Kevin Biggar

"The best motivational speaker in NZ I have ever heard.
If Google had 10 stars I would give them to Kevin Biggar."

– GM, Storage Box

Are you looking for a professional Motivational Speaker to engage, inspire and educate your team?

Motivational speaker NZ Kevin BiggarHi, I’m Kevin Biggar. I’m a motivational speaker in NZ presenting at industry conferences and corporate events in Auckland and throughout New Zealand and Australia.

I’m the ‘Big Challenge’ Guy. I talk about how to take on big tough, demanding challenges in your life and business. How to improve teamwork, lift mental toughness, boost performance and about how to get the most out of yourself and your team.

You might recognise me from my adventures, winning the trans-Atlantic rowing race and being the first kiwi to trek unsupported to the South Pole. You might have seen my books on the shelves, or spotted me in my  role as co-presenter of TVNZ’s ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’. Or you might have seen me at an event. Over the last few years I’ve spoken at nearly 900 conferences around the country!

I work hard to receive the highest ratings from conference goers. As your keynote speaker I make sure you get a dynamic, engaging and highly entertaining presentation: anecdotes that your people will remember, insights that will make you stop and think, and images that will stick in your head. No jargon, no sugary self-help double speak. Just frameworks and techniques that leave you energised and more effective in your work and life.

As your after-dinner speaker I make sure that you get the fast-paced, light-hearted entertainment that is guaranteed to get your clients and staff laughing and feeling inspired.

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“Kevin held 300 people spell-bound at our recent leadership conference!”

-Ed Sims, Air NZ

Why Choose Kevin to be Your Next motivational Speaker?

Because I’m massively experienced as a professional speaker. I did my first paid event in 2004. Since then I’ve spoken nearly 900 times. I’ve spoken to enormous events at Vector Arena and Sky City, RSAs in Palmerston North and everything in between. Whether you are organising an event for the c-suite or the stock room. Farmers, firemen or franchisees. From the NZ Army to Zuru I’ve presented to an audience like your team. So you can be confident that I will deliver a presentation that will grab their attention and leave a lasting impact on your organisation.

The secret sauce is my adventures – I won the trans-Atlantic rowing race and became the first Kiwi to trek unsupported to the South Pole. More 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 New Zealand.

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. This 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, stockbrokers or students; they will 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


Kevin presented to a room full of salespeople and had them captivated from the word go, but what made this more extraordinary was that due to unforeseen circumstances, Kevin was presenting to us virtually. Absolutely nothing was lost by Kevin not being in the room, his professionalism, natural speaking ability and great sense of humour shone through. Kevin inspired the team with his great stories, while delivering key messages on how to plan, set goals and get the best from yourself. An absolute inspiration and one of the best motivational speakers you will ever hear, I would book Kevin again without any hesitation.

Brad Kettle, National Sales Manager, Platinum Homes


What can I say? Kevin presented (online) to a wide range of staff from gardeners to engineers to the exec team to librarians, and everyone (yes…everyone!) thought his talk was entertaining, inspirational, insightful and a crack-up. Kevin has a gift for twisting strong leadership and life principles amongst deep, rich stories of adventure and adversity. The world is a better place with Kevin off the couch, and long may it continue. I look forward to hearing from Kevin again (for the third time!)

Emlyn Hatch, GM People and Engagement, WDC


Thanks Kevin, not only were you super collaborative leading up to our team summit by liaising with us to shape a workshop to suit our business, you delivered a bang-on presentation with a fantastic combination of storytelling and wise advice. You showed us how to build self-confidence, to come together as a team, to be aware of how our energy levels impact each other, to think clearer and to recognise what we individually bring to a situation or environment. We will commit to starting our day with a growth mindset, to welcome problems and see them as challenges, not insurmountable obstacles. You were a key component to the success of our event and we welcome any opportunity to work with you again in future.

Rachel McIsaac, Boundaryline


Wow! Wow! Wow! We recently had Kevin as our keynote speaker at our annual awards ceremony and the feedback from our guests about how fantastic Kevin was has been overwhelming. Kevin is a fantastic speaker and made our evening one to be remembered. He was very professional and understood the brief and the audience. I can not speak highly enough of his presentation. Would highly recommend Kevin as a speaker at any event as he truly is inspirational!

