South African-born, Neal Petersen is a world-class professional solo racing yachtsman, global investor, award-winning author of "Journey of a Hope Merchant" and the subject of a PBS documentary Few people have realized their dreams, but even fewer have raced solo around the world and in a yacht he designed and built himself! It is an unparalleled adventure, the longest, most extreme race known to man - 27,000 miles, nine months at sea ~ alone!
Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing. His presentation takes you on a journey from his personal struggles and childhood, of just being able to walk, to becoming the first black man to race solo around the globe, and in doing so breaking down every barrier put before him. Neal's story of conquering political issues and the oceans of the world will challenge audiences by opening the mind, with new hope and a determination to break down the barriers, real or perceived, that now exist and to take adversity head on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work you can achieve your goals.
In sharing his high-impact extraordinary adventure, Neal delivers a powerful message that, "In life there are no barriers ~ only solutions!"
As a unique and gifted storyteller, Neal has over fifteen years experience internationally delivering his history-making keynote to corporations both domestically and globally multiple times, such as IBM, Cisco, AIG, Oracle, National Governors Conference, CitiGroup, Intel, Microsoft, MDRT -- and all standing ovations. His inspirational/business keynotes are based on real life experiences which set him apart from speakers who speak on topics.
Neal is known for his uniqueness, high energy, subtle humor, unique delivery, adaptability and riveting content. He customizes every keynote. Plus, he is extremely easy to work with.
Neal was rated the best speaker ever at IBM’s Global STGU Conference. After the opening keynote presentation to 8,000 attendees, Neal personalized and sold 1,000 copies of his award winning autobiography, "Journey of a Hope Merchant," with a solid line out the door for six hours – a record! Unscheduled, but willing, Neal was asked to be on a plane three days later to open the sister conference in Europe to another 5,000 attendees. This was history-making at IBM.
Neal has a wonderful spirit and a genuine talent for storytelling. He is unique in his delivery, carrying a treasure chest on stage Neal challenges his audience to use this economic challenge to their advantage - it's an opportunity to excel by choosing a winning course, using the ever changing winds, fierce storms and unsettled seas to your advantage through perseverance, determination and dedication to reach their goals, being one step ahead of their competitors and always executing better – and never giving up!
“Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought-provoking speakers you will ever witness; he is mesmerizing.”
- There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions! (Ties to leadership, change, motivation, challenges, and additional messages tailored to the meeting purpose)
- The Skipper's Briefing (Breakout Session post keynote to groups to facilitate best practices and apply tools learned in the keynote to break existing
- Spouses/Partner Breakout Session (Facilitated with Darlene Kristi, Neal Petersen's wife and business manager, based on the importance of communication
- Neal Petersen can facilitate or be part of panel discussions, leadership workshops and breakout sessions.
- (Diversity and Inclusion): Neal Petersen – from Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing, Award Winning Author, Global Keynote Speaker, Extre
Motivation, Adventure, Goal-setting, Risk, Minority
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“Neal was great and we have received a lot of positive feedback about him.” - National Lubricating Grease Institute
"I just wanted to thank you for the great message you shared with our top producers and senior management team. Your entire presentation was right on point with the goals of the meeting and was extremely well received. Several advisors commented on how much they personally got from your unique story, how effective you were at incorporating relevant elements to this group, and how enjoyable it was to spend time with you... It was a pleasure working with you during the entire process. Thanks for helping us have a successful event. " - FSC Securities Corporation
"Everyone loved Neal's presentation and I have received some evaluations forms and they all have marked Neal's presentation as exceptional!" - Royal Alliance
"Neal AMAZING, your story and how you integrated it so well into our organization. I actually thought you were trained to do what we do. Your story obviously was very well received by the standing ovation you were given. Wonderful! " - John Hancock Financial
"Our biggest challenge at these events is to hold the audience in their seats as we typically lose somewhere around 40-50% of the crowd between speakers. This was the first time in the eight years Neal, I have been coordinating these sessions where the audience was spellbound from beginning to end and stayed in their seats for the entire presentation. Amazing! - Navy Fire & Emergency Services Programs
"Neal was wonderful! He is such a personable person with an amazing story." - FIS Mobile
"John called me about this fella, Neal Petersen…he saw him last week at a event in Charlotte and was 100% floored at how good of a story it was and how Neal tied it back to family and business and pursuit of goals. I do not think Neal Petersen has spoken at MDRT yet, but John says it was a standing ovation delivery and that he's worthy of the largest stage we could put him on." - Corporate Benefit Advisors, Inc.
"On behalf of the Program Development Committee, thanks for your hard work and wonderful presentation. You have a compelling story and a message that resonates with our audience. - Debbie Wood, MDRT Chair, Main Platform and Special Sessions
It is rare that I am asked by my senior management at IBM to immediately hire a keynote speaker when he is barely off the stage to give another keynote speech the following week - but that is in fact what happened with you Neal. And I want to take this opportunity to thank you not only for the extraordinary presentation you gave in San Diego but for the follow up presentation you gave in Barcelona with virtually no prep time as well. I can tell you that you generated some of the highest ratings and most positive feedback I have seen in many years of running events in this division. You were nothing short of a genius by utilizing our event theme and messaging within the context of your presentation and it was exactly what we needed to reinforce our theme. I particularly admire this given that you spoke to over thirteen thousand attendees - IBM
"Thank you for the sharing the most enjoyable and truly inspirational speeches I have heard - and after being in the business world for over 35 years I have heard many.” - Mass Mutual
"All I have to say is NEAL WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It became an echo from everybody I talked to. I am so glad "we" pulled it all together. Also our Pac, (political action committee) had a fund raising drive going on at the meeting and it met and surpassed its goal of raising funds. I think Neal's talk definitely influenced its success! - 2010 NAIFA-PA