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William
Pike

Nothing great was ever achieved inside your comfort zone

Achieve the extraordinary, step outside your comfort zone.
Profile

William Pike is an inspirational kiwi who is on one hell of a journey - from losing his leg in a volcanic eruption, to starting a nationwide youth development programme, to mountaineering in Antarctica, William has an unfair advantage when it comes to talking about the necessity of stepping outside of your comfort zone to overcome challenge, change and achieve extraordinary things.

It’s easy to see that William has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day.

Speaking
As a young, passionate explorer, William has spent countless days and nights off the beaten track in New Zealand’s backcountry and in far off places such as Antarctica and deep in the South Pacific Ocean.

William motivates, shocks and inspires audiences by retelling his captivating tale of survival on Mount Ruapehu where doctors noted his survival as a miracle. Engaging, real and down to earth, William weaves relatable messages into his stories that challenge audiences to step outside of their comfort zone - to achieve their goals and experience the extraordinary.

Awards
As well as inspiring adults, William is the inspiration behind the William Pike Challenge Award, a youth development programme with a vision to grow a world of explorers. Since 2013 the programme has made a positive impact on thousands of youth and over 100 communities across the country.
Over the years, William has received awards for leadership including:
2019 University of Auckland Young Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
2017 Blake Leader Award recipient
2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist
2014 KiwiBank Local Hero medal recipient

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Feedback
William was engaging and enthralling, he had the audience on the edge of their seats. He provided a great blend of drama and humour. He will be a hard act to follow for next year's supplier of the year celebrations. Gallagher Group Limited

William was an extremely gracious, genuinely ‘Kiwi’ speaker and people loved hearing his journey. I would definitely use him again around the country if the opportunity arose

REINZ - Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

I have been fortunate to hear many excellent professional speakers in my career, and William is one of them. He is fantastic at sharing his story, making it not only inspirational but also very entertaining. William nicely ties his key messages into his stories making for easy listening. His drive, motivation and passion for life are infectious and he left a lasting impact on our audience. I highly recommend William as a speaker and his book is a brilliant read too!

Schneider Electric

Compelling and frank, his interaction with the crowd and approachable demeanour immediately set everyone at ease and open to engaging with William. He practices what he preaches with a continual push beyond his comfort zone. I recommend William for any event needing a motivational speech - from business to sports teams to schools to professionals. He has the ability to genuinely speak to listeners.

The Icehouse

William’s presentation was fantastic! For most of the presentation, you could have heard a pin drop, apart from the ‘in sync’ laughter and occasional ooooh and arghhhh from the 200 strong audience. His story was unique, engaging and delivered in such a way that it kept the audience on the edge of their seat. It also emphasised the key conference themes relating to the importance of the patient, their family and collaboration between healthcare providers. All of the delegates loved his presentation and the messages that came from it. It was a wonderful way to end the conference and William was great to work with

Auckland University of Technology

Our team were really blown away by William’s story of tragedy and how he turned this around to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone. He convinced everyone that ordinary people can achieve remarkable things with the right focus, attitude, and commitment. William’s story and messages were very relevant for our audience but also his teaching background shone through - he’s a great storyteller who knows how to tailor the story and message to be meaningful and connected to what's important to the audience

Cancer Society

I heard William speak at the Icehouse Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago. William was incredibly inspiring and I knew right then and there that he was someone I wanted to speak to my team at Bluerock. William was a perfect fit for our organisation. The next day I had William was booked in to speak after a team cooking event at our Food Group Conference, where he inspired and engaged the group to step outside of their comfort zone to achieve above and beyond your personal best. The team found William's story very moving and I received a lot of positive feedback. One particular comment stood out by one of my staff: 'when you think life is hard, just think someone else has it harder and life is not that bad overall, we just need to make the most of it.'

Bluerock

We felt the night needed something different, something memorable, an event that would stay with our customers. For a group of 45-50 people, I initially thought a guest speaker would be a little over the top, how wrong I was! In a reasonably small, intimate venue William was able to deliver his story and more importantly his message in an incredibly personal way. People hung to every word, grimaced with William's descriptions of his ordeal and laughed as life and death situations were made light. Overall William's presentation was incredibly professional and entertaining. The key takeaways were, challenge yourself every day, step outside your comfort zone and set big goals in whatever your journey may be. A number of the audience members told me how William's message of challenging one’s self was the tipping point to take on their own challenge. Some spoke of a physical challenge, personal development goals or inspiring their staff through what they have learned from the presentation.

Under Armour

His key messages were on point - "it's good to step outside your comfort zone" really resonated. William's ability to tell his story and keep everyone's interest was excellent.

Auckland Council
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