Kevin’s presentation couldn’t have been better for us! Some of our people were aware of Kevin and his reputation so we engaged him to speak at our staff conference. We had high expectations that were quickly exceeded by Kevin’s story-telling, humour and powerful insights that very closely attuned to our conference theme of ‘working together for success’.
Keith Manch, Chief Executive, Maritime NZ
Kevin you delivered a passionate and highly motivating talk which completely captivated and inspired our national sales team. You spent the time prior to our conference understanding our business, and what challenges we face, and then you related this back to your own story and experience. The final morning of our conference concluded on an absolute high. Thank you for inspiring the Ballance sales team to be the best they can be, and to continue to play to win in market
Campbell Parker, GM Sales, Ballance Agri Nutrients
Kevin’s presentation was a highlight of our conference and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the delegates. Kevin’s experiences and challenges in dealing with change, teamwork and inspiring oneself was amazing and he was able to relate those messages in a way that was relevant in our professional and private lives. Kevin delivers his presentation in an enthusiastic way that kept the audience engaged, smiling and laughing. Thank you for helping make our conference a successful one.
Doug Scott, President Central North Island Branch – NZIEH
Kevin's presentation was a perfect fit for our organisation. Kevin’s story of the challenges and in particular how he overcame them to achieve his successes, left delegates very inspired. Kevin’s delivery style enables the audience to apply many of the principles to their own personal or business lives. Again, many thanks Kevin!
Phil Tindle, CE, Hire Industry Association of NZ
Kevin delivered an upbeat and highly professional keynote speech, which really set for the tone for our annual franchise conference. He connected strongly with the audience on a personal level while delivering an inspirational and enthralling keynote address.
His workshop the next day challenged participants to confront their own self-limiting beliefs and by the end of the day had many of us believing we could row the Atlantic ourselves!
Kevin figured strongly in the post-conference evaluation remarks, with many franchisees commenting favourably on his successful contribution during the conference and his genuine engagement with the participants during the informal, social sessions. The high degree of commitment and personal relevance people got from Kevin's presentation and workshop is not something I have seen before and those lessons learned still resonate months later.
Glen Todd, CEO, MTF
I wanted to thank you for your energetic presentation to the team. It is a real challenge to find a speaker who has the ability to motivate a well experienced sales team. We were very pleased with the feedback we received from the team following your presentation. The team was particularly impressed with the way you as a storyteller managed to tell an exciting and interesting story and weave into this some very relevant messages regarding goal setting and achievement.
The importance of getting a clear image of what success is and deciding if you are intending to win or just take part has really resonated with the team. Another that has been talked about a lot since your presentation is 'don’t say anything that will reduce the energy level of the team'. This is a very important aspect of any sales team as keeping the energy levels up is critical to individuals that spend a significant part of their day away from the office and team members support.
Thank you Kevin for helping us to demonstrate that even jaded old sales teams can learn (or be reminded) what it is like to be energised by thinking a little differently about their roles. The journey you took us on was refreshing and interesting with the take home message 'Keep Rowing'! Thanks again Kevin
Garth Blake, Medline
Kevin's presentation was a perfect fit for our organisation. Kevin’s story of the challenges and in particular how he overcame them to achieve his successes, left delegates very inspired. Kevin’s delivery style enables the audience to apply many of the principles to their own personal or business lives.
Phil Tindle, CEO, Hire Industry Association of NZ
Kevin's keynote presentation at our recent Green Cross Health Pharmacy conference was one of the outstanding highlights of the event. Our audience of around 500 people was spellbound as Kevin relayed his stories of adventure with passion and tremendous humour, always relating back to our industry and the changes we are experiencing. His energy and professionalism as a presenter, combined with his frank but inspiring way of describing his adventures endeared him to our entire audience and the presentation was a topic of much discussion for the remainder of the conference and since we have returned. Kevin's bite sized and memorable advice for facing challenges and taking performance to the next level have resonated with our teams and he will be quoted in our business for months and years to come. We would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
Debbie Yardley, Group Manager, Marketing and Communications
The team at Mercy Radiology Group thoroughly enjoyed your talk last night. It was very humorous and quite serious at the same time and we all felt we were with you as you talked about your amazing experiences. It was the highlight of our evening. Thank you so much
David Benson-Cooper, Clinical Director, Mercy Radiology
We decided we needed a motivational speaker at our conference this year that could deliver from a position of depth on goal setting, and how to handle setbacks on the path to those goals. We did some searches and Kevin seemed to clearly fit that. One phone call in all was confirmed. Even organising his attendance and flights was a great example of efficiency. Our gut feeling was this guy would be brilliant. We weren’t to be disappointed. Kevin is clearly all mental toughness and the way he is able to unload his story and express the tools he learned to use to achieve such remarkable and mentally tough achievements really hit home with the Design Builders Group. The subtle messages in his presentation also got through - like how to plan and prepare by researching and learning of others mistakes and the value of goals setting, even if the goals are never achieved. All delivered with humour and fun!
