REVIEWS OF KEVIN BIGGAR
Have to say I would recommend Kevin to speak to any team or company. Absolutely outstanding. His lessons all wrapped up in his incredible story were really inspiring.
– Nick Mowbray, Co-Founder of Zuru
I COULDN’T RECOMMEND KEVIN HIGHLY ENOUGH
Our team were absolutely rapt with Kevin’s presentation at our corporate team away day 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
IT WAS SPECTACULAR
We asked Kevin to talk to us about his adventures and how safety and team work made a difference. It was spectacular, we enjoyed his story telling style and amongst it all he showed us extreme examples of what safety and team work means to him and how he applies it to his adventures. He has an ability to simplify tough, almost super human physical and mental challenges into simple processes that clearly work for him. It is a rare privilege to be able to listen to a guy like Kevin. He engaged with the audience and took us along for the ride with photos, videos and humour. Staff are still buzzing!
– John Alemann, CEO, Waratah
MOST FAVOURITE SPEAKER EVER
We are so pleased to have had you as a speaker for our event. 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!”.
– Auckland Regional Public Health Services
HE GOT THE HIGHEST SCORE ON THE DELEGATES’ EVALUATION FORMS
We asked Kevin to speak at Mercer’s annual client investment forum. 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. We wanted it to be memorable, for people to be able to say: “I went to a great conference last week – there was this fantastic speaker who talked about adventure and taking risk”.
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 and inspirational speaker. 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 Garrett, Head of Institutional Wealth, Mercer
A COMPLETE SUCCESS
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 NZ
WOW! WOW! WOW!
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
THANK YOU FOR SUCH AN ENTERTAINING AND HEART WARMING SESSION.
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
HAD OUR GROUP TOTALLY ENGAGED WITH EVERY WORD HE SPOKE
Kevin was great. Presented exactly as we wished and had our group totally engaged with every word he spoke. The feedback that we have received has exceeded our expectations. We would recommend him to any group looking for motivation and inspiration. He makes you proud to be a Kiwi.
– David Cooney, Automotive Solutions
I WOULD THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND KEVIN
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
I’M REALLY PLEASED WE CHOSE KEVIN AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!
You are never quite sure what you are going to get when you book a celebrity speaker and Kevin did not disappoint. I’m really pleased we chose Kevin and highly recommend him!
– Graham Moor, CEO, Roofing Association of NZ
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!
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
LESSONS STILL RESONATE MONTHS LATER
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
THANKS FOR THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
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
YOUR CONNECTION AND INTERACTION WITH THE BECA TEAM WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF OUR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.
“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
WE WERE SPELLBOUND
“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
YOU WERE A HIGHLIGHT
“I have just been for a walk around the business and chatted to the team about your presentation yesterday. I want to let you know that you were a highlight and your key messages were spot on. I was really impressed with how you referred to the work we do to connect the team to your talk.”
– Pam Roa, Managing Director, Longveld
YOU WERE A BIG SUCCESS LAST NIGHT
“From the number of accolades I have received just this morning there is no doubt that you were a big success last night. Al Kirk (Head) was most complimentary and highlighted how relevant and appropriate your presentation was. The Board of Trustees Clare Davies-Colley was exuberant in her praise for focus being maintained; It was properly an evening for our boys and recognition of their efforts.
For my part your professionalism and courtesy was most welcome as it made my life so much easier. Ringing my mobile from Australia may not have been the best plan financially – but the exchange of information was much appreciated. Thank you also for your signed copy of your book, I will read it with relish.”
– Rod Cunliffe, Whangarei Boys’ High School
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KEVIN FOR HIS POLISHED, REAL WORLD APPROACH
“Kevin’s ability to tie the real world adventures into the way we think, operate and manage at a business level brings a fresh new perspective on how we need to think and deal with the challenges ahead of us. Using his 5 step process provides an alternative focus on how to progress goals to a reality. I highly recommend Kevin for his polished, real world approach in his presentation and the linkages this has back to the business world. He gets you to think and push yourself outside the day to day operating box.”
– Dean Compton, Head of Technology Business Services, ANZ
ENGAGING, MOTIVATIONAL AND HILARIOUS
“Kevin is an inspirational character who shares his story in a way that is engaging, motivational and hilarious! This is a presentation that all ages can relate to and learn from.”
– Raelene Castle, CEO, Netball NZ
ENJOYABLE, ENTERTAINING AND ENCOURAGING
“Thank you so much Kevin, we got great feedback from our guests about how enjoyable, entertaining and encouraging your presentation was. One person commented was that we need more stories like yours, told loud and clear so that we we know anything is possible!”