Sarah Rundstrom, Property Council of NZ 


If Google had 10 stars – I would give them to Kevin – He speaks from the heart having achieved some amazing feats of human endurance. He presents fantastic goal setting techniques that are tailored to the audience making him the best motivational speaker I have ever heard.
Keith Robieson, General Manager, Storage Box 


The team at Octa Project Management whose conference you spoke to last week in Hamilton, would like to thank you for such an entertaining and heart-warming session. It was wonderful to meet you and realise you are actually human, despite those amazing (crazy) feats of courage and endurance!! It was also clear you had researched our company well, and we appreciated that your talk was relevant to our own situations. You made us laugh out loud, and we were also in awe – your enthusiasm is very infectious. All the feedback has been very positive and we agree you were perfect for the occasion. 

Lesley Murdoch and the team at Octa Project Management 


Recently we had Kevin attend our Leadership Conference to speak to 120 of our Team Leaders. Kevin captivated everyone in the room with his story of overcoming adversity, and life lessons. We wanted a speaker that motivated and inspired others to take action and responsibility and Keven delivered on this brief.
Kevin was invested in the purpose of our conference and key messages and ensured that he aligned his presentation to support us. A pleasure to spend the day with and have already recommended him to others. We have a highly diverse leadership group, and their feedback was that he was a “phenomenal” speaker.
Thank you, Kevin!
Heidi Walker, GM Flight Centre


Kevin was quite simply one of the best keynotes that I have seen nationally or internationally, with an amazing story to tell vividly brought to life in a very engaging session rich with learnings and replete with some real nuggets of wisdom to take away. My suggestion? if he is not available on your event date, then change your event date!

Ross Hancox, CEO, TelferYoung


Kevin’s session with our sales team in Taupo was the highlight of our annual sales conference. He captivated the audience with his stories of challenge, and adventure while simultaneously delivering practical applications of lessons learnt in the pursuit of audacious goals.

Mark Banbrook, Bauer Media


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 in Wellington 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 delivered a compelling and inspirational presentation. He had the complete attention of 130 people on Saturday night over a dinner at our annual company conference. Kevin is articulate in his messaging, motivational and entertaining to listen to. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy Kevin’s extraordinary approach to his life and his stories have no doubt had a positive and motivational impact on the CodeBlue team. We would highly recommend him to any corporate event.

Chris Mackay, CEO


Kevin was everything we could ask for in a guest speaker. He was thoroughly organised, prepared for every eventuality and delivered a highly engaging presentation that hit all the right notes.

Kevin took the time to understand his audience and the key messages we wanted to deliver and absolutely nailed it!

Renata Gill, Great South


Our team were absolutely rapt with Kevin’s presentation at our corporate team away day in Wellington recently. I couldn’t recommend Kevin highly enough. He’s grounded, funny, humble and authentic. His presentation had everyone enthralled, and found Kevin hugely personable, easy-going, and an absolute hoot. We all got something out of it that we’ll keep with us for a long time to come.

Gerri Ward, Z Energy


Kevin was outstanding from start to finish.  In our initial discussions Kevin was very easy to deal with regarding the logistics.  But more importantly, on the day our team were enthralled with Kevin’s story and the learning lessons from his experiences.  For many of us this was one of the best presentations of our careers.  I’d 100% recommend Kevin to anyone looking for a motivational speaker to kick-off any sort of team retreat.  Thanks Kevin!

Jason Ingham, Head of Civil Engineering, Auckland University


Thank you so much for a fabulous session – we loved having you join our executive team on our recent offsite.  The team have simply not stopped talking about the content, your achievements and the learnings that you shared with us.  

Your experiences are simply exceptional, and the way that you connected it seamlessly to our strategy and the figurative mountains that exist in our sector was right on point.  We continued our offsite with renewed energy and an attitude that was incredibly tangible.  A huge Mihi from the Heartland Bank leadership team.

Lana West, Heartland Bank Limited, Chief People & Culture Officer.


I engaged Kevin to be the keynote speaker for our annual team strategy conference. His presentation & story is so inspiring, and the way he tells it leaves the audience engaged and on the edge of their seats. Post conference I had a flood of attendees comment on how much they enjoyed Kevin’s presentation. 

