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$11k for associations includes airfare
$15k for corporate includes airfare
$20k plus airfare for International

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Neal Petersen

No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!
Extreme World-Class Racing Yachtsman, Award Winning Author, International Keynote Speaker.

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Neal Petersen is featured in the flight magazine for US Air. Follow the link to the story…..

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Ambassador of Global Wind Day

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Cape Town-born, Neal Petersen is a world-class racing yachtsman, award-winning author of his autobiography Journey of a Hope Merchant, international keynote speaker and global investor, who has completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, and in a yacht he designed and built himself. And an even more arduous and eventful journey of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, economic hardships during challenging times, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line!  As an in-demand keynote speaker, Neal empowers corporations and associations globally, using his personal life-story and philosophy of how he overcame insurmountable barriers by always turning “perceived” disadvantages into advantages—then into opportunities. In his captivating and empowering “No Barriers – Only Solutions” keynote, Neal demonstrates how success is realized, through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds.

Neal well understands the power of harnessing wind, as he used it to propel his sailing vessel through the oceans of the world, and as a means of generating on-board power - as he raced solo around the globe.

As an investor, Neal also understands the importance wind power, as global demand for energy increases at a breathtaking pace, requiring significant investment in new power generation capacity and grid infrastructure. Wind energy is a massive indigenous power source available virtually everywhere in the world. There are no fuel costs, its clean energy, no geo-political risk and no supply import dependency.

Neal is honored to be Ambassador for SAWEA Global Wind Day June 15, 2012 and join efforts to help navigate South Africa on a defined path forward towards sustainable energy.    

“Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing.”

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The TV8 Television Interview

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ryh3jUuSdfk


 

Interview on NPR with Tony Cox

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4282037


 

Join Neal with host Bernard Kearse 07/08/09

http://www.radiosandysprings.com/podcasts/FollowingYourPassionsJul07.2009.mp3


 

The Vail Symposium Article

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20120222/AE/120229947/1078&ParentProfile=1062


 

Governing Magazine Advert

http://www.no-barriers.com/files/11566%20Ad.pdf


 

Next Space Library Advocacy

http://www.no-barriers.com/files/NextSpace%206%20advocacy%20final.pdf

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"Neal Petersen's “No Barriers – Only Solutions” keynote addresses adversity, diversity, childhood physical handicap, poverty and the need to excel with accountability and responsibility - not only for today, but, for the next generation.  Neal is a sought-after guest lecturer at the College of Charleston's International Business Program teaching macro/economics. He is a well-traveled global investor, lives in various parts of the world, and has experienced many cultures.

Neal demonstrates how success is realized-through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. Neal has "wowed" international audiences with his life story and how he relates and connects it to their challenges, which end with rave reviews and rousing standing ovations. Petersen shares how his courage to dream, dedication to a plan, perseverance, and help from others, enables him to reach his goals and provides the fuel for others to reach theirs. Known for delivering thought-provoking messages, which captivate and engage audiences is uniquely delivered and moves 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 - In Life There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!"

 

  • “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing!”

 

  • "Neal is so unique to other speakers as he is so much more than a keynote, he is the best of the best. He is PREPARED! He digs deeper and goes out of his way - to gain an in-depth understanding of where we are as a group, where we want to be and what it will take to get there. Neal is truly a leader and teaches genuine leadership, by example in all aspects of what he represents. He hits it out of the park!"
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No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!

Neal Petersen – extreme world-class racing yachtsman, award winning author, international keynote speaker and global investor.  

Neal Petersen, shares his personal story, carrying a treasure chest on stage, and in it examples of how he reached his dream by always turning barriers into opportunities, of knowing how to innovate, balance risk with reward and how it relates to success and the need to adapt to constant wind shifts and change.   He empowers and challenges audiences to use their experience and treasures in navigating these economic challenging times to their advantage - it's an opportunity to excel by choosing a winning attitude and to never give up! Most importantly, the need to collaborate, clearly communicate the vision and the direction, followed by the planning, preparation, and always with accountability and responsibility, to achieve extraordinary results.

That is how Neal achieved his dream of racing in the Around Alone yacht race, 27,000 miles, 9 months, at sea ~ alone and in a yacht he designed and built himself!

Having lived in various parts of the world, Neal travels extensively, sailed the seven seas as a racing yachtsman, has homes in South Africa, Dominican Republic and USA and has experienced many cultures. As a global investor, Neal is informed about our economy and how one must use these difficult economic times to their advantage – to stay competitive. Neal will entertain and empower, demonstrating how success is realized—through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds and change. . Neal’s story is amazing in itself (documented by PBS) and in his award winning autobiography – Journey of  a Hope Merchant,  of how he even got to the start line of the solo Around Alone Yacht Race, however, it is in the unique manner by which Neal presents his story and how he relates and connects it to his audience and their challenges, that is truly extraordinary. It is not a topic, but Neal’s passion and philosophy ~ he lives it.  

In booking Neal, one gets an "experience" that begins on stage with his captivating life-story - but, doesn't end until he leaves for the airport. Audiences love this unique gift Neal has in engaging people in conversation.  He is easily approachable, sociable, interesting - but, loves to hear others share their story, ask questions, or engage in dialogue and they love it too.

