Ryan is a 3 time Guinness World Record holder. His keynotes are truly inspirational. Delivered in the form of fascinating, inspiring, emotive stories emanating from Ryan’s ultra-extreme swimming challenges where his own and human boundaries have been pushed and exceeded. Keynotes come complete with powerful visuals, unique video and are tailored specifically to resonate loudly in the toughest of corporate and business environments. And crafted most importantly to inspire action and real change, as made testament in his TED talk.
Ryan has undertaken some of the world’s toughest and most deadly swimming challenges, pioneered others and has become a master of mindset, setting the bar of human endurance a notch higher often in the most hostile environments.
Ryan’s keynotes take the shape of breath-taking, fascinating stories crafted to evoke unadulterated inspiration and emotion. As a brilliant story teller, his sessions deliver unique insight into the power of our minds, our behaviours, our reactions and our abilities in the difficult environments (of all natures). A master of drawing perfect parallels between the extreme wild and the corporate space, the session will be impactful, relatable and tailored specifically for the audience and event theme.
Ryan is a completely ordinary, humble 40 something father and businessman, running a sales business in Cape Town, South Africa. However, the journey he shares is anything but ordinary. A journey from couch potato, all the way to setting world records for pushing body and mind to places largely believed impossible in the genre of ultra-extreme open water and ice swimming.
Through his frequent exposure to deadly ice water situations and survival, Ryan unlocked a unique understanding of the mind. Not just an understanding on how powerful it is, that we all know! But rather opens eyes in a very entertaining way to some great paradoxes we deal with subconsciously and which ultimately steer us through life.
He uses his swimming challenges set in Siberia, Antarctica, Arctic Circle, Bering Sea, the Great White feeding ground of False Bay and other to demonstrate how this works, how it is DIRECTLY applicable to each and every one of us in our careers and how an awareness of the processes happening can significantly change our lives. Visuals and video bring great richness and reality to the experience.
Audiences will be engaged throughout, will have opportunity to interact and will leave the session inspired, in awe and well-enlightened.
“No matter who we are, nor the levels we might have achieved to this point, in any area of our lives, we are all subject to certain default settings and reactions of the most powerful tool in the world…our minds. It governs us, it steers us, its makes us who we are and it enables us. But a primary role is to ensure our survival and safety. And that role in turn has evolved to include a safety from the emotional pain that comes from failure. And this safety mechanism has profound implications for us across the board”.
An eye opening session for audiences of every level is guaranteed.
Extremely powerful, mindset, inspiration, emotion –‘discover the strength you never knew you had
Steer your failures, shortcomings, disappointment into real sustainable GROWTH
No treading water! – it’s about showing up, accountability, extra-mile, high performance, Performing while Transforming. Change. Team Work
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"I travel the world and attend conferences across the globe as well as in South Africa. I see the best of the best in main platform speakers and guest speakers but I was astounded and inspired by Ryan Stramrood. When I was fortunate to see him present in KZN on one of his favourite topics I was mesmerised and felt like I was right with him in Antarctica, could feel the cold go through my body and veins and felt his pain. Ryan is an amazing and incredible story teller and presenter! He will take you with him all the way and make you part of his storyline. I can highly recommend corporates and any other entities to make use of Ryan to inspire and motivate their employees, teams and management or memberships of affiliations. Ryan is also one of the nicest personalities around and easy to deal with. WOW!"
Kobus Kleyn, Financial Expert and MDRT Country Chairman
"I can quite confidently say that this was one of the best “motivational” speakers I have been fortunate enough to have seen in some time. His story is inspirational and extremely captivating, the journey he takes you through is both enjoyable and frightening. He delivers this with passion and a wholesomeness that resonated with all our retailers. I can highly recommend Ryan."
Mario Santana, Managing Director, The Spar Group Ltd (South Africa)
"I couldn’t possibly go another minute without telling you how stunning Ryan was yesterday. You have to see him to believe it! At one stage I was in tears! The audience could not get enough of him, he is very special – a true mensch. Salt of the earth type! He speaks beautifully – he is funny, he is modest. He deserves everything that the good universe has to give."
Ana-Maria Valente, Director, Dictum Publishers
"He had the audience glued to his talk, and his video got a standing ovation. Most of the audience, including myself, had a big lump in our throats."
Joe Hannan, Talent Manager
"His story is so inspiring that I have been thinking about it all day. I feel honoured to have been in the audience listening to him today."
Candice Cassel, Business Development at EnterpriseCloud
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