Andy Bell, Director, Design Builders Group of companies
Thanks so much for the outstanding contribution that you made to our annual Conference. The impact it has already had has been wonderful!
Sheryl Dawson, CEO, McFall Fuels
I wanted to send my sincere thanks for the wonderful presentation you gave to our Safe Roads Alliance team this Tuesday. The messages you gave really resonated with our team and when I was asking attendees afterwards what their most inspiring part of the conference was, a large number cited your presentation. We’ve certainly decided to institute your ‘Energy Rule’ in the office as a result – you should be trademarking it!
Sonia Tibble, Safe Roads Alliance
"Kevin your gift is not just in telling your story, it is the way you make every member of your audience relate to that story and see themselves through you and your adventures. Your connection and interaction with the Beca team was a highlight of our leadership conference. From Singapore to Melbourne and onto Christchurch the “energy rule’ is a hot topic and we are definitely ‘playing to win’."
Damian Pedreschi, Group Director Transport and Infrastucture & Group Director Sales and Marketing, Beca
Kevin spoke to a group of 110 leaders at council to launch a leadership development programme.
“Charming.” “Evocative.” “Rousing.” “Powerful.” “Hilarious.” “Wow!”
When I asked colleagues to describe Kevin’s speech to us, these were just some of the words they used. Kevin’s presentation was outstanding from his opening larks to his last breath. He had the room hanging on his every word. Kevin’s message is clear, genuine and meaningful and is very relevant life and to the business environment – in my experience this is not easy to pull off. He did it masterfully. There is huge authenticity to Kevin – he’s has lived his speech and it comes across. I would highly recommend using Kevin to inspire your colleagues.
Emlyn Hatch, Manager Leadership Development - Tauranga City Council
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Kevin, you made us laugh and you made us think! Your presentation at our staff meeting was inspirational and downright entertaining. You tailored your presentation to us so well in such a short timeframe and made it easy for us to take it to heart! Several people are already applying the 3 bastards rule - one is going to recommend it to their manager. The HR team got plenty of ideas to use in coaching managers and staff to focus on the goal and not drain energy. “Yeah/Nah” was completely relatable for everyone. I will be reminding several people in my own team from time to time and inviting them to keep me on my toes too. Just brilliant.
Mary Sinclair Jones - Manager People and Capability, Civil Aviation Authority
"We have had numerous motivational speakers over the years. None have had the resounding impact that Kevin had. The quantity of unsolicited feed back from our employees clearly indicated the excellence of Kevin's presentation. Kevin inspired the team by showing an every day person can achieve outstanding results."
-Ah Leen Rayner, Marketing Manager, 3M
"Kevin presented twice at the 2016 Refresh Renovations Annual Conference. We were spellbound by Kevin's "My Oarsome Adventure" speech which was followed by a half day workshop. Both sessions were fast paced, inspiring and very relevant to business, with a great touch of humour. It was great to listen to the amazing adventures of a Kiwi from Howick and then learn about how we can use Kevin's methods to achieve our own success."
- Matt Steele, Franchise Operations Manager, Refresh Renovations
“We asked Kevin to help us explore one of the dimensions (Braver) of our new company Spirit. He adapted his material very skilfully to this topic and his use of technology really helped us engage as a team.
Kevin’s approach for fearlessly facing challenges gave bravery a whole new meaning. It was inspiring as well as entertaining and gave us great tools to add to our kit going forward.”
- Allan Dornan, Chief Operating Officer Executive, IAG NZ Ltd
"Thank you for your presentation to our management and staff. The participants were inspired by your words, and have taken on board what you said about teamwork, goal setting and not giving up. Our team is now ensuring they break down the tasks, so the big picture does not appear to hard to achieve, and we can all word towards a common end goal.
Finally, your style is perspective is entertaining, with plenty of humour. Well worth it. I will happily recommend you to groups looking to lift the team's game."
Bruce Donaldson, Managing Director, Value Tyres Ltd
It’s a rare opportunity to meet a ‘true to life’ explorer, Kevin expertly brings his experiences into the corporate setting allowing his audience a glimpse of what hard work really looks like! Through engaging humour and a good ol’ knack for a yarn he had our group mesmerised as we experienced his many journeys of self-discovery and personal endurance. Thoroughly enjoyed by all!
- Mike Bullock, COO, ANZ