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Award winning Virtual Keynote Speaker
With the world reeling from the pandemic, conferences, award ceremonies and corporate events have now all moved into a new virtual world. If you’re thinking about doing the same, then contact award winning Virtual Keynote Speaker, Adventureman who can inspire and light up any room across the globe.
Jamie is unique, entertaining and a super skilled speaker, able to effectively engage his audience, providing thought provoking and current content to ‘wow’ your virtual event.
If you would like to book Jamie McDonald to provide a memorable virtual experience; guaranteed to inspire and motivate your audience remotely, please contact his team today.
Telephone: 0800 975 0628
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A Virtual Keynote Speaker, who truly motivates and inspires his audience.
If there’s one person on the planet who holds the secret to resilience; it’s Adventureman.
When it comes to virtual keynote speakers, Jamie McDonald is an expert in making a huge impact on people’s lives around the world.
After overcoming a serious illness as a child, Jamie wanted to give back to the hospitals that had helped him and raise money to help sick children overcome their own illnesses, too.
In 2012, Jamie bought a second-hand bike and set off on his first superhero adventure – a 14,000-mile ride from Bangkok back to Gloucester, in England, back to the hospital that helped him as a kid.
As if that wasn’t enough, Jamie then embarked on a run across Canada, following in the footsteps of Canadian fundraising hero Terry Fox. Jamie has also completed a gruelling 210 marathon run around America.
During these challenges Jamie faced huge obstacles and some incredibly dangerous situations – from losing the end of his nose from frostbite, to a close escape from a mountain lion! Despite these often-hostile circumstances, Jamie remained motivated and determined to complete the challenges ahead of him.
Even when he is not running or cycling around the world, being in one place doesn’t stop Jamie – he has broken world records and raised money for charity by staying in one spot.
That’s an emotional and physical endurance that no man or woman has ever gone through before.
Over the years Jamie has raised so far, over £1 million for sick children through his charity, Superhero Foundation and more recently he won the ITV‘s Pride of Britain, one of the most prestigious honours and televised awards in the country.
Listening to Jamie talk about the challenges he has faced and how he remains so positive and determined, will motivate anyone and stir up the positive mindset and enthusiasm needed to achieve big personal and business goals.
Jamie naturally connects with the audience (even virtually) and his boundless energy and proven courage in the face of adversity, inspires listeners to believe in themselves, build resilience and to persevere, despite what obstacles may be in their path.
Out of all the virtual keynote speakers, Jamie really knows how to draw upon his experiences and bring his adventures to life to positively impact his audience’s lives.
“It was truly amazing, motivational and inspirational. Your grit and determination to keep going no matter what is mind blowing. Yet you’re so down to earth and relatable. I think the echoing feedback on the chat box at the end of your virtual talk shows that you touched every single persons heart. A million thank yous!”
“Fantastic virtual session from Jamie McDonald, as ever! Incredible feedback from the staff many of whom included family members in the session. Was superb to see everyone having such fun, albeit remotely, and especially loved it when he got everyone doing international dance moves by many! For any business, I would highly recommend using Jamie this way to tell his unique and inspiring stories of resilience and coping strategies in difficult and challenging times”
“Jamie’s session did exactly what we wanted to achieve, both inspiring people and providing a number of reference points which we can carry through the rest of the week and beyond. Actually in a couple of follow up meetings yesterday, and one of our continuing virtual conference sessions today, Jamie’s words are being used to reinforce messages for our work teams – that has to be a true measure of success! This will be one of the highlights of our year”
“We laughed, we cried. Jamie’s can do spirit that no matter what situations he faced, whether tackling -40C temperatures, or running 200 back-to-back marathons, he made it through – and shared his story in the most entertaining and inspirational way. A virtual talk that we’ll never forget.”
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A Covid-19 message from Virtual Speaker Jamie
With the lockdown easing, things are starting to look a bit brighter (even the British weather is on our side and that’s saying something!).
After months of uncertainty, life is slowly starting to get back towards normality. People are able to see loved ones, at a sensible social distance of course, and shops, schools and businesses are planning for a new post-virus world.
As is the case when I’m on an adventure, we’re having to navigate through difficult times by focusing on taking small steps – one foot in front of the other. It’s the small steps that have guided us through this time in isolation – like getting outdoors for a daily walk – which should all be celebrated.
With that said, here are I’ve four key factors that have helped me make it through the uncertain times. I’m hoping in sharing them that they’ll help you too.
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Invest your time wisely
The definition of what it means to be an everyday superhero has expanded over the past three months too. Whether it’s staying at home, taking food to a vulnerable neighbour or continuing to do your bit as a keyworker, I’ve found the show of solidarity incredibly inspiring.