Kevin is very professional, highly organised, and works diligently to tailor his presentation to connect with his audience, his ability to read the room, inject humour, suspense and ensure the lessons learnt land is truly first class. Kevin – Thank you for delivering on your promise – an engaging presentation that left a lasting impression

Iain Boyd, Head of ICT, ANZCO


Kevin was a motivational speaker at a recent business event we held in Auckland. 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’s presentation in Rotorua 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


We asked Kevin to speak at Mercer’s annual client investment forum in Wellington. It was the first time we used an external speaker in a keynote spot. The brief was to be entertaining and inspirational, as well as provide some key messages.

Kevin nailed it. Don’t tell him this, but he got the highest score on the delegates’ evaluation forms. Our clients thought it was a great presentation and we were delighted.

I’d happily recommend Kevin to anyone else looking for an entertaining, inspirational and motivational speaker in NZ. In addition to delivering on the day, he was professional to deal with, keen to listen to what we wanted, sought feedback along the way, and worked well with our logistics team.

Russell Garett, Principal, Mercer

SIMPLY AN INSPIRATION We are a company that is currently reinventing itself. Having been lucky enough to hear Kevin twice before I was confident he could give context to our journey by sharing his.  Universal feedback from our team was that he really galvanised them professionally and personally. Kevin is simply put an inspiration and someone I would strongly recommend to lift any team striving to change, to lead and to win. John Elliott, CEO, Super Air WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND Kevin’s presentation was engaging and had everyone in the room fully onboard with his journey. His presentation style, that combined key learnings and humour, which was combined in an insightful way was completely relevant to the current retail environment. Kevin is a true professional and tailored his presentation around our theme and message, he was always collaborative in the build up and exceeded expectation on the day. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kevin to any business that is looking for an inspirational and motivational speaker. Just keep rowing! Gareth Hunt, Specsavers I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND KEVIN BIGGAR We recently had the pleasure of Kevin Biggar being our keynote speaker at our National Real Estate Conference, and it was an absolute privilege to listen to his powerful message. Kevin’s ability to connect with the audience and share his personal journey left a lasting impact on all of us. From the moment Kevin took the stage, it was evident that he spoke from the heart. Sharing his own experiences of facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and how he managed to overcome them with determination, resilience, and a positive mindset. His authenticity and vulnerability during his talk resonated deeply with the audience, and we were inspired to conquer our own challenges. Kevin provided practical strategies and actionable advice that anyone could implement in their own lives. His insights were not only relevant to our industry but also easily applicable, making them incredibly valuable for personal and professional growth. If you’re in search of a motivational speaker who can deliver powerful insights on overcoming obstacles and inspire you to reach your full potential, I wholeheartedly recommend Kevin Biggar. His ability to captivate the audience, coupled with his genuine passion for helping others, creates an unforgettable experience. Kevin, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for sharing your incredible journey and empowering us. Your talk left us motivated and ready to take on new heights in our real estate careers. Thank you. Trudy Weston,General Manager, First National Group


We chose Kevin because of his outstanding reviews and recommendations, and we weren’t disappointed. 

Even though Kevin wasn’t in the room with us, his innovative 90-minute Zoom presentation ticked all the boxes. He carefully and thoughtfully used a variety of camera and staging techniques to ensure his presence was felt, even though he was presenting virtually to a group located at the other end of the country.

Kevin has achieved some incredible feats and his presentation style is engaging, thought provoking, enthusiastic and powerful. Combined with his relatable, humble and humorous approach, our team were left feeling inspired and all of us took away some relevant and practical techniques that we could apply to our own challenges, goals and relationships.
I would highly recommend Kevin as your next virtual motivational speaker.

Anna De Vries, Mackersy


Kevin’s presentation to our A/NZ Leadership team started at 100kph and took us on a journey of aspiration, planning, resilience and ultimately – victory. An awesome speaker and some very relevant insights for our year ahead as individuals and as a team. A complete success, thanks Kevin!

Mike Smith, CEO, IBM


Kevin was a keynote speaker at the annual Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire conference. Kevin’s energy, enthusiasm and exceptional delivery was a fantastic addition to our conference. I would thoroughly recommend Kevin at your conference.

