Fee band from £ 4000 - 7000
Pen Hadow is a breath of fresh air on the business speaking circuit. Uniquely, he combines a business background, with team leadership, with recent, world class, solo record breaking achievements.
In May 2003, Pen was catapulted to international fame when he became the first person in history to sledge alone from Canada to the North Geographic Pole without any outside help - a feat of endurance thought to be harder than climbing Everest solo, without oxygen. It had taken him three attempts and fifteen years' dedication to achieve his goal.
Born in 1962, Pen was educated at Harrow, where he was head of house, head of school, head of rugby and athletics, and where he achieved his first feat of endurance: completing a school marathon at the age of 15, the first time that any boy had attempted the course for exactly fifty years. Then came his 'wilderness' years, when he struggled to work out what he wanted to do, and, once he had set his heart on the Pole, struggled even more to finally achieve his dream.
At University College London, and subsequently as the youngest ever executive at the renowned Mark McCormack's International Management Group, Pen was more focused in helping others achieve rather than himself.
When he set up The Polar Travel Company he famously empowered a group of allegedly 'ordinary' women to walk into The Guinness Book of Records, by initiating, selecting, organising, and largely funding the first ever All Women Relay to the North Geographic Pole.
Through The Polar Travel Company, the only specialist guide service of its kind in the world, he dedicated himself single-handedly, to opening up the Arctic and Antarctic to everyone. He even enabled a child with cerebral palsey to fly to the North Pole, and empowered a muscular dystophry sufferer to cover the last 100 metres there.
Last February 2004, Hadow guided 63 year old international businessman Simon Murray to the South Pole, thereby enabling him to become the oldest person by a decade ever to walk to the Pole, while Pen became the first Briton to walk without re-supply to both Poles; and all inside twelve months!
Areas of Expertise
Pen's defining quality is his natural ability - and passionate commitment - to bridging the divide between the speaker and his audience, to convince his audience that if even he can achieve what he set out to do, then there's no reason why they cannot do the same.
Coutts, Tetrapak, Tatler, Savills, Nike, Lloyds TSB, Novartis, AC Nielsen, the MOD and England Rugby's Elite Coaching Programme are just some of the organisations who have recently used Pen to inspire, motivate and entertain their employees, customers and management teams, at all kinds of events, from major conferences to intimate dinners.
Engagingly self-deprecating, inspirational and focused, audiences quickly identify with his themes. He integrates his business experience with hard-won leadership skills honed guiding novice teams in extreme environments, and his own ground-breaking endeavours in the Arctic and Antarctic, to apply fresh perspectives to clients' key messages.
Each of Pen's presentations is thoughtfully and individually prepared according to the client's brief, be it an intimate and informal 15 minute after-dinner discussion of polar stories; a two hour motivational talk with full, highly impactful, modern AV support, or a day of workshops. Pen can talk with insight and genuine authority about personal motivation, effective teamwork, and leadership techniques, to support the people in any organisation in realising their individual potential and achieving their team missions.
Pen's personal and thought-provoking style can also touch on the less glamorous, but equally important, aspects of achieving success, including the value of failure, attitudes to risk, the work-life balance, and the issue of 'giving up'.
Dramatic moving and still photography, combined with entertaining anecdotes and an unorthodox take on life, make Pen's presentations a stimulating and powerful experience.
Whatever the subject, wherever the venue, and whoever his listeners; Pen guarantees to hold his audience in thrall. Pen's love of people always apparent, he naturally engages an audience and effortlessly inspires them, directly relating the experiences he has endured out on the ice to the challenges he knows all too well presented by an office environment. Question time is his forte, when he can enjoy direct interaction with guests.
Pen always leaves his audiences on a high: excited, challenged, inspired; yet contemplative - emotionally charged by an experience they will never forget.
"You have a gift - and should use it. Few can communicate with a level of engagement and intensity like that."
Dame Anita Roddick, Founder of the Body Shop
"An explorer embodying the Spirit of Scott & Shackleton"
"Outstanding in every respect ... amusing, terrifying, engaging, inspiring. Terrific"
Vernon Sankey, Main Board Director of Pearson plc
"One of the best speakers we've ever had, in 200 lectures over 18 years, given by Britain's best known adventure speakers."
"... the more he described the outrageously challenging conditions and situations he has overcome, the more I and the others around me found ourselves wanting to go on a polar expedition ourselves, so engaging is his style … He’s a charismatic personality who can shift people’s perception of what is achievable."
Mark Taylor – Commercial Director, Unigate Dairies
''Property conferences have a reputation for ensuring sleep for all attendees! However it can fairly be said that Pen's approach to his incredible achievements in the Polar Regions came as a complete breath of fresh air to the 140 delegates. He genuinely captivated the audience with a humbling, matter-of-fact repartee so seldom heard any more. He has a made a big impact on our audience and we would thoroughly recommend him as a highly professional speaker full of integrity and obvious grit. Many attendees have said he was truly the highlight of their day."
David Williams – Director, Commercial Agency, FPDSavills
Pen's faultless delivery, captivating anecdotes and straightforward honesty about his extraordinary achievements held us all in his thrall. He is the living embodiment of achievement through sheer hard work, determination and fastidious planning. He inspires everyone he touches and reminds us that there is everything to play for."
"Pen Hadow’s presentations get to the heart of the matter, this is a man who has achieved great things - he not only tells you what he has done but more importantly he goes much further and deeper to the why and the how. Pen's style is generous and welcoming and he encourages you to look for and achieve your personal necessary endeavour. Not your average hero stuff - much more about motivation, self awareness, endeavour and achievable achievement"
Ashridge Business School
"... inspirational and well communicated..."
"Pen went down very well when he was here speaking to our clients a couple of weeks ago, our major clients were blown away by his achievements, it was a great lunch and a real pleasure to meet Pen and I am grateful to him for giving up the time to honour this commitment."
Coutts Private Banking
"Jonathan Dimbleby, Pen Hadow and Simon Murray gelled to provide one of the most revealing, provocative and entertaining evenings we've had the privilege to organise."
Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Royal Geographical Society
"Pen Hadow was a guest speaker at our Savills Commercial Directors’ Conference in London in November. Pen gave an inspirational talk and captured the full attention of an audience that is notoriously critical of public speakers! He was amusing, stimulating, informing and uplifting and is clearly a man for whom the word "impossible" does not exist! I would thoroughly recommend him to any audience that wishes to be inspired and Savills will undoubtedly utilise his services again in the future."
Jeremy Helsby – Chairman & Chief Executive, FPDSavills International
"Pen’s unique vision has earned his company an international reputation, supported by his outstanding ability to challenge and prepare individuals and teams for the most challenging places on Earth.
I recommend strongly his presentations to those interested in the valuable lessons to be learnt from the most extreme conditions on Earth where they are applicable to individuals and teams operating in corporate environments today."
His talks are seriously inspirational, relevant to company teams and a real must for those who need to think outside the box."
Jack Russell - Director, Personal Development Coaching
"... thank you so much for coming to talk to our sales team yesterday. They were hugely impressed and even more enthusiastic about Solo as a result."
Tom Weldon, Managing Director, Penguin