The virus has truly shown the resilience of communities and the way businesses and education can adapt to change.
Despite being an adventurer at heart, I decided early on to take it easy through lockdown – not to pile on pressure to be or do one specific thing. But instead to use the time to take stock and think about where to invest my time wisely.
The slower pace of life has given me great clarity, and I’ll most probably continue with it for the next year or so. Let’s keep spending time on everything that’s important to us.
Seize the opportunity to innovate:
Whether it’s an idea you’ve already had, or a new one that you’d like to brew up, now could be that time to light the touch paper and make it a reality.
In 2012, I was in my early 20’s and remember going through this period where I just kept saying to myself ‘there must be more to life’.
So I decided to take some ‘time out’ and figure out why I was feeling that way – something that is always difficult for us to do.
No matter how hard I tried. I couldn’t shake that feeling. I had £20,000 saved up for a house because, at that point, buying homes was what everyone else around me was doing. But in the end, I just couldn’t go through with it – I had a gut feeling that said taking the normal route wasn’t for me, I needed something different…
When I was a kid, Gloucester Children’s Hospital helped me to overcome a serious and rare illness.
So, I decided to contact the Hospital that helped me as a kid, and asked if I could come and visit. I was overwhelmed by the incredible support they still gave to sick kids and their families, some 20 years later.
During that visit – a light bulb went on in my head. I knew it was time for a grand adventure, and one with a cause at its heart.
So, instead of buying the house, I decided to cycle 14,000 miles from Bangkok to my hometown Gloucester – to raise money for the hospital.
That was a turning point for me. If I hadn’t come up with that crazy idea (and actually gone through with it), my life would be very different today. I’ve found a pathway that truly makes my heart swell and enriches the lives of people and kids around me, too.
So while the world is changing around you, maybe now’s the time for you to change with it? Maybe it’s time that idea of yours got to see the light of day?
Lockdown for an inspirational speaker can be pretty tough going. In one way, it’s a relief to have more time on your hands and not to be travelling nationally and internationally 24/7. But in other ways, it has felt frustrating – not getting to deliver talks which I’m hugely passionate about, and which impact people’s lives.
Like every great adventure, I too was forced to adapt, so all my talks pivoted to being delivered online in the new more virtual world. Now I’m quite literally bringing adventure into people’s homes and sending inspiration through a screen instead of in person.
Creativity is everywhere you look at the moment. People are running marathons in their garden to fundraise. Teachers are creating fun lessons for kids so they don’t miss out on their education. Pensioners are breaking down barriers and making the record books. Which brings me to…
One of the highlights for me this year was watching 100 year old Captain Tom. Who completed 100 laps in his garden (walking with his Zimmer frame) whilst raising money for the NHS. In a time which is close to mimicking a ‘great depression’, Captain Tom raised over £30 million. What a man.
When someone says to me ‘I’d love to do x,y,z,’ I always ask ‘what’s stopping you?’
For most people (as a general rule) they would love to attempt a grand adventure, or make a career change, but they are often too afraid to actually take the leap.
All the reasons why they shouldn’t do it overpower the reasons why they should. And that’s understandable.
Fear is a common reason we won’t start something. The fear of the task itself, but more importantly the fear or failure.
When I started adventuring, I always hoped I would succeed. But there was always a doubt in my mind which said ‘what if I can’t do this’? And there was always a chance of failure.
To help deal with those fears, it helps to start by being honest with yourself. Acknowledge the obstacles you’ll end up facing, look them square in the eye and then (this is the real trick) just push the fear aside. Keep it with you, don’t ignore it, but don’t let it be in control. In the absence of fear, there is more space for positivity and to focus on all the reasons why you SHOULD start a journey.
There have been many times where I’ve been close to giving in to a fear of failure. Marathon 170 out of 200 while running across Canada comes to mind! I was exhausted. My body was broken, my mind gone and I couldn’t possibly see how I would carry on – trust me there were a lot of tears! But then I picked myself up, focused on putting one foot in front of the other and thought about all the kids that would be helped if I made it to the finish. I focused on what would happen if it was possible, rather than if it wasn’t.
In that moment, that’s all you can do. Focus on the best possible outcome and ignore the rest. With the right positive mindset, and the right motivation, you’ll see that you capable of much more than you realise.
The virtual keynotes that Jamie commonly addresses within organisations are:
Resilience has never been more important than during this global pandemic. Jamie’s stories help the audience to re-frame challenging circumstances as an opportunity to learn and develop themselves further. Through authentic examples from his own adventures, he demonstrates that when you vow to grit your teeth and never, ever give up, that’s when exceptional things can happen.
