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Summary Profile

Ocean advocate and Pioneer swimmer

Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible”. He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. In a career spanning 27 years the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.
Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” – choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans.
Lewis has received numerous awards. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2013, the United Nations appointed him “Patron of the Oceans”. In the same year, he was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. His book “Achieving the Impossible” is an international bestseller.

Speech description:

Achieving your Impossible: No challenge too great.
In a career spanning 27 years, ocean advocate Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, including the first swim across the icy waters of the North Pole, and across a glacial lake on Mt Everest – all in just a Speedo swimsuit. Many of his expeditions were in conditions deemed "impossible". Widely regarded as one of the world’s most inspiring speakers, Lewis shares his insights on the mindset, preparation, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary for any major undertaking and how they can be applied in your organisation. The most crucial success factor, he says, is to have a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our planet's threatened oceans.
**Please Note**: Lewis Pugh tailors his presentations to suit a multitude of different businesses and issues, from organizational change to the challenges of leading diverse teams in a fast-paced, competitive environment.


How to achieve the “impossible”
Protecting the environment

Most requested speeches:

How do we achieve the “impossible”? From companies that have set massive targets and need the strategy and inspiration to get to the next level.

How do we change? From organisations that know they need to adapt in a fast changing world.

How can we work more effectively as a team? From multi-nationals that operate with teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.

How do we attain excellence? Frequently from leadership teams of companies who are working in developing economies.

Rave Reviews

“You have a very special gift. Not many people can speak to a group of world leaders like you did – with so much authority and passion. I could have heard a pin drop.”
Ted Turner | Founder of CNN

“Your address was the perfect close to a conference centered around achievement and moving to the next level. The story you have to tell is incredibly unique and was delivered in such a professional and entertaining manner. Everyone was inspired by your extraordinary journey.”
Colin Grassie | CEO | Deutsche Bank (UK)

“Lewis’s big advantage is that he understands both the developed world and emerging economies.”
Muhtar Kent | Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola

“Lewis Pugh doesn’t tell us what to do, he shows us what can be done.”
Bill Clinton | 42nd President of the United States of America

“Lewis Pugh gave the perfect talk: a little bit of action, some thinking outside the box, humbling words on the need to respect nature, a happy ending. A Hollywood scriptwriter could not have structured it better.”
The Financial Times

Lewis  Pugh


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