“If anyone gets the chance to hear Alastair, then jump at the opportunity.”
- England Rugby
“Outstanding. You clearly inspired the audience. A truly memorable presentation.”
- UK Special Forces
“An effortless 10/10″
“Everyone should Microadventure!”
- Sir Richard Branson
Alastair Humphreys is one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. His talks – to audiences as diverse as Google management and Special Forces soldiers – are inspiring, funny and challenging. His expeditions provide a spectacular, original case study of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk and teamwork, the power of story-telling, overcoming difficult times and self-doubt, the magnificence of our world, and a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it. The lessons from the road.
What do you learn about yourself when you face difficult times? You often realise that you are capable of more than you imagine. Making quick and confident decisions in stressful situations is hard, but so too is committing to that decision, showing faith in it and following through with it by determined, flexible action.
Planning for expeditions requires not only careful consideration of the challenges ahead, but also a willingness to accept that you cannot prepare for every eventuality, and the confidence and nerve to trust yourself to figure things out along the way.
And let us not forget to enjoy the journey, through all its stressful, daunting, exhausting, maddening, and amusing twists and turns. The end goal is not all that matters, and the more we enjoy the challenges along the way, the more likely we are to succeed in the long run.
As well as the major adventures, Alastair’s award-winning concept of microadventures -short, adventurous journeys close to home- encourage people to take practical steps to challenge themselves by undertaking adventures of their own and improving their physical health, mental well-being, and all-important work/life balance. 5 to 9 thinking is an idea that applies to much more than just adventure…
Alastair has presented to audiences on six continents, speaking for hundreds of schools, the Royal Geographical Society, TEDx, England Rugby, the British Army and corporate clients including Google, Ernst & Young, BP, T-Mobile and Nokia.
Scroll down to read references from previous clients and to watch a short video of Alastair speaking.
“With the possible exception of Sir David Attenborough, that was the best lecture, and the longest applause that I have heard in the past 15 years.”
President of the Royal Geographical Society
“Alastair spoke to a group of very senior Marketing VPs and CMOs at a Google event. He did a wonderful job of engaging and inspiring the audience, with them hanging on his every word for 30 minutes. He was equally comfortable presenting to his amazing photographs, or handling a range of questions. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for a corporate audience.”
“I can honestly say that I’ve never had feedback about a keynote speaker like I did after your session. To say it was positive was a massive understatement – extraordinary was more like it! Other than some clients wanting to quit their jobs because they didn’t feel worthy anymore ;–), most came out energized and ready for their microadventure which was definitely the buzz word of the entire event.”
- iProspect, Austin, Texas
“The session in Barcelona was tremendous. The team were inspired and engaged in equal measure and it was a wonderful way to close the day. If anything (and I didn’t think it could be topped) the delivery and content was better than our first time of meeting at our US summit.”
“I’ve witnessed many of these presentations over the years but I have never observed such universal engagement between the speaker and his audience. Al has a knack of being humbly inspiring and motivational whilst at the same time being just an ordinary guy. He effortlessly personalized his subject matter for the audience, was fun and memorable. Importantly, he actually inspired change within the audience – people responded and took action to make their own personal lives more satisfying, an intangibly wonderful result. Finally he was a doddle to deal with, wholly informal and flexible. An effortless 10/10.”
“As good as Ranulph Fiennes”
- Institute of Directors
“I have just done the feedback forms and Alastair scored top marks right across the board. We got about 60 feedback forms in, and every single one of them marked him 5 out of 5.”
- Legal & General
“We will definitely have you back next year. Absolutely brilliant.”
- Ernst & Young
“Incredible and inspirational. The response from everyone has been amazing.”
- Oxford Union
“…your honesty and wit are quite disarming. We’d LOVE to have you back.”
- The School of Life
“At one of the best conferences we have ever had, you were seen as one of the highlights. The story is inspirational, told in a delightfully unassuming way”
“Fast-moving, inspirational and humorous and left our colleagues wanting to hear more about the incredible personal achievement of mind over matter”
“You really connected with our audience. Fantastic.”
“It was like listening to someone who is standing next to the Aga with a cup of tea telling your mum about his trip”
- conference delegate
“Al’s talk last night was great on a whole host of levels. Firstly, it’s just a great story – a real story about adventure, belief and a spirit that refused to be broken. To a man the lads all said they were fixated by what Al was saying and soaking it all in. It hit a lot of them on other levels – self belief and achieving your goals, however tough they were. They have been talking about it all day! The journey and how it was dealt with. The understanding that you were the only one that knew your real potential. If anyone gets the chance to hear Alastair then jump at the opportunity. It was fantastic in every way and gave us all plenty to think about. The ripples will keep hitting all our shores. Thank you”
- Ben Ryan, England Rugby Sevens Head Coach.
“Your presentation was the perfect close to our event. Your unique story and down-to-earth style captivated our delegates from the start. The combination of your story and the incredible photos gave us a presentation that we will find hard to top at next year’s event. Our delegates rated you as one of the highlights of our conference”
“If you need a speaker to motivate your students or staff to achieve the extraordinary, Alastair Humphreys is your man. Highly recommended. Our audience of over 500 parents and young people left the hall enthused and prepared to tackle their next challenge”
- Matt Morden, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Wilderness lectures
“We had a few good talkers during the festival but I have to say without any bias at all that Alastair was a cut above them all. He’s just such a natural and engaging speaker and his journey is so inspiring”
- Cyclescreen Festival
“Alastair captivated us all with his anecdotes, cramming the journey of a lifetime into an action-packed 40 minutes. His witty, down to earth manner appealed to a broad audience. He left us wanting to hear more, and inspired the ordinary into achieving the extraordinary”
- Kendal Mountain Film Festival
“The best presentation we have had, and highly amusing”
- Furness Young Professionals
“It’s not often that you come across a speaker who is able to motivate his audience just through his infectious enthusiasm for life. I left feeling inspired by his incredible achievement and how well it helps with some of the more mundane challenges we face on a day to day basis!”
Image by TEDxHull. Thank you.
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