Three-times Round the World Yachtsman & Motivational Speaker
Conrad inspires and mesmerises audiences with his stories which have them on the edges of their chairs.
He has a low key, thought provoking and highly engaging style as he powerfully draw out key business messages from his round the world races.
Conrad Humphreys is recognized as a triple round-the-world yachtsman, and for being an inspirational team leader. He is also a renowned personality on the international sailing scene. As part of his sailing achievements he has built high performing teams. He was able to skipper his team ‘LG Flatron’ to a victory in the 2001 BT Global Challenge, where a beginner crew achieved extraordinary results, winning four of the seven legs of the race. Other achievements include skippering professional teams to the podium, winning class 50 in the Transat Jacques Vabre, and taking third overall in the Volvo Extreme 40 circuit.
His own accomplishments include becoming the fifth British sailor to complete the Vendée Globe. Despite a broken rudder on his yacht following a collision with a floating object in the water, he surprised the many that thought his race was over. In this solo, non-stop circumnavigation he made one the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the event. With determination and tenacity, he made his way back up the fleet after he had made repairs to the yacht without assistance. This solo round is also documented in a DVD film, “Against the Odds”.
Conrad can be found presenting both in front of an audience and in front of the camera. He provides commentary for the BBC, live interviews for Sky News, as well as acting as a leadership expert on the live studio for “Big Brother’s Little Brother”.
Conrad has also been approached by the fashion designer, Carolina Herrera, requesting him to help symbolize her new fragrance ‘CH for Men’ as one of eight men. Other features he has appeared in include “Champions for Change – Athletes Making a World Difference” by the Global Sports Alliance; “Sea Voices: Working toward a sea change” by Duffy and Elizabeth Healey; and “Extreme Sail” foreword by Dame Ellen MacArthur.
In addition to his achievements and appearances, Conrad is also the director of Sport Environment, a creative sports marketing company he founded in 2001. Additionally he founded the Blue® Climate and Oceans Project in 2007, because of his passion for the natural environment. This project was a social enterprise which harnesses the popularity of adventure sports to encourage people to actively contribute to the health of our planet. This has resulted in an annual event called “The Blue Mile”, a nationwide mass-participation event to get people engaged for the water environment.–
Conrad regularly delivers motivational speeches and using examples from the challenges he experienced in some of the most hostile conditions on earth, powerfully draws out key business and interpersonal lessons. His thought-provoking and inspirational messages are brought to life with slides and incredible video footage captured during his voyages.
He tailors his talks to the theme of the conference or workshop and illustrate inspirational and practical examples of how to apply critical lessons to the business-place to include:
- Leadership – how to create winning teams
- Teamwork – building and sustaining team cohesiveness
- Motivation – inspirational leadership for superior performance
- Self-belief – winning in turbulent times
He has delivered leadership and team building workshops and inspirational speeches to Barclays, BT, England Netball Team, Ericsson, Gill, GlaxoSmithKline, Henley Management College, Hull City Council, IMPACT, Jumeirah Group, LEK, LG, Microsoft, MKM Building Supplies, Motorola, NatWest, Oracle, Pfizer, PPMA, RBS Insurance, Salespage Technologies, The Sewell Group, Trader Media Group, UBS, Yell.
“Conrad gave a very effective, thought provoking presentation on the challenges faced by his team and the leadership style necessary to achieve results and bring the crew through their adventure to ultimately win the world’s toughest yacht race. Highly recommended.” – Frank Stone, Head of Communications, BTexact Technologies
“Conrad Humphreys delivered a powerful and highly relevant talk on ‘leadership’, to a group of Ericsson’s Next Generation Executives. His style is low-key and engaging and his message is well presented and carefully thought through. What gives his presentation the greatest impact is his own credibility. He ‘is the message that he puts across’ and that immediately clicks with everyone in the group.” – Steve Newman, Program Director for Executive Development, Ericsson University
“Conrad was inspirational… his messages were clearly articulated. The challenges he has faced on the oceans provided a great metaphor for our business conditions” – LEK
“Your stories of motivating your team and leading them across the Southern Ocean have left a huge impression on our management team. Well done!” – Microsoft
“Our senior team remained attentive, competitive, energised and above all took some profound learning back to Motorola. You made a real difference!” – Motorola
“The entire team was enthralled throughout Conrad’s talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!” – Natwest
“Your speech was very inspiring and received excellent feedback from all our guests” – Oracle
“Conrad provided the Pfizer team with an inspirational presentation which had the whole audience on the edge of their chairs. An incredible achievement delivered in a moving and emotional way.” –
“Your excellent presentation at our conference has proved to be one of the most memorable events of that day. I have no hesitation in recommending yourself in connection with similar events to other organisations.” – PPMA
“Conrad was truly inspiring and left each and every participant mesmerised, both through his stories and style. We would recommend him for any motivational event.” – Sewell Group