Speaking Style; dedication, determination, discipline and enthusiasm enabled Sir Ranulph Fiennes to become the successful explorer he is today and he is keen to share the importance of these traits with individuals from all walks of life. Humorous, approachable and inspired, he motivates teams and organisations to achieve their goals and shares his incredible experiences.
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Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is now world-famous for his many expeditions and achievements, which are listed below:
His pioneering spirit and drive to achieve his goals have set Sir Ranulph apart, but he is the first to admit that he did not always apply himself at a young age. Initially brought up in South Africa, he was educated at Sandroyd School and then Eton, where he failed his A-Levels. He decided to join the army, serving for eight years in the Royal Scots Greys (his late father’s regiment) before becoming a member of the SAS, where he was the youngest Captain in the British Army. In his final army years, he was involved in countering the Marxist terrorist insurgency in Oman as commander of the Reconnaissance Platoon of the Muscat Regiment.Sir Ranulph married Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Pepper in 1970, the two had known each other since childhood and were incredibly supportive of one another and had similar ambitions (in 1987, she became the first woman to receive the Polar Medal). By this point, Sir Ranulph had already begun adventuring (leading an expedition up the Nile) and was driven to continue to explore and to challenge his bravery, ingenuity and physical endurance. After Virginia’s death from stomach cancer in 2004, Sir Ranulph became more determined than ever to reach his goals and, in doing so, to raise money for worthy causes. To date, he has raised over £14 million pounds for UK charities. Having spent several years training, Sir Ranulph was forced to give up on his ambition of taking part in the 2013 ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition (which covers 2000 miles across the Antarctic in winter conditions) as his left hand became severely frostbitten when he removed his outer gloves to adjust his bindings following a fall.Fiennes has featured in television, radio and printed media interviews numerous times and has appeared on shows such as the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ as a star guest and on ‘Top Dogs - Adventures in War, Sea and Ice’.As a speaker, Sir Ranulph is second to none. His adventures are fascinating and he is able to recount them in a gripping, emotional and yet ultimately positive light. This ability has seen him work with businesses and organisations of all sizes, including JP Morgan, British Airways and BT; he has been selected as chief motivational speaker by both IBM New York and AMWAY. His success as a speaker is in part due to his ability to draw lessons from his adventures and apply them to more ‘everyday’ life and to business scenarios. Team work, creative thinking, dedication, discipline and patience are as important to workplace success as they are to survival in the harshest of environments.Positions and honours
Praise for Ranulph Fiennes“My admiration for Ran is unbounded, and thank God he exists. The world would be a far duller place without him”
His Royal Highness Prince Charles“Truly remarkable…proving that a ‘can-do spirit’ is still alive in the free world”
Ronald ReaganPraise for My Heroes (2011)'The sort of book that will suggest fascinating lines of research to find out more about some of the subjects. The author has given us a splendid read.'
The Canberra Times'Refreshingly different... this salute to mostly unsung heroes is an inspirational reminder of human goodness'.
Daily Mail'Fiennes is making the case for a closer examination of the example set by the men and women he considers heroes'.