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Conrad Humphreys

Entrepreneur and Yachtsman
Country: UK

Keynote speaker Conrad Humphreys is both an entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Having overcome obstacles as a yachtsman, a team leader and starting his own company, he uses his vast experience to help deliver his motivational speeches and leadership workshops.

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Conrad Humphreys is recognized as a triple round-the-world yachtsman, and for being an inspirational team leader. He is also a renowned personality on the international sailing scene. As part of his sailing achievements he has built high performing teams.  He was able to skipper his team ‘LG Flatron’ to a victory in the 2001 BT Global Challenge, where a beginner crew achieved extraordinary results, winning four of the seven legs of the race. Other achievements include skippering professional teams to the podium, winning class 50 in the Transat Jacques Vabre, and taking third overall in the Volvo Extreme 40 circuit.

His own accomplishments include becoming the fifth British sailor to complete the Vendée Globe. Despite a broken rudder on his yacht following a collision with a floating object in the water, he surprised the many that thought his race was over. In this solo, non-stop circumnavigation he made one the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the event. With determination and tenacity, he made his way back up the fleet after he had made repairs to the yacht without assistance. This solo round is also documented in a DVD film, “Against the Odds”.

Conrad can be found presenting both in front of an audience and in front of the camera. He provides commentary for the BBC, live interviews for Sky News, as well as acting as a leadership expert on the live studio for “Big Brother’s Little Brother”. Conrad has also been approached by the fashion designer, Carolina Herrera, requesting him to help symbolize her new fragrance ‘CH for Men’ as one of eight men. Other features he has appeared in include “Champions for Change – Athletes Making a World Difference” by the Global Sports Alliance; “Sea Voices: Working toward a sea change” by Duffy and Elizabeth Healey; and “Extreme Sail” foreword by Dame Ellen MacArthur.

In addition to his achievements and appearances, Conrad is also the director of Sport Environment, a creative sports marketing company he founded in 2001. Additionally he founded the Blue® Climate and Oceans Project in 2007, because of his passion for the natural environment. This project was a social enterprise which harnesses the popularity of adventure sports to encourage people to actively contribute to the health of our planet. This has resulted in an annual event called “The Blue Mile”, a nationwide mass-participation event to get people engaged for the water environment.

Most recently, Conrad was the professional skipper for the Channel 4 (UK) show Mutiny. A recreation of Captain Bligh’s 4000 mile voyage of survival, following the famous Mutiny of the Bounty. Using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same meager rations as Bligh himself, nine man were cast adrift 35 miles to the south of Tofua near the Kingdom of Tonga in a replica boat. Their mission, to survive and safely navigate across 4000 miles of open ocean to Kupang, Timor and recreate one of the world’s greatest stories in British history.

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    Conrad has overcome many leadership challenges, and his motivational speeches and leadership workshops therefore build on these and combine them with thought-provoking lessons for the benefits of the leaders and teams. Taking a lot of pride in the delivery of presentations to every client he is happy to tailor his speech as well as spend time with the audience and respond to questions. He also includes onboard images and video footage to help bring the presentations to life.

    • Creating a culture of success – leadership lessons from the World’s Toughest Yacht Race
    • Reward and Risk – How to create opportunity when others play it safe.
    • Mindset – Developing personal leadership attributes and strategies to win.
    • Sponsorship – Why Sponsorship can be an effective strategy for building business value.
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