I offer a wide range of highly informative talks (both in person or online) on a range of topics derived from my own research. They are typically 45 minutes long, but timing can be tailored accordingly. They are ideal for cruise ships on sea days as well as clubs and associations in need of an entertaining lunch or dinner time speaker.
Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Henry Shackleton were two of Britain's greatest polar explorers, whose early days of Antarctic exploration where closely entwined. Thereafter, they went their separate ways, each with a mission to reach the South Pole. In this talk I share their differing leadership styles as they negotiated the hazards of their expeditions.
The March 2022 discovery of Shackleton's vessel "Endurance," 3000 metres below the surface of the Weddell Sea has re-kindled interest in this remarkable explorer. Although his life at home and as an explorer was not entirely successful, he was able to demonstrate remarkable powers of leadership while enduring situations of extreme adversity. Note: this talk is 90 minutes long and can be delivered in two parts if required (recommended).
Alcatraz has always fascinated me. On researching this topic I discovered that it is so much more than the maximum security prison that spanned 30 years. In this talk I share its timeline, interesting features, and life as an inmate, through to the tourist attraction that it is today.
I share Titanic's journey from the moment she was conceived until after her demise. As with most catastrophes, blame is seldom apportioned to just one individual. Usually behind the scenes there is at least one hero. During this riveting talk I expose those responsible for Titanic’s misfortune and heroes who came to the rescue.
As with most catastrophes there are usually a number of factors to blame. The sinking of the Titanic was no exception. In this talk I reveal the blunders that contributed to her demise on 15 April 1912.
In famously performing the world’s first heart transplant, South Africa’s Chris Barnard was far more than a talented heart surgeon. I share his contributions to medicine, not only in his field of cardiac surgery but in a number of other life-saving areas, not forgetting some of his notorious exploits with the opposite sex!
Open heart surgery only became viable following the invention of the blood oxygenator, forerunner of what is today known as the heart lung machine. Walton Lillehei of the University of Minnesota was instrumental in its development and application. I share the role he and others played in advancing open heart surgery during the twentieth century.
Concorde went through a period of ups and downs during her thirty year existence before she was withdrawn from service in 2003. I share the roller coaster ride of her life together with some of the lesser known factors that contributed to her demise.
The Great Train Robbery of 1963, dubbed "The Crime of the Century" was a brazen attack on the Glasgow to London mail train conveying a huge quantity of bank notes. Sixteen members successfully stopped the train and relieved it of most of its precious cargo. In this talk I share how the robbery was planned, executed, the robber arrests and subsequent fall out.
During World War II, prisoners captured by the Japanese during the invasion of South East Asian countries were transported to Thailand. They were put to task working on the Thai-Burma railway under horrifically harsh conditions. I share the story of the construction of what became known as the infamous "Death Railway" and its eventual demise.
The coconut tree is the most useful tree on this planet, with its trunk, foliage and fruit having a wide range of uses that benefit us in our daily lives. I expose how the components of the amazing coconut, when separated and processed in different ways yield a range of chemicals with unique properties. You’ll learn how these enhance the performance of many everyday products we take for granted.
We all have a preferred way of receiving and processing information. When messages are aligned with a receiver's thinking preference we achieve a better "connection." In this talk I "dissect" the human brain and categorise our preferences into four "colours." You will learn how these differ from person to person, and how to use them in becoming a better "connector" with others.
How often are you stuck for words when put on the spot to speak up? Are you able to respond confidently and competently, or do you find yourself lost for words? I'll share useful tips and tricks to overcome the fear of public speaking, especially when placed "on the spot"
In this keynote I explain how cultures differ, the value of "Cultural Intelligence" in business, and how it can be leveraged successfully when interacting with other cultures. This will benefit those working in the global environment, as well as world travellers with an interest in other cultural behaviours.