Brendan Hall

Professional Yacht Racing Skipper & Author

Brendan Hall is an inspirational speaker who prides himself on presenting audiences with an incredible story, inspiringly told, and loaded with big impact, business-relevant leadership takeaways. Trusted by leading organisations, he is one of the most prolific adventure leadership speakers on the European circuit and has spoken worldwide to hundreds of audiences. A professional yacht racing skipper, author and leadership expert. In 2009, Brendan skippered a yacht in the ultimate long-distance challenge, The Clipper Round the World Yacht race a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts.

Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, he and his team won it in convincing fashion. This achievement was the culmination of years of leadership research, creating a high-performance culture and a leadership style way beyond his 27 years. His leadership skills were put to the ultimate test in the middle of a deadly North Pacific winter hurricane, Brendan and his crew were tasked with the rescue of an incapacitated skipper on a competing yacht.

Brendan swapped yachts and skippered both vessels 4000 nautical miles, across the world’s most treacherous ocean to safety. Brendan uses his insights and powerful race narrative to help business leaders build ironclad trust with clients and teams, thrive on uncertainty and develop a growth mindset. After completing his life-changing challenge, Brendan authored, Team Spirit, a raw, insightful look into the life of a leader pushing himself and his team to perform in extreme conditions. It distils and communicates the core skills and hard-won lessons that made Brendan’s team winners and has had an outstanding reception from the business world, where leaders and teams face comparable challenges in their own environment.

To book Brendan Hall as the after-dinner speaker for your corporate event or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, Brendan is known to cover the following topics:

  • Creating A Team That Thrives In Uncertainty
  • Building Ironclad Trust As A Leader
  • Developing A Growth Mindset
  • Empowerment, Autonomy & Motivation
  • Leadership & Emotional Intelligence

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“Brendan delivers an engaging experience that translates directly into meaningful business & team building learnings that will help our team stay ahead of the competition.” -Swarovski

“Well delivered, well received. Brendan generated a sense of inspiration and powerful learning for our attendees” -Santander

“Brendan carefully weaved the key themes of our conference agenda into his speech. The way he brings the story to life so you feel it and how he skilfully translates these into practical leadership lessons is inspiring.” -Covea Insurance Group

“Articulate, inspiring, entertaining and full of great practical advice.” -Penguin Random House

“An incredible story-teller. The leadership messages are clear and always consistent. After his presentation, I was overwhelmed by positive feedback.” -Foster + Partners