Why Choose Kevin?
Because you can be confident that I can deliver a presentation or workshop that will enthral and inform your audience and leave a lasting impact on your organisation.
The secret sauce is my adventures – I won the trans-Atlantic rowing race and trekked unsupported to the South Pole. And most recently I've been the co-host of TVNZ's 'First Crossings', and then 'Intrepid NZ' – tv shows about re-creating some of the epic adventures of trail-blazing pioneers in NZ.
The ups and downs of preparation, the thrills and spills of the execution, the setbacks and the successes of these adventures provide plenty of gripping drama, and edge of the seat excitement. That creates a powerful learning environment and lots of fantastic 'hooks' to hang messages on. It doesn't matter if the audience are CEOs, sales people or students they spend their time leaning forward and taking notes or leaning back and laughing.
But I would say that wouldn't I? The real proof of the pudding is what my clients say!
What my clients say
Up to 80 of them now and counting
Kevin was a guest speaker at a recent business event we held. His focus for our event was around change and resilience. The hour Kevin spoke to us was high energy, funny, inspiring and really relevant to all of us. Through story telling he shared techniques and strategies to face our challenges and succeed - just as relevant to an extreme adventure as they are in facing our everyday challenges and dreams. He shared how a regular person like any of us can achieve amazing things - truly inspirational and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Kevin - we were all left feeling energised and he had a great way of connecting with us, a very genuine and inspiring person.
San Holt, Carolyn Power, IRD.
Kevin really knows how to captivate an audience! He has a real natural gift of being able to tell his story & relate to his audience. A true showman that manages to hook the audience with his high energy. Throughout his whole presentation you feel like you are immersed in the epic journeys with him.
From the minute we decided to book Kevin he was brilliant to deal with. Kevin took the time to understand the audience he would be engaging with. Came up with his ideas on how best he could help us achieve our goals. He makes his content & key messages relatable to his audience at all times. My favourite being “Stow the sea anchor”.
I strongly recommend Kevin to work with you, you will not be disappointed!!
Ian Holland, Regional Manager, ASB Bank
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
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See Kevin in Action
If you've watched 'First Crossings' or 'Intrepid NZ' then you've seen me presenting. But here's a clip of me presenting when I'm not wearing old clothes. I'm talking about how to deal with the ‘dip’ in motivation that you typically experience when in the middle of big challenges..
Here I am presenting to secondary school student leaders for Inspire NZ in July 2014. Only had 25 minutes so speaking a lot faster than normal!
Like to see more? Here I am talking to a conference.