Neal Petersen


About Neal Petersen - Extreme Adventurer, Award- Winning Author, Motivating Thought Leader:

Neal Petersen draws from extraordinary life experiences. Delivering a strong and timely message of adaptability, focus and perseverance. In his captivating and empowering No Barriers, Only Solutions keynote, Neal demonstrates how success is realized -- through leadership, balancing risk against return, innovation and being flexible enough to adapt to constantly shifting winds. Neal has “wowed” international audiences with his keynote and how he relates and connects story to their challenges.

Transform your business by turning set-backs and barriers into opportunities. How do you navigate forward, deal with constant wind shifts, sudden storms, conquer fear, isolation, while dealing with an ever present changing world?  Neal takes audiences on a captivating journey around the world, using his remarkable life-story and shows, by example, that you can achieve your goals by turning set-backs and barriers into opportunities -- with the right attitude and ability to foster innovation, build stronger teams, adapt under pressure, and cultivate a mind-set that focuses on no barriers -- only solutions!

Neal shares how he overcame the formidable barriers of a childhood physical disability, poverty and the humiliation of the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa to compete in one of the most dangerous of all sports: solo yacht racing around the globe -- 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea -- alone, around Cape Horn, and in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself.

Neal is a natural storyteller, riveting, engaging and highly entertaining. In these challenging times of uncertainty, many feel like solo sailors -- adrift, grasping for survival. He challenges audiences to find their treasures, to use their experiences to navigate these challenging times to their advantage. Attendees are guaranteed to hang on the edges of their seats as he challenges them to think about the choices they make and the consequences they may have.

Neal Petersen is famous for his contagious energy, subtle humor and flexibility. He seamlessly customizes every keynote to fit audience challenges or themes. Neal delivers an extraordinary overall experience using a treasure chest (no podium), stunning imagery and lightening, thunder and (fog optional). Audiences are riveted the moment he steps on stage and remain glued until he exits.

Neal Petersen has delivered keynotes at multiple events for IBM, AIG, Cisco, Mars, Microsoft, Intel, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Citigroup and MasterCard and MDRT.

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What Neal Petersen Talks About:

No Barriers, Only Solutions
Petersen addresses
adversity, diversity, childhood physical handicap, and the need to excel with
accountability and responsibility.

In sharing his adventure life-story, Neal carries a treasure chest on
stage and in it examples of how he reached his dream by always turning barriers
and set-backs into opportunities. He demonstrates how others can use the
same principles of knowing how to innovate, deal with constant wind shifts|
when to tack, how to balance risk with reward and how it relates to

Neal takes
people on a vivid journey through his life story as he relates and connects it
to their challenges, resulting in extraordinary reviews and consistent standing
ovations. Sharing how his courage to dream, dedication to a plan, perseverance|
passion and help from others have enabled him to reach his goals. He delivers
thought-provoking messages moving people emotionally, inspiring them to make
long-term, substantial changes in their personal and professional lives. His
story of hope, resilience, and accomplishment is truly inspiring and reflects a
powerful message that “in life there are no barriers — only

The Power of Positive Attitude & How It Affects Performance
Neal has always defined himself by what he can imagine — rather than how others would define him and how he sustained his dream in the face of numerous barriers is compelling. Neal’s ability to apply his own attitudes, values and experiences to reflect on the values and mission of audience members will make this a powerful and meaningful experience for all.

The Importance of Realizing Goals: Perseverance & Determination
Overcoming fear, isolation and facing danger and the unknown has been central to how Neal approaches his goals and his life. Audiences will explore how to balance risk and danger with good judgment; how Neal coped with the unknown when making life-threatening voyages and will empower guests to better navigate their tough challenges ahead. 

With Choice There Is Consequence
Neal’s impact transcends age, gender, and race to promote the creation of leaders, life-long learners, and individuals who are mindful of the consequences their choices will have on personal, familial, community, and generational levels.  Neal communicates the fundamental processes needed to create the foundation of a vision and  provides validity for direct correlations between perseverance, determination, motivation, and dedication to successful outcomes. The choice is up to each one individually.

  • Neal represents the need to constantly expand the horizon of the possible; cross new frontiers; seek out new challenges and accept no limitations within oneself
  • Neal’s accomplishments demonstrate that true exploration isn’t just about what you find in the world – it’s about what you discover within yourself
Neal cares about your ROI and will work with planners to create a unique customized program. He can facilitate leadership programs, break-out sessions and book-signing and he easily engages audience members in conversations post-keynote to provide an extraordinary overall experience.
With all of Neal’s topics, audiences will better understand by having these take-away values:
  • Neal empowers others to turn baggage into treasures
  • Understand the importance of building a solid support structure
  • Innovate – how to capitalize on ever changing winds storms
  • Change – adapt to wind shifts and stormy seas by knowing when to alter course
  • Leverage economic challenges to your advantage – keep pumping, choose a winning course and navigate to your advantage
  • The importance of having the right attitude
  • Elements of success include determination, perseverance and clear vision
  • Life is about choice, with choice are consequences – choose your course wisely

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 Recent Publications

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Thank you for the extraordinary keynote in San Diego to 8|000, and for the follow-up presentation in Barcelona to another 5|000 with virtually no prep time as well. I truly was in awe of the spirit and how you made your own journey so very relevant to every person in both locations. You were nothing short of a genius!

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