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Neal Petersen

International Adventurer and Author

Neal Petersen is an entrepreneur, award-winning author, solo around the world racing yachtsman and founder of an investment bank. Only a few people have realized their dreams, but even fewer have raced solo alone around the world and in a home built boat! It is an unparalleled adventure, the longest race for any man or woman, 27,000 miles in a boat, 9 months at sea ~ alone!

"Neal's presentation was absolutely outstanding both from a content perspective & his ability to relate numerous inspirational messages to our conference themes."

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In detail

As a professional speaker, Neal has over 15 years experience internationally delivering keynotes to corporations such as IBM, Cisco, Motorola, American Express etc. His high energy, inspirational keynotes are based on real life experiences which set him apart from speakers who speak on topics. Neal has appeared on major networks, ESPN, CNN, NPR, and PBS in a documentary about his life.

What he offers you

Neal's keynote presentations are like no other. He has demonstrated what can happen when one truly lives by goals, planning and preparation, believing that there are no obstacles so great that they cannot be overcome. In sharing his high-impact extraordinary adventure, Neal delivers a powerful message that "In life there are no barriers ~ only solutions!"

How he presents

Neal arrives by walking through the audience carrying a treasure chest to the stage. He does not speak from behind a podium, instead uses the stage as a platform, and at times interacts with his audience. The combination of the treasure chest, its content, which Neal pulls from as examples of overcoming barriers and real footage of Neal rounding Cape Horn made history at IBM. Plus, he is extremely easy to work with. This is a fascinating story of the sea, and one man's hope, determination and joy for life.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • The Importance of Realizing Goals, Perseverance, Determination in Reaching Them
  • Choosing Conquest over Adversity
  • Learning to Turn "Perceived" Disadvantages into Advantages
  • The Power of Positive Attitude and how it affects Ones Performance
  • With Choice There are Consequences - Choose Wisely

Books and publications

  • 2005
    Journey of a Hope Merchant


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