Kevin Biggar

Kevin Biggar
http://outspokenbyodd.co.nz/kevin-biggar
Skills: 
After Dinner Speaker, Business Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Presenter, Speaker, TV Presenter
Interests: 
Adventure, Business, Environmental, Health and Lifestyle, Inspirational, Leadership, Motivational, Travel

Kevin Biggar is a modern day adventurer, author and an award winning public speaker. Using hilarious stories and photos from his adventures Kevin talks passionately about goal setting, risk management, teamwork, breaking out of your comfort zone and achieving excellence.

Kevin Biggar was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group when an unusual pizza ordering experience triggered a quarter life crisis. Finding himself spending too much time sitting on the sofa he decided to take part in the trans-Atlantic Rowing Race, a 5000km epic between the Canary Islands and Barbados in a 7m plywood dinghy and one of the world’s toughest endurance events.

Kevin decided that he was going to win - an ambitious goal given that he had never rowed before! His secret weapon was his business skills which he used to great effect, identifying and innovating on the most critical elements of the preparations. In a desperate and thrilling race he not only went onto win but also set a new world record.

In 2007 he teamed up again with his rowing partner for another expedition – this time to Antarctica. Kevin battled temperatures as cold as minus forty degrees, frostbite, crevasses, whiteouts and gear failure. Finally, after fifty two days of hauling their sleds, they reached the South Pole unsupported.

Everyone can relate to sitting on the sofa wondering what to do next or being daunted by an enormous challenge. So audiences of all backgrounds are fascinated as Kevin relates his formula for transformation and illustrates his points with hilarious stories from his adventures - a combination that leaves them feeling entertained and empowered.

The story of Kevin’s transformation from couch potato to world record holder is told in ‘The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower’ and his Antarctic exploits in ‘Escape to the Pole’. He has worked as the CEO of a software startup and most recently as the host of the TVNZ series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’ recreating historic adventures in NZ.

We decided we needed a motivational speaker at our conference this year that could deliver from a position of depth on goal setting, and how to handle setbacks on the path to those goals. We did some searches and Kevin seemed to clearly fit that. One phone call in all was confirmed. Even organising his attendance and flights was a great example of efficiency. Our gut feeling was this guy would be brilliant. We weren’t to be disappointed. Kevin is clearly all mental toughness and the way he is able to unload his story and express the tools he learned to use to achieve such remarkable and mentally tough achievements really hit home with the Design Builders Group. The subtle messages in his presentation also got through - like how to plan and prepare by researching and learning of others mistakes and the value of goals setting, even if the goals are never achieved. All delivered with humour and fun!
Andy Bell, Director
"We have had numerous motivational speakers over the years. None have had the resounding impact that Kevin had. The quantity of unsolicited feed back from our employees clearly indicated the excellence of Kevin's presentation. Kevin inspired the team by showing an every day person can achieve outstanding results."
Ah Leen Rayner, Marketing Manager, 3M
"Inspirational and entertaining! Kevin's humour and fascinating stories about his adventures kept our people enthralled. His story was inspiring and showed our team that no matter what obstacles you may encounter, you can overcome them and be a success. The feedback from the convention attendees on his presentation was fantastic. I can definitely recommend him as a motivational speaker"
Ella James MacDonalds

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