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Neal Petersen        

World-Class, History-Making Extreme Adventurer, Award-Winning Author & Global Investor

Transform your organization by turning set-backs and barriers into opportunities.

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 will take you on a personal journey around the world and show, There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!

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!

Neal inspires organizations to foster innovation, build stronger teams, adapt under pressure, and cultivate a mind-set that focuses on solutions!

With high energy and fully engaging presentation style, Neal audiences are spellbound from the moment he walks onstage, until he departs. He carries a treasure chest on stage and in it examples of how he overcame insurmountable barriers.

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 renewed passion as they navigate forward.

Neal projects stunning images during his keynote . He has thunder built into his presentation - lightning and fog are easy options for larger productions, dramatically bringing his story to life – great for Vegas.

Faced with huge challenges and rapid changes in today’s world of uncharted waters, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity. Having a clear vision 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

Sure to give you a standing ovation. “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you’ll ever witness – he is mesmerizing.”

Speech Topics


No Barriers ~ Only Solutions

Neal carries a treasure chest on-stage and in it examples of how he turned every barrier into opportunities to achieve his dream and empowers others to turn their baggage and set backs into opportunity

  • How Neal used innovation to find solutions is key to success.
  • How to capitalize on ever changing winds storms by being prepared and the importance of finding the right team to help get you there. .
  • how we can all marshal our inner strengths, stretch our capabilities and realize remarkable achievements.
  • Adapt to wind shifts and stormy seas by knowing when to alter course.
  • Leverage the current economic challenges to your advantage
  • Keep pumping, choose a winning course and navigate to your advantage.
  • Refresh your vision and attitude, find your purpose.
  • Elements of success include passion, determination, perseverance and working smart.
  • With a clear vision, focus and planning, a dream can become a reality.

  • Neal's words inspire confidence by making the pathway to success seem like something that every individual can attain.

  • Attendees walk away with passion, a refocus and shift in attitude necessary to achieve their goals and dreams.

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.

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