Risk-taking, resilience, discipline, initiative, persistence, teamwork, accountability, leadership and courage.
Simon Ekin has spoken at over 1000 conferences and events on topics that include: Risk-taking, courage and team work. He is the creator of the Seven Steps of CourageTM and the author of The Art of Courage: The essential steps it takes to achieve what you set out to.
- Courage, Now! – Discover what courage really is, why it’s not what you thought it was, and how it can be applied to any area.
- One Revolution at a Time – Lessons learned in goal setting, endurance and persistence from a 13,000km African cycle ride.
- The ‘Conference Disruption’ – Simon will disrupt the conference and teach delegates how to do things they never thought they would be able to apply the lessons on their return to work.
Simon’s talks are interactive, high energy, fun and woven with stories and visuals and are customisable and relevant to each audience.
Participants will walk away inspired and moved by what is possible and with the tools to take their lives and careers to the next level.
Simon Ekin was born in the Roman town of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England in 1967; the middle of three sons. When he was three years old his family moved to Durban, where they lived for seven years. He fell in love with South Africa and when his family returned to England he vowed he would return to live. He returned in 2001 learning a valuable lesson: when you do stuff, stuff happens, when you don’t, nothing does! It was one of the best decisions he ever made.
After school he took an eye-opening gap year in India, where he worked for a time at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying. On his return to the UK he passed the required selection for Officer Training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and graduated in 1988. In 1993 he left the military as a Lieutenant, seeing service in the UK, Jordan, Norway, Cyprus, Germany and Kenya.
In 1993 he embarked on a trans-African cycle ride from Cape Town to the UK with a partner. As they travelled through 21 countries for 14 months, covering 13,000 kilometres and 17 million wheel revolutions, he learned the simple and powerful, yet not easy distinction: when you do what you say, you get what you want.
Simon studied photojournalism, working on regional and national papers like The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph in London.
In May 2011, he embarked on a project I called, “90 talks in 90 days” where he delivered 90 spontaneous talks to over 800 strangers in an effort to overcome his fears and encourage others to do the same. It proved to be one of the most remarkable journeys of his life.
“I discovered the simple truth that fear is here to stay and that courage is the antidote to the fear we all experience. From that moment on I have declared myself a ‘Teacher of Courage.’ Since then I have conducted hundreds of talks to all sorts of organisations from corporates, to schools to SME’s. In 2014 I wrote, The Art of Courage, which became a best seller.”
Your talk was such an inspiration. You made courage easy to internalise and act on.
567 Cape Talk Radio host
Simon’s message helped my sales team to deliver two record quarters in a row, delivering 300% quarter on quarter growth.
VP Sales, Monactive
The quest for courage has become so dangerously macho that only a lunatic few make the attempt. I am delighted Simon has de-bunked this nonsense.
MD, Barpro Storage