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Peter Van Kets


Peter Van Kets

Expertise: Keynote Speaking | Leadership | Resilience and Personal development | Entrepreneurship

Peter van Kets is one of South Africa’s top adventurers who shares the lessons he’s learned as an international keynote speaker. Globally known as a specialist in a business’ ability to persevere in a turbulent and harsh economy, Peter has worked with major corporations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, China, and the USA. Taking the lessons learned from his expeditions, he inspires audiences with stories about survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, grit, amazing teamwork, and the will to win. His presentations take people on powerful, life-altering journeys, changing the way they think about themselves and their businesses. 

A passionate conservationist and published author, Peter teaches people to seek out the extraordinary in every venture, which demands clear vision, dynamic strategy, precise planning and preparation, absolute honesty and integrity, uprightness of character, and self-discipline. Accustomed to standing ovations after presentations, this humble, engaging, ever-reliable speaker is a favourite on the speaking circuit, both locally and internationally.

Peter has a way of pushing people out of their comfort zones and demonstrating how vision, passion and self-discipline can drive excellence. One of his core messages is Sir Edmund Hillary’s – it is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. In the business world, everyone is immersed in a real-life drama, says Peter – and his aim is to change the way people think about themselves and their circumstances. Calling himself a “normal guy” who happens to do exceptional things, Peter leads employees and teams towards using planning, strategy, conflict management, and other skills to get the most out of their lives. 

A ‘master of endurance’, Peter always plans to win – and he shows corporates how they can do the same. Having made his name winning the Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey, and being the first African to row unsupported across the Atlantic, Peter is a natural leader who drives audiences to be courageous and ambitious in their own lives. Whether addressing CEOs, sales teams or conference delegates, he crafts a message of tenacity and hope that everyone can relate to. Well-known keynotes include ‘Impossible is Nothing’, “Leaving a Legacy”, “The Power of Team”, and “The Success Factor – GRIT!”.

Speaking Topics:

  • Have a dream/vision for your life.
  • Have a winning attitude.
  •  Surround yourself with the best possible team.
  • Identify partners who share your vision and passion.
  • Know that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
  • Set clear and achievable goals.
  • Be properly prepared.
  • Do not to be paralysed by the fear of failure.
  • Have a clear, but flexible strategy.
  • Deal positively with inevitable setbacks and frustrations.
  • Be decisive.
  • Make the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
  •  Persevere.
  • Focus on staying positive.
  •  Ride the storm to your advantage.
  • Remember that things do come to an end.
  • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place.


“Peter’s presentation was exceptional. Our team enjoyed every second of it! The messaging was a brilliant fit for what we wanted our team to take away. A perfect way to start 2021!”

Rob Griffiths – Vice President – Merrell International

‘Peter is one of the most authentic and fascinating speakers we have ever worked with. He is a real master of motivation.’

Michael Göbel – CEO Daimler Benz Compact Car Division – Budapest Conference

‘In 17 years of listening to motivational speakers at eTravel,  he was undoubtably the best! He simply hit the spot!’  

Garth Wolff – CEO – eTravel  Conference

‘Peter van kets was the highlight of our conference. Totally inspirational!’

Dennis Itami – CEO – AIM Conference, Branson USA

‘Rarely does one meet such an engaging and compelling individual. Pete has a connection with his audience that is phenomenally  inspirational.’

Greg Till – Sales Excec – Astrapack Conference

“Peter’s talk was definitely one of the very best I have heard – and I have heard many! his presentation is a fantastic example of the vision, planning, courage and discipline required to succeed in any venture. The talk is filled with insights of leadership, teamwork, focus and the ability to endure almost unbelievable stress and hardship. He is an outstanding example of a truly authentic and humble hero.

Prof. Andy Andrews – Head of academics (business school), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

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