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Peter van KetsLocation: Based in East London
Peter van Kets is one of South Africa's top extreme adventurers, having conquered some of the world's most extreme terrain, including the Atlantic and Antarctica, via various disciplines which include rowing, biking and hiking. As an inspirational speaker, Peter shares his experiences and insights with audiences worldwide. His story is one of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win.
Peter made South African history in 2012 as part of a two man South African team, becoming the first Africans to ever race across Antarctica to the South Pole, commemorating Scott and Amundsen's race 100 years ago. The duo covered a distance of 888km in one of the most hostile environments known to man – Antarctica; the highest, driest and coldest place on the planet. In his new talk “Cold Sweat – Impossible is Nothing”, he takes his lessons learned from the expedition and relates them to the business environment.
In 2010 Peter spent 76 days alone in a 7 meter rowing boat crossing the Atlantic. His epic 5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African. He was subsequently awarded the 2011 SA OutThere Adventurer of the Year title. In 2008 he made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey. For this he was awarded the South African Premiers Award and the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year (2008) Award.
Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport, as well as for the business magazine “Blue Chip”.
Peter's presentations are powerful and inspiring, receiving rave reviews locally and internationally. In his latest talk, Peter relates his lessons learned / critical success factors to the business world by using his Race to the Pole, solo rowing and other expeditions as real/true life examples of achieving success. He is a passionate speaker, devoted to inspiring people and changing their lives. His talks focus on great vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a dynamic environment, self-discipline and perseverance.
- Impossible is Nothing
- Handling the Storms – Lessons from an ocean row
- The Power of the Mind
- Legacy Leadership
- To leave a Legacy
Peter's main GUEST SPEAKER topics are:
- Having a dream/vision for your life
- Having a winning attitude
- Surrounding yourself with the best possible team
- Identifying partners who share your vision and passion
- Knowing that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
- Setting clear and achievable goals
- Being properly prepared
- Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
- Having a clear, but flexible strategy
- Dealing positively with inevitable setbacks and frustrations
- Being decisive
- Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
- Focussing on staying positive
- Riding the storm to your advantage
- Remembering that things do come to an end
- Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place
“Mastery of self is an essential pre-requisite to leading others. The story of Pete’s journey provides amazing insights into this skill. It is a powerful catalyst for personal and team reflection – totally inspirational.”
ARNO VAN DER MERWE, CEO - MERCEDES BENZ SOUTH AFRICA
“Peter’s talk was definitely one of the very best I have heard – and I have heard many! His description of the expeditions he has undertaken are a fantastic example of the vision, planning, courage and discipline required to succeed in any venture. The talk is filled with insights of leadership, teamwork, focus and the ability to endure almost unbelievable stress and hardship. He is an outstanding example of a truly authentic and humble hero.”
Professor Andy Andrews, Head of Academics (Business School) – MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
I have used Pete extensively in strategic facilitation as the opening presentation to events. His presentation and his story of overcoming the most incredible adversity fits perfectly into any break away, conference or strategic facilitation. If you haven’t used Peter yet, you’re missing out.
Johnathan Goldberg, Global Business Solutions
He is an amazing and gifted speaker – he had my absolute attention for the full presentation. Not once during his entire presentation did I think of anything else
Lynn Wylde, Wylde & Runchman Attorneys
- GRIT - Nyamazela - Vasbyt
- Connecting the Dots
- Guest speaker
- Celebrity guest
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Typical Budget for Peter van Kets is
R22000 - R32000 excl. VAT.
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