After growing up in war-torn Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Paul served in the British Army and traveled around the world. He lived an exotic life filled with adventure, danger and fun before settling down to a career in the Safari industry.
Following a few years working as a licensed Professional River Safari Guide, Paul launched his own company providing consulting and guiding services to the safari industry. Life was good… then one day an enraged hippopotamus ripped his body and his life apart.
After spending a few months playing the victim role, Paul decided it wasn’t working so well for him, so he chose get on with his life instead. Two years after his horrific attack, equipped with a specially adapted kayak paddle, Paul went on to lead the historic three-month long 1998 Zambezi River Expedition – using the publicity to launch the Templer Foundation, his non-profit organization that provides support to disabled and terminally ill children worldwide.
In April 2003, Paul launched his own successful speaking and coaching business .He is author of "What’s Left of Me: How I lost a fight with a rogue hippo and won my life." In 2010 he thoroughly enjoyed co-authoring "Success Simplified: Simple Solutions – Measurable Results" with Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits guy) et al and nowadays much of his attention and energy is focused on the people his global consulting practice are helping to adopt a culture of accountability and be more profitable.
With this background, Paul has successfully applied his experience and insights about people and their cultures to a wide range of business environments. An experienced coach with a broad background in fast-paced, highly competitive industries, Paul specializes in high-performance team development.
An internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Paul inspires audiences from all walks of life with his riveting, dramatic, and uniquely humorous story of how we create the life we want, one decision at a time.
- Bad Day At The Office
- BS (Being Stressed) Is Optional
- Getting Work to Work
- Acceptance: THE Key to Peace, Joy, & Success
Adventure, Motivation, Change, Attitude, Spouse Programs, Safety
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"Paul Templer touched every one of us. He is a wonderful speaker. He never said uh one time. Our members were so touched by him they were still talking about him at the banquet that evening. One women who won a set of diamond earrings said she never won anything and that she would like to give back and wrote him a check for his foundation. ...he was spell binding. You felt like you were right there with him." - National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
"Very captivating and well received by attendees. Excellent story teller and perfect motivational speech. Paul is a professional who welcomes you in to his personal side... a pleasure to work with!" - Iowa Concrete Paving Association