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Peter van Kets

Peter van Kets is one of South Africa’s top adventurers and international keynote/ inspirational speakers and a passionate conservationist. He has recently returned from an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole to commemorate Scott and Amundsens race 100 years ago.

His story is one of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win.

In 2008 Peter made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey. With this he was awarded the South African Premiers Award and the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year (2008) Award. 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. With this he was awarded the S.A. OutThere Adventurer of the Year 2011.
Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport. He also writes an inspirational column for the business magazine “Blue Chip”.

He is married to Kim (also an extreme endurance athlete) and they have a daughter Hannah.

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. His 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 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.

What our clients say ...

"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) MIT Management Website

"Peter is a giant among men, and moreover so humble in the manner in which he describes overcoming the most brutal physical and mental struggles. As a leadership team, despite experiencing tough times, we left buoyed by the fact that we too have the ability to push through to our vision."
Andy Hall, Deputy Chief Executive and Financial Director, Adcock Ingram

“I highly rate Peter as a public speaker. He comes across very well- most sincerely and with tons of passion and charisma. His story is an epic one and he holds the audience in the palm of his hand. The audience leave feeling very motivated and with an amazing story to reflect on. He is both humorous and humble in the telling of his tale.”
Belinda Lewis, Director, Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes

“We had the very fortunate opportunity to have Peter share with us and our clients his experiences and valuable life lessons he gained in his recent solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. It was a truly powerful and inspiring presentation that sparked a flood of positive feedback from our clients who received a tremendous amount of value from the talk, taking lessons and principles back with them that can be applied in both their personal lives and business environment. We will certainly be challenged in future client appreciation events to have our clients as captivated as they were at this event.”
Mark Currin, Manager: Business Banking, Nedbank

“Peter van Kets is special and so is his presentation. It reveals the unimaginable extent of the emotional and physical demands that some exceptional humans are prepared to endure in pursuit of a goal they consider sufficiently important. He shows that his success is based on his belief that he would win, expressed even before he began; his understanding that the mind is the barrier that must be overcome since it quits long before the body reaches its limits.
His lecture uses a modern adventure of epic proportion to teach human and business lessons that are timeless.”
Timothy D Noakes, Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Sports Science Institute of South Africa

"Peter van Kets's talk to our management was both professional and inspirational. His appropriate messages were delivered with credibility, genuiness and a wonderfully humorous and personal touch. By all accounts, he is an example of someone who has set out and achieved stretched goals - overcoming adversity on many levels. Our management team loved his presentation."
Niels Andersen, Manufacturing Operations Manager, Mercedes-Benz of South Africa (Pty) Ltd

"Peter's presentation to our "Leaders for Tomorrow" talent pool had a huge impact - it was motivational, inspiring and uplifting. His humility and down-to-earth nature, in spite of his world-class achievements, left a lasting impression on us. Peter is an accomplished speaker who kept his audience captivated and asking for more. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us."
Louis Carstens, Group Strategist, African Bank Investments Ltd

"Peter’s presentations were hugely inspiring; he was easily able to adapt his presentation to be in line with our go to market message on the fly. The feedback we received from our clients who attended the breakfast was exceptional, we will defiantly use peter again for future events. Good luck Peter with Capri X"
Malcolm Tiley, Bytes Technology Group (for Bytes Roadshow)

"Peter was fantastic, refreshing, so humble and delivered such a powerfully inspiring message. Every single delegate in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the presentation has given extremely positive feedback. I will definitely book him again for our other events."
Graham Steven, Ellerines

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