– Elizabeth Leuchars
KEVIN HAD US ENTHRALLED
“We have received an enormous amount of positive feedback from all attendees at our “Kick Start” seminar , who appreciated not only the passion of his delivery style but also the underlying value of the content. Kevin had us enthralled with some tangible lessons about how to approach risk and how to break away from ‘reasonable’ thinking to achieve at the highest level.”
– Barry Purcell
Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
“Kevin was an excellent speaker with a great story to tell and to inspire. The audience listened attentively and thoroughly enjoyed his humour and his talk.”
– Ali Robb
“He was the last speaker at the end of a three day conference – and he got a standing ovation!”
The Conference Company
EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME!
“I first heard Kevin speak at a 3R event and was very impressed. So when we were looking to get someone to motivate and inspire at our national conference I got him back again. Even better the second time!”
– Darren Patterson – Chair, WasteMINZ
KEVIN WAS A GREAT SPEAKER
“Kevin was a great speaker at the annual forum with our key supplier partners. Kevin captivated with his stories, whether it be rowing across the Atlantic or walking to the South Pole, and he was able to link his achievements to our overall forum theme of working together to deliver great outcomes. Feedback from suppliers and the team alike have been really positive. His key messages such as the Energy Rule & The Three Bastards Rule resonated really well! Thanks again Kevin”
– Peter Darbyshire
Executive GM, Warehouse Stationery
ENTHRALLED BY YOUR PRESENTATION
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for presenting at our Business and Investment Series seminar.
We have had considerable feedback from this seminar from the audience who were enthralled by your presentation, with them rating your presentation as excellent.
Some of the comments we received from our audience you may find interesting, are as follows:
– Superb – a wonderful man
– Very inspired
– Excellent – all the way very relevant
– Brilliant – I am inspired
– It was awesome – thanks”
– Leicester Gouwland
William Buck Christmas Gouwland
YOU NAILED THE SUBJECT MATTER
“Thank you Kevin for such an inspiring presentation, you nailed the subject matter with aplomb. We surveyed our team of 100 participants post event and 95% rated your contribution very good to excellent.”
– Christian Casbolt
Professionals, Redcoats Limited
THE FEEDBACK FROM THE SESSION WAS AMAZING
“Kevin was great to deal with, he understood the specific needs of our event and didn’t just roll out an existing presentation, but made it work for our audience. Not only that, but he turned up early morning as he was so keen to take part in the event welcome (which involved a pitch by each speaker, as the audience were able to choose which speaker they wanted to hear from). He did such a good job at the pitch that his session ‘sold out’ in seconds and the feedback from the session was amazing. I heard again and again what an amazing speaker Kevin was and that he was their favourite thing about the event.”
– Claire Vale, Deloitte Fast 50
INSPIRING AND RIVETING
“Kevin’s presentation at our senior medical staff annual dinner was both inspiring and riveting entertainment that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”
– Jeremy Armishaw
NOTHING SHORT OF OUTSTANDING
Kevin’s presentation to members of our leadership team was nothing short of outstanding. He installed the room with enthusiasm and was very inspiring. The key messages Kevin had for how he approached, prepared and then succeeded in his adventures were readily adaptable to any business or team environment. The feedback and discussions post the presentation were overwhelmingly positive, we all felt uplifted and energised and equipped with some ‘tools’ to assist in our future success – individually, leading teams and leading our business. I would highly recommend Kevin as a guest speaker and would welcome him back to any event.
– Jody McCullough, Area Business Manager, Rabobank
PEOPLE GASPED, PEOPLE LAUGHED AND PEOPLE RAVED
Thank you Kevin for speaking at our investor function last night, it was a perfect end to the evening. People gasped, people laughed and people raved about it afterwards. I was so impressed with your professional presentation and attitude and you were an absolute pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend you to anyone who needs a speaker to motivate, inspire or just plain entertain.
– Janet Manners, EA, Silverfin Capital
HIS SESSION WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT
Kevin Biggar had an incredibly hard timeslot to try and keep the Tandem crowd entertained and engaged. We had just had lunch, there had already been a number of presentations and we were coming to the end of the formal sessions. This was not a problem for Kevin as his presentation was so engaging that the team came out of it fully energised.
Kevin’s presentation on his adventures really resonated with Tandem Travel as the life lessons he learnt could be applied to everyday business, the choice of attitude and commitment to achieving both business and personal goals. His session was one of the highlights of the event, the entire team were talking about it for days to come.”
