Brendan Hall

Winning Skipper of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Author of Team Spirit & Adjunct Lecturer at Ashridge Executive Education & Cranfield Business Schools

Team Spirit: Life And Leadership On One Of The World's Toughest Yacht Races

Team Spirit: Life And Leadership On One Of The World's Toughest Yacht Races

Brendan Hall received a 5 star rating across 20 events in 2023

"Brendan Hall stands out as a motivational speaker, captivating audiences with his incredible story of leading a winning team in The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. His talks, rich with impactful content and leadership takeaways, inspire peak performance and success."

How to hire Brendan Hall

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Brendan Hall's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Ownership Culture - Brendan’s team was the most empowered, entrusted and autonomous team in the race, where every crewmember took full ownership. At a minimum, Brendan needed to ensure they could get the boat to safety if he was killed or incapacitated, but the ownership they felt became the key to their high performance.
  • Emotional Intelligence - Brendan’s team learns the need for Emotional Intelligence in their teamwork, observing how their moods influenced each other. Brendan realised his moods and emotional responses were closely emulated by the team. 
  • Growth Mindset - In the aftermath of a disastrous accident, Brendan’s team discusses how they should respond to failure and the statistically inevitable problems they will encounter on their journey. They decide to treat every failure as a learning opportunity and vowed to be the team that reflected on their experiences and only learned the hard lessons once.  
  • Blame Culture - Brendan’s team realised having learning conversations is impossible, when people are afraid of being blamed. His team develop a strategy to talk in a no-blame way, with a high level of disclosure, vulnerability and support.   
  • Trust - Brendan displayed some negative behaviours that impacted negatively on the trust in the team. After receiving feedback, he realised how crucial maintaining trust is. Using the Trust Equation, Brendan changed his behaviours, the trust was rebuilt and performance soared.
  • Mental Wellbeing - Brendan’s team learned that there can be a big difference between a person’s outwardly normal behaviour and their internal world. High-functioning anxiety is important to recognise and can affect the people you’d least expect.
  • Leading Teams Through Adversity & Change 

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Brendan joined us as our guest speaker for our internal conference. He came recommended through Champions Speakers and listened to our company story and background which helped him gain a greater understanding of our event and the outcomes we wished to achieve. Brendan is a true professional at what he does. He asked questions which helped to shape the guest speaker slot aspect at our event and improve the overall value. He arrived early to the event to get a feel for our company culture and meet the teams. He researched our company values and included this in his presentation which offered a real wow factor to the senior team. Brendan stayed post-event, enjoyed lunch with the team and took the time to sit and talk to anyone who wished to reach out and take photos with them. Thank you to both Champions Speakers and Brendan for their support." - Ben, Senior Event Executive, Newable Limited

"Brendan's talk was fantastic. He was rated excellent by 80% of survey responses and good by 20%. The main reason why he scored so highly was that he not only had an incredibly gripping story to tell but he connected it perfectly with the content we had shared with the attendees in the morning to really reinforce the key messages that we were trying to get over."

"Thanks for coming along Brendan. Truly inspiring story."

- Craig, Managing Director, NYMAS

"I just want to let you know what a brilliant speaker Brendan was! The feedback we have had is excellent and the workshop worked really well. It was a long day and you could definitely see the group flagging towards the end, but Brendan kept them engaged and there were a few people feeling unexpected emotion at the end." - Joanne, Project Manager, First Events

"Valuable leadership insights that we could easily relate to and apply to our roles" - PwC

"Inspiring and thought-provoking insights, delivered with a tailored message that was super impactful" - SAP

"Brendan delivers an engaging experience that translates directly into meaningful business learnings." - GM

"It was an excellent session overall. Very close fit with our requirements on the day. Kudos to Brendan for the energy and the storytelling he brought to the session." - Safwan, SR HRBP, British American Tobacco

"Compelling story and much to translate into day-to-day leadership on dry land!" - Jim, Director of Engineering, BOC UK & Ireland

"A professional and thought-provoking session that helped us better understand our current organisational challenges" - Nikon 

"A brilliant story about team dynamics which makes us reflect on our own behaviour" - Nestle

"His style, approach and engagement had everyone gripped. The feedback has been brilliant" - L'Oreal

"Awe-inspiring- Brendan turns a personal challenge into valuable collaboration lessons for all" - Tesco

“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

"His presentation was very accomplished and fit the theme of our event perfectly" - Continental

"We used Brendan for 12 events this year - each time a great performance with brilliantly applicable messages" - Johnson & Johnson

“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

"Thank you for sharing your incredible story with us. I received great feedback from all the attendees." - Bradley, ESI Commercial Operations Manager UK & Ireland, ADP

"Phenomenally inspiring and encapsulating stuff today, Brendan. As Gordon said, the contrast photos between Rio and San Fran were tear-jerking. Can't wait to read your book and wish you the very best for your future." - Graham, Mid-market Sales Manager UK, Ireland & South Africa, ADP

"The session with Brendan was really good! Please pass on my thanks!" - Gemma, NQA

"Brendan was absolutely superb! He had everyone captivated and you could literally have heard a pin drop in a ballroom of 500 people. I have literally just listened to a voicemail from the conference Chairman who said it was the best finish to a conference he has ever experienced. So as you can tell, Brendan was a brilliant choice and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone wanting a keynote speaker." - Nick, The Leadership Academy

"I was absolutely blown away by your story, and I'm sure I echo the sentiments of many of my colleagues when I say your presentation was one of, if not the most engaging I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Thank you for inspiring a room full of already brilliant sales people and leaders to look at and build on the bigger picture. Truly Inspirational!" 

"A true highlight was Brendan – as I don’t think people were really expecting his presentation (despite being advertised in programme), and they loved him!" - Beth, Vice President Events & Programmes, Europe, ULI

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"A quick note to say many thanks for today Brendan! Your story perfectly reflected the key insights we wanted to share with our community of managers, with a focus on what we have discussed with our CEO Xavier. Many thanks for this inspiring talk, we already got very positive feedback from our participants." - Sandra, Learning & Development Lead for APAC & Europe, AXA

  • 2023 - Interviewed on Emotional Intelligence by The Motivational Speakers Agency
  • 2021 - Founder of Lifestory Recorder
  • 2020 - Leadership Associate of the Cranfield School of Management
  • 2017 - Leadership Adjunct at Hult International Business School 
  • 2012 - Published Team Spirit 
  • 2012 - Captain of S/Y Acheron
  • 2007 - Race Skipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race