Michelle McCree, Events & Operations Manager, Nelson Chamber of Commerce


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


We are so pleased to have had you as a speaker for our event in Queenstown. It was a spectacular success, thanks to you! We have collated the feedback from our symposium and have summed them up below for you.

“Kevin was THE highlight of our team day!  He took time to incorporate both the theme of our day and our organisational context into his presentation. Kevin’s presentation was inspiring and empowering both for work and personal life.  He was able to combine powerful messages with his entertaining stories to create valuable lessons for the workplace.

Feedback from our people included that Kevin was their most “favourite” speaker ever; he was “fantastic” and “very inspirational!”


Kevin is an outstanding speaker, one of the best I have seen in NZ or Australia.  He quickly gets you onboard his intrepid journeys with a fantastic presentation, sharing the challenging situations he found himself in and the strategies he put in place to not only take part, but win!  Given the rapidly changing business environment we currently find ourselves in, Kevin’s wise words are right on the mark.  I highly recommend you make him the keynote speaker at your next corporate event.

 Lynn Wilson, Head of Field Sales, Pharmacare
I had heard Kevin speak before at an industry event and was blown away. So I organised him to come and present to my company and he delivered again! Kevin’s combination of inspiring and motivational stories and practical takeaways can’t be beaten! The positive feedback I have received from the team since Kevin’s session has reinforced my view that he is simply the best!
Andy McRobbie, GM, Buro Seating

Some of Kevin Biggar's CONFERENCE SPEAKING Clients Include

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To see how I combine a compelling anecdote with a learning check out this video about how you can reframe adversity as an opportunity. If you watch only one video of me watch this one.

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Recently I was asked to give a motivational presentation to the BNZ private banking team. If you’re wondering what to expect from my presentations, and how the audience reacts and what they take away then this video will give you a pretty good idea.


KEYNOTES & Workshops

To help give you a better idea of my keynotes and workshops see the descriptions below. 

These are punchy presentations that are perfect to provide an inspirational start or end to a company retreat or industry conference.  All of them are the optimal mix of entertainment and information. Full of insights and messages that your team will be repeating back to you for months! 

Click on the shark on the right to download a PDF summary of all of my presentations and workshops and other key information. This is perfect to introduce me to other members in your team!

Of course the content can be mixed and matched or new content created for your specific situation. 

Email me or phone me (027 282 4203) to have a chat. I can normally get back to you within a few minutes.
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Few things stay the same in business. Competitors get faster and smarter. Consumers want more for less. To take your organisation to the next level of performance will often require setting and achieving audacious commercial goals – from achieving dramatically raised sales targets to rapidly developing new products … [more]

There is plenty of evidence to show that teams produce better results than individuals –  but only when a team is functioning well! Everyone has experienced the frustration, aggravation and productivity loss of being in a team that is dysfunctional. If the team dynamic is starting to turn sour it is best to address it early before problems become entrenched … [more]

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Every organisation faces times when performance plateaus, when the work force is firmly within their comfort zone. At these times what is needed is a bit of a circuit breaker, something to knock the problems and challenges back into perspective, something to get people excited about how much more there is to achieve. This presentation provides the steps for how to break through the plateaus and get the mindset to achieve even more … [more]
Man under boot
Nothing worthwhile is easy, particularly in highly competitive markets. Setbacks happen frequently, whether they come through external shocks or through shortcomings of the individual. Perseverance is essential. In many areas of life the single most important factor for success is mental toughness or ‘resilience’ – the ability to bounce back after shocks and setbacks … [more]


When you’re looking to make a lasting impact on your team, and empower them with powerful tools and concepts that will significantly boost their performance.

When it comes to change people have inertia. The tendency for people to stay inside their comfort zone is strong and external rewards and punishments only go so far.

This intensive half day workshop identifies and confronts the internal road blocks to achieving audacious goals. It provides your team with a set of tools and insights to help them become emotionally connected to their challenge and make a step change in performance …[more]

This is the workshop version of the Boost Mental Toughness presentation.

If you want to innoculate your team against setbacks and provide them with a tool to maintain their momentum and persevere through adversity then this is the workshop for you.

The key concepts and techniques in this workshop can be challenging. While they can be introduced in a keynote, a half day workshop allows a chance for them to be digested, practised and embedded. …[more]

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