Inspirational Speaker

James has been an established motivational speaker for a number of years and
has spoken at hundreds of corporate events across the world, including the US,
Asia and Australia.

Key points covered

His practical and pragmatic lessons include the importance of interim goals, breaking the task down into small, achievable steps, each one of which increases the commitment to the overall goal; the need for self-belief; the willingness of others to help if only you dare to ask and finally, the value of persistence.
Why do it?
What motivates James? What could motivate you?
Organising and logistics
The need for a network; the value of persistence; setting intermediate goals
Setting the context
Just how hard is it to cross the Atlantic/Summit Everest – and how is it done
Places and people
It’s a big and interesting world out there and there is nothing better than the personal experience
Rising to the challenge
What happened, what went wrong, what went right
The rewards
What it feels like to achieve your goals – supported by stunning pictures and video from the Atlantic and the summit of Everest
Helping others
What others can learn from this and how James look to support others through his endeavours

James has an amazing story to tell. Listening to the challenges he’s faced and how he overcame them is truly inspirational. In a really engaging manner, he manages to relate his outstanding achievements to a broad audience, giving them real food for thought on how to go about far less daunting challenges themselves. His enthusiasm was infectious and the feedback from our team was excellent.

Ian Morrison

Yorkshire & North East Regional Leader, PwC

James was invited to speak at the bi-annual RBS Portfolio Management Conference and drawing upon his various experiences and challenges, James was able to relate his talk in a highly effective style to the conference theme. By using a visual presentation full of breathtaking photos and videos that really brought home the scale of the challenge that James undertook, combined with James’ natural, easy going style, he was able to establish a strong rapport with the audience and bring his experiences on Mount Everest to life. James’ journey from a serious motorbike accident to then becoming the first person to successfully row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, summit Mt Everest and cycle around the world is truly powerful and motivational. The focus drive and ambition that James exhibits is enormously inspiring.

Paul Brosnahan

Head of Portfolio Management Royal Bank of Scotland

James came to GSK and gave us the opportunity to enjoy and vibrate with his adventures and experiences. He really engaged GSK audience with his amazing story-telling which was perfectly synchronized with photos and videos. He is really an example of hard work and determination and has shown us that you can reach any goal you set, you just need to believe that you can and to go one step after the other and you will finally reach it.

Ismael de los Mozos

GSK Aranda Site Director

James was asked to speak about leadership challenges he had experienced during his various expeditions. He delivered a well-structured presentation with enthusiasm and confidence and was able to draw the audience into the excitement of each of his adventures. James was very approachable throughout and was eager to engage with and answer questions from the audience during and after his presentation. His self-discipline and self- motivation was clear throughout and he is an inspiration to all who were present.

Major MT Cansdale MBE PARA|SO2

Leadership RMA Sandhurst Military Academy

James is an engaging and exciting speaker. His story is a unique one combining personal challenge, adventure, adversity and achievement. I can thoroughly recommend James as his story is authentic and relevant to a business audience, whether large or small. He leaves you to draw your own conclusions in a witty and often understated way, which makes it all the more appealing and different. James is not your typical motivational speaker, but rather a very motivated speaker!

Anthony Ainsworth

Commercial Director, Avis UK

James Ketchell’s story is truly amazing – he captivated the audience of 300 IT professionals with his tales of dealing with the challenges of nature, self- determination and of course a little bit of danger thrown in. Much of what he talks about can be applied to the corporate world – 90 minutes have never gone so quickly!

Ravi Prakash

General Manager, Wipro Technologies

The mark of a competent speaker is their ability to connect to their audience. I have seen James speak on two occasions to a mixed audience of adults and teenagers and he has a great ability to connect and inspire his audience. I was also impressed with James’s ability to work to the brief I gave him and use his words and style to meet my communication targets. Often speakers who are highly motivated are so focused and driven that they are not approachable and flexible. James has the unique trait of being motivated and focused but is also extremely approachable and personable.

Simon Carter

Assistant Director, The Scout Association

Speaking Enquiry

To make a speaking enquiry or booking please email James:
James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.