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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

William was very professional from start to finish. He made contact with me the day before to run through everything, and was very happy to work with a schedule change at the last minute.

Taupo Business Chamber

William captured the audience through engagement with great story telling and participation. He was well received and people are talking about his presentation to friends and family.

Fonterra

Very approachable, engaging, motivating and aspiring!

ANZ Bank

Fantastic to deal with. So easy and friendly. Completely engaging on the stage. He is a true inspiration.

New Zealand School Trustees

William was a fantastic speaker for our annual event. His story related really well to our organisations values and left our staff thinking really deeply about their purpose both in work and in life. We really loved that he tailored portions of his presentation to our organisation and our region - Maunga Taranaki.

South Taranaki District Council

William was very well organised and set up in terms of his presentation. He adapted his content very well to make his presentation and experience relevant to the audience.

Heaney and Partners

We just wanted to let you know how amazing William’s presentation was yesterday. He was an undisputed hit, and the best speaker we have ever had. William’s presentation was authentic and delivered with heart and sincerity. There were definitely a few tears in the room at various points, particularly when he read the excerpt from his book which his mum had written. He also wove our theme throughout the presentation making it hugely relevant to the message our management wanted portrayed. We would have no hesitation to recommend William as a keynote speaker for other companies/events. Please pass on our great appreciation and thanks to William.

Intermed

We were delighted to engage William as a keynote speaker at our annual conference. Through his professional but down to earth presentation he captivated the audience from start to end. Taking his unique personal experiences, William transformed these into real life learnings which was a ‘breath of fresh air’ for the audience. William’s style was relaxed but very sincere and he certainly meet the expectations that we had in putting the conference agenda together. We will get William back in the future - I am sure.

New Zealand Certified Builders

On behalf of our organization, I want to extend our a sincere thank you for your inspiring presentation on the importance of stepping outside one's comfort zone. Your words resonated deeply with our audience, and your insights will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on our team. Your ability to engage and motivate us to embrace discomfort as a catalyst for personal and professional growth was on point. Your anecdotes and practical tips provided valuable takeaways that will empower us to face challenges with greater courage and confidence. our presentation was not only informative but also highly motivational, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who had the privilege of hearing you speak. We are truly grateful for the time and effort you put into preparing and delivering such an impactful address. Thank you for sharing your expertise and experiences, and your willingness to answer questions with patience and this enriched the entire experience. Once again, thank you for inspiring us to step outside our comfort zones and embrace growth. Your contribution to our event was invaluable, and we look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you again in the future.

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