– Rachel Lilly
Group Operations Manager
THE BEST SPEAKER THE COMPANY HAS HAD IN 18 YEARS
I must say that your visit and presentation was excellent and has generated the beginning of some much needed discussions. The comments have been exceedingly positive with many stating you are the best speaker the company has had in our 18 year history.”
– Mark Miller
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANY CONFERENCE OR CORPORATE EVENT
Kevin spoke at the annual Association of Building Compliance conference and was truly inspirational!! His accomplishments in life prove that if you get off the couch and set goals for yourself you can do anything you set your mind too, no matter how big the goal may be! He is living proof of this fact! Highly recommend for any conference or corporate event.
– Laura Taane-Williams, Association of Building Compliance
A WELL CONSTRUCTED AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING KEYNOTE
Really appreciated and enjoyed Kevin’s presentation. He has the ability to relate to the audience and connect with them as life long learners. His clarity of purpose in delivering a well constructed and highly entertaining key note energised our teachers, taking them into a very positive head space in planning for the coming year. Superb speaker, many thanks Kevin.
– Rosemary Searle, Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association
KEVIN WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR ANNUAL SALES CONFERENCE
Kevin’s session with our sales team 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’S PRESENTATION COULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR US
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
A PERFECT FIT
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
THOROUGHLY ENJOYED YOUR TALK
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
OUR GUT FEELING WAS THIS GUY WOULD BE BRILLIANT
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
NO SPEAKER HAS HAD THE IMPACT KEVIN HAD
“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 GAVE US GREAT TOOLS
“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
YOU HAVE EVERYONE ENGAGED & LAUGHING
Finding a guest speaker & an MC for an event can be scary. It’s hard to get someone that appeals to all of the audience & can also competently manage the evening. There’s a lot of pressure on the organising committee to get it right.
This year we made an excellent choice in you.
You had everyone engaged & laughing throughout the night, the design awards evening ran smoothly & you were awesome at keeping us on track regarding the time schedule.
While your adventures are starkly different to our roles in the design industry, you customised your presentation to show us what we could achieve by overcoming obstacles. I could see many members being inspired & motivated by you during the evening.
Many members after your presentation talked about getting out of their comfort zones more, opening up to new ideas and thinking a bit more out of the square. Thank you for your time & effort with our event; you were very professional and contributed greatly to the success of our event. It was a pleasure working with you.
“Keep on rowing!”
– Julie-Ann Ross
Architectural Designers NZ Inc. Otago / Southland Regional Secretary
FEEDBACK HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE
“Thank you so much for your inspiring presentation. It set the scene perfectly for what was a very enjoyable and successful evening, and the feedback to you from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive!”
– John Revington
HELD 300 PEOPLE SPELLBOUND
“Kevin held 300 people spellbound at our recent Leadership College. We live our lives by our on time performance but frankly he could have carried on for another hour and no one would have minded! He is a remarkable speaker and a remarkable man – New Zealand is lucky to claim him as one of our own.”
– Ed Sims
Group GM International
STANDING OVATION – LIFTED OUR CONFERENCE TO A NEW LEVEL
“Kevin Biggar was met with a standing ovation from the audience at the end of his presentation. He was truly inspirational as he outlined his journey rowing across the Atlantic and taking on Antarctica. His presentation was a very accurate representation of our Conference Theme “Ordinary people, EXTRAordinary results”. Cleverly intertwining his message of setting goals and achieving them with his wonderfully entertaining sense of humour he had us spellbound throughout the entire presentation. Kevin’s addition to our speaker line up lifted our conference to a new level. We have no hesitation in recommending him as an outstanding motivational speaker.”
– Lynda Burch
MADE A REAL IMPACT
“Kevin’s content reinforced the values of the firm while having us all laughing. He made a real impact on our new graduates who were clearly enthralled – the level of interest was evident from the huge number of questions at the end. It was a terrific way to finish off our orientation week!”
– John Kensington
YOU BLEW US AWAY!
“You blew us away…Thank you so much for putting so much effort into such a wonderful address”
– Kirsty Higgs
THANKS TO YOUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE AUDIENCE
“Thank you for a great presentation, brilliantly aligned to project management principles. The Conference ended on a high note, thanks to your ability to understand the needs of the audience and your professionalism in presenting amazing adventures with humility and humour.”
