Adventurer Kevin Biggar, together with Jamie Fitzgerald won the 2003 Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race and they had only met 3 weeks before! The pair then walked to the South Pole in 2007.
Kevin Biggar first came to public attention when he left his corporate job to row a 7m plywood dinghy in the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race. Despite the fact that he and his rowing mate Jamie Fitzgerald, had only met a few weeks before the event, they completed the gruelling 5000km challenge in just over 40 days at sea. In a desperate and thrilling race full of mishap and adventure they finished just nine hours ahead of their closest rivals, to not only win, but to set a new world record. They teamed up again in late 2006 to take on their biggest challenge yet, a 1200 km undersupplied sledging expedition to the South Pole – a feat that fewer than 50 people worldwide have ever achieved. After two harrowing months down on the ice overcoming temperatures as cold as minus 40ºC, frostbite, injury, whiteouts and gear failure, they achieved their goal, becoming the first ever New Zealanders to reach the South Pole unsupported.
This was a fitting commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their patron, Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1956 Antarctic expedition. Kevin has science degrees from Auckland and Cambridge University and has worked in international economics for the Treasury, in strategy roles for The Boston Consulting Group and Telecom NZ, and is currently the CEO of a software start-up. He is also the author of the best-selling ‘The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower’, the story of their Atlantic adventures. His combination of business, sport and adventure means allows he can successfully connect with audiences from all walks of life. Kevin has entertained audiences throughout NZ with a unique mix of anecdotes from his adventures, the latest management theories and frameworks, and practical examples from business, that leaves audiences, informed, inspired and in stitches! In 2010, Kevin released his second book “Escape to the Pole” – another rollicking tale of adventure, humour, determination and courage.
Kevin is asked to talk on perennial and topical issues facing organizations, including goal setting, creating and leading high performance teams, overcoming obstacles to achieve objectives, risk management or simply just to entertain and inspire. Kevin has a proven ability to turn theory into action and the desire to work with you to create a dynamic and unforgettable experience for your team.
The audience is taken on a breath taking and unforgettable romp across oceans, through storms, down giant waves, in blizzards and across continents in a way that never fails to inspire and motivate. Kevin’s background as a strategy consultant enables him to communicate particularly well with business audiences.
Getting the most from Kevin’s appearance:
It starts with knowing WHY you want the speaker. Your event, your audience at your function all adds up to something unique.?
From a key note presentation intended to energise and provoke ideas at a conference, to seminars teaching your sales staff the principles of goal setting and motivation, to entertaining clients at a Christmas function. In every case, you want a motivational speaker because you want results. After listening to a motivational speaker you want the audience to come away with new understandings and a different attitude – to think differently and act differently. You want them to enjoy themselves too!?
So before any presentation Kevin will always meet with the client to understand the background and goals of the occasion, the size and demographics of the audience, and what content needs to be put across in what manner so that his presentation and delivery can be specifically crafted to meet your needs, and you get maximum value from having Kevin at your event.?
That said – here is what he typically get asked to do: