Peter van Kets

  • Travels From: East London, EC
  • Fees: On Request

Tagline: Motivational Adventurer

Talent Highlights

  • “Change is inevitable in life. You can either resist it and potentially get run over by it, or you can choose to cooperate with it, adapt to it and learn how to benefit from it.”
  • It is an opportunity for growth.

As an inspirational speaker Peter van Kets shares the hard lessons he’s learnt during his expeditions through a series of powerful keynotes as well as team and leadership interventions.

PETER VAN KETS – is a South African professional endurance adventurer, speaker and bestselling author. As an inspirational speaker he shares the hard lessons he’s learnt during his expeditions through a series of powerful keynotes as well as team and leadership interventions. These are all immersive, emotive and compelling presentations backed up with gripping visuals.

He has spoken at over 1000 conferences globally and has worked with leadership teams of organisations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, China and the USA.

Peter has authored two best-selling books. The first in 2014, “The Eighth Summit”. The core theme of which is ‘mind-over-matter’ and what we can do to overcome seemingly impossible challenges.

The second book, ”Grin & Bear It”, was published in August 2022. The core themes of this book are the building blocks and key foundations of passion, endurance and resilience, the most significant predictors in a persons or organisations ability to achieve and sustain success. This could also be an excellent ‘add-on’ for any conference.

Peter van Kets | Motivational Adventurer

Peters presentations/keynotes are always personally tailored to his clients needs. A few of the popular and most successful titles include, “Impossible is Nothing”, “Leaving a Legacy” and “Grin & Bear It – Adapt and Thrive 2023”.

These are some of his inspirational topics: passion, endurance, resilience, enthusiasm, humour, strategy, practice, curiosity, the capacity to suffer, courage, embracing change, being a +1, +1 teams, small steps, avoiding pig headedness, routines, vulnerability, hope, trust, helping others succeed and a sense of purpose.

Adventure Accomplishments
As one of the world’s top endurance adventurers, amongst many others, he has rowed 5500km across the Atlantic twice and trekked 900km unsupported to the South Pole.

Peter van Kets has taken part in an epic dog sled expedition at the North Pole and has joined forces with photographer, Jacques Marais to complete 5 Beyond Expeditions focussing on southern and central Africa.

Peter has a great affinity with the planets oceans and seas having spent most of his life either in, on or near the sea. His two rows across the Atlantic and the experiences he has had have made him passionate about the conservation of our oceans.

Peter van Kets – Adventurer motto is DOT. Do-one-thing! He understands that on his own he can have little impact on the total conservation of our seas, but collectively , if we could each just do-one-thing we could have a dramatic effect and save our oceans.

Peter is a very popular guest speaker both on the South African and international speaking circuit.

His presentations are powerful and inspiring receiving rave reviews everywhere. In his latest talk, Peter Van Kets  relates his lessons learned / critical success factors to the business world by using real/true life examples of achieving success.

He is a passionate speaker and is totally devoted to inspiring people and changing their lives. He addresses the issues of (to name but a few) great vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a dynamic environment, self-discipline and perseverance.

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Keynote Topics

HARNESSING THE PASSION FOR SUCCESS

RESOLVE, takes a new look at how to foster passion, then harness that passion to create discipline and to construct a process, which will drive passion and discipline towards significant success.

We conduct both our professional (and personal) lives in a turbulent, dynamic, fiercely competitive and often harsh world. And so, starting a business, meeting an insane sales target, turning a floundering venture around, these are all challenges that are infinitely comparable to trekking to a Pole or rowing an ocean.

The Business world is the new frontier, it is a place of extraordinary adventure, presenting an arena for uniquely challenging expeditions every day. For the past decade of my life I have taken part in and led many expeditions to some of the most remote desolate and beautiful parts of the planet, and the lessons I have learned are astonishingly transferable to the world of business/sales/marketing/finance etc etc.

Vision, passion, grit, calculated risk taking, survival, collaboration, discipline, leadership, precise planning are as important in the boardroom as they are in the wilderness….although of course an error in the boardroom may not result in your death.

Of all of the attributes I have mentioned, resolve/vasbyt/Nyamezela is the one quality most likely to guarantee success. However, resolve isn’t created in a vacuum, it cannot and does not stand alone. It grows out of PASSION.

This presentation, RESOLVE, takes a new look at how to foster passion, then harness that passion to create discipline and to construct a process which will drive passion and discipline towards significant success.

“If one is resolute about the journey ahead and passionate about achieving one’s vision, then with the right processes in place we can achieve that which has been considered to be impossible before.” But it will take RESOLVE!

Every venture you embark on, both in a professional and personal capacity, will demand clear vision, dynamic strategy, precise planning and preparation, absolute honesty, integrity, discipline and fearlessness, but above all it will demand GRIT, perseverance!!

We currently conduct our ventures in a turbulent, dynamic , competitive and often harsh world. So how do we adapt and then thrive in this environment? How do we achieve and sustain true success and fulfill our purpose. My presentation “GRIT” answers these fundamental questions with profound universal principles learned during some of my expeditions.

So if we put the right processes in place and we persevere we will absolutely be able to achieve those things we have considered ‘impossible’ before.

“Every venture in life is going to demand clear vision, dynamic strategy, precise planning and preparation, absolute honesty and integrity, uprightness of character and self discipline, but above all it will take perseverance, nyamazela, GRIT. If we put the right processes in place, we persevere and never give up on our vision, we absolutely will not fail.”

This presentation is pure motivation and focuses on the 888km unsupported Scott-Amundsen Race to the South Pole with a few anecdotes from the rows across the Atlantic.

Target audience: PURE MOTIVATION! Leadership, sales, teams etc

  • Vision
  • Having a winning attitude
  • Collaboration
  • 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
  • Execution – Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
  • Perfect delivery
  • Having a clear, but flexible strategy
  • Being decisive
  • Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
  • Persevering
  • Innovation – always look for areas to improve upon
  • Understand the benefit of helping others succeed
  • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place

Peter Van Kets and a team of leadership experts explore the lessons from his expeditions, and guide you through applying them to your life and work.

This motivational presentation is geared for the leaders of tomorrow. It focuses on the 5438km unsupported Pairs Atlantic Rowing Race 2007/8.

Target audience: Inspirational – Leadership, sales, awards events, teams etc

  • Vision
  • What is your story
  • The power of positive attitude
  • Collaboration
  • 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
  • Execution – Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
  • Perfect delivery
  • Having a clear, but flexible strategy
  • Being decisive
  • Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
  • Persevering
  • Innovation – always look for areas to improve upon
  • Understand the benefit of helping others succeed
  • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place

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