– Project Management Institute (PMINZ)
YOUR KEY MESSAGES WERE SPOT ON
I have just been for a walk around the business and chatted to the team about yesterday’s conference. I want to let you know that you were a highlight and your key messages were spot on. I was really impressed with how you referred to the work we do to connect the team to your talk.
Several people talked to me about the Energy Rule and how they want to apply that to their work day. They figure if it worked for you and Jamie in that situation it sure as hell can work for us in our day to day lives!
– Pam Roa
I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE TEAM
“We have had Kevin speak to our two operational teams over the last few months. Not only does Kevin tell an inspirational and funny story of his adventures over the last few years, he expertly weaves in very powerful safety messages that helped us strengthen points that we have been focusing on internally. He had the crowd engaged from the first minute and I have had nothing but positive feedback from the team. I would have no hesitations recommending Kevin to anyone.”
– Jono Brent
Chief Executive Officer
KEVIN WAS BRILLIANT LAST NIGHT
“Kevin was brilliant last night. I have received excellent feedback. He mingled well with the audience prior to speaking and then had everyone totally engaged for 35 minutes. Really easy going, personable and very, very inspirational, we were all in awe of his mental strength and determination.
The positives that the group took away were that Kevin seemed like just an everyday person, who has overcome the challenges of life and just never gives up. He linked his talk in very well with the audience so was well received.”
– Vicki Woodley
New Zealand Steel
THE BEST SPEAKER THEY HAD EVER HEARD
“Thank you! Your workshop was received even better than I had hoped for. You were a huge success. So much so that the one person I thought would be sceptical about the two days, made a point in coming to see me to say that they thought you were the best speaker they had ever heard. They had really taken on board some of the information from your workshop and planned to take these learnings back to their team and apply these – which is just fantastic!
Your ability to show the correlation between your experiences and what our team are experiencing in the work environment is a real credit to you. You are a fantastic speaker Kevin. The only regret I have is that we didn’t have you for longer.”
– Hayley Hindmarsh
Fairview Systems Limited
YOU GAVE US EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR … AND MORE
“Kevin was highly entertaining and kept the audience engaged for the entire presentation (over an hour). What was equally impressive, however, was how he ensured that the insights from his adventures were relevant to us and provided gems of thoughts and ideas for our people. He was a pleasure to work with leading up to the presentation and was so popular chatting afterwards that we had to chase him out the door to get him to the airport on time! Thanks Kevin, you gave us exactly what we were looking for… and more.”
– Ross McMillan
Human Resources Manager
Medical Assurance Society (MAS)
“AWESOME job last night… you rocked the house! Well done, you were amazing (of course!). Thank you for all your efforts and fantastic entertainment.
– Chris Baxendine
Customer Experience Manager
Kevin presented as a keynote speaker at our recent Sales & Construction Conference in Auckland, and was positively received by all of our delegates. He was interesting and funny, and as he took the time to understand the objectives of our conference beforehand, he pointed to these throughout his presentation. I would highly recommend him.
– Shelley Begg, Marketing Manager, Landmark Homes
INSPIRING, HELPUL & AFFIRMING
Today Kevin spoke at the first session of our 4 teacher only days this week. He was extremely well-organised, punctual and very pleasant and helpful to work with. Kevin’s stories about his adventures and the learning from them were so applicable to our teachers’ journeys at school. My staff found the session with Kevin inspiring, helpful and affirming. Encouraging us all to move out of our comfort zone and set goals that push us. Thank you Kevin.
– Susan Wood, Principal, Maeroa Intermediate, Hamilton
WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Having received very positive recommendations from elsewhere within our organisation, we were looking forward to Kevin joining us for a team offsite focused on resilience through change. Kevin did not disappoint. His energetic presentation style, relevant and well prepared content along with his very pragmatic examples were outstanding. Kevin brought humour, information and story telling together to really engage our audience. He also provided our team with useful, easy to use tools to take back into their day to day roles. Would high recommend Kevin for a corporate style conference or offsite!
– Ben Gamble, BNZ
It was not only Kevin’s courage and intelligence which inspired our members but his humility and genuineness. He hugely engaged this audience – capturing minds and winning hearts. Kevin was by far the highest rated of all our conference presentations. It was also a pleasure working with him.
– Des Brennan Chief Executive Facilities Management Association of New Zealand
THE BEST MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER I HAVE EVER HEARD
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
KEVIN ENERGISED AND ENGAGED OUR TEAM OF OVER 300
In a warehouse almost as cold as the Antarctic (almost but not quite!), Kevin energised and engaged our team of over 300, inspiring us with his story of adventure, misadventure and pizza. Hearing Kevin speak is ideal for anyone who needs motivation, or change of direction, and his amusing tales provided insight which could be applied to many everyday situations in our personal and work lives. Kevin led us on a thought provoking journey which will continue to resonate amongst the team for months to come. Thanks for being a part of our 2017 Staff Day!
