PETER VAN KETS – PROFILE
Peter is a professional adventurer, highly sought after international business inspirational and keynote speaker. He has become globally known as a specialist around business’ ability to persevere in a dynamic and turbulent economy. He has worked with major corporations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. He takes the lessons learned from his expeditions and relates them to the business environment. His expedition stories are of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win. Peters presentations take people on powerful life-altering journeys, changing the way they think about themselves and their businesses.
In 2008 Peter made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey. With this he was awarded the South African Premiers Award and the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year (2008) Award. In 2010 Peter spent 76 days alone in a 7 meter rowing boat crossing the Atlantic. His epic 5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African. With this he was awarded the S.A. Out There Adventurer of the Year 2011.
Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport. He also writes an inspirational column for the business magazine “Blue Chip”.
He is married to Kim (also an extreme endurance athlete) and they have a daughter Hannah.
Peter has a great affinity with the planets oceans and seas having spent most of his life either in, on or near the sea. His two rows across the Atlantic and the experiences he has had have made him passionate about the conservation of our oceans. His motto is DOT. Do-one-thing! He understands that on his own he can have little impact on the total conservation of our seas, but collectively , if we could each just do-one-thing we could have a dramatic effect and save our oceans.
Peter is a very popular guest speaker both on the South African and international speaking circuit. His presentations are powerful and inspiring receiving rave reviews everywhere. In his latest talk, Peter relates his lessons learned / critical success factors to the business world by using real/true life examples of achieving success. He is a passionate speaker and is totally devoted to inspiring people and changing their lives. He addresses the issues of (to name but a few) great vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a dynamic environment, self-discipline and perseverance.
PETER’S PRESENTATION TOPICS
• Have a dream/vision for your life
• Have a winning attitude
• Surround yourself with the best possible team
• Identify partners who share your vision and passion
• Know that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
• Set clear and achievable goals
• Be properly prepared
• Do not to be paralysed by the fear of failure
• Have a clear, but flexible strategy
• Deal positively with inevitable setbacks and frustrations
• Be decisive
• Make the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
• Focus on staying positive
• Ride the storm to your advantage
• Remember that things do come to an end
• Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place