I’m a motivational speaker, professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur. I first hit the headlines when I set out to row across the Atlantic with my rowing partner. Unfortunately he had to be rescued so, despite being a novice rower, I continued alone and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken us six weeks but, to achieve my goal, I ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone, encountering 30′ waves, sharks, and force 8 squalls in my 23 foot plywood boat.
Whilst on that journey, I developed motivational strategies which helped me to keep those oars in motion. 16 years, 1,000 speeches and 38 countries later, I’ve had the privilege of sharing those tools with organisations all over the world in my role as a motivational speaker. The thing is, I’ve come to rely on these strategies completely in my work life, not just when I’m doing crazy expeditions! I know that they can make all the difference and help everyone to achieve their goals.
I’ve presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, published two books, and been fortunate enough to undertake adventures across the globe, including canoeing the Yukon River for a BBC documentary with Bruce Parry, sailing the Southern Ocean, and racing in the Monte Carlo Rally in a 1957 Alfa Romeo. I was honoured to be given an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and later an MVO by HRH Prince Charles for my role on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.