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Adam Kreek

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Adventurer and Social Entrepreneur who can help organizations improve their performances

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Keynote speaker Adam Kreek is a corporate trainer, olympic medalist, adventurer and social entrepreneur. Adam Kreek uses his personal story to show audiences their own undiscovered excellence. He shares practiced and science-based strategies that allow individuals to put their newfound inspiration to work.

“You row an ocean by taking one stroke at a time. You build a business by solving one problem at a time. Make forward progress one inch at a time. Inch by inch. Repeat!” says Adam Kreek’s and sums up parts of his most important message. The former professional sportsman won over 60 medals, including 43 gold medals during his active career. In 2013, Adam Kreek made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

Holding a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford, Adam Kreek now Chairs the Board of Directors of Greasecycle, a Biodiesel start-up company on Vancouver Island. Furthermore, Adam is a freelance journalist with CBC Sports; in his columns he shares health and wellness strategies for peak performance. Adam Kreek is also a Champion of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-based strategies.

In his Corporate Trainings, the adventurer teaches strategies of high performance to clients globally. He offers practical, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork that result in changed perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, revitalized organizational culture. His engaging and humorous speaking style leaves the audience with a long-lasting impression and fosters empowerment.

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Opportunity – Beyond the Status Quo

Are you tired of this year? Does it feel like your dreams are out of reach and unattainable? During this keynote, you’ll find out that the storm is going to pass and with the right mindset you can be back on track.

This topic is offered with one primary focus: to help you excel Beyond The Status Quo boundaries and limitations of success by eliminating overwhelm. You’ll learn how to focus on the desired target, deal with challenging obstacles, and identify what’s wasting your time so you can get rid of it and propel you toward a clearer, better life.

Audience takeaways:

  • Get you focused on the ONE thing (YOU NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW)
  • Identify what’s making you the most money and what’s wasting your time.
  • We want to get you OUT of overwhelm and focused on what you want.
    CONSISTENTLY. By hitting your target.
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The Extraordinary Mindset of High Achievers

Frank has had the unique privilege of sitting down with leading CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and major business owners to discuss high performance and success. He has found the real secret of what they do differently than everybody else.

Audience Takeaways:

  •  Skills, Knowledge, and Attitude, which one matters most and why?
  • The Mindset of High Achievers – 3 Key Insights You Can Do Today!
  • The Power of Change: Learn how small adjustments in your everyday routine can change your life
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I Seek Failure: Adam Kreek at TEDxVictoria 2013

Watch an Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek talking about the art of failure:

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Interview with Adam Kreek

Probably winning an Olympic gold medal was your favourite moments as a sportsman, but what is your favourite experience from your speaking career?

In particular, Gold Medal Moments arise in my speaking career when I watch participants experience epiphanies in the audience. Perhaps they’ve heard an idea time and time again and for some reason, on this day, the stars align and it hits them.  Using business, Olympic and adventure stories as metaphors for life is a powerful craft because each story influences everyone uniquely. Hugs, warm handshakes and thank you notes remind me of why I continue to speak.

What is the most important thing about goal setting, be a realist or think big?

Both. Too often we like to use the excuse of being a “realist” to set goals that are too small. In fact, realists should know that research consistently demonstrates that you will achieve more when you think big, dream big and act big. You also need to be realistic with your results. Failure happens regularly when you think big.

Really, a fear of failure is what prevents us from thinking big, and setting goals that are too attainable. I have spent my life uncovering secrets that reduce our fear of failure, and energize personal and group resilience post-disaster. I love sharing these strategies with my audiences.

What is the most challenging part of being a corporate trainer?

Travel exhaustion. I have a young family, and returning home is just as exhausting as travelling. Some weeks I will spend more than 36 hours in the low-oxygen environment of airplanes changing time zones. Add hotels, taxis and rich food. I approach this challenge like an athlete. I keep my fitness level high, my sleep-debt low and my body fully hydrated and fueled with quality input. I teach strategies of health for high performance routinely to corporate audiences and I walk the talk – it’s a key ingredient for sustained personal success.

How do personal leadership and good teamwork go hand in hand? Doesn’t the teamwork suffer if everyone wants to lead?

Too many people correlate leadership with titles and positions of power. Leadership is an attitude of personal responsibility, not a free pass to let ego reign. Leadership works best when it is shared. People in power can be horrible leaders. Bad leaders use power to hoard resources and serve themselves.

They displace the notion that the core of leadership is service to others. The new recruit at the bottom of the org chart can lead should she choose, because leadership is about taking responsibility for your personal opinion through action. Action is communicable both up and down the org chart.  Leadership is about using personal action to influence positive change for the common good.

One of your topics is men’s health. Do you think men are not conscious enough about health issues?

Do you know the #1 influencer of men’s health? Women. Men think very little about their health, especially when we are young. We are wired for thrill-seeking behaviour, and that can become destructive. Men are more likely to experiment with drugs & alcohol, become addicted and die from abuse. Men are more likely to kill themselves or die in thrill seeking activities. More men are addicted to pornography and risky sexual behaviours. This drive for short-term benefit also shows itself in more moderate behaviours. Men are less likely to have an annual visit to the doctor, and are more likely to turn to burgers, pizza and pasta for comfort.

Although I am not a woman, I advocate for Men’s health. Without focusing on health in middle age, men will decline into dependency and become a burden to others in the last decade of their lives. No one wants that. My hope is that my experience and stature as an athlete and businessman can help other men find their own path to health.

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