducts on the company in advance of the keynote allowed him to connect in an even deeper way. Overall, well worth the investment.”

CMP, AIG Advisors Group

“ Neal presented at 3 Top Producers Summits receiving "rarely given” standing ovations at each one and evaluations marking him as exceptional.”

VP Corporate Social Responsibility, Qlik

“Neal Petersen delivered one of the most inspirational talks I ever heard at a corporate event. He had the whole audience enthralled as he talked about his life and how he set himself what seemed to be an impossible challenge. Impossible that is, unless like Neal, you believe there are “No Barriers”

Executive Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association

"Neal Petersen was an outstanding keynote speaker for us. His positive message of 'No Barriers, Only Solutions' was powerful, his preparation was impressive and showed that he knew his audience cold, his life story of hard work and success was riveting, his delivery was first-rate. Everyone was glued to their seats, and then at the end of his speech, 750 members rose up and gave him the rousing ovation he deserved. Neal was a huge hit!"

Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion - MasterCard

“The theme of our 2015 summit this year was “Owning Your Possibilities” and we could not have had a better opening keynote speaker than you, Neal Petersen. Our attendees were on the edge of their seats as you took them on a journey of how you broke barriers to own your possibility and reach your goal. They appreciated that you were able to correlate the challenges you faced to our business needs so that they could make the connection and that you spent the entire day with them and were willing to share your knowledge with them. Thank you for your engagement, for sharing your story and for inspiring us to Own Our Possibilities!”

Chief Diversity Officer – MasterCard

"Neal Petersen’s powerful presentation was the perfect keynote for our Global Inclusion Summit! His dramatic storytelling ignited and captivated our audience. With high energy and fully engaging presentation style, Neal captured the audience’s attention and left us with a fresh perspective on turning disadvantages into advantages. Neal’s inspirational “No Barriers” presentation brought our Summit theme to life!"

customer

“Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought-provoking speakers you ever witness – he is mesmerizing.”

Axis Capital Holding

“Neal is so unique, he is so much more than a keynote, he is the ‘best of the best’. Neal not only delivers a unique, captivating and memorable life-story, filled with valuable content, but he masterfully weaves in his audiences challenges and he does it seamlessly because he is PREPARED! He digs deeper and goes out of his way – to gain an in-depth understanding of where they are as a group, where they want to be and what it will take to get them there. Neal is truly a leader and teaches genuine leadership, by example in all aspects of what he represents. He is so much more than just a keynote speaker.”
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