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Biography: Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

Speakers Corner says

“A legend in his own lifetime, incredible stories of endurance and courage.”

Others say

"Fantastic compere for the evening - feedback was that Ranulph was the best speaker BYPY has ever had."
Big Cat Group Limited

"Ranulph gave an extremely inspirational speech and made a big impact with the audience. He was very courteous and professional throughout the event and did all the one-on-one interviews brilliantly."
Bartle Bogle Hegarty Limited

"You inspired all of us and the participants were excited about the way in which you brought Nothing is Beyond your Reach to life."
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

"Thank you for giving such an interesting and entertaining speech. your motivational words were fascinating and we have received many positive comments"
ENERGY INSTITUTE

Holder of several endurance records; prolific writer; explorer and motivational speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has tested the limits of human endurance in the name of discovery.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Sir Ranulph Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes left Eton and served in the Royal Scots Grey regiment.

But it was in 1969 that his real adventures began. He took the helm of the British Expedition up the White Nile on a hovercraft and was hooked. The following year Ranulph led the the Jostedalsbreen Glacier expedition, and then the Transglobe Expedition, and the circumpolar trip, with his first wife Ginny.

"Totally Enthralling, very humorous, stimulating and inspiring"
Caerphilly Business Forum

Other expeditions include the Unsupported North Pole Expedition; The Artic Solo Expedition, and Seven Marathons in Seven Days on Seven Continents. In 2009 he became the first person ever to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps.

Ranulph’s adventures have raised millions for various charities. In 1993, he was awarded an OBE for 'Human Endeavour and Charitable Services'.

In 1995 her Majesty the Queen awarded Sir Ranulph with a second clasp to the Polar award that he has previously received, he is the first person to gain a double clasp medal, each of which acknowledges both Arctic and Antarctic achievements.

In 2013 Sir Ranulph was forced to pull out of his Antarctic trek, where he planned to be the first to cross Antarctica in winter. When he took off his gloves in -33C he developed frostbite and returned to the UK.

Also a published author, Sir Ranulph has written 19 books – both fiction and non-fiction.

At the age of 62 Ranulph became a father for the first time with his second wife Louise.

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Interview with Ranulph Fiennes

Question:

How did the corporate speaking start?

Answer:

Chris Bonnington gave a talk in London when he had left the Army and was making a living by talking about his expeditions. He was 10 years older than me. It gave me the idea that, when I left the Army, I could also do expeditions and hope to make a living through speaking about them.

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

Yes my first speaking engagement was in the Town Hall in Battersea. Open to the public free of charge. 12 old ladies turned up. I noticed 4 of them asleep half way through. I charged £18 a talk and my wife handled my slide projector.

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

My last event a couple of weeks back was to 600 very rich Turkish business men in Istanbul.

Question:

Which speaking event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

My favourite .....speaking to 1800 top north sea oil executives in the Grosvenor Hotel Ballroom immediately after Mrs Thatcher had completely wowed the audience (5 days after the Brighton Hotel bomb went off) but it gave me great confidence thereafter.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

I spoke to 30 very rich manufacturers of crop spraying equipment in Sioux Falls and they allowed me and my family a 4 day hike after their conference in the Dakota Hilla and Mount Rushmore. We had a great time.

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

I would like to share a platform with a nice guy (or lass) who made the audience happy but would not be too likely to over-shadow my own subsequent performance.

Question:

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

Answer:

I am abroad a lot of the year and therefore only overall about 60 major events a year

Question:

Do you use powerpoint?

Answer:

Yes I use Powerpoint when the client prefers, or no Powerpoint if that is what is wanted.

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

I am happy speaking to 50 or 5,000 people. My most difficult audience was 5 Chinese tycoons after dinner in Hong Kong. Their faces were expressionless for 60 minutes.

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

I like to be introduced with a short sharp talk that does not cover the very topics that I am about to talk about or indulge in.

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

Briefing calls before events are great if they help to keep the client happy but I never insist on them.

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

Motivational and inspirational with sufficient humour

Question:

Is your speech interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

I occasionally interact in a mild way with the audience when I am sure it will make them laugh.

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

I have a great many funny anecdotes splattered about the talk

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

The Dualists

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

Gormangast

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Holiday in South Africa

Question:

What’s your tipple?

Answer:

Glenfiddich

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Country

Question:

What talks have you recently given?

Answer:

My recent talks have included 600 Turkish business men in Instanbul, 30 tycoon manufacturers of crop sprayers in Sioux Falls, 400 German business men in Interlaken, 350 Paris elite at the French Chamber of Commerce, a collection of top Chocolatiers in Montelemar and various Nordic conferences in Sweden and Finland.

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