Neal is also a guest lecturer at The College of Charleston's International Business School and the Center for Entrepreneurship where he teaches macroeconomics.

A “No Barriers ~ Only Solutions” keynote opens with a 2 minute “intro” video and another 50 minutes in, a 4 minute video, self-filmed, of Neal rounding Cape Horn solo – his dream. Powerful! Images project at times throughout Neal’s keynote (12) to bring his story to life. Thunder is built into Neal’s power point – fog is also an option, for larger audiences, to really bring the story to life and have a great visual.

Neal’s keynote addresses adversity, diversity, childhood physical handicap, poverty and the need to excel with accountability and responsibility - not only for today, but, for the next generation. Neal has “wowed” international audiences with his life story and how he relates and connects it to their challenges, which typically ends with rave reviews and rousing standing ovations. “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing.”

Neal’s story of hope, resilience and accomplishment is brilliantly delivered, truly inspiring and shifts attitudes:

“In life there are no barriers – only solutions!”

 

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"Neal, what a pleasure it was to be able to spend some time with you! Very fascinating! I really enjoyed your keynote and time I got to spend with you. It occurred to me that the huge effort that you employed to launch your maritime career has now been focused into the investment arena. You have more global-macro insight than the vast majority of advisors that I have had the opportunity to discuss such matters with - for sure."                                                                                              -Paul Barr - FSC Leaders Summit -July 2011 


"I have been very fortunate to work with Neal Petersen - we brought him in to speak to 3 of our top producer meetings. He is a great speaker and he has found ways to help financial advisors take Neal's experiences and to apply it to their practices in such a way to grow their businesses through the tough times and enjoy the good times."                                       -Larry Roth - CEO - Advisors Group, AIG 2011


“Neal AMAZING, your story and how you integrated it so well into our organization. I actually thought you were trained to do what we do. Your story obviously was very well received by the standing ovation you were given. Wonderful!”         -John Hancock Financial Sales Managers Conference - October 2010


“Our biggest challenge at these events is to hold the audience in their seats as we typically lose somewhere around 40-50% of the crowd between speakers.  This was the first time in the eight years Neal, I have been coordinating these sessions where the audience was spellbound from beginning to end and stayed in their seats for the entire presentation.  Amazing!” US Department of Defense, Ricky N. Brockman, Deputy Director, Commander, Navy Installations Command


“Mr. Neal Petersen gave the opening speech for the Brandes Investment Partners conference of institutional investors from around the world. Neal is an inspirational and dynamic speaker who I would recommend as a featured speaker.  He also makes considerable efforts to relate his speech to our particular company or group audience. Our group was delighted with his presentation.”   Unscheduled, Neal delivered two additional keynotes within the Brandes firm, immediately following the conference.                                                                                                                                      - Charles Brandes  - CEO Brandes Investment Partners


“Neal you have received our highest ratings ever for a keynote speaker and this covers hundreds of events over more than a decade. Before you, we had never had a single standing ovation, yet I can't remember a time that you did not get one! You also go out of your way to spend time with attendees afterwards. "Neal has a powerful story in itself and he relates it to our industry - he ties it all into their challenges as he customized content for each event."He’s  inspiring, thought provoking, the audience loves it when we start with a great story and a powerful message, then present the other topics which are typically dry and difficult and in need of solutions." Once I booked Neal for the year (32 keynotes) I took the burden off myself and didn’t have to think about a speaker.”                                                                                       -Jack Mortimer, Events, Government Technology” 


“Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing. His presentation takes you on a journey from his personal struggles and childhood, of just being able to walk, to becoming the first black man to race solo around the globe, and in doing so breaking down every barrier put before him.  Neal's story of conquering political issues and the oceans of the world will challenge you by  opening the mind, with new hope and a determination to break down the barriers, real or perceived, that now exist and to take adversity head on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work you can achieve your goals.”                                                 -Kaye Braaten, NACo – past president


“It is rare that I am asked by my senior management at IBM to immediately hire a keynote speaker when he is barely off the stage to give another keynote speech the following week - but that is in fact what happened with you Neal.  And I want to take this opportunity to thank you not only for the extraordinary presentation you gave in San Diego but for the follow up presentation you gave in Barcelona  with virtually no prep time as well.

While not all the ratings are formalized by our research company - I can tell you that you generated some of the highest ratings and most positive feedback I have seen in many years of running events in this division. You were nothing short of a genius by utilizing our event theme and messaging within the context of your presentation and it was exactly what we needed to reinforce our theme

I particularly admire this given that you spoke to over thirteen thousand attendees ranging from America to Canada to Europe to Latin America to Asia Pacific - the feedback across all the geographies was equally compelling.

When we first discussed your selling and autographing your books in our solution center - I anticipated a good turnout but happened was absolutely extraordinary and a testament to the success you received at this event.  I don't know what the total number is that you sold, but I believe was well over a thousand books.  That is just a record at our events.”            -L Benway, Manager World Wide Events IBM


 

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