– Kerri Alexander, Fonterra
COMPLETELY CAPTIVATED AND INSPIRED OUR NATIONAL SALES TEAM
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
EVEN JADED OLD SALES TEAMS CAN LEARN!
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
“CHARMING.” “EVOCATIVE.” “ROUSING.” “POWERFUL.” “HILARIOUS.” “WOW!”
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
WELL WORTH IT.
“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
YOU MADE US LAUGH WHILE GIVING US INSIGHTS
“Kevin, thanks for coming along to our offsite. We were impressed how you integrated our corporate environment and challenges into your presentation and made it relevant to our team – it resonated with the team and we have received very positive feedback. You made us laugh while giving us an insight into the challenges you tackled and overcame. You made us stop and think and were a great contribution to our day.”
– Annabelle Fowler General Manager Market Development and Retail Sales Air NZ
HE HAD OUR WHOLE TEAM THINKING “WOW!” “Having first heard Kevin speak at another event and coming away thinking “Wow” combined with a great dose of inspiration, I knew he would be ideal for the guest speaker at our Sales Conference – the focus being goal setting and ‘gearing for growth’ – and he didn’t fail! I was inspired and motivated all over again. Kevin is very easy to listen to and holds his audience captive with tales of his great adventures and sparks motivation and inspiration within us all – he had our whole team thinking “Wow!”. Feedback from our Conference was 100% positive and Kevin was the highlight of the whole event. Thanks Kevin, I knew you would be a great choice!”
– Michaela Kelly Marketing Co-ordinator Packaging House
YOUR SESSION WAS THE HIGHEST RANKING IN THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE
“Your presentation was outstanding. The feedback we have received has been overwhelming, and your book sales must be sky rocketing! I recognise that you probably had the hardest shift of the day, starting at 7:30am after our conference late night, but your delivery, content and enthusiasm was infectious and meant that our day started off brilliantly. Your session was the highest ranking in the entire conference 96%. Well done!”
– Rhonda Parry BDO
PRESENTATION WAS EXCELLENT
“The presentation was excellent and fulfilled all of our required criteria. The audience took away a sense of what real achievement is and it has helped in some ‘defining’ conversations on where people see their futures.”
– IBM NZ Ltd
PROFESSIONAL, HUMOROUS AND INSPIRING
Kevin is a walking, talking, living proof of the famous quote by W. Clement Stone “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Kevin delivered to our organisation a professional, humorous and inspiring presentation which was also tailored to be relevant to our needs. His powerful story was well received and much appreciated. I look forward to seeing further greatness from Kevin in the future!
– Maree Mortimer, RPIA
INSPIRING POSITIVE SPEECH
“Wow, what a way to end a frantic two days, a perfect culmination of the entire agenda professionally delivered in an inspirational, inspiring positive speech which our staff are still talking about!” – Glen Middleton, Orix
THOUGHT PROVOKING INSIGHTS!
“Kevin gave us a very motivating and entertaining presentation on ‘Adventures and Property Investing Strategies’. Kevin has the ability to take you with him as he re-lives the journey. Seeing what it takes to row across the Atlantic and walk to the South Pole puts the troubles of property investing into perspective! Kevin’s excellent digital presentation was an entertaining mixture of anecdotes from his adventures with thought provoking insights into the values and realities of the property market. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the feedback from the members was excellent.”
– Bill Thomas President Taranaki Property Investors Association
HIGHEST SCORES EVER
Kevin you got one of the highest scores we have ever had for a speaker! 94.7%. So fantastic! Thank you again for your wonderful presentation, it was brilliant!
– Erin Grey – Pioneer Brand Products
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPLETE AND UTTER PROFESSIONALISM
I would like to thank you again for your fantastic presentation, and for your complete and utter professionalism during the whole process. The feedback from attendees has been 100% positive, as I expected, and everyone I have spoken to is in awe of your adventures.
