Neal Petersen

Inspirational Solo Yachtsman/Businessman, Award winning Author

Award winning author and extreme adventurer, Neal Petersen, completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, nine months at sea, alone, in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself; and an even more arduous and eventful trip— of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, a childhood physical disability and poverty, just to make it to the starting line!

Neal’s captivating life story is uniquely delivered using his treasure chest. In it are symbols and images that address the creation of winning strategies, the importance of innovation while embracing diversity, conquering fear and isolation in order to achieve the impossible.  While continuing to raise the bar, he takes the challenges of his audiences, while combining it with specific messaging, which creates an extraordinary experience.

A thought-provoking, well informed business speaker and master story-teller, Neal will inspire leadership growth,  creation of long-term vision, while re-focusing on the ability to keep navigating forward towards, not only success – but significance!

Neal’s powerful personal messages, subject of a PBS documentary, inspire new hope and a determination to break down barriers, confront adversity head-on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work, you can achieve your goals. He was the closing speaker at TEDx Reno, NV in 2014.

Neal’s examples of how he overcame insurmountable barriers by turning “perceived” disadvantages into advantages—and then into opportunities, are compelling and highly entertaining. He demonstrates how success is realized—through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. In these challenging times of uncertainly, 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. Neal has challenged global audiences to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks while igniting passion and hope as they navigate forward.

Neal cares about your ROI and will work with planners to create a unique customized program, which include many value-added incentives. He can facilitate stimulating leadership programs, post keynote, break-out sessions and book-signing. He easily engages audience members in conversations post keynote to provide an extraordinary, connected experience while on-site.

He has international appeal having lived and traveled in many parts of the world. His story is suitable for opening keynote addresses to set a theme, for leadership, sales incentive/reward, product launch, closing and spouse or family type events.

Neal ignites passion, determination and dedication – this is fuel that can right the course of your organization as you navigate forward.

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

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Creativity, Diversity, Healthcare, Inspiration, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Sports, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    South Carolina

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Notes on Fees

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Neal Petersen's TED Talk

Neal Petersen, inspirational and motivational keynote

Neal Petersen NAHU Standing Ovation Keynote

Award winning author and extreme adventurer, Neal Petersen, completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, nine months at sea, alone, in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself; and an even more arduous and eventful trip— of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, a childhood physical disability and poverty, just to make it to the starting line!

Neal’s captivating life story is uniquely delivered using his treasure chest. In it are symbols and images that address the creation of winning strategies, the importance of innovation while embracing diversity, conquering fear and isolation in order to achieve the impossible.  While continuing to raise the bar, he takes the challenges of his audiences, while combining it with specific messaging, which creates an extraordinary experience.

A thought-provoking, well informed business speaker and master story-teller, Neal will inspire leadership growth,  creation of long-term vision, while re-focusing on the ability to keep navigating forward towards, not only success – but significance!

Neal’s powerful personal messages, subject of a PBS documentary, inspire new hope and a determination to break down barriers, confront adversity head-on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work, you can achieve your goals. He was the closing speaker at TEDx Reno, NV in 2014.

Neal’s examples of how he overcame insurmountable barriers by turning “perceived” disadvantages into advantages—and then into opportunities, are compelling and highly entertaining. He demonstrates how success is realized—through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. In these challenging times of uncertainly, 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. Neal has challenged global audiences to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks while igniting passion and hope as they navigate forward.

Neal cares about your ROI and will work with planners to create a unique customized program, which include many value-added incentives. He can facilitate stimulating leadership programs, post keynote, break-out sessions and book-signing. He easily engages audience members in conversations post keynote to provide an extraordinary, connected experience while on-site.

He has international appeal having lived and traveled in many parts of the world. His story is suitable for opening keynote addresses to set a theme, for leadership, sales incentive/reward, product launch, closing and spouse or family type events.

Neal ignites passion, determination and dedication – this is fuel that can right the course of your organization as you navigate forward.

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

No Barriers - Only Solutions Program

Neal's keynote is unique in his delivery, carrying a treasure chest on stage - Neal challenges his audience to carry treasures - not baggage. He takes his audience on a journey filled with content they can use everyday. Inside the chest are things symbolic to Neal's success in overcoming his insurmountable barriers and challenges the audience to think about their treasure -what they have in experience to aid in planning for a successful future.

Halfway through the presentation Neal shows actual footage of rounding Cape Horn - solo. A very powerful video showing Neal living his life long dream - his "Mt Everest".. Now what's next? How do you go forward once you have achieved your "Mt Everest".

Our goal is to be a part of your conference to assist meeting planners in generating maximum results for their audience. At no additional fee - Neal is willing to do in-house welcome videos, book-signings, lunches, receptions, awards, media appearances, executive breakfasts and any special requests you may have to maximize audience impact - just ask!

Neal was rated the best speaker ever at IBM's Global STGU Conference. After Neal's opening keynote to 8,000 attendees, Neal sold and personalized over 1,000 copies of his award winning autobiography, Journey of a Hope Merchant, with a solid line out the door for six hours! Unscheduled, but willing, Neal was asked to be on a plane three days later to open the sister conference in Europe to another 5,000 attendees. It was history at IBM.

Neal's keynote becomes the talk of every event. Audiences walk away with a renewed attitude that anything is possible - "There are No Barriers - Only Solutions!"

Meal with Neal

A Skippers Briefing following the keynote - to a select group of executives (14 or less is most effective) that have heard the keynote. This is a very effective and sought after tool that provides the vehicle for drawing from the group what they learnt from the keynote and how will they implement it  it is not about Neal  it is about Neal challenging them and pushing them to think outside the box. Neal never comes to the meal with an agenda ~ the agenda creates itself with the questions asked by the guests. The group will learn to be more creative in problem solving their daily challenges and how they will implement what they learned from the keynote into their everyday activities.

 

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