Keynote Speaker – Neal Petersen

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 and show you by example ~ There are No Barriers – Only Solutions!

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!

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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.

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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.


Clients say:

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

Dee Costa, President of Asset Marketing Systems has this to say about Neal. Watch the 1 min video clip.

“Neal is unique compared to other speakers as he offers so much more than a keynote; he is the best of the best.  He is PREPARED!  He digs deeper and goes out of his way to gain an in-depth understanding of where we are as a group, where we want to be, and what it will take to get there. Neal is truly a leader and he teaches genuine leadership by example in all aspects of what he represents. He hits it out of the park!”