– Alannah Stewart Partner Walker Wayland
“Thank you so much for your inspiring contribution to our conference. Feedback to date was that the conference was a huge success and your presentation was an integral part of that success. Comments we have received include:
- ‘Kevin’s keynote was great’
- ‘Kevin was a perfect presenter and I am a new fan of his now’
- ‘Kevin was soooo inspiring’
– Diane Evans
STRUCK A NOTE WITH OUR GUYS
“Thanks Kevin for presenting at our safe start breakfast meeting. Logging contractors can be a tough audience. However you had their full attention and got some good laughs. Your ability to describe your adventures with their physical and mental challenges certainly struck a note with our guys, who work in a tough environment, and delivering this with a specific safety and teamwork message was done very well.”
– Duncan Mills Wood Marketing Services Limited
KEVIN WAS AMAZING
“Kevin was amazing and his style of talking was great. He sums up the situation and entertains both young and mature. He is easy going and makes a point to understand what you want out of the day. He is a person that will fit in at any seminar / event and will be a success. He is a funny humorist and he has the energy that you need to keep an audience’s attention. A nice kiwi bloke with a great appetite to try and succeed. It was a pleasure to work with Kevin and I will recommend him for any event.”
– Heidi Dreyer Fonterra
I’d like to thank you on behalf of the team at ALGIM for delivering a memorable experience for our delegates. You were a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to dealing with you again in the future. Here is some feedback from our delegates:
- Fantastic – everyone needs to hear this.
- Brilliant presentation.
- So brave! WOW!
- Great tips, will use this moving forward.
- Wickedly awesome, best motivational speaker I have heard.
- Interesting and thoughtful.
- Very inspirational and motivational.
KEVIN’S AFTER DINNER PRESENTATION WAS THE BEST YET
“We have been running our winter seminar for over twenty years, and Kevins after dinner presentation was the best yet. We looked for an informative yet entertaining presentation and this went the whole 9 yards!
When we asked Kevin Biggar to speak at our conference, then provide a training session for our consultants he worked hard to ensure he knew what we looking for. Then he delivered in a clear and uncomplicated manner. This was right on the mark, exceeding our expectations.
We certainly appreciated Kevin’s personal approach in preparing for our conference. He made sure he understood the theme, our target audience and required outcomes. Then delivered in a calm, well measured manner. It was exactly what we needed.
Kevin had us on the edge of our seats for the entire presentation. Our delegates left the conference saying this was the best event in twenty years and his contribution sealed the event in style.
Kevin’s presentation style is very engaging. Our audience was right there with him, we felt as if we were rowing the Atlantic or dragging that sledge to the South Pole. This is very motivational stuff.
Our business has worked successfully in the extension area for years, but Kevin Biggar came in and gave us a powerful, refreshing approach towards extension. Our consultants immediately introduced these skills and ideas into their work. His training style is engaging yet well structured. It works!”
– Chris Lewis Partner Baker & Associates
MASTER STORY TELLER
Kevin is a master storyteller; he held the audience spellbound, weaving in powerful messages in a way that the audience can identify with. He shows his reasons ‘not’ to do something in a way people can relate to, and then charismatically overcomes all of them. His talk was infused with gems that people were talking about long afterward, and even some dubious staff members thought he was a champion due to the way he delivered his talk. I really appreciated the care that Kevin put into tailoring the talk to our business; he showed the audience he really understands what we do and compared it to his challenges rowing around the world and trekking Antartica. Highly recommend.
– Lisa Wilkin-Krug
CHARISMATIC & ENGAGING
We had Kevin in Nelson to present to our National Sales team, everyone really enjoyed Kevin’s entertaining presentation and hearing his tales of working towards being successful at his epic journeys. He is a very charismatic and engaging presenter and we all enjoyed took a lot of ideas from his presentation. He was well organised, presented well and the team found his story to be very relatable to their own situations. Thank you Kevin and all the best!
– Chris Seifried, Seifried Estate Winery
CLEVERLY PROVIDED STRUCTURE
We were looking for a speaker to reflect on some real personal experience in the areas of goal setting, determination, resilience and strong mind-set to provide some inspiration to the wider leadership team in our organisation. Kevin was certainly able to deliver this with a fascinating series of anecdotes and real life examples which really captured everyone’s imagination and was totally compelling for the entire one hour Kevin spoke. While Kevin always looked to keep his remarks entertaining, he cleverly provided some structure around some key messages which were very easy to understand and totally transferrable and relevant to the work context. It certainly put our work challenges in perspective and so many people commented that Kevin’s talk was both inspirational and the messages delivered would be helpful motivators anytime they had to deal with professional challenges and setbacks.
