Neal Petersen 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 the smallest yacht he designed and built himself. And an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, poverty, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line! While sharing his riveting life story, Neal’s personal messages and unique delivery opens minds to “turn any barrier into opportunity and then into solution!”

Neal 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! That is how Neal achieved his dream and empowers others to reach theirs.

Neal has always defined himself by what he can imagine – rather than how others would define him.

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An award winning author, subject of a documentary, Neal demonstrates how success is realized-through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to constant shifting winds. Petersen has challenged thousands to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks and to turn them into opportunities, wowing international audiences with his story and how he relates it to their challenges.

In these challenging times of uncertainly, fear and insecurity rise, many feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision and direction, followed by detailed planning, preparation, passion and execution using his personal story.

Take away values:
• Neal carries a treasure chest on stage using symbols to empower others to turn your baggage into treasures.
• 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.
• Attitude adjustment – refresh your vision – There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!
• Elements of success include determination, perseverance and hard work.
• With hope and planning, a dream can become a reality – anything is possible.
• Life is about choice, with choice are consequences ~ chose your course wisely or someone will choose it for you.

Neal Petersen shares examples of how he reached his dreamand empowers audiences to better navigate forward with perseverance, dedication, passion and an attitude that There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions! This is a story of hope, resilience, and accomplishment, truly inspiring for any audience, including associations, sales, leadership, international, youth and spousal events. 

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 Petersen 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!

If your goal is to keep events innovative, inspirational, and fun — and to maintain attendee satisfaction ratings above the 90% mark – Neal is your keynote speaker.

“Neal Petersen delivered one of the most inspirational talks I ever heard at a corporate event.  He had the whole audience enthralled as he talked about his life and how he set himself what seemed to be an impossible challenge. Impossible that is, unless like Neal, you believe there are “No Barriers”  Qlik  – 2015 

“Neal is so unique, he is so much more than a keynote, he is the “best of the best. Neal not only delivers a unique, captivating and memorable life-story, filled with valuable content, but he masterfully weaves in his audiences challenges and he does it seamlessly because he is PREPARED! He digs deeper and goes out of his way – to gain an in-depth understanding of where they are as a group, where they want to be and what it will take to get them there. Neal is truly a leader and teaches genuine leadership, by example in all aspects of what he represents. He is so much more than just a keynote speaker.”

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

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