It can be a struggle to keep morale high when face-to-face contact has been in short supply. Self-belief is critical, as every individual’s input is key in making the changes necessary to adapt to what the crisis throws them. Jamie’s virtual keynote talk excels in lifting the spirits of those attending, who will leave the session feeling energised, excited about the future and ready to take on the world with new confidence.
Power of connection
No matter who you are or what role you play within an organisation, the ability to connect with others on a human level can have a huge impact on your ability to achieve your goal. Jamie shares how powerful human connections across the world, even virtual ones, have enabled him to raise over £1,000,000 for charity and change the lives of thousands of others in the process. This virtual keynote speaker topic is especially beneficial for front line, customer facing staff or those working in key-worker roles.
Making a difference
How can you make sure your staff feel valued during this unusual time? With Jamie as your virtual keynote speaker, he will help employees understand that every one of them has the ability to make an enormous impact to the lives of others. The audience will leave the session feeling empowered – in full belief that what they do, day in and day out, really does make them a superhero too!
Please note that Jamie works with you to tailor his virtual talk to your individual event theme or needs.
“Adventureman will blow you away”
“one of the best speakers we’ve ever had”
Some of the clients trusting Jamie as their keynote event speaker:
“The way you tied your story to our mission statement ’empowering people to achieve more’ was outstanding. One of the best speakers we’ve ever had. I think the standing ovation at the end said it all”
“Are you an adventurer, or a comedian? Phenomenal”
“We flew Jamie around Great Britain to visit all of our offices’, he has a hugely entertaining story and is one of great personal endeavour; his tenacity in achieving his goals and in overcoming barriers is inspirational. Jamie’s engaging presentation style, his experiences and the challenges he faces, resonate well with his audience from a both a personal and business perspective”
“Fundraising is easy with superhero mentality. We’d love you back again as our inspirational speaker”
“Your resilience and adventures is another level and you delivered your talk in the most relatable and down to earth way. We’d love to book you again”
“You blew us away. Funny. Inspiring. One of the best inspirational speakers we’ve seen”
“Jamie has an inspiring story to tell, using his stories to inspire others with his incredible adventures”
“Seeing Jamie speak was like watching an episode of Only Fools and Horses. Complete comedy and every once in a while, you get socked with a heartwarming moment”
“WARNING! Box of tissues required! So funny and so very inspiring! The perfect start to our staff conference. Endless echoing feedback like: extremely touching, makes you remember why you do what you do.”
“I nearly fell off my chair, hilarious and inspiring”
“Having booked countless inspirational speakers before and feeling the pressure of running the biggest business award show held in the UK, booking Jamie is without doubt the best decision I’ve ever made. His passionate delivery of an innovative talk had over 800 esteemed guests hanging off his every word. Through a technically flawless and authentic presentation, he inspired the audience repeatedly – moving them from raucous laughter, to tears. The best thing about Jamie is that he doesn’t realise just how good he is. Never before have I had the pleasure of dealing with an inspirational speaker who is so talented, and yet so down to earth. I wouldn’t hesitate to book him again”
“Jamie provoked laughter, tears, shock, more laughter and transmitted a whole chunk of pride and self-esteem to a room full of police staff and inspectors, very inspirational and uplifting story telling”
“His self-depreciating humour went down a storm and Jamie had an enormous impact on our soldiers. Very inspiring”
“That’s probably one of the most difficult audiences you’ll ever get with so many different cultural backgrounds. The standing ovation was deserved and showed how you connected with every single person. We’ve seen a lot of inspirational speakers and you’re the real deal”
“After listening to your talk something happened in my heart that hasn’t happened since the passing of my 8 year old son almost 9 years ago. I went to the cabinet where I keep the things that remind me of my son. There I found a beaded alligator which my son made whilst in hospital. At the time he gave it to me and said “here mommy, this one is for you, so you will never be alone.” The second is a medal the hospital gave him for being a hero. After hearing you speak, I now want you to have both of these things. The alligator because I don’t want you to ever feel like you’re alone on your adventures, and the gold medal because you are my hero”
“We googled ‘Superhero’ and that’s exactly what we found. We’d like to adopt him as our inspirational speaker a few weeks each year and bring him back to Canada”
“I’ve worked with the company for more than 10 years and it was the best inspirational speakers we’ve ever had. So down to earth and effortless to connect with. A well deserved standing ovation. Thank you for the inspiration”
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Extracts from Jamie’s blog; Life as a Motivational & Keynote Speaker
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