– Jeremy Wright Pernod Ricard Winemakers, NZ
Kevin presented to our all staff event, and to say that the presentation was great would be an understatement. I provided Kevin with some of the messages that I believed needed to be conveyed and not only did he do this in his own charismatic way and through the journey he has been on, he connected our organisational values and the key messages into his presentation both visually and verbally. There was an important message in his presentation for everyone and he left a positive impression on everyone that was there. Our place feels better already!
– Waid Crockett Chief Executive, STDC
YOU WERE INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL
Thank you so much. You were inspirational and motivational and the feedback has been nothing but positive. You really helped make our conference a real success. Can’t say thank you enough.
– Irma Klein, Association of Building Compliance
THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING
Thank you for taking the time to present at Rotomould 2017 Melbourne. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and that is in part thanks to you, for taking the time and bringing your knowledge and presenting it to the international industry.
– Michelle Lorenzo, Deputy Executive Officer, ARMA
HIGH ENERGY, FUNNY, INSPIRING AND REALLY RELEVANT
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’S PRESENTATION WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR CONFERENCE
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
HE WILL BE QUOTED IN OUR BUSINESS FOR MONTHS AND YEARS TO COME
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 MESSAGES YOU GAVE REALLY RESONATED
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
YOU MADE US LAUGH AND YOU MADE US THINK!
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
HE HAD OUR GROUP MESMERISED
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
YOU LEAVE KEVIN’S PRESENTATION WITH A SENSE THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
“You leave Kevin’s presentation with a sense that all things are possible if you just take the first step and set a goal. He taps that reserve of personal honesty and integrity that is necessary to get you through the hard times. It was inspiring to have Kevin as a key note presenter at our conference.”
– Campbell Shearer Organising Committee NZ Dairy Business Conference
YOUR PRESENTATION WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR WORKSHOP
“Thank you, Kevin for a truly inspiring and motivating presentation. I was looking for an outstanding speaker to address a large group of our business leaders on teamwork, leadership and periods of significant change. In making my selection, I was guided by the excellent background and testimonials on your website and that was actually surpassed by your delivery. You made strong connections between your very entertaining account of your experiences and our desired leadership behaviours and examples. Your presentation was the highlight of our workshop and your standing ovation was testament to that.”
– Mary Bulog Customer Service Manager Inland Revenue
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
“Since hearing you talk I have read your book, stopped smoking and I’m now going to do the Body for Life programme! I just want to say THANK YOU. I was at that point where I did not know what to do next and just did not care to be honest. Now step aside world here I come! …but the reason for this mail was THANK YOU, you made a big difference to me”
– Seminar Attendee
INSPIRATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING
“Inspirational and entertaining! Kevin’s humour and fascinating stories about his adventures kept our people enthralled. His story was inspiring and showed our team that no matter what obstacles you may encounter, you can overcome them and be a success. The feedback from the convention attendees on his presentation was fantastic. I can definitely recommend him as a motivational speaker”
– Ella James MacDonalds
‘Oarsome !’ You were very humorous and yet the message was very clear on teamwork, planning, recruitment and execution. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed the presentation! You really captured and held the attention of everyone in the room, next time we will make sure we book you for longer!
– Peter Gaarkeu Johnson and Johnson Medical
I APPRECIATED THE WAY YOU CRAFTED YOUR PRESENTATION…
“I appreciated the way you crafted your presentation to bring the messages that we needed. It’s one thing to know the theory about goal setting, pushing boundaries and teamwork, but another to hear it from someone who has really been there and done it! I really enjoyed the way you used humour to get your message across and the crew left challenged and motivated. Definitely recommend.”
– Eddie Sella, Manager Manukau City Council
“Wow! Motivated! It was uplifting and interesting. Really enjoyed it!”
– Petrina Maxwell Agent ’86 Events
YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!
Your presentation hit the nail right on the head. There were many references to your five points throughout the conference and they were hugely relevant to the theme of the Forum.
– Kim Williemse – NZRA
WE WERE THRILLED WITH KEVIN’S LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE
We were thrilled with Kevin’s keynote in our recent NZ Leadership Program – he took the group on a journey of key leadership lessons with humour, humility and exceptional stories of personal challenge and achievement. This is a session that will resonate with all levels of the organisation – from individual contributors and first time leaders to the C Suite. If you’re looking for an engaging way to excite your team to challenge the status quo, achieve goals that seem out of reach, to execute on a plan and/or to stay resilient when the going gets tough then I’d suggest you’ve give Kevin a call.
