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Ben Saunders's videos
What Ben Saunders's clients say
"One of the best presentations I’ve experienced. Ben’s talk was absolutely brilliant. I was riveted to my seat just listening to him."
"Awesome. Ben is such a good speaker, and resonated with everyone. He was referenced all weekend after he left."
"Our aim is to expand children’s minds and help them think beyond the horizons of their school lives. Ben more than achieved this objective, having a profound impact. All of us were left contemplating the challenges of courage, fear, success, failure, and, of course, our own mortality. He has a real gift for sharing the stories of his adventures."
"Everyone was left smiling, laughing, texting, emailing, you name it – just saying how fantastic it was. Ben is an excellent, super-articulate and engaging speaker. It was a pleasure to hear his journey and the insights he’s gained from it. I have a feeling that next time we have a live meeting, everyone is going to want to fly him in for it!"
"We have been inundated with positive feedback and energy from our teams and although I was sure we would have an engaging and interesting presentation, the depth of feeling from the attendees in terms of what they have taken away from Ben’s session has exceeded all our expectations."
"I’m reviewing the survey results from our event and (no surprise) Ben’s was the best rated presentation at 9.34 – the highest I’ve ever seen organising these events. Congratulations!"
"Feedback is only positive, and the team loved Ben. His presentation was brilliant, his tone absolutely the right one and he’s such a lovely chap!"
"I have rarely seen this audience so captivated by a keynote speaker. Your talk was the highlight of our event and you also met my personal objective of, if only fleetingly, reminding people what ‘difficult’ really means."
"Ben was very well received by the whole audience, which consisted of a range of people from accountants to directors. He was truly inspirational and people went away feeling they could achieve more."
"Ben’s keynote presentation was superb… inspirational stuff, and the best Zoom call I think any of us have been on all year!"
"Ben’s talk was the most inspiring I have ever heard from a speaker. All of us were left hugely motivated by what we had heard."
"It was an honour to have Ben as a guest and hear his story; how he self-motivates, manages change, and tackles every day with vigour. We appreciated it enormously."
"I just wanted to sincerely thank Ben for a brilliant closing keynote, everyone absolutely loved it! He was amazing and it was a perfect end to our day. Our initial objective was to inspire and motivate the team and Ben certainly achieved what we wanted. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome."
"Ben was amazing – you need look no further than the Twitter feed to confirm that. He was friendly, approachable and excellent to work with. The final message of self-belief and limitless potential was perfect. Our audience left both impressed and inspired."
"Inspiration is an overly used word these days, but your story – continuing story – I feel falls into this category."
"We always rate our speakers and Ben scored 9.8 out of 10. This is our highest score yet, so I consider that a great success."
"What can I say, other than that you were absolutely brilliant! Universal feedback that you were ‘our best speaker ever’. Thanks a million for doing this given everything else that is on your plate, and all the very best from the Deloitte Partners."
"Humble and self-effacing, Saunders is an explorer of limits, whether it’s how far a human can be pushed physically and psychologically, or how technology works hundreds of miles from civilization. His message is one of inspiration, empowerment and boundless potential."
Ben Saunders's 2023 biography
About Ben Saunders
- Completed the longest ever polar journey on foot
- Third person in history to ski solo to both the North and South poles
- Three-time main stage TED speaker and a TED “Master Storyteller,” featured in the New York Times bestseller, TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking
- Striking visuals, engaging stories and relatable, immediately applicable lessons for life and for business; tailored for main stage keynotes and virtual events
- Engages and inspires through a journey that demonstrates that “No one else is the authority on your potential”
The challenges of leading, performing, and executing at the highest level — and in uncertain and unpredictable climates — are familiar terrain to Ben Saunders. The ability to navigate and overcome fear, self-doubt, loneliness, and adversity in pursuit of unusually ambitious goals is what makes Saunders a record-breaking polar explorer, and a speaker whose story resonates with audiences around the world.
While the achievements of this world-leading adventurer are deeply inspiring, it is the hard-won life lessons etched within each voyage — and a career totalling nearly 5,000 miles on skis and more than a year spent in complete isolation in the harshest environments on the planet — that prove most valuable and applicable to his audiences. Faced with leading teams — and motivating both his people and himself — in some of the world’s most unforgiving and unpredictable conditions, Ben has learned the necessity of growing through failure, how to control the controllables, and that acting without certainty is the key to unlocking individual and collective self-belief.
Ben’s achievements are at the outer limits of human endeavour: he organised and led the longest human-powered polar journey in history; a 108-day return journey to the South Pole on foot that spanned 1,800 miles, the equivalent of 69 back-to-back marathons, dragging 440lbs (200kg) of food and supplies in his sled. Saunders describes this unprecedented journey as “a tough camping trip,” with humorous and understated reflection that make him a perennially well-received and engaging speaker.
In addition, Saunders is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole (spending 72 days alone on the Arctic Ocean in conditions recognised as “the worst in 25 years,” and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He has also climbed in the Nepalese Himalayas, worked as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure, and continues to compete as a cyclist and marathon runner into his forties. He is a worldwide ambassador for the Scouts and works closely with the UK youth development charity British Exploring Society.
From the main stage at TED to small screens around the world, Ben is a sought-after and acclaimed keynote speaker. Labelled a ‘master storyteller’ by TED, his three main-stage appearances at the conference have been viewed more than five million times. Through his real-time journal entries, stunning visual content, and earnest reflection, he takes audiences into the unknown. Whether he’s speaking to global corporations or pioneering start-ups, in-person or online, his honesty, humour, and humility enable people to find often surprising parallels between his experiences and their own. (As Ben points out, he “spent more time in spreadsheets than on skis for twenty years”.)
With an intimate knowledge of both the wonder and the fragility of the natural world, Saunders is a powerful advocate for its future. It is a thread which runs through the expeditions he leads, the stories he tells, the future pioneers he mentors, and through his next chapter as founder of Kintanna Ventures, named after a remote Antarctic peak, and a business that identifies, invests in and accelerates pioneering climate technology start-ups.
Ben Saunders's 2023 speaking fees
- United Kingdom
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