“An effortless 10/10”
“Everyone should Microadventure!”
– Sir Richard Branson
“I’ve seen Alastair speak on big stages and to small groups, and he’s equally inspiring in both contexts. He speaks with wit and wisdom.”
“Everyone really enjoyed it”
“Outstanding. You clearly inspired the audience. A truly memorable presentation”
– UK Special Forces
“Funny, relevant, and inspiring”
– One Life Wealth Management
Alastair Humphreys is one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, an accomplished speaker, and a best-selling author. You can watch him speaking in the video at the bottom of this page. Alastair’s expeditions are a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it and that the first step need only be a tiny one to set us on the way to realising that we are all capable of more than we imagine.
Alastair has spent years tackling adventures that are simple but not easy and values the crucial difference between those two words. Each journey has generated a wealth of great stories, whether it is cycling round the world for four years on a budget of £7000, rowing the Atlantic Ocean with three strangers, breaking his foot on the world’s toughest ultra-marathon (but still finishing the race), walking across India, hauling a 350kg cart through the Empty Quarter desert, busking through Spain with no money or credit card, or even walking a lap of the M25 motorway round London!
Alastair’s journeys provide spectacular, original case studies of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk and teamwork, overcoming doubt, and the tricky work-life balance. He has written nine books, including the best-selling Microadventures. Alastair has featured in publications as varied as the New York Times, Financial Times, National Geographic, and Outside Magazine.
Alastair’s talks – to organisations as diverse as Google management and Special Forces soldiers – are original, down to earth, quick-witted, self-deprecating, honest, energetic, positive and challenging.
Though he tells stories from all around the world, Alastair takes particular care to emphasise that he is a normal person, just like everyone else, and audiences therefore relate to him exceptionally well. Audiences are energised by Alastair’s stories and the room hums with the positive chatter of resolutions and determination to begin something new and audacious.
Alastair entertains groups, makes people believe in themselves, and offers a polite prod to do something extraordinary with our time, opportunities, and potential.
What do you learn about yourself when you face difficult times? You 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. In our era of instant gratification, expeditions demand a passion to pursue long-term goals.
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. In every situation you can focus on the constraints and obstacles, or you can look for the opportunities. 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 Facebook.
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
“All the feedback from your session was incredible and you lifted everyone’s energy at exactly the right time.”
“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
“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
“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.