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Keynote Speaker on Adversity

Brendan works with organisations that want resilient teams who still deliver results through times of severe adversity & change – like right now, with COVID-19.

Speech Topics: Adversity, Leadership, Teamwork, Resilience and Change.

An ‘Adversity Keynote’ Chosen By Leading Organisations

Build resilience, power through adversity and adapt to fast change, with Brendan's inspiring keynote speech.

Brendan Hall is a keynote speaker, delivering captivating, dynamic, result-driven speeches at 80+ events each year for a wide range of leaders and organisations.

His speech gives your audience the behaviours and strategies to navigate difficult changes in turbulent, adverse times and achieve a winning result.

Discover if Brendan is a great fit for your event.

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Brendan was excellent. He is a great story-teller who was able to share his leadership experience and give us tools we could directly apply to our roles.
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Inspiring and thought-provoking insights, delivered with a tailored message that was impactful and translated well for our teams.

A Story of Leadership Through Change & Adversity

Winning Teams: It’s all about the people

Brendan lead a team to victory in the world’s most demanding ocean sailing event – a 40,000 mile, 10 month yacht race around the planet, called the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

His team didn’t win because he was the best sailor or strategist, but because he created an engaged, change-embracing culture, with a compelling vision, strong values and an resilient mindset.

Applicable to your organisation, especially now. 

Brendan’s here to share his secrets, equipping your leaders and their teams with the same behaviours, strategies and best practices to enable their engagement though the difficult road ahead, as the UK manages the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Take Away Messages For Your Audience

Manage your Mood Shadow

“Your mood counts for at least 50% of the mood of your team. How you emotionally respond to failure, setback and disappointment will be emulated by them”

Create a Space

When executing change, the sound of success is honest conversation. It’s the leader’s job to create a fear-free space for it to happen.

Remove Blame Culture

“We only use blame in the event of gross negligence or malice – everything else is a learning opportunity.”

develop a growth mindset

“How a team learns its ‘hard lessons’ and adapt behaviour accordingly is hugely consequential to it’s success or failure.” 


“Building and maintaining trust is key to successfully navigating change. No Trust, No Mandate.”


“Mature leaders create a culture of ownership and strive to change from a heroic to servant leadership approach”

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His presentation was very accomplished and fit the theme of our event perfectly.
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We used Brendan for 12 events this year – each time a great performance with an applicable message

Why You Should Book Brendan


A Proven Track Record of Unforgettable Keynotes

You need a speaker with a proven track record for delivering, not just speeches that inspire your audience, but are result-driven and produce a qualitative return on your investment. Read Brendan’s Testimonials to see how he achieved this for others.



Practical, not Theoretical

Brendan’s keynotes include real takeaways – actionable tips,techniques, and strategies your leaders can implement immediately.



A Master Storyteller

Brendan trains and rehearses with professional actors and theatre directors, working on developing a story-telling delivery style that delivers tension, emotion, laughter and total engagement.



Equipped for full virtual delivery

Should you be in the situation of having to postpone your physical event and run a virtual one instead, Brendan is ready with the hardware and knowledge to deliver a virtual speech, complete with rich multimedia and tailored to the challenges your team are currently facing.  



Flexible & Easy to Work With

Brendan is ultra-reliable, diligent and works with you in partnership to make sure the event runs smoothly. He understands the stress an event organiser is under ‘on the day’ and aims to be the one thing they don’t even need to think about, because he’s ALL OVER IT. 

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His style, approach and engagement had everyone gripped. The feedback has been brilliant.
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Awe inspiring – Brendan turns a personal challenge into valuable leadership lessons for all.

Brendan's largest audience

Teams he's helped through change.


Average speaker rating

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A professional and thought provoking session that helped us better understand our current organisational challenges.

Penguin Random House logo

A brilliant story about leadership which makes us reflect on our own behaviour.

What to expect when you work with Brendan


Complete reliability

Brendan is always on time, returns messages and phone calls promptly, and comes
fully prepared with a high-quality keynote.


Trusted Delivery

Hiring a speaker can be a risk, but Brendan’s proven track record shows he
consistently deliver effective speeches with exceptional results.


Customised for you

Brendan gathers important insight about your organisation during your briefing call to customise his speech to your specific challenges and event goals.


Real Takeaways

Brendan’s speeches are more than just inspirational. They’re packed with
takeaways that are immediately applicable, because action creates change.


Value for money

The qualitative behavioural ROI your company will gain through improved leadership behaviors and performance far outweighs your investment.


Copies Sold Worldwide

Featured in BBC, Sunday Times, Dialogue, Ecomonia, Reconteur, Yachting World, Business Uncovered.

A compelling story of a race on the edge, a young skipper’s leadership journey in an environment of change and uncertainty.

Book Brendan for your Conference

A Transparent, Zero-Hassle Booking Process

1. Enquiry

Get in touch. I will check my availability and send you a full proposal, with costings.

2. Confirmation

Made your decision? I’ll raise a digital speaker agreement letter which outlines our mutual commitments. Sign it online in seconds -Booking DONE.

3. Preparation

We arrange a 90 minute briefing call, typically 2-3 weeks before the event to finalise the details of my keynote.

4. Tailoring

After our briefing call, I will set about tailoring my presentation so that it’s just right for your event.

5. AV Setup

I will email you or your AV team a Google Drive link containing my PowerPoint presentation at least 1 week before the big day.

6. Social Media Buzz

I engage with your audience on social media, using appropriate # and @ tags. I create a welcome video for your delegates and post it 24 hours before my keynote.


7. On The Day

I will arrive as early as possible to get a feel for the event before my speaking slot. I strive to connect my content to key messages already delivered on the day.


8. Afterwards

I stay at the event as long as possible to engage with the attendees to hear their stories and answer any questions they might have.


9. Follow-up & Feedback

My speech is followed up with a video to help your audience implement ideas from my keynote into your organisational environment.

I also seek feedback from all event organisers.

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