Extreme Adventurer, Ocean Advocate, Author and Pioneer Swimmer
Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible”. He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. The ultimate chivalrous Crusader for climate change awareness, Lewis Pugh just broke another record in August, swimming the seven seas, to do one thing and one thing only. To say to the world “Wake Up!”
- How do we achieve the “impossible”? From companies that have set massive targets and need the strategy and inspiration to get to the next level.
- How do we change? From organisations that know they need to adapt in a fast changing world.
- How can we work more effectively as a team? From multi-nationals that operate with teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.
- How do we attain excellence? Frequently from leadership teams of companies who are working in developing economies.
In a career spanning 27 years Lewis Pugh, the maritime lawyer, has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.
Over 2.5 million people have viewed his TED talks, and countless others have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Jay Leno and more. His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” is a Bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.
Lewis has received a number of awards including France and South Africa’s highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership” and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Programme appointed him “Patron of the Oceans.”
On their 125th anniversary, Coca-Cola asked Lewis to address their world-wide leadership team. When Unilever decided to double their business and halve their environmental footprint, they chose Lewis to motivate their management team. And when Lloyd’s Agency Network turned 200 years old, they asked Lewis to help them visualize their future in an increasingly unpredictable world.
Earlier this year he addressed the world’s business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
As an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer, Lewis puts his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualisation that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole.
Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” – choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans.
Most of the sales advice, training and presentations delivered today rely on yesterday’s tactics and material. Not only does this material often no longer work, but in most cases is actually detrimental to trying to make sales in today’s market! His presentations are laced with simple, bang-up-to-date tactics and ideas that will have an impact on teams’ sales – straight away.
Lewis Pugh is not just another macho-man notching up another daredevil victory against treacherous odds, he is an accomplished professional speaker with a crystal clear, eloquently and powerfully delivered message.
There can be no argument that the world still needs explorers. But unlike Columbus and many others before and since, the discoveries Lewis has set his course to reveal are about the state of our world that we never get to see, probably never consider, but that all have an enormous impact on the unseen encroaching disaster of our planet in crisis.
After all, who really witnesses for us, the things that aren’t broadcast into our living rooms, of places experiencing unprecedented change, brought about what we might understand as a real climatic issue. But just because we don’t see it happening and because it might not effect us today or tomorrow, it doesn’t mean it can’t be ignored.
With the courageous crusade carried out by Lewis, we now have first-hand reports of what has changed, what is changing and the likely effect that will follow. Armed with this information, we can all start to act now, before the proof Lewis has to bring is right at our doors and the situation is irreversible. And what better way to learn about this, than from someone who has seen it, survived it and wants to share his discovery with you.
Lewis is a totally enchanting speaker and provides valuable lessons to apply to business and to life.
Chief Evangelist, Canva
You won’t find a more captivating story teller… Lewis stole the show at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Professor, Wharton Business School
Thank you for coming to speak to us. You have a very special gift. Not many people can speak to a group of world leaders like you did – with so much authority and passion. I could have heard a pin drop.
Founder of CNN