– Sam Sheppard, Group HR Director, Arthur J. Gallagher Australia & New Zealand
THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS
“Thank you so much for your inspirational presentation to Tetra Pak at our recent kick off conference in Rotorua. The feedback has been tremendous not only recounting the challenges you have overcome during your epic journeys and adventures but the methods and processes utilised to meet milestones, manage risk and most importantly on how to take advantage of teamwork in order to become winners. These, of course, are all things we face in our daily challenges to become the best we can be in business. The way you linked the two together was very clever and it was a great way to close out our meeting.”
– Chris Morgan Senior Director / Market Area Leader Oceania Tetra Pak
“Having listened to Kevin speak at our national conference I made immediate arrangements to bring him to Invercargill to address our clients. This proved to be a great success with another wonderful account of some incredible adventures by Kevin. The evening was a great success with a lot of excellent feedback from the large number who attended.”
– Dave Mitchell Partner BDO Invercargill
– YOUR PRESENTATION THE HANDSDOWN HIGHLIGHT
“Thanks so much for yesterday, it was an unqualified success with your presentation the hands-down highlight for everyone. Your key messages were so well aligned with where we want to go and the leadership profiles that we have in our organisation and aspire for our team to develop – it was just oarsome!”
– Grant Willis CFO Suncorp Life NZ
POWERFUL INSIGHTS DELIVERED WITH A WONDERFUL LIGHT HEARTED TOUCH
“Thank you Kevin for giving our branch managers a boost – this was a hard-boiled, practical group but we were delighted with the combination of powerful insights delivered with a wonderful light hearted touch. Very inspirational, totally on-message and thoroughly recommended.”
– Craig Evans General Manager NZ Supply Chain Mainfreight Limited
NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK
“We have had nothing but positive feedback regarding your presentation and the messages that you conveyed to our delegates. We were impressed by your down to earth and amusing approach to sharing experiences that most of us wouldn’t even dream of attempting. We’re sure that our attendees came away with a number of gems to apply to their business dealings in the future.”
– Warwick Quinn Chief Executive Registered Master Builders Federation
DAMN! KEVIN BIGGAR IS THAT GOOD
“DAMN! Kevin Biggar is that good, a new word should be created, encapsulating all that he is and does. I work for the planning division of Auckland Council and invited Kevin to speak at a departmental meeting. The inspiration ignited for each individual had such a positive effect, that I invited Kevin back for the divisional meeting with over 300 people attending. Kevin’s humour and clever way of engaging the crowd, while sharing his life adventures, changes your perception of problems to challenges that become achievable. I look forward to working with you again Mr Biggar!”
– Karen Drent Stakeholder Engagement Support Auckland Council
INCREDIBLY ENGAGING AND ENTERTAINING
Wow – I’m so glad we asked Kevin to present at our recent NZIHE conference! He is an incredibly engaging and entertaining speaker who captured and uplifted the entire audience.
Kevin’s stories of his adventures are truly ‘oarsome’, however it is his subtle and clever way of delivering the motivational messages behind the stories that makes him so inspirational to listen to.
– Megan Knowles Capital Projects Mgr Hawkes Bay DHB
CARES ABOUT YOUR EVENT AS MUCH AS YOU
Kevin Biggar was an exceptional MC & Motivational Speaker for our annual Gala Dinner. He was professional, polished & so well organised. I could see the time and effort he put into our event. No other MC has committed the time Kevin did – he really connected with our audience and make the event run so smoothly. I would highly recommend Kevin – such a genuine nice person who cares about your event just as much as you do!
– Candice Van Dyk, RFUANZ
PROVIDED GREAT INSIGHT
Robert Half had Kevin Biggar present at a recent client function. He provided great insight into working with teams, goal setting, the mindset and making things possible. Kevin has an entertaining delivery style that makes his presentation easy to listen to and provides thought provoking ideas to walk away with. Thoroughly recommend Kevin as a guest speaker.
– Megan Alexander, General Manager, Robert Half
I’M SO GLAD WE FOUND KEVIN
I’m so glad we found Kevin! His life story is amazing, and even though I had read about him, hearing his experiences firsthand was made it so much more inspiring. He had everyone laughing I really appreciated how he tailored his presentation to our brand.
– Larissa Daly, Donovan Group
REALLY INSIGHTFUL PRESENTATION
I was part of the BNZ offsite day and we had Kevin Biggar present his talk on team spirit, ways of working and problem solving. I loved his lighthearted, witty and really insightful presentation. He took us on a journey with him across the ocean and shared amazing stories of courage, strength and determination. Thank you Kevin! Everyone got something out of it and we have had lots of positive feedback from the audience.
– Marina Bloom, BN