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Our keynote speaker Alastair Humphreys is an extreme adventurer, who among other things traveled the world by bicycle in a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and over 5 continents. The motivational speaker knows first hand about the troubles of willpower, endurance and core motivation. On stage, Alastair Humphreys is passionate and engaging. He instantly connects with his audience.
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Purposely steering himself away from becoming an expert in any one niche of adventure, Alastair is constantly driven to try new challenges in new environments. The uniting factor in all of them is his openness and friendly attitude towards everything new, which he acquired throughout his cycling trip around the world. Alastair Humphreys is convinced that the right attitude gives the individual the power to overcome any obstacle.
So far, Alastair Humphreys has walked across southern India (following the holy Kaveri river), rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run the Marathon des Sables (6 consecutive marathons through the Sahara desert), rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, completed a crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole.
Out of his adventures, Alastair Humphreys developed the idea of microadventures – shorter challenges that help remove the barriers to entry so common in the sometimes elitist world of adventure. This concept delivers relevant messages to corporate audiences about creative thinking, change, finding opportunities within constraints, personal and team development, as well promoting physical and mental well-being. As Alastair Humphreys puts it, microadventures encourage ‘five to nine thinking’. The concept of microadventures led to Alastair Humphreys being named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
Alastair Humphreys gives funny, inspiring challenging talks about his expeditions deliver a highly original case-study on self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk, the power of story-telling, the magnificence of our world, and